Goodie Girls

Wedding season is in full swing at this point, and I naturally started doing some brainstorming for some bridesmaid-friendly gifts. Then I had a brainwave: what if it wasn’t just about one gift? What if you put together a sweet little goodie bag for your girls instead? And so, I changed gears, did more research on some smaller items that would work well as a gift bag on the big day – and beyond. Here’s some ideas for how you can affordably fill up a goodie bag for your bridesmaids!

Initial NecklaceTiny Gold Letter Necklace – $17 @ Liza’s Little Things
Typically speaking, customization = cost. But not the case with these pint-sized initial necklaces. Available in either a silver or gold finish, they’re a great little accessory your gals can wear on your wedding day and treasure forever. Shipping is pretty cheap too; even when ordering five necklaces for you and your friends, you’ll still be spending under $10.

Fuse GelnamelFuse Gelnamel – Starter Kits $39.99 + Additional Colours $15.59 @ Shopper’s Drug Mart, Wal-Mart and Rexall
Part of the fun of any bride’s wedding day is getting glammed up with her closest girlfriends. Instead of going for a pricey spa visit, why not do some of that pampering around home? A day or two before the wedding, chill out with your girls, do facials, and break out these Fuse Gelnamel kits in your bridesmaid goodie bags. Each Starter Kit comes equipped with a mini LED lamp, one of the brand’s 12 signature shades of gel polish, and all the other prep and finish tools you’ll need for a flawless, salon-quality gel manicure that can go chip-free for up to two weeks! I’ve tried out the product myself and I have to say, I was impressed – I’m pretty hard on my nails and they stayed flawless for well over a week, and touch-ups were a breeze. This is an awesome gift for your friends because it’ll help them get ready for your wedding without breaking the bank, plus they can swap colours and use it again in the future!

Indigo Laura ClutchLaura Clutch – $19 each @ Indigo
Since the whole theme of this post is ‘goodie bags’ I figured you might very well need a bag to stash all your goods in. Every bridal party I’ve been a part of has included little pouches filled up with touchup products for the day. These sleek little clutches are discrete enough to function as both a backup beauty stash kit and as a fab accessory – well after your wedding is over. Available in a range of metallic, pastel and contrasting finishes, you can even customize each one to your girls’ personal tastes.

Red Apple LipstickRed Apple Lipstick – $23.50 USD each
The snaps from my own wedding have reaffirmed that when you’re a bridesmaid, going bold in the lip department is a grand idea. But do yourself a favour – skip the typically chemical-laden (including lead!) lipsticks off the drugstore shelf and opt for something that won’t poison you as it wears off during the day. Red Apple Lipstick is an impressive collection of gluten-free, paraben-free makeup that’s completely safe to use – making it ideal for natural beauty lovers like myself and those with sensitive skin. The number of glowing things I could say are pretty long, but apart from the brand’s approach to ingredients, I also just love their site. Each lipstick is photographed on women of different skin tones, to give you a clear idea of how it’ll pop with your own face. With over 40 shades from sheer nudes to eye-popping reds, you’ve got plenty of choices too. And if your bridesmaids are more the glossy gloss type, they’ve got you covered there too, including with an apropos sparkly pink shade called ‘Bridesmaid’. As a heads up, Red Apple Lipstick does ship to Canada from their website, but you can also get in touch with their Canadian rep Lisa by visiting ‘Glam Goes Green’.

Headmistress Midsummer Garden Bouquet ClipMidsummer Garden Bouquet Hair Clip – $29 @ Headmistress
If you want to add some uniformity to your bridesmaids, why not gift them with a matching accessory? Headmistress has a gorgeous collection of light and bright floral clips and headbands, but the soft ivory and mint hues of this particular alligator clip jumped out at me. After she wears it on your wedding day, your friend can repurpose it by tucking it onto a blazer lapel, through a wicker bag, or wear it with a more casual hairstyle. What more could you ask for?

Alright ladies – whether you’re brides, bridesmaids, or a happy guest this summer, I have a little prize package that’s sure to make one of you amongst the most radiant at the fete. One lucky winner is going to win a Fuse Gelnamel Starter Kit + an additional colour of polish, as well as a Red Apple Lipstick ‘Trifecta’ set, including your choice of lipstick, matching lip liner, and the brand’s signature priming Rallye Balm, for a total value of over $100! Here’s how to enter:

1) Speak now or forever hold your peace: tell me in the comments below by July 10, 2014, which of these bridesmaid goodie bag gifts do you love the most? Why?

