Coolest & Most Unique Groomsmen Gifts & Wedding Favors in 2019
We get it. Finding the perfect gifts for your groomsmen can be difficult. Ensuring that you choose a vendor who does quality customization work — and who can guarantee timely delivery — isn't easy either.
Fortunately, we can help get you on the right path.
If you're looking for unique wedding gifts with dozens of customization options and fast turnaround time, look no further. Below you can find all of our most popular gift ideas for your wedding party — everything from flasks to bottle openers to cufflinks to coasters.
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When it comes to picking out the perfect groomsmen gifts or best man gifts, you'll only have one chance to get things right.
That's why we recommend going with quality gifts from the start — something that's unique, memorable, and useful as well.
The best way to make sure you check all those boxes is to select gifts that match with the interests of your groomsmen and that are personalized to include their names, roles in the wedding, wedding date, or other similar information.
The value in choosing customized gifts rather than the same old, same old gifts right off the shelf cannot be overstated.
Luckily, we have dozens of options for groomsmen gifts to cover wedding party members of all types. And we offer multiple customization options on nearly all of them.
All About Groomsmen Gifts and Wedding Etiquette
Every year, over two million couples are married in the US — quite a large number.
While not every party has a large contingent of groomsmen, most grooms have someone stand up with them.
It doesn't matter if you’re hosting a large, traditional wedding with hundreds of guests or a smaller gathering with only family and close friends. Either way, it’s important to recognize some of the traditions associated with groomsmen and their gifts.
In every wedding, the best man and groomsmen have important roles to play. They are there to extend their support to the groom and the soon-to-be couple.
Their duties include helping with some aspects of wedding planning, throwing a bachelor (or couple’s) party, keeping track of the rings on the big day, assisting the groom with getting dressed, ushering guests into the church, and being public witnesses to the pledge of marriage.
Traditions of Groomsmen
Historically on the wedding day itself, groomsmen were not only on hand to dress the groom. They were also to ready to defend him against anyone who might show up to steal his bride.
They dressed in the same attire to confuse any evil spirits who might want to put a curse on the couple.
Then after the wedding, the groomsmen would physically place the groom and his new wife (with the help of the bridal attendants) in their honeymoon bed.
Thankfully, that isn’t a tradition that continues.
However, you can see that the relationship between a groom and his groomsmen is significant. Because of this bond, it’s customary to give gifts to groomsmen as a sign of appreciation and thanks for their support.
The Tradition of Groomsmen Gifts
The idea of groomsmen gifts took off during the mid-20th century.
The groom would thank the groomsmen with gifts after the wedding, a practice that's been customary ever since.
Current groomsmen gift options are quite different than those from years ago. Additionally, grooms these days typically hand out gifts prior to the wedding — often at the bachelor party or rehearsal dinner.
What Are Groomsmen Gifts?
Groomsmen gifts are a way of showing your groomsmen your appreciation for their participation in the ceremony.
After all, you are asking for a big commitment of their time and finances. They’re likely paying for their tux or suit and paying for travel in addition to footing the bill for your bachelor party.
Gifting groomsmen is a sign of showing your admiration for the efforts put in by the groomsmen. It’s very important that you select your groomsmen gifts with care so they remember them for a lifetime.
The friends and family you select to stand up with you will appreciate this gesture. And they'll be grateful to you for recognizing their contribution to your day.
Ideally, you should present your full wedding party with gifts. This includes the ring bearer and any ushers you invite to participate as well.
Your best man, with his distinctive role in your wedding, likely deserves something a cut above the gifts given to your groomsmen.
The best man has extra responsibilities, such as the sometimes-stressful reception toast, that warrants some added thought and effort.
Gifting groomsmen and your best man with keepsakes is a token of thanks. It’s also a recognition of the importance of their participation in the occasion.
Why Are Groomsman Gifts Given?
Grooms give gifts as a symbol of appreciation and gratitude because the groomsmen offered to stand with them in support of and in witness to their union.
Initially, wedding attendants gave gifts to the bride before the wedding. They “showered” her with gifts in case she didn’t have enough dowry.
The groom was not a part of this scenario because there was no requirement that he bring anything to the marriage in the way a woman was required to.
Then the bride began to give gifts to her attendants in thanks. This tradition eventually extended to the groomsmen.
Things To Consider
What follows is a fairly comprehensive list of things to keep in mind when you start your shopping efforts.
