Friends. Who needs ‘em? Well, you do, because you’re getting married and they’re about to do a lot for you. These people are your BEST friends, the ones you chose to stand by you on your biggest day, and they should be given a gift that reflects your appreciation and sentiment. Show them how you feel with these fun and thoughtful ideas.
Chronicle of Us Photo Book
Comb through your shoeboxes of years old snapshots, social media posts, and phone archives and create a memory book. Personalize for each attendant, or if your team has always been close-knit, create one depicting your group’s friendship from childhood to keg-stands to now. Add captions to include inside jokes, milestones in your shared lives, and a message of thanks on the last page.
Put the "Treat" in Spa Treatments
Who doesn’t want a free rub down from a stranger? No one. This one is a no-brainer and very few can say no to a day of Zen, particularly during a period of high intensity and tight schedules. For the shy friends and family, offer a facial or mani-pedi as a substitute. Don’t forget hand written thank you cards, and be sure to treat yourself along with them.
Woodwork for Their Good Work
You chose these people because they stand by you, but also because they are darn fun. Send some good times home with them with customized Bags Game Sets like these from Display Products. Every home should own at least one set, so why not make theirs artisanal and easily portable?
Woodwork for Their Good (continued)
Display Products also offers customized cutting boards engraved with your attendant’s name, longstanding catchphrase, favorite recipe, or wedding hashtag. When not in use, flip for a decorative memory and put on display. (Pun intended.)
Sip, Sip, Hooray!
Within just about 20 miles of anywhere you will find a winery, distillery, or brewery, and within them an opportunity to visit and taste. Typically these places are situated among breathtaking scenery or historic buildings, making for picturesque places to entertain as a group. Send each home with their favorite bottle and probably a buzz, and a few sloppy declarations of love and sisterhood/brotherhood.
Sleep. We love it more than anything, even more than we love each other. Select for each party member a pajama set in your wedding’s theme or color scheme, or monogram a plush bathrobe, silk kimono, or house slippers. Everyone loves snuggle wear, both as pre-wedding wearables and beyond. Let them lounge and think of you long after the I Dos, and don’t forget a set for yourselves for true slumber solidarity.
Sun's Out, Guns Out
Ride the wave of your sunny destination, whether it be a beach in the tropics or local resort, with all they’ll need to shine. Wrap SPF and aloe gel, a stylish cooler cup, and a hat or visor in a customized plush beach towel, then let the good times roll. Throw in some local rum or tequila to really show them how much you love them.
Jazz Up Their Hobbies
Presumably you and these people share some sort of common interest, and a nod to that might be a personalized golf glove, or golf balls imprinted with their initials or your wedding day hashtag. Customize a gym bag or tennis racket sleeve. Pay ahead for a rod building clinic for your fishing buddies, or spring for matching beer-league jerseys. Remind them that getting married won’t mean losing their best outfielder.
For the Greener of Thumbs
The gift of plants connotes an investment of time and effort toward something beautiful, a requirement for longevity be it marriage, family, or friendship. It’s also pretty. Pot a seasonal arrangement for their front porch, or gift them a tree to watch blossom and mature through the years. Tell your attendant “I dig you” with engraved planting tools and a good kneeling pad.