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Subscribe Your Groomsmen to Monthly Boxes of Awesome

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014


Want to give your groomsmen a truly unique gift that keeps on giving after the wedding day? We recently discovered a manly service that does just that. Bespoke Post, a subscription box club for men, will deliver a new Box of Awesome to your groomsmen each month. Each of the service’s boxes includes a selection of theme-driven products focused on food, drink, fashion, grooming and more, to fit a range of personalities and interests. For example, the Sweat box (pictured below), which features a stylish, custom-made gym bag and a supplement starter kit, is perfect for gym rats, while the Aged box includes creatively designed tumblers and an aging kit to let liquor connoisseurs age their own blends at home.


Bespoke Post offers grooms the option of gifting either a digital or physical gift card (for a subscription of one, two, three, four, five, six or 12 months of service), or one gift box paired with a physical gift card (for a subscription of two, three, four, five, six or 12 months of service). Once a recipient redeems a subscription, they’ll receive an email on the first of each month detailing the contents of that month’s box and can choose to ship the featured selection or skip it at no charge and wait for the next box (with the option to skip as many boxes as they’d like).

A one-month Bespoke Post gift card is $55, but if you choose a time period greater than one month, the monthly cost is $45. Best of all: Right now, GroomsAdvice readers can enter code “GROOMSADVICE” at checkout to receive 10% off their total orders. For more information, visit Bespoke Post, or if you’re interested in purchasing gifts for five or more recipients, email Bespoke Post at to connect with a gift concierge.

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6 Steps to Creating Killer Guest Welcome Gifts

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
wedding welcome bag and accessories

Photo courtesy of Tie That Binds Weddings Etsy shop

Want to show your out-of-town guests some love for trekking across the state, country or ocean to attend your wedding? Although they aren’t mandatory (and can easily be skipped to trim a runaway budget), the hotel welcome gift is a great way to let your far-flung friends and family know that their efforts are truly appreciated. Here are six simple steps to get started.

1. It all begins with a container. While bags certainly aren’t required, they’re a go-to for a reason. They’re easy to find, come in a range of materials, sizes, colors and patterns to match your palette, and are often very economical. Bags can be dressed up with custom stamps, stickers, tags, ribbons and other extras. Prefer to think outside the bag? Consider tote bags for a beach setting, baskets in the spring, wine crates for a vineyard wedding, buckets or pails for a coastal location, Lucite boxes for a modern wedding, vases for a garden setting or Chinese takeout boxes for a whimsical theme.

2. Consider the setting. Having a beach wedding? Toss sunglasses, sunscreen, a straw hat or a beach towel in your welcome bag. If you’ll be getting married during the area’s rainy season, tuck in an umbrella or poncho, in case guests get caught in a downpour. Getting married in wine country? Include a map of local wineries or a bottle of regional wine.

refreshment welcome box

Photo courtesy of the favor box Etsy shop

3. Include some refreshments. We’ve all heard it: The way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. And it’s true! Consider including a bottle of sparkling water, juice or booze, as well as a few snacks, such as pretzels, nuts, fruit or candy for guests to nosh on while they’re relaxing in their hotel rooms.

4. Add a local touch. Out-of-towners and residents alike will appreciate a taste of what the local area, region or wedding venue has to offer. If your wedding locale is famous for barbeque, for example, include a bottle of your favorite area barbeque sauce. Getting married in a college town? Show your alma mater some love by including a team pennant, keychain, magnet or mini stuffed mascot.

hangover helper kit

Photo courtesy of decadent designs Etsy shop

5. Make it personal. If the bride and groom love craft beer, for example, include a pack of coasters from a favorite brewery, a personalized bottle opener, or a bottle or two of the couple’s favorite brew. Another fun touch: Include a personal note to guests, thanking them for their attendance and support. Extra credit: Offer a few recommendations on local sights to see, as well as can’t-miss eateries, bars and entertainment while they’re in town.

