As a newly-engaged fashion writer, I have switched my holiday wish list priorities this year. While in the past I would’ve wanted a new pair of fancy shoes or a luxury face mask, I’m now craving presents that will be part of my upcoming nuptials (hint hint).
Part of that has to do with the fact that weddings are expensive. And while brides want a say in big purchases — like a gown or bachelorette dress — style-forward, nuptial-minded products will be a welcome surprise for all who are planning on walking down the aisle. These can vary from earrings to wear on one of the many occasions leading up to the wedding to a robe (or a bridal jersey!) to get ready in day-of. As a bonus, in addition to treating your soon-to-be-married friend in the moment, choose right and you may see the gift part of the big day. A beauty gift set could never.
Ahead, fashionable gifts that a bride like me wouldn’t mind finding under the Christmas tree this year.
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For The Sporty Bride
For brides-to-be who love sports, this “wedding jersey,” from Australian brand Kyha Studios, gives the sporty staple a bridal twist.
Kyha Sylvester Sequin Shirt, $, available at Kyha
The Bachelorette Must-Have
Heading somewhere warm for the bachelorette trip? A bucket hat is a more unexpected alternative to a “Bride” baseball hat or T-shirt.
Rime Arodaky Bob Runway, $, available at Rime Arodaky
The Bridal Scrunchie
Silk scrunchies are one of the most sought-after hair accessory trends of the year. So, why not give the soon-to-be-wed recipient a trendy accessory that’s both versatile and elegant?
Maryam Nassir Zadeh White Carnation Scrunchie, $, available at SSENSE
Something Blue To Wear Forever
A “something blue” heart-shaped ring is a great gift option that a bride-to-be can wear now, on her wedding day, and beyond.
Kay Jewelers Aquamarine Heart Ring, $, available at Kay Jewelers
Tie It With A Bow
The many activities preceding a ceremony require a wardrobe of accessories and clothes. A fashion-forward, yet classic hair bow — also one of the year’s trendiest items — is a great way to relieve some of the stress around bridalwear.
Jennifer Behr Tulle Bow, $, available at Jennifer Behr
For The Lipstick Lover Bride
For the bride who wants a chic way to carry their lipstick after hours, this pearl design is everything.
Susan Alexandra Kiss Case, $, available at Susan Alexandra
Just Band It
This band — that’s made to hold the new bling when working out or otherwise safe-keep the ring — can also double as a daily “something blue.”
The Clear Cut Something Blue Bandit, $, available at The Clear Cut
Keep It On Lock
An engraved locket necklace is a sweet and personalized way for your friends to show off their loved one ahead of their nuptials.
Catbird Dollhouse Locket Silver, $, available at Catbird
The Classic But Memorable Bridal Gift
Taylor Swift once said, “I want to wear his initial on a chain ’round my neck.” So, your Swiftie friend will probably want to do the same.
Jenny Bird Monogram Necklace, $, available at Jenny Bird
Must-Have For A Glam Session
Getting ready on a wedding day calls for a special kind of luxury, and a lace-trimmed robe is exactly the type of gift that merits this feeling.
Flora Nikrooz Flora Nikrooz Rosa Lace-Trimmed Kimono, $, available at Anthropologie
Walking On Cloud Nine
Plush slippers for a comfy glam session? A must-have in a bride-to-be’s wedding arsenal.
Eberjey Plush Slipper, $, available at Eberjey
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