One concern that gift buyers have is that the gifts they buy will not be used by the people they intended to buy for. Another concern is that the gift will be regifted. As a groom who has already spent a lot of money for important wedding details, it is understandable that you are working on a very tight budget for other wedding stuff unless, of course, you are a millionaire. However, even if you are a millionaire, you should want to give a gift that is useful to your groomsmen. So, what are some practical groomsmen gifts?
A practical gift is an item that the person could use. It is something that they would want to use, and when they see it, it should have some sort of impact on them. They should serve some purpose and not just be a reminder. Men are usually not very sentimental, so if you want to give your groomsmen a memorabilia from your wedding, it is best to give them something that is not only practical but thoughtful. A gift that they will not toss in a corner like their dirty laundry.
Practical Groomsmen Gifts
Below are some practical gifts that you may consider gifting to your groomsmen. Remember, you should only get them gifts that you yourself will actually use and not set aside.
- Pocket Knife
A pocket knife is something that men find useful in any situation. This item allows men to have a do-it-yourself solution for various tasks. From opening a box to cutting a rope, this ultimate portable tool provides a range of benefits and makes daily tasks easier and more manageable. If you think it is too basic as a gift, then you should consider getting the gift engraved to add a more personal touch to it. These are usually very inexpensive, so it’s a good option if you’re looking for an item that does not burn a hole in the pocket.
Like a pocket knife, a lighter can come in handy. It is pocket-sized, so carrying it around is not an issue. And they can also keep it in their glove compartment in case of emergency. Even if your groomsmen are not smokers, non-smokers also have a use for lighters. If your groomsmen smoke, then the lighter is a perfect choice. Just make sure that your bride is not trying to encourage them to stop smoking before you get it for them. The lighter can be engraved, and it is not going to push you over your budget. Some of them also come in a nice box.
- Toiletry Set
You can never go wrong giving the toiletries as a gift; just make sure that when you give a gift set, you carefully select the things you’ll include to make sure nothing will be put to waste. The gift set can include cologne, body wash, body lotion, a deodorant, shaving cream, a razor, a comb, washcloth or even something as random as a tie or a wallet.
You can mix and match the toiletry set as much as you want to, or you can add even more items to it. There are stores that can prepare gift sets for you and package them neatly in lovely gift boxes.
- Travel Bags
A travel bag is something practical and something your groomsmen will use. They may already use it for your wedding if your venue is out of town. You can get them either a duffel, a messenger bag or a toiletry bag. No need to go all out and get them a suitcase.
Believe it or not, some men actually don’t have proper travel accessories so gifting them with a bag will be a blessing in disguise for them. Also, you should note that these bags can be customized. You can embroider the names of your groomsmen on them. They may cost you some dough, but your friends will love it.
Have you ever seen anyone re-gift socks? Socks are something you can never have too much of because they are always a necessary garment. Your groomsmen will love socks, especially if they are playful and corny.
It is actually not a chore to find colorful dress socks. Finding them is as simple as searching any online store. If you want to be a bit cheeky, you can also include a pair of socks that they can wear on the wedding day. Don’t be surprised if some of them complain about not being able to find a pair of socks on the wedding day.
- Insulated Water Bottle
Whether you are a man or a woman, everyone loves an insulated water bottle. It has the capability of keeping your water cold, and it can also keep your liquids hot. This is one gift that no one would set aside unless it has sentimental value to them.
Even if they don’t use it immediately, it is likely that they will put it somewhere in plain sight. Nonetheless, a bottle of any kind is practical. You can personalize it by adding a tacky print or just by adding a name to it.
Practical Groomsmen Gifts That Can be Used: Final Thoughts
If you are going to give a gift to your groomsmen, you should put yourself in their shoes and consider whether or not you will want the same gift that you are planning to give them. If the answer is no, then you should reconsider the gift that you were planning to give them. If you genuinely like the gift, and you are convinced that they will like it as much as you do, then you should get the gift for them.
One way of ensuring that the gift you are giving is going to be used is by considering the people you are gifting. If they don’t drink, then a flask would be inappropriate likewise giving a non-smoker a cigar. If you have any concerns, you can ask your bride for her opinion as she would have given her bridesmaids gifts and may have some ideas on where to shop.