When preparing to say ‘I Do’ to the woman of your dreams, groomsmen are your go-to guys. This momentous occassion will be exciting and maybe just a little scary, and having backup from your best buds is invaluable. Let them know how much you appreciate them with a thoughtful groosmen gift.
Not sure where to start? Keep reading for gift ideas they’ll enjoy long after your wedding has passed. We’ve hunted down gifts to suit ever budget, age, and style.
Must You Give Groomsmen a Gift?
There’s no hard and fast rule that says you have to buy your groomsmen a gift — it’s a tradition with sentimental value. You want these guys by your side on one of the biggest days of your life and it makes sense to mark the occasion one way or another. The way you want to say thanks will depend on the kind of friendship you have. Do you like to stick to traditions? Have a laugh? Get a little soppy over life’s big moments?
Whatever values you hold close, there are loads of great gift ideas for groomsmen to suit. Ranging from the small and personal to the big and memorable, the important thing is that the gift reflects who you are as a crew.
How Much to Spend on Groomsmen Gifts?
What you spend on gifts for your groomsmen will probably align with your overall wedding budget and what you can afford. If you’re hosting a quiet, family affair it makes sense to keep groomsmen gifts on the inexpensive side. If you’re having a lavish wedding, a bigger gift may be appropriate to recognize the efforts your team puts into helping out on the big day.
As a general rule of thumb, make sure you’re spending about 10-30% of the amount they’ve spent on getting ready for your wedding (i.e. groomsmen suit, travel expenses, etc.). And remember, it’s not okay to play favorites! If you have a gaggle of groomsmen you should aim to give each the same (or equal value) gift.
Does the Best Man Gift Differ from the Groomsmen?
This one really depends on how you’ve spilt the duties and who your Best Man is. It is traditional to give your Best Man something a little extra special. These days, however, there’s a good chance all your groomsmen are pitching in equally to make sure your wedding celebrations are exceptional. If your Best Man is a family member or someone you’ve known for far longer than the other groomsmen, it’s nice to give them something a little different. Especially if you know they’re going to be taking the lead on organizing your bachelor’s party or keeping your Aunt Mabel entertained on the big day!
What to Engrave on the Groomsmen’s Gift?
If you’ve chosen a gift befitting of a personalized message, deciding what to write can be a challenge. As with our article on gifts for bridesmaids, a number one tip is to NOT engrave the date of your wedding.
Yes, it’ll be a significant date to you, but not as important to your groomsmen. Instead, write something that’s personal and reflects your friendship with them.
Do you have a common hobby? Holidays you’ve shared? Even an informal catchphrase or saying? If your groomsmen have nicknames, this is a good place to use them. Or simply tell them how brilliant of a friend they’ve been. Just remember, the gift is for them so make sure the engraving reflects an element of your friendship.
When Should you Give the Groomsmen their Gift?
Deciding when to hand out your groomsmen a special prize depends a lot on the gifts themselves. If you’ve chosen something that will come in handy on the wedding day, then the rehearsal dinner or bachelor party is a perfect time. That way, your buddies can make sure their gifts are showcased on the big day – whether they’re cufflinks or novelty socks.
If you’ve chosen gifts that aren’t connected to the wedding, the morning of the big day is a great time. Take a quiet 10 minutes out of your preparations and get everyone to gather round for a chat and gifting session. Bonus points if you have a photographer on hand to catch the inevitable smiles and hugs.
On the other hand, some grooms like to wait until the ‘I dos’ have been said and hand out gifts during the reception. If you’re planning to do this, do it early!
It’s also a great idea to forewarn your groomsmen. Tell them to come find you after the speeches or that you’ll meet them at the head table when a certain song plays. Otherwise, you might find it hard to track down your buddies, especially if they’re taking their duties seriously and are working to keep the party going!
Best Groomsmen Gift Ideas
Finding the right gifts for the guys who’ve been there for you time and time again can be tricky. We’ve tracked down a ton of different ideas to help inspire your search.
1) Engraved Whiskey Glass Decanter
If whiskey is the drink of choice when you’re chilling with your bros, a stately decanter engraved with their names is a great choice for groomsmen. Just make sure you add in a bottle of their favorite tipple, so they can try out their gift right away. With a fragile gift like this, pay close attention to the packaging or else hand it out at the rehearsal dinner when it’s less hectic.
