You owe it to your groomsmen to come up with a great gift idea, they have been by your side throughout your life and they’re putting a lot of time and money into your big day. While your friends and family won’t demand gifts, they deserve a little something and hopefully it won’t be something that ends up collecting dust in their basement or in their drawer. To help you make sure your groomsmen gift doesn’t end up there, we have a few questions to ask yourself as well as other tips to make buying the perfect groomsmen gift a breeze.
Questions to ask when selecting groomsmen gifts: Is this an appropriate groomsmen gift?
Consider getting each groomsmen a different gift specific to their personality or unique interests. Just think, you wouldn’t give a cigar lighter to a guy who doesn’t smoke. It’s very important to think about each recipient as an individual when you’re considering appropriate gift options. Generally if you know the guys well enough to be your groomsmen, you probably have an idea of their interests.
Is this something your groomsmen will actually use?
After finding something that relates to your groomsman on a more personal level, go for something he would actually use. Avoid anything too fancy or excessively luxurious as he may never use it.
Is it within my budget?
Let’s face it, weddings can be expensive. Just when you thought you had all the expenses covered other costs seem to appear out of thin air as the big day draws nearer. On average, grooms spend $50 for the groomsmen gifts. So that’s around $400 considering one best man, four groomsmen, two dads and a ring bearer.
But groomsmen gifts don’t need to be expensive. Just understand your budget and learn to maximize what you can spend. Shopping online can be a great way to save money. With careful research you can find online resources with cool groomsmen gift ideas at affordable prices.
5 tips for Purchasing Groomsmen Gifts
1. Have all gifts ordered at least one month before the wedding.
Take note, all groomsmen gifts should be ordered no later than a month before your big day. The earlier the better. One month is just enough time to get them all delivered and replaced if necessary. This will help you avoid running around the mall like a madman or buying less than desirable gifts on the wedding weekend.
2. Take control.
As we all know, when it comes to wedding planning it’s almost always the bride who’s in the driver’s seat. But for these gifts, it’s important that the groom takes the lead. Yes the groom can and should listen to his fiancé’s gift suggestions, but it’s the groom who should make the final call. He knows his buddies better than anyone else. Also, the groomsman gift is the final adieu to bachelor life - so make sure your buddies can tell the gift comes from you.
3. Make it personalized.
A well-placed name or set of initials can transform the most ordinary wallet or cuff link into something specia. Many groomsmen gift websites offer a variety of personalized items all the way from cooler glasses to iPod cases, from duffle bags to man cave signs, and from money clips to flasks.
4. Choose gifts that makes men feel part of a team.
Sometime it makes sense to get the same gift for the groomsmen as this can help make them feel part of a team. Having something like quirky superhero cufflinks can be a great idea, not to mention makes for some cool wedding party pictures. Another idea is to have a groomsmen group caricature. This is creative, thoughtful, and best of all, there are no two alike. It’s as original as it gets.
5. It doesn’t need to be something you could hold.
If you don’t feel like any of the typical items would suit the guys, why not plan an event that gives you and your buddies more “guy time”? Go on a camping trip, get tickets to a sporting event, or host a poker night at your house. If the best man’s idea of fun is training for the next marathon, then a mini gym membership might be the way to go. Remember, the more personalized the effort, the more meaningful the message.
Groomsmen gifts should be a commemoration of your wedding, something that really says “thank you for making our big day special.” Follow the tips above and you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect gifts for your groomsmen.