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23 Creative Best Man Gifts (His Wife Will Hate #17)

A groom and his best man drinking whiskey before the ceremony

There are two types of best men. One is a no-brainer decision such as your brother or best friend since middle school. Another type of best man is one that stands out among your group of friends because they either introduced you to the girl of your dreams or have been a reliable and trustworthy partner-in-crime since the day you met. No matter how he ended up as your best man, he’s in charge of the other groomsmen, so choose carefully when thinking about what gift to give your best man.

Being the best man comes with great responsibility and most creative groomsmen gifts just won’t cut it. A different, deeper creative groomsmen gift for your best man, however, will be enough to show that you’re grateful to have him by your side during your big day. Here is a list of gift options for any type of best man.

Creative Best Man Gifts for the Sports Fanatic

1. Perfect for the Tailgating Lot

Black personalized cooler chair with the name Craig stitched into the side

Chances are you and your best man have toasted to your favorite team in a parking lot outside the stadium. Improvements are needed to the tailgating setup every offseason, and a personalized cooler chair is a great option to store your beverages and place to sit while you devour whatever is on the grill.

2. Tickets to the Game

Take it a step further with a meaningful yet creative groomsmen gift for your best man. The party doesn’t have to stop at the tailgate when you have a couple of seats waiting for you in the stadium. Your best man is a big deal, so try stepping it up a notch and get tickets to a game out of town and split the travel and hotel fees with him. Nothing is more special than your favorite team’s home stadium, but seeing them steal a win on the road is priceless.

3. Bring the Game Home

Bar sign on a canvas print that says Cowboys Hangout G-Baby Proprietor Gary B Adams

Okay, we get it. Good tickets are expensive and creep well into the triple digits. If the wedding budget is getting tight but you want your best man to receive something special, give him a personalized memento of his favorite team.

4. Better Than a Caddy

Black golf shoe bag with a dark blue towel hanging out with the initials ALR

It’s crazy how friendships blossom on the golf course. 18 holes is a long time to be around someone and the competition almost pulls you two closer together. Thank your best man properly for all those shared rounds and almost-birdies with a golf shoe bag that he’s going to bring with him for many rounds to come.

5. Plan a Weekend on the Links

Sometimes the most thoughtful and creative groomsmen gift for your best man is simply spending time together. If you guys have shared multiple tee boxes together in the past, plan a trip to try a new golf course you’ve always wanted to play. You can even make a weekend out of it if it’s out of state.

Creative Best Man Gifts for the Workaholic

6. He Probably Needs a New One

Black leather wallet with a 20 dollar bill clipped to the back of it

Do you remember how long your first wallet lasted? This piece of leather tends to hang around from our first driver’s license through our 21st birthdays. A money clip is a symbol of adulthood and the organization you need to keep your life together. Personalize a new money clip for him so he always has his things in order.

7. Make Sure They’re On Time

A personalized pocket watch with a long chain and roman numerals on the clock

Watches have become more of a fashion statement with society moving toward their phones to check the time. You can go above and beyond time-checking style for your best man with a gunmetal pocket watch. This personalized gift can be used to keep them on time for meetings and also look great when displayed at the office.

8. Give Him Style

2 gunmetal black cufflinks with the initials NES on the top

If your best man is always meeting you at happy hour with a loose tie and sleeves rolled up, you know he’s been trapped in a suit all day. You can give him a slight edge to his style during his next sales meeting with some sleek gunmetal cufflinks.

9. Storage for a True Gentleman

A watch and sunglasses storage container with a couple watches inside and the word matthews printed on the top

The organization of one’s desk is always a peek behind the curtain to their organizational tendencies. A watch and sunglasses box is a great addition to anyone’s work area and helps your best man stay organized with the accessories he wears to work.

10. The Next Bag He Uses Every Day

A blue travel duffle bag with a brown leather flap over the top with the initials TPK on the top

If you’re a younger groom with groomsmen that are just jump-starting their careers, the best and most creative groomsmen gifts are ones they will actually use. A leather messenger bag looks a lot better in an office environment than a college backpack. Upgrade your best man’s look with a great bag they will use every day while traveling in and out of the office.

Creative Best Man Gifts for the Outdoors

11. The Camping Junkie

Personalized groomsmen axe hatchet with a wooden handle with the name mcmillan on it

The creative groomsmen gift options for your best man who is an avid outdoorsman are endless. There are several options down this list but nothing is going to chop wood better than a personalized mountain axe. This compact axe is easy and safe to store, and it makes for a great tool when out in the wilderness for the weekend.

