He’s the littlest man in your wedding party with a very big job—the ring bearer! Tasked with carrying those precious pieces of jewelry down the aisle, he plays a major role on your wedding day. Whether you’re popping the question—Will you be my ring bearer?—or showing your appreciation for his participation, doing so with a gift is apropos.
Gift him something he can use on the big day and beyond, like a personalized water bottle or a pair of cool sunglasses that will make him feel all grown up. It also means that he’ll go home with a keepsake that reminds him of his important role, long after the event has passed.
A small toy or activity book is also a thoughtful gift because not only will he be excited to receive a new toy, he’ll have something to keep him busy during the not-so-exciting parts of the reception. And a personalized robe or pair of slippers is a sweet way to pamper the little guy after his big walk down the aisle.
Whether you decide to pop the question with a gift or show your gratitude with a toy, thoughtful, fun options are abundant out there for your ring bearer.
Read on for the best ring bearer gifts.
Bella Cuttery Ring Bearer Proposal Sunglasses
This pair of sunglasses feel as cool as a cucumber when you pop the question to the littlest man in your wedding party. Because his job is all about being cool, calm, and collected as the guardian of your bling rings!
Price at time of publish: $17
CMT Impressions Personalized Laser Engraved Baseball
For the ring bearer who’s all about baseball, this gift is sure to be a hit! The personalized genuine leather baseball is engraved with a name and date for a keepsake he can hold onto long after the day is over.
Price at time of publish: $17 for baseball only
7 ate 9 Apparel Ring Bearer Shirt
If he’s wondering what his duties are as ring bearer, this cute shirt pretty much sums it up. Besides being a practical gift (if he's fussy in his suit, he can change into this after the ceremony), it's a super cute keepsake to commemorate his stint as a ring bearer.
Price at time of publish: $19
With This Crayon, I Do Color: A Wedding Day Coloring Book
Keep him busy during those long-winded toasts with this wedding-themed coloring book. It's the perfect gift for making sure everyone in the wedding party (including the little ones) are having fun on your big day.
Price at time of publish: $7
The Crafty Engineer Ring Bearer Water Bottle
With a busy job like ring bearer, staying hydrated is a must! This personalized water bottle is a gift he can use on the big day and beyond. Mom will appreciate this one too.
Price at time of publish: $23
The Best Ever Ring Bearer: All the Best Things About Being in a Wedding by Linda Griffith
Get him pumped for his ring bearer gig! This sweet book covers all the ins and outs of what to expect on your big day so he’ll be ready and excited for his walk down the aisle.
Price at time of publish: $11
Call Me Craftie Ring Pop Box
Pop the question with a candy bling ring. While this one is made of sugar, it’s a sweet way to ask your ring bearer if he’ll carry your rings down the aisle.
Price at time of publish: $10 for box yes ring pop
Magicfun Kids Camera
Since he won’t want to forget grandma busting a move on the dance floor or dad’s big wedding toast, this camera is a perfect way for him to capture his own behind-the-scenes wedding moments. As a bonus, you’ll have some priceless wedding snaps compliments of your ring bearer!
Hrt Soul Creations LLC Personalized Ring Bearer Truck
What does he really want? If he’s like most little kids, a toy is probably at the top of the list. And for a boy, a truck with his name on it is an on-point gift for getting him on board with being a ring bearer.
Price at time of publish: $25 for blue truck
Woodily Toys Will You Be Our Ring Bearer Puzzle
Let him put the pieces together—he’s going to be a ring bearer! Each custom puzzle is handmade and personalized with his name and a custom engraved message on the back for a gift that’s truly one-of-a-kind.
Price at time of publish: $32 for 1 letter and stand
Mod Party Ring Bearer Proposal Bear
He’s sure to say yes when you pop the question with this sweet-as-can-be teddy bear. Customized with a personalized box and t-shirt, this gift is a warm and fuzzy way to his heart.
Price at time of publish: $20 for brown bear with no gift box
WeeFarers Polarized Children's Sunglasses
Your main ring man will look and feel as cool as can be rocking these classic shades. Plus, they aren’t just drug-store throw-aways. With UVA and UVB protection, they’re the real deal which means you’ll be helping him protect his baby blues.
Price at time of publish: $35
Maisonette Petite Plume White Pajamas with Navy Piping
Made with the finest cotton, navy piping, and pearl buttons, these luxe PJs will have him feeling like royalty. Plus, they come with a monogram—talk about a little prince!
