Most guys are not that keen on shopping, even when they know exactly what they’re looking for. And when it comes to finding the perfect gifts for your groomsmen, which is to say gifts that express your feelings of friendship, your gratitude for their participation in your wedding (and your life), and of course, the love you feel for your brothers and your brothers from another mother, the task is doubly difficult. After all, you want to provide them with something meaningful, but with all the costs of your wedding to consider, you may be working on a budget, as well. Luckily, you’re not the first groom to struggle with what to get as groomsmen gifts. And when you have a few simple guidelines to go by you should have an easier time selecting the perfect presents for the men who mean the most to you. Here are some tips to help you shop.
- Explore traditional gift options. There are all kinds of gifts for groomsmen that are considered traditional, including pocket watches, pocket knives, flasks, barware, lighters, money clips, cufflinks, tie tacks, and pretty much anything you can monogram. If you’re having a tough time figuring out what you bestow upon your groomsmen, you can find all kinds of websites that specialize in the types of gifts that are going to prove useful for nearly any man. And many will also customize your order by etching or engraving a specified message, be it your groomsmen’s initials, your wedding date, or a special thank you note.
- Consider what you like. Before you purchase gifts for your groomsmen, take the time to think about what you might like to receive if you were in their place. You may have gotten your fair share of groomsmen gifts from weddings you’ve participated in. And you need only dig your way to the back of your junk drawer to find the ones that turned out to be less than useful. If you think the gift you’re planning is something you wouldn’t care to receive yourself, you may want to continue your search for the perfect items for your best friends or brothers.
- Think about your groomsmen. One thing to consider when selecting gifts is what your groomsmen are interested in and what they might enjoy. If, for example, you all like paintball, airsoft, or laser tag, you might treat them to a weekend of full-throttle gaming before your big day. The same goes for activities like golf, rafting, or even something off the beaten path like skydiving or car racing. But if your friends are more likely to play Madden on their mobile devices than plan a pick-up game, you could get them monogrammed iPad cases instead. Knowing what your friends enjoy could be the key to selecting a great gift.
- Consider personalized gifts. There are no rules that say you have to get each groomsman the same gift. While one might appreciate cufflinks because he frequently wears suits, another might prefer a lighter for his cigars, while others may get more use out of highball glasses. And of course, you can further customize each gift with monogramming, if you so choose.
- Have fun with it. Modern groomsmen gifts don’t have to be stuffy or traditional. For example, instead of a flask that might end up in a drawer, you could go for something more fun and useful like a German beer stein. You could even include a gift certificate for a beer emporium like BevMo or Total Wine. And experience gifts (like a day of laser tag or 18 holes on the links) can be a lot more appealing than something traditional.