Tradition will dictate that a groom should get a gift for his groomsmen and any other significant males in his wedding. These significant males may include the groom’s father as well as his bride’s father.
If he is so inclined, he may get his bride’s brothers gifts as well.
Parents spend a lot on your wedding, and your groomsmen will be spending money on purchasing suits and sponsoring your bachelor party.
(They are also going to be subject to your bride’s perfectionism on your wedding day).
If you intend to show some appreciation to the men in your life, you might want to consider giving them a little a gift that would also make them remember your big day.
Not every man likes to be in a suit and tie and not every man likes to be photographed. It is simply the least you can do for the men in your life who accept this challenge for you. If you are traditional in your beliefs, then it is only right that you give your groomsmen gifts.
The Bride Is Doing It For Her Bridesmaids
You should not do something because others are doing it.
But assuming they can afford it, brides always give their bridesmaids a gift, even if it is a small token.
If time allows, some brides would even make DIY gifts for their bridesmaids, and they would not make a big deal about gift giving because women generally like to give gifts.
If it is a DIY gift, then her bridesmaids maybe even more thrilled that they got it. The extra effort shows that their friend put significant thought into the gifts that she made.
Since she is most likely going to find a way to give her bridesmaids a gift, and one to the groom’s mother, she is going to expect that the groom gives gifts to his groomsmen so that there can be a balance.
Even if you don’t want to give a gift to your groomsmen, your bride-to-be is going to insist that you do, and if you don’t, she is going to be upset with you. So, to keep everyone happy, get your groomsmen gifts.
The budget can play a role in whether or not you get your groomsmen gifts. If you are on a fixed budget, then gifts for the bridal party is the last thing that will be on your mind. It is possible though that your bride will come up with an idea to save you both the ‘embarrassment’ of not giving gifts.
But if your budget is a bit flexible, then gifts for your bridal party and even some well-wishers who contributed significantly to your wedding is imperative.
Even if you are not sure what gift to get, you can let your bride help you decide, because it is most likely going to be her idea anyway. If you want to do it yourself, there are so many options for you to choose from, and you just have to find the right place to get them from.
You can give all the men in your bridal party a universal gift, or you can get them each a customized gift. Again, these will all be budget dependent. But your wedding planner may most likely budget gifts for the bridal party into your wedding expenses.
When Are Wedding Party Gifts Given?
The ideal time to hand out groomsmen gifts is during the rehearsal dinner which is a great time for couples to recognize their wedding participants.
Everyone is happy and most of the wedding preparation is complete. Just as importantly, you won’t have to worry about keeping track of gifts throughout the wedding day itself.
It’s at this moment that you may choose to give gifts to other wedding participants as well.
This might include parents or anyone who was especially helpful during all of the planning.
Perhaps you had a family member who went above and beyond by making your cake. Or maybe someone helped with decorations, or lent their photography or DJing skills.
You might be wondering “When do I give groomsmen gifts?” if you aren’t planning on a rehearsal dinner.
In this case, it’s acceptable to give the gifts the morning of the ceremony as you and your team prepare to dress up for the wedding.
You may also choose to hand them out at the wedding reception itself. However, keep in mind that your groomsmen may then have trouble keeping track of things for the rest of the night.
“Will You Be My Groomsman?” Gifts
Another recent popular trend that we’ve seen is the practice of “groomsmen proposals.”
In short, that means a groom buys his gifts long in advance of the wedding. Then he uses them to formally ask his best man and groomsmen to be part of his wedding.
The upside with that approach is that groomsmen won’t have to worry about getting their gifts home after the wedding.
That’s a big consideration if groomsmen have to fly in and you plan to give a bottle of spirits or a pre-filled flask.
And the other benefit of giving your gifts far ahead of the wedding?
If you completely whiff on your gift choices, you’ll have time to make amends before the big day.
Who Buys the Gifts?
The groom is responsible for buying the groomsmen gifts, though it’s not rare for the best man or family members to assist with choosing them. He also gives a present to his best man as the bride gives presents to her bridesmaids and the maid (or matron) of honor.
Don’t forget your ring bearer! He has one of the most important responsibilities of all – getting your ring to the altar so you can seal the deal.
What Are Typical Gifts for Groomsmen?
Identifying the right groomsmen gifts can be a challenging task. The gifts chosen should reflect your friendship and appreciation for the groomsmen.
You may want to look for the latest gadgets, tools, grooming kits, personalized apparel, and monogrammed items.