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around July 11, 2014 to select the winner(s), who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry #1: Follow Fuse Gelnamel on Twitter, Tweet with the shade of polish you’d most like to try, and be sure to tag me too (@cdngiftguide). Link back to your Tweet below to earn a bonus entry.  

5) Bonus Entry #2: Follow Red Apple Lipstick on Twitter, Tweet with the shade of lipstick you’d most like to try, don’t forget to tag @cdngiftguide too! Link back to your Tweet below to earn a bonus entry.

86 Responses to “Goodie Girls”
  1. dorcontest says:

    I like the Tiny Gold Letter Necklace because everyone can have their own initial on it. I know a group of girls who would love this.

  2. Katie says:

    I like the Laura clutch. It looks simple, yet very practical. And great colours for bridesmaids!

  3. Alice says:

    I love the hair pin – so simple yet adds a lot to the overall look 🙂

  4. alve111 says:

    I like the hair pin – simple yet adds a lot to the overall look

  5. Jennifer says:

    The Tiny Gold Letter Necklace is my first choice for a bridal party. They’re personal enough, yet uniform at the same time. What a great idea!

  6. Barbara Coon says:

    I would love to try the gel nail enamel! The clutch is fabulous, as well as everything else. I am already a fan and user of RAL; would love more!

  7. Erin W says:

    I think the clutches are great, such pretty feminine colours!

  8. Taps says:

    I want the Red Apple Lipstick, trying to convert all my makeup especially my lipsticks to more natural and clean products.

  9. cookie3 says:

    I’d love to try the Fuse Gelnamel . I’ve been very curious about gel nails & these are some awesome colours.

  10. Andrea K says:

    I would love the Laura clutch! Super cute and great color options for summer fun:)

  11. May says:

    I love the Tiny Gold Letter Necklace because it makes the gift special with the initial!

  12. Joan G. says:

    I like the Laura Clutch – especially the pastel mauve – a girl can always use a small clutch.

  13. Dreena says:

    I like the Midsummer Garden Bouquet Hairclip; it’s perfect to wear in the summertime! And I love flowers.

  14. Dreena says:

    Bonus #1. Followed and Tweeted:

  15. Dreena says:

    Bonus #2. Followed and Tweeted:

  16. Susan says:

    I like the Red Apple Lipstick because it is gluten and paraben free.

  17. Susan T. says:

    I love the Fuse Gelnamel Starter Kits because I don’t have time to do my nails everyday and don’t want to go to a salon!

  18. Dianne Arsenault says:

    The Fuze Gelnamel because I have a really hard time getting nail enamel to stay flawlwss for more than a day

  19. Anne Derkat says:

    I love the lipsticks. I really need more colours and I think these would fill the bill.

  20. Erin McSweeney says:

    my favorite is the Tiny Gold Letter Necklace – $17 @ Liza’s Little Things..I’m going to be buying some of these for gifts.

  21. Tara says:

    I have been eyeing the Fuse Gelnamel for a while now, I’d love to give it try!

  22. melanie Borhi says:

    I liked the lipstick pack the best, the colors are so vibrant!

  23. Alison K says:

    Of these bridesmaid goodie bag gifts, I love the “Red Apple Lipstick” most, because it’s a beautiful alternative to using all the other chemical laden lipsticks.

  24. Alison K says:

    Bonus Entry #1: Followed Fuse Gelnamel on Twitter & tweeted

  25. Alison K says:

    Bonus Entry #2: Followed Red Apple Lipstick on Twitter, & tweeted

  26. melissa fowers says:

    I LOVE the clutch!! I want it for everday

  27. katydidit21 says:

    I love the Laura Clutch. Pretty and practical. Perfect.

  28. mcmc says:

    I’d love to try the Fuse Gelnamel ,,, it sounds great!

  29. intensev5 says:

    Red Apple Lipstick – some great colours!

  30. CLC says:

    I like the clutch and I’d tuck some of the nail polish inside.

  31. Vanessa L says:

    I love the Laura clutch the best because it’s a gift that can be reused for any occasion.

  32. Wanda Bergman says:

    I really love the Tiny Gold Letter Necklace because it is so tiny and elegant looking.