Price at time of publish: $58
Shutterfly Dinosaur Party Kids Puzzle
Surprise and delight with this personalized puzzle featuring a picture of the little man himself! A perfect gift for him to stay entertained at the wedding or decompress from his big day as ring bearer.
Price at time of publish: $33
Brave + Kind Bookshop Dancing Crocodile Gift Set
If your ring bearer is a book worm, this gift will get him in a snap! The set includes the four Lyle Crocodile books, a digital download of its author, Mr. Waber, reading Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, and a crocodile pull toy.
Lola + The Boys Black Happy Star Hightop Faux Fur Sneaker
Being a ring bearer has its perks, like these snappy kicks! Whether he’s sporting them at the rehearsal dinner, rocking them down the aisle, or kicking it at the playground after the party’s over, these sneakers are some serious party loot.
Price at time of publish: $72
RH Baby & Child Luxe Sherpa Moccasins
After his big walk down the aisle and busting some moves on the dance floor, he’ll be happy to kick up his tired little feet in these luxe sherpa moccasins. It's a sweet gift for the little man that says take a load off.
Price at time of publish: $32
Pals T-Rex & Triceratops Kids Collectible Mismatched Socks
Here’s another something fun for his feet! These mismatched dinosaur socks come as T-Rex and Triceratops. The perfect way to show him that couples don’t have to be the same to be a perfect match!
Price at time of publish: $10 for 12m-3y
GagaKidz Custom Varsity Jacket
After guarding the rings and carrying them down the aisle, your ring bearer deserves his MVP status. This custom jacket, complete with his name emblazoned on the back, gives him the props he deserves.
Price at time of publish: $42 for 3-4 years kids' numeric
Maisonette Cece DuPraz Monogrammable Hooded Terry Robe
The ring bearer has a pretty important role on the wedding day, which means he might just need a little pampering when it’s all over. This personalized, hooded, terry robe will have him relaxing in style—after all, he deserves it!
Price at time of publish: $94
What to look for in a ring bearer gift
Keep in mind the age of the child and their interests. It's nice to have several small gifts if possible—one to "pop the question" and another gift for the big day. The ring bearer proposal gift can be as simple as a sweet card or baked good, while the wedding day gift is more practical and tailored to the events of the day (think sunglasses for a summer wedding or some fun activity books to keep him engaged throughout the day).
Is it better to have a ring bearer box or ring bearer pillow?
While ring bearer pillows are the more traditional choice, many couples are opting for the ring bearer box as a way to carry and present the wedding rings. As a modern option, the box provides more security when carrying the rings down the aisle, particularly if you have a little one as the ring bearer.
It’s also easier to remove the rings at the altar since they will not be tied to the pillow. As a bonus, the box can become a keepsake jewelry box post-wedding!
What’s a good ring bearer proposal?
Proposing to your ring bearer can be a lot of fun because hey, he’s a kid! This means there’s a lot of room to be creative. Start by thinking about what your ring bearer likes. If he's got a sweet tooth, pop the question with a cupcake or sheet cake (with the big question iced in script on the top). Or, gift him something he can use at the wedding, like a pair of sunglasses or a cool pair socks—they'll get him pumped for the party.
How do I choose a ring bearer?
The roles of the ring bearer has changed over time, but some things have stayed consistent. "Ring bearers are usually between the ages of three and seven and are often chosen from the children of close friends or family," explains etiquette expert Anna Post. She advises that it's ok to have more than one ring bearer if there are multiple children you'd like to include in the procession.
"The ring bearer usually processes after the maid or matron of honor and before the flower girl, but if they are young they might walk together," says Post.
"Just remember to have the best man take the ring from the ring bearer first. If the child’s parent is in the wedding party too, it’s okay for him or her to stand with mom or dad, or to have mom or dad hold him or her if need be."
Meet the Expert
Anna Post is the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, a renowned etiquette expert. She is the author of Do I Have To Wear White? Emily Post Answers America’s Wedding Etiquette Questions, Emily Post’s Wedding Parties, and Mr. Manners: Lessons from Obama on Civility
Why Trust Brides
Brides contributor Elizabeth MacLennan has been scouring marketplaces around the world— and web— hunting down that just right object for over 15 years as a prop stylist. Read: she’s seen just about everything when it comes to gifts! She loves gift giving and is always on the lookout for that special thing that’s just perfect for someone in her life. Plus— she’s a kid at heart and loves shopping for the little ones in her life. With a discerning eye and astute mind, she considers quality, function, and design when she’s thoughtfully selecting winning gift ideas. That means— these ring bearer gift ideas meet all the requirements.