But you’ll want to select either a gift based on each groomsmen’s personality, or something that's applicable to the whole group.
Personalized flasks, wallets, cufflinks, watches, tie-sets, cameras, branded sunglasses, and even holiday packages could be groomsmen gifts, depending on how much you want to spend for your groomsmen.
Some men are excited to receive modern gadgets as gifts. Gadgets such as smartphone accessories, video game systems or accessories, and USB flash drives may be good options, though they’re usually pricey.
Other men are handy guys and appreciate gadgets to help them fix things and tinker. You may want to select gifts like tactical flashlights, knives, screwdriver sets, or anything that will come in handy when something breaks.
For the men in your group who might take longer than your bride to get ready for a night out, grooming tools can be a good choice. A good set of personal grooming tools or a travel kit may be appreciated.
Recent Trends in Groomsmen Gifts
Recently, unique options for military and outdoors enthusiasts have come on the market. These include high-end, badass gifts such as bullet bottle openers, custom shot glasses, bullet cufflinks, ammo cans, and growler sets.
You can make these manly groomsmen gifts extra special with personalized engraving to commemorate your day and friendship.
Another smart option is to think about personalized apparel for the groomsmen. Personalized clothing like t-shirts, jerseys, and caps are good choices, though you will need to consider sizing in your ordering.
Do the Gifts All Have to Be the Same?
There’s no hard and fast rule that says all groomsmen gifts have to be the same. Though, keeping the gifts within a general theme is ideal.
This way, you don’t have to worry about anyone eyeing someone else’s gift and wishing they could switch. Also, you don’t want anyone to feel like their gift wasn’t as thoughtful as someone else’s.
Having theme gifts or groomsmen gift sets makes the process much easier for whoever is doing the shopping. For instance, you can find groomsmen gifts in sets of 5, 6, 10 or more.
Fortunately, there are some gift ideas that are applicable to most men that you can personalize for each groomsman. This seems to be the favored gifting method for most modern grooms.
How Much Should Your Gifts Cost?
The price of a gift doesn’t necessarily dictate its value. Yeah, it sounds cliched, but it is the thought that counts.
Most groomsmen gifts fall between the $30-$75 range with more money spent on the best man and father of the bride — you can also read this post for further discussion about how much to spend on groomsmen gifts.
That said, one way to make an impression on your wedding day is to give groomsmen gifts that have a hefty price tag. If money isn’t a problem for you, splurge on these groomsmen gifts (then let me know if you happen to need an extra groomsman):
- A bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch for $215.
- A Givenchy wallet for $595.
- Money clips — a 14k solid money clip goes for $400. A Tiffany & Co. money clip can run as high as $3,500.
But, Keep In Mind...
There is no rulebook that says groomsmen gifts must be expensive. It’s always a good idea, though, to choose groomsmen gifts that are practical, useful, and memorable, as the last thing you want is your friend forgetting your gift in a day or two.
Choose a groomsmen gift they will actually use and is durable. They can think of you whenever they use it for years to come.
When determining your budget, consider how much time and effort your groomsmen are putting into helping you enjoy your special day.
Think about the costs they incur (traveling for a destination wedding, tuxedo or suit costs, and time) as part of being in your wedding party.
Picking the Right Gifts For Your Groomsmen
Shopping for the perfect groomsmen gifts shouldn’t be a problem for you if your groomsmen are your close friends. Even if this is the case, picking the right groomsmen gifts can be a daunting task.
We know you don’t want to have an extra burden to endure while preparing for the big day.
But making sure your groomsmen feel appreciated for the role that they played for your wedding should motivate you to get the right groomsmen gifts.
- Think about your relationship with every groomsman and why you chose them to be part of your wedding.
- Take the time to learn how to wrap your groomsmen gifts, have it done professionally, or present them in nice gift boxes.
- When giving your gifts, say thank you, but also mention some specific details about your friendship or what they did to help you celebrate your day.
- Don’t be afraid to get emotional. Sometimes grooms are surprised by how touching the gift-giving process can be for long-time friends. Go with the flow, don’t be embarrassed, and know that the experiences of your big day will only make your friendship stronger.
In choosing the right groomsmen gifts, they should have meaning, practicality and of course creativity. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that you have to hand-make your gifts, but making them personal is important.