12. Take a Hike

Personalized green trail cooler that has the name Thomas on the front

If you want to give your best man something he’ll use for every outdoor adventure, you can’t go wrong with a functional cooler tote. These coolers are easy to carry, keep your food and beverages cold and hold a case of beer with ease. This portable trail cooler can hold all the essentials your best man will need on his future camping trips.

13. Outdoorsman Survival Starter Kit

A wooden knife box with a personalized pocket knife and drinking flask inside

Okay, so this starter kit might not be able to heal a wound or start a fire, but a flask gift box is easy to bring with you on a trip and stores a spring-assisted pocket knife and stainless-steel beverage flask. The wooden storage container is also slim, easy to pack and can hold your car keys, wallet and any other miscellaneous items that tend to get lost while hiking.

14. Fishing Buddy

Fishing rod bag with the initials RSN on the cover

If your best man loves fishing, give him a gift that will keep giving when he’s on the water. Tackle boxes are bulky, loud and become extremely unorganized after a day in the boat or on the shore. A fishing lure caddy has 14 pockets for your lures, bobbers, and fishing line. The best part is that it rolls up making it easy to carry with you to the boat.

15. Gone Fishin’

Pack up your own fishing lure caddy and your rods and get on the water. An afternoon or weekend spent on the open water in a new area with your best man could be the best gift of all. Spend some quality time together casting out lines and throwing back cold ones before your big day.

16. The Bag He Didn’t Know He Needed

A brown travel bag in several shades of brown with personalized initials on the front

Packing for a weekend outdoors or a big fishing trip can be tricky. You don’t want to bring too much and waste your energy carrying heavy bags all weekend. A leather toiletry bag is the perfect complement to the other essential items you need to bring on a weekend camping trip. This bag measures 7-by-11-by-4 inches. It’s compact, durable and easy to haul around.

Creative Best Man Gifts for the Homebody

17. Decorate His Walls

A black bar sign that says Benjamin's home bar authorized men only cheers

If your best man doesn’t get out as much anymore for any reason — kids, work, etc. — bring the party to him. Our selection of classic pub bar signs will tie his man cave together and give him the sense of being around the boys as he watches primetime sports from his couch. Whether he unwinds in his garage, home office or basement, these pub signs provide a fun-loving atmosphere to any room.

18. More Storage Space

A Mahogany personalized humidor filled with cigars that has a glass top that says matthews

Your best man probably doesn’t need leather-bound books and a room that smells of rich mahogany, but his cigar humidor should. Our personalized glass top humidors are Ron Burgundy-approved and hold up to 25-50 stogies. This 10-by-8-inch humidor is a creative gift option for a best man who likes a smoke every once in a while.

19. Personalize the Pregame

A black flask and black zippo lighter that both say Robert Smith 10-24-16

If your best man already has the cigar situation handled for your reception, pay him back with a personalized lighter and flask set. The set comes in a sleek black box which comfortably holds a Zippo lighter and 6-ounce flask. You can also personalize the instruments with his initials or last name.

20. Hide the Grillmaster

A Personalized Camouflage Printed Premium Grilling Apron that says Jake on the front

You may have outgrown your professional wrestling fandom when you were in junior high, but we all have that one buddy who is still an avid fan. And if he happens to be your best man, give him a John Cena look he’s sure to appreciate. Our camouflage aprons are perfect for the grillmaster who needs his essentials ready at the hip.

21. Tools for His Trade

A wooden BBQ grill set that includes tongs, fork, spatula and carrying case

Now that you and your groomsmen are adults, it’s time to act like it behind the grill. Our stainless steel grilling tools come packed in a stylish bamboo case that you can pack and take with you anywhere. Your best man will love his laser-engraved spatula, fork, and tongs while he flips burgers for his family during the next cookout.

22. Night Cap

A personalized whiskey glass that says Jesse with a bullet lodged into the side

There is something special about staying in with your closest buddies, clinking glasses together and sharing memories from your younger days. Give your best man the option to do it with a bulletproof whiskey glass that will look awesome at his in-home bar.

23. The Man. The Myth. The Legend.

A whiskey barrel that says James The Man The Myth The Legend on the front

Nothing says “I love you, man,” like an oak barrel that’s ready to hold a couple of liters of whiskey. Creative groomsmen gifts for your best man don’t have to be sentimental, either — just get him what he wants. This whiskey storage unit will fit nicely next to the fridge in any man cave and also become a great conversation starter for any visitor.

Being creative with your best man gift doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Find something under $25 for your best man that’s both practical, cheap and meaningful. Explore all the options we have to keep your creative gift thoughtful and easy on the budget.

