creative & thoughtful gift ideas for your bridesmaids or besties: part one

Maybe you’re newly engaged & need to ask your besties to join your bride tribe -- or maybe you’re looking for ideas to say thanks to your girls for standing by your side while you say “I do.” Or maybe you’re a maid of honor who’s been put in charge of bachelorette weekend favors! Whatever the case, we’ve got a few ideas up our sleeves for great gifts – creative, thoughtful, and adorable gifts for your girls that they’ll appreciate & love for the bach weekend, wedding weekend, and weekends to come.

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Presenting: round one of my gift ideas for your bridesmaids, bachelorettes, & besties!

Make it easy to make memories with the cutest cameras around

I’m obsessed with the idea of giving these adorable Instax Minis as a gift before a weekend together – not only are they super cute, but it’s a built-in way to make sure that you’ll have lots of pictures to remember your time together. Bridesmaids can use their cameras to capture moments that the wedding photographer might miss, and bachelorettes can document the weekend by snapping candids and selfies (and let’s be honest, it’s a bachelorette weekend – you might need these to have any memories at all of those late nights, if ya know what I mean). Plus, everyone can use these little guys long after the weekend is over!

If you’re not ready to spring for a camera for each of your besties, I also love the idea of just getting one camera, a bunch of film, some Washi tape and markers, and a blank scrapbook for your bachelorette weekend or the weekend of your wedding – all the girls can take turns with the camera over the course of the trip and you’ll get a scrapbook packed with photos at the end of your celebration!

Make it happen: these cameras are available on Amazon (and the pack with all the accessories is on sale!)


Let them relax before the party with a pamper kit

Put a little extra effort into your gifts and show your bridesmaids how genuinely happy you are that they're by your side by getting crafty and making a spa box! This one might take a little more work, but your girls will know how much you care and will love the opportunity to pamper themselves before or after your big weekend.

To make your pampered party box, you'll have to find some great boxes or tote bags (like this Sparkly tote bag, made by Thimblepress & sold by Amazon). Toss in an eye mask, a cute, calming candle (like this mimosa-scented cutie by Charleston Candle Co), a body or face scrub, bubble bath, and those awesome wine glasses that float in the tub (alternately, cute floaties that will hold a glass of wine). Ba-da boom! You've got a box full of goodies that your girls can use to get ready for your big day!

Make it happen: we sell Pampered Party Boxes in our store, but all this stuff is available on Amazon if you want to make your own, too! I love The Sleepy Cottage for eye masks (they handmake them!), and the floating wine glasses or flamingo floaties are also a perfect, pamper-worthy gift that will last long beyond your weekend. I've made it easy for you by linking to a few ideas below (and a few are linked above, too!)


Make or buy a bachelorette weekend box

What better way to provide something useful yet adorable than with a box packed with travel goodies? If you're hosting a destination bachelorette or wedding weekend, I love the idea of putting together weekender boxes that include a bunch of products that your girls can use while en route to your big weekend. 

Carry-on cocktail kits and eye masks are a must for plane trips, as is a make-up pouch or clutch that will fit a few travel-sized treats or toiletries (save by buying a jumbo pack of snacks like the one below). Throw in some snacks, a comfy tee for the girls to travel and get ready in, and whatever else strikes your fancy -- and you're good to go!

Make it happen: Kay & Co's "bridesmaids & besties" box contains all of the above, or if you want to make your own boxes, you can buy any of the items individually from our shop! Amazon also offers almost everything you need -- I've made it easy by linking to a few of my favorite products below, all available on Amazon! 


PS: If you need boxes, I suggest Packlane -- you can customize your colors & design, plus they don't have a minimum order like other packaging sites!

That's all for now - more suggestions coming soon!



related post: 3 ideas for your girls' weekend (that aren't just bar hopping)

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