Groomsmen gifts should not add to your wedding jitters. The idea of giving a gift to your groomsmen should be fun, meaningful, and hassle-free. Make a good selection so that you can take pride in your gift and how it represents your gratitude for their friendship on your most important day.
What To Engrave On Your Groomsmen Gifts
So you’re getting married soon…
Hopefully you’ve put some time into finding the perfect groomsmen gift ideas, but if you haven’t done that yet then we’ve got you covered — you can browse through nearly any section of our site and probably stumble upon something that’s a good fit.
(The listings right up above would probably be the best place to start, though).
Engraved gifts seem to be the trend these days, whether we’re talking about weddings or birthdays. It could be because engraved gifts are hard to re-gift because they have a name on them.
More likely, it’s a matter of the sentimental value with a gift that obviously didn’t come off the shelf at Walmart at the last minute.
We offer several lines of gifts for groomsmen and most of them will require engraving.
So that means you’ll need to put some thought into what you’re going to have engraved on each gift you hand out.
If you are going to put someone’s name on an engraved item, make sure that you have the right spelling of their name. If you don’t, you can probably ask your bride as she would have collected spellings of everyone’s name for the wedding program or place cards.
The gift may be practical, but spelling someone’s name wrong can be awkward and indicate neglect or disrespect.
Make inquiries before you spell their name, or you can use their nickname instead to make the gift more personal. They will appreciate their name or nickname so long as both are spelled correctly.
No offense to grooms, but your groomsmen probably don't want the date of your wedding on anything personal that you give to them. Ditto if you're thinking of adding names of you and your bride.
That is why there are wedding favors for people to remember the date and wedding by.
If you insist on putting your wedding date and your initials on the item, make it very small.
Also, if you choose to leave out your wedding date and initials, you can put the date of the bachelor party. If you have fun groomsmen, it is very likely that the night is going to be an unforgettable one. What happens in the party should be remembered.
A Unique Quote
When engraving, you could put a unique quote that reflects each groomsman’s life or attitude. You don’t have to quote Shakespeare but just make it something really thoughtful.
If you are unable to come up with something, then you can express a memory that you shared with your groomsman or print something that he says a lot.
Some of your groomsmen will have their own phrases and words that they use often. This will show that a lot of thought and effort was put into the engraving and the memories will last a lifetime.
If your groomsmen are all friends and you were roommates during college or afterwards, it is highly likely that you will share jokes and some of them will be inside jokes.
These can make for really funny memories, and you may have enough inside jokes for every groomsman in your bridal party.
If you lack inside jokes, you can just get some regular jokes. Something full of puns and similes. Getting jokes off the internet is not rocket science, but just make sure that it is corny. If you want to make it about the wedding, then you can get bachelor jokes.
Their Role in The Wedding
Engraving someone’s role in the wedding doesn’t necessarily scream unique or personalized. You can engrave “Groomsman” or “Best Man” so that your friends can remember the roles they played in your wedding.
However, it is highly unlikely that they will forget so it may not even be necessary to get those engraved. If you do insist on doing it, then maybe you can add your initials so that they can know who it was from and you can probably also consider writing their names so that they can know that the gift was customized.
Thank You Notes
A simple thank you can go a long way. If you can’t think of anything to engrave, you can just put a thank you note with the item. Thank your groomsmen for standing at your side and supporting you on your wedding day.
You can even thank them for their friendship and just show them that the gift is a token of appreciation. People often assume that thanks are understood, but sometimes, for the best effects, it just needs to be expressed.
There are also many Thank You quotes that you can use. You can probably copy a quote from a postcard and engrave their name as well
Now, For Some Additional Advice
Read on for ideas that will work whether you’re ordering our .50 Caliber Bottle Openers or any of our other gifts
We've done thousands of custom engraving jobs on our .50 Caliber Bottle Openers in the 5+ years that we’ve had our laser engravers.
So we thought we could offer up some suggestions on what you can put on your groomsman gifts.
One note up front since this is BY FAR the most common mistake we see on submitted orders…
The singular form of Groomsmen is Groomsman.
That means each guy in your wedding party is a Groomsman, not a Groomsmen.
In other words:
Joe – Groomsman is correct
Joe – Groomsmen would be incorrect (unless that’s what you REALLY want)
How To Customize Your Gifts
First, we’d recommend watching the below video for an idea of how our website’s customization capabilities work. Please turn your sound on to hear the narration:
If the on-screen preview function doesn’t help and you want to get an idea of how things will look, you can create a text box using the appropriate dimensions within Word or PowerPoint then play around with different layouts to see which looks the best for your font of choice.
