I’ve gotten a few questions lately from brides seeking the perfect offbeat groomsmen’s gifts. I’ve resisted weighing in because no two dudes are the same — and I really don’t dig the gender-normative trends in groomsmen gifts. It seems like it’s assumed that groomsmen are interested in booze (flasks!), titties (pin-up cufflinks!), tools, and sports. I mean sure: you know your dudes best. Maybe they love these things. But are we really so sure our guy friends are so narrow in their interests?
So, in putting together my list of awesome groomsmen gifts, I’ll recognize that some dudes might be into a flask or cufflinks, but others would be much happier with a Star Wars flash drive, pedicure, or leather wrist-cuff. My ultimate test for groomsmen gifts: would a badass Best Woman like it too?
That in mind, here are a few of my favorite nontrad groomsmen gifts, some more mainstream, some tongue-in-cheek, and some totally out there:
Mustache pint glasses
Because yes, ok fine: lots of dudes do like beer. These are from etsy:
Groomsman pedicure party
Give your guys the chance to experience a luxury that may be completely foreign to them. Of course they can skip the toenail polish of they’re not flashy — a quick exfoliation and buff can be awesome, and there’s nothing like male bonding at the nail salon!
Boba Fett cufflinks
I had to get at least one set of cuff-links on the list, right?
Another Etsy find, for your neo-Victorian mates:
In keeping with the Steampunk flask theme, picture all your groomsmen rocking these amazing custom goggles. Imagine the photo possibilities!
Pin-up girl cufflinks
Yes, this is a stereotypical one, but could be perfectly themed for your rockabilly wedding. Plus, lots of dudes do indeed like boobs. Heck, lots of girls like boobs too, so this could be perfect for your burlesque-dancing, retro-mama groomsgirl, as well:
Yeah, ok it’s totally stereotypical, but unlike a customized mug or shot glasses, multitools are super useful.
Hitachi Magic Wand
Haven’t you heard? The Cadillac of Vibrators is not just for the ladies. Guys love it, once they can get over the “Wait, how does a dude use a vibe?” hurdle. Tips for dudes: 1. Take it home. 2. Put it on your penis. 3. Enjoy!
Just like an apron, only for a guy’s tools and manly things. Like maybe his new Hitachi? PERHAPS!
Cuz some guys are WAY too dandy for plain old ties.
Star Wars flash drives
May the geek be with you!
Obviously, the perfect gift for a beach wedding. Bonus: goes great with afore-mentioned groomsman pedicure party!
Tattoo-style leather wrist cuffs
For the rock ‘n’ roll toughies in your wedding party.
Embroidered bromance love note
For the groom who’s not afraid to tell his BFFs how he feels. I’m imagining something along the lines of:
Hey Brian — You’ve always been there for me, bro. I love you, man. xo, Jason
Perfect for camping, boating, and the impending apocalypse!