I shared some ideas in a past post on what to give the bride the morning of her wedding, and today I am focused on our top ideas forwedding morning gifts for the groom!
An unofficial gift exchange on the morning of the wedding between the bride and groom can be fun. It doesn’t have to be an expensive gift – a keepsake token or something meaningful works just as well to give your groom.
We see many amazing photo opportunities arise during gift opening, so make sure the photographer is around to capture the emotion of the morning.
You shouldn’t have much trouble finding the right gift for your groom because there is a schwack of options online. Here’s our curated list of favorite groom gifts including:
1. Engraved Whiskey Glasses
If your guy loves keeping his drinks classy, these engraved whiskey glasses are a personalized twist on classic barware. And let’s face it, whiskey just tastes that extra notch better from a glass that was gifted with love.
2. Customized Handkerchief
Real men cry. And on his wedding day, chances are the tears of joy could flow. Leave out the wad of tissues rolled up in a his pocket, and go the classy route with a handkerchief. Crying made stylish. 😀
3. Engraved Picture Wallet Card
Most men (and women) open their wallet at least once and often multiple times a day. What better reminder of your love for him than a personalized engraved wallet card. He is sure to smile every time he goes to pay for that morning latte.
4. Personalized Hanger
This is a sweet little gift idea for the morning of your wedding. Not only will he use this hanger on your special day, he will have a keepsake in his closet for storing/hanging his formal wear.
5. Personalized Watch Accessories Storage Case
Many men I know have a thing for collecting watches and accessories. And when they have a “thing” for collecting, that usually means they will appreciate a special place to keep and showcase them.
This beautifully crafted box is a great way for him to keep his special accessories safe and in one place.
6. Tie Patch
This is another subtle but sweet idea to give your groom on the morning of your wedding. A tie patch allows you to literally weave your loving sentiments right into his wedding outfit.
by Jo Malone
Some guys are into fragrance, others not so much. For those who are, buy a new bottle of cologne for him and the smell will always remind you both of the day you married.
2. Shaving Set
The art of shaving never goes out of style. An elegantlooking shaving set with everything he needs for a close shave. After all, nobody wants to kiss a porcupine!
Store the brush upside down helps ensure it dries out properly after each use and prolonging its life.
3. Shower Gel
by Tom Ford
Tom Ford is synonymous with luxurious bathing. Gift him a bottle of Oud Wood and he’ll be smelling as good as he looks on his big day.
4. Straight Razor Shave
Every man should experience a good straight razor shave once in his life. If you are near his barber shop, or there is an upscale barber in the hotel, send him the morning of the wedding for a straight razor shave.
1. Virtual Reality System
In need of a rock solid video system to capture quality action photos? Go with brand that helped to define high quality equipment at reasonable prices for the mass market.
2. Portable Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
Bluetooth speakers are a pretty safe bet and always a useful gift to receive. Let him know that you can’t wait to bring it along and jam to tunes together on picnic dates and beach days. This portable one by Bang & Olufsen has a solid reputation for good acoustics and weighs only 600g.
3. Xbox Wireless Controller
If your man is anything like mine, then he is into his video games. Shoot ’em up style games require the ultimate in precision and accuracy, like this wireless controller for Xbox.
OOH! I see there is even a Dawn Shadow Special Edition controller — a.k.a. “pretty pink color” option! That would make his day 😉
4. Echo Dot
I first heard about Alexa while video chatting with one of my friends last year. All of a sudden she yells out, “Alexa, turn off the lights!” And I thought to myself, “wow, that was a bit rude. Who is this Alexa person that you are yelling at?”
Needless to say, Alexa has taken the world by storm as one of the hottest gift items this past Christmas. If I had a crystal ball I would say the trend is only going to continue with more people buying voice activated virtual assistance devices.
5. Watch Winder
by by Wolf Watch Winder
You probably already know if you are marrying a ‘watch guy’ or not — he’s likely got 3,4, or 10 watches on his dresser. If that’s the case, this watch winder that houses up to four automatic watches is an elegant addition for a watch enthusiast.
