Post # 1
My Fiance is racking his brain for what gift to give his GMs. Some of the more typical gifts for GMs does not work so well for these boys. They are not big drinkers, nor golfers, nor anything super similar in that regard.
They all however, (we believe) would appreciate a style-related gift. He’s thinking about tie bars and perhaps having it engraved. I think he would appreciate it, but I don’t know if others will since they don’t often wear ties.
What are some other gift ideas that you and your Fiance have along these lines?
Post # 3
My husband wears ties and he never wears a tie bar. I think that’s a waste of $85 personally. Maybe cufflinks but even then, a lot of guys don’t really wear those much anymore.
Post # 4
my Fiance is giving his groomsmen hats like this:
he’s the last of his group of friends to get married, so the flask, giant beer mug, etc have all been done – and they dont really all share a common activity, so he thought that these would be a cool thing that they would probably actually use
(plus, it helps that my Fiance is so darn cute in his! i may have pushed for them knowing that 😉 )
Post # 5
Cufflinks? Watches? Cool belt buckles?
Post # 6
We’re doing nice quality leather weekend bags. In our case also, the guys are all in their late 20s and kind of in that stage of life where they’re frequently taking business trips and doing weekends away, and are definitely too old to toss stuff in a backpack. So we thought nice, masculine bags would be a fun and practical gift. We’re spending about $100 on each attendant though, which seems to be above the WB norm.
Post # 7
The gifts do not have to be identical. Get something that fits each person’s hobbies and interests, whatever those may be. That will be appreciated much more than the flasks, watches, pocketknives, etc that the wedding catalogs insist you must buy or your friends will disown you.
Post # 8
What about tickets to a sporting event that they can all go and enjoy (or separate events if one Groomsmen likes a particular sport and a different Groomsmen likes another)? Or maybe some kind of “guys day out” such as fishing, paintballing, etc? I am thinking your Fiance should try for something that appeals more to their hobbies or interests than necessarily getting a standard “item” as the gift.
Post # 9
@dance: I was going to suggest that exact thing!! I love non-traditional gifts, especially when time is involved somehow.
What do they do when they are together? What does each one do for a living? Is there something that each one would find useful and helpful for what they do every day?
Post # 10
Ok, this is something my husband struggled with too. He ended up getting his guys some very nice MagLight flashlights (random, I know, but it seems like you can have lots of cool things and never have a reliable flashlight when you need one). He also bought each of them a gift card to a favorite store and did some silly pictures that he had printed up (pictures of their years as friends, hard to explain). Hope this helps! I also think that leatherman tools (like a larger swiss army knife but with better gadgets) are neat and manly gifts yet aren’t the typical stein/flask/tie related or cuff link related gift. Just a thought.
Post # 12
I agree with sports tickets, that’s something they could do together but it may be touch to coordinate a date. Can you gift them the ties they’ll wear at the wedding? I know that a money clip is also a common “man gift” but most guys use wallets now. I think a watch would be nice, may be a little on the expensive side, but definitely more useful than a tie bar.
Post # 13
My Fiance got his guys custom bobbleheads! They are awesome! You send in pics and they match them as closely as they can. They are cops/firemen so the bobbleheads are wearing uniforms too. Super cute, and Fiance was really excited about it.
Post # 14
@neontl: I love the tie-bar idea. They’re definitely a hot item and would be more frequently worn than cufflinks. The problem is that they’ll never wear them if they never wear ties. Sort of like the money clip I was given. It’s nice…. it just sits in my desk for 4 years and I don’t know what to do with it.
At $85, you could find a cool watch. It’s frankly the only men’s clothing accessory that almost every man would use.
Also, sort of in the style category are grooming things. Badger hair brushes for shaving are too expensive for me to justify getting one for myself. But if I got one as a gift, it’d be pretty awesome.
I’ll throw out also that a lot of men could use a sweet shoe-shine kit. And they’d shine their shoes more often if they had a sweet kit that reminded them of their grandpa’s shining their shoes. This one’s cool because I like the dark finish, it’s fully stocked with Kiwi, Melatonian or Lincoln shine products. You get to pick. (I’d put Melatonian in there just because it’s harder to find than Kiwi… at least where I’m from). And you can have the box engraved with their initials. Which makes it a cool man’s heirloom to be passed down:
I have a more generic cedar shine kit because I like the aroma of cedar. You can find those engraveable too.
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This is what we got our groomsmen. They were a huge hit! (I even overheard some of them saying amoung themselves that it was the best Groomsmen gift they’d ever gotten or heard of – made me feel quite happy!)