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Brides getting married in the summer have a slew of things to be grateful for when it comes to their planning their weddings — great weather, longer days full of flattering lighting, and guests that are seriously in the mood to party (rosé all day please!). Another major perk of being a summer bride? Finding gift ideas for bridesmaids has never been easier. Find a few of our favorite bridesmaid gift ideas, all perfect for summer nuptials, below.
Whether you're heading to the beach for your bachelorette, hosting an epic destination wedding in a tropical locale, or are just lucky enough to live near the coast, your besties will love a thoughtfully made beach kit. Include hair ties, wet bikini bags, monogrammed towels and more for a grab-and-go bag that meets every beach babe's needs. Consider also adding sunscreen and water bottles with fun labels, and store it all in an adorable tote or cute cooler bag.
Everyone can appreciate something that is cute, personal, AND can keep your summer cocktails (or iced coffee) cool all summer long. Custom tumblers, koozies, flasks and more all make perfect gifts for the cocktail-loving bridal party. Head to Etsy for endless fun options everyone will love.
Anchor/Sailor Knots Jewelry
Two summer staples, anchors & sailor knots, can double as unique and thoughtful bridesmaid jewelry that they can rock throughout the summer, and beyond. Jewelry with an anchor charm can symbolize how your best girls keep you "grounded" and "afloat" whereas a knot can emulate your tied-together bond. Jewelry giant Tiffany & Co. offers elegant pieces with both charming symbols, and designer Kate Spade has knotted rings, necklaces and bracelets in silver, gold, and pavé.
Summer bridesmaid dresses almost always call for open toed shoes. Instead of your girls absorbing yet another cost, treat them to a mani-pedi girls day out a day or two before your wedding. Not only will it be much appreciated, but "experiential" gifts are often the best kind, allowing you to spend some quality pre-wedding time with your girls while gifting them something thoughtful. Plus, anything that saves a bridesmaid money is always a good idea!
Doesn't the classic friendship bracelet take you back to the summers of your youth? Often made from thread or cloth, these lightweight, wear-anywhere pieces incorporate fun summer hues with the symbolic nature of friendship bracelets. Bracelet designer Chan Luu offers a variety of options you can select based on favorite colors, stones, and more. Etsy shop GrandeGifts also offers custom friendship bracelets you can personalize with charms or initials, making them a unique tribute for each girl. Your bridal tribe can sport these fun trendy bracelets at the beach or pool throughout the warmer months. (Just remind them to take them off for the wedding day!)