Getting married is… a thing. Depending on who you ask, it’s a good thing, a bad thing, the best thing, the worst thing, a scary thing, or even an inspiring thing—and they’re all right. Marriage is a lot of different things. And when your time comes to tie the knot, your groomsmen will prove themselves invaluable pieces of your life’s grand puzzle. They are the guys you trust, love, and respect enough to accompany you while you make the most important decision of your life. It’s a role of honor and distinction, and should be treated with the importance it deserves. So, when it comes time to sort out groomsmen gifts, leave the cheap monogrammed flasks or screen-printed coffee mugs where they belong—in the trash. Here are 9 unique groomsmen gifts that your groomsmen will actually enjoy.
Btw – We’ve got a great selection of Groomsmen gifts in our shop as well.
A Leather Bound Journal
A man’s thoughts are important, and in a world ever-increasingly sped up by the momentum of text messages, emails, and Facebook, a real-deal paper journal should be an essential part of daily living. Personalize each groomsman’s gift with a heartfelt note, written just for them, on the first page of every book. A leather bound journal is the perfect touch, as it is durable, attractive, and though it will become weathered over time, it’ll be around forever.
Consider: Rustic Ridge Leather Handmade Journal – $33
A Do-Everything Leatherman Multi-Tool
Leatherman makes legendary multi-tools designed for practical use in everyday life. It’s a great groomsmen gift because it symbolizes the bond that brings groomsmen together—whether they’re doctors or attorneys, or millwrights or mechanics, your friends have come from all walks of life to be with you on your most important day. A Leatherman tool is one that’s made for everyone from the everyday workingman to the weekend adventurer, and when you call on it for assistance, your Leatherman—like your groomsmen—always rises to the occasion.
Consider: Leatherman Wave – $90
A Custom-Engraved Stainless Steel Growler
Thinking about getting your groomsmen the age-old personalized pint glass or cheap flask? Invest in something they’ll actually use. These 64-ounce growlers are made from 100 percent BPA-free stainless steel and feature food-grade silicone seals to help ensure an air-tight seal every time. Your groomsmen’s beer will stay fresher, longer, and won’t acquire any funky tastes. That’s a groomsmen gift we can get behind.
Consider: Personalized Stainless Steel Growler – $30
A Simple, Practical Wristwatch
Good men come in all different shapes and sizes—just like a solid wristwatch. If you want to get your groomsmen a truly personal gift to thank them for their love and support leading up to your big day, nothing says, “Thank you, brother” like a solid, simple wristwatch. The purchasing of a wristwatch is a very personal experience though, so try to pay attention to what your friend is into. He may be a classic Timex Weekender kind of guy, or he may look better with a Seiko wrapped around his wrist. Know what kind of man your groomsman is and act accordingly.
Consider: Timex Weekender With Leather Strap – $95
A Bottle of Their Favorite Booze
Here’s a quick litmus test that’ll help you decide who your groomsmen should be: If you don’t know him well enough to know what kind of booze he drinks, then he shouldn’t be a groomsman! That said, this should be a relatively easy one to do. Get your friends bottles of their individual favorite booze. Respect their tastes; know your men.
A Quality Single-Blade Folding Knife
One of the greatest father-son rituals in the world is the moment a father gives his son his first pocketknife. It’s a momentous occasion not because of the object involved, but because of what it represents—independence, growth, resilience, maturity, etc. A quality folder—known as a gentleman’s knife—is something that should be a part of every man’s EDC. A personalized Benchmade (like the Summit Lake Drop Point listed below) is the perfect groomsmen gift because it symbolizes trust, respect, and honor—the qualities every man should look for in a good groomsman.
Consider: Benchmade Summit Lake Drop Point – $115
Actual Cuban Cigars
With limited tourism and American-styled capitalism slowly finding its way back onto the streets and into the culture of Cuba, accessing those long-coveted and hard-to-find rolled up tobacco leaves is getting easier. If you want to give your groomsmen something they’ll savor (and brag about to all their other friends), put some effort into securing yourself some of the good stuff. A good celebration calls for a good cigar—and this celebration may the best of your life. Make it count.
Consider: Cohibas – Link
A Pen to Last a Lifetime
A good pen transcends the boundaries of the average writing utensil and becomes an invaluable communication tool. If you don’t think there’s a difference between the two-dollar gellies you pick up at Staples and a quality fountain pen, you simply haven’t lived… a high quality fountain pen isn’t something left in a conference room or on a bank teller’s station; it’s a beautiful tool that is cherished for a lifetime. If you’re looking for a small token of appreciation that oozes sophistication, a fountain pen is something that’ll leave a lasting impression.
… It’ll also pair well with a leather bound journal. JUST SAYIN’.
Consider: LAMY 2000 Fountain Pen – $145
A Weekender Bag
Weekender bags are essential pieces of any man’s travel arsenal. If you’re having a wedding up in the mountains or in some far-off exotic oasis, keep your groomsmen traveling in comfort and style. A good weekender bag should be big enough to fit enough gear for a small excursion—or a weekend—out of town, without all the lunkiness of a suitcase.
Consider: Everlane Twill Weekender – $98