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5 wedding gift ideas to give your BFF that are more personal than cash

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Being a bridesmaid can get expensive, between the bachelorette party, the bridal shower, buying a dress, hair and makeup, and even potentially traveling for said wedding. I’m in two weddings this year, so it sparked a debate among my coworkers: As a bridesmaid, do you give the couple a wedding gift?

According to The Knot, bridesmaids should give a wedding gift and should spend between $100 to $120. When I’m not a bridesmaid, I typically give cash in a card or online to a couple’s honeymoon fund. However, as a bridesmaid, I think it’s nice to give something more personal. This is your close friend, after all! Although, I personally don’t think it needs to be upwards of $100 unless you can swing it.

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A personal gift, like their favorite champagne and a nice written card, goes a long way. For the last wedding I was in, the couple liked to golf together, so I purchased two sets of custom golf balls with Mr. Smith and Mrs. Smith written on each, and it cost just under $100.

When your BFF is getting married, you want to help them celebrate, and only you know the best way to do it. Here are some personalized gift ideas starting at $32 that they’ll surely love.

Available in over 30 colors.
$69 at Mark & Graham

You can customize this small travel jewelry case with your friend’s new initials (if she’s changing her last name). She can use it on her honeymoon to safely carry all her favorite pieces or stash her wedding ring if she’s apprehensive about wearing it in the ocean. It comes in over 30 colors, so you can choose her wedding color or go with a print as bold as she is.

She can wear it on its own or as part of a stack.
$32 at Kate Spade New York

This gold bangle features a sailor’s knot detail you could gift to your friend to help her “tie the knot.” It’s simple enough she could wear it every day and perfect for the bride who isn’t into all of the “Mrs.” and bride-labeled things.

Check out all of BaubleBar's custom blanket options.
$98 at BaubleBar

BaubleBar makes the cutest custom throw blankets. Get one for the couple with their new shared last name for their home. Not only are the custom blankets stylish — and available in a wide range of styles — but they’re knitted with comfy yet machine-washable yarn.

Commemorate the big day with a candle.
$38 at Homesick

This sweet candle won’t break the bank, and paired with a nicely written card, and will be much appreciated. It’s a cute way to commemorate the couple’s special day, and according to the product description, it smells like salty ocean air, fresh linens and a crisp glass of champagne. In other words, it’s a universal scent most couples will love.

It's free to add a monogram to a bag.
$119 at Mark & Graham

Mark & Graham is filled with great customizable gifts, and it offers free monogramming and free shipping on most items. You can customize this canvas tote bag for no extra charge with your friend’s new initials. It’s a great bag for traveling, the honeymoon and beyond.

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