When it comes to groomsmen gifts, there are generally two schools of thought: the cigar option and the liquor option. Sure, there’s always the monogrammed money clip, but generally when we think of manly gifts, we tend toward cigars and booze. We’re here to encourage you to go above and beyond the usual with your groomsmen gifts, though. After all, these are the bros who have been there for you throughout your relationship–you want to show them how much you care. Here are a few ideas for genuinely cool groomsmen gifts.
We can’t in good conscience recommend actual skydiving for a male bonding experience. Not right before the wedding. Your bride shouldn’t have to wonder if you’re going to survive long enough to put a ring on it. But indoor skydiving gives you all– well, most–of the thrill of skydiving without the pesky “possibility of messy death” bit. Basically, you put on a floppy flying-squirrel suit and hover over a humongous fan in a vertical wind tunnel. Its big fun and you’ll get some fun pictures of your bros with their cheeks flapping in the wind.
If you’re going to get alcohol-themed gifts for your groomsmen, at least go for something really cool by making it an alcohol-themed weapon. A champagne saber is a sword designed especially for opening champagne bottles by striking them right at the lip and knocking the entire top of the bottle off. It takes a little practice to get it right, but who wouldn’t want to cultivate the skill of opening a bottle with a sword?
Okay, on paper this really shouldn’t work. Needlepoint isn’t exactly the manliest of arts, and definitely doesn’t seem like it would be associated with that most fancy of manly accoutrements, the cufflink. But when needlepoint and cufflinks combine, something magic happens. Crafters can make custom cufflinks to appeal to each of your groomsmen, so they can proudly wear their groomsmen gift on their sleeves throughout the wedding ceremony.
Aviator Cocktail Shaker
Normally we’d recommend a type of gift more than a specific gift, but this one was too cool to pass up. It’s got the classic cool of an old-fashioned cocktail shaker, but with the added moxie of some really beautiful art deco design. Even if your groomsmen never use it to mix a drink, it’ll be an objet d’art that classes up even the grungiest bachelor pad.
Unless your groomsmen are from an Amish community, odds are they currently have a phone perched precariously on top of a nightstand connected to a charging cable. Maybe it’s on top of a pile formed by a key ring, wallet, and pocket change, but the phone’s going to be there. Help them up their organization game with a charging station that has a drawer for the rest of the pocket detritus. You can go for wood, leather, or even build your own if you’re a craftsman. It’s the kind of thing that everyone needs but no one thinks to buy for themselves.
Your groomsmen have been with you through thick and thin. Now it’s time to let them know how much you care. A cool groomsmen gift is a great start.