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Monday, July 10, 2017

Gift Ideas For Your Loyal Groomsmen

When you’re getting married, there are all kinds of things to consider. You have to plan the wedding, send invites to family and friends, think about a honeymoon, choose your outfit, and talk about it pretty much every minute of every day leading up to the wedding. And that’s not even getting into the details! But one of the trickiest decisions a lot of grooms wind up dealing with actually has little to do with the bride or the wedding itself. Every groom wants to get gifts for the best friends and family members serving as groomsmen, and it can be tough to land on the right idea.

Make no mistake, this is a personal decision, and should reflect your relationships with your own groomsmen. But if you imagine getting stumped when looking for these small but meaningful gifts one day, here are some ideas to get you thinking.

Drinking Accessories

We may as well get these out of the way because they’re among the most common groomsmen gifts anyway. But don’t go the route of the engraved flask; it’s been done so often it feels like a cliché nowadays. Instead, think of something a little classier or more useful. For class, think of upgrading to an engraved decanter or sets of whiskey glasses instead; for something useful, consider personalized mounted bottle openers or other accessories that could be used in the home.


This can cost you a little bit more than some alternative ideas, and beyond that it’s difficult to pinpoint what style of watch all your groomsmen might enjoy. But there are certain options that are more universal. Every guy can appreciate tactical watches for outdoor activity or sports performance, for instance, and cheaper (but cool looking) wooden watches have also gotten very trendy. These don’t even have to be personalized to make great gifts for your best mates.

High-End Shaving Kits

If you want to keep it manly but avoid the classic gifts like alcohol containers and accessories, consider opting for some specialty shaving kits. These are available from a few boutique stores that have gone mainstream, and they’re actually getting pretty trendy. Most guys are fine with the average razors and shaving cream they can pick up at the drug or grocery store, but some of the products you’ll find at specialty shops really are gift-worthy. Plus, this is something you can be fairly certain your friends or family members will actually get some use out of.

A One-Time Experience

This is a less specific gift idea, but it’s one that your groomsmen probably won’t expect, and it can be a nice change of pace during wedding season. The experience will depend on your area and interest, but think of options like sports outings, concerts, and things of that nature. Treating everyone to a night out at an arena or concert venue can be every bit as good a gift as any of the actual items listed here. Plus, your groomsmen probably aren’t letting you pay for your own beer once you’re out!

Personalized Art

The idea of framing photos for groomsmen might seem a little bit off, but these days there are some edgier, more creative options that might feel more special (or even manlier). One example is that photos and paintings can now easily be turned into large acrylic and metal prints for one’s wall. You can get an idea at of how all this works, but it’s certainly one way to go about personalizing art for a gift. If you like, you can even tell your groomsmen their gifts will be in the mail, and use a photo from the wedding weekend to make the art. 

This ought to at least get you thinking of some creative ways to go with your gifts. Of course, you may end up with something more personal or more related to your specific relationships – and that’s great! But if you’re stumped, some of these options can be terrific selections. 

Photo by: EJ Photography

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