2) Sundial Compass
Do you and you buddies love roadtripping? Have you been on more camping trips than you can count? This incredibly stylish sundial and compass is a thoughtful nod to all the fun times you’ve had. He’ll quickly find space for it on the mantlepiece or his home desk and be reminded of the great times you’ve spent together. It’s also a great way to let your groosmen know you’ll have plenty more fun times in the future — marriage doesn’t mean saying goodbye to guy-time!
3) Hand Crafted Football
There are some gifts that just keep on giving and a personalized football is definitely one of them. Your groomsmen can take this treasured momento and turn it into a whole load of new memories by inviting you all over for a friendly game. Or, if they’re sports collectors, they’ll love adding this beauty to their display case.
4) Leather Flask Gift Set
There are so many times when a hip flask comes in handy. With this monogrammed leather one, your groomsmen will be stylishly prepared for any adventure. Lightweight and practical, these flasks can accompany your crew on all sorts of future shenanigans. If you’ve got the budget, consider pairing each flask with your friend’s favorite liquor. That way, there’s an extra layer of personalization to guarantee they each feel extra special.
5) Groomsmen Socks
This gift should definitely be given out during the rehearsal dinner. Kit your bros out in some seriously stylish socks so they can flash their ankles with pride for your wedding day photos. Personalize each pair with their name for an extra speical touch. If you’re having a relatively modest wedding, these socks are a nice memento on their own. For a more lavish affair, box these up with a few other gifts to make a ‘wedding day kit’.
6) Personalized Leather Belt
A good leather belt is the kind of gift that will never let you down. Use the pre-ordering of suits as the perfect time to work out what size everyone needs. Order a personalized belt that your groomsmen are going to love wearing on your big day and on plenty of future occasions.
7) Classic Solid Color Neck Tie
Help your groomsmen stick to your color scheme while also gifting them with a gorgeous tie they can wear again and again. They’ll appreciate having one piece of their warddrobe taken care of and you’ll can rest assured everyone will be on brand in the wedding pics.
A tie is is one of those gifts best given ahead of time, so your pals don’t end up dropping their cash on ties they won’t end up wearing. Bring them along to your bachelor’s party or plan a get together well in advance of the wedding and tie one on.
8) Personalized Beer Bottle Opener
Do your guys love kicking back with a beer and shooting the breeze when you meet up? These rustic beer bottle openers are equal parts cool and practiclal. Your groomsmen can attach them to their kitchen walls, hang them in their man cave or make sure there’s a handy spot for opening a bottle on the patio. Add a personalized message and your groomsmen will get years of joy from this handy gift.
9) Personalized Bottle Opener
If your groomsmen are into wine, a stylish bottle opener is a great gift. There’s nothing worse than having a delicious bottle of wine and no corkscrew on hand. With this personalized opener, they won’t have to worry about any disappearing acts after a party (you know what we’re talking about!). This kind of gift will raise a smile every time it’s pulled out to open a merlot or bottle of beer – the perfect combination of sentimentality and practicality.
10) Personalized Monogrammed Golf Towel
Golfing is such a great way to relax, catch up with your buddies and get a little exercise. If you and your groomsmen are golf buddies, a monogrammed towel is a cool way to say thanks. They’ll make use of this practical gift every time they hit the green and even if their towel doesn’t scream ‘groomsman’s gift’, it will bring back good memories of the big day and your friendship.
11) Golf Ball Marker Divot Tool
This is another great idea for those groomsmen who love practicing their swing on a Sunday afternoon. Practical, smart, and personalized, this handy little divot tool makes a great gift. When you’re handing these out, why not make sure you’ve also booked a round at your favorite course? You can look forward to testing them out while catching up after the wedding excitement has calmed down.
12) Monogrammed Wood Pen Set
One of the best things about these pen sets is how personalized and unique you can make them. Every piece of wood has its own subtle variations and strong points – just like each of your groomsmen. Choose a pen and have it personalized so your buddies will never have to hunt for something to sign a thank-you card with ever again! They’ll also love the cool storage case it comes with, which can double as a nameplate on their work desk.
13) Personalized Grilling Tools
Big barbeques with friends and family make for good times and great memories. If your groomsmen like to tend the grill, they’ll love receiving personalized grilling tools. These durable implements make flipping that burger even more fun and they’re a great choice when you want to give your top bros something they’ll definitely use. Just make sure to invite yourself round to their next big cookout so you can help them break in those new tools!
