SPARKLE AND SHINE | gift ideas for your bridesmaids | If you can stand to part with them, yourself…

We’re fast approaching the holiday season, which means I’ve been thinking a lot about gifts lately.  And as we slowly say goodbye to the pretty fall leaves and prepare for the rather bare landscape ahead of us (save for the lucky ones in the south), there’s really only one thing on my mind…

And that’s sparkle, shimmer and shine.

The kind of gift giving I’ll focus on today is of the bridal party variety.  And if you decide to give them any of these beauties, you can be sure that they’ll be more than happy to stand next to you in the blistering cold for half an hour in a cocktail dress.

That georgieporgie above is Kate Spade’s twirl bow cuff, and it costs $175.  Also, I wanna have babies with it.  I’m on a bit of a bow kick right now – not too big, but it just started, so if I’m not careful it could reach fetish proportions.  I’m keeping it in check.  But not before I show you this one:

all wrapped up hinged bangle, $125


Just imagine that on your bridesmaids’ wrists.  Not too shabby, eh?  EH?

People, one thing I love is the idea of giving your bridesmaids a gift they can a) wear to your wedding and, b) wear forever and ever after that.  That’s the best gift you can possibly give them, when it comes to tangibles.  And, in my opinion, Kate Spade’s sparkling bracelets are the perfect choice.  Because who doesn’t love Kate Spade?  C’mon, seriously.  Who?

Here are some more great picks; your choice obviously depends on your wedding colorway, and your taste.  Choose wisely.  Kidding, you can’t go wrong with any of these.  After all, they’ve got my stamp of approval.  ;)

park avenue pearls charm bracelet, $255

on the dot idiom bangle, $48

this year i will idiom bangle, $48

moon river pearl bracelet, $195

sugar coat bangle, $75

I have no doubt your ladies are going to love those pieces.  And depending on your budget, there are affordable and not-so-afforable options.  It’s your call; I love all of them equally, and the girls will too.  Win!

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Now, speaking of your ladies, it’s time for a little fun.  Check out this RIDICULOUS ad I came across last night while googling whether or not it was ok to say “trimming the hedges” in writing to a friend.  (Believe it or not, sometimes I’m a little naive around innuendo.)

Pick up your jaw from off your desk and tell me, is that for real?  I tweeted that craziness yesterday and approx. eleventy million of you tweeted me back about it.  Fortunately, a few of you actually answered my question and pointed out that it’s from the UK, and is real.  I still wonder.  It’s just… it’s so… it’s SOOO… to the point.  I don’t know whether to be put off by it or embrace it for being so off the charts redonkulous.  One thing’s for sure, Schick isn’t winning over any female audiences with that one.  When I’m feeling down I should shave myself?  Huh?  A little depressed?  Squat and lather up.  Yeah, I’ll have to test that one, but I don’t have much confidence in the theory.  Oh, and don’t get me started on the implied stereotypes throughout that video.

I’m sure some of you are wondering why I was googling “trimming the hedges” last night.  I’ll tell you.  For your information, I was referring to an image in which a robot was literally trimming hedges on a bush in a land where Hello Kitty reigned supreme – ok fine I’ll show you the image.  But I’m warning you, this thing makes NO SENSE, WHATSOEVER.  Which is exactly why I brought the thing up to the friend in the first place.

Perhaps the most perplexing thing about this drawing is the sheer pointlessness of it.  I have so many questions, and they’re all coming back.  The robot landscaper, alone, is enough to cause an existential crisis for this writer.

Ok, if someone can tell me why this “work of art” exists, I’ll give you a hundred dollars.*

*Of Monopoly currency.

(Sorry, that was quite the digression.  Back to the matter at hand… )  What do you think of those choices above?  Would you consider any of these for your bridal party?  And if you’ve already purchased gifts, what are they?  Chime in below! :)

xoxo!  – Alison


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  1. Cat on November 10, 2010

    I want all of those bangles. Goodbye paycheck.

  2. Kim @BrideGoggles on November 10, 2010

    I might be them all for myself (feeling a little bit selfish :)

  3. Lily on November 10, 2010

    This is such a great idea. You have SUCH GREAT IDEAS!!! I’ve been reading your blog forever without commenting, but I’m gonna come out and say it; I love you. Please don’t be weirded out. Because I do, I love you. I’m never disappointed when I come here for inspiration. For example, these bracelets are the bomb diggity and sugar coat bangle is PEEEEERRRFEEEECTTT for my color scheme. Please keep the inspiration coming. I’ll curb the crazed professions of love if that’s what it takes! ;)

  4. TenThouBride on November 10, 2010

    lovely bridesmaids gifties! you should know, alison, that i’m not a “woo!” girl at all. actually quite mellow, but you bring out the “woo!” girl in me with your choices.

  5. Alison on November 10, 2010

    Oh, stop. (GO ON.)

  6. Alison on November 10, 2010

    You don’t know how happy that makes me feel. Go, that!

  7. Postcards and pretties on November 10, 2010

    i heart the bow bangles for the bridesmaids!! and the “this year i will “bangle is in my price range !! score!

  8. RentMyChurch on November 10, 2010

    such cute gift ideas!!!

  9. anna on November 10, 2010

    i was JUST having a convo about what to get my girls, thanks for the ideas! I was thinking pretty pashminas? is that lame? the wedding is in march, so they will for sure be used….

  10. Nina on November 10, 2010

    That silver bow bangle is like a dream, but the This Year I will bracelet is ideal for my wedding. I’m having a winter wedding (January) and the color scheme is very white-based with gold touches. I think these are the perfect accent pieces for my bridesmaids’ wrists. I also like the price a whole lot more. :)

  11. Brit @ Landlocked Bride on November 11, 2010

    You are killing me with all this Kate Spade jewelry. It’s like reliving my shopping trip there from the other day.

    Also, I need that gold bow bracelet. I mean, I want it, too, but really, I need it.

  12. Elaine Uehlein on November 11, 2010

    Alison – you HAVE to watch this Sarah Haskins video. You’ll die. She’s brilliant. I seriously want to be her friend.


  13. Pixiespetals on November 11, 2010

    Ok I thought the ad for that razor in the US was wrong….think again !!!!

  14. Melissa @ The Loveliest Day on November 11, 2010

    I love that Hello Kitty photo. So cute! Haha.

  15. Tchaser99 on November 13, 2010

    Wow, great ideas but I gotta say…I don’t think I can afford a $100-200 anything for my bridesmaids.

  16. Alison on November 13, 2010

    Tchaser99 – I feel ya, that’s actually why I included some cheaper options, too – I’m crushing on the “this year i will” and “on the dot” idiom bangles, and those are only $48 bucks a pop! Hope that helps!

  17. wedding shoes on November 16, 2010

    Well this post made me think once again about the choice I made on my bridesmaids’ gifts. I think I should take some cool inspiration from these ideas as well.

  18. Megan on November 24, 2010

    Thanks to your kate spade jewelry additions above, I just spent at least a half hour perusing her website. Not to mention my christmas list just got a little bit longer :)

    Love the new site BTW!!!


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