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The Best Groomsmen Gifts & Wedding Favors For 2019

Our Top Choices For Groomsmen Gifts

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30oz Thermal Tumbler

with Monogram

Custom 30oz Tumblers


It's hard to top a thermal tumbler when it comes to choosing a useful gift that'll last for years. Your groomsmen will get daily use out of one of these versatile mugs. Vacuum insulation means it'll keep coffee hot and beer cold for far longer than it'll take your groomsmen to drink it. Personalize each one with a monogrammed initial and custom text. 

Honorable mention

Rustic Brown Flask
with Gift Box

Custom Flask and gift box
Flasks are a staple when it comes to groomsmen gifts, but we (and our customers, apparently) like this one because of the distressed, vintage look of the brown leatherette. When we zap it with our laser it produces a gold color, and you can choose from multiple options for artwork in addition to custom text on both the flask and the box.

We get it. Finding the perfect gifts for your groomsmen can be difficult. Choosing a vendor who does quality customization work — and who can guarantee timely delivery — isn't easy either.

Fortunately, we can 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.

You can also click on the photos below these products to jump ahead to some of our blog posts on specific topics.

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It’s hard to pick out the perfect present for guys, especially when we offer so many great gift options. Give yourself a break and crowdsource your decision instead. Here are our most popular gifts, proven to put a smile on the face of every best man or groomsman.

Credit Card Bottle Opener
with Monogram

Matte Black Flask
with 4 Shot Glasses

Brown Leatherette
Paddle Bottle Opener

Whiskey Tumbler
with Monogram

Customized Beer Can Koozie

Custom Copper Flask

7.62mm Keychain Bottle Opener

Custom 20oz Tumbler

Best Man Bundle

Six Shooter Whiskey Glass

Nickel .50 Caliber Cufflinks

Custom Steel Flask & Gift Box

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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.




Everything You Need To Know About Groomsmen Gifts

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.

Whether you're hosting a large, traditional wedding with hundreds of guests or a smaller gathering with only family and close friends, 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.

Groomsmen and Groom

Traditions of Groomsmen

Historically on the wedding day itself, groomsmen were not only on hand to dress the groom, but also to be 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.

Groom and Groomsmen

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, 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 when the groom would thank the groomsmen with gifts after the wedding. This became a routine and has been customary ever since.

The only difference is that the current groomsmen gifts are quite different from years ago and typically given prior to the wedding either during the bachelor party, rehearsal dinner or on the morning of the wedding day.

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 hard work and 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 will 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 an exhibition 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.

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.

custom groomsmen gifts

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 had 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.Groomsmen Proposal

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. These are some of the more popular offerings, but you’ll want to select either a gift based on each groomsmen’s personality or a gift that can be 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.

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. Additionally, you're likely to get discounts when ordering multiple units.

Fortunately, there are some gift ideas that are applicable to most men, such as bottle openers or flasks, that you can still personalize to make them unique to 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):

  1. A bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Scotch for $215.
  2. A Givenchy wallet for $595.
  3. Money clips -- a 14k solid money clip goes for $400. A Tiffany & Co. money clip can run as high as $3,500.

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 Conclusion

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.



More Unique Groomsmen Gifts

When it comes to finding unique groomsmen gifts, you can always opt for DIY groomsmen gifts if time allows. The extra personal effort on your part 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.

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"Silver Bullet" .50 Caliber Bottle Openers

These are our top of the line sets of groomsman .50 Caliber Bottle Openers. They've got a nickel-plated finish that's scratch-proof, tarnish-proof, and damn near indestructible. 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 blog post for a read for some ideas.

.50 Caliber Bottle Opener with Custom Engraving

Click here to shop from our Silver Bullet Groomsmen Gifts.

Leather Journal

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. You can often find them with a wood or 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.

Six Shooter Whiskey Glass

These Six Shooters make the perfect whiskey glasses. Machined from a solid block of aluminum and weighing in at over a pound, you won't find a manlier highball glass on the market.

Each glass holds 10oz of your favorite spirit or cocktail. This size makes them the perfect size for a few fingers of bourbon on the rocks or for a whiskey sour.

Six Shooter Whiskey Glass

Up to two lines of custom engraving running bottom to top on each glass is available. You'll have plenty of room to include name, wedding date, or anything along those lines.

Cocktails Mixologist Set

Cocktail 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.

Double-Edge Safety Razor

We covered why you should switch to a safety razor quite extensively in this blog post. Are you looking for a cool gift that your groomsmen will use several times a week?

How about one that will save them thousands of dollars over their lifetime compared to buying Gillette blades

You could do a lot worse than a set with a razor, shaving cream, and shaving brush.

Double Edge Safety Razor

Personalized Bobblehead

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.

Custom Bobblehead



Subscription Boxes

We've already mentioned a few subscription box ideas in our post about gifts for beer lovers and in our rundown of gifts for non-drinkers.

But if beer and coffee are not your thing, there are countless other options out there.

The downside to subscription boxes is that you may not have the option to personalize each delivery with engraving. However, you can customize each shipment to the interests of each groomsman. And you can choose to have monthly deliveries for as long (or as short) as you want.

ThriftyCrates.com has assembled a list of their 51 favorite subscription box services right here.

Check it out for ideas list the ones you see below. Some choices include food, wine, clothing, tactical gear, fishing supplies, grooming products, and more.

Mystery Tackle Box

Mystery Tackle Box

BattlBox Subscription

BattlBox

Mantry Gift Box

Mantry Crate

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 unique groomsmen gifts. Consequently, 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.

Think Practical

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.

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. Talk with your spouse-to-be 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. That'll give you more time to attend to other wedding planning issues. 

Need some help figuring out how much to spend on groomsmen gifts? We've got you covered right here.

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.

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