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- Beautiful Gift Ideas for Child Bridesmaids to Cherish Posted on 21st September 2019
Being asked to be a bridesmaid is often an event we associate with adult friends, yet children are also regularly included in the bridal party. If you've decided to make a child in your life a bridesmaid at your wedding, you'll no doubt be hunting down a few gift ideas perfect for saying thank you!
In this blog, we'll take a look at some of the top suggestions for child bridesmaids, providing you with plenty of gifting inspiration...
This options is reserved for the more crafty among us, but nonetheless a handmade gift is considered one of the most treasured presents for bridesmaids of all ages – giving you space to show off your own talents while creating something unique.
If you aren't blessed with crafting skills, then there are still ways to add a handmade feel to your gifts, by simply choosing things which look suitably rustic, or have specific handmade credentials. It may not be the same as making something yourself, but will lend a special feel to even the simplest of gifting options.
Get It Personalised
Personalising your bridesmaid gift is the perfect way to show how much you appreciate their contribution to your wedding. It’s a fantastic alternative to the handmade approach, and you can personalise your gift with a special message, their initials or their full name, ensuring plenty of flexibility!
You can find a wide array of personalised gifts for all different tastes and age groups, which is the perfect way to find the ideal present which suits the bridesmaid you are buying for.
A particular favourite is personalised pens and stationery, which is ideally suited to younger bridesmaids.
Consider The Gift Of Clothing
How about getting your bridesmaid a shawl or jacket? Depending on the weather at the time of your wedding, this could come in handy on the day itself, and works well for child bridesmaids and adults. There are numerous clothing options available, so find something that works with your bridesmaid dresses, and they'll have a gift which is practical, and that is a reminder of the wedding day.
Many brides now gift their bridesmaids with sleepwear for the night before the wedding, and this can include younger bridesmaids as well as any adults who are taking part in bridesmaid duties.
Look For Great Jewellery
The gift of jewellery is often a memorable one, particularly if you opt for infinitely wearable, timeless pieces which will provide your bridesmaid with a memento of the day she played a pivotal role in. These can be great gifts to give the child to either wear on the day, or to be presented with at the wedding breakfast. For children, we recommend necklaces or adjustable bracelets, as they are unlikely to 'outgrow' them. Decorative pendants and personalised bracelets are particularly popular, but be sure you only opt for jewellery when the child is old enough to safely wear the item.
Find Decorative Pieces
A special day deserves to be commemorated, and giving your bridesmaid a photo frame provides plenty of inspiration to frame a great image from your wedding. As with so many great wedding party gifts, photo frames can often also be personalised to provide added uniqueness and value.
A decorative vase is a great choice if your child bridesmaid is fond of flowers, and you can even gift her something from your bouquet to get her started! Alternatively, age-appropriate glassware is a great option for older children.
Opt For Something Edible
One gift which never goes out of style is the gift of chocolate and sweets! Edible gifts come in a wide variety of styles and flavours, and while they may not be cherished long after the event (they'll probably be eaten!) you can at least be sure this is an option sure to please almost everyone.
There are many different ways to approach this gift, from sticking to a simple box of chocolates to getting something specially made for your bridesmaid. Whatever you do, be sure to check any dietary requirements before you purchase.
Get Your Bridesmaid A Gift Bag
An ever-popular gift for bridesmaids, a gift bag can include almost anything you can think of – including a combination of some of the gifts included in this list, and many more creative and inspiring ideas. Alternatively, there are a variety of per-made gift bags and hampers which are a great time-saving option.
The only thing you need to ensure when purchasing for a young bridesmaid is that each gift that you add is suitable for the child, and, especially with foods and skin care, that they don't have any allergies or sensitivities.
Gift Pup Suggestions
Ready to start shopping for that ideal bridesmaid gift? Then take a look at some of our top suggestions...
For decorative jewellery fans, we recommend the Pink Benitas Friendship Bracelet, which celebrates friendship in delicate pink hues. The gift is also available in blue, and is a wonderful way to say thank you to a treasured bridesmaid on the day of your wedding. This piece uses decorative beads and includes the name of your recipient, so its a one-of-a-kind item they'll be able to wear for many years to come.
