Choose the perfect tokens of appreciation for your groomsmen with our inspiring guide

Your groomsmen are the unsung heroes of your big day, and for that reason, they deserve the best gifts. Yet choosing the right tokens of thanks can be a real head-scratcher, especially if your squad has a range of tastes, interests, and styles. But before you get hit by shopping stage fright in the middle of planning your wedding, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best groomsmen gifts for 2024. From classic to practical, to fun, every single one of these will make your guys feel like the VIPs they are.

1. Playing card gift set

If you’re looking for a gift that’s a little bit different, then we’re betting that a personalized playing card set is one that your groomsmen probably won’t have been given before.

A good quality playing card set is perfect for a poker night with the guys, a games night with the family, or just passing the time with solitaire on a long flight. Whether your buddies are seasoned card sharks or casual players, they’ll appreciate having a good set of cards that is uniquely their own. 

Plus, lots of playing cards come with customization options ranging from monograms to photos to inside jokes, meaning you can turn each set into a truly tailored gift. This is also a nice nostalgia present—if you and your buddies go way back, it can bring back memories or wholesome times playing cards as kids (cue retro music).

Cards can bring people together in a way that few other activities can. It’s a chance to bond, laugh, and create memories with friends and loved ones, making it the perfect gift for your groomsmen to enjoy with the people who matter. After all, isn’t it time that we all switched off Netflix for a while and enjoyed some good old-fashioned fun?

2. Rum-making kit

A rum-making kit will give your buddies a chance to explore the wonderful world of distilling, blending, and crafting spirits exactly to their taste. Typically, these kits come with everything you need to get started on your rum-making journey, including ingredients, equipment, and step-by-step instructions. 

From fermenting sugar cane to aging spirits in oak barrels, a rum-making kit gives you the opportunity to learn about the art and science of distillation while creating your own unique blend of rum. Plus, with a rum-making kit, you can unleash your inner mixologist, experimenting with different flavors, spices, and aging techniques. It’s a rewarding hands-on experience that’s both technical and creative. 

And let’s not forget about the satisfaction that comes from sipping on a glass of rum on the rocks that you’ve crafted yourself—or getting together with your fellow rum-making pals to compare your results. 

3. Customized cufflinks

When it comes to adding a touch of class and personality to a suit, there’s nothing quite like a trusty pair of cufflinks. But why stop at just any old cufflinks when you can personalize your gifts by engraving them with your groomsmen’s initials and the date of your wedding? It’s a thoughtful gesture that shows you’ve gone the extra mile to make their present meaningful.

Plus, personalized cufflinks are versatile enough to suit any style, meaning you don’t need to pick the same type for each groomsman. Show how extra thoughtful you are by choosing a set that is unique to each guy’s personality

Whether they prefer sleek and contemporary designs or a classic and timeless look, there are endless options to choose from. From monogrammed silver cufflinks to engraved wooden ones, you’re sure to find the perfect pair to match each groomsman’s taste.

4. Whisky flask 

Imagine a chilled-out evening of camping, the flicker of a big fire, and a group of buddies gathered around to savor the smooth warmth of their favorite Scotch or bourbon. Now add the subtle glint of a finely crafted flask nestled in the pocket of each groomsman’s suit. A well-chosen whiskey flask is a symbol of camaraderie, shared moments, and friendship.

For those who appreciate the finer things in life, a quality flask is also a statement piece. Crafted from materials like stainless steel, leather, or even wood, a good flask is both durable and exudes an air of sophistication. And, of course, you can up the ante by engraving your flask with each guy’s initials, as well as a message of appreciation.

But it’s not just about having a stylish accessory—every guy needs a flask by his side at crucial moments. Whether your groomsmen are sneaking a nip during the reception (we won’t tell!), enjoying a drink on the rocks at a bachelor party, or just enjoying chilling out after a long day at work, having their favorite libation close at hand is a luxury they’ll appreciate.

5. Personalized pocket knife

If your groomsmen enjoy rugged adventures in the great outdoors, then a trusty pocket knife is an essential. It’s a companion that will accompany them on camping, climbing, and hiking trips so that they’re ready to tackle any Rambo-style challenge that comes their way.

But even if your groomsmen aren’t exactly the outdoor types, a pocket knife is still a terrific gift. It’s useful for tackling odd jobs around the house, from opening packages to cutting loose threads or slicing through a juicy steak at a barbecue. Choose one with a good blade and sturdy construction so that it will be a versatile gadget that your buddies will find themselves reaching for time and time again.

Plus, you could up the ante and get your groom crew a Swiss Army Knife. These are the essential classic guy gadgets, equipped with various blades and tools that each serve a different purpose. 

Tools selections vary from model to model, but typical features include multiple blades for different tasks, two screwdrivers (flathead and Phillips for tightening or loosening screws), a can/bottle opener, wine corkscrew, small scissors, tweezers for manly grooming, a toothpick, saw, file, awl for punching holes in leather or fabric, and even a magnifying glass. Everything a guy needs in one neat design.

