Not just an R-rated movie
You've invited these women to share in one of the most special days of your life. They're spending money on dresses and shoes, they're throwing bridal parties for you and generally helping make sure your experience is as close to perfect as possible. How on earth do you thank them? Here are a few ideas:
Budget: Some brides spend hundreds of dollars, while others spend only a few, or even make something inexpensive but deeply personal. Some people think that the cost of bridesmaid gifts should correlate with your wedding budget. Others say that the more time your friends helped you with wedding planning, the more you should spend on a bridesmaid gift for them. Do what feels right for you.
You can choose to get everyone the same thing, try variations on a theme, or choose entirely different presents for each person. Try to spend about the same amount on each present, except for the maid of honour's gift, which is typically more lavish than the other ones.
Pampering: Who doesn't like a day at the spa? Whether it's the full package of massage, manicure/pedicure and haircut, or a simpler choice, spa gifts are always a big hit during high stress occasions. And don't forget gift baskets of lotions and soaps, a manicure set, pajamas and robes, spa gift certificates and makeup kits.
Wedding Accessories: A classic bridesmaid gift is something she can wear on the wedding day, but still use later on, including a necklace, earrings, a wrap or shawl or gloves.
Destination Weddings: Include such items as a beach towel and bag, gift certificate, bag of goodies to help remember the special trip.
Memories: This might include something like a personalized photo album, a poem, or personalized CD of meaningful music.
DIY: Anything goes! A handmade scarf, candles, soaps, bracelets, bath salts or scrapbook.
Food: Always a favourite! Maybe a box of chocolates, candies, cheese, wine, a coffee maker, restaurant gift certificates, or cooking class lessons.
Just remember, whatever gift you choose, a simple Thank You goes a long way, too.
With info from about.com