Thoughtful and Inventive Gift Ideas If You're Best Friends With the Bride
With the rise of gift registries and, more recently, honeymoon funds, the sentiment behind a wedding gift doesn’t always shine through. But if your best friend is the bride, chances are you want to gift her with something as special as she is to you. While you can go the standard route with a Le Creuset Dutch oven in her favorite color or champagne glasses for all the toasts ahead of her, it’s a bit more fun to surprise her with something you know she’ll love—we’re betting you know her better than (almost) anyone.
That said, we’ve come up with a few fun and unusual, but mostly thoughtful, ideas to give your BFF on her big day. Impress her with the time you spend creating a custom photo calendar or help her get a head start on packing for the honeymoon with a new beach tote and bikini. While being there for her as she walks down the aisle is one of the most meaningful actions you can take, these original gift ideas will be the next best thing. Shop our favorite gift ideas for your best friend, the bride, below.
Amanda Lindroth Custom Island Totes ($195)
This personalized beach tote is a great gift for your bride if she’s traveling to an exotic or warm-weather destination for her honeymoon. (Pro tip: Choose her favorite colors and add her new monogram.) Throw in some sunscreen, a cute bikini, and a cover-up, and you’ve not only supplied an adorable gift that keeps on giving, but you've also helped her get a head start on packing.
Pre-paying for classes is a nice gesture before the wedding when many active brides rack up tabs at expensive specialized gyms and workout studios. You can even join her for a few of her favorites, which will help her de-stress and get fit before the big day.
Spotify Custom Playlist ($0)
When your best friend is a music junkie, the best gift you can give is a personalized playlist to introduce them to new artists and songs or help them relive fun memories with a few old favorites. It can come in handy as background music while you’re getting ready together during the day of the wedding, or it can serve as a nice addition to her tunes for travel to and from the wedding.
Coordinates Collection Legend Bar Necklace ($190)
She already has the ring, so you can buy her a necklace. Pay homage to her hometown or the exact location of where her wedding takes place with this gold bar necklace engraved with your choice of coordinates. It’s a meaningful everyday memento to add to her jewelry collection.
Ralph Lauren Cabled Cashmere Travel Set ($400)
If she’s a jet-setter, she’ll appreciate this cozy travel assortment of a cashmere blanket and eye mask with a convenient matching pouch. It will also make long plane or train rides much more comfortable for all of her future travels with her new man.
She’ll be so ready to hit the spa when she arrives on her honeymoon, and you can be one step ahead by taking care of booking her an appointment (massage, facial, mani) for her before she gets there. It’s a thoughtful gift that goes a long way when the money they save can be put toward a nice bottle of wine or an extra experience during the couple’s stay.
DTLA Custom Hand-Painted Letters ($250)
If your bride is a fashionista or gets excited about limited edition items, she’ll love the personal touch DTLA Custom can add to any handbag, clutch, or card-holder. They’ll be happy to hand-paint her new initials or an icon or hashstag that speaks to her love or your friendship. It’s an accessory she’ll have as a keepsake forever.
Artifact Uprising Customized Wooden Keepsake Box ($95)
Photos pop up instantly on social media following the wedding, so save a few to make a customized photo calendar (shown at the top of the page) or a memory-saving wooden box (show above), which can be designed with special text or an image from the wedding. Artifact Uprising makes it easy to personalize any gift, as you can upload photos right from your phone.
Which of the above is your favorite off-the-registry bridal gift idea? Do you have a go-to gift for special brides?