14) Personalized Canvas Weekender Travel Bag
Its no secreat that here at Love & Lavender we enjoy our travel adventures. And a stylish weekender bag (like this one) makes an excellent gift for your guys. This is a good gift to hand out a few days before the wedding, especially if you’re all going out of town for the big day. If it’s practical, organize a meetup with your groomsmen ahead of time so they can pack their wedding essentials in their personalized bag.
15) Personalized Money Clip
For a small gift that’s got some noteworthy uses, consider giving a monogrammed money clip. There are times when carrying a bulky wallet just won’t do. For example, when you’re decked out in your finest suit for your friend’s wedding!
That’s when a money clip comes into its own. Let your groomsmen flash their cash in the most convenient and nostalgic way possible, by giving them a magnetic money clip with their name or initials.
16) Handmade Personalized Razors
I really like this as a practical gift idea. Beautiful, handcrafted razors are a great grooming groomsmen gift. Try saying that three times fast!
A balanced design and weight makes these razors feel right when holding one. A personalized razor really does make a cool, practical gift. Hand them out the night before the wedding and they’ll be looking their sharpest for the big day.
17) Groomsmen Beer Stein
Sometimes the best groomsmen gifts are the ones that make you smile. We’ve got a real soft spot for these goofy beer steins. Choose pictures of your best buddies and see them immortalized in cartoon form. Laughs are guaranteed and if you stick a couple of bottles in with the stein you can expect lots of toasts and maybe some gentle roasting too. These are a great gift if you’re looking for something memorable, but not too pricey.
18) Groomsmen Gift – Personalized Tumbler
Whether they can’t function until they’ve had a latte or they’re embracing the smoothie culture, these nifty tumblers are a solid choice. Made from stainless steel and designed to keep drinks hot or cold, these tumblers will keep your groomsmen hydrated throughout the big day and beyond. Get each one personalized, but keep the message classy so they’re not embarrassed to use it at their favorite café!
Note: Personal choice, but I would keep the date off the mug!
19) Drink Koozies
Keep those celebratory beers chilled with some sweet can coolers. Add names, nicknames, their roles at the wedding! These make a great, small gift and provide an excuse for sharing a drink or two with your buddies.
This is a good gift to take along to your bachelor party. If not, hand them out at the wedding and hurry everyone along to the bar to try them out.
20) Custom Engraved Whiskey Stones
For the purest whiskey, skip the ice and add cooling stones instead. If your groomsmen appreciate quality malts, they’ll love receiving a classy boxed set for their liquor cabinet.
Engrave each set with initials and your mates will be able to sip at their own pace without having to worry that their drink will get watery from melting ice!
21) Groomsmen Flask & Knife Gift Box
A wooden box packed with some excellent, traditional groomsmen gifts. Everything inside is sure to come in handy – from the small-but-sharp pocket knife to the lightweight hop flask. Best of all, you can have everything engraved with the message of your choice. Your groomsmen will be reminded of how much you value their friendship every time they use of their handy new accessories.
22) Travel Tie Case for Destination Wedding
If you’re planning a destination wedding, a snazzy tie travel case is a unique groomsmen gift. Make sure you set up a time to give them this gift before they start packing for the trip Also, this is a good choice if your friend circle has a lot of guys who regularly travel for business!
23) A Fun Wall Poster
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Beer, film, travel, sports – you name it. This fun poster is a slightly different twist on a groomsman gift.
24) Credit Card Pocket Multi Tool
This could just be one of the handiest things anyone can keep in their wallet — aside from a credit card itself!
Who knows when a screw needs tightening or a beer bottle needs opening. Don’t worry, handyman, YOU will be ready. 😀
Made from stainless steel, this 10-in-1 pocket tool comes in its own stylish tin. This is a great small present with a small price tag, that’s perfect as part of a gift set or on its own.
25) Washed Canvas Dopp Kit
Every guy could use a wash bag and this canvas number is a sturdy-yet-stylish choice. They come in classic colors and can be embroidered with whatever message you like. For a smart, minimalist option, choose their initials. Pair this with the handmade razors featured earlier in this list or fill it with travel-sized toiletries and gift them before your destination wedding so your groomsmen are fully prepared!
