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Groomsmen Gift Ideas (Best of 2022)

By Andrew Peloquin  |  Updated May 2, 2022
 

Being a groomsman is an absolute honor for most guys—after all, everyone at the wedding will see just how important he is to the groom because he's standing at the head of the room rather than sitting down with the rest of the crowd.

The truth is that groomsmen (and the best man in particular) are putting in some serious time and effort for you. Not just planning and pulling off a heck of a bachelor party, but anything else that you need them to help with—or that the bride/maid of honor/bridesmaids rope them into.

It’s definitely worth showing your appreciation with an appropriate gift. Not only is it the well-mannered thing to do, but it’s as much tradition as having a coterie of groomsmen to have your back.

Not sure what to get them? Don’t sweat it!

We’ve compiled a list of the best groomsmen gifts, complete with some truly creative, customizable options that will be unique to your wedding.

I guarantee that once you’ve gone over the list and found the perfect gift, it’ll show your groomsmen that they made the right choice in standing by your side on this, the biggest and happiest day of your life.


Want to jump right to the gift ideas?

For 2022, we've outlined a selection of gifts every groomsman will enjoy. Our Gifts for Groomsmen Guide is one of the many gift guides available at WERD. Tapping into our 12 years of gear & gadget experience, we've hunted down the best finds for every type of guy, giving you the confidence to gift like a pro.



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Which guys in the wedding party should get a gift from the groom?

The bride makes certain that every woman in the wedding party receives a gift, which means it’s on you, the groom, to make sure that every man in the wedding party receives a gift.

Obviously, the best man and groomsmen are at the top of the list—but that list doesn’t end there. You’ve also go other men doing important tasks, including:


  • The ushers (who play a huge role in keeping things organized and moving)
  • The officiant (who’s instrumental in the entire process)
  • The father (who you owe respect to for raising such a wonderful partner)

Make sure you’ve got a gift handy for all of these important men. Even something small will be a grand (and often unexpected) token of your appreciation.



Should a best man get a nicer gift than the other groomsmen?

Let’s be real: the best man absolutely deserves a nicer gift than the other groomsmen.

Don’t get me wrong, the groomsmen are instrumental in the whole wedding planning/execution process.

But the best man has more responsibility, has put in more time, effort, and probably money, too. He organized and pulled off a heck of a bachelor party, and he’s been there by your side the entire journey.

When it comes time to give gifts, the best man should always receive something a bit more special than the groomsmen—a physical representation of why you chose him as the "BEST" man over all the other important men in your life.



How much should I spend on a groomsmen gift?

For the best man, shoot for no less than $100. You want to give him a meaningful gift, something that shows how much you appreciate him for everything he’s done—not just during the wedding process, but over all your years as best buds/siblings. Investing a little more ensures you get him a truly next-level gift.

For the groomsmen, expect to spend $50 to $75 per man. That’s neither overly expensive nor overly cheap, just the right "sweet spot" to get them awesome gifts they’ll love.



When do you give groomsmen their gifts?

It’s customary to give the groomsmen their gifts on your wedding day, while you’re getting ready. They’ll all be there with you, supporting you (and keeping away any last-minute wedding jitters/cold feet). That’s the best time to give them the special gifts you got for them, to show how grateful you are for their support.



Should I send a thank you note to groomsmen after the wedding?

It’s the well-mannered thing to do!

The groomsmen, best man, wedding ushers, officiant, parents/parents-in-law, and anyone else who helped to make your wedding day special deserve to be appreciated, and a thank-you note is expected from both the bride and groom.




A selection of gifts ideas for groomsmen in 2022



Be Prepared for Anything and Everything with the VSSL Essentials Collection

VSSL Essentials Kits


 
$65-80

These kits are designed to be ultra-portable and tough enough to withstand literally anything—from a boat capsize to an avalanche—but contain all the survival tools you need for your camping, hiking, trekking, and mountaineering adventures. Hyper-tough rope, razor-sharp blades, fishing line and hooks, first aid supplies, fire starters, and survival gear, these kits have it all. You’ll become a prepared outdoorsman in no time with these fellas in your back pocket.


Keep Your Case of Beer Chilled with the Kase Mate

Kanga Kase Mate Insulated Cooler Bag


 

It’s no exaggeration to say that with the Kase Mate, you’ll never need ice again. This little cooler is designed to keep your drinks cold for up to 7 hours, so you can hit the beach or lake in style and still enjoy a frosty drink at the end of a long day. It’s actually sized perfectly to slip right over your 12-pack, 24-pack, or 30-pack—ready to hit the road in a matter of seconds. The four-layer closed-cell foam insulating membrane even has a reflective liner that will shield your drinks from the heat and stop any chill from seeping out. Talk about the perfect companion for those hot summer days.


