Finding groomsmen gift ideas is always a challenge, no matter how close you are with your crew. It’s tradition to get your buds a little something for their efforts, but buying groomsmen gifts can feel like an impossible task.
The good news? Groomsmen gifts can be pretty much anything. The bad news? Groomsmen gifts can be pretty much anything. There are just too many options for any one groom to sort through, which is why we’ve narrowed the field to only the best groomsmen gifts—the ones your buds won’t regift to their dads come Father’s Day.
(Too) Popular Groomsmen Gift Ideas
Before we dive in, let’s get this out of the way. Coming up with groomsmen gift ideas that work for 3-5 (and sometimes more) individuals is a difficult task, so a lot of grooms default to the same three gift options—usually the same gifts they were given as groomsmen in the past. There’s nothing wrong with giving the staples, but if you do decide one of these three common gifts is right for your groomsmen, choose a version of the classic that beats out the other flasks/knives/koozies they already have.
Oh look, we did it for you.
Shine Vessels Appalachian Sidearm Flask
Who among us doesn’t have a giant collection of groomsmen flasks? You’d think we were all depression-era alcoholics. The best use case of a flask is when you’re off the beaten path, so make sure the container you give is up to the task. This one comes with a funnel, because spills are sad.
The Pocket Knife
Best Made Brass Higo Pocket Knife
Easy, Rambo, you don’t need to pass out gift-wrapped machetes to your groomsmen. Most of us could use a small, reliable, sharp blade for practical tasks, like cutting into heavy packing tape. This pocket knife balances form and function, and you get high build quality for the price.
The Koozie (Bottle Jacket / Coldy-Holdy / Beer Hugger / Drink Sheath)
Thermos Stainless King Can Insulator
Whatever the hell you call these things, you have to agree that the flimsy foamy ones don’t even catch all of the can sweat, much less keep your beverage temperate. What’s the point? This multi-use take on the koozie keeps your drink cold for a longer period than anyone at any wedding should ever need (drink faster), and bonus, add the glass attachment to create a heavy duty travel tumbler for a to-go Tom Collins.
Now, let’s find your friends some gifts.
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How Much Should I Spend?
Setting (and sticking to) a budget is a huge, important part of wedding planning, but how much should you spend on groomsmen gifts? The short answer: work within your budget, and err on the generous side. Your groomsmen didn’t agree to your wedding under the assumption you’d suddenly turn into Oprah (I wish), but you can easily find thoughtful, useful groomsmen gift ideas within any budget.
Consider the monetary commitment your groomsmen are making to be in your wedding. Will they have to travel? Spend multiple nights in a hotel? Burn through vacation time? That’s all for you. The more you’re asking your groomsmen to spend, the more space you should carve out in your wedding budget for groomsmen gifts.
Finally, consider your own lifestyle. If you’re the guy who’s always drinking Dom Pérignon, passing bottles of André out to your best friends would probably feel like an empty gesture. I’m judging you so hard right now.
Should Everyone Get the Same Gift?
Probably not, but maybe. I’ll explain.
Let’s use the metaphor of a road. This road represents life. Your groomsmen are likely all over the map, with differing needs. Just because one guy always loses his keys doesn’t mean all your groomsmen need (or want) the same keychain tracking device. Maybe they love their own stupid keychain.
So when you choose groomsmen gifts, consider each person, their needs and their interests. Sure, it’s a little more work, but it’ll be worth it when they open up that thing that shows you totally get them. You might decide everyone actually needs an identical keychain tracker, but if not, try to keep each gift in the same price range as the others.
Bar & Alcohol Groomsmen Gift Ideas
We heard groomsmen often enjoy consuming alcohol. (?) Sounds right. Whether that’s true or not, we found a variety of groomsmen gifts aimed at those who like to make their own drinks. As the saying goes, teach a man to fish (make cocktails), and he’ll eat (drink) for the rest of his life. Don’t worry—we have some recommendations for what to put in those cocktails, too.
The Savoy Cocktail Book
Over 700 classic cocktail recipes (and a few stories) from the bartender of the iconic bar in London’s Savoy Hotel. This guide’s been around for almost 90 years. Sign the inside cover, or bookmark a recipe you know your buddy will want to try.
