I'm looking for gifts for the groomsmen in my wedding next month, and I'd like them to be useful, cool tools.
Here's my criteria: - Prefer to get the same item for each person - Engraveable or otherwise customizable - About $50-75 per person
Potentially interested in items that reflect interests my bride and I have: - Music - Delicious good food & drink and cooking - The great outdoors - Gadgets - But definitely not limited to these items
Many of the gifts I've seen around the interwebs on sites like groomsday.com are really cheesy and/or junk. Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions for nice gifts!0
I gave my men Leatherman Waves, with 50' of 300# test paracord wrapped on a carabiner. One of the men was a gas company supervisor, another is a SWAT team member for a very busy police dept, another was a state marshal, and the final man is a QA tester for NYSE. I think my SWAT guy used it the most. You can engrave them, of course. The carabiner and paracord were my adds, I figured they'd make it harder to lose, easier to add to a utility belt. <shrug> You may not get it completely right -- my man working for the gas company had access to them as a company bennie -- but my thinking was the tool represented a lot of solid function by a company known for quality. Exactly what I thought of my guys.
I recently bought a folding knife that is a beauty and costs about $100 if you look for it - a little high, but very nice. It's a Fallkniven P3GY Folder With Yellow Bone Handles. Worth it, and would be well received.
The standard Buck 110 Hunter is a good gift with a solid wood handle and very large brass caps that are large enough for engraving. Best of all, they run about $30 a pop, and are a good, proven, classic tool. My best man gave them as groomsmen gifts when he got married, and he had each of our initials engraved; I think the letters were at least 1/4" tall, there really is a lot of room there.
When I got married I gave my groomsmen these really nice insulated bags and had their initials embroidered on the front. They have a leather bottom and leather accents, and I think they ran around $40 with the embroidery.
I wish I had come up with the Buck knife first though, I think it was a cooler gift than my coolers.
At the different weddings I've participated in as a groomsman I've received a watch, a leatherman+sheath knife, an engraved flask (on two occasions), and a german beer stein. All of which I still have but none of which I make much use of. I think they're in a box somewhere in the barn. I think you should cruise through the cool-tools archive and find a separate gift for each guy in your price range. They can't all be needing the same thing, and you can (hopefully) guess at something that suits each of them
Those travel leather valets/catch alls were a hit with my groomsmen. Everyone needs a place to throw their keys, wallet, phone, change, etc, when they travel. The Pottery Barn model was the best design I could find and it can be laser monogrammed as well.
(Warning: Shameless plug!) My wife personalizes a lot of groomsmen's gifts in her shop, Laser It All: http://laseritall.com
It's a nice way to make the garden variety knife/flask/whatever special.
Hip Flasks already filled, you can engrave them if you wish as well.
My Hubby gifted me a set of dinnerware and I think it is a good option, actually he ordered online, the dine ware reached to me well packed and delivered in a good conditions. The L.A. Table offers variety of such crockery, dinnerware, servingware and lots more of your taste.
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