6. Get creative. Want your welcome gift to really stand out? Add something unexpected and creative. If you’re planning to party the night away, put together a hangover kit, complete with a sleep mask, earplugs, bottled water, ibuprofen or aspirin, and sunglasses for the drive home. Even non-drinkers will still appreciate these items while traveling. Another fun idea for both kids and adults: a s’mores kit. Wrap up graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars for guests to take home or pop into the hotel room microwave for a late-night snack after the festivities are over.

wedding smores kits

Photo courtesy of the favor box Etsy shop

Which of these guest welcome gift ideas would be perfect for your friends and family? Let us know below. 

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Michael O’Connor on What a Girl Wants

Monday, February 10th, 2014

 a young couple tries on rings in a jewelry store

Whether you’re dating, engaged or married, every guy asks himself the same question: “What does she want?” Even after the holiday season, this question continues throughout the year on Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, birthdays and anniversaries. So, what does a girl really want?

When it comes to diamonds and fashion jewelry, recent research has shown that most women feel it’s important not only know the origin of their diamonds, but that they were mined in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. Today, women also have a front-row seat to the intense impact that color is having in the style world. They see it first-hand on the pages of global fashion magazines and in celebrity red-carpet coverage. They understand that color is an important trend and expression of lifestyle. But from a fashion perspective, research shows that women find much of the diamond jewelry they see in stores to be similar and boring. They want to see more fashion-forward designs and innovative materials, such as jewelry incorporating natural color diamonds.

L – Rio Tinto 7/8cttw with a ½ ct round mocha center. R – Rio Tinto 3/4cttw with a 3/8ct mocha round center

For most men, giving your girlfriend, fiancée or wife diamond jewelry to mark a special occasion will always be a gifting home-run. Diamonds have become synonymous with beauty, rarity and “forever”. But incorporating everything women want into that gift doesn’t have to be as expensive as you’d think.

In fact, jewelry stores across the country are currently offering many affordable diamond jewelry options, such as the Fred Meyer Cocoa Diamonds collection, which starts as low as $255. This collection showcases the fashion-forward beauty of natural color diamonds in a variety of champagne hues, ranging from sand to the deepest umber to complement nearly every piece in her wardrobe. Talented designers blend their unique hues to create these innovative diamond jewelry pieces. Hailing from the Argyle Diamond Mine in Western Australia, these diamonds also offer piece of mind because they’re sustainable and ethically mined in cooperation with the original land owners.

L – Rio Tinto 1cttw with a ½ ct mocha cushion center. R – 1cttw mocha and white diamonds

Regardless of the occasion, every guy wants to give his girl the perfect present. Now with a little knowledge and research, you can give her exactly what she wants. For more information on these unique diamonds and to find similar collections at a jewelry store near you, visit Diamonds with a Story.

Michael O’Connor is one of America’s leading voices on jewelry, style and accessories and has become the “go-to” resource for editors and producers seeking information on current trends and celebrity information. O’Connor as been involved in the luxury, jewelry and fashion industries in a career that spans over 25 years. Connect with Michael on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

Which of the pieces shown above would your bride like the most? Tell us why in the comment section below.

The Top 10 Gifts Your Bridesmaids Really Want in 2014

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Resolve to properly thank your bridesmaids for their major role in your wedding this year? Well done. They deserve it. One thing to keep in mind is that one size rarely fits all. Finding a single gift that makes perfect sense for all of your girls is about as rare as unicorn tears. Considering each lady’s individual personality and interests when choosing your gifts can turn a simple “thank you” into a truly unique and memorable gift she’ll use well beyond the wedding day. Not sure where to start? Here are 10 unique bridesmaid gifts your bridesmaids really want this year.


