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The Best of the Web for Grooms – February 13, 2015

Friday, February 13th, 2015

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Not sure your best man is quite up to the task before him? It may be time to bring in a professional. One Jacksonville, FL-based man, Jake Overman, is billing himself as a Professional Best Man for hire, offering to help your actual (potentially clueless) best man with planning the bachelor party, honeymoon, wedding day attire, etiquette and speech-writing. And don’t worry, there’s professional help available for the ladies, too. Jen Glantz, Bridesmaid for Hire, is available to consult, assist with planning, facilitate pre-wedding events as well as support the bride and bridesmaids on the big day.

 

Think the last bachelor party you went to was cool? Think again. This lucky groom’s friends planned an epic bachelor party that turned him into Rambo for a day. We dare you to top that — just make sure to tell us about it.

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Looking for the perfect gift for your sports-loving groomsmen? Check out the amazing selection of officially-licensed and authenticated sports memorabilia and pro team man cave gear from Steiner Sports. Two great picks: the MLB team man cave signs and team subway sign wall art, both of which include game-used dirt. Of course, make sure to get yourself a little something while you’re at it.

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On the lookout for a tasty wedding favor that will leave your guests speechless (because their mouths will be full)? Chunky Pig might be just the ticket. Chunky Pig combines rare mushroom popcorn, dark chocolate and maple syrup to create the perfect blend of candied bacon caramel corn. The best part is that it’s free of gluten, dairy and hormones so everyone can enjoy it. You can shop the store here, but just don’t do it on an empty stomach.

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Tired of feeling like a jailor and lugging around that massive jumble of keys that barely fits in your pants pocket anymore? Definitely not a good look on the wedding day. Check out KeySmart, a universal and expandable Swiss army-style key holder that deftly consolidates up to 100 keys into a compact, minimalist package.

See any other groom-centric content or links this week? Share them with us in the comment section below.

Give Your Groomsmen the Gift of Luxury Grooming

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Let’s face it; guys aren’t always big on taking proper care of their skin and hair — even if their scruffy mugs could definitely use a little pampering from time to time. Want to help your groomsmen put their best faces forward on the wedding day? Look no further than Luxury Barber. The company’s subscription boxes will whip your wolfpack’s grooming routines into shape in no time.

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A perfect gift for guys who don’t already have a set grooming routine, could use a little help finding the right products for their needs or always enjoy trying out the latest and greatest grooming tools, each subscription box comes with an assortment of at least nine sample-size items and one featured full-size product from more than 45 brands like Baxter, Billy Jealousy, Dr. Brandt, Evolution Man and Sachajuan.

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Products cover various grooming categories, including shaving (pre-shave oils, shave cream and aftershave), anti-aging skin and body solutions, hair styling aids and premium grooming tools, such as double-edge safety razors or straight razors. One standout item: The flushable Fresh Richie antibacterial men’s body wipes, which come in a discreet, portable, wallet-size package — perfect for staying fresh on-the-go on warm days, post-gym or while traveling.

Fall in love with a particular product sample? Subscribers can purchase full-size product versions online at 10% to 20% off.

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Luxury Barber’s subscription boxes are shipped on the 20th of every month (for free to U.S. addresses) and can include a customized gift note. Boxes can be purchased individually for $29.99/mo (plus a 10% site discount), as a six-month subscription for $27.99/mo (plus a 15% site discount) or annually for $25.99/mo (plus a 20% site discount). Purchase here.

Which of these grooming products would your groomsmen love? Tell us in the comment section below.

 

Behold the 15 Best Groomsman Gifts of 2015

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

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Looking to shop outside the box for your groomsmen gifts? We have creative gift ideas for the partyers, foodies, sports fans and beyond. Here are our 15 favorite gift ideas for 2015.engraved keg-shaped beer mug

1. Personalized Keg Mug ($27.95). Keg stands are old news. If you and your groomsmen want to take it to the next level, just fill this engraved, keg-shaped beer mug to the brim and commence a full-on keg chug to kick off your bachelor party or wedding weekend. [Save 10% on this item with coupon code winter15.]

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2. Personalized Wall Mounted Bottle Opener + Capcatcher ($49.95). This customized bottle opener with cap-catcher is the real deal. Mount it on a backyard fence, basement wall or in the man cave and start crackin’ em open! [Save 10% on this item with coupon code winter15.]

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3. Fuego Box Subscription ($27.95 to $29.95 per month). Does your best man love hot sauce? If so, this is a subscription box he’ll really be able to get behind! Members receive two to three small-batch, artisan hot sauces per month. Rumor also has it that a little something extra is included in the first shipment.

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4. Marble MLB Coaster Sets ($44.95). These officially licensed four-piece marble coaster sets are true works of art that any baseball fan will appreciate. Every set contains four handcrafted coasters, each featuring a different version of the selected team’s logo. With all 30 MLB teams available, you’ll have no problem finding each groomsman’s favorite squad. [Save 10% on this item with coupon code winter15.]

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5. Engraved Whiskey Barrel-Bullet Pen ($66.95). Ever wondered what you’d get if you gave a master craftsman a bourbon barrel and a fired 50 caliber machine gun bullet? The answer is a bad-ass pen that any guy would love to add to his office repertoire.

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6. Man-cans ($9.50 each). These uniquely-scented (man) candles will bring a touch of manliness to any room. Scents include Fresh Cut Grass, Memphis Style BBQ, New Car and our favorite: Sawdust.

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7. Midnight Pocket Watch ($34.95). A tried and true gift idea, this sleek, handsome pocket watch features a 14-inch chain, Quartz movement and can be engraved with up to three lines of personalization. [Save 10% on this item with coupon code winter15.]