50 Lessons ‘The Hangover’ Taught Us About How To Be a Good Groomsman

A scene from The Hangover with the Wolfpack toasting on the roof at Caesars Palace

Imagine you’re in the desert. You just paid a drug dealer $80K, your best friend is missing and he’s about to get married. Before calling it quits and ruining the bride-to-be’s life, think to yourself: what would Phil, Stu and Alan do?

"The Hangover" turns 10 this summer. Along with the anniversary of the award-winning comedy comes the memories of weddings past and the excitement of future celebrations around the corner.

While many see “The Hangover” as a horror story for what could go wrong during a bachelor party in Las Vegas, we choose to examine the film as an educational production that groomsmen young and old can learn from. Here’s our list of 50 lessons about how to be a good groomsman.

1. “Never Walk Away from the Table When You’re on a Heater”

Wise words from Sid, Jeffrey Tambor, Tracy’s father. Tambor batted 1.000 in this movie with every one-liner hitting the mark. I couldn’t imagine a better father-in-law, especially one that allows you to drive his 1965 Mercedes-Benz 220SE *bites knuckle*. As witty as this line seems, it actually has real value as gambling advice if the wedding party choose to scratch some velvet to release the tension of the wedding week.

2. Immerse Yourself in a New Group of People

We were introduced to Alan, Zach Galifianakis’ character, in the second scene of the movie when he offers secrecy to Doug, played by Justin Bartha, even if they kill somebody. Although it’s a little extreme, Alan is displaying the type of loyalty and psychopathic energy that sets the stage for what’s to come from this Golden Globe-winning film. If you find yourself surrounded by strangers, remind them that whatever happens, you won’t speak a word of it to anybody.

3. The Brutal Truth About the Potential Dangers of Adultery

Again Sid blesses us with age-old advice about the dangers of Las Vegas and a certain venereal disease that tends to hang around long after you depart Sin City.

4. Remember Your Toiletries

Stu’s girlfriend Melissa, played by Rachel Harris, delivers a lesson early in the film when she tells Stu (Ed Helms) to bring his Rogaine. A weekend with the boys is no excuse to slack off on personal hygiene rituals, fellas. Pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, some form of soap and fresh underwear all in one bag. And most importantly, bring an extra for the Groom in case he forgets.

5. A Little White Lie Never Killed Anybody

Bachelor parties have an unfair reputation of being too wild and out of control — probably because of this movie. So it’s going to be natural for partners to worry and ask basic questions like "where are you going to stay?" You don’t have to lie to them, per se.

Now, if you’re going to Vegas, this is something you need to be upfront with your partner about. However, you don’t have to tell the whole truth if you’re staying somewhere like the Flamingo. For our characters in “The Hangover,” they’re staying at Ceasar’s Freaking Palace. This should give your partner a sense of security knowing you’re staying somewhere that isn’t a short step up from a Motel 6.

As for Stu? A winery in Napa Valley? This is a terrible cover up for where they’re actually going.

6. Openly Talk About Deficiencies in Each Other’s Relationships, Like That Bellhop, I Mean Bartender, Thing

This is more or less a strategy you can use as a groomsman to remind the groom how perfect his relationship is with his future Mrs. It’s important to not overstep your boundaries with this type of bullying. Your fellow groomsmen are going to help you make this the best wedding ever, so it’s vital you walk the line of groomsmen-shaming. As we see from “The Hangover,” Phil, Bradley Cooper’s character, plays this perfectly about the aforementioned Melissa.

If tempers do rise, defuse the situation with a beer and friendly conversation to remind the other groomsman you truly care about their well-being.

7. Work in Teams & Use a Spotter

“It’s not gambling when you know you’re going to win.” While Alan doesn’t deliver us the best blackjack advice, he does offer us a lesson on the importance of teamwork. Whether you’re using your superior height to adjust a fixture on the ceiling or moving chairs from the ceremony to reception, bring a spotter — it’ll be a foolproof system.

8. “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” Belongs on Your Playlist

Again, another rule that’s applicable to life outside of being a groomsman. And one that with which Galifianakis is well-acquainted.

9. Make Sure You Stay Somewhere Beeper-Friendly

Cell reception is important for flawless communication while working with your team of groomsmen. However, 5G isn’t available everywhere. If your team is camping or relaxing in a remote locale, bring walkie-talkies. Communication is key.

10. Always Upgrade to the Villa

If you’re lucky, your best friend will only get married once. Use this time as an excuse to extend your credit limit and live the weekend in luxury. Fellas need to treat themselves, too. And never let the groom chip in for the hotel room.

11. Let the Dogs Out

The final moments in your friend's single life are going to be spent with you, his groomsmen. There might be stress in the air, a little alcohol and excitement. It’s good to work off that energy with some light exercise like dancing or a mini adventure. Not only will this get everyone’s mind off what’s about to happen, but it will also put everyone’s mind at ease before a long ceremony where you need to stand still.

