Groomsmen play very important roles in weddings. This is why it is considered not only a wedding tradition, but also wedding etiquette, for the bride and groom to present their groomsmen with gifts to show their appreciation for all their help. Often, with all the hustle and bustle around a wedding, you hardly have time to think of the best gifts for your groomsmen. Here are some tips on how to come up with great groomsmen gift ideas.
Think of your groomsmen’s individual personalities. Most grooms choose their groomsmen as people who are very close to them. This will make it easier for you to determine what kinds of gifts your groomsmen will like. Ask yourself: What does this particular groomsman like to do? What are his hobbies, interests, favorites? Remember that generic ideas for groomsmen gifts can kind of, well, downright boring. You don’t want your groomsmen to think that you only bought them presents just because it’s a tradition. Personalized groomsmen gift ideas are the best way of telling your groomsmen that you went out of your way in buying them gifts you knew they would like.
Think practical. Your groomsmen will love functional gifts that they can use regularly. If your groomsmen are travelling businessmen, it would be a good idea to hand them engraved pens, paperweights, travelling suitcases, passport cases, desk clocks, or toiletry kits. You can also buy great groomsmen gifts depending on your men’s favorite pastimes. If they love beer, and most men do, you can purchase beer steins, shot glasses, beer mugs, flasks, or Beer of the Month Club gift certificates. If you have a groomsman who is an athlete, buy him things that are related to his sport. A pair of goggles for the swimmer, cleats for the football player, arm sleeves or knee pads for the basketball lover, or a nunchaku for the martial arts pro. Outdoor adventurers would love to receive camping gear, fishing and hunting equipment, lumbar packs, portable stoves, flashlights, or a hammock for resting.
Never ever sacrifice quality for affordability. You definitely have several important things that need your budget’s attention for your wedding: the reception, the catering, the wedding gown, the accommodation for out-of-town guests. But always remember that your groomsmen played very important roles in helping make your wedding a happy and memorable event. Look for gifts that you know will last for years. You’ll be very pleased on your fifth wedding anniversary, when your groomsmen grace your dinner celebration using the high-quality, stylish cufflinks you presented to them on your wedding day.
Another idea that you might want to think about is the gift of personalization. Nothing speaks like your closest thoughts than something that is personalized just for them. Imagine the surprise and excitement of watching your groomsmen open up their gift and seeing their name engraved on a gift. Or a clever saying that only you and your groomsmen knows about, like an inside joke. A gift like that would invoke a smile upon their faces everytime they use it.