1. Perfect for storing her delicate baubles or serving as a memory box to fill with keepsakes, this chic Custom Glass Shadow Jewelry Box ($34.95) features a durable, solid glass design with antiqued metal trim and velvet lining. Available in both square and rectangular sizes, these glass shadow jewelry boxes are also personalized with an engraved diamond monogram. [Use coupon code spring14 for 10% off]


2. Bags are a dime a dozen, right? Not if they’re as fun and modern as these Personalized Color Dipped Canvas Totes ($34.95). These color-blocked totes from The Man Registry will not only come in handy for schlepping her necessities on the wedding day, but will quickly become her go-to for beach days, weekend getaways or the farmers market. Each tote, which is embroidered with her name, monogram or single initial in one of 20 thread colors, has a matte latex-dipped bottom available in six colors, two wide carrier handles, an adjustable shoulder strap, an interior pocket and snap closures. [Use coupon code spring14 for 10% off]


3. If the makeup counter is her second home, she’ll adore this lovely fabric-dressed compact mirror ($32), which is perfect for quick touch-ups on the wedding day as well as to toss in her bag afterward for everyday use. Available in a range of fabric styles and colors, each Monogrammed Mirror Compact features a push-button open and lock system and is monogrammed with your bridesmaid’s initials.


4. This lovely, classic Personalized Trifle Dessert Bowl ($53.95) makes a great gift for bridesmaids who love trying out new recipes or entertaining guests. Perfect for desserts, salads, layered creations or even home décor, the large, 3-quart tapered bowl features a sturdy design with a weighted bottom. Her engraved initial appears on the front of the dishwasher-safe glass trifle bowl for an extra-personal touch. Get yours here. [Use coupon code spring14 for 10% off]


5. If she loves jewelry, she’ll love this modern, yet classically designed Personalized Silver Bead Bracelet ($24.95). The sterling silver-plated bracelet features a lobster claw clasp, a personalized charm and silver beads, making it a great accessory that she’ll wear beyond the wedding day for both formal occasions and everyday. This bracelet is also perfect for stacking. It’s available here. [Use coupon code spring14 for 10% off]


6. Wine connoisseurs will love this sleek Personalized White Wine Decanter ($31.95), which holds up to 33 ounces of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling. Crafted of dishwasher-safe clear glass, this modern decanter’s birch wood stopper is also personalized with an engraved uppercase initial. Get it here. [Use coupon code spring14 for 10% off]


7. Ideal for pottery and trinket lovers, this sweet Personalized Bridesmaid Keepsake Bowl ($10) is perfect for storing rings, earrings, hair ties or other small trinkets. This 3.5-inch round ceramic keepsake bowl is personalized with a chic floor-length gown with a sweetheart neckline and your bridesmaid’s name. The bowls are available in more than 30 glaze color options to match your bridesmaid dresses.


8. Does she love a good Cosmo or martini? This set of four Personalized Cosmopolitan Cocktail Glasses ($42.95) from The Man Registry makes a perfect gift for the girl who always has her signature cocktail in hand. Crafted from clear, hand-blown glass, these modern glasses will be right at home on ladies’ night, at the bachelorette party or in her home bar. Each dishwasher-safe glass holds up to 10 ounces, and is engraved with a single block initial. [Use coupon code spring14 for 10% off]


9. Your bridesmaids will love using these colorful Personalized Bridesmaid Cosmetic Bags ($152 for a set of four) from Allisa Jacobs on the wedding day and afterward. Large enough to carry all the essentials, the 5- by 7-inch, hand-stitched bags offer double stitching, a structured interior, strong snaps and lining. Available in various exterior colors and interior prints, each bag is also embroidered with her initial in a range of colors.


10. Great for entertaining at home or on the road, this roomy Personalized Laguna Beach Tub Cooler ($36.95) is large enough to tote a few six-packs or bottles of her favorite beverages to the BBQ, tailgate or beach. The waterproof, soft-sided party cooler tub has large handles, a handy attached bottle opener and is personalized with your bridesmaid’s monogram. Get it here. [Use coupon code spring14 for 10% off]

Which of these unique gifts would be perfect for your bridesmaids? Let us know below. 

