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You and your partner will spend a lot of time prepping for your big day, but there’s another group of people who will be putting in some serious man-hours: your wedding party! Your groomsmen will end up doing everything from listening to you complain about your in-laws to planning your bachelor party. So, you’ll want to thank them properly.
Groomsmen gifts can be hard to choose, and we get it. It’s hard to pick something that works for family members, friends, coworkers, or whoever you chose to stand by your side that day. Plus, if they’ve been in a few weddings already, chances are they’ve already received all of the bottle openers and beer koozies they could ever want.
Our best advice is to keep it fun. Your gift should be something they’ll be excited to open, whether that means it’s practical, sentimental, or just plain funny. If you’re feeling stuck, this list should do the trick.
Read on for the best groomsmen gifts.
Forever Wedding Crafts Engraved Pocket Knife
A knife might not be the first thing that comes to mind when gifting, but if your group is into outdoor adventures then they’ll dig this. Each one is handmade and can be engraved in a variety of fonts and messages. For an outdoorsy guy, it's a gift that he'll use again and again.
Bobbleheads Etsy Shop Custom Bobbleheads
Remember when we said to keep gifting fun? These personalized bobbleheads are a great mixture of thoughtful and quirky (and something they don’t already have!). You just send in a photo, choose the body, and this artist will create a resin doll. You can even have one made of their favorite pet!
Kingsley Leather Personalized Cufflinks
If you throw a rustic wedding, your groomsmen will need cool cufflinks to wear to it. These antiqued full-grain leather ones are backed with steel, and hand-punched with the letter of your choice. Grab them in this caramel color or black or dark brown. They give off a rugged-meets-refined vibe that he'll re-wear every chance he gets.
YETI Rambler Stackable Mug
Outdoorsmen and coffee fanatics will both appreciate this handy to-go mug. Double-walled insulation will keep their brew cold or hot, and the stainless steel liner will keep it from cracking. Buy each guy a different color or customize it with a design or their initials to make it more personal.
Yours Personalized Leather Wallet
If you’ve ever seen your friends pull out a beaten-up wallet, you can be sure they’ll be thrilled when you gift them a brand new one. Crafted from real leather, it comes in multiple shades and has plenty of pockets for cards and bills. The truly special part is that it can be engraved on the outside with their initials and name or on the inside with a message or quote.
Cufflinks Galore Silver Engraved Cufflinks
If you’re looking to get your groomsmen something they can wear the day of your wedding, engraved cufflinks will win the day. These modern silver squares will look great that day, but they’re also versatile enough to look smart with any shirt they might wear in the future. Each set comes in a sleek black faux leather box, but you can also have a chrome box engraved with a message. How about “Suit Up!”.
Badlands Shaving Handcrafted Double Edge Safety Razors
Pragmatic men will appreciate a gift that they can use day-to-day, like this stylish razor. It’s a definite upgrade from the drugstore variety, made with chrome blades and a carved wood handle. Add a monogram to make it theirs, but because of variations in the wood, each one is unique even without engraving.
Mark & Graham Etched Windowpane Decanter
Whiskey lovers will appreciate this sophisticated glass decanter that can be monogrammed and hold a full bottle of their go-to spirit. Made of frosted glass with a hand-etched pattern, it’s a cool addition to any bar cart. If you’re feeling extra thankful, pair this with a bottle of their favorite booze.
Personalized Memento Customizable Cheese Board
Who doesn’t love a dinner party that begins with an Instagram-worthy cheese and charcuterie platter? Help them up their entertaining game with a custom engraved 7” or 10” board, equipped with all of the tools they’ll need to slice brie and shave off a quality slice of gruyere. Now, there’s really no reason they can’t host the next game night.
Uncommon Goods Whiskey and Rum Making Kit
You and your friends may be able to drink spirits like pros, but could you distill them too? This kit will help you find out. They can learn how to cure their barrel, pour in grain alcohol, add essence, and age it. In two weeks, they’ll have their own custom blend. The kit comes with the extras they’ll need to make spice rum, Kentucky bourbon whiskey, and a highland malt whiskey. Cheers!
Upstate The Robe
Let’s just take a moment here to remember that comfy robes are a gift beloved by everyone, not just the bridal party. This one is made from sustainably sourced cotton with a thick waffle weave design that absorbs water and keeps them warm. Best of all? It has pockets! The guys will appreciate a gift that feels like it belongs in a luxury hotel spa.
