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Sure, it's technically your groom's responsibility to pick up groomsmen gifts, but who out of the two of you has better taste? We thought so. The groomsmen may not have quite as big a job as your 'maids, but it's harder than you'd think to get your groom through his bachelor party in one piece, and they deserve some appreciation! Skip the standard fifth of whiskey and give your guy some groomsmen-gift guidance with the season's best picks, from full-service grooming kits to slick graphic socks. Your return on investment? Seeing them all look dapper, well-groomed, and ultra stylish on your big day. Believe us, they'll need a little help getting there!
Here, nine items that caught our editors' eyes over this year.
1. For the Groomsman Whose Socks Never Match: Graphic Socks
You can't stop them from taking a dorky photo with their pants pushed up and their socks showing, but you can keep them from flashing the once-white tube socks they've had since college.
Set of socks, $30, Jonathan Adler
2. For the Groomsman Who's Forever Too Cool for School: Sunglasses
Your guy wants to take a goofy sunglasses pic with his groomsmen, but his old frat brothers are still rocking shuttered plastic shades from that Kanye concert they all hit two years ago. Enter these oh-so-cool wood-grain shield frames. Believe us, nothing will look better with their suits.
Wooden sunglasses, $145, Shwood
3. For the Groomsmen Who's Always Buying a Round of Shots: A Collapsible Cup
They can all do a nerve-calming shot with the groom before he walks down the aisle, then have way too much fun collapsing the ergonomic stainless steel down to pocket size.
Travel cup, $18, Izola
4. For the Groomsman Who Appreciates a Close Shave: Aftershave
With notes of bay leaf and coriander and a cooling, moisturizing formula, you'll need to save an extra bottle for your groom. Don't blame us when he asks why you can't get your hands off his silky-smooth jawline!
Aftershave, $18, Peary & Henson available at Prospector Co.
5. For the Groomsman Who Loved Movember: A Grooming Kit
Movember will be over before you know it, and they might need a little help cleaning up all that scruff come December 1. Have your groom gift it to them the night before you say "I do" and you'll be looking at some very, very clean-shaven faces at the ceremony.
Roll-up tool kit, $110, Ernest Supplies
6. For the Groomsman Who Can't Stay Away From Vegas: Playing Cards
Gift this sleek set of cards to each of his guys and they'll never be able to settle on who's the most ballin' host of poker night (until it's time to break out the snacks, that is).
Deck of cards, $10, Mollaspace available at AHAlife
7. For the Wannabe Handyman Groomsman: A Screwdriver Set
He still may not know the difference between a flat head and a Phillips head, but now he'll look rugged and cool while he tests them all out on the broken faucet. No bulky tool kit required!
Wood-handled screwdriver set, $60, Kaufmann Mercantile
8. For the Groomsman Who Always Makes Your Fiancé Watch James Bond: A Cocktail Shaker
What does the fox say? To mix another cocktail, of course.
Threshold cocktail shaker, $13, Target
9. For the Groomsman Who Asked to Roll Down the Ceremony Aisle: A Skateboard Deck
This New York-based company specializes in boards for getting around city streets. Let them arrive to their next guys' night out in major style, subway grime free.
Skateboard deck, $65, Saturdays Surf NYC