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Bridesmaids and groomsmen play an integral part in your wedding day, so it is natural to recognize their time and contribution with a thoughtful gift. But with the expense of booking a venue and paying for flowers, photos and food, this task can fall to the wayside. Or worse, it can become an expensive and cliche-ridden exercise. Bypass these pitfalls by concentrating on unique and original gift ideas that suit your friends and family. Check out this list of some of the best places around town to grab your gifts without breaking the bank or resorting to another engraved beer stein.

1082 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 222-0321

Bibelot is the perfect place to find individual items for your party, from jewerly hand-crafted by local artisans to Minnesota-inspired goods. You can also consider putting together a care package of “Made in Minnesota” goods including B.T. McElrath’s chocolates and Gun Flint jams as well as other local goodies. The store offers flexibility in finding just the right thing for each member of your bridal party, whether you want to individualize your gifts or go with a theme that reflects your wedding style. Not near Grand Avenue? Check Bibelot out online or at one of its other metro locations in Como, Linden Hills or Northeast.

Fulton Brewery
414 6th Ave. N.

Minneapolis, MN 55401

(612) 333-3208

Fulton Brewery is making a name for itself in the neighborhood as makers of mighty fine beer. If you’re looking for a way to say thank you with some relaxing time spent together away from the chaos of wedding planning, consider a visit to the Fulton Tap Room. With food trucks nearby and many restaurants offering order-in service, the guys can hang out for the night and enjoy a great beer. Or, pick up growlers of their favorite brew as part of a groomsman gift.

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857 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 222-4121

Sometimes the gift of time together can be more valuable than the most expensive gift. Consider treating your bridesmaids to a massage or facial as a way to pamper them and get in a little girl time amidst the craziness of wedding crunch time. Juut is a local chain of Aveda concept salons that offers stellar service and a sense of luxury at an affordable price. Hour-long massages start at $75 and facials start at $55.

Edina Art Center
4701 W. 64th St.
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 903-5780

If you’re looking for a creative and artsy way to say thank you, consider picking up some hand-crafted works from a local art source, like the Edina Art Center. The Clark Gift Shop features an ever-refreshed selection of pottery, jewelry, paper goods and more – all by local artists. This can be a great way to celebrate the individual styles of your party members while getting similar items for everyone. A gift of art is one that will be enjoyed and used in the years ahead.

Joe’s Sporting Goods
33 E. County Road B
St. Paul, MN 55117
(651) 209-7800

For your groomsmen, consider a gift that keeps on giving: a pocket knife. It’s a small and handy tool that many guys like to carry on a daily basis, finding it useful for small repairs, opening things, cutting line on a fishing rod and cutting tags off of newly purchased items. Joe’s carries a number of options including those made by Gerber – basic models start at under $20. Not sure a pocket knife is the best gift? Joe’s carries a wide range of sporting goods, so a gift that supports a favorite hobby would also be welcome.

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Sassy professional by day, men’s style expert by night, Bethany Rein is a twenty-something living in Minneapolis. She loves baseball, coffee and the well-dressed male. An avid runner, Bethany also plays recreational sports with more enthusiasm than skill. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.