Take Spirits To Go with the Aged & Ore Bottle Flight

Aged & Ore Bottle Flight


 

The Bottle Flight from Aged & Ore is a set of 4 silicone-wrapped 3-ounce glass bottles designed to safely transport and share samples of your favorites spirits.  The bottles carry in a custom travel case sized to fit neatly in any small bag.  An Aged & Ore 'Glass Marker' is also included, allowing you to label your beverages so you know what you're sipping.


Bring a Sixer in the Beer Bottle Caddy

Wooden 6-Bottle Caddy with Bottle Opener


 

Handbuilt from wood for a classic, old-time feel, the Wood Beer Bottle Caddy carries six beer bottles and features a metal bottle opener mounted on the side. For home brewers, it makes a great way to give the gift of beer. Or for those who prefer to BYOB, you’ll arrive in style.


Clean Carry: Bellroy Key Case

Bellroy Key Case


 

Offering sleek, bundled storage for 3-5, Bellroy’s Key Case features a unique flipper mechanism that ejects keys one-handed while keeping them secure on a detachable cord loop for a car key or fob. The exterior is smooth, eco-tanned leather finish & the hardware is stainless steel. Choose from 5 colors.


The James Brand Added Scissors to its Revamped Ellis Multi-tool

The James Brand the Ellis


 

The Ellis multi-tool from The James Brand features a ½ serrated Sandvik 12C27 stainless-steel blade, a small scraper/flathead driver, and integrated scissors for impressive utility in a small, slim tool. A wire pocket clip keeps it at your fingertips.


Small Things Matter: Craighill Wilson Keyring

Craighill Wilson Keyring


 

Constructed with sprung, eighth-inch thick brass wire, the Wilson keyring from Craighill is a strong and purposeful piece. What it lacks in complexity, it more than makes up for in pure function. It exists to declutter you pockets & performs its task with ease. Choose raw brass or vapor black finish.


Pop ’Em Like a Pro with The Catcher Bottle Opener from Tooletries

The Catcher Bottle Opener


 

Bottle-tops won’t go flying when you’re popping cold ones open with The Catcher. It’s a magnetic-bottle opener with a soft silicone-grip that allows you to stick it almost anywhere & get crackin'! A strong magnet inside catches the caps before they fall. Ideal for home, RV, boat, garage or man cave.


Gerber Keeps It Simple with Armbar Slim Drive

Gerber Gear Armbar Slim Drive


 

Lightweight and minimalist, Gerber’s Armbar Slim Drive multi-tool offers a few of your most-used essentials. For screwing stuff: A 2-1/2”  long driver with two-sided ¼” bit, for cutting stuff: a 2 & 1/2” frame lock blade, and for drinking stuff, the always handy bottle opener. Choose from 3 colors.


Still Our Favorite Classic Carry: Gerber Shard Keychain Tool

Gerber Shard Keychain Tool


 

Lightweight & airline-safe, Gerber’s Shard keychain tool is a proven EDC classic. It also happens to be the one tiny tool we go to most often. With a durable titanium nitride coating & sized perfectly for your pocket, it offers small & medium flat drivers, a Philips head driver, wire stripper, pry bar, bottle opener, & lanyard hole. It weighs about half an ounce.


Epic EDC: WESN’s Samla Knife

WESN The Samla


 

The Samla pocket knife from Detroit’s WESN brand is a sharp little friction folder with a flat blade and a streamlined design. Designed for reliable, everyday use, the 2.45” blade is constructed of Sandvik 14c28n stainless steel with scales in your choice of either Rosewood or Grade 5 Titanium.


The G5 Field Wallet is a Pocket Pelican Case

Pelican G5 Field Wallet


 

With its Aircraft-grade aluminum shell and RFID Blocking barrier, Pelican’s G5 Personal Utility RF Field Wallet keeps your cards, cash, and small EDC items safe, secure and accessible at all times. The case is Crushproof & Waterproof with an IP67 rating for submersion at 1 meter for 30 minutes. Lifetime guarantee.


Sip it On the Rocks from Your Mountain Decanter

Whiskey Peaks Mountain Decanter


 

Whiskey Peaks’ 34-ounce Mountain Decanter will make a great addition to your bar or cocktail cart. It’s made of 100% lead-free handblown glass and features the 3D profile of a mountain peak in its base, creating a unique display for your favorite spirit and each decanter is unique.


The Dango Dapper is One Well-Dressed Wallet

Dango Dapper Bi-fold Wallet


 

Blending natural and technical materials in a clean, modern design, the D03 Dapper bi-fold wallet is one you’ll want in your back pocket. Machined aluminum and top-grain leather combine in a classic bill fold configuration that holds up to 14 cards and cash. Choose silver, black or brown.


Make & Shake A Proper Cocktail Anywhere You Want

Highcamp Flasks Highball Shaker


 

With a design inspired by a Mason Jar, High Camp's portable cocktail shaker is a 20oz, vacuum-insulated vessel that converts into a highball tumbler with an innovative strainer design. The 3-piece configuration lets you shake it at home or take it to-go. Choose from black, stainless, or copper finish.


