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…
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 winter14 for 10% off]
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 winter14 for 10% off]
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.
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 winter14 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 winter14 for 10% off]
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 winter14 for 10% off]
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 winter14 for 10% off]
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 winter14 for 10% off]
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 winter14 for 10% off]
Which of the gifts featured here would your groomsmen like most? Leave a comment below and let us know!