The Best Groomsmen Gifts & Gift Ideas for 2019
Completely stuck on what to get your groomsmen before the big day? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered by compiling some of the best groomsmen gift ideas for 2019!
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Why Are Groomsmen Gifts Important?
Your best friends and your fiancée’s one weird cousin have agreed to stand up for you at your wedding. It’s traditional (and kind) to give your groomsmen a gift to show your gratitude.
Finding the best groomsman gifts shouldn’t cause you any stress, and we’re here to make it easy for you. With so many new gifts and gadgets coming out in 2019, it can be easy to be hit with “information overload” when searching for groomsmen gift ideas.
That is why we’ve categorized our best groomsmen gifts into easy to understand sections to make it easy for you to find the perfect gift.
Are Groomsmen Gifts Necessary?
With how much time your groomsmen put into the wedding from traveling to being there for you on one of the biggest days of your life, it is only fair to reward them for their loyalty with a small token of your appreciation. Whether you want to go all out or give a smaller gift is completely up to you, and dependent on your personal budget.
How Much Should You Spend On Groomsmen Gifts?
Try to start with an all-in budget that you feel comfortable spending, and divide it by the amount of groomsmen you have. If the total amount comes to around $20-50$ per person, that will get you a great gift. Any less, and you may need to reconsider, or go with a smaller gift such as a tie or cuff links that are practical and can be re-used in the future.
Does The Best Man Get The Same Gift As The Groomsmen?
The best man will be part of the gift-pool along with the other groomsmen, and it is up to you if you want to purchase a separate gift as an extra thank you for the help planning and support leading up to the wedding.
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Different & Unique Groomsmen Gift Ideas
Starting off at the top of the list, we know most people are looking for unique and cool groomsmen gift ideas to show they really care. We love gifts that groomsmen can use. We really love gifts that are also conversation starters. Unique groomsmen presents are fun and thoughtful – here are our favorites.
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FOR THE GARAGE DWELLER
Magnetic Handyman Wristband
If your groomsmen love to work on their cars or bikes, or generally live in their garages, a magnetic wristband is an awesome, low-cost option that nobody would expect.
Not just a cool groomsman gift idea, it is also completely practical, and sure to be used many times in the future. This makes it a great option, as your best friends will always be reminded of the special bond you share every time they do what they love.
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FOR THE CHEF
BBQ Smoker Wood Chip Grill Set
Ready for a summer cook-out? This creative gift idea for your groomsmen is perfect if they love to cook and grill in the backyard. It’s also a great idea to plan a follow-up barbecue together with your groomsmen after the wedding. This way you can all see each other again and enjoy this fun gift together while sharing memories of the wedding & bachelor party!
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FOR THE GLOBE TROTTER
Antique Globe Decanter
For your friends who are still world-traveling bachelors. A globe decanter with an antique ship on the side probably isn’t something your pals already have. It’s also the perfect reminder every time your pals come home of your wedding day and the fun times you shared together leading up to it. The best part is every time you come over, you can share a drink and cheers to old times.
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FOR THE PUNCTUAL
Engraved Sandalwood Watch
A wooden watch will never go out of style. It’s also perfect for friends who love the outdoors and nature. Our favorite affordable wooden watch is the KWOOD Sandalwood watch. You can get a short quote thank you or inside joke engraved by laser on the back of this deep-hued men’s watch. With great ratings and reviews, and coming in at under $30, these engraved watches are sure to make your buddies smile. There are several options of engraving to choose from, and if someone doesn’t like it, returns are accepted within 30 day.
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FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Vintage Polaroid Camera
No one takes “real” pictures anymore (shakes cane at sky). You can encourage your hipster/artistic friends to go old school with a vintage Polaroid. Most cameras come with a one-year warranty, so have no fear if it gets dropped on the dance floor. Take and develop pictures instantly and share them with friends. Just don’t forget to hide the pictures from the bachelor party!
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FOR THE OLD FASHIONED
Whiskey Chilling Stones Set
If you and your buddies love enjoying fine spirits such as whiskey and scotch, consider getting some granite whiskey chilling stones. Holding temperature better than ice, these unique, smooth rocks will keep drinks chilled and prevent watering-down. We love the R.O.C.K.S premium granite set of 6 smooth rocks. This chilling stone set looks chic and saves your buddies from dealing with their temperamental ice maker ever again.
Cheap Groomsmen Gifts (That Don’t Look It)
You have 5 groomsmen and about $100 to spend. You’re not out of luck just yet. Our favorite affordable groomsmen gift options don’t look cheap even though they’re all under $15.
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FOR THE BEARDED BROS
If you’re dealing with some real mountain men types, this comb helps them keep their beards snag-free. It’s also a great item to use at your wedding to make sure everyone is dapper. They would also make for a great photo op with all the guys and their matching beard combs.
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FOR THE DRESSY DUDES
Tie Travel Case
If your groomsmen travel for work (or just love to dress up on vacation), this single tie holder will really come in handy. It’s simple and looks classy.
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FOR THE ACCESSORIZERS
Fun sock pictures are becoming a fun wedding tradition. Dress your groomsmen using their gift, then snap away.
Coolest Groomsmen Gifts for Modern Weddings
You’re not a regular groom. You’re (insert Amy Poehler voice) a “cool” groom. And your gifts should match. If you want to provide presents that make your groomsmen feel hip, here are some of our favorite cool groomsmen gifts.
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FOR THE COOL GUYS
Polarized Wooden Frame Sunglasses
These handmade glasses deflect sunrays better than the average pair, and they look great. You might even want to slip them on for a few professional photos on the wedding day. Not only is the frame hand-made, it also comes with a bamboo protective case and microfiber cloth for cleaning.
Since the glass frames are made of bamboo, they are lightweight yet extremely durable and not likely to break.
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FOR THE MUSIC LOVER
Sonos speakers are great for setting up a home sound system. They can also pair with an Alexa for voice commands, so your techiest friends will appreciate the gift. With over 4,500+ reviews and 72% of those being 5 stars, you really can’t go wrong. It also comes along with a handy mobile app so you can control the music from anywhere. You can also connect it to other items like stereos to connect audio to multiple rooms. A perfect groomsmen gift for band members, or music lovers in general.
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FOR THE GYM RAT
These headphones are just really cool. We don’t know what else to tell you. Other than your groomsmen will never have to listen to a crying baby on a plane again. The other main benefit of the Beats EP model is the price is significantly lower than the standard Beats, while delivering the same quality of audio. With comfortable ear-cushions and a lightweight frame, if your groomsmen love hitting the gym consider getting them a style upgrade with either matching, or different colored Beats that suit their personality and style.
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FOR THE STRESSED OUT
Your groomsmen will feel like bosses in these. They’re great for day-after-the-wedding hangovers and lazy Sundays at home. The pockets are also huge, perfect for carrying around your phone or a small bottle of whiskey. Hey, nobody said you couldn’t wear these robes at night.
Giving a robe is a great way to tell your boys “bro – you deserve to relax”. A great gift everyone would love, but nobody ever thinks to get!
This list only scratches the surface of awesome & creative best man gift ideas, but we hope it helped inspire you or help you make a decision. Follow us for more great wedding information, and check back often as we always update our articles with new ideas as we find them!