Gifts that Never Go Out of Style
For months they’ve helped pick, plan and pose, and now it’s time to return the favor. Show your groomsmen gratitude. Applaud your bridesmaids with appreciation. Actions speak louder than words when it comes to thanking your wedding attendants. Here are some innovative suggestions to your good intentions.
When you select your bridal team, it’s personal. Why would thanking them be any different? From budget-friendly to over-the-top, custom-made thanks top the gift-giving charts.
Diana Fitzgerald of the original Wine of the Month Club, based in Southern California, favors gift selection with a personal touch. “We offer wines that you are not going to find on a shelf,” she says. Make it personal and show that you pay attention to their Chianti or Chardonnay cravings by choosing wines to please their palate.
When it comes to giving to your gals and guys, sometimes they come wrapped in the same package. Here are some classic ideas suited to both sexes.
Pamper Me Please
Gals – Show your ladies love with a day at the spa. For fancy fingers and feet, choose the manicure/pedicure package. A bonus to this foot-friendly treatment? Keep the laughs alive when you can do this thank-you side by side. Stephanie Gerard, a spokeswoman for Bliss Spa, recommends face treatments for the team to make everyone glow on the big day.
Guys – No longer ladies-only. Take your boys for a day of manly relaxation. Gerard recommends treatments perfect for a “manly-cure,” such as Bliss’ ‘homme’-improvement facial or a sports massage. With testosterone titles attached to these treatments, your guys will thank you for this exposure to their soft side.
Gals – The diamond isn’t the only piece of jewelry that lasts forever. Give a timeless token with an engraved pendant. Not only will she love the simple but sophisticated selection, her initials and/or a thank-you message on the back add new meaning to the already precious metal.
Guys – Sneak some silver or gold into your pal’s pocket. A classic money clip with his initials and your thank-you message adds bulk to his bills. Added bonus, since he might not have your gift by the wedding day (etiquette experts says he has a year), he’ll think of you when finally gets around shelling out cash for your gift.
Gals – Every girl loves the theater but never seems to have the time to go. Get her tickets to the hottest show in town. Go as a group or dole out pairs of tickets for different weekends. Up the personal punch by choosing a drama for the artist, a musical for the talker and a comedy for the funny gal of the group.
Guys – Skip the stage and take him to the theatrics of the court, field or stadium with tickets to their favorite athletic event. Even better, plan an out-of-town weekend and make a trip out of it.
The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Gals – Take Fitzgerald’s advice and go for the club-based membership or gift, such as wine. You can select from one-time shipment of a few bottles or a yearlong subscription for month-to-month enjoyment. Arriving with a hand-written card announcing your selection of reds or whites, each fine wine will remind her of your fine friendship.
Guys – Upgrade your bud from Bud with a beer-of-the month club. Choose from ales of the season to craft varieties made with flavored hops. He’ll get something interesting, and you’ll have something to enjoy the next time you come over for a game.
With a little thought, the gift for your attendants gets an instant upgrade.