Sport & Outdoor Enthusiast Gifts
1. Engraved Pocket Knife
by Golden Gator
If you hubby-to-be is the outdoor type, a functional gift like a fancy engraved pocket knife or other handy tool will make a great present.
2. Engraved Compass
Have an adventurous guy on your hands? Make sure he never gets lost in the wilderness with this beautiful engraved compass. Because if he goes off the beaten path, eventually the good old iPhone compass is going to let him down! Plus, it’s just a super cool old-world item that he can pull out at parties and show off to friends.
3. Personalized Golf Ball Marker Divot Tool
Guys are fanatical about their golf, right down to the ball markers and divot tools. This carefully crafted personalized divot tool is sure to bring him good luck and shave a few strokes off his short game. Don’t be surprised if he comes home to report a hole-in-one.
4. Personalized Golf Ball Markers Magnetic
Everyone loves a good pun, especially a golfing pun. These funny personalized ball markers will bring him a smile every time he reaches down to line up his next putt.
5. Round of Golf
Is there a favorite (upscale) golf course nearby that he’s always wanted to try? Give him the chance by gifting a round of golf. Another idea would be to buy a round for him and three (or less) of his groomsmen at his usual course. That way, they could all spend a morning together the day before the wedding to relax, hangout, and enjoy the great outdoors.
6. Personalized Mini Baseball Bat (and other sports equipment)
Any guys who grew up playing ball may remember hitting homemade masking tape balls with mini bats. This grown-up version is a lovely, personalized way to make him smile on the morning of your big day.
7. Gift Certificate to have an Experience – Flying Lessons
Some guys have their head in the clouds and their heart set on reaching for the stars! Flying lessons won’t be cheap, but may be the right idea for any aviator enthusiasts out there.
8. Engraved Chess Set
Unique idea for a gift that will last a lifetime. This handcrafted competition hardwood chess board set makes for a lovely gift for the groom.
9. Wedding Lego
Bring back his nostalgia for childhood with a wedding lego set! Lego isn’t just for kids or parents, and it is currently having its “moment” in the limelight being featured on reality TV shows and the big screen.
10. Custom Fishing Lure
These personalized fishing lures are 100% handmade from antiqued brass in frames 1-3 and in bronze in frames 4-5. These lures can also be purchased in antiqued copper or stainless steel.
Quality binoculars last a long time and have multiple uses, not just for spying on the neighbors! Add a note that says something to the effect of ‘seeing a long happy future together’.
12. Autographed Sports Memorabilia
This is another gift that falls into the nostalgia category. If you know some of his favorite all-time professional athletes, consider gifting a piece of autographed memorabilia. He will definitely crown you as “new wife of the decade”!
Groom Gift Boxes
1. Personalised Gift Box with Wedding Date
This handy little box is the perfect place for him to put his small accessories for the big day (and beyond). He can stash his cufflinks, watch, glasses etc. in one place so there are no last-minute emergencies.
2. Compact Emergency Kit
Another option to is this smaller kit as a mini gift. Contains wet towelette, breath freshener, dental floss, among other things.
Gifts for the Home
1. Personalized Wooden Humidor + Cigars
Cigars seem to be a symbolic right of passage in our society. Even if he doesn’t smoke, he’ll likely make an exception for both his wedding day, or the birth of his child.
For the cigar aficionado, what better occasion to buy a box than for his wedding day? A humidor filled with a celebratory gift that he can use after the reception with all his groomsmen.
2. Fountain Pen
Some guys are really into expensive pens. Buy a special keepsake pen as a gift for your groom on his wedding day … and then also use it during the signing portion of your wedding ceremony!
Read More: Gift Guide: 5 Best Fountain Pens Under $200
3. Personalized Flask
CLASSIC GIFT ALERT!
Have his initials engraved on the side of a stainless steel flask. Optional, fill it with the tasty beverage that suits him best.
