Sunday, February 1, 2009

Gifts: Thinking Outside the Box

A gift to a bridesmaid or a groomsman is a classic way to express how honored you feel to have them take part in one of the most important days of your life. They're your closest friends and family members, your nearest and dearest who have traveled from near and far, hosted a party or two in your honor, and perhaps even calmed a little pre-wedding wackiness over the course of the weeks and months leading up to the big day.

So often, however, when searching for the perfect little something for these honored attendants, a shopping trip only turns up the same old, usual suspects. Not to worry - maybe I can help. Before you find yourself humming "It's all been done..." (gotta love the Barenaked Ladies!) while browsing through an endless supply of ho-hum gifts, check out my go-to list below. From classic to quirky, it covers all the bases, so all that's left to do is tie on a bow!

The New Classics: Updated and Personalized

HERS: The Floral Etched Purse Mirror from Red Envelope, monogrammed with an initial, is simple and elegant. It stands alone, or would be perfect tucked into a makeup bag with a few beauty essentials in colors to match her dress.

HIS: The Classic Thinfold Wallet from Orvis in tobacco-toned leather with green accents can be embossed with up to six characters.

It's in the Bag: Style and Function

HERS: Acacia's Hand-Embroidered Clutch Baguettes come in two eye-catching designs - floral on chocolate or a jewel-toned feather motif. (So cute, you may even want to pick up an extra one for yourself!)

HIS: This handsome Leather Travel Case by Red Envelope can be personalized with a brass ID plaque. Ideal for destination weddings.

Rock & Roll: Make a Statement

HIS: The Thor Cuff by Rock & Republic in brown or black leather is awesome, and absolutely unexpected.

Playful Presents: Have a Little Fun

HERS: Cowgirl Flour Sack Towels from Uncommon Goods are feisty and functional - "Feeling Lucky, Cowboy?"

HIS: Guys love gadgets, and this Mini-Amp iPod Speaker from Hammacher Schlemmer will become a new favorite.

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