by Rhett Grametbauer April 25, 2018

Choosing a Best Man Gift 

If it weren't for their brides, grooms probably wouldn't put too much emphasis on the best man gift or may not even consider getting him something different than the groomsmen gift. Gifting seems to be more of a bride thing than a groom thing. She may even try to help you pick out your gifts for you. However, you are probably reading this article because your intention is to get your own best man gift. This is your opportunity to choose something meaningful for one of the most significant people in your life. Don't pass up this opportunity to make a statement to your best man.

Brides may get their bridesmaids something sentimental or something that they can use on the day of the wedding. They give them something that they can remember the day by. If you are wondering about unique best man gifts,  make it something that is useful and something valuable. 

An upcoming wedding day is one of the most important days in a person's life, regardless if you're the bride or the groom.

In preparation for this important day, many people are asked to participate and be part of either the procession or the preparations. It's only right and justified that you get everyone gifts, but the question is, do you get the best man an additional groomsmen gift or a different gift altogether?

Members of the wedding party are usually in charge of one or more tasks in preparation for the wedding, aside from finding their suits and dresses and making sure that they can attend the wedding.

If it weren't for their brides, grooms probably wouldn't put too much emphasis on the best man gift or may not even consider getting him something different than the groomsmen gift. Gifting seems to be more of a bride thing than a groom thing. She may even try to help you pick out your gifts for you. However, you are probably reading this article because your intention is to get your own best man gift. This is your opportunity to choose something meaningful for one of the most significant people in your life. Don't pass up this opportunity to make a statement to your best man.

Brides may get their bridesmaids something sentimental or something that they can use on the day of the wedding. They give them something that they can remember the day by. If you are wondering about unique best man gifts,  make it something that is useful and something valuable. 

With such high pressure placed upon them, it's only right that you recognize and appreciate everyone for their efforts, especially the best man.

Choosing the Best Man 

Selecting who should be in the wedding party is not rocket science, but it does require some thought. Naturally, one would want the best man to be a long-time best friend. A guy who knows the groom well and has supported him for many years.

Of course, the groomsmen are also special to the groom, but not as much as the best man. This is the reason why the best man has a more significant role among the other men in the wedding party.

The best man traditionally has various responsibilities, including organizing a bachelor party, helping out with other wedding preparations, and making sure that the groom arrives on time to the altar.

Best Man Wedding

Should Your Best Man Gift Be Different Than Groomsmen Gifts?

Giving gifts is one of the best ways to show everyone in your wedding party how much you appreciate their friendship. Traditionally, the groom is the one who takes care of giving gifts to the male members of the wedding party, which include the best man, groomsmen, and ring bearer. The guy-to-be-wed is also expected to provide a gift to the one officiating the wedding whether it's a judge, pastor, priest, or another officiant.

But choosing gifts for the groom's wedding party is no easy task. Many grooms contemplate: Should your best man gift be different than the groomsmen gifts?

The best man has more responsibility than the other members of the wedding party. Sometimes, the best man along with the maid of honor are the ones to sponsor or throw a pre-wedding party for all members of the wedding. This is in addition to the bachelor party planning. These things require some effort as well as money.

Given the investments in the form of time, money, and effort that the best man gives to the wedding, then it would indeed be fitting to differentiate your gift of appreciation for the best man. He is a valuable part of not just your wedding but your life as well.

Do You Get the Best Man an Additional Groomsmen Gift?

The male wedding party is assured of a gift from the groom with an emphasis on the gift given to the best man. It's up to the newlyweds though if they would want to get the best man an additional gift.

Choosing The Gifts

Just because you need to provide a different or additional gift to the best man doesn't mean that he gets a more expensive gift from the rest. No, in fact, there's another way of making the gift different from the others.

You can choose a different color, shape or material for the best man gift while the others get matching gifts. For example, if you are handing out a signature pen, you can consider choosing one particular model and get a black one for the best man while the groomsmen get a blue pen.

Keep in mind that going for a more expensive gift for the best man is not a bad idea, either. After all, more is expected from him than the groomsmen, so getting a nicer gift is appropriate.

Make sure to carefully choose gifts whether for the groomsmen or the best man. Since you, as the groom, know these men well, getting them a gift they’d like shouldn't be difficult.

It's recommended that the groom does not just get any gift such as those that would end up collecting dust on shelves. Ideally, the gifts are something that they would enjoy and use. Also, be mindful of the characters or attitudes of the person receiving the gifts. For example, don't hand out liquor or alcohol to someone who's either allergic to alcohol or doesn't drink or even worse is a recovering alcoholic.