4. Engraved Etched Whiskey Decanter
ALERT: ANOTHER CLASSIC GIFT!
This one seems to be on many gift lists for the groom. It’s one of those elegant gifts he can use for years to come. In fact, he could unwrap it and use it the morning of his wedding as we’ve seen photos on the blog of more than one groom do.
5. Personalized Gunmetal Beer Mug
This is one of those “lifetime” gifts that is both personal and practical. Not only will his beer be kept icy cold, he will have a personalized keepsake to remind him of the day you became Mr. and Mrs.
6. Creative Art
We’re all lucky to be able to access so many talented artists online these days. Commission something special and bespoke like this framed wedding song art.
It makes a beautiful keepsake tribute from the wedding (while not explicitly screaming wedding), and it is a lovely piece for your new home.
7. Limited Edition Wall Art
Affordable limited edition wall art for your home. Minted has e-gift certificates available, so he can browse with you and pick out one of his favs after the wedding.
We love Minted for their stationery selection, and now you can get great artwork for your home too.
8. Pressurized Growler in Copper
Probably the ultimate gift for beer lovers! We love the look of this bad boy, with copper plate, dispenser tap, and a pressure gauge. Be warned, gift this to him on the morning of your wedding at your own risk!
9. Professional Knife
A craftsman is only as good as his tools. The same can be said for those culinary skill seekers in the kitchen. If he fancies himself a gourmet cook, he’ll need a well made chef’s knife. Shun brand knife can chop, slice, and dice with the best of them.
10. Leather Bound Journal
Continuing our leather gift trend, writers or those who appreciate quality leather bound goods will love to get a gift such as a journal. Etsy sellers like this one have lots of different options at price points that won’t break the bank. Go check them out.
10. Gag gift – Things You Must Do to Make Me Happy Pad
by Knock Knock
Give him a laugh and calm any nerves on your wedding day morning with this “Things You Must Do…” pad. For brownie points (and to even the score), buy two and tell him he’s allowed to fill the other one out in reverse.
11. A Furry Friend
I thought I had heard everything, but gifting a goat definitely took me by surprise! A bride from one of our real wedding features apparently gifted her groom a goat.
While it’s one of the more extreme ideas on our list, it’s always a consideration to add a furry friend to your new life together. Puppy, pig, goat – whichever animal companion floats your boat!
Gifts for his Sense of Style
1. Personalized Cufflinks
Add these personalized cufflinks to his french cuff shirt the morning of the wedding. Guys love looking their best too, and nothing says suave like unique cufflinks (click for more cufflink ideas here) and a french cuff shirt!
A unique idea forcufflinks is to engrave with the coordinates of your wedding ceremony!
2. Cute Groom Boxers and Socks
If he didn’t already know where his loyalties lie, he will with these personalized boxers and socks. This is another great gift to quell any pre-wedding nerves on your big day. Not to mention he’ll look pretty darn handsome in them.
3. Sun Glasses for the Honeymoon
Heading to tropical sandy white beaches the day after the wedding?
Gift him a pair of new designer sun glasses. They’ll look good and protect his eyes for a long time to come — unless he is anything like me and accidentally breaks them!
4. Monogrammed Robe
Wake him up on your wedding day morning with a luxurious new monogrammed robe to put on when he jumps out of bed. This robe is made from comfy and lightweight waffle-weave fabric for him to wear while shaving and lounging with a coffee.
5. Duffel Bag
Handmade with top-grain buffalo leather, the timeless appeal of a duffel bag will bring a smile to his face the morning of the wedding — even before walking down the aisle. Every guy should have a nice leather duffel bag, and this one has the bravado to match many looks.
6. Personalised Money Clip
by Blue Nile
A reasonably priced gift that can be used for years — would be so much better if that stack of $100 bills came with the money clip!
7. Tie clip
by Blue Nile
Cute and functional gift for the groom. Comes in stainless steel, copper, or brass with personalized monogram.
8. Personalized Leather Wallet
Every man loves getting a new wallet – it forms part of his identity. Years later, when the wallet has become worn with time and meets its inevitable end, he will be sad to let it go.
