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The Ultimate Guide to Giving Badass Groomsmen Gifts (with Gift Ideas)

Chris Easter groomsmen holding customized drink flasks

Your groomsmen and best man have been with you every step of the way — through good times and bad. Now, they’re ready to stand beside you on your wedding day. Your groomsmen will be renting tuxes, planning your bachelor party, making toasts, and helping out on the big day. It’s customary (and necessary) to thank them with badass gifts as a token of your appreciation. The following is a detailed guide that covers the ins and outs of groomsmen gift shopping and groomsmen gift etiquette.

How Much Should You Spend on Your Groomsmen Gifts?

The average amount spent on each groomsman is $48. This is based on The Man Registry’s groomsmen gift sales statistics from 2019 through 2022.

Of course, every wedding is different. How much you decide to spend on your groomsmen gifts is up to your individual wedding budget and what you’re comfortable with. Here are a few other things to remember:

  • Some grooms may choose to spend a bit more on the gift for their best man
  • If you’re shopping online, some websites may offer bulk discounts for your entire wedding party. It never hurts to research before buying.
  • Consider spending more if your groomsmen have traveled a long distance to attend your wedding, bachelor party, or shower.
  • You don’t have to spend your entire budget on a single gift for each groomsman. Consider splitting the budget and buying multiple items or gift sets. Quality and quantity will give you the best of both worlds!

Blue and green personal cooler bags for groomsmen


What Are the Best Groomsmen Gifts?

Being an all-star groom means doing it up the right way when it comes time to thanking your best man, groomsmen, and ushers. Sure, you could get them the standard watch or cuff link set, but we can do better than that. This year’s best groomsmen gift ideas involve doing a little research on each member of the wedding party and discovering the gifts that are perfectly suited for each guy.

Choosing the same gift for everyone in your wedding party might seem like the easiest solution. However, a one-size-fits-all approach might not work well for everyone. There’s no rule that says every groomsman should receive the same gift (unless, of course, they all have a shared interest).

We strongly encourage you to choose different gifts based on their individual personalities and interests. The best advice we can give you is to think of each member of the wedding party as if they were the only one standing by you on your big day. Not all of your friends and family members have the same tastes — so why try to buy them all the same type gift? To narrow the scope of your gift options, first consider settling on a price range and then buying something tailored to each guy.

For example, you could consider a mini bourbon barrel for your whiskey-drinking best man, a custom BBQ set for your grillmaster brother-in-law, or personalized coolers for the weekend warriors. Here are some other ideas to get you started:

Classic Groomsmen Gift Ideas

You can never go wrong with classic gifts. These are the gifts that will never go out of style no matter the year. They’re the accessories that every guy needs at least one of, so don’t overthink it!

The best engraved beer horn for your groomsmen will hold 16oz

Badass Groomsmen Gifts You Can Cheers to

Raise your glass to friendship with these gift ideas that are worth a “cheers.” You’ve shared hilarious memories and big moments with your groomsmen and best man over the years. With these gifts, they’ll have a custom memento to honor brotherhood with every time they pour a drink.

Gifts for Lovers of Sports or the Great Outdoors

Did you meet your best man on the intramural court or fishing trip? Are your groomsmen alongside you each weekend cheering on your favorite football team? It’s no secret that guys bond over their love of sports and the outdoors. These sporty gifts ideas reflect that bond.

  • Golf equipment
  • Fishing gear
  • Camping equipment
  • Game tickets
  • Gifts featuring logos of their favorite NFL, MLB, NCAA, NHL or NBA team.
  • Custom baseball bat

groomsmen all wearing lebron james jerseys as the groom imitates lebron's pre-game ritual

Style Accessories the Fellas Can Wear on the Wedding Day

We want the groom crew to look good and feel good on the wedding day. With these gifts, style won’t be an issue.

  • Sunglasses
  • Socks
  • Cufflinks
  • Ties and tie clips
  • Dress shoes
  • Pay for the guys’ suit and tuxedo rentals

Organize a Group Outing

There’s no golden rule that says you have to hand out physical gifts to the guys. One of the coolest growing wedding trends is grooms gifting an experience to their wedding party. This is a great opportunity to create amazing memories with the guys that will last a lifetime.

  • Casino night
  • Camping or fishing excursion
  • Sporting event
  • Concert
  • Golfing

groomsmen golfing in their new socks

If you’re still stuck with nothing, you can check out our list of the best groomsmen gifts in 2022 — or turn to sites like Pinterest and Etsy for ideas. No matter what type of gift you choose, the name of the game is to find a gift that will make your groomsmen feel appreciated (and help ease the pain of travel and suit rental).

Lastly, consider including a handwritten thank you card along with your gifts. Words can often mean more than a physical item and the guys will love knowing how much you appreciate their friendship and support throughout the wedding planning process.

groomsmen wearing matching suspenders behind the groom who is front and center

When Do You Order Groomsmen Gifts?

