You groomsmen’s responsibility is to get you down the aisle in one piece, and throw you a killer stag party to help you see away your bachelor days, so after all they do to help you out it’s a really great gesture to get them a little something to show you appreciate it. So here’s a guide to help you choose gifts for your groomsmen.
Who Gets Gifts?
First things first, let’s get clear on exactly who you need to buy gifts for. Tradition dictates that the groom is responsible for getting gifts for the male members of the wedding entourage, including the best man, any other groomsmen, ushers, and the ring bearer (if you have one, and he’s male). It’s also appropriate to present both your father and the father of the bride with small tokens of your appreciation for their support, although you and your blushing bride might want to give a joint gift to each set of parents – so it’s worth discussing this with her before buying anything. Finally, your officiant or clergy member is not to be forgotten, and although it’s technically optional to get them a gift, they are marrying you so it hardly seems a lot to ask! You can either tip around 10% – 20% of their fee, or get them a small gift as a gesture of thanks – nothing too extravagant though.
Make It Personal
When selecting gifts, it’s important to think about each recipient as an individual and get something that would really suit them. There’s no rule that says you have to purchase the same item for everyone – so don’t! You wouldn’t get them all the same Christmas or Birthday gift so why would you get them all the same groomsmen gifts? Each member of your wedding party is a unique individual with unique interests, and your gifts should reflect that. The best gifts are the ones that will actually be used rather than placed on a shelf to collect dust, so get something practical – but that the guy in question wouldn’t usually buy for himself. An engraved hip flask is always a fantastic option, but can be a little overdone – so if he’s already been in other wedding parties he might already have one. Don’t get anything that has your blushing bride’s signature on it. The groomsman gift is your final good-bye to bachelor life — a last token high five. Make sure your buddies can tell the present comes from you. Remember that your gift doesn’t have to be something physical though, for example if one of your buddies really loves running triathlons you could get him a few hours with a personal trainer.
The Best Man
For your best man you can afford to splash out a little bit more – he is your best buddy after all, and he’s only going to be your best man once (hopefully!). A watch is a fantastic choice, as it’s lavish but without being obscenely extravagant. Skagen watches are a great choice as they have a really wide range of style options, but those options aren’t too intricate so you’ve got a more than decent chance that it’ll go with his wardrobe, so check out the selection Watches2U have and choose the one that’s going to suit him best.