Cherished friends, brothers from another mother (or the same mother!), lackeys for the weekend; chances are your best man and groomsmen have been helpful in the lead up to your wedding. Maybe they’ve planned your stag, helped with last-minute logistics, or at the very least, turned up to some suit fittings. And if you’re looking for a way to say thank you to the gents in your wedding party, we’ve rounded up 16 great ideas for best man and groomsmen gifts that your lads will love – whatever their style, and whatever your budget.
This is a lovely one to gift just before the wedding so that the groomsmen can use it for the big day. Choose a classic colour like tan or black leather so it’ll last a lifetime.
Even if your groomsman has his own sweet set up at home, you can’t beat a portable record player for weekends away and parties. Extra gifting bonus points if you include a record of a band you both love.
For the groomsman who likes to journal, a leather bound notebook with his initials would be perfect. These classic styles from Papier come in 10 different colours, so why not choose one that matches your wedding palette.
Most guys don’t wear their good watch for everyday use, so why not gift your groomsmen something cool and contemporary that won’t cost too much, which they will get lots of wear.
Tweed Flat Cap
Have you got some groomsmen coming from overseas? A quality tweed cap from a heritage brand like Magee is a lovely way to add an traditonal Irish style to your gifting. Plus it’ll look great in photos!
The gals aren’t the only ones who might like some pampering prep for the wedding day. Gift your groomsmen a facial kit to make sure they’re looking their freshest. Brands local to where you’re going to wed are a nice way to give a nod to the area.
It might seem like an obvious one, but don’t assume every groomsman will have good quality cufflinks for the wedding. Get them engraved with their initials – it’s a wonderful way to personalise something they’ll have forever.
Does anyone even use clocks anymore we hear you ask… Well this one is a bit special as it will show you exactly how high the tide is at anytime. Perfect for the sea swimmers in your wedding party!
If your groomsmen are the type that rely on their mothers to buy them socks at Christmas, then up their game with a monthly sock subscription. We love The Sock Butler as it has so many options. Choose from one to three pairs per month (for however long you like), including classic, fashion or fun styles, and your groomsman will get a surprise delivery every month. For example, a three-pair per month annual subscription will cost £117.99/€135.
Cool, compact but with great storage for cards and notes, these smart wallets allow cards to pop up, are made to last and are almost undetectable in a trouser pocket. Pop in a gift token if you want too!
Personalised Hot Sauce
If you’re groomsman fancies himself a bit of a foodie and makes his own super hot sauce mix, then that guy needs his very own bottle!
A slick hip flask for sneaky snifters is another timelessly classic gift. Get one with a leather sleeve that can be personalised with a message.
Speaking of sneaky snifters… maybe you want to give your groomsmen something special to fill their hip flask with too. Choose a rare or old blend they’ll be excited about or even a personalised bottle.
Keep your crew cosy with a handwoven scarf. Ideal if your wedding is in winter or early spring, and a keepsake to cherish if you can get a scarf that’s locally made
Ensure your wedding party look their most stylish with some cool sunglasses to complete their look. Remember, shades look good all year round in photos!
Vintage Band Poster
Every guy has a band or artist that he’s obsessed with, and Etsy has tonnes of high quality vintage style reprints of gig posters from the greats. A seriously budget-friendly option!
Tips for Buying Groomsmen Gifts
- There is a temptation to buy the same thing for all your guys, but if they have very different styles or personalities, consider getting each of them an individual gift instead. It might be more work, but it’s better than getting something generic that covers all bases.
- This is a good gifting rule in general, but give a groomsmen gift that your friends wouldn’t buy themselves. Whether that’s a fancy pocket square, a good bottle of whiskey, or something nice for their home.
- Avoid buying something that will get tossed in a drawer and forgotten about – even if it’s as simple as a bottle opener or a book, something with real use is so much more thoughtful and less wasteful!
- To make a gift really personalised, look to sites like Etsy and Not on the High Street for custom engraving or monogrammed gifts, likewise, some whiskey distilleries offer custom bottles.
- Buy your wedding party gifts in advance if you can – this job often gets left until the week of the wedding and couples end up throwing money at it, rather than getting something more affordable and considered.
- Set a gift budget and stick to it – especially if you have a large wedding party. If you have just a best man, it’s nice to treat him if you can, but if you’re multiplying the gifts by four, your friends will appreciate any thank you gesture, however big or small. If you have lots of groomsmen and you’re buying several of one gift, ask about a discount – all they can say is no!
- Some couples choose to forgo gifts and instead gift the groomsmen their suits!
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We have plenty more groomsmen articles! Check out 10 Cool Groomsmen Accessories, The Etiquette of Buttonholes and How to Mix and Match Groomswear or watch Episode 2 of our Virtual Wedding Series below!