12. The Bride’s Brother Is Always the Wild Card

While letting the dogs out, keep an eye on this guy. The bride’s brother usually doesn’t know any of the groomsmen. Maybe they met briefly at a random summer get-together but other than that, he’s relatively unknown. Welcome them in with open arms or it’s going to get awkward. Making them feel comfortable will unleash the stress of the situation for him. Maybe you can get him to spend more time talking and less time drinking, saving everyone from an inebriated, binge-drinking mess.

13. Someone Needs to Bring a Man Purse, I Mean Satchel

Hat tip to Indiana Jones for this lesson. Bring your own leather bag with you to the bachelor party or wedding to hold things. Put the items in a bag, set it aside and take great wedding photos with bulge-free pants.

14. Always Find the Roof

“The Hangover” nails this lesson about how to be a good groomsman on the head. Roofs are an underrated setting for starting your night. You never wanna finish your night up there, but nothing establishes better energy than a beautiful skyline or incredible arrangement of stars.

15. Be Open to Accepting New Members Into Your Wolfpack

During his lengthy scripted toast, Alan famously says “Four of us wolves running around the desert together in Las Vegas looking for…” well you know the rest. This lesson ties neatly back with the bride’s brother being a wild card. While you might not know what he’ll do next, spending quality time with this individual at a wedding will go a long way.

16. Blood Pacts are Overrated

Just smoke some cigars instead.

17. Don’t Drug the Groom Less Than 48 Hours from the Wedding

Pro Tip: Say no to drugs. Say yes to pizza.

According to Groomsman Best Practices, you don’t need party enhancers to have a good time at a bachelor party. The guys could have saved themselves a lot of trouble by bringing their own flasks.

18. Especially With Ruphylin

19. The Groom Should Have Little-to-No Responsibility

This is a good metaphor for weddings. The groom is there to stand at attention and get married. The last thing he needs to worry about is an abandoned baby, a stolen pet (more on these later) or paying the hotel bill.

Doug had the lowest usage rate of any main character since Matt Damon in Saving Private Ryan. Like Private Ryan, Doug was used as a directive piece for the story’s narrative arch. He goes missing completely during a large chunk of the movie.

20. Jungle Cats Don’t Belong in the Bathroom

We all love our pets. The guys in "The Hangover" love cats, but always discuss with the bride and groom if they are acceptable during the wedding. If you have a dog, make sure you’re staying at a pet-friendly hotel.

21. Create a Childcare Strategy

Children are going to be at the wedding. Designate a baby-watcher, like Alan. Now the misstep here by our heroes is they recruited someone within the wedding party. Go outside the circle for this responsibility, but make sure you’re always a phone call away for providing relief. This is an important job during any wedding so tip them fairly.

We suggest something related to whiskey.

22. Brunch Is Always the Correct Answer

Weddings tend to be a 2-day affair when you’re in the wedding party. A good way to bridge the gap between rehearsal dinner the evening before and the ceremony the next day is brunch. It’s also a great way to kill your hangover with a mimosa or bloody mary.

23. Keep Furniture Inside the Room (Unless It’s a Chair Around an Innocent Bonfire)

Staying at somebody's villa, whether it’s an AirBnB or an expensive hotel, can create a carefree attitude toward the property around you. It’s a dangerous headspace to live in when you’re surrounded by furniture, tables, chairs and appliances you don’t own. It’s important to respect the property you’re in. And if you cannot bring yourself to respecting the furniture provided in your quarters, make sure the damage you do is repairable.

Bradley Cooper in The Hangover looking at a mattress on top of Caesars Palace

24. Get Creative With Your Transportation

Public transportation like buses and subways are readily available in every major city in America. If you want to class it up, you can always rent a limousine or party bus. While stealing a cop car is far down the list, apps like Lyft and Uber can get you where you need to go and will save you from being arrested.

25. Bring Your Sunglasses

The baby from the movie The Hangover wearing sunglasses

26. If You Have a Head Injury, Go to the Hospital

If there are two major takeaways from “The Hangover,” it’s safety first and teamwork second. As the Wolfpack discovers while brunching, Phil made a trip to the hospital and was diagnosed with a mild concussion. Later, during the credits, we can conclude he got this concussion during a brawl with Wayne Newton. Stu, of course, threw a punch at the Vegas legend and Phil tried holding him back, thus causing the injury. The Wolfpack made the responsible choice by getting Phil checked by a doctor.