  33. mousecat says:

    I like the lipstick the most – everyone uses lipstick, right?!

  34. lucy kabatoff says:

    red apple lipstick

  35. Edmond says:

    OMG, hair pin is just splendid, breathtaking. SOS. Help. Pick me, pick me! Your next winner!!! Show me the money!!! It would be a dream come true & means more to me than anyone else to win. Starving artist here desperately needs the $100 to shop & eat again. Winner, winnner. Chicken dinner. A life changing experience. Top of my bucket list. Thanks for the awesomeness, the contest, & generosity. Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest!

  36. Audrey Skinner says:

    I love the Laura clutch.

  37. Lisa says:

    I would like the lipsticks.

  38. lisa bolduc says:

    I think my bridemaids would like the Tiny Gold Letter Necklace

  39. Heather Swanson says:

    I like the lipstick it’s a pick me up every day!

  40. I love the Laura Clutch,,can use it over and over.

  41. Holly Wright says:

    I love the Fuse nailpolish!

  42. Cairine says:

    I liked the bright lipstick, I need a little colour in my beauty routine.

  43. I like the idea of the clutches – because they’re something you can use after the wedding.

  44. truckerofbc says:

    My wife loves the Red Apple Lipstick as that is the color that makes her radiant and shine.

  45. Burcu says:

    I love Midsummer Garden Bouquet Hair Clip because they look so stylish an elegant

  46. Janet says:

    I like the Garden Bouquet Hair Clip because it’s summery and pretty-would look great to a wedding!

  47. Angela Mitchell says:

    I like the Red Apple Lipstick the best. I’ve been wanting to try this brand out ever since I first heard about them and how they contain less chemicals than other brands.

  48. beewbedard says:

    love the Laura Clutch – they can be used after the wedding also

  49. Brenda Penton says:

    I like the Fuse Gelnamel polishes the most. I love the colours and I love that they have a mini lamp with the polish.

  50. linnett says:

    Love the tiny Gold Letter necklace, its makes it more personal, thanks

  51. Victoria Ess says:

    I like the Fuse Gelnamels the best! I’m seeing home gel nail kits pop up everywhere and really want to try them.

  52. Victoria Ess says:

  53. BlessedTA says:

    Fuse Gelnamel – it colourful

  54. Marlene says:

    Red Apple Lipstick – $23.50 USD each Always wanted to try this brand~

  55. I like the Laura clutches because they look pretty and are practical!

  56. And here are my two tweets for bonus entries:

  57. jessica eapen says:

    I like the tiny gold letter necklace because its personal.

  58. I love the Tiny Gold Letter necklaces – but I want 2, one for each of my kids’ initials 🙂

  59. Nancy says:

    I like best The Red Apple Lipstick.

  60. Jessica Pang says:

    I love the Tiny Gold Letter necklaces.

  61. lisa bolduc says:

    I would love to do my nails with the Fuse Gelnamel. I have only heard positive things about gel nails

  62. srpoole says:

    The enamel set is nice, can customize the colours to your wedding or to the bridesmaids fav colours! 🙂

  63. Donnas says:

    I like the Laura clutches because they are so colourful.

  64. Donnas says:

    Follow Fuse Gelnamel on Twitter and tweeted

  65. Donnas says:

    I follow Red Apple Lipstick and tweeted

  66. Leah M says:

    I love the Liza’s little thing gol letter necklace! It adds a perfect personal touch for a bridesmaid gift.

  67. Dawn walsh says:

    i think the
    Initial NecklaceTiny Gold Letter Necklace – $17 @ Liza’s Little Things is the one that catches my eye

  68. joyce s. says:

    I like the lipstick. It’s always nice to find a good one.

  69. Aimee says:

    Hair clip

  70. Maegan Morin says:

    I love the Tiny Gold Letter Necklace! I like it because its cute and not to flashy. I really dont know any girl who wouldnt wear it.

  71. Athena says:

    It’s hard to choose – but I think Red Apple Lipstick – $23.50 USD each

  72. Athena says:

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  74. Heather A says:

    I like the tiny gold letter necklaces the best because they are a personalized keepsake for your bridesmaids.

  75. Betty S says:

    I would love the Fuse Gelnamel because it is so much fun to try different colours

  76. tennille says:

    the clutch is really pretty!

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