One other note — this functionality does not work on Internet Explorer, so you’ll need to use another browser like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge if you want to see the on-screen mockups.
A Few Considerations…
- Obviously, entering fewer characters means that we’ll be able to use a larger font. While we can put up to 25 characters per line on up to 3 lines, going near that limit will require a much smaller font than if you were to keep things to ~10-15 characters per line.
- Same deal with the number of lines. Depending on the specifics of your text, going with two lines could result in smaller text than sticking with a single line. With our bottle openers we can use three lines if you really want to, but keep in mind that adding the third line means that we may start running out of vertical space and have to shrink the font…particularly in the case of what you’ll see in #3. Once again, you can get a feel for the difference by playing around with a text box and comparing different layouts.
- Font and capitalization matter. As you can see in the top example on the below photo, the tail of the “y” hangs below the first line and runs into the second line of text which means we would have to increase the line spacing to keep the two lines separate. Increasing the line spacing means that we would exceed our 0.5″ vertical limitation, so we would have to reduce the font size a bit to bring it back within our height limit. The single line version may be a better option, but then again if some of the first names are very long we’d have to use a small font.
- There are a few ways around this issue — you can use ALL CAPS with your engraving, though capital letters tend to require more horizontal space than their lowercase counterparts so keep that fact in mind if you’re looking to use 20+ characters. Some fonts like Antique may be good options because their lowercase letters are just smaller versions of their uppercase letters which means they don’t hang below the line of text.
- Our gift boxes (if you choose to add them) have about 6″ of width and 1.7″ of height to work with. That means we can easily fit 3-4 lines with lots of letters on each one. So it’s worth thinking about keeping the bottle openers simple then using the boxes to add more text. You could add their full name along with “Thank you for being part of our special day” or something similar.
Now, as for a few photos of these engraving options…
Simple and classy — you can’t go wrong with initials for each member of your wedding party, and your groomsmen and best man will always treasure this gift since it’s not specific to a wedding date.
Since it’s only a few letters, we’ll be able to go very large with the text and can accommodate fancier-looking fonts if you prefer.
You can always keep things simple on the bottle openers then add more text in the form of names, dates, or titles on the gift boxes.
Title with Bride/Groom Names & Wedding Date
See the below screenshot for an example:
Nice and simple, clean-looking, and you could also substitute the first name or a nickname in place of “GROOMSMAN” or “BEST MAN” and it would still look great.
Title and Wedding Date
Also keeps things simple and allows for a large font, though we will have to shrink things a bit on some of the openers if you include a “Father of the Groom” and “Father of the Bride” since they have many more letters than “Groomsman.” If you go with this option you can always add names, bride/groom names, or wedding location on the gift boxes where there’s much more space to work with.
They typically look just like these, which also show a slightly different option on the gift boxes — remember, you can do different engraving on the boxes and on the openers.
These have the first name (or first and last names, if you prefer) on line one and their title on line two and will result in a fairly large font unless any wedding party members have extremely long names.
Name, Title, and Wedding Date
First name followed by title on lines 1 and 2, then the wedding date on the third line. Not a bad option, but as you can see it will require a smaller font to fit everything if you go with 3 lines rather than 2.
To reduce things to two lines, you can always substitute initials in place of names and bump Groomsman and Best Man to the first line — but you may find yourself bumping up against the limits on horizontal space depending on number of characters in each line.
There you have it — that’s our rundown of some of the best options for your custom engraved bottle openers.
If you have any other questions or suggestions please ask away in the comments and we’ll post updates if there’s enough demand.
Remember you have a limit of how many characters you can engrave so choose your engraving carefully. You don’t want to put too many words on the item because too many words may have the engraved item looking cluttered and cumbersome.
It is impractical to put an entire paragraph on a pen, so you should consider limiting your engravings to one line.
It may seem like a little when you have a lot to say, but you should be concise when you want to express your thoughts on an engraved item. Your bride or mother may be good at helping you with this exercise.
There are so many options for you to choose when engraving your groomsmen gifts. What you choose to engrave on the items will depend on the item and the person. You don’t necessarily have to choose the same engraving for everyone.
You can customize. So, for one groomsman you can put his name and an inside joke, and for another groomsman, you can put his name and an expression of thanks.
The most important thing for you to remember when engraving your groomsmen gifts is to keep it simple, classic, and uncluttered.
