So your wresting with the idea of how much you should spend on your groomsmen gifts. We've been through it and we know, a wedding costs a small fortune and by the time you have gotten around to buying groomsmen gifts, you are almost sick to your stomach with how much everything costs. With any luck, hopefully your fiance's parents are picking up the tab.
When most grooms ask us how much they should spend on groomsmen gifts, they’re looking for a hard and fast rule of thumb. Although there are guidelines, there, unfortunately, isn’t a quick and easy answer that we can give you that will magically make this task simpler for you. Typically, what you spend on your groomsmen is all up to your budget constraints and/or the amount you’ve asked your groomsmen to spend to participate in your big day (we’ll get into the specifics of these in a moment).
In our not-so-humble opinions, it’s not about the price of the gift as much as coming up with great ideas for your groomsmen gift and how much thought you put into personalizing your groomsmen gifts to each guy. Seriously, the best groomsmen gift you can give your guys is a day of hanging out, having fun with them, and throwing in a big "thank you" at the end.
Don’t get us wrong — that doesn't mean it’s okay to skip on the idea of groomsmen gifts altogether or that it’s excusable to pass out cheap, crappy gifts to your best buddies (especially if they’ve spent a small fortune on tux or suit rentals, your bachelor party, etc.) They’ll notice, and they’ll definitely feel slighted.
On average across the country, most grooms spend anywhere from $30 to $40 per groomsman. In fact, we cranked through the numbers of all the products we sold in the last year, and the average spend on a groomsmen gifts was exactly $34.83. With that being said, we expect that number to be slightly higher per gift because sometimes a groom will only buy part of the groomsmen gift with us. If you are interested in spending about $35 a groomsmen, the Buddy's Buddy and Combat Cooler below are two great options:
Use Your Wedding Budget as a Guideline
If you’re hosting a wedding that’s on the lower end of the spending scale and you haven’t asked your friends to fork over an arm and a leg to stand by your side, then it’s perfectly acceptable to purchase affordable groomsmen gifts that hover around the $25 price point. On the other hand, if you’re going all out and throwing a ritzy wedding bash, it’s more appropriate to hand our more expensive gifts to the groomsmen. The best advice here: use your judgment, purchase each groomsman a gift that’s similar in price (showing favoritism isn’t okay), and choose gifts that you know each guy will appreciate and enjoy.
Spend 10-25% of What Your Groomsmen Spent
Again, this isn't a strict rule, but it is a nice and easy guideline to use when determining what’s an appropriate amount to spend on the groomsmen. Here’s how it works: If your asked your friend to spend a total of $300 on buying stuff for your wedding, you purchase him a gift that’s costs anywhere from 10-25% of what he spent. In this case, a groomsmen gift priced somewhere between $30-$75. The more your groomsmen spends, the more you spend, so it’s a more fair way to give gifts that are proportional to the time and money that they put into your day. But, let’s reiterate this once again — use your best judgment and select gifts that a meaningful and personalized to each groomsman.