Groomsmen gifts should be ordered no later than three weeks before the wedding. This is typically one of the final tasks that grooms and brides complete before the big day! We strongly encourage ordering earlier if possible – especially if you’re buying personalized or engraved gifts. Some websites and shops may require additional time to produce and customize your gifts.

If you wait too long to order, you run the risks of scrambling to find a cool gift and settling for something less than ideal (plus you may end up spending more in rush and/or shipping costs). If you find yourself in this position, don’t stress too much.

There are actually plenty of last-minute groomsmen gifts that the guys will love.

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When Do You Give Out Groomsmen Gifts?

There are several appropriate times to give out your groomsmen gifts. Choosing the best time may depend on your wedding schedule and the type of gift being given out. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. At the Rehearsal Dinner

The most common time to hand out groomsmen gifts is at the rehearsal dinner. This goes along well with the tradition of couples getting most of the toasts out of the way on the night before the wedding. The rehearsal dinner is the ideal occasion to take a few moments to thank your groomsmen personally and present them with the personal gifts.

  1. Bachelor Party

If you plan on presenting bar or drinking-themed gifts to your groomsmen, one of the best times to hand them out is at the bachelor party. This way, they can start getting use out of them immediately while the entire group is having fun. Not only that, this sets a great mood for the rest of the evening.

  1. Wedding Shower

Are you having a groom or couple’s wedding shower? It might be a tough sell inviting your groomsmen to a wedding shower… this is why you need to go with a backyard or grilling gifts theme. If your groomsmen really need a push, tell them the only way they can get their gifts is if they show up!

  1. The Day of the Ceremony

Getting ready on the morning of the wedding is another option, as the groom and his crew will be sharing that time together. This is an especially appropriate time to hand out gifts if you’re presenting your groomsmen with an accessory they can wear during the wedding itself (like cufflinks or a tie clip).

One last thing to keep in mind is if your groomsmen will be traveling via air to attend your wedding. If so, they may have limited space to take their gift home, especially if the gift is bulky or fragile.

In these instances, we recommend shipping gifts to each groomsman individually.

groomsmen posing with their new personalized cufflinks

Top Tips for Personalizing Your Groomsmen Gifts

Personalizing a gift with a name, initial(s), or custom message is a great way to create a memorable gift that will be cherished forever. If you’re worried about making a mistake, remember these tips:

Don’t Forget to Proofread Your Personalization

Adding a name, initials or monogram to a groomsman gift is a great way to make it extra special, as long as you spell the person’s name correctly or use the correct initial order.

Of course, you’re human, mistakes and typos happen. But because personalized gifts usually can’t be returned, take a few extra minutes to confirm the spelling of all the names in your wedding party beforehand.

If you’re ordering online, check all of the personalization or custom text on your gifts, and then check them once again, before you hit “submit” to minimize errors. It’s never a bad idea to have another person (such as your fiancée) take a peek as well before you place an order.

Know the Difference Between Spelling it Groomsmen and Groomsman

Confused about how to spell groomsman? Use groomsman with an ‘a’ when you’re referring to a singular guy. Use groomsmen with an ‘e’ when you’re referring to the group of guys. It’s that simple, folks!

Know the Difference Between Standard Initials and a Monogram

Another common mistake grooms make is confusing initials and monograms. Here’s a quick cheat sheet on the difference between the two.


If you want to add standard initials to a gift, use this order: the person’s first name initial, middle name initial and then last name initial.


For a monogram, use this order: the person’s first name initial, last name initial and then middle name initial.

Note that with monograms, the last name initial typically appears larger than the first and middle name initials that surround it. For example, with the name Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the standard initials are FDR and the monogram is FRD.

Married Monogram

On the flip side, if you’re ordering a gift for a couple there is something called a married monogram. In this case, the last name initial in the middle will also appear larger, and the order would be: the bride’s first name initial, the couple’s married last name initial, and the groom’s first name initial.

For example, the married monogram for Anne Marie Smith and David Benjamin Jones would be AJD, using Jones as the married last name. Same-sex couples often use a two-initial monogram comprised of either the first initials of each person’s last name or the first initials of each of their first names.

Personalize With Long-Lasting Sentiment

You want to ensure that your groomsmen will use their gifts well after the wedding day. Personalize the gift with the recipient’s name, initials or monogram, instead of your own.

While it might seem like a good idea to add the married couple’s names or wedding date to your gift, the recipient will be more likely to use it again if it has their own name on it. The exception to the rule: For gifts the married couple wants to purchase for their parents or themselves, adding the couple’s names, monogram or wedding date makes it a great keepsake of the big day.

Does the Groom Give Out Groomsmen Proposal Gifts?

