In the book, The Knot Guide for the Groom, Carley Roney points out that most grooms feel like they are alien visitors in the land of "Wedding," during all phases of planning. Her book is marketed as,
"A relationship-saving guide to weddings for guys who think taffeta is a candy and Jordan almonds is the stripper booked for the bachelor party."
"Let's face it," Roney says "most grooms want just enough detail about the wedding to feel informed without causing undue terror."
So, with that in mind, let's tackle one of the grooms most critical assignments: finding the perfect groomsmen gift ideas for the men you picked to flank you as you charge toward the goal line on your big day.
A general rule of thumb is to spend around $50 on each of your groomsmen. But remember, where groomsmen gift giving is concerned, it really is the thought that counts. Look at it as a challenge. This is your single opportunity to show each of the groomsmen in your wedding party that you really "get" them as a person. No pressure there!
To pass this challenge you only need to follow two rules:
1. Avoid cheap and cheesy.
2. Make it very personal or useful.
A note about unique and personalized groomsmen gifts. Grabbing a plaque down at your local engraving shop and having them slap a name on it, well that's just lazy. Because something has your name on it doesn't make it personal or thoughtful, and definitely doesn't guarantee it's useful. Even if you are in a time crunch, many of the thirty one handpicked gifts below are available for rush processing.
If you love the look, feel, and the smell of quality leather this Dopp kit will not disappoint. Perfect for use as a travel bag for toiletries or other accouterments, the Travel Marvel is rugged and roomy measuring 9 x 4 x 4 inches for the standard size bag and 10 x 5 x 4 inches for the large bag.
What brew lover wouldn't appreciate this unique scratch-off chart? Think of it as the bucket list for beer. From Modelo to Dogfish this gold foil infographic features 99 of the most popular craft brews. Perfect man cave wall decor.
The Combat Travel Bag is a rugged military-inspired weekender bag made of durable, easy to care for, heavyweight canvas. Each bag measures 16x12x6.5 inches.
The Smallet is the minimalist's answer to a wallet. Constructed of riveted rough-cut leather, it's the perfect compromise between a wallet and a money-clip, measuring 4 1/4 x 2 3/8 inches. Holds up to eight credit cards. Personalize it with three initials.
Talented graphic artists painstakingly recreate iconic posters from famous bro-films. Featuring you in the leading role, this digital movie poster is a hilarious way to honor your supporting cast of groomsmen on your big day. Since this poster comes in digital format, it can be easily shared via social media, text or email. Use it as wallpaper for your phone or have it printed and framed.
Choose from single, double, or triple initials. Who doesn't want to sear their own initials into fresh steaks and chops using an iron brand that's been hand-forged by a Texas cattle rancher?
The Macho Hatchet is a fully functional handmade ax, crafted with tough stainless steel. The smooth wooden handle can be personalized with a single line of text. Each hatchet is fitted with a nylon sheath cover to protect the sharp blade. Four standard size hex head cutouts and a gut hook in the back, this hatchet has multiple uses.
You know the plot line of every episode of Cops Las Vegas: bachelor party gets out of hand, mayhem ensues, always ends with a less than flattering mugshots, heads hung in shame. Perhaps it won't make the most interesting story, but a story you won't feel ashamed to tell your grandkids. These high-quality heavy mugs hold 15 ozs of your favorite beverage and feature the unmistakable likeness of each groomsman in caricature form. Unlike other sellers, all of our artwork hand-drawn, and the likenesses are spot on!
From team building events to urban leagues, axe throwing is America's newest past-time.
The Combat Duffle is a rugged military-inspired duffle bag is durable and easy to care for. Constructed of heavyweight canvas with twill binding, each bag measures 30x13 inches.
The Acoustic Acorn is a wooden Bluetooth speaker that combines handcrafted style with quality audio. Single button function connects to your device using Bluetooth 3.0. This is a great outdoor and portable speaker for those who like it natural.
Your groomsmen will appreciate the sleek stylishness of this hand-crafted tie clip. The timeless style ensures that it will be treasured and worn for many years to come. Each tie bar features a stamp cut-out of up to three initials you choose.
The Wolf Pack Stabber is a fully personalized, spring assisted folding knife with a distinctive stained wood handle which can be branded with the names of your groomsmen. Sharp and durable, the knife features a matte black stainless steel blade.
These custom-made picks are a great way to commemorate that garage band you never got around to starting, or perhaps get the old band back together. Either way, these custom picks can be customized with hand stamping.
