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We need to have a serious conversation:
Flasks are a gift of the past.
Perhaps at one point, flasks were cool and even useful (metal detectors at every major sporting event have put an end to that), but that’s hardly the case anymore. Though they may feature highly on many a list of groomsmen gifts, we’re here to tell you there are better choices.
So pass on this obsolete knick-knack (it’d probably end up in the bottom of a box, anyway), and take a look at this list of cool groomsmen gift ideas.
1. Custom Whiskey Decanter and Glasses
For the liquor connoisseur, a flask just isn’t going to cut it.
Instead, go for something that screams refined gentleman. A custom whiskey decanter is a bit more sophisticated than a simple flask and is sure to appeal to your adult friends.
It’s a gift that Don Draper would be proud of.
You can personalize each decanter with the recipient’s initials or even a full name. Go the extra mile and pair your custom gift with a bag of whiskey stones or bottle of his favorite whiskey!
If your groomsmen are beer guys, don’t worry. There are plenty of customizable options for them as well.
Replace the shot glasses with a personalized pilsner glass featuring their name, or a custom beer mug that shows off their favorite NFL team. You can even throw in a 6-pack of craft beer with customized labels for a truly unique gift set.
2. Tie Clip
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A tie clip is a simple but functional gift to dole out to your groomsmen.
When it comes to color, go with a classic silver — it looks great with any tie. You can get them plain or even customize them with each groomsman’s initials.
They can wear their tie clips at your wedding and afterward, as well.
Matching tie clips can give your wedding party a cohesive look. They’ll also keep your gift budget on the affordable side without looking cheap.
If you prefer a bit of humor with your gift-giving, grab some tie clips that double as bottle openers. Perfect for the ceremony and the party to come after!
3. Leather Travel Kit
A Dopp kit is one of the most useful gifts you can get for your friends who love to travel.
Pick out a nice leather travel case to let your groomsmen know you care. These kits are perfect for keeping toiletries and shaving supplies in order on a vacation, business trip, or weekend away.
The functionality knows no bounds!
Personalization doesn’t fall to the wayside here. There are plenty of ways you can customize a travel kit for each of your groomsmen.
Either way, this thoughtful gift will serve your groomsmen well for years to come.
4. Customized Yeti Rambler Mug
Let’s face it:
Coffee is life.
There’s nothing like that first cup of coffee (or two) to get your motor revving. A Yeti mug is just what the mechanic ordered for every morning, whether it’s nice and relaxed or incredibly hectic.
Your groomsmen deserve a high-quality cup that’s built to last.
The Yeti Rambler Mug is made to take punches while keeping any drink as hot or cold as when you first poured it.
It’s perfect for a day at the beach, a long road trip, or just to take to work in the morning. And it comes in a range of different colors, from red to green to gunmetal, so you can buy ones that match your wedding theme.
You can even customize this gift with monograms, logos, and designs. Add your wedding date to remind them of the special occasion, or keep it simple and go with their initials.
5. Barbecue Tool Set
We all have that one friend who claims to be the “grill master.”
Maybe that’s your best man. Or maybe all of your groomsmen think they’re Aaron Franklin.
Whoever it is, if there’s a guy in your wedding party who is constantly out on the patio barbecuing, take this opportunity to show how well you know them.
A barbecue tool set made of stainless steel will see them through every family get-together and tailgating party for the foreseeable future.
While you’re at it, why not throw in a canvas grilling apron? Keep them safe and give them something to hold their new tools while they barbecue.
It’s possible to find customizable options for these things. But if you don’t want personalized groomsmen gifts, you don’t need to have them. That’s totally up to you.
6. Personalized Cooler Chair
Now, if you really want to talk functionality, we’ve got the perfect gift for you.
A cooler chair is multi-purpose. It not only keeps soda, beer, or water cold, but it’s ALSO a place to sit. How does it get better than that?
This particular cooler chair doubles as a backpack for ease of transportation. And it’s even customizable! Add your groomsmen’s names for that personal feel to let your groomsmen know just how much you appreciate them.
It’s a win for everyone.
No matter what your friends enjoy doing — camping, hiking, or tailgating — this is a gift that will certainly come in handy.
Related: How to Throw a Glamping Wedding
7. An Experience
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Maybe your groomsmen already have all the gadgets they need. Maybe they are extra picky. Or maybe you just aren’t that into giving material gifts.
An experience is one of the best gifts you can give anyone — even better than gifting things. The fondness of memories lasts longer than any physical gift and only grows stronger over time.
Book a tee time for golf. Grab some tickets to a ball game. Take your entire party to a concert. There are options for every taste and budget.
A good rule of thumb when booking experiences:
Plan it for a few weeks after the wedding. Leading up to the big day, you’ll all be busy with the bachelor party, tux fittings, and wedding rehearsals, which leaves little time for anything else.
See also: 9 Father of the Bride Gifts
When it’s all said and done, it’s your wedding day, and you should give your groomsmen whatever you want.
But, we recommend giving the groomsmen something they can use outside of a reenactment of prohibition.
A flask may be a cool callback to the roaring 20s (the 1920s that is), but they don’t have a place in today’s society. This is it — the time of the flask is over.
For 2023, we’re sticking to groomsmen gifts that are much more this century.