One trend growing in popularity in recent years is grooms getting creative with planning their best man and groomsmen proposals. It’s a fun way to ask your best man and groomsmen to serve in the wedding party — and often includes a “proposal gift”. This gesture is optional and is not a replacement for the groomsmen gifts that will be given closer to the wedding. If you feel inclined, check out this handy guide on how to pop the question (again).

Who Else Does the Groom Buy Gifts For?

It’s easy to remember to get a gift for the best man and each of your groomsmen, but don’t forget about the ancillary members of the wedding party (and any other people that will be a big part of your special day). Here’s who else you should consider buying gifts for:

  • Ushers
  • Ring Bearer
  • Father of the Groom
  • Father of the Bride
  • Officiant


Top 10 Badass Groomsmen Gifts For Men

Now that you’ve learned everything you need to know about groomsmen gift-giving etiquette, how about some actual badass groomsmen gift ideas that you can get the guys. Check out our list of 10 of TMR’s most popular groomsmen gifts.

Close up of engraving on 2-liter mini whiskey barrel

  1. Personalized Mini Bourbon Barrel

Your groomsmen can create and age their own whiskey blend in this personalized barrel. Detailed instructions will guide them through the process – from curing to filling to aging. The best part is that while they’re waiting for their whiskey to age, the stylish barrel will look great displayed on the mantel.



gunmetal cufflinks and tie clip gift set for groomsmen

  1. Gunmetal Cufflinks and Tie Clip Set

There’s no better way to take a formal look to the next level than cufflinks and a tie clip. And this Gunmetal Round Cufflink and Tie Clip Set can push suit style into the stratosphere. Both items come in a dark gray finish perfect for any outfit and can be personalized with up to 3 initials for free.


Personalized Men’s Angola & Leather One-Nighter Travel Bag for Groomsmen

  1. Angola & Leather One-Nighter Travel Bag

The Personalized Angola & Leather Travel Bag is essential for the next weekend getaway or overnight work trip. Compact, stylish, with high-quality Angola construction and vegan leather, this travel bag can fit everything they need while keeping them looking fresh.



Groom crew sunglasses for the groom, best man, groomsmen and ushers

  1. Groom Crew Sunglasses

What goes better with matching tuxes than matching shades? Get your whole crew stylin’ and profilin’ in Groom Crew Sunglasses. Perfect for the big day or for those who partied a little too hard the night before. Choose the quantity and style that’s right for your groomsmen.



personalized gunmetal pocket watch

  1. Personalized Gunmetal Pocket Watch

For the more classic groomsman, he’ll appreciate the elegance of this Personalized Gunmetal Pocket Watch. Engrave his name, initials, special date, or quote for free, to make this one-of-a-kind gift, timeless.


Personalized Men’s Leather Dopp Kit

  1. Men’s Leather Dopp Kit

Help your disorganized friends out and give the gift of organization with their own Leather Dopp Kit. Our Dopp kit is made out of vegan leather and is perfect for keeping essential items in one place whether they’re at home or on the road. Customize it with their initials for no extra fee!




Personalized Baseball Bat Handle Bottle Opener

  1. Personalized Baseball Bat Bottle Opener

Step up to the plate and knock it out of the park when you gift this Baseball Bottle Opener to your baseball enthusiasts. It’s made of a real baseball bat handle with a sturdy stainless steel opener on top. Customize it with their name and favorite number to make it a statement piece.



Personalized Square Whiskey Decanter Set with 2 Lowball Glasses

  1. Square Whiskey Decanter Set With Two Lowball Glasses

Fill this Decanter Set with Two Lowball Glasses with his favorite whiskey to sit and sip on. Personalize the set with his initial for no extra charge and make this a perfect gift for his office, bar, or man cave. Even better, it is dishwasher safe and has a flexible seal stopper to protect what’s inside.




Perfect for backyard grill masters and tailgaters, this handy grill tool set is housed in a personalized case made from natural, high-quality bamboo.

  1. BBQ Grilling Set With Personalized Bamboo Case

Whether he’s a grill master or still learning how not to burn the brats, our Personalized Grilling Set doesn’t discriminate based on experience manning the grill. This set includes a bamboo case, spatula, fork, and tongs. 



The Personalized 12-Pack Craft Beer Cooler (4908N) peronalized with three initials.

  1. Personalized 12-Pack Beer Cooler

For the guys who love to look fresh while getting refreshed, this Personalized Beer Cooler is perfect because it is stylish and functional. It fits 12 bottles or 18 cans (with ice) perfectly and can be personalized for free. Whether your groomsman is dressed business casual for a special event or is booted up to go camping, this cooler is flexible to fit both looks.


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I reached out to The Man Registry on a Saturday, just 7 days before my wedding, asking for help with my groomsmen gifts. I heard back within an hour and was able to get 8 personalized coolers in just 3 days. Ordering was easy and the quality was top notch. Would highly recommend The Man Registry!

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