Lexon Tykho 3 FM Radio
Are you and your fellow groomsmen always on Spotify? Instead of giving them earbuds that they likely already have, give them a way to pump up the volume around the house or at their next party. This speaker can play FM radio or any music you have using Bluetooth technology. The whole thing is less than 6”-wide, so it’s easy to pack and take anywhere. This includes the pool or beach, thanks to its waterproof silicon case.
Herschel Chapter Toiletry Kit
If you’re looking for something straightforward that pretty much everyone will put to use, then look no further. They’ll end up taking this black and saddle-brown toiletry kit on every vacation, business trip, or weekend getaway. If they’re not big travelers, they’ll still use it to corral their deodorant, shaving cream, and pomade at home.
VSSL Camp Supplies Waterproof Flashlight
This genius flashlight is another iconic gift for campers or gadget gurus. It’s waterproof, sure, but it also contains a compass, beeswax candle, rope and razor blade, water purification kit, wire saw, a Firestarter kit, and just about anything else you can think of. Oh, and the actual light has four LED modes. This is basically twenty gifts in one.
Wild & Wolf Flight Ready Kit
Most people forget a thing or two when they’re traveling, so whether your groomsmen are coming from near or far, you can pretty much guarantee that something will be missing. We’re just hoping it’s not their suit. Help them take one thing off the list by providing them with this travel grooming kit. It comes with hand lotion, face wash, shaving cream, and a body/hair wash, so they’ll be ready to go come the wedding day.
Duluth Trading Co. Best Made Shot Glasses with Leather
If the men in your circle are always ready to party, help them start their weekend on the right note with this extremely cool set of shot glasses. The set features four stainless steel glasses stored in an embossed cowhide leather holder. Whether they’re toasting you at your rehearsal dinner or hitting the great outdoors, these will come in handy. As the inscription says, “always prepared.”
Mako Bar Tool Set
Time to raise the bar on your gifts! Give them everything they need to make their signature cocktail at home with this classic stainless steel bar set. They’ll probably have enough to drink at the wedding, but if not they can now muddle, strain, and shake to their heart's content and craft their own Martini or Negroni when they get back home.
Kodak Smile Instant Print Digital Camera
Sure, we all use our iPhones to take photos, but isn’t it nice to get a little retro sometimes? This slide-open camera captures and prints photos instantly, so it has all the best aspects of a digital camera and a Polaroid. The guys will have tons of fun snapping picks while you get ready and then you’ll have the memories for long after.
Cloudified Wooden Sunglasses
No judgment, but some of these guys might need a style adjustment. You can’t fix that overnight, but grabbing these sunglasses is a pretty great start. Each pair is made from flexible bamboo with polarized lenses that block 100% of UV rays. Even better, they come in a dapper bamboo case, so you can avoid having to gift wrap them.
What to look for in a gift for groomsmen
Think about your group of guys and their interests and personalities. If there's a big range in your wedding party, think about getting a more general, useful gift like cufflinks or a cool tech item. Humor is great to add to the mix, but it's also nice to do something thoughtful that really shows how much you appreciate their help on the big day. Also, if you're planning to give your gifts on the wedding weekend, make sure it's something portable that they'll be able to take home easily. A groomsman gift can also be sent directly to their home address, either before or soon after the wedding.
What are some non-product gifts that would be good for my groomsmen?
“In lieu of getting your groomsmen, a product-based gift like some of the usual suspects (flasks, travel bags, monogrammed knives, watches, etc.) consider opting for a group experience instead,” Caitlin suggests. “How about treating your friends to a private whiskey tasting experience, buying them tickets to join you at a sports game, or treating them to a round of golf at a top tier course.”
Should everyone get the same gift?
“Not necessarily! If you get everyone the same gift, you may choose to personalize it (with different colors, monograms, etc.) or if you want to make it more personal, you could opt to get a unique gift for every member that relates to shared memory or hobby you have with that person,” Caitlin explains.
How much should I spend?
“How much you spent may depend on how many people are in your party, what your wedding budget is and what role they may have played in your wedding day or planning process. If budget is a concern, a handwritten note with a small gift can go a long way,” Caitlin says.
Meet the Expert
Caitlin Maloney Kuchemba is the owner and principal planner at Clover Event Co., a boutique wedding planning company based in Philadelphia, PA.
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