Gifts for Attendants

My collection of engraved picture frames, costume jewelry and beer glasses has tapered off now that my friends are married. While seemingly appropriate gifts for bridesmaids, they become redundant after a group of friends makes the rounds in each other’s weddings. Rule #1: Keep it fair: Get the same gift for everyone. Rule #2: Once you’ve decided on a price range, pick something they can truly use after the wedding (a challenge, yes – but impossible, no). Here are some suggestions: silk pashminas ($10, Bijoux Turner), monogrammed canvas totes from LL Bean ($17.95 and up), gift certificates for manicures ($15-$30), ipod shuffles ($59), sterling silver bead earrings (Tiffany, $100).