OXO Garnish Tool + OXO Citrus Squeezer
Fresh lemon juice for your Tom Collins. Fresh lime for your Margarita. Cut a strip of orange peel to garish that Old Fashioned. Complete domination of all things citrus is very literally within your grasp.
Libbey 9-Piece Cocktail Set
All the essentials required to craft a quality cocktail in one tidy package.
Rabbit Super Aerator + OXO Steel Corkscrew
You won’t change anyone’s life by giving them any old corkscrew, but you could make their life a little easier with this one from OXO. The real life-changer is their new aerator that makes $10 bottles of wine taste like $20 bottles of wine, and also, they’ll stop spilling wine everywhere.
Stanley Classic Vacuum Insulated Growler
Holds roughly a 6-pack of beer, keeps it cold and carbonated for 24 hours, and is dishwasher safe. Any questions?
Angostura Bitters 2-Pack + Luxardo Maraschino Cherries
Whiskey and cola is fine and all, but there are better things to for your groomsmen to put in their bourbon (like my face). Add a sugar cube to this trio and you’re well on your way to a damn fine Old Fashioned. Please do not sub these maraschinos out for subpar wannabes.iSi 1 QT Soda Siphon + Extra Cartridges
The list of drinks you can make with carbonated water (in one form or another) is long. The list of your groomsmen who own a soda siphon is short. You know what to do.
Decanter & Double Old-Fashioned Set
This isn’t going to magically make a bottle of scotch taste better, but it’ll make a $40 scotch look like a million. As the owner of several decanters, I can honestly tell you I’d toss them all into the L.A. River if given this set. And that’s littering.
Üllo Wine Purifying Filter + Carafe
Every bottle of wine is packed with sulfites, a bitter preservative that can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. The Üllo filter removes sulfites (using science!), which means you get only the normal consequences of wine—like blaming autocorrect for sloppy texting—plus better flavor.
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society One-Year Membership + Tasting Kit
This gift is best for the groomsmen who were definitely going to drop bills on scotch this year anyway. The SMWS partners with over 100 distilleries to curate an robust collection of single malt scotch, available to members only. Add the tasting kit for something tangible and, well, delicious.
Bottles by Category
One of the most obvious gifts is a bottle of alcohol. Humans have been doing this for hundreds of years, and we’re not stopping now. Not in 2019. But there are a few pitfalls you should avoid.
It’s easy to be lazy when you’re giving booze, so put some thought into the bottle. “They like whiskey” isn’t good enough. Is it Rye? Scotch? Once you know the kind each of your groomsmen enjoys, research the best bottles in your price range. Or, keep reading—because we did that for you.
And when you give them the bottle, tell them why you chose it for them.
Evan Williams Black Label Bourbon
Don’t let its price tag fool you—Evan Williams could easily sell a bottle that tastes this good for as much as our upgrade picks, but you can get a bottle for as little as $11 in some parts of the country.
Buffalo Trace Bourbon
It does everything. You can sip it, you can mix it. And its lineage traces (no pun intended) back to Pappy Van Winkle. (If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.)
Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon
Each batch of this bourbon from Four Roses is made in a single barrel. Sip it, don’t mix it. (See if you can taste the toasted marshmallow.)
Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey
You don’t keep selling this rye since 1810 because it’s relatively cheap. It’s also easy to drink, especially in an Old-Fashioned.
Rittenhouse Bottled-in-Bond Straight Rye
Sweeter than many other ryes, and at a relatively low proof, especially good in a cocktail.
Pikesville Straight Rye Whiskey
A distiller called Heaven Hill bought the bottom-shelf Pikesville in 1982. Twenty-three years later, it’s an award-winning rye.
Aberfeldy 12 Year Old Scotch
Another award-winner, this is a super smooth Highlands scotch has a very reasonable price point.
Ledaig 10 Year Old Scotch
A strong, small-batch scotch. Y’know the way leather is beautiful? That’s how this tastes.
Aberlour a’bunadh Single Speyside Malt
Yes, the bottle’s label in that photo says 60.1% alc./vol.—over 120 proof. But right above that, the label mentions sherry butts, which smooth out the alcohol. This is the one time you want your scotch to taste like butt, trust me.