Swiss Army Knives are compact, portable, and versatile, making them ideal for outdoor activities, camping, hiking, mountaineering, backpacking—or any task where having a range of tools at hand is handy. This is a groomsmen gift that definitely won’t go to waste.

6. Wine decanter

Nothing beats those evenings when your friends are gathered around your table for dinner, delicious food is sizzling on the grill, and a good bottle of wine is waiting to be uncorked. The only thing that could complete the picture is a beautifully designed wine decanter ready to air a rich and fruity red. 

But what exactly does a wine decanter do—and why is it such a coveted accessory for wine enthusiasts? Well, let’s start with the basics. When wine is poured into a decanter, it is exposed to oxygen, which helps to release its full range of aromas and flavors. This process, known as aeration, can significantly enhance the taste and aroma of the wine, making it smoother, rounder, and more enjoyable to drink (so now you know).

You can choose from many kinds of wine decanter and some are works of art in their own right. From smart contemporary designs to classic ‘gentleman in his study’ crystal vessels to intricate, hand-blown creations, there’s a decanter to suit every style and taste. Unlike novelty gadgets that might gather dust on a shelf, a quality decanter is something your groomsmen will keep using (while feeling like Mr. Suave in the process). 

7. Experience day 

Great gifts don’t always have to come wrapped in a box—an unforgettable day out with the guys is also a terrific way to say ‘thank you’. So why not treat your groomsmen to an epic adventure together? 

If your crew are sports fans, then you could tee off for a round of golf at a championship course. Or if they’re more into craft beer than birdies and bogeys, then you could book a brewery tour, sample a few weird and wonderful creations (chocolate beer, anyone?), and learn about the fine art of brewing. 

Or if you’re looking to up the adrenaline factor, why not go all out with an adventure-packed activity like skydiving or white-water rafting? After all, nothing brings buddies closer together than shared moments of heart-pumping terror.

Whether it’s zip-lining through treetops, speeding around a go-kart track, or heading to a vineyard for wine tasting, by giving your groomsmen an experience day as a gift, you’re giving them lasting memories.

8. Portable digital radio

Let’s face it: playing music on your phone just doesn’t have the same charm as a radio. Whether it’s a day at the beach, a camping trip in the wilderness, or relaxing in the backyard with friends, a radio is the ultimate companion. And let’s not forget about the nostalgia factor. For many of us, the radio holds a special place in our hearts, conjuring up memories of road trips, lazy summer days, and late-night adventures. 

And as they’re compact and lightweight, portable radios are designed to go wherever your groomsmen go, whether they’re hiking through rugged terrain or lounging by a pool on vacation. They can enjoy their favorite music stations or catch up on the latest news and sports broadcasts. A digital radio adds an extra layer of ambiance to just about any experience. 

Plus, the latest portable radios offer a plethora of features and functions to enhance the listening experience. From Bluetooth connectivity and built-in MP3 players to weather alerts and customizable presets, many radios are packed with cutting-edge technology that ensures your groomsmen will always have access to their favorite content wherever they are. 

9. Personalized passport cover

Whether you’re heading on a vacation or a business trip, passport control tends to be a big drag. But if you’ve just been given a smart passport cover as a groomsmen present, then you’re going to feel more James Bond than bored traveler. 

When you pass through airport security and immigration and reach for your passport, it’s a pretty good feeling to find it encased in a stylish, personalized cover emblazoned with your name or initials. Passport covers come in many styles, from classic leather to boldly colored fabric to prestigious designer logos. You could even give your groomsmen different designs, each chosen carefully to reflect their taste.  

10. Engraved wallet 

An oldie but a goldie—and that’s because every guy loves being gifted with a really good wallet. Whether you’re pulling out cash to pay for your morning coffee or flashing your ID at the bar, a well-made wallet gives you confidence. It’s more than just a place to stash cash and cards; it’s a symbol of personal style and having it together. 

Whether you’re going for a design that’s rugged or sleek, try to pick wallets that are sturdy and carefully crafted. Also, make sure that they have ample room for credit cards, IDs, and cash, then add a personal flourish with engraved initials and even a personal ‘thank you’ message. 

And because they’ll be used every day, your groomsmen will be reminded of your friendship—and your wedding—every time they reach for their wallet.

Choose the best gifts for your groomsmen

And there you have it—10 of the best groomsmen gifts for 2024. Whether you’re looking for something practical, personalized, or just plain fun, there’s something on this list for every member of your wedding crew. So go ahead, show your groomsmen some appreciation, and make their day as special as they’ve made yours. 

And if you’re wondering how to budget for your groomsmen gifts, then a good starting point is to work out the rest of your wedding budget first. Check out our guide to the average cost of a wedding in New Jersey, as well as our guide to the 35 wedding questions to discuss with your partner

Ready for your big day?

Now that you’ve found inspiration from our groomsmen gift guide, it’s time to pick the perfect New Jersey wedding venue. Il Tulipano in Cedar Grove is ideal for a stylish ceremony and reception surrounded by Italian gardens. Our venue has just had a makeover and has been praised by New Jersey Bride, The Knot, and Wedding Wire. The Il Tulipano team will treat you like family, so get in touch with us today and let’s plan your dream wedding.

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