When To Give Groomsmen Gifts
We'll lay out the options chronologically, from earliest to latest.
Way, Way Ahead of the Wedding
If you use your gifts for "proposing" to your groomsmen, you can give them out long in advance of your wedding. You'll have one less thing to worry about on the big day.
(And you'll have time to atone if you make bad gift choices at first).
However, this could be tricky if when your potential groomsman end up unable to attend the wedding.
For this reason, you may want to wait until your invitations have been accepted before delivering the groomsmen gifts.
A Few Months Before the Wedding
Your bachelor party is a great opportunity to hand out your groomsmen gifts.
Assuming most of your wedding party is attending, you can hand them out en masse. And many of the gift ideas we've listed above could come in useful during the bachelor party itself.
Are you hosting a co-ed wedding shower? As opposed to a women-only bridal shower, the bride and the groom would attend together.
This could be a good time to give the gifts of your groomsmen if they are attending your wedding shower.
The Wedding Weekend
The rehearsal dinner is an ideal time to give your gifts and thank the groomsmen for their participation in the most special day of your life. Everyone will be gathered in one place, and you can use the gift presentation as a way to recognize your groomsmen.
The wedding reception should be a last resort. Everyone will be in party mode so it may be difficult to pull everyone together. You will probably have other things to do — and who really wants to stop a party?
The solution is to place their gifts in their assigned seats. You can also ask a relative to give the gifts for you so you don't have to deliver them personally.
Before or After the Wedding (and Not In-Person)
Shipping the groomsmen gifts could be an option if you don't want to hand them out at the wedding.
Ideally you would do so prior to the wedding, but you could also send them post-wedding.
This approach may work best if your groomsmen are flying in for the wedding and your gifts are bulky or otherwise ill-suited for air travel. In other words, something like booze or bullet bottle openers that TSA isn't going to like. Either way, make sure to include a thank you card.
Who Else Should Receive a Gift?
Aside from the groomsmen, there are also other important people who should receive gifts:
- Your parents and in-laws are a given. They deserve gifts as a sign of your appreciation for raising you and your spouse-to-be. A gift also acknowledges that their presence is important during your special day.
- The ring bearer and flower girl are usually children, and what child does not like to get a present? It is a nice gesture to give them gifts for being part of the wedding.
- Since the groomsmen are getting gifts, the bride traditionally should also give gifts to her bridesmaids and maid of honor. They play an integral role in the wedding.
- The groom traditionally gives a gift to your bride-to-be and vice versa. This is sometimes overlooked but a nice gesture to show your love for each other.
- You can actually give small gifts to anyone who you think has helped you make your special day happen. They could be some very close relatives, the wedding planner or the photographer.
Unique Groomsmen Gift Ideas
You can always opt for DIY groomsmen gifts if time allows — the personal effort clearly shows your appreciation.
But if you're running low on time, you can still find memorable personalized gifts from plenty of retailers [cough cough, us included] on short notice.
"Silver Bullet" .50 Caliber Bottle Openers
These are our top of the line sets of groomsman .50 Caliber Bottle Openers — with a nickel-plated finish that's scratch-proof, tarnish-proof, and damn near indestructable, these sets feature custom engraving on each bottle opener and your choice of four options for the packaging or boxes.
If you don't know what to engrave on what your bottle openers, skip to this portion for a read for some ideas.
Click here to shop from our Silver Bullet Groomsmen Gifts.
If your groomsmen love to write or doodle a lot, a journal could be the perfect gift, but it shouldn't be just any journal.
It should be built to last, and a style that you couldn't just pluck off the shelf at Target.
Choose a design that symbolizes your common traits or interests, or one that may have a special meaning to your groomsmen.
Portland Leather Goods is another great option for high-quality and unique notebooks.
Monogrammed Poker Set
If you want to keep it classy, you can actually buy a complete poker set and have the chips engraved with your friend’s initials.
While this one can be a little pricey, you can be sure that you are getting the best bang for your buck. It also comes with an attractive aluminum case to keep all the pieces in place.
A monogrammed poker set would be an excellent gift for groomsmen who enjoy gambling. This gift will make him feel appreciated and will definitely inspire him to host a lot more poker nights.
Groomsmen Gift Bundle
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. Engrave up to 3 lines on the .50 Cal Bottle Opener and one line on each shot glass and the keychain bottle opener.