27. Don’t Steal the Spotlight from the Groom

Stu getting married less than 48 hours before Doug’s wedding is the type of power move your best friend DOESN’T do. The most out-of-line move you can make as a groomsman is stealing the spotlight from the couple. If you think it would be romantic to propose to your girlfriend the day or week of a wedding you’re going to be in, think again.

28. Don’t Match the Groom

The light Carolina-blue tuxedo is a great look for a group of groomsmen, but it shouldn’t match the groom. Instead, the guys should’ve brought along matching bottle openers.

The WolfPack from the movie The Hangover posing for a photo during Stu's wedding

29. Get the High Roller Package for Easy Commemorative Gifts That Make Good Memz

There aren’t many things Stu did during his time in Vegas that would classify him as a good role model. He did have a redeeming moment when he selected the high-roller package at Eddie’s wedding venue. Although we didn’t see it among the endless commemorative gifts from the wedding, we can safely assume the high-roller package included a killer groomsmen gift set that every member of the Wolfpack could appreciate.

30. Never Bring Your Grandmother’s Holocaust Ring to the Bachelor Party

… Or Anywhere.

There is a lot to unpack about the psychology of the Wolfpack through the movie but this part never makes sense. You have this sacred jewelry so you pack it in your bag for one night in Vegas? To show your friend? The audacity continues as you tell your friend (who is the groom) you’re going to propose to his girlfriend, who cheated on you, after the wedding ceremony? Stu is the worst.

31. Don’t Get Arrested

Here’s another great general rule for life. The Wolfpack somehow managed to avoid getting locked up their first night in Vegas. They weren’t so lucky the next day. A good rule of thumb is to never do anything illegal during the wedding. Sure, petty crimes are tempting, but the last thing you want is a little kid taking your photo (on a flip phone no less) while you sit in Loserville.

32. Always Take Advantage of a Comped Night at a Hotel

Any excuse to extend the party must be used. And when you’re searching for a missing groom, you need to buy as much time as possible.

33. Plan Ahead for Parking

When the Wolfpack leaves the Benz in the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard, it’s because of their lack of preparation. Parking can be a real stressor when you don’t plan ahead. If you’re traveling to an unfamiliar location, make sure you have a few parking places in mind so you don’t find yourself at the impound lot later in the day.

34. Being Tazed Is Not as Fun as it Sounds

If someone in your wedding party is a cop, remind them to leave their taser at home. The last thing you need to play with when the guys are together is a shocking device. As Rob Riggle playing Officer Franklin said:

“You're holding 50,000 volts, little man. Don't be afraid to ride the lightning.”

Be very afraid to ride the lightning with the wedding party. Play with some of these items instead.

35. Stay Positive

When you’re down on your luck, you’ve just been tased and you can’t find a member of your Wolfpack, you need to stay positive. Especially when you’re at the impound lot. Then, apologize for spreading negativity to other members of the party.

36. Always Check the Trunk of Your Car After Leaving it in the Lot Over Night

If you’re in an unfamiliar area, it’s hard to know what can possibly make its way into your trunk. Keep safety first by giving your trunk a quick check. This should be a no-brainer for those who have items such as crowbars that could be used against them.

37. Don’t Lose, Forget or Choose Not to Wear Pants

Alan and Leslie Chow are both seen pantless in “The Hangover.” Don’t be like Alan and Leslie Chow. Ever.

38. If You “Fudge Up” the Night Before, Be Honest About Your Mistake

But be careful apologizing to anyone outside of the Wolfpack. Only call the bride if absolutely necessary — like if you’ve wasted 18 hours looking for the groom.

39. Mike Tyson LOVES Phil Collins and So Should You

When you get the groomsmen together at the end of the night (preferably on the dance floor) somebody needs to grab a microphone and spin “In the Air Tonight”. You can thank Mike Tyson for what will ensue.

40. When in Doubt, Talk Sports

If you find yourself in a situation where you don’t know your fellow groomsmen very well, don’t hesitate to keep friendly conversation going with a little sports talk. You don’t have to go Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless on them, but a friendly debate about Mike Tyson’s legitimacy about being one of the best heavyweights of all time could spark a good discussion.

Think about it: This movie came out in 2009 when Tyson was 42. He smokes Alan and drops him immediately. Impressive? Well, he is a heavyweight champion boxer so you'd like to think he's one-and-done someone of Zach Galifinakis’s small 5’7’’ stature. But in the next scene, Alan is seasoning a steak. I don’t know about you, but if I got hit with a right that hard I don’t think I’d leave an ice bath for a week. Either Alan has an amazing chin, he’s still on drugs, or Tyson isn’t packing as much power as he used to?

41. Security Cameras See Everything

Never, under any circumstances, relieve yourself in a lavish pool because you don’t know who is watching. And if it’s Mike Tyson’s pool, don’t even look at it.

