Post # 1
I need ideas! He’s not a jewelry person… meaning, no watch, no chain, no nothing… I’m lucky if he will even wear his wedding band! He can’t wear any jewelry at work so I’m looking for something different… But I don’t know! He’s a cowboy so I had initially planned to get him some spurs with his initials… but he just got some of those given to him, so that’s out. I’m at a loss and I really need to start thinking! Please help!
Post # 3
Ummm you’re marrying a cowboy?! That’s awesome!!! You know you’re living out the fantasies of many women right?! LOL!
Okay but seriously. What to get him…. FI is the same, he doesn’t wear jewelry and can’t wear it at work. I’m making him up a “groom crate”. So I’m going to get an old wooden crate, and fill it with a few different things: his favourite scotch, a couple cigars (or likely enough for him and his groomsmen), “in case of cold feet” socks, maybe some cologne…. I like the idea of getting him things he can use the day of our wedding.
Post # 4
What about a nice new cowboy hat?
Post # 5
Does he hav a favorite author or artist? When I thought we were exchanging gifts (we’re not now) I had intended on either an autographed book from his fav author or a piece of original art from his fav artist. Although we’re not exchanging, I’m still giving him cold feet socks – they were too cute not to make! What about something silly like a personalized bobblehead doll? Or a flask or cufflinks or zippo – personalized, of course.
Post # 6
So I have a couple of ideas. Well for my fiance last year before we were engaged I won points for the best birthday gift ever. My fiance has a huge tattoo on his back and it means alot to him. So I went out and found a artist to do a real oil painting of it. I am not sure where you live in TX but if you are in a big city it might not be as hard or expensive as you think. Maybe there is a pic of him riding or something that would make an awesome painting. I put an ad on craigslist that I would pay $200 for it and honestly I got so many responses in one day it shut my email down (I quit counting at 100). I worked with an unbelieveable artist and went by her studio every few days and she sent me pics of the progress. Also because we worked together I was able to make him a book of the whole process.
Well since I will never live up to that I am following similar lines to you for his wedding gift. We are muscians and we have been looking for a traditional wood metronome (those pyramid looking tik tok things). They are hard to find so I am ordering one off the internet and having something engraved on it.
Hope this helps 🙂
Post # 7
@bakerella: Haha! Yeah I am pretty lucky aren’t I??
Thanks for all of the ideas! They have really helped! I love the idea of the socks, definitely will do that!
@alphajuliet: Love this! Are you from Texas? If so, would you be able to tell me who did the painting? I don’t live in a real big city, so it may be a problem. I wouldn’t mind traveling a little though. I’m kinda surrounded by some larger cities. Thank you!
Post # 8
I lived in Los Angeles at the time (so maybe there were more starving artists). I suggest posting on craigslist of the closest big town. Also you can look at maybe commisioning an art student. I offered $200 for a pic that was about 24″x16″. I might have paid too much because no one complained but I thought it was fair. I got tons and tons of responses. The way I weeded through it all is to immediately throw out any who didn’t send samples or give me a link to their gallery. That is just unprofessional to me. I also really tried to look past what their paintings were of. His tattoo s a dragon and I wanted to look for the artists painting style more than what they panted because a wonderful artist can paint anything. Next, a good artist should invite you to their studio and spend time talking to you about what you want before they ever ask for money. I agreed to pay for the canvas and half the cost of the painting (about 25 for canvas and then 100 for deposit). When she was working on it she would send me pics. About halfway through the process she sent me a pic that was the painting almost done. I flinched and said “Um…. soooo not what I was looking for”. the dragon was on a red and orange background that sort of looked like it was coming from the depths of hell. Scared me. She wanted to make it what I wanted and completely repainted the background and it turned out amazing. You have to be involved and get what you want. And you can easily do it without going to their studio every week. I think like two visits (a first and last) would be enough but honestly I just had a blast hanging out with my artist so I didn’t mind stopping by. Go with your gut, and I was lucky to find an artist who was very acclaimed (20 years as a professional artist doing showings all over the world).