For another timeless gift, you could choose the Ball Pen & Case. The chrome case can be personalised with a message perfect for your bridesmaid, whilst the pen itself can feature her name. This is a great gift for bridesmaids that are older children, or that enjoy their reading and writing, as this is a gift that they can continue to use long after the wedding and into adulthood.
Another delightful option is to invest in a special Your Message Giant Cookie, which adds a message of your choice to an enormous chocolate chip treat. The gift includes a special gift box which will fit through the letterbox, providing convenience as well as something delicious to help you say thank you in style. Alternatively, this could be used as a great Bridesmaid Proposal for the sweet-toothed.
- How To...Be The Maid of Honour Posted on 18th September 2019
The role of Maid of Honour is just that, an honour. The bride has chosen you to be the woman that she trusts and loves enough to have by her side on the biggest day of her life, so it's only natural that you will want to make sure that you do a good job. Here at GiftPup, we've created a quick guide for how to be the BEST Maid of Honour.
Whether it's giving suggestions and advice, or helping to make wedding favours, a maid of honour should be on hand to help out throughout the planning and on the day. The level of help that each bride may need will differ based on the woman, the couple, and the wedding, so no 2 maid of honour roles are the same. As long as you are there when she needs you, either on the phone, or by her side, you are doing your job.
Lead The Bridal Party
An alternate title for the Maid of Honour is the Chief Bridesmaid, this is because part of your role is to rally the troops and organise the other bridesmaids. The easy way to do this is by creating a group chat where you can field any bridesmaid questions, organise dress fittings and pre-wedding plans, and even plan a surprise or two for the bride if you want. This all culminates in making sure that everyone is ready on time on the day.
Plan The Hen Do
Perhaps the most fun (or most stressful) part of being the Maid of Honour, is organising the hen do for your bridal bestie. Hen dos can come in many shapes and sizes, from a family friendly afternoon tea, to a raucous 'final night of freedom', a holiday in the sun, to a fun-filled obstacle course. The best way to throw the best party is by consulting the bride, make sure she likes the general idea, and get her to provide a guest list.
Be The Point Person
As Maid of Honour, make notes of the key information (the venue address, guest accommodation, timings etc) so that guests can come to you with their questions, instead of bothering the nearly-weds, especially in the final days before the wedding. On the day, make it clear to everyone that they are to bring any problems or questions to you - that way, you can fix any minor issues without adding to the Bride's pre-wedding nerves.
Keep The Bride Calm
Pre-wedding jitters are natural, the final few weeks may be filled with a panicked bride questioning if she's picked the right dress, or if the weather will be okay. Reassure her that everything will be okay, and that the day will be perfect. If she's having any series second thoughts, sit down with her and talk it through calmly to make sure that she is calm and rational before making any big decisions.
Have An Emergency Kit
A great way to keep the bride calm on the day, is by being equipped with an Emergency Kit. From makeup to mints, having the essentials on hand ensures that you can tackle any mini-disaster that might occur. If you're struggling to think about what you might need, we have prepared our own Emergency Kit-List to help you out, or there's also a great one available here.
Be A Friend
Last but definitely not least, be her friend! There's a reason that you were the one that she chose to stand by her side, and you will both still be friends long after the wedding is over, so put the wedding plans and Pinterest boards to one side and spend some time just hanging out. Whether you're gym buddies, or gin buddies, take some time out to do what you guys do best.
Celebrate in style with this personalised Bride Squad Champagne Flute. Perfect for a sophisticated soiree with the girls, each glass features a spiralled design and Swarovski crystals, and can be personalised with the bride's name, and the name of each 'hen'. These glasses are also great for toasting on the day, from your preparations in the bridal suite, to the wedding breakfast.
If you and the girls prefer shots to champers, this Bride Tribe Conical Shot Glass is a great way to get the party starter, and can be used again and again on nights out, night in, and nights away! By personalising each glass with the bride's name, and the wedding date, these glasses are also a great memento of the big day that can be used at all of your future parties.
