I'm getting married in a few months, and need to come up with some ideas for gifts for my groomsmen. My venue is at an old gallery called "The Arcade", so video game gifts could be appropriate as long as they aren't tacky. Does anyone have any ideas?
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On a very related note, I've been listening to far too much MBMBaM recently.
I want to give you advice, but off the top of my head, I have no idea what kind of budget you have for this. Can you only afford to get them a small, inexpensive memento, or can you buy Vitas for all of your groomsmen, Oprah-style? Inquiring minds need to know.
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cufflinks related to video games.
This. My bro got married last year. Al of us groomsmen were given cufflinks that related to our personalities. I got the best ones (I think) which were miniature reproductions of the smash bros 64 cartridge
I gave out glass beer mugs with the groomsmen's names engraved on them. I also got that same thing when I was in another friend's wedding, and I still use it. Flasks are good, too. When I got the mugs for my groomsmen they were $18 each, including the engraving, and I think I probably overpaid since it was at a kiosk in the mall.
Pocket knives are a good choice, too. They're useful and probably fit in your budget.
What my husband did doesn't really fit the video game theme, he ended up buying nice, leather wallets for the guys. I ended up buying fancy candy from a local confection shop as a supplement to the gifts and then I wrapped everything up in nice themed bags for the groomsmen and the bridesmaids.
I would look for something really nice locally or maybe even on Etsy. Engraved items are nice, as previously mentioned. Cufflinks are cool but I don't know if you're looking for more symbolic gifts or actual practical gifts.
I did a quick search on Etsy under "video game wedding" and came up with this, but there's only one from the seller unfortunately. There are other things too that fit the theme just from looking over the results, but like I said, it depends on what you want to go for. But, I would always recommend candy as a supplement. It went over so well with our friends. There were Maine blueberry dark chocolate bars and ones with bacon, and since our wedding was at the beginning of October, I also had gummy pumpkins. It worked out really well.
This will sound weird, but I would go manly with this, not go geeky or funny. (Hey Tesla and I agree!!)
Get each man a classic shaving kit from Classic Shaving (CS). They have something called the: "YOUR CHOICE" BEGINNER'S BASIC DOUBLE-EDGE SAFETY RAZOR COMPLETE SET. ($74 to $89 depending on choices)
Included in this set is everything you need to start shaving right out of the box.
- a quality, non-aggressive double edge safety razor in "your choice" of either Black or Chrome,
- "your choice" of Ivory or Black Classic Brand Super Badger Shaving Brush,
- "your choice" of traditional shaving mug in three colors,
- "your choice" of razor blades (Good: Lord. Better: Astra. Best: Feather), and your choice of shaving soap in a wide assortment of scents.
You can get straight razors too (super manly), but those are VERY expensive sets.
Get them wet shaving kits: brush, double edge razor, blade sample pack, soap/cream, mug. Put it all in wooden box. Note that to do this right (decent equipment) you'll probably have to pay 50-75 per person if not a little more.
This is what I did. Got 4 kits from http://www.maggardrazors.com/product/budget-starter-kit/ and put them in a cigar box I got from Etsy. Not quite video game related, but still a good gift I think. Congrats OP.
Is it customary for groomsman to receive gifts? I'm about to be one.
Yes, it is customary, but depends on your friend really. My brother in law gave me...err a knife...or a handshake. My friend from high school have me a case of assorted craft beers. My other friends have not made me a groomsman (yet)...which is fine because being in a wedding party is expensive.
i got married at 21 and was not aware of many of the common practices of getting married such as buying groomsmen gifts. Luckily, i had a best friend as my best man and A groomsmen in the form of my brother in law. Both of them remain close friends today. Come to think of it, i've never received a groomsmen gift for any of the weddings i was in so there's that...
I got mine mono-graphed whiskey glasses with their initials, glass beer mugs and whiskey stones. For my brother (my best man) I got him a pocket watch along with the same stuff.
From my friends, some groomsmen gifts I have gotten are a flask/Zippo combo with my initials and a really nice knife (pearl handle, nice wood finish).