From personalised keepsakes to gifts that will make getting wedding-ready on the day all the more fun, here’s our ultimate edit

When it comes to weddings, the bride and groom are of course the main players, but what is a wedding without a dream team of bridesmaids behind you? They’re your best friends, the ones who keep you calm, helped you find the dress and partied like it was 1999 on your hen do. So, they really do deserve that perfect bridesmaid gift; something that shows your gratitude and says ‘thank you, I love you’.

If that feels easier said than done, read on because Boots has got your back with inspiration and top tips for buying the perfect bridesmaid gift.

What makes the perfect bridesmaid gift?

Whether you opt for a small token or a grand gesture, in this case it really is the thought that counts.

You could go all out and get a beautiful fragrance or an eye-catching hair accessory that they can wear on the big day. Or you could make it personal with named necklaces or candles. When it comes to choosing a gift your bridesmaids will treasure long after the wedding’s finished, you could go small and thoughtful or big and glitzy – as long as it’s special to them, they’re sure to love it.

When should you give your bridesmaid gift?

We think the ideal moment for giving your bridesmaids their gifts is the morning of your wedding ceremony. Getting ready with your crew is a big part of the day, so before the mascara goes on – in case of tears – pull out your presents and let them know how much they mean to you.

How much should you spend on a bridesmaid gift?

You don’t have to spend a fortune to find something truly worthy of your friendship. Set yourself a budget depending on how many bridesmaids you have, think about whether you want to get them all the same thing or something different and if you might spend more on your maid of honour if you have one. It’s also worth taking into consideration how much they’ll be spending on your wedding, such as hen party, hotel room, dress, wedding present and travel expenses.

11 of the best bridesmaid gifts to say thank you
Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Camera

• Available in five colours

• Built-in selfie lens and selfie mirror

• Two customisable shutter buttons

• Credit card-sized prints

For a dose of nostalgia, buy your bridesmaids these nifty little Fujifilm Instax Mini cameras. With five colours to choose from, you could coordinate them to the shade of your bridesmaid dresses. Not only is this a fun, stylish gift, but it’s practical – giving you all the chance to document those unforgettable moments you share together on your wedding day.

Boots Pearl & Diamante Row Wedding Slides

• Three pearl and diamante hair slides

You can’t go wrong with hair accessories when it comes to bridesmaid gift ideas. This pack of three romantic hair slides is just the thing to add sparkle and shine to a hair do. Glamorous and understated, the timeless accessories will pull together a sleek, stylish look for the big day and beyond.

Boots Pearl Wedding Jaw Clip

• One size

We all have good hair days and bad hair days, but whatever their tresses are up to, claw clips add glamour to any updo. A quick twist held up by an embellished accessory is an easy way to go from drab to fab instantly – which is why this classic pearl clip has made our list of best bridesmaid gifts.

Activity Superstore Indulgent Spa Day for Two Gift Experience

• A spa experience for two

• Hundreds of venues in the UK

• Valid for 12 months

For a real showstopper of a gift, book yourself and your besties into a spa day. Nothing beats unwinding and kicking back with your favourite people – and it gives you something to look forward to after the excitement of your special day. Choose from hundreds of locations across the UK.

Treat Republic Personalised Forever and Always Horizontal Bar Necklace Gold

• Personalised necklace

• Engraved in a stylish handwriting font

• Up to 12 characters

A simple but sentimental way to accessorise and elevate a look, engraved necklaces are a popular way to jazz up a neckline. Send a sweet message of thanks to your crew by inscribing your bridesmaids’ initials, names or another bespoke note on this personalised gift.

M.A.C Lipglass

M.A.C’s range of glorious glosses has everything a girl needs to feel glam. Infused with jojoba oil to condition and smooth lips as well as provide shine, this is the perfect gift for make-up lovers. Each time your bridesmaids take it out of their make-up bags, they’ll think of you.

Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum

• Size: 50ml

• Fragrance family: floral

The best perfumes are those that have the power to evoke treasured memories of people, places and events. Give Lancôme’s popular La Vie Est Belle perfume to your bridesmaids to wear on your wedding day and it will conjure up all the emotions every time they smell it again.

Real Techniques Au Naturale Brush Kit- 9 Piece Set

• Vegan

• Cruelty-free

• Nine-piece set

Whether you’re hiring a make-up artist or doing your own on your wedding day, nothing feels more luxurious and special than new make-up brushes. Kit your beauty-loving bridesmaids out with their own nine-piece set that includes a powder brush and a full coverage one to say thank you.

L’Oréal Paris Paradise Mascara

• Extra-soft brush

• Enriched with castor oil

This volumising and lengthening mascara is sure to make every bridesmaid feel fabulous. With an ultra-soft brush and nourishing formula, it’ll soon become a daily staple for achieving a flake-free, foolproof flutter.

Soap & Glory Feel the Best Dressed Satin Bathrobe

• One size

Getting ready with your wedding party has become as much of a tradition as the ceremony itself. The joy of getting together, popping open a bottle of bubbles and feeling the anticipation rise with your nearest and dearest is pretty unbeatable, and probably why bridesmaid robes have risen to such iconic status. This pale pink Soap & Glory robe is beautifully soft and effortlessly chic, making it a brilliant gift – and just think of the photos!

Landan Tyler Alphabet Candle

• Midnight pomegranate-scented candle

Proving that luxury doesn’t have to come with a big price tag, these spicy, pomegranate and pink pepper candles come in each letter of the alphabet, so they can be personalised. Your bridesmaids will love lighting these up and sinking into a cosy night in – the perfect antidote to the post-wedding blues.