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Why is it important to thank the best dudes in your life for participating in your wedding day? Most importantly, they’ve stuck by your side and had your back through it all and it’s a great time to say thank you. Second, the groomsmen traditionally plan and finance your bachelor party and make other investments of time and finances to be a part of the wedding, like renting or buying a suit and shoes for the day and buying gifts for the groom. And third, no guy dreams of being a groomsmen or relishes the thought of spending a beautiful day trapped in a suit.
With that said, how do you go about choosing an appropriate gift to express your gratitude? Carolyn Gerin of Here Comes the Guide suggests, “When giving thanks, show that you mean it with gifts you yourself would love to get and use. Better yet, purchase an item you know the attendant would buy for himself as a special treat.” She also cautions, “[…] giving inappropriate or cheap gifts (just like not serving enough booze or food at a wedding) is an egregious error in judgment. People don’t forget—especially those who have dropped sometimes close to $2,000 for the pleasure of participating in your big day.” The bottom line is don’t be cheap and pick out something that reflects the interests and lifestyle of your groomsmen.
Here are some of our favorite gift ideas at a variety of price ranges (all available online):
For the beer enthusiast:
Engraved 64oz. Gunmetal Beer Growler
Craft Beer of the Month Club—check their site, you can choose how long a subscription you want
We chose 3 months subscription for $177, 12 Beers per month (4 styles, 3 of each)
For the surfer and beach lover:
The durable & stylish, water resistant stainless steel watch THE FLAGSHIP
For the traveler:
OF ALL THREADS CANVAS MESSENGER WITH WOOL FLAP
For the camping/outdoor enthusiast:
BioLite Wood Burning CampStove
A cross between a backpacking stove and an off-grid power charger, this innovative stove lets you cook your food and charge your gadgets with nothing more than the twigs you collect around your camp.
For more ideas these online stores and articles are really helpful:
The Man Registry: http://www.themanregistry.com/gifts/groomsmen-gifts
10 Uncommon Groomsmen Gifts from ETSY:
Gerin, Carolyn. “Gift Guide for the Groom’s Guys.” Here Comes the Guide. Spring 2007: 34-38. Print.