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It’s almost your special day. You found your soulmate, you set the day, picked out the dress, and asked your favorite person to be your Maid of Honor. Whether your Maid of Honor is your sister, cousin, or best friend, she's the person you want standing by your side on your big day. Your MOH will show up for you so many times during the process, from the engagement party to the bridal shower to the rehearsal dinner. Honor her by gifting her something meaningful that shows how thankful you are for being there through your process.
“The hallmark of a great Maid of Honor gift is the thought and personalization behind it,"
says Elizabeth McKellar, the owner of The Nouveau Romantics. "Your MOH should feel the care and attention you put thought behind your gift, and whatever you give should feel unique to them."
While you'll be buying gifts for your entire bridal party, your MOH should be a little extra special. Susan Norcross, the owner of The Styled Bride, adds: “Go with something personalized, practical and timeless, like a monogrammed bag or clutch they can use again and again, or a beautiful piece of jewelry.”
Read on for the best maid of honor gifts.
Mo Moosa Custom Maid of Honor Mug
What makes this mug such a popular gift option is that it is completely customizable. You can choose the skin color, hairstyle, and color of the dress. You can also add the date and pick from floral arrangements as well that decorate the mug. Fill it with their favorite candy to make it even more personalized. They'll think of your lovely day every time she takes a sip of coffee or tea.
Pamela Hattie Personalized Open Heart Ring
You’ll be getting a new ring that day, so give her one too. Gift her your heart, so they know that even though someone else is entering your life, you'll still be in hers. This delicate, handmade ring is personalized with your bestie's initial, so she'll feel extra special every time she wears it.
Everly Grayce Personalized Tote Bag
Practical and sustainable; you can’t go wrong with a personalized tote. An affordable gift option that you can fill with other little gifts, it also can hold everything they need throughout the wedding day (think makeup bag, shawl, or flip-flops). After your big day, this will be in heavy rotation as her new favorite tote for school, supermarket trips, or fitness classes.
Bespoke Wedding Gift Co. Super Soft Satin Pajamas Set
Satin, luxe, comfy–this short PJ set will be their new favorite thing to wear to bed. It's affordable enough to get one for your entire bridal party, your mother, and of course, one for yourself. Personalize the pjs with their initials on the front pocket and get ready for the cutest pictures of you and your squad getting ready on the big day. Offered in nine colors, there definitely will be a shade to match your wedding palette.
Rhea Noa Jewelry 14k Gold Letter Bracelet
Get each of your bridal party members a bracelet personalized with their first name initial. Since the letter lies flat and isn't a charm, it won't distract them from any of their day-of duties, whether fixing it's your train or meeting your energy on the dance floor. The delicate nature of the piece makes it something she'll wear daily and stack with some of her other bracelets.
The Paisley Box Wedding Themed Socks
You can't get any more practical than socks. But unlike the variety you might receive on Christmas, these are not boring and are created just for the people who will be surrounding you on your special day. Written on the bottom of the soles are the roles of the day; bride, matron of honor, maid of honor, bridesmaid, and even one for your flower girl. These can seamlessly be added to their sock drawer to wear any other day. If you are bundling a few gifts together, these socks are a must.
Miss Boxie 'Will You Be My Maid of Honor' Proposal Box
If you haven’t asked them yet, here’s an excellent way to pop the question. With two different options, premium and deluxe, your future maid of honor will receive a personalized champagne flute or tumbler, chocolate, a faux diamond topped pen, and an artificial rose. The box itself is so cute and features a magnetic closure, which makes it a great keepsake to safely store her mementos.
XOXO Kristen Makeup Bag
A girl can't have too many makeup bags, so gift her one more, which is sure to become her favorite. What makes this one stand out is that you can customize the inside and outside. Put her name or nickname on the outside and the date of your wedding on the inside. Or, if you can keep to the 20 character count, a small note she will see every time she unzips. She'll fall in love with this bag, which can double as a clutch for the wedding.
Stella & Haas Gold Snake Chain Necklace
This gold chain necklace is an affordable jewelry option that will truly stand out, on both the big day and beyond. This classic piece will seamlessly coordinate with any bridal party dress neckline, and it's timeless style that will mix well with other delicate necklaces in her collection.
Sequin Madeline Ear Crawlers
If your MOH has short hair, or you know she will be pulling her hair back into a low bun or high pony, a pair of statement earrings is a perfect choice. This bold look is a great option for a friend with a more modern or trendy style—and she'll definitely wear them for her next night on the town.
By Chari Mini Diamond Huggie Earrings
Once she puts them on, she'll never want to take off these pretty diamond hoops. Made of 14K gold, they're simple, delicate, and special-occasion-ready. Whether she has one piercing or many, this pair will will fit right in and be her new favorite piece of jewelry.
Sam Edelman Lenora Heel
Maid-of-honors and bridesmaids are always happy to be a part of the day, but it does come at a cost. Help reduce the bill by buying her a new pair of neutral shoes that will match her dress. She can dance the night away at the wedding and easily wear them again at her next special event.
Framebridge A Framed Picture
Your camera roll is filled with special pictures of the two of you laughing and having —they might have made it to your Instagram, but maybe not to a frame. Find your favorite and get it printed and framed with just a few clicks. It's a gift that will make her smile every time she sees it.
Firstleaf Wine Club
Whether they are a connoisseur or enjoys a glass or two a week, they'll appreciate this subscription to try new varieties. You can choose to gift whatever amount is in your budget and if their partner is also part of the ceremony, this makes an excellent combined gift. They'll get to enjoy the vino together and possibly invite the newlyweds to join for their next wine and cheese night.
What to look for in a Maid of Honor gift
Personalization is a great way to make a gift feel special, whether it's her monogram on a classic clutch or a necklace with her initials. There are so many great options out there–just make sure you order your present well in advance to make sure it arrives in time.
Self care is another way to make her feel appreciated—she's done so much for you, so you'll want to make sure she is encouraged to relax (especially post-wedding!). A spa day, subscription to a yoga streaming service, or just a box of self care-related goodies will make her day.
What are Maid of Honor duties?
The maid of honor has a range of responsibilities in the time leading up to the wedding and during the big day. They're in charge of planning the bachelorette party, keeping track of gifts at the bridal shower, and generally being available for whatever the bride needs throughout the wedding planning process.
What’s the difference between a Maid of Honor and a Matron of Honor?
The maid of honor is usually unmarried, while the matron of honor has already had a wedding of their own. Ultimately, the roles are essentially the same (just a different name!).
Should the Maid of Honor give a gift to the bride?
The maid of honor should definitely give a give to the bride. While it's always possible to get something off the registry, it's nice to choose something more unexpected and personal for the bride—think custom jewelry, a monogrammed bag, or a gift card to a spa.
Do you have to buy your Maid of Honor a gift?
It's important to recognize all the people who have helped you and showed up for you throughout this process. Norcross says, “Your maid of honor more than likely has been your right hand not only through the wedding process but more than likely a good part of your life as well! Letting her ( or your man of honor) know how much you appreciate them is always a nice gesture, especially when you may be leaning on them a little more than usual!”
What Is a Unique Idea for a Maid of Honor Gift?
Besides a physical gift, McKellar and Norcross both suggested the idea of an experience. “For someone who has everything (and especially if they love quality time),” McKeller says, “a spa outing, weekend away, or something unique to your relationship is a great starting point for this option.” She also shares that the gift doesn’t have to cost a lot of money; it can be a meaningful photo or even a heartfelt letter. Norcross states anything where you can celebrate together, like a special dinner or a trip, is also a great thank you.
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