42. Dress to Impress

You always want to wear your Sunday Best when you’re headed to the ceremony or the Blackjack table. Something as simple as cufflinks will go a long way in impressing family, friends, and the pit boss.

43. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work at the Blackjack Table

When people think of the greatest blackjack players of all time, two people come to mind. Rain Man and Alan Garner. Read up on blackjack books when you’re off to a casino.

44. If You Lose a Friend, Check the Roof

Classic mixup from the Wolfpack. We generally don’t recommend returning to the scene of the crime, but if it happened to take place on top of a high building, you probably left something behind.

In hindsight, Doug really should've picked some better groomsmen gifts and maybe this entire thing could have been avoided. Here are some ideas:

45. Always Check Your Pockets the Next Morning

It’s normal to lose track of certain items after a long night socializing. Pockets are the go-to for mindless security while in public and sometimes they become forgotten and thrown in the laundry. For wedding parties, things like the ring or $80,000 of poker chips might be in your pants, so always be sure to remember to empty them out after a long night on the strip.

 46. Tuxedo Delivery Services Are Very Reliable

"The Hangover" actually stumbled into something brilliant with the risky tuxedo delivery on Interstate 15. Today, wedding parties can relax knowing if someone bought the wrong color of tie, jacket or pants, you can have one delivered to you in no time. Places like The Black Tux will now deliver your suits when you need them.

The Tux Shop delivering a tux while driving in the movie The Hangover

47. Don’t Plan The Bachelor Party The Weekend Of the Wedding

No need to elaborate on this one. 

48. Make Sure You Take Pictures

Oversharing has become an issue in our society. Not every photo from your experience as a groomsman needs to be uploaded online. Keep some of the wilder memories to yourself by either deleting them immediately or putting them in a picture frame. Some moments are meant to be shared and remembered by only those who were a part of the adventure.

49. How to Launch a Successful Acting Career

Before this movie, you probably recognized Bradley Cooper as Sack Lodge, the jerk boyfriend in “Wedding Crashers.” However, “The Hangover” was Cooper’s real coming-out party as a legitimate star. Cooper’s career skyrocketed after this 2009 film — Limitless, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, American Sniper and A Star Is Born and three Best Actor Oscar nominations. All of this success because of a doomed bachelor party to Las Vegas.  

50. You and Your Fellow Groomsman Will Be Forever Connected Through the Power of a Wolfpack

Looking back at the 1 hour and 40 minutes of movie magic, what “The Hangover” really teaches us is the power of friendship. Not only did they teach us how to not handle ourselves at a bachelor party, but they also provided amazing lessons on how to be a good groomsman and even better friends. And that’s who you want flanking you on your wedding day — your unbreakable Wolfpack.

Best Gifts for Tech-Savvy Groomsmen

Best Gifts for Tech-Savvy Groomsmen

Finding the perfect gift for your groomsmen is never an easy task. Whether outdoorsmen, city dwellers or suburban dads, your groomsmen don't just fit into a single category. 

But, we bet that most (if not all) of the groomsmen in your party are tech-savvy, so we put together a quick gift guide of our favorite tech-ready gifts for your tech-savvy groomsmen. 

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Should You Buy Your Groomsmen Gifts? Your Guide To Groomsmen Gift Etiquette

Guide To Groomsmen Gift Etiquette

 

Guide To Groomsmen Gift Etiquette

Gift giving is usually stressful: what to get, how to give the gift, how much to spend, when to give the gift, or even whether you should get a gift at all. This can get even more complicated when it revolves around your wedding. But, thankfully, for weddings, there is a tried-and-true etiquette you can follow to make things simpler.

First of all, as the groom, you are responsible for getting gifts for the best man, the groomsmen, and any other male members of the wedding party, which might include the ring-bearer and the ushers, though that really depends.

There are a few reasons to give your wedding entourage gifts, not least of them being that you want to thank them for their help and support. But it’s also a memorable occasion - so giving them personalized gifts that remind them of your friendship during this big milestone in your life is your main goal.

There’s a little bit of hierarchy to gift giving: the gift you get for your best man should be something a little more special than what you get for the groomsmen, and the groomsmen’s gifts should be a little more special than what you get the ushers.

According to groomsmen gift etiquette best practices, you should give your groomsmen their gifts during your bachelor dinner or your rehearsal dinner. You can put them on the dinner table, in front of each recipient’s seat, or give them personally to each one. And, finally, what you get the groomsmen really depends on who they are and what you can afford. If you need a rough guideline for how much to spend on gifts, read this.