Like a good marriage, should be sipped and savored. Made with naturally chilly soapstone, these reusable cubes give new meaning to whiskey on the rocks. Use these to cool your drink without losing any of the flavor and nuance of your favorite bourbon.
Nothing like a Cuban on a ritual guys night out. The quality construction of this cherry wood humidor sets it apart from similar products. Have each one engraved with a single-initial or choose any three-initial monogram to make it personal.
What man doesn't want to drink his beer (or moonshine) from a prohibition-era style jug? Heck, half the fun is the getting away with it! Warning: If you don't keep this full of spirits at all times, this WILL end up in the foyer filled with seasonal flowers. Yes, guys, you're gonna need to put your name on this thing!
Ok, we didn't say that all of our gifts were practical. Whiskey Blender offers a truly one of a kind experience. Collaborate with your groomsmen to come up with the perfect whiskey for your big day. Down to the label, everything here is custom. Head on over to the "blending lab" to experiment with the 3-step process.
These glasses, also called snifters are designed for one thing alone: drinking whiskey like a pro. Repeat after me, "swirl, sniff, then sip." Each glass, in the set of four, is 3 1/2 inches x 3 2/3 inches with a 2" mouth and holds about 9.75 ozs. Each glass can be personally engraved with a single initial.
Weddings in the fall are great, don't get me wrong. The weather is beautiful, and the temperature is great. But weddings on a Saturday or Sunday in the fall mean that someone is going to miss watching their team play. It's not the end of the world. Give the nod to their dedication to you with their own personalized football. This groomsmen gift is good for the younger members of your wedding party!
Have that one groomsman who loves all things coffee? Maybe he's already an accomplished at-home barista and would jump at the chance to roast his own coffee beans as well. ZenRoast is a unique and primitive, yet effective, ceramic coffee roaster from Japan that lets you roast green coffee beans to perfection, over a regular stove or an open fire, and enjoy!
This may be the best looking all-purpose bag out there. Just saying. It features roomy compartments with drawstring closure, antique-finish grommet & clasp closures with leather accents and straps that buckle. Two side pockets make access easy. The bag measures 16 1/4 x 13 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches. Personalize with up to three initials.
They say that the suit makes the man, but many will argue, that it's actually the shave! This kit comes with all the tools needed to achieve the perfect shave! Add an initial to the brush handle and personalize the handsome wooden box. The reusable razor fits standard Gillette Mach3 blades, making this shaver a gift that will be used time and again.
Available everywhere and fits every budget. Gift cards are the ultimate go-to gift for the groom who is also a procrastinator. The least you can do is put it in a great box. We recommend the Bro Bin, which can be customized with up to one line of text and one initial.
This miniature baseball bat looks just like the real thing. It is a great option for your junior groomsmen, ushers, or ring bearer. Make it personal with two lines of text, up to 20 characters on each line. The Mini Slugger Bat is 18 inches long.
It's incredible what a difference it makes when you have the right tools, especially when it comes to grilling! Give your groomsmen this gift and you might just be invited to backyard barbecues all summer long. The sturdy case is crafted from high-quality, sustainable bamboo and features durable hardware latches, hinges, and handle.
Did you wait 'til the last minute? Need something spectacular, delivered? Absolute Absolute Cigars has made its name for sourcing the world's finest and legal cigars and getting them to you fast. Since you aren't a complete Neanderthal, though, you'll want something nice to put them in. Check out #4.
Bundle your lighter, cigars, and whiskey in one sleek and discreet case. Personalize it with three initials of your choice. The flask holds 1.5 ozs, and the entire case measures 6 7/8 x 1 7/8 x 7/8 inches.
Are serious about going down in groom history by gifting the most unforgettable, still talked about, legendary groomsmen gift? Here you go, and you're welcome. These bobbleheads are pure art. No trouble has been spared when it comes to detail. You only need to supply individual pictures and a bit of identifying information about your groomsmen like eye color, hair color, and skin tone (scars & tattoos are TMI).
Surprise your groomsmen with a bad case of nostalgia. Doesn't matter what sport, player, league, or decade—these personalized jerseys have you covered.
The artist will hand draw a group caricature portrait of your wedding party. All you do is send high-resolution photos of each groomsman, decide on a theme and background, and the artist will do the rest. Once completed, the caricature is sent to you via a digital file. You can share it over social media, through email, or text, or you can have it printed and frame! This groomsmen gift idea gives you a ton of bang for the buck!