Groomsmen Gifting 101

Giving gifts after the wedding is a tradition that you shouldn't  be overlooked as the people who have attended and helped you with the preparations invested time, effort, and money for your day to be highly successful.

These gifts should be well-thought out and be given in person and not sent by courier unless the people you were giving the gifts to aren't able to attend.

Ideally, the gifts should've been bought and wrapped at least a month before the wedding day and not days before the wedding.

Your time will be limited as the wedding approaches so hurriedly going to shops and selecting a less than optimal gift for your best man and groomsmen isn't highly advised. 

Wedding Party

Wedding Party

For members of the male wedding party, the following suggestions are considered appropriate and have been proven to be popular gifts for the best man and groomsmen alike.

  • Accessories. Men's accessories like ties, wallets, and belts are always a good choice and very practical. Other accessories to consider are cufflinks and watches, which can both be engraved with the initials or name of the best man.
  • Wine and Spirits. Although it wouldn't last long, wine and spirits are a nice touch and are appropriate for that friend who likes being the life of the party. 
  • Drinking Accessories. These can be shot glasses and custom beer taps, anything that the recipient can add to their collection. This is where your knowledge of your party comes in, as you would need to know their tastes and interests.
  • Pocket Tools. Appropriate for guests who are part-time weekend warriors or even just enthusiasts of the outdoors. Pocket knives, multi-tools, and fishing lures are some of the more popular items.
  • Cooking Tools and Gadgets. More for the aspiring chef and barbecue aficionado; you can give them cooking tools like grills, aprons and even smokers depending on their culinary interests.
  • Sports Items. For the sports fan, give them licensed products or memorabilia like signed posters, t-shirts, or caps.

When To Give Gifts

Timing they say is everything. This saying is applicable when giving out the groomsmen gifts as well. Some couples choose to give out their gifts to the wedding party after the wedding reception. But this isn't a good idea as many of them will have consumed a considerable amount of alcohol during the reception.

So, when is a good time to give out the gifts to the best man and the groomsmen? The answer is simple: before the wedding.

Giving out gifts can be done during the wedding rehearsals or even the bachelor party. If handing out the gifts is not feasible at these times, then the groom can give them on the wedding day before the ceremony.

The manner of giving out the gifts can vary. For example, the gifts can be handed out individually or as a group during the rehearsal dinner, lunch, or the bachelor party.

If you are getting the best man a more expensive gift than the groomsmen, then consider handing out the gifts more discreetly and privately. You don’t want the best man to feel embarrassed by the gesture and to avoid having other groomsmen envious of his gift.


Best Man Gift Ideas

We've noticed a trend in the buying habits of grooms-to-be who end up on our website. They love picking up some of our go-to products like bottle openers for the bulk of their wedding party, but they want to buy something a little bit nicer for their best man...or for the Father of the Bride if they're trying to get on his good side.

So if you're in need of some gift ideas that check the "extra nice" box, read on.

Best Man Gift Bundle

Best Man Gift Bundle -- Bottle Opener and Cufflinks

We sell plenty of our bottle openers as groomsmen gifts by themselves, with and without gift boxes, so with our Best Man Bundle we've added a few things to the set to make them a little more special. 

Each Best Man Bundle comes standard with custom engraving on both the bottle opener and the gift box, and the bundle also includes a .50 Caliber Money Clip and a pair of .50 Caliber Cufflinks in either brass or nickel finish. 

Click on the photo to shop from the Matte Black Bundles, and you can also get your bundle with the bottle opener in brass (here) or in the "Silver Bullet" finish (here). 

Six Shooter Rocks Glass

Six Shooter Whiskey Glass

If your Best Man is more of a whiskey, bourbon, or scotch kind of guy, then he would probably get more use out of one of these glasses than he would our bottle openers.

These Six Shooters make the perfect whiskey glasses -- they're machined from a solid block of aluminum and weigh in at over a pound, so you're not likely to find a manlier highball glass on the market. Each glass holds 10oz of your favorite spirit or cocktail, making them the perfect size for a few fingers of bourbon on the rocks or for a whiskey sour. 

We can add 1 or 2 lines of custom engraving running bottom to top on each glass, so you'll have plenty of room to include name, wedding date, "Best Man" or "Father of the Bride," or anything along those lines. 

Groomsmen Gift Bundles

Groomsmen Gift Bundles

Don't let the name fool you -- these are perfectly fine for your Best Man. We just had to give this bundle a different name because we'd already used "Best Man Bundle" for the product at the top of this list by the time we started selling these gift bundles. 