The products are protected with a custom-cut foam insert and housed in a rosewood finish gift box. The lid of the gift box can have 4 lines of engraving as well.
Six Shooter Whiskey Glass
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.
Up to two lines of custom engraving running bottom to top on each glass is available, so you'll have plenty of room to include name, wedding date, or anything along those lines.
Cocktails Mixologist Set
A good man should invest time and effort into learning how to make a refreshing cocktail. However, it can be a difficult task to accomplish, especially if you don't have the right gear. Help your liquor-loving friend improve his bartending skills by gifting him a cocktail mixology kit.
If you plan on going through with this fun groomsman gift idea, choose a set that includes everything from the shot glass and stirrer to the shaker itself.
Look for something that is stainless steel to ensure that it will last for many cocktail parties to come.
Brass .50 Caliber Bottle Openers
If you're more of a traditionalist then our brass .50 Cal Bottle Openers may be a better fit for you than our powder-coated or nickel-plated versions.
Featuring custom engraving on each .50 BMG casing as well as several upgrade options for gift boxes if you want something a little more upscale than our normal packaging, these bottle openers will last a lifetime.
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Yet another fun gift that you can give your groomsmen is a custom bobblehead doll. You can choose any theme you want from suits to sports jerseys. You can even have each of the bobbleheads wear the costume of a famous superhero.
Some Helpful Tips on Choosing Groomsmen Gifts
You want to be able to find something that shows your appreciation for everything that each of them has done for you.
With that much at stake, it can get quite stressful to find the perfect gift.
Add to that the fact that there are seemingly endless possibilities for groomsmen gifts and this process can quickly become quite daunting.
Trust us when we say that we know your struggle. Because we got your back, we have compiled a list of tips for you to follow when choosing fun groomsman gifts.
It's been said countless times that if you want your gift to be appreciated, choose something that is practical or those that can be used every day.
Don't purchase something that you wouldn't want to receive yourself. We think the personalized bobblehead qualifies for practical. Practically awesome!
Make It Personal
Every member of your entourage most likely has varying tastes and interests based on their unique personalities. So, it's imperative that you make sure that your gifts are tailored to their specific interests. Giving them the same gift is probably not a good idea. Take the extra time to find gifts that symbolize how much they mean to you.
Set a Realistic Budget
Let’s face it: weddings can be a little expensive, and if you aren't careful enough, you will go over the budget without you even realizing it until it’s too late. So, talk with your would-be spouse and come up with a price range that you are willing to spend on gifts for the entire wedding party.
Additionally, having a set budget will also help you narrow down your search, giving you more time to attend to many other wedding planning issues.
Do Your Homework
A quick search on the internet will give you thousands of different gift ideas to choose from. This just means that you aren't the first groom to enlist the help of the web to solve his problem of choosing groomsmen gifts. This also means that you can take comfort in the knowledge that somewhere out there, you will find the right gifts just like the thousands of men before you.
How Much To Spend On Groomsmen Gifts
A wedding is a very important event in anyone's life. There is a whole lot of planning that goes down when it comes to this special event. From selecting the venue, choosing the right caterers, selecting the attire...the list is pretty much endless.
However, there is another important thing that you need to think about carefully.
And that thing is giving gifts to your groomsmen. Now, if you are loaded with money, then it isn't an issue. But what if you aren't?
This is a very common question that occurs in a guy's mind when he is selecting his best men. In most cases, the groomsmen come from your immediate family or close friends.
When it comes to gifting someone this close, you need to put in quite a bit of thought into what you choose.
It's easy if you are rich and can afford to spend as much as you would want to. However, not everyone can do so especially during a wedding which involves plenty of expenses as it is.
In this article, we aim to break down all the costs for you when it comes to gifting your groomsmen. There are quite a few factors that you must consider, and we will list each of them so that you have a better idea.
What is the Ideal Amount?
Before you even think of how much you are going to spend on the groomsmen gifts, it is essential you plan the budget for your wedding first. On the basis of that only can you even think of what budget should you set for the gifts. Gifts for groomsmen are a part of the wedding budget.
No matter how close these men are to you, you should always remember that you should buy gifts with logic and not your emotions. The minute you let your emotions come into play, be ready to shell out at least $300 for just one gift.
Another thing you must keep in mind is that you'll want to treat everyone equally as much as you can.
You cannot play favorites and let one get something much more expensive than the others.
