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Skin Care Wedding Sets by Philosophy

You’ve never had a way with words. Skip greeting cards’ cliche messages and give the bride-to-be a Philosophy beauty gift set that will convey your thoughts (and pamper her in the process).

Featuring pretty packaging with poetic prose and wise words, Philosophy’s wedding gift sets include Here Comes the Bride, a travel-size selection of cleansers, moisturizers, shower gels and shampoos fittingly named Purity Made Simple, Amazing Grace and Hope. Other options include the Falling in Love fragrance set or bottles of 3-in-1 shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath named Wedding Cake or Bubbly. Each bottle or box features a wedding fact (like how brides threw the wedding cake instead of eating it) or a meaningful message.

Say it and spray it.

Visit philosophy.com.

Bag Lady

Chic Garment and Shoe Bags by JenDarling

It’s a common scenario: You extract a favorite dress from your closet to find the plastic garment bag ripped and your dress wrinkled. Pass on the plastic (and unsightly folds and lines) and help your bridesmaids schelp their dresses in style with JenDarling’s eco-friendly garment bags.

Crafted from sturdy cotton canvas, the reusable garment bags are stylish to sport on a weekend jaunt and can sustain the wear and tear of travel. Available in stripes or damask, each bag fits up to five garments and includes a matching shoe bag, inside pocket and a button for bi-fold closure (no more dragging!) JenDarling is currently offering bridesmaid packages–four garment bags or shoe bags for a discounted price.

Practical makes perfect.

Visit shopjendarlingbags.com.

Pal Around

Silk Friendship Bracelets by Ariel Gordon

Old friends are the best: Lend a pink pen, pass a note or share a lanyard, and you’re BFFs for life.

Relive afternoons on the playground and give your bridesmaids Ariel Gordon’s sophisticated silk friendship bracelets. A modern take on a childhood classic, the hand-braided silk bracelets are interwoven with a gold-filled chain to create a modern twisting helix. Choose among cheery hues like watermelon, sage, chocolate and lavender, and gift each girl with her own special color combo. Even better, you’ll save a visit to the craft store.

2-cute 2-be 4-gotten.

Visit arielgordonjewelry.com.

In Living Color

Dabney Lee at Home Accessories

Who wants a newlywed home full of beige? Add a pop color with gadgets, knickknacks and other embellishments in a cheerful hue of sunshine or tangerine rather than the same old black, white and boring.

Color your casa with adorable accessories from Dabney Lee at Home. A personalized lucite tray makes the perfect gift for your favorite couple, or preserve wedding photos in a large frame that screams your name. Treat party-planning bridesmaids to pretty ice buckets emblazoned with their monogram. Choose among the many perky prints (if you can narrow it down to just one), customize with a bright color, then finish with a tasteful name plate for flair. So preppy it’s stylish, this is one collection that will never blend into the background.

For domestic goddesses only.

Visit dabneyleeathome.com.

Not Your Average Joe

Must-Have Registry Item: Keurig Coffee Maker

Instead of registering for kitchen gadgets you’ll use once a year (mandolin slicer and heart-shaped waffle iron, we’re talking to you), point your scanner at the things you can’t live without.

Like coffee. Rather than waiting all morning for a pot to brew, upgrade to Keurig’s genius single-serve system. Choose your favorite flavor of java (French roast, hazelnut, wild mountain blueberry, plus teas and hot chocolate) from the large selection of individual K-Cups, and pop it into the brewer that whips up the perfect cup in less time than it takes to brush your teeth (plus no annoying filters or clean-up). The truly caffeine addicted should go for the Platinum, which lets you program water temperature, select cup size and set a digital clock (translation: roll out of bed, coffee arrives). Occasional café connoisseurs or couples with limited counter space will love the stylish new Mini design, which comes in cute colors like red, green and yellow to match your newlywed kitchen. Available at registry meccas like Bed Bath & Beyond, Target and Bloomingdale’s, an at-home barista will be a much-needed wake-up call when it’s time to get back to the post-wedding real world.

It’s freedom of espresso.

Visit keurig.com.

Keurig Coffee Maker