Post # 1
Hello bees, so without thinking about it too much we decided to buy the groomsmen the shirts and argyle socks they will be wearing for the wedding (blue from express, we ordered them already so we know everyone would have the same color and no one could wait too long). I just realized that there all all sorts of posts about bridesmaids gifts and not just giving them what they need for the wedding but something personal.
so Fiance probably spent most (if not all) of the gift budget on these items. is this gift okay or do we need to add something else? keep in mind that most of these men would not normally buy dress shirts (my uncle thought the shirts were to expensive and i politely reminded him that the girls dresses are $200 and you know you won’t be spending that much so chill). initially i thought this would be a great practical gift, but now i’m second guessing it. what could we add that would look nice but still be relatively inexpensive since he already spent so much? or are men just more practical and be glad they didn’t have to buy $60 dress shirt and $10 socks? (we used coupons and waited for sales so probably spent 45-50 each)
in addition, i was thinking about diying nice wine/beer glasses for everyone but not sure bc a couple people do not drink (1 bridesmaid, 1 groomsman) I know there are cute flasks but feels inappropriate for the non drinkers. also i have cute little tissues with their initials to through in.
Post # 3
so you can compare – for the girls we are giving them personalized wooden hangers, blue satiny robes, flip flops, peacock shoe clips for the shoes they bought, tissue with their initial (maybe some other little items like that), probably the vase they will put their flowers in during the reception. the wine/beer glasses if I do them
i’m not sure if they seem similar cost wise or not, but i making stuff myself and found deals so with the items I listed I’ll only be spending about $30 per girl. (you can make those $25 hangers for $4!). I thought about adding to the girls gifts, but not sure what – Like i know it’s not all about what you spend, but i just want something to say thank you (they can use the hangers, flip flops and robes again but they are kind of double duty for photos, so maybe I need more?)
Post # 5
I think it is very nice that you are considering getting them the dress shirts and socks for the wedding but in my humble opinion that isn’t much of a gift. I would try to get them something personal that they can use outside of the wedding….if it is within your budget.
I’m not a big fan of giving everyone the same thing. As you have indicated in your post your BMs and Groomsmen are different so why try to get them something they all like?
My Darling Husband gave his Groomsmen different things;
-personalized leather wallet with slim pullout for his younger brother (and he loved it and uses it every Friday night when he goes out)
-professional business card holder for his best friend (he loves it because he is in sales and was just carrying around the cards in his pocket….not too professional)
-gift card of $200 for his best man for the SF Giants so he can attend a game of his choosing plus have money for food and beer (he used in right away)
Obviously we spent a bit more on our Maid/Matron of Honor and Best Man. For the BMs and Groomsmen we spent the same set amount.
Post # 6
Hats! But a different one for each guy according to his personality. Fedora, baseball cap, driving cap…
Post # 7
I hate to say it but I sort of agree, I would be slightly dissapointed in getting a dress shirt and socks.
At one wedding, the groom gave the groomsmen Ray Ban Waywafer sunglasses that he found on this blog and the guys loved them. They cost a little over $100 though so you need to have the budget. The guys were able to take some awesome pictures the next day at the wedding with the sunglasses on.
Another unique gift that I have seen given that the groomsmen loved was a cariacture of all the guys together.
Hopefull this helps.
Post # 8
My husband got his groomsmen RC helicopters as gifts. They LOVVVVVED them. Seriously.
I don’t think the gifts should be wedding related.
Post # 9
Our wedding party is traveling from other states, so we’re going to get them gift certificates to their favorite restaurants. We didn’t want our gifts to take up too much space in their luggage.
Post # 10
We are getting our guys pocket knifes engraved with their names (all of them carry them at work, so we know they’ll get used) and then something more unique to each of their personalities.
Post # 11
Are they smokers (even the occasional cigar)? Zippo lighters are great gifts, well priced, can be engraved, and are made in the US. 🙂
That’s what I got my Darling Husband for a grooms gift (he smokes a good cigar every now and then) and he carries it with him always. I call him Mr. Old Timey so I got him the classic one and also engraved our wedding date so he won’t forget it.
Post # 12
thanks for all the suggestions! we’ll have to think of some inexpensive personalized items to add to the guys gifts if we are doing the shirts. perhaps music or gift cards will work since it’s small to pack since they will all be traveling?
Post # 13
Skip the shirt/socks. Get each guy a wedding tie.
If it is a small party, get them indivdidual gifts. I got my bestman a custom flask and a bottle of nice rum. The groomsman got a custom pocket knife. All the guys got ties, best man, groomsman, father of the bride, as well as brides younger brother.