Cheap Groomsmen Gifts: The Practical Guide for a Meaningful Gift

First things first — when we say “cheap” wedding gifts we do not mean crappy quality by any means.

You’d be better off lighting your money on fire rather than wasting it on a gift that your best man and groomsmen are just going to throw away the day after the wedding.

So none of our following recommendations would fit under that heading — these gifts are all ones that we think groomsmen would still appreciate and find enjoyable or useful for years to come.

You can also skip right to this page with our most affordable groomsmen gifts, ranging from $20-40 per person including US shipping — and including personalization in most cases.

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In a world where the wedding business is booming and it is tough to plan a wedding and stick with a strict budget, we tend to find it necessary cut corners on some parts of the preparations.

More often than not, we try to save on the wedding favors, flowers, and the most obvious of all, the wedding party gifts.

While plenty of wedding guides will recommend spending $100 per groomsman and $150 for your best man or father of the bride, we realize that those numbers aren’t going to be feasible for every groom.

It can be a struggle to find a gift that will not make your wallet cry, but at the same time be meaningful or at least useful to your groomsmen.

The reality of it is that people appreciate a personal touch on simple gifts because it means that you were thinking of them.

In this article, we will provide some suggestions for inexpensive groomsmen gifts that are not necessarily the stereotypical cheap groomsmen gifts. We will also give you tips and tricks on how to take your simple groomsmen gifts to the next level. Ready to see where you can save money? Then, continue reading.

All the gifts we have chosen are, as mentioned, affordable but at the same time unique and can be personalized.

Custom Engraved Green Ammo Can

This gift will be perfect for buddies who are fans of gear that looks like it came from the military. These ammo cans can be engraved on an entire side with a personal note or name which is always a nice touch, and you can load the can up with a few other small gifts for each member of your wedding party.

These gifts use a recycled M2A1 ammo can, the same ones that the US military use for .50 BMG and 5.56mm rounds. In addition, the latch and rubber gaskets keep the contents inside the ammo can clean and dry which gives it even more usefulness if needed for camping or survival gear.

Personalized Beer

Personalized Beer

Personalized beer sounds a bit odd, but if some couples use personalized wine as wedding favors, why not give your groomsmen personalized beer for a change?

You can make your own label using templates or with whatever you think is appropriate based on the character of each groomsman.

Since the bottles are personalized, you can be sure that they will display them at home long after your wedding day — and probably long after the bottle has been emptied.

Custom Flasks

Custom Flask

custom flask is actually a great gift to give your groomsmen. They will probably make use of the gift on your wedding day and many times after that. If you are going to give a flask, customize it by having your groomsman’s name engraved on it. Also, you should try to have the flask packaged in a nice gift box to give it some panache.

Pair of Custom Printed Socks

Custom Printed Socks

Giving your friends a pair of quality custom printed socks is another inexpensive yet significant groomsmen gift. Additionally, you could also request them to wear the socks on your wedding day. Doing so would show unity—plus, it would be a really cool photo opportunity.

Make it extra special by making sure that it is their face on their socks or even your face on their socks.

 

Barware

Bottle Opener

Who doesn’t love a good drink occasionally? Especially during wedding season, everyone could benefit from relaxing with a pint—including the groom himself.

Whether your friend is a true whiskey connoisseur or a maniac for mixology, we offer elegant, personalized barware ideal for any groom.

If you want the perfect gift for under $20 for your best friend’s man cave, you can consider this cool can koozie, a tasteful paddle bottle opener, or this super unique bottle opener fashioned from once-fired .50 caliber bullet casings.

Another affordably priced barware gift includes an elegant monogrammed whiskey glass that can hold up to 12 ounces—making it ideal for everything from honeymoon celebrations to the tougher nights in a marriage.

Set of Stylish Ties

Men's Tie

Yet another way to showcase the gentlemanliness of your groomsmen is by gifting them a classy tie. This article of clothing is something that every man should have. There are lots of stores that offer a vast selection of ties that would be appropriate. Unless you’re handing out something specifically intended to match your wedding colors, you’ll want to choose a design that you know will never go out of style.

 

Coasters

Leather Coaster

If money has been tight for a while, you might be looking for a unique gift that is really affordable. Of course, good friends should always be understanding of one another, but the reality is that your financial need could leave you embarrassed when the bride and groom open your tacky dollar store gifts in front of the entire wedding.

Believe it or not, you can buy a thoughtful, unique, and distinctive gift, without spending much more than you would at your local Shop ‘N’ Save. With personalized, high-quality leather coasters, Groomsmen Central offers the perfect gift that your friends will use for years to come, without leaving your bank account suffering from years to come, too.

We offer a versatile selection of designs, including brownblack and rustic leather, as well as cork styles. This diversity allows you to choose colors and materials that work best with your friend’s unique personal style while also allowing you to choose a size that’s best for his favorite go-to drinks.