Chin up though, a new leather wallet makes for another good gift at the third anniversary!
9. Wrist Watch – Casual
Watches are a staple accessory that every man should own. My husband is a bit of an amateur watch guy. He only owns four at this point, but would definitely buy more if he could!
And what better occasion than his wedding day to receive such a lovely gift from his bride-to-be. There are so many different styles and quality of watches on the marketplace, which means there is also a huge range of prices.
Know your budget up front. Also, make sure that you choose a style he feels comfortable wearing. If need be, make sure the online store you buy from has a good return or exchange policy.
10. Vintage Luxury Wrist Watch
For those who have bigger budgets…..
Chrono24 endeavors to bring trust to the watch market. A truly global retailer, they have sales offices in New York, Hong Kong, as well as an editorial office in Berlin. And while Chrono24 doesn’t necessarily specialize in vintage watches, just by virtue of being so big they have a really impressive selection to choose from.
11. Pocket Watch
Pocket watches fell out of mainstream fashion sometime around the turn of the 20th century! They gave way to the more popular wrist watch. Yet, they remain as a great gift option for grooms on their wedding day. He’ll have his pocket watch with him for special events as it will always remind him of the best day of his life.
Thoughtful Groom Gift Ideas
1. Hand-Written Love Letter
Probably the best gift your sweetheart could receive is a hand written note. Nothing beats knowing that your partner sat down and took time to think about what you mean to them. A hand written love note is a romantic, priceless gesture and something they will cherish for many years to come.
Price: costs next to nothing!
However, you could splurge and buy some really nice handmade paper if you want.
2. Love Note in a Bottle
Old-fashioned romantics out there will love this traditional love note in a bottle. Extra bonus points if you ask him to watch “Message in a Bottle” with you on your next movie night (hello, even guys can’t say no to Kevin Costner!).
4. Wedding Band Engraving
Engraving a wedding band for your groom is such a meaningful idea. Make sure any message you write is short, as there isn’t much room on the inside of a ring. Add your initials, wedding date, or even an inside joke that will make him laugh — I added all three to my husband’s ring!
Keep it on the down-low so that he has a nice surprise to read after the wedding ceremony.
5. Choreographed Dance
I think this is a fun idea.
Leave him a note in the morning saying there is a surprise waiting for him on the dance floor later that evening. You could add more to the note — but I will leave the rest to your (newlywed) imagination. Choose music that you both love, and get your bridesmaids and groomsmen in on the action.
Blow his newly bought socks off with your planned/choreographed dance moves!
Talk about the next viral video!
6. Groom’s Cake
A customized cake is a win-win all around. Choose his favorite flavor of cake and icing, as well has a sports team or activity that he loves. He will love the fact that he has his own personalized cake to enjoy and share with guests.
1. Breakfast to last the Entire Day
Believe me when I say, “you may forget to eat once all the festivities get going.” That’s why it is super important to start the day out right with a full stomach.
Often the groom and his guys will may be nursing hangovers from the night before, which we highly recommend against! You’re paying for a huge wedding party and should enjoy every moment of your day.
A nice gift is to have breakfast delivered as room service if staying in a hotel, or to arrange for breakfast delivery to wherever your groom is located on the morning of the wedding.
Slip in a bottle of champagne and some OJ (if you’re feeling fancy), and get a proper brunch-style breakfast into the guys. Your wedding day is all about being stylish and confident — a fancy breakfast will put you in the right mood for the entire day!
2. Box of Chocolates
Simple yet always romantic is a box of his favorite chocolates. Indulging in some chocolate therapy on his wedding morning is sure to calm his nerves and set things up for a fabulous day.
3. Bottle of his favourite Champagne or Whisky
While we’re talking chocolates, why not pair with a bottle of bubbly or a high-end whiskey?
If you go the champagne route, mimosas are always a wonderful wedding morning celebratory drink. Chocolate and mimosas are always a treat in the morning!