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Your 2014 Guide to Groomsmen Gifts That Aren’t Lame

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Even before the hunt for groomsmen gifts begins, most guys are already aware that many of the options suck. This is probably because they’ve already personally received enough watches, money clips and flasks to last a lifetime. There’s no doubt you want to give your close friends and family unique gifts that will be treasured for years. Unfortunately, shopping around takes precious time and many grooms end up going with one of the aforementioned retreads out of convenience. To help you make unique choices, I’m sharing 10 of my favorite ideas for 2014. Read ‘em and weep (with joy), fellas…

rocks drinking glasses with state outlines engraved on them

Bringing in wedding party members from all around the country? The 4pc. set of “Home” Rocks Glasses ($38.95) can be customized with the engraving of any state. Except Montana. Nobody lives in Montana. Pick them up at The Man Registry. [Use coupon code spring14 for 10% off]

handmade shaving razors that can be engraved

Andrew Luck can pull off the neck beard. Your buddies can’t.  To drop them this not-so subtle hint and thank them for being part of your big day, check out these totally unique Handmade Maple Burl Razors ($54.95) that can be engraved with the recipient’s name or initials. They’re designed to fit Gillette® Mach3® razor head and can be purchased here. [Use coupon code spring14 for 10% off]

custom baseball cards for groomsmen gifts

Just because you and your friends never came close to playing in the big leagues doesn’t mean you still can’t be celebrated on your very own baseball cards. RookiesApp allows you to upload photos, place them on retro baseball card templates and customize the accompanying text. Impressed yet? The coolest part is that for $12.99 plus shipping, you can have the cards printed, packaged in that good ole wax paper and shipped straight to your mailbox. The experience is as authentic as begging your mom to buy you a pack of cards at the grocery store checkout. Rookies is available in the iPhone App Store and coming soon to Google Play. Learn more here.

handcrafted wood beer flight tasting set

Have you been wondering just how many beers it will take to get your best man out on the dance floor to twerk? That’s precisely the question that the Custom Beer Flight Sampler ($39.95) was designed to answer. With four pilsner glasses included, this handcrafted (in the USA) wood paddle is great for hosting a blind taste test party. Give the gift of brew at The Man Registry. [Use coupon code spring14 for 10% off]


Since we’re on the topic of suds, one of the coolest trends I’ve noticed over the last year is local brewpubs offering packages where you can go in once a month to re-fill your growler. If you and your crew don’t own growlers, the Personalized Craft Beer Growler ($21.95) may come in handy. It holds roughly two liters of beer and is customized with the recipient’s initial. Click here to buy. [Use coupon code spring14 for 10% off]

pen made from used machine gun bullet

Let’s pretend for a minute that your groomsmen are some of the manliest men out there. If this were true (which we both know it’s not),what type of pen would they use in the office? It sure as heck wouldn’t be a BIC. It would be a pen made from an actual Jack Daniels Whiskey Barrel and a Spent Machine Gun Bullet ($66.95). To order, head on over to TMR, choose from a Jack Daniels or Jim Beam barrel, add your personalization and you’ve got one of the most unique gifts they’ll ever receive. [Use coupon code spring14 for 10% off]

tabletop foosball game

Oh to be a kid again… Take a journey down memory lane with the Retro Tabletop Foosball Game ($59). It’s what every grown man needs. Available at Gilt.


Cufflinks may appear to be a boring gift on the surface, but that’s before you start matching styles to the personalities of your groomsmen. From iPhones to fighter jets to American flags, The Man Registry’s cufflink shop has dozens of unique options for $24.95 a piece. [Use coupon code spring14 for 10% off]

handcarved duck call for groomsmen

Live in duck hunting country? Rule #1: Don’t schedule your wedding during hunting season. Rule #2: If you’re dumb enough to schedule your wedding during hunting season, you’d better hand out some awesome gifts. This is where the Handcarved Duck Call comes in. It’s handcrafted and can be engraved at no extra cost. Get yours here. [Use coupon code spring14 for 10% off]

whiskey barrel made into a sign

Were your groomsmen extra good this year? Splurge on their gifts with this highly unique and totally bad-ass piece of décor. The Whiskey Barrel Sign ($149.95) is literally made from the chopped-off face of an actual barrel. It’s message is clear: only solitude, cigars and scotch are allowed in the man cave. And let’s be honest, what else is there in life? Interested? The Man Registry has you covered with free shipping. [Use coupon code spring14 for 10% off]

Which of the gifts featured here would your groomsmen like most? Leave a comment below and let us know!


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