Make sure that the gifts are appropriate. For example, don’t get your vegetarian best man a fishing set, or your sober groomsmen a whiskey flask. Though these kinds of gifts can be really great for the right people, there are other types of gifts that are suitable for everyone, such as key chains, money clips, or pocketknives. For more inspiration, check out How To Shop For Every Type Of Groomsman.

Here are some suggestions for groomsmen gifts, according to price range.

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Groomsmen Gifts Under $25:

A Personalized Stainless Steel Bottle Opener in the size and shape of a credit card can fit in your groomsman’s wallet so he always has it handy when he needs it. You can personalize it with two lines so he will remember you whenever he uses it.

Personalized Bottle Opener 

 

These Silver Round Beaded Personalized Cufflinks that you can personalize with a three initial monogram are another fail-safe gift you can get your groomsmen, or your best man.

Personalized Cufflinks

 

And finally, this Personalized Stainless Steel Lock-Back Knife, packaged in a sleek tin box lined with custom foam, is always a favorite.

Personalized Knife 

 

Groomsmen Gifts Under $50:

This Personalized Leather Wallet is also a money clip, making it one of the most practical groomsmen gifts you can get, but one that is also classy and valuable.

Personalized Leather Wallet 

 

A Monogrammed Whiskey Glass Decanter can make for a very special and elegant memento, so long as the recipient of the gift is into whiskey in the first place. So, if you know your best man or groomsmen would love it, it could be the biggest hit yet.

Monogrammed Whiskey Decanter 

 

A contemporary twist on a turn-of-the-century beauty: this Engraved Gunmetal Pocket Watch is the ultimate in men’s fashion swag, and it can also offer your groomsmen an alternative to constantly checking the time on their phones, which is not the most aesthetically-pleasing behavior during special moments, meetings, or other such events.

Engraved Pocket Watch 

  

Groomsmen Gifts Under $100:

 Though you can find gift sets for this price range, we want to give you some ideas for individual gifts for under $100. This Personalized Borello Leather and Canvas Tool Bag, for one, is perfect for any “handy” best man or groomsman. It has side pockets with a place for three initials, and ample storage inside the different pockets and compartments.

Personalized Tool Bag

 

Another example is this DrinkTanks® 64 oz Insulated Growler made of stainless steel and with double wall vacuum insulation. The BPA free poly cap is secured by a sturdy dual-bail cap system that is leak-proof and keeps contents cold for 24+ hours and hot for 12+ hours. It’s perfect for groomsmen that are into going fishing or camping for a day.

Engraved Insulated Growler 

 

This NFL Locker Room Canvas is a probably one of the most personalized gifts you can get for sports-enthusiasts, because you can choose the NFL teams you know they love, and you can add their names on the #1 Jerseys.

NFL Locker Room Canvas

 

Groomsmen Gifts Over $100:

Now, just remember, on average, most grooms get groomsmen gifts between $20 and $50, so the only reason to buy expensive gifts is if a) you have the budget for it, and b) you really want to rather than feeling obliged to. And, again, you can find really cool sets for this price range that can cover gifts for all your buddies. But, here are a few individual gift ideas for over $100 a piece.

A Badger Hair Brush and Razor Shaving set, that can, of course, be personalized. Though reminiscent of a time long ago, the quality and technology of this set is state of the art, giving your groomsmen the closest shaves they can get.

Shaving Set

This Personalized Waxed Canvas Duffle Bag is made in the USA. The materials used are high quality 20oz. waxed cotton canvas and solid brass and stainless-steel hardware. This is perfect for your friends that love to travel on the fly and need a bag that can look good while handling the strain. It comes in several different colors, such as charcoal, field tan, and blue.

Personalized Duffle Bag

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Do’s And Don’ts of Groomsmen Style – Groom and Groomsmen Accessories For Your Wedding

Groomsmen Style Guide

Groomsmen Style Guide

Though wedding themes and moods vary widely, and the wedding crew should dress accordingly, there are a few guidelines that can help make decisions about style and accessories for you and your groomsmen simpler. And even if your wedding is more alternative, it’s still good to know some of the basic do’s and don’ts of groomsmen style and then take it from there.

Although we do encourage you to let your personal taste be your guide, the first and most important rule of thumb you should follow is to coordinate with your bride. If you’re going for a traditional tux and bowtie, and she’s doing the bohemian look with flowers in her hair, the look won’t make sense. This doesn’t mean that you should dictate how the other dresses or accessories, as both of you should feel comfortable and excited about your attire, but, still, a little harmony goes a long way.

Now, let’s start with the most important accessory. 

Tie, Bowtie, Or No Tie?

Bowties are not just suitable for super formal tuxedos; they go beautifully with formal suits and more casual styles too.