Not every bride wants a champagne toast or to sling back shots, so, if neither champers nor shots is her thing, perk up the party with a personalised Hen Do Engraved Pint Glass, and ensure that the perfect pint is poured. Pint glasses are also very versatile, and are a great way to include non-drinkers in the celebrations with a glass that they will use.
This Malteser Pink Drizzle Heart Sweet Tree is perfect for both the bride, and for all the girls, after all, who better to share it with? Whether it's a centrepiece for the hen do, or a sweet treat in the bridal suite, these tasty treats are guaranteed to go down well, and with a wide variety of trees available, you're guaranteed to find one she'll love.
Before any of the hen do plans can take place, why not create a Hen Do Fund that you, and the other hens, can all add to to help spread the cost. This Hen Do Personalised Money Box is great for adding small change to top up the budget. Alternatively, this can be used as a way to cover the bride's expenses in order to ensure that she has the best possible party without putting her hand in her own pocket.
- 10 Creative Gift Ideas for Anyone Who Loves Their Pet Posted on 14th September 2019
There are lots of pet-related gifts on the market, but how do you choose the ideal gift for the pet lover in your life?
If you want to show some extra love and care in your own gift ideas, then read on for a few of our top suggestions...
Make It Personalised
Admittedly, this is something the pet owner will appreciate much more than the pet, but that only helps to make it more special for your pet-loving friend!
Opting for personalised pet gifts can help elevate even the simplest of items to something quite spectacular, and is available on everything from dog beds to water bowls and beyond.
Whatever you're gifting, there is sure to be a personalised way to add some extra lustre to the item.
Grab A Gift Card
Gift cards might not immediately feel like the most imaginative gift, but it does allow the recipient to find something which they (and their pet) will truly love.
This makes a handy backup plan if you really can't find anything to suit them, but we recommend exhausting all other options beforehand!
Look For Pet-Themed Jewellery
Found a great piece of jewellery which reminds you of their pet? Then for jewellery fans, this could be the ideal present. A lovely piece of jewellery can have a real impact, and it also provides a great way for your recipient to carry memories of their pet around with them all day long.
Thankfully, there are plenty of both statement pieces and more delicate items available, ensuring something for every taste.
Choose Great Pet Clothing
Some pets are averse to being put in a seasonal jumper or a reflective vest, but for dog lovers this could be a particularly thoughtful gift. As well as showing you've been thinking of them, it also demonstrates you care about their pet.
Carefully check the sizing before you make a purchase, as measurements for pet clothing can sometimes be a little tricky. Look for sizing charts which include information on specific breeds, as this will make getting it right much easier.
Get Animal-Themed Apparel
It’s not just their pet who you can buy clothing for, but the owner too. Depending on their favourite pet, you could opt for getting a T-shirt with the type of animal they love emblazoned on it, or perhaps go for some custom pieces which include a photo of their real pet.
The added effort will definitely be appreciated, and this is often a fun novelty gift for true pet lovers.
Look For Fun Slogans
Pet-related slogans with relatable or quirky messages are another big favourite, and will soon have your pet-loving friend laughing and thanking you for thinking of them.
Slogans can be found on everything from notepads to cushion covers, and will certainly provide a talking point!
Hunt Down Pet-Related Home Décor
Most pet lovers adore adding images and reminders of their pets around the home, so pet-related décor is often a big hit.
There are so many different ways to approach this, from investing in pet-themed glassware to getting them a piece of wall art painted with an image of their pet of choice. If you're not sure how much space your recipient has, its best to keep it simple; go for mugs, coasters, fridge magnets or other, smaller items which they can add to the home without making too much of a statement.
Find Pet-Related Photo Books
Coffee table books or books filled with photos and information on their favourite pet are sure to be a treasured gift, and this is also a luxurious type of present which shows real thought and attention to detail.
Depending on the type of book you buy, your recipient could even end up learning much more about their pet, which is a great way to help them strengthen their bond.