Keep Small Stuff Safe in This Watertight EDC Capsule

Dango Capsule Mini


 

Dango’s Capsule Mini is an ideal EDC storage solution that will keep those small essentials close at hand. CNC-machined from 6061 aluminum this slender, watertight, & food-grade screw-top tube is the perfect vessel for tiny items you need to keep protected. It’s 2.5 long & .25” in diameter and features a lanyard loop or keyring loop on the lid. Available in stain silver or black.


Don’t Get Chapped, Get Liquor Lip Balm

Cocktail Chapsticks


 

When you’re really dying for a drink but for whatever reason, can’t whet your whistle, this lip balm might hold you over. This fun, liquor-inspired lip balm comes in three refreshing flavors: Bourbon, Margarita, and Moscow Mule. No, there’s no booze in it but it’s actually moisturizing—and contains zinc for sunblock. Handmade in small batches in Michigan, U.S.A.


Now You Can See with this Copper Keychain Flashlight

LUMINTOP Pimi Copper Flashlight


 

Deployed with a simple twist for on & off, the 60-lumen Pimi keychain flashlight is a smart little EDC light. Measuring just 1.3 inches, it fits perfectly on your keys, delivering handy, reliable light in a cool copper case. It’s powered by a single 10180 cell battery and is IP68 rated for dust and water resistance.


Magnets Make This Flip Case Wallet Irresistible

Bellroy Flip Case


 

With room for up to 8 cards plus cash, the Flip Case wallet from Bellroy is a sleek EDC essential. With its soft leather exterior and magnetic trap door, it keeps your valuables secure but easily accessible. When you’ve taken out what you need, it automatically snaps shut. Available in brown or black.


Leatherman Returns to the Classics with 14-Function Bond Multi-tool

Leatherman Bond


 

Based on its first-ever multitool launched in 1983, the Leatherman Bond multi-tool is a proven EDC essential. It boasts 14 functions, including needlenose pliers, Philips and slotted screwdrivers, wire cutters and strippers, a ruler, a wood and metal file, a can opener and 2.9" stainless steel blade. Weight is just 5.8 ounces.


The REAPR Wrecking Bar is Built to Destroy

REAPR Wrecking Bar


 

With the right tool, doing demolition can really be the best part of the project. And the REAPR Versa TAC Wrecking Bar might be the only one you need. Made of 420 stainless steel with a powder-coated wrinkle finish, this 10-inch tactical tool features a ripper hook, wrecking bar, wrench function and nail pullers, and a cutting edge for prying or cutting. Belt carry or store it in its 1680D ballistic nylon sheath.


Tighten Up Your EDC Game with this Multi-Driver from The James Brand

James Brand The Cache River Multi-driver


 

Discerning seekers of flawless design and unquestionable function will find it in every piece of EDC that bears The James Brand name. Their latest premium, pocketable implement isn’t a knife or a pen but a driver. The Cache River is a screwdriver/bit driver that fits snugly in your grip, offering 3 bits—a Phillips #2, a Torx T6 & Wiha Slotted 4.5. Bits store in its slim handle, and a lanyard attachment keeps it handy. Length: 3.9”, weight: 1.2 ounces.


Tap a TrailKeg Anywhere You Wander

TrailKeg Stainless Steel Growler


 

The TrailKeg pours a perfect draft beer anywhere you take it—that’s the genius of this system: portability. Combining an insulated stainless steel growler with a CO2 pressurizing tap, TrailKeg keeps your brew cold—for up to 24 hours—and perfectly carbonated, for weeks using standard 16gram CO2 cartridges. Choose from a 1/2 or 1-gallon size growler & 2 types of tap.


GoSun Flatware Helps You Kick Plastic to the Curb

GoSun Flatware


 

Designed to eliminate another single-use plastic from your life, GoSun Flatware is a portable utensil kit that fits in your wallet or pocket for plastic-free eating anywhere, anytime. Infinitely reusable, they’re made of dishwasher-safe stainless steel & PE, are BPA-free, clean easily, and store in a slim card case. Another funded Kickstarter.


This German Bottle Opener Reseals the Deal

Westmark Germany Hermetus Steel 3-in-1 Resealer Beer Bottle Opener


 

Made of high-quality stainless steel it features a durable design and simple embossed instructions that make resealing your unfinished beers easier than ever. And even though you won’t need them, it’s also got instructions for opening bottles.


For EDC, The James Brand Built a Better ’Biner

the Mehlville Carabiner


 

Machined from anodized 6063 aluminum, the Mehlville EDC carabiner from The James Brand features a unique shape & simple yet clever dual compartment design that will keep your keys and EDC items securely attached even when you unclip the ’biner.  There’s also a built-in bottle opener. Available in silver or black.



Having trouble finding something you think your groomsmen will like?

At WERD, we spend every day of every year uncovering the latest in men's gadgets and gear. Try going through some of our categories for more gifting inspiration. A few to try: Gear for Men, Cool Gadgets, Books for Men, Stuff for the Home.



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