A lot of grooms ask, “Do I really need to give my groomsmen gifts?”
Unless your groomsmen failed to show up at your wedding or avoided to help in any way, then yes, you do! From planning your bachelor party to renting tuxedos, your friends put in a lot of time and money for your big day, so it’s only fair to show them your appreciation with a gift.
Now that we’ve established the importance of the practice, here are some answers to other questions you might have about groomsmen gifting.
What Should I Give?
Considering your friends’ interests is key to picking out the right gift. Think about your common interests: what do you do on guys’ night out? Do you bond over movies or sports? Do you share a passion for fashion or geek out over gadgets? For some added inspiration, here are a few cool groomsmen gift ideas you might consider:
How Much to Spend on Groomsmen Gifts
Just like every aspect of your wedding planning, setting a budget and sticking with it can help you save money on gifts. One rule is spending 10 to 25 percent of what your groomsmen spent. This isn’t a strict rule but could be a nice guideline for determining how much to spend.
Groovy Groomsmen Gifts, an online one-stop shop for groomsmen gifts, reports that grooms spend anywhere between $30 to $40 per groomsman and that the average spent on groomsmen gifts was $34.83.
It’s also good to remember that your friends won’t make a big fuss out of the price of the gift. As the saying goes: "It’s the thought that counts." Your gift doesn’t have to be expensive—it just needs to be personal and heartfelt.
Where to Find Groomsmen Gifts
Nowadays, you don’t have to get off your couch to go shopping. You can easily find gifts and other items online. There are a lot of options to choose from aside from the usual cufflink or beer mug. You can find anything from flasks in a casket to miniature axes from online gift shops.
Some sites even offer customization. You can have a keychain or cuff link engraved with the names of your groomsmen or you can have a whiskey flask engraved with their initials. Customizing your gifts is a great way to make them more personal and memorable.
When to Give Your Groomsmen Gifts
It’s common practice for grooms to present their friends gifts during the rehearsal dinner but these days you can give your gifts during the bachelor party or even during the wedding reception. Just keep in mind that you may get too busy after the wedding (or too drunk during the bachelor party!) to give your gifts, so it’s always safer to give them during a more relaxed time like the rehearsal dinner.
All in all, your groomsmen play a vital role in your wedding. By giving them a thoughtful gift, you are showing your appreciation for all the help they are putting into this special moment in your life. And if you are feeling extra sentimental, throw in a handwritten thank-you card. It costs very little, but goes a long way.
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