The best part is that coasters are an incredibly economical choice. Prices not only start as low as $2.50—yes, $2.50—but they often max out at under $10 for a coaster personalized with the name of the happy couple and the wedding date. There is no easier way to commemorate the best day of your friend’s life—and keep tables protected during even the rowdiest of wedding receptions.

If you are interested in upping your budget without pushing things past the $60 mark, you can go for engraved coasters made from .50 caliber bullets. It can be an exciting and unique gift, especially for veterans and service members in your life but, it will require a little extra dough.

Pair of Cufflinks

Whiskey Barrel Cufflinks

Similar to a tie, a pair of quality cufflinks is also something that should be in every man’s wardrobe. While cufflinks can range from a few dollars to hundreds — or thousands — you can definitely find a pair that is both affordable and classy. Some shops even offer engraving to give it a more personalized touch.

Cufflinks are the ultimate groomsman gift: they are elegant, often affordable and can be worn in the wedding proceedings, allowing your thoughtful gift to make a permanent impact on an important day. The only downside is that you may be arguing with your fellow groomsmen about who will get to present the groom with the cufflinks he will wear at the altar.

Beat your friends to it with a pair of our exclusive cufflinks—from a minimalist square style that is completely on trend to an iconic black and nickel round design to whiskey barrel cufflinks for your friend who loves to party hard and still show up in style.

Ultimately, shopping for other men can be challenging, especially when it involves fashion. Luckily, each of our cufflinks are attractive, durable and stylish, meaning even the most aesthetically challenged shopper can find a perfect pair.

Fountain Pens

Nickel Fountain Pen

Maybe your soon-to-be hitched friend is not a huge fan of drinking, or could not care less about fashion, even on his big day. It might make him a frustrating person to shop for but there’s no reason to worry. Even the pickiest person can appreciate a gift that reflects elegance and thoughtfulness.

It might not initially seem like the most typical gift from the groomsman but a pen can be a posh, sleek present that helps commemorate the most important moments in our lives, starting with weddings.

It’s a simple process. First, purchase a classic rosewood fountain pen or an ultra stylish nickel design with a matte finish. Then, tell your friend you want it to be the pen he uses to make his marriage official. Finally, wait for the gratitude, sentimentality, and (most likely) tears.

Subscription-Based Gift

Men's Subscription Box

Depending on the kind of activities you and your friends enjoy doing, you can find subscription-based gifts that will be perfect for your groomsmen.

There are monthly subscription options specifically designed for men’s needs such as grooming products, gear, fragrances, and undergarments — and you can easily vary your per-recipient spending by ordering more or fewer months worth of a particular subscription.

Another one that we can’t recommend highly enough because (a) we like their products and (b) their shop was about 100yds from our place in San Diego so we can vouch for them being great people is a subscription of beer shirts from Shirts on Tap.

Shirts on Tap -- Craft Beer Shirts

Sign your buddy up with SoT and once a month they’ll get a super high-quality t-shirt featuring an exclusive design for a craft brewery from San Diego, Portland, Seattle, Dallas, or a handful of other cities. Most monthly shipments also include stickers or coupons from the respective breweries. 

Credit Card Bottle Openers

Credit Card Bottle Opener with Monogram

These credit card bottle openers are inexpensive yet immensely handy — at the same lengthy and width as a credit card but only about twice the thickness, they’ll slip into a wallet easily so they’re always close by when needed.

Adding a monogram to each one is a classy and timeless touch, and you’ll with these openers you’ll get free shipping and automatic quantity discounts when you order at least 4 of them.

A Memorable Experience

Golf

For a really special groomsmen gift, treat them to a memorable experience such as going on a camping, fishing, or hunting trip. Maybe even a round of golf. You can also choose to go on an adventure and go hiking or attend a sporting event.

Personalized Gifts: Important Tips

Just like what we discussed before, the danger of buying cheaper gifts is it may come across as giving a gift just for the sake of giving. So, here are some tricks to show your groomsmen that your simple gift is significant.

  • Pair it with another thing: When giving your gifts, you can attach a note to it that refers to the friendship between you and your groomsmen. You can also write a joke, but keep in mind, that it should somehow be connected to the gift.
  • Packaging: This simply means presenting your gift in such a way that it looks more expensive than it really is. For example, for the ammo can, you can put some wrapping paper inside, add some pictures, or even a memory between you and your groomsmen.
  • Formally present your gift: This has been a trend in weddings where there is a presentation that goes with the groomsmen gifts. Similar to including a note, make a big deal about the gifts and attach an event with it. Going out to a restaurant or bar and giving the gifts is a great way to spend time with your groomsmen and make giving your gifts more of an event.

Summary

Now that you know that there are a lot of ways to make a cheap gift meaningful, it should be easier for you to find a gift for your groomsmen. Just remember these tips and let your creativity take over. Rule of thumb is to add something to the gift that speaks to your groomsmen.

The inexpensive groomsmen gifts that we suggested are really useful and are unique in their own way. If all else fails, they will know that you gave extra effort to make their simple gifts special; that alone will make them appreciate your gift even more.

Did we forget any? Post your suggestions in the comments and we may add them to future editions of this article.

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