Each gift set includes a .50 Caliber Bottle Opener, a pair of Six Shooter Shot Glasses, and a 7.62mm Keychain Bottle Opener, all with custom engraving. We'll engrave up to 3 lines on the .50 Cal Bottle Opener and one line on each shot glass and the keychain bottle opener.

Those products are then held in place by a custom-cut foam insert that protects each piece, which is then housed inside a rosewood finished gift box that also includes up to 4 lines of custom engraving on its lid.

The photo above shows the "Silver Bullet" version but you can also get them with the bottle opener in brass (here) or in matte black (here). 

SD Bottle Factory Pints and Coasters

San Diego Bottle Factory Coasters and Pints

If your best man loves craft beer -- and especially if he trends towards a particular brewery or two -- then you can't go wrong with a few pint glasses and a set of coasters made from upcycled bottles, labels, and six-pack boxes of his favorite beer. These unique barware accessories are handmade in San Diego by Eric Hollister who runs SD Bottle Factory out of his garage.

The pint glasses are made out of 22oz bomber bottles from breweries that screen-print or paint on their logos rather than using stick-on labels. SDBF then cuts them to a height of about 6 inches tall and sands the lip to a finish that's factory-smooth. 

For the coasters, Eric covers 4" square travertine tiles with peeled labels or cardboard beer boxes then coats each coaster with a waterproof finish that cleans easily while preserving the graphics for years to come. 

Don't see the beer or brewery that you're looking for? Contact Eric H. through their site or social media and he can see about doing a custom order for you. 

Silver Gift Bundle

Silver Best Man Gift Bundle

Similar to the other gift bundles posted above, this one combines several of our most popular products but it does so in a way that eliminates your need to package or gift wrap them. 

With this gift bundle you'll get one of our "Silver Bullet" .50 Caliber Bottle Openers in a gift box, a pair of Six Shooter Shot Glasses, a 7.62mm Keychain Bottle Opener, and a set of our .50 Caliber Coasters in a wood gift box -- all packaged inside a .50 caliber ammo can that comes standard with whatever custom engraving you'd like to add. 

You'll have plenty of room on the side of the ammo can to engrave his name, "Best Man," the wedding date, or a motivational quote...or more likely, an inside joke that memorializes something dumb that he's done in the past.

Survival Kit

We could write a full-blown description of our survival kits, or I can just point you towards the product demo video which shows off all the features and options for these kits. 

With the Survival Kits you'll get custom engraving on every part of the kit: the bottle opener, the two steel pints, the flask, and the ammo can.

"Build Your Own" Best Man Gift

If Iyou want to build your own best man gift, start with one of our custom engraved ammo cans in either OD green or gloss red then personalize one or both sides of the can with my best man's name, initials, date/location of the wedding, or some sort of inside joke or embarrassing quote about him. Boom, "gift wrapping" is solved. 

Then load up the can with whatever else he would like from our website -- maybe a custom .50 caliber bottle opener and a pair of shot glasses, or a rocks glass and a set of whiskey bullets, or a custom beer tap handle if he's got a kegerator at home.

Once you've received your ammo can you're welcome to add anything else he would like that we either (a) don't stock on our site or (b) can't stock and ship for legal reasons. Some options along those lines would be:

  • A bottle of his favorite liquor or some hard-to-find craft beer
  • Cigars and a lighter
  • Ammunition for a day at the shooting range
  • A personalized pocketknife
  • Some low-cost (but very useful) throw-ins like a credit card bottle opener or pocket multitool
  • Customized glassware along the lines of these rocks glasses or pint glasses for your hometown or college town

Throw in some stuff that's of significant personal or sentimental value -- some photos or a handwritten note will go a long way towards thanking your best man for everything he's done to get you to where you are today.

Be the Best Gift Giver Ever

Always keep in mind that your best man and groomsmen are there to help you every step of the way, and a bad choice of a gift will do no good in showing the appreciation that you should want to convey. While weddings can be expensive, always leave some room for your gifts so that your wedding party will feel highly appreciated.

So, do you get the best man an additional groomsmen gift or a different gift? Absolutely if you can do it and stay within your budget. They deserve the extra gift or a special gift since their list of duties and responsibilities aren't exactly short and easy to accomplish. 

Most of all, be the best gift giver ever. Be there for your best man, the way they did for you before, during and after the wedding. It pays to have someone close to talk to and depend on.

Rhett Grametbauer
Rhett Grametbauer


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