Pretty Meets Practical 

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They fete you, they prep you, and ultimately, they walk down the aisle and stand by your side on one of the biggest days of your life. Bridesmaids, by definition, are a special bunch. Who else would let you dress them head to toe in an ensemble of your choosing?

When it comes to showing them your sincere appreciation for their patience and devotion, give them something that's both thoughtful and useful. After all the time and resources they invest in your special day, your friends deserve something they'll use for many years to come. And let's face it: There's a pretty good chance that bridesmaid's dress will never again see the light of day.

Cater to the individual personalities of each bridesmaid by carefully selecting a vintage pin perfect just for her. Attach it to an indulgently soft pashmina for a shoulder-warming, glamour-inducing gift. Pashmina, $68.

Add a personal touch to your gift with custom-designed earrings from One Sweet Peach. These charming concoctions feature green amethyst drops topped by freshwater pearls and a cluster of pink spinel and pink amethyst. $82, Glass Boat or www.onesweetpeach.etsy.com.

Personalized hand-stamped sterling necklaces by Christy Murray Jewelry are a slightly edgy but utterly wearable gift. $46-$56, Quirk Gallery.

A chic handbag, like this crystal-embellished leather clutch from Deux Lux, will hold everything your bridesmaids need for the wedding night and many stylish evenings to come. $108, Pink.

Outfit your bridesmaids with a treasure trove of wedding-day necessities hidden in an easy-to-clean, monogrammed makeup bag, all from Occasionally Handbags. Bag, $27; Gal Pal deodorant remover, $13; Hollywood Fashion Tape, $11; Jaqua hand cream, $9; Jaqua glimmer lip gloss, $15.


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