As a bride, you already know that planning a wedding can be a lot of work. You want to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible, and that the wedding is a reflection of what you’ve always dreamed of. And while working with a wedding planner can help alleviate some of the stresses, there is nothing better than choosing a few (or more!) of your closest friends and relatives to help you along the way. These ladies are your bridesmaids or Maids of Honor. Similarly, the groom usually has a few groomsmen and a Best Man that help him through the process too.

Nowadays, many couples choose to gift something to their bridal parties, as a way of thanking them for their presence, their friendship, and their help throughout the wedding planning process. At Eden Catering, we’ve seen enough weddings to know that the bridal party often works as hard as the couple to make sure everything goes as planned. We also know that brides usually have an easier time finding gifts for bridesmaids, whereas grooms need a little more help in figuring out what to give their groomsmen.

Luckily, we’ve got some tips and suggestions for helping you find the perfect groomsmen gifts. To begin with, you’ll probably need to sit down with your groom and find out a little bit more about the groomsmen. What are their hobbies? What do they all like to do together as a group? Are there any inside jokes between the groom and the groomsmen? Then, you’ll want to figure out some details between the two of you. Do you want to gift them something that goes along with the theme of your wedding? How much money do you want to spend? Do you want to personalize each gift?

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Once you’ve figured out the answers to those questions, you’ll have a better idea of what kind of groomsmen gifts you’ll want to give. Here are some popular groomsmen gift ideas that we love:

  • Flask/beer mug/shot glass set
  • Sports equipment (golf balls, baseballs, fishing lures, bat)
  • Cigar case/cutter
  • Cufflinks
  • Bottle opener
  • Alcohol
  • Leather cases (wallet, travel, laptop)

We’ve also seen some great groomsmen gift ideas that are DIY. If you’ve got some time to spend and like getting a little crafty you can find some great gift ideas for your groomsmen on Pinterest. We’ve seen everything from homemade boxes stuffed with bowties, dress socks, cuff links, and thank you notes, to make your own cocktail boxes that contain the ingredients to making popular drinks, like a Jack and Coke. (Think: whiskey glass, whiskey stones, a bottle of Jack Daniels, and a can of coke!) Even something as simple as personalizing something you know your groomsman uses regularly can be a great idea!

The most important thing to keep in mind when buying gifts for your groomsmen or your bridesmaids is that they’re not in it for the gifts. They don’t know if you’re going to gift them anything or not, so there’s no need to tack on extra stress about finding the perfect gift. As your friends, they will be grateful that you’ve taken the time to think of them during this busy time in your life. Have fun, think of the things the both of you love, and you’ll find the perfect gift for your bridal party.

We hope you enjoyed these tips from Eden Catering. For even more wedding planning tips, be sure to give us a call today!