So this may be merged into the other Engagement Thread, etc.. but I figured I'd get some ideas from the creative brains in the community here.
My wedding is coming up on May 3rd and I'm still stumped for the Groomsmen gifts. I don't want to give the usual (Flask, lighter, knife, etc) and I am running dry on ideas for some cool unique ideas. Here's my lineup:
Best Man: Brother (Age 36)- Electrician / Cable Tech / Father of 4
Groomsman 1 (Age 30): Comedy Club Owner / Gadget Guy / Beer Drinker
Groomsman 2: (Age 26): Gadget Lover / Video Gamer Guy / Hard Liquor/Food Connoisseur
Groomsman 3: (Age 10): Son of the Bride (He's easy.. games, sports, etc)
I don't think there's one gift I can give to all four of them, but instead unique to each of them.
I'd appreciate any ideas, starting points, or things that I may not know about
A friend gave his groomsmen monogrammed pocket watches. They're pretty sweet and I wear mine any time I'm at a formal event.
The pocket watches aren't a bad idea either. I just don't know if it's something they'd keep. I toyed with the idea of getting them personalized with a nice case they could just display even if they don't wear it.
I tried to do something a little different for my groomsman gifts. Everyone got a Bacon Lovers Pack and then I bought us all tickets to a football game. Best man (also my brother) also got signed up a beer-of-the-month club.
www.uncrate.com has all kinds of awesome things that guys would want. Might be able to find some inspiration there.
I got my groomsmen each a nice zippo lighter with a personal engraved message and a box of cigars.
Different question here. We're going non-traditional in the sense that my sister and brother will stand with me and her brothers are standing with her. Are they still considered groomsmen and do I need to buy them gifts? I probably will anyways, just curious.
Beer/fruit/sausage/cheese/whatever of the month club is a great gift because it's 12 gifts that will make them think of you every month for a year. It's nice to have some sort of keepsake as well though. I have received a watch, a pocket knife, and a beer stein as groomsman/best man gifts in the past. Of the 3 the knife was the most useful but I lost it eventually. The stein I still have sitting on a shelf and I see it from time to time while the watch is in a drawer somewhere.
And yeah I would say her brothers are groomsmen if they're standing up with you. Even if they're not it would be nice to get off on the right foot with them since they're going to be family now.
It's all a bunch of shittily made garbage that they've already gotten from previous weddings. Give em a gift card and tell them to fuck off.
My cousin got each of his groomsmen a goddamn baseball hat. After making us spend $130 on tux rentals.
If the porn isn't high res you can't get horny, but you can hate a guy at 1000 paces without a scope. That's human nature.
My tuxes are $200.. shiiiit
$132 for my tuxes. Rory style from DW.. recognize.
Customize them an absinthe drinking set each. Then share a toast among each other with each person choosing his favorite from their respective box. Each person follows the directions in their box.This cannot fail to be a memorable experience.
I see that the pocket watch idea came up, but why not wrist watches? I know they are kinda dying out with everyone carrying a cell phone but they are handy.
The last wedding where I was a member of the bridal party I got a wedge for my golf set.
Have you ever thought of maybe a non physical gift? Like take everyone to a ball game dinner or something. Would be a nice change. Good luck!
I think tickets to a sporting event is a good idea... My wife's cousin got all of his groomsmen framed headshots of himself... and behind the picture was tickets to a Chicago Bears game. It was pretty funny when they all opened them.
My buddies and I (1 of whom just got married) have a mostly unspoken agreement to just buy each other suits for the wedding, then keep them as gifts. They certainly cost more than the average gift, but not having to spend ~200 bucks on a tux/suit you'll wear for a day is nice. Also, its great being able to get them altered for the wedding. Maybe after 3 weddings a suit from each might get redundant, but for now its a great gift.
"Wedding / Groomsman Gifts"
are a waste of money. Don't waste more money than you need to on a wedding, and just because you're wasting $30 a plate on people you don't particularly like doesn't mean it's okay to waste $50-300 on presents for people you do like.
What Tuco means is that you should buy them moissanite cuff links.
Well, I did kinda fuck up his place and indirectly got him shot.
Could you imagine being a groomsman in Tuco's wedding?
He'd come up and shake your hand and say, "Thanks for standing up in my wedding. I don't believe in the institution of groomsman gifts so please accept my sincere thanks on renting this stupidly expensive tux that doesn't even fit, paying for this overpriced hotel room, and whatever money it cost to drive/fly out to be part of our special day. By the way, my wife's ring is moissanite; bet you didn't know it was a real diamond!"
He'd then drone on about all the other ways he saves money by buying lookalike items that you'd never be able to tell the difference between.
also, in before Tuco "We had a small wedding of only local family and no one flew or drove in and everyone stayed in our apartment and groomsmen wore whatever suit they wanted" etc etc etc
sometimes being you must be exhausting
Nah. Being exhausted is too expensive.
you could say that my gift to the groomsmen was the tie/vest I bought them + the bachelor party that I paid for everything, but I didn't think about it as gifts in the same manner as cuff links or flasks.
Last edited by Tuco; 04-10-2013 at 02:47 PM.
You paid for your own bachelor party? That's completely backwards.
I went to a my boyfriends brothers wedding and they had gotten engraved nunchucks for gifts... kinda neat
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