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Picking the perfect gift for your groomsmen can be a challenge — how can one gift show how much you appreciate their friendship and support? More grooms are opting to select a different gift for each groomsman, based on the individual's interests and tastes. Here are ideas for great locally-made gifts for any kind of guy.
For the outdoor enthusiast... Alite Outpost Camping Gear
Offering well-designed outdoor products with a focus on functionality and fun, Alite is a Bay Area company that uses ethical and sustainable practices so you can feel good about using their products (or giving them to any tree-hugging groomsmen). The Every Day Hike Kit is a small, lightweight pack that come with everything you need for an impromptu day hike: a bandana, Field Notes set, and a Kleen Kanteen stainless steel water bottle.
For the spirits connoisseur... St. George Spirits Liquor
San Francisco is home to several craft distillers; give the gift of good, local booze from St. George Spirits, which was founded in 1982 and now makes everything from gin and vodka to bourbon and whisky in its hanger in the East Bay. Or for something a bit more unusual, opt for a bottle of Sequoia Sake, the only sake brewed and bottled in San Francisco.
For the weekend warrior... Marine Layer T-Shirts
The T-shirts from California-based Marine Layer are made in small-batches from a custom fabric designed to be one of the softest in the world. The shirts aren't cheap ($100 for three), but once you touch the super soft fabric, you'll want to spend all your days in these comfy shirts — and your groomsmen will too.
For the businessman on the go... Rickshaw Bagworks
Rickshaw's messenger bags, backpacks, laptop bags, totes, and computer sleeves are made in in San Francisco and sold online and from a store in the trendy Dogpatch neighborhood. The high-quality fabrics are all made in the USA and they're designed to take a beating and last for years.
For the sartorialist... Tasty Ties Bowties
Tasty Ties creates custom and limited edition bow ties with a fashion-conscious but unpretentious style. Collections include the Trick Dog Collection (inspired by the SF bar of the same name), which feature unusual fabrics and textures such as raw textured silk or hand-stitched piping. Perfect for wedding attire, the bow ties are hip (and hipster) enough to be worn again and again.
For the groom on a budget... Wingtip
Wingtip, located in San Francisco's Financial District, is a men's specialty shop with a wide variety of gifts under $50. Go classic with a stainless steel flask or select other one-gift-fits-all items such as cufflinks, pens, barware, shave kits and more.