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8. Custom Craft Beer Coolers ($39.95). These craft beer coolers are great for toting beer to the bachelor party, couple’s shower or other manly pre-wedding activities. Choose from three cooler colors and have each groomsman’s initial embroidered on the front at no extra cost! [Save 10% on this item with coupon code winter15.]

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9. Customized Photo Football ($35 to $55). Solidify your wedding party as the greatest team ever assembled with these tremendous, customized photo balls. The personalization process is easy at Make-A-Ball.com.

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10. Personalized Leather BBQ Gloves ($39.95). Are your groomsmen grill masters? If so, these durable, leather grilling gloves are both a unique and practical gift idea. In addition to offering safety and comfort, each recipient’s initials are cattle-branded on the right-hand glove. [Save 10% on this item with coupon code winter15.]

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11. Military Field Grooming Kit ($65). This manly grooming set is packaged in a vintage U.S. Army supply kit and includes soap, 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, shaving cream and a screwdriver (why not?).

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12. The “Das Horn” ($24.99). To borrow a phrase from Fight Club, how much can you know about yourself if you’ve never chugged beer from a horn? The “Das Horn” holds 24 ounces, includes a stand and has a removable neck strap that allows you to go hands-free when necessary. [Save 10% on this item with coupon code winter15.]

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13.  The Pryfarer: Bottle Opener Sunglasses ($47.95). Love those group photos of the groom and groomsmen sporting matching sunglasses? Bring some serious style to your wedding party with these unique Wayfarer-style sunglasses that have bottle openers built into each end. [Save 10% on this item with coupon code winter15.]

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14. Personalized Indoor Putter Set ($44.95). Repeat after me: Every guy needs a putting set in his office, den or man cave. This wood set contains a right-handed putter, two golf balls and a practice cup. [Save 10% on this item with coupon code winter15.]

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15. Initial Cufflinks ($25.99). Add a touch of personalization for each groomsman with these handsome accessories. Each 3mm cufflink is handmade from think walnut wood. The lettering is laser cut and topped with a clear lacquer for protection.

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Which of these gifts would your best man and groomsmen like most? Share a comment below.

8 Lovely Valentine’s Day Gifts for Her

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

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On the hunt for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart? Here are eight of our favorite gift ideas for her. For extra points, make sure to pair your gift with some fresh flowers and a handwritten card. That’s how you handle Valentine’s Day like a boss.

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1. Engraved Keepsake Box with Cork Board Interior ($56.95). Include a few mementos from special dates in your relationship, such as a ticket stub from your first date, a monogrammed cocktail napkin or favor from your wedding day or plane tickets from a favorite vacation [buy here].

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2. Round Four-Prong Basket Diamond Stud Earrings ($525-$925). Perfect for both everyday wear and special occasions such as weddings, she’ll never want to take off these gorgeous round diamond stud earrings from Ritani [buy here].

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3. Dead Sea Mud Bath Spa Kit Gift Bag Set ($51). Give her the gift of relaxation with this spa kit, which includes 9 ounces of mud bath, a 4-ounce scrub soap bar, a 3-inch sponge and 2 ounces of mineral salt bath [buy here].

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4. Custom Glass Shadow Jewelry Box ($34.95). This pretty personalized glass shadow box is ideal for housing jewelry, hair accessories or special mementos [buy here].

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5. Monogrammed Leather Zip Wristlet ($149). This colorful monogrammed leather wristlet is perfect for holding her essentials — cards, cash, phone and more — on date nights [buy here].

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6. Kate Spade New York ‘Stop and Smell the Roses’ Bangle ($32). This beautiful rose gold bracelet will not only remind her of you, but to take time to enjoy life’s little moments. Bonus points: Pair it with a bouquet of roses [buy here].

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7. Heart Book Box ($55). Bookworms will love this antique hidden book box. Fill it with a personalized note, trinket, candy or jewelry [buy here].

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8.  Vintage Skeleton Key Necklace ($34.95). Remind her that she carries the key to your heart with this beautiful, one-of-a-kind vintage key necklace [buy here].

Which of these gift ideas would be perfect for your significant other? Tell us in the comment section below.

 

5 Holiday Gifts for Newlyweds

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Looking for a holiday gift for newlyweds or a soon-to-be-married pair? Skip the one-size-fits-all approach this year, and check out these creative and personal, hand-picked gifts that are perfect for any couple.

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1. Personalized 16″ Wooden Serving Tray ($47.95). This sleek, polished black wooden serving tray is great for serving hors d’oeuvres while entertaining or keeping barware or other household items organized. Customize it with the couple’s last name initial at no extra charge.

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2. Montage Custom Photo Book ($39 and up). This simple-to-use photo book service lets couples create a custom wedding album crafted from high-quality materials. In as little as 15 minutes, an auto-layout tool designs these striking albums, which include up to 180 photos on 70 lay-flat pages. Photo books available in three sizes. GroomsAdvice readers automatically receive free shipping at checkout by clicking here

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3. Eat, Drink and Be Married Personalized Cutting Board ($45). Made from locally-sourced maple, this handmade, 16×9 cutting board is engraved with “Eat Drink and Be Married” and personalized with the couple’s wedding year. The engraved side is perfect for display, while the functional reverse side can be used for cutting and chopping.

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4. Personalized Our Song Throw Pillow Cover ($36). This 100 percent cotton, personalized retro-themed “our song” throw pillow makes a great keepsake of the couple’s wedding song. Available in three sizes and two designs (record or cassette tape), the pillow can be personalized with a year, couple’s names, song name and artist.

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5. Home State Throw Blanket ($41.95). The perfect accessory for chilly winter nights, this cozy throw sports the outline of their home state and the word “home.” Available in cream or gray.

Which of these gifts would be perfect for the couples on your holiday list? Tell us in the comment section below.

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