Subscribe Them To A Pet Magazine
There is a world of pet-friendly magazines out there, each offering unique insights into the world of pet ownership for a wide variety of different species and breeds.
This can be particularly useful if your recipient has a unique type of animal as a pet, and you can often purchase a year of subscription with no fuss or hassle. Subscriptions make a great supplementary gift in addition to something a little more flashy and decorative.
Buy Pet Travel Gear
Pet owners often love to travel with their pets, but it can be tricky to gather all the right equipment. This is where your thoughtful gift can come in handy.
From cat boxes to dog harnesses, look for pieces which will fit into their life and stand up to plenty of wear and tear.
Gift Pup Top Suggestions
At GiftPup, we stock a wide variety of pet-related gifts, ideal for showing your favourite pet lover how much you care!
Some of our favourites include the Pet Photo Upload Apron, which allows you to upload an image of their favourite pet onto a high quality personalised apron. Available in one flexible size, the item is ideal for anyone who is creative in the kitchen, and is made from 100% polyester canvas for extra durability. The item is also available in a special kid-friendly size, so junior pet lovers can also join in with the fun!
Alternatively, you can always opt for a Medium Dog Bed Cushion (also available in small and large sizes), to help create a comfy space for the dog of the house. Each cushion features a photo of their pet printed on a sturdy yet soft canvas material with a black backing on the reverse, and, it’s also washable for added convenience.
To add some pet-related home décor to your gift list, we recommend the Black Glass Pet Photo Coaster, which allows the recipient to always see their favourite photo of their pet, while also helping to prevent any marks to furniture or accidental spills. Each coaster is made from premium quality glass with a stylish black border for a contemporary feel that is still personal.
There really is a world of options when it comes to gifting the pet lover in your life, so take a deep breath and get shopping!
- Top 10 Birthday Gifts for Him Posted on 11th September 2019
For the top man in your life, whether he's your dad, brother, husband, boyfriend, or even just a friend, help him celebrate his birthday in style with our Top 10 Birthday Gifts
- 11 Of The Biggest Birthday Gift Mistakes To Avoid Posted on 7th September 2019
Buying a birthday gift is a chance to unleash your creativity, while showing how much you care about the recipient. Make sure your choice hits the spot by steering clear of these 11 whopping birthday gift mistakes…
- Would YOU Regift A Wedding Present? Posted on 4th September 2019
Our recent survey has revealed that:
77% of us are happy to buy a wedding gift for our family members and friends.
Only 26% of us would spend more than £50 on our friends' wedding gift, but 52% of us would splash the cash for family members.
43% of us would re-gift an item to save money.
- The 5 Top Bridesmaid Gifts For Your Gin Obsessed Bridal Squad Posted on 31st August 2019
Organising a wedding can be tough. Worrying about your dress fitting properly, whether Auntie Margaret is going to be grouchy if she's sat next to Aunt Paula after they fell out over 20 years ago and stressing over the cake are all part and parcel of getting hitched. It’s no wonder that engaged couples really feel the strain when it comes to getting everything just right on their special day.
- Top 10 Birthday Gifts for Her Posted on 28th August 2019
For the best friend who's like a sister, to the sister who's also your best friend; for the mums, the stepmums, the wives and the daughters, we've selected our Top 10 Birthday Gifts to treat the women in your life.
- Back To School Essentials For 2019 Posted on 24th August 2019
It's nearly time for the kids to go back to school, and as any parent knows, this means there's a few key items which they’ll need to stock up on beforehand.
Many items make great back to school gifts for those a little anxious about the new school year. Read on for our back to school tips and shopping list, which ticks all the essential boxes, and makes a few suggestions for items which will get your kids looking forward to being back in the classroom!
- How To…Be The BEST Best Man Posted on 21st August 2019
The role of Best Man isn't one to be taken lightly, and goes beyond a night of drinking. Accepting the role is a promise to support the groom, and act as his right hand man throughout the wedding process. Here at GiftPup, we've created a quick guide for how to be the BEST best man.
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