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December 10, 2008

gifts for my maids or anyone really

Being that I’m not sure where to start with the remaining DIY projects and the wedding itself, how about with something peripherally related to the wedding instead?

For my maids/matrons of honor (they were all equally weighted at our wedding) I wanted to give them something perty and useful and fun that in no way involved a heart-shaped engraved necklace charm. I apologize in advance to those who are into this sort of thing, but barf.

With 9, I also didn’t want to spend a ton per gift. I mean I love them all to pieces but, well you know how things add up as the wedding draweth nigh. I decided to give them each a sample of things I love, that I pretty much cannot live without and that frankly, they shouldn’t either.

1) A Baggu. I f-ing love these bags. They are super handy, hold a ton of groceries, and come with a little pouch that fits perfectly in your purse. I carry at least 2 with me at all times. And I don’t limit their use to groceries. They come out at home depot, jcrew, wherever. Yes, I’m the weird girl who uses her own bag when she buys clothes.

2) Hanky Pankys. OBVIOUSLY. I cannot live without these. They fit perfectly, they are comfortable under almost any clothes, they rarely show lines, they come in as many colors as Baggus, and they make you feel just a teeny bit sexy all the time. And they have a new organic cotton line, bonus!

3) Mistral soap. You can find Mistral everywhere but I love them because their first store and “headquarters” is on Cedros in Solana Beach (my home town, baby) and I’ve been a regular shop lurker from the beginning. And of course they make the most delicious smelling soaps and lotions.

So my girls got something that makes them smell nice, feel nice, and live nice… in rainbow colors. And I wrapped them all in mismatched, re-used shopping bags, (like the ones from boutiques and Kiehls and wine stores), because I’m obsessed with recycled wrapped supplies.


  1. Rachel said on December 10, 2008

    I’m that weird Baggu girl too! At first I was too intimidated to use them in J. Crew and the like and then I was finally like, screw it. I hate having those paper bags lying around my apartment. I use them for everything now – what a great gift for your maids. I keep hearing about those hanky panky underwear and I’m going to check them out.

  2. east side bride said on December 11, 2008

    I never buy wrapping paper. I have more fun with recycled brown paper bags or magazine pages :)

  3. Rachel said on December 11, 2008

    Those baggus look fab. I have never seen them here in the UK. I am tempted to order them for my bridesmaids too as I am compiling bags with useful things in for them.

  4. jora said on December 11, 2008

    I wear HPs almost everyday and I love Mistral soap, so I am thinking I need one of those bags!! I love this bridesmaid gift, so thoughtful, personal and useful. :)

  5. cevd said on December 11, 2008

    hooray for baggu … seriously i have been using my for just over a year and i LOVE them.

  6. Melissa said on December 11, 2008

    I love these gifts for your bridesmaids :)

  7. genevieve said on December 11, 2008

    I love my Baggu!!!! I get a huge wash of guilt and shame when I have forgotten it and use a disposable bag. Like, I put my groceries in and rish to my car without meeting anyones eyes. New Seasons will do that to you…

  8. tricialynn said on December 11, 2008

    llurve this. i have 8 maids a milking and don’t want to hand over embarrassingly lame bm gifts. kudos.

  9. Gretchen said on December 15, 2008

    I only wear HPs (or nothing at all!) My favorite Mistral soap is the grapefruit/redcurrant.

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