Pueblo Viejo Añejo
Aged 18 months in Kentucky oak and brick oven cooked. If we were talking about a steak it’d cost you hundreds and taste terrible. This is $27 and tastes great. If you can’t find it, try this.
7 Leguas Tequila Blanco
Patrón stole the 7 Leguas recipe, but 7 Leguas has an intense flavors and a rich, velvety texture that Patrón does not. So go ahead, do those Patrón shots. Save the 7 Leguas for better drinks.
ArteNOM de 1146 Tequila Añejo
This añejo is aged in wine barrels, and spends a year in a bourbon casks, giving it a spicy, dried fruit flavor. Yeah, tequila can taste like that.
St. George Absinthe Verte
The United States lifted its ban of Absinthe in 2007, so I’m going to take this moment to tell you how to drink it, because I had no idea. Dissolve one sugar cube in a mixture of one part absinthe, three parts water. Then you kind of tip the glass toward your lips and open your mouth. Now that we’re all on the same level, let’s continue.
Gear & Accessories Groomsmen Gift Ideas
The best groomsmen gifts are those items your friends wouldn’t think to buy for themselves, but are so perfectly tailored to their lifestyle they’ll wonder how they ever functioned without them. We sifted through the clutter to find high quality trinkets your groomsmen can actually use.
As you browse, you’ll notice that we didn’t recommend much in the way of clothing. Buying clothing for another person is risky—a gamble on both the fit and style of the garment. Opt for accessories instead—they’ll probably get more use, and they’re less likely to miss the mark.
TheraPearl Hot/Cold Eye Mask
For that little Venn diagram overlap of groomsmen who constantly have hangovers and are also self-conscious about the bags under their eyes.
SmokinCube Wood Pellet Smoker Tube
If they have a grill, they can smoke meats. And isn’t that the greatest gift of all? It’s not—the greatest gift is love. But you went along with it, so obviously this is also a great gift.
Some of your groomsmen will understand how good this gift is, some will not. For those who don’t “get it,” bring them up to speed on a few of the many ways to use a bandana (aside from wearing it). This one from Pendleton comes in several colors and patterns.
Trtl Travel Pillow
We’re not the first to heap praise on this travel pillow, which is actually more like half of a neck brace. It folds up to stow neatly in your carry-on, and provides better support than the donut shaped pillows that look like hemorrhoid cushions.Kiehl’s Grooming Essentials Set
This is for your friends who actually keep their bathrooms clean, because it comes with bar soap (which smells incredible). But honestly, if a guy doesn’t keep his bathroom clean, he probably doesn’t take care of his skin and hair, so maybe this is exactly what that messy dude needs.
Amazon Echo Dot
Even if they don’t have smart bulbs, security cameras, etc., your groomsmen will get a lot of use out of the Echo Dot. Food and drink recipes, alarms and timers, streaming music and news updates—all you have to do is ask.
WP+Standard Monogrammed Leather Passport Wallet
Replacing a passport is such a pain in the ass. Do your buds a favor, and help them protect theirs with this supple leather passport wallet from WP+Standard.
Todd Snyder + New Era Cone Denim Hat
Like the baseball cap they already own, but better. Just be sure to order the right sizes. Vinyl Me, Please 3-Month Subscription
Monthly special-edition pressings, plus cocktail pairings and exclusive album art. Choose from jazz, blues and soul, rap and hip-hop, or the best of all genres. Warning: This is a gateway drug.Grado SR80e Prestige Headphones
Forget what I said earlier about the dongle. When headphones make music sound this good, I’ll dongle it up until my dying dongle.
Coleman Steel Belted Cooler
Perfection is overrated. This vintage-inspired cooler will get nicked, dinged, and dented, making it look cooler with every adventure.
Parachute Home Waffle Robe
The robe: the next best thing to being naked. It should be easy enough to ballpark the sizes your groomsmen would need.
BioLite CampStove 2
This little camp stove needs only a handful of twigs to create a smokeless flame for cooking, and captures the heat produced to generate 5V of energy—enough to charge phones or run camp lights. They’re also just a good company.
Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Classic
Ray-Ban Aviator Classic
U-turn Audio Orbit Basic Turntable
If you’re a record collector, you know that $180 may as well be $0 when it comes to a new, quality turntable, but these American-made tables skip bells and whistles, and focus on great sound instead (which is the whole point).
AAXA Portable Projector
If you’ve got a blank wall, you’ve got a cinematic experience.
Queen Complete Studio Vinyl Box Set
Long after many artists had abandoned vinyl, Queen continued releasing all of their albums on analog. Throw a listening party, then go see this film:
Experiences & Entertainment Groomsmen Gift Ideas
Some of the best groomsmen gifts cannot be contained in a box. In many cases, treating your friends to a shared experience will be a little more expensive, but the memories will last a lot longer than any one item ever could.
Explore your area to find activities or entertainment that you and your groomsmen have never experienced. And if you can’t convince everyone to travel, or you and your friends don’t live in the same area, we have a few ideas for you, too. While this list isn’t comprehensive, use it to inspire an idea or two that works for you.
Playstation Plus 12 Month Membership
Maybe you live in different cities and it’s a struggle to keep in touch. Or maybe you all just love video games. Either way, this will make it so much easier for you to endlessly trash talk one-another. Guys are weird.
Xbox Live 12 Month Membership
While Playstation is the superior gaming console (don’t @ me), Xbox people should have fun with their buds from a distance, too.
Sensory Deprivation Float Session
It may seem to conflict with the “shared experience” idea to lock yourself in separate pods for an hour, but it’s an experience none of you will forget. Compare notes over drinks afterward.
Austin City Limits 3-Day Pass
I’m really not sure what I’m supposed to say here, because this just seems like a slam dunk. Like, am I supposed to ask “Do you and your groomsmen like good music and amazing food in a great city?” I’m not asking you that.
6-Course Meal at Blue Hill at Stone Barns
$511 per person
All you really need to know is yes, that is the correct price per person (for six courses with wine pairings), and two, Blue Hill at Stone Barns has been called the best restaurant in America (and has ranked as high as #11 in the world).
Two-Day Culinary Portuguese Train Adventure
You can see a Wes Anderson film, or you can live a Wes Anderson film. You know the correct choice, and it does not include theater popcorn.
Bonus: No-Limit Groomsmen Gifts
If you’re #blessed with the means, who says you can’t drop a mortgage payment on gifts for your groomsmen? As noted in the Experiences section, take these ideas and run with ’em. Just remember: If you go big on groomsmen gifts, you need to go bigger on the honeymoon.
NCAA Final Four VIP Experience
$885 per person
Action. Drama. Drinks included. The package includes a meet and greet with the coaches and players, and access to the VIP lounge, with open bar and an all-you-can-eat menu featuring regional cuisine. Oh, and also semifinals basketball.
Guided Climb to Everest Base Camp
$1472 per person
This 12-day guided trek through Nepal takes you to Everest Base Camp—a challenging adventure minus the outright danger of scaling the world’s highest peak.
Dunton Hot Springs Long Weekend
Recharge your batteries in the hot springs pool of this former Colorado ghost town, then belly-up the the same bar where Butch Cassidy, en route to his hideout, congratulated himself on a successful bank robbery in Telluride.
Vespa GTS Super 300
$6900 per person
Because when you have a scooter gang, you can do stuff like this:
The Best Gift for Groomsmen: A Suit That Doesn’t Suck
While the groomsmen gift ideas above should leave your crew impressed (and throwing a dangerous amount of high fives), there’s one surefire way to erase all that good will: force them to rent a boxy, cheap tux for your wedding. Wherever your groomsmen show up in your wedding photos, they’ll be stuck in a bad suit forever—a wound that no pair of Ray-Ban’s could ever heal.
It doesn’t have to be like that. There’s a better way to outfit your groomsmen: online, with free delivery. We design suits and tuxedos with a tailored fit, made from high quality Italian wool, and take the guesswork out of your groomsmen’s hands with our own sizing and fit technology. No more missed measurements, just suits that actually fit.
Get started here. Your groomsmen will thank you.