26) Men’s Wooden Organizer
Help your best buddies stay organized with this handy wooden organizer. From plugging his phone in to hanging his watch somewhere, this carved desk tidy is a step up from a messy bedside table.
I love coming home and chucking my change, keys, and random bits and bobs down without having to think about it. This is a great gift for those who have their own (bachelor) pads or are known for being a little on the disorganized side.
27) Engraved Hatchet Axes and Sheaths for Outdoorsmen
Hatchet throwing competition? Hmmm, on second thought, better leave that off the agenda for the bachelor party weekend.
I’m sure you’ll agree that an engraved hatchet is a sharp option (sorry!) when it comes to unusual groomsmen gifts. Obviously, if you’ve got a destination wedding planned you’re going to have to choose a different time for gifting – there’s no way you’re getting these through airport security.
Plan a BBQ or a camping weekend. That way, your buddies can try out their new gifts.
28) Groomsmen Gift Set in Engraved Ammo Can
Planning to splurge on your guys? This luxe gift set will make your top bros feel extra special. Featuring engraved whiskey glasses, a high-quality flip lighter, and a cigar cutter, he’ll have everything on hand for a stylish celebration. Even better, it’s all stored in a memorable ammo case complete with your personaized message.
29) Custom Engraved Beard Comb
If luscious facial hair is a commonality among your group of friends, personalized beard combs make a practical-yet-funny gift. Pair with luxurious beard oil to look and smell great when they hit the dancefloor at your wedding.
30) Cocktail Bar Sign
A man cave or a great space for socializing deserves a cocktail bar sign like the one above. Get each one personalized with their name to make it extra special. If you want to give a nod to the wedding, consider something on the subtle side.
31) Affordable (Yet Classy!) Groomsmen Gift Sets
Get your groomsmen a traditional gift set without breaking the bank. This classy-but-affordable option has all the essentials tucked away in a handy wooden box:
- Money clip
- Tie clip
Customize each part of this set for a complete wedding day look.
32) Gun Metal Cufflinks
If you’re getting your groomsmen cufflinks, take some time to pick out a pair he’ll actually want to wear. These subtle, gunmetal gray links are an ideal choice. Have them engraved with your best buds’ initials for a subtle nod to the proceedings. They’ll rock them on your big day and loads more special occasions in the years to follow.
33) Personalized Wooden Watch and Case
A stylish watch with a gorgeous design, that comes in a rustic wooden box. Inscribe a special message on the classy wooden case so your groomsmen feel the love. Leave the watch as it is so that your groomsmen can wear it day in and day out.
If anyone in your party makes a habit of showing up a little late, this is also the perfect time to add a friendly note reminding them of their wedding duties.
34) Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Sometimes the best gift you can give your groomsmen is one that will slot effortlessly into their lifestyle. This fabulous Bluetooth speaker fits the bill. They’ll love being able to hook up their favorite tunes to this high-quality speaker to get the party started whether they’re on the road or relaxing poolside. A great choice if you and your group of friends have been to a lot of weddings over the years and you’re looking for something a little different.
35) Custom Photo Frame Gift For Best Man
If you and your guys are in touch with your emotions and happy to share your sentimental side, this touching picture frame is a great choice. Not only can you add in a photo of a special time you’ve had together, but the heartfelt message will ensure your buddies knows just how much they mean to you. If you want to include a photo from the big day, this is a great way to say thank-you to your groomsmen after the wedding.
36) Beard Grooming & Trimming Kit
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Whether your crew is into thick, bristly beards or they’ve got a ‘longer is better’ mentality, this charming kit will help keep facial hair at its best. Tame scraggly stray hairs or a beard that’s out of control, and have them looking sharper than ever in your wedding photos. And, once they see the power of a good beard grooming kit, they’ll never go back.
37) Best Man Gift Box
While monogramed or engraved gifts are great, not every item looks better with initials or a date. That’s where a classy, personalized gift box really comes into its own. Choose an appropriate message for the top and pop your gifts inside, confident that you’re marking the importance of the occasion. This is also a great choice if your gift is fragile or hard to pack, and will help keep it safe all the way home.
We hope you’ve found plenty of food for thought on our list of top groomsmen gifts.
Got your groomsmen’s gifts all sewn up? Then why not head along to our article on gifts for bridesmaids and see if you can find the ideal memento for the ladies who’ll be helping to make her special day!