Engagement season is upon us, and that means stocking up on gifts for all of your favorite brides-to-be. If your close friend just said "yes" to a sparkling diamond ring, giving her something special to celebrate the occasion is a thoughtful way to show your support.
I've had many friends get engaged over the past few years, so I've been able to see firsthand which products future brides like the most. I've found that the best gifts are those that she can use or wear throughout her journey to the altar.
When searching for a bridal gift for your bestie, consider her style and the specific events she has planned—such as a destination bachelorette party, a classy bridal brunch, or a themed engagement party. The sweet spot is finding something that's both fashionable and functional. To help you find a gift the bride will truly appreciate, I'm sharing the top three bridal gifts I've given to future brides.
From an adorable bridal clutch to bachelorette-worthy pajamas, read on for the best bridal gifts I've given to my newly-engaged friends.
Symbolic Imports Personalized Bridal Sweatshirt
If the bride-to-be is planning on taking her future spouse's last name, gift her this comfy and cute crewneck sweatshirt from Etsy. After I gave this to one of my friends, it became a staple in her closet leading all the way up to the wedding day. She even wore it on the flight to her out-of-town bachelorette party, and it was the perfect way to show off her engaged status while staying warm and comfortable on the plane.
Price at time of publish: $25+
Belle's Design Feather Trim Silk Satin Pajama
Have you ever seen a more festive pair of bridal PJs? From a bachelorette bash to getting-ready photos on the big day, this sweet and trendy set is sure to come in handy. And guess what? It comes in a multitude of colors—including pink, dusty blue, champagne, and red—so the entire bridal party can match the bride-to-be!
Price at time of publish: $43
Altar'd State Mrs. Beaded Clutch
Chic yet practical, a bridal clutch is a must for every bride's wardrobe checklist. I love that this style has an optional strap, so she can wear it as a crossbody bag for running wedding errands (like meeting with the planner or wedding dress shopping), hitting the town during the bachelorette, or for the rehearsal dinner and reception. Plus, the beaded design creates a fun texture without being too over the top.
Price at time of publish: $60
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Chloe Caldwell is a Commerce Writer for Brides who specializes in shopping and lifestyle topics. She has more than five years of journalism experience writing about all things fashion, beauty, travel, and wellness.