Additionally, you also need to consider the personal interests of each groomsman. The gift should match the groomsman and vice versa.
What is the Ideal Cost to Gift Each Groomsman?
There is no "ideal" cost when it comes to gifting your groomsmen. This entirely depends on your budget and the number of groomsmen you have. It is obviously easier to spend for just one best man rather than four best men.
But if you want a hard number, we recommend that you spend about $30-40 per groomsmen for their gift. Alternatively, there is a rule, which does not need to be strictly followed. You are allowed to spend about 10-30% of what your best man has spent for your wedding.
By that we mean, the tuxedo, shoes or whatever you have asked him to purchase for himself for your wedding.
So, assuming your best man has spent about $400 altogether for your wedding, 10-30% of that would be between $40 and $120.
If you make your best man spend more for your wedding, it goes without saying that you should spend more on a gift for him.
In this way, it shows that you recognize his financial commitment to your special day.
The other factor to keep in mind is how involved they will be at your wedding.
Let's face it: not every best man is going to be by your side as much you would like. And not every one will have a magic touch in dealing with guests at your wedding.
So, depending on how much work they do for your special day, can also be taken into consideration when you are gifting him.
Don't Forget To Consider The Number Of Groomsmen
A crucial aspect that could possibly trump all other factors is how many groomsmen you are planning on having for your wedding. Some couples go all out and have even about eight pairs of bridesmaids and groomsmen for their wedding.
It's obviously going to burn a hole in your pocket if you spend between $50 and $100 for each.
A great way to save money when buying gifts for your groomsmen is by buying things for them online. It also makes sense sometimes buying things in advance especially during holiday sales, like Black Friday sales.
During times like those, you will likely end up saving a decent chunk of cash on your purchases.
There are also plenty of options out there for inexpensive groomsmen gifts that are still useful and meaningful. So don't feel like you have to spend $50+ per groomsman to get a memorable gift.
How and When Should I Give My Groomsmen Gifts?
This is a very common question that we get asked often, and we cover it in detail here.
For the TL;DR version, there is no right or wrong answer to this.
You can gift your groomsmen as and when you think is appropriate.
Most commonly, you will find guys gifting their groomsmen during the rehearsal dinner since the gathering there is typically small and personal. This gives you an opportunity even to take out some time during the dinner and acknowledge each of your groomsmen personally.
Another option is to give gifts as part of asking them to be your best man or groomsman. Think of it as "proposing" to your groomsmen. This approach allows a personal one on one acknowledgment in advance of what will no doubt be a busy wedding weekend.
Whatever time you choose to gift your groomsmen, make sure that it is appropriate. You wouldn't want to be giving out their gifts right in the middle of your reception while everyone has already downed a couple of drinks. This will end up with the gesture losing most of the sentiment attached to it.
If you want to take it a step further by adding a little personal touch to it, then we recommend that you also attach a handwritten note to the gift telling your pal how thankful you are for having him at your wedding and in your life.
No matter what it is, in the end, how much to spend on groomsmen gifts entirely depends on you. Just make sure that you don't have to cut costs from your wedding budget in order to gift them. Your main and ultimate priority is always going to be your wedding and your wife.
Cheap Doesn't Have To Mean "Cheap" — Your Guide to Inexpensive Groomsmen Gifts
First things first — when we say "cheap" groomsmen gifts or wedding favors 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, under $20 per person including US shipping — and including personalization in most cases.
Sticking To Your Wedding Budget
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.
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 they're unique and can be personalized.
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 if your groomsmen open tacky dollar store gifts in front of others.
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 leatherette 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 brown, black, and 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 start as low as $2.50 each— yes, $2.50.
And they can be had for under $10 each even when personalized with a name and monogram. 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 to resemble .50 caliber ammunition headstamps.
These are a unique gift, especially for veterans and service members in your life but, it will require a little extra dough.
Credit Card Bottle Openers
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 with these openers you'll get free shipping in the US.
Custom Engraved 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.
See them here.
Personalized beer sounds a bit odd, but if some couples use personalized wine as wedding favors, why not give your groomsmen a few bottles of 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.
A 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
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.
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 our revolver-themed Six Shooter Whiskey Glass that can hold up to 10 ounces — making it ideal for everything from honeymoon celebrations to the tougher nights in a marriage.
Set of Stylish Ties
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.
Pair of 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.
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.
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.
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.
A Memorable Experience
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 or a trip to the driving range or batting cages. 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.
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.