Bow tie or no bow tie?

Ties can go with tuxedos or suits, and they can be very formal, like a black tie, or more casual, like a colorful or print tie.

You can also opt-out of wearing any kind of tie at all if your wedding is not a formal affair. For example, if you’re going to have it outdoors in the daytime, like in your backyard, at the beach, or in the woods.

Generally, it is better to have the groomsmen style as close to your style as possible, without looking like your clones. You don’t want to be wearing a casual linen suit with a bright bowtie and have them wear black suits with black ties.

Less noticeable, but just as important as the tie, are the shoes. 

The Right Shoes

 

Shoes, like ties, depend on the overall look you’re going for. A formal suit calls for a sophisticated black leather shoe. Try to get ones with leather soles as well, as that makes them look even classier. But if they’re brand new, make sure you break them in a little at home so you don’t get sore feet before your first dance.

If you’re wearing a suit that has some color to it, you can opt for brown leather shoes. Although black shoes go well with dark navy suits, brown leather shoes compliment blue suits very well, and can give you an earthier yet still polished look.

 Some grooms decide to make a statement with their shoes, by going for an Oxford style shoe, or even sneakers, like the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars, or by wearing colorful socks. Again, this will really depend on your personal style as well as the time and location of your wedding.  And, as always, your groomsmen should go for a similar look.

Now that you’ve got the three most important decisions already made (the suit, the tie, and the shoes) you can start playing around with some fun groom and groomsmen accessories like pocket watches, gloves, handkerchiefs, cufflinks, and hats.

How To Mix And Match Groom and Groomsmen Style

Right off the bat, here are two big “don’ts” that you really shouldn’t mess with, no matter what. The first is to never wear a belt and suspenders at the same time. Thankfully, we haven’t yet met a man that made that mistake. The second no-no is to wear a belt with a tuxedo - you either don’t wear anything, or you wear suspenders if you need them.

With tuxedos, some men choose to wear cummerbunds - sashes worn around the waist in order to keep the tuck of the shirt and waistband neat - instead of vests. They’re not a necessity, but they can elevate the look even more.

 

For suits, it’s really up to you whether you want to go with suspenders or a belt. Suspenders are eye-catching if you intend on taking off your jacket at some point, while belts give the spotlight to other groom and groomsmen accessories.

And you can do one thing and have your groomsmen do the opposite.

If your groomsmen are wearing belts, you can get them personalized belt accessories as gifts that also add to their style. For example, personalized leather key fobs with space for initials.

Leather Key Fobs

This comes in black or brown leather, and the all-metal swivel hook and D-ring can be dressed in gold, rose gold, or silver foil. If you’re really brave, you can also gift them with personalized belt buckle groomsmen flask, like this one.

Personalized Belt Buckle Flasks

Don’t skimp out on cufflinks, even if you go for a more casual look. Many grooms have cufflinks handed down to them from their fathers or grandfathers, and those can make for very special touches to your style. Cufflinks are also one of the groomsmen accessories that make for simple yet meaningful personalized gifts.

Personalized Cuff Links

Metal cufflinks need to match the metal on belts and watches. And, you and your groomsmen definitely need to wear watches in order to stay on top of the wedding schedule. You don’t want to be pulling out your phones to look at the time (and quickly checking emails) on this special occasion.

One way to dress up your “watch wearing” is to opt for pocket watches. They can also be a very interesting option for groomsmen gifts. For example, this gunmetal pocket watch has exposed gears, roman numerals, and space on the back to add a personalized message of up to three lines.

Personalized Pocket Watch

Hats and gloves are much less common these days, in general and for weddings. It’s really up to you if you feel like they’d add an extra flare and if you’d feel comfortable with them. You can also choose to wear them for a specific purpose, such as for photos, and then go without the rest of the time.

Finally, small details can really help you coordinate your look with your bride’s look, and your groomsmen style with the bridesmaids’ style. The color of the pocket squares is one of those little details. For a formal look, like with a tuxedo, it’s better to go with classic white squares, while for less formal looks, you can add a splash of color that matches the bridal party’s dresses or accessories.

 

You can also add a buttonhole that matches your bride’s bouquet.

So, don’t be shy, and experiment with different styles and details here and there. Let your personality come through.

Destination Weddings: What to Bring with You

Destination Weddings: What to Bring with You

Having or attending a destination wedding in the future? We want to start by saying that we’re totally jealous. While destinations weddings are often more beautiful and enjoyable than traditional, local weddings, they combine the stress of nuptials AND travel, making it much more likely for your scatter-brain to get the best of you. We compiled a list of the things you cannot forget when you leave for a destination wedding. 

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