1 of 20Custom rubber stamps, each bearing a bridesmaid's name in elegant script, let you -- and your attendants -- make a good impression. Ask a calligrapher to pen the women's names, then have a specialty vendor or office-supply store turn them into rubber stamps. Stampworx 2000 made ours.
2 of 20Share your favorite family recipes with your closest pals. Annotate with recollections to add personal flavor. Scan and size recipes and photos with photo-editing software, and print onto card stock. Cut to size, and place in tins. Wrap tins with a wide band of paper printed with a colorful pattern (scanned vintage kitchen linens work well).
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9 of 20A video of your bridesmaids dancing at your bachelorette party or laughing at your bridal shower can be transformed into a keep-at-hand photo flip book for repeated enjoyment. Websites such as flipclips.com will turn a 10- to 30-second digital video clip into a palm-size tome with pages that re-create the big event when leafed through quickly. Choose from a range of sizes and custom-cover options.
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12 of 20To turn wedding-day accessories into lovely keepsakes for your bridal party, why not add customized labels bearing your wedding date, monogram, or some other personal note? Start by creating a template at a specialty manufacturer (we tapped Name Maker) with the fonts, colors, and sizes of your choice. Hand-stitch the labels to the backs or insides of purses or other fabric items you plan to give your bridesmaids.
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16 of 20Although bridesmaids are likely to be more relaxed than the bride and groom, they still have their own share of anxiety and excitement. Soothe them with a set of luxurious toiletries more likely to be found at a spa than a wedding. Here, a simple box lined with a cloth contains small indulgences such as scented bar soaps, bath salts, bath gel, lotion, candles, and tea bags.
17 of 20Give your bridesmaids a fashionable floral accessory that will look fresh long after the wedding day: wrist corsages made with silk-ribbon flowers. They can even be tied around a ponytail or worn as brooches. These corsages are easy to make: Tie elastic ribbon around your wrist in a big bow, then pin the bloom to the knot.
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Cashmere pajama shorts. Perfume in a bejeweled bottle. Butter-soft leather driving gloves. Nothing here is a necessity, but to your friend who has everything, they are all necessary indulgences.
1. Candle in figuier vert, Diptyque, $68, bergdorfgoodman.com
2. Estee Lauder private collection tuberose gardenia parfum, $300, esteelauder.com
3. Tap shorts, White + Warren, $100, whiteandwarren.com
4. Monogrammed notebook, Graphic Image, $53.75, graphicimage.com
5. "Twist" tumblers, LBK Studio, $40 each, lbkstudio.com
6. Lacquer boxes, Pacific Connections, $59 and $77, lilleashop.com
7. Faux shagreen pencils, Dransfield & Ross, $26, unica home.com
8. "Princess" necklace, Suzanne Kalan, $520, Sundance Catalog, 800-422-2770
9. Topaz pendant, Suzanne Kalan, $380, Fragments, 212-537-5000
10. Driving gloves, Carolina Amato, $149, eLUXURY.com
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For the bridesmaid who takes time to smell the roses (and gardenias and freesias), thank her with a unique artisanal find, such as a handmade porcelain vase, a striking photograph of peonies, or old-fashioned (but cheeky) engraved calling cards.
1. Print, Kari Herer, $25, kariherer.com
2. Engraved gold baby disc, Ginette NY, $490, 212-627-3763
3. Pink star tourmaline ring, Jamie Joseph, $1,331, shoppersimmon.com
4. "Cable knit" vase, Alyssa Ettinger, $120, alyssaettinger.com
5. "Gold suitcase" card, Dempsey and Carroll, $55 for 10 with envelopes, dempseyandcarroll.com
6. "Bicycle" card, $34 for 10; "Flying pig" card, $26 for 16; Foxglove Writing from Thornwillow Press, thornwillow.com
7. Scented soaps, Caswell-Massey, $35 for box of 3 in various colors, caswellmassey.com
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If she's a foodie, she'll savor these delightful items we've cooked up for her, from gourmet sea salts to a coffee-of-the-month subscription to steak knives that look like works of art.
1. Pierre Dubost steak knives, Laguiole, $250 for 6, touchofeurope.net
2. Truffle salt, $28; set of finishing salts, $39.50; williams-sonoma.com
3. "Golden berry" champagne glasses, Roost, $16 each, janandaya.com
4. Rose champagne, Veuve Clicquot, $76, wine.com
5. Ice bucket and tools, $30; cocktail napkin, $3; Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's, macys.com
6. Stone spice bowls, SURevolution, $25 for similar, vivre.com
7. "Milano" 14-ounce milk frother, Frabosk, $30, chefini.com
8. "Ellipse" silverplate serving spoons, Calvin Klein Home, $40, 212-292-9000. Engraving, Jenny's Engraving, 212-221-2611
9. Coffee of the month, $60 for 3 months, igourmet.com
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