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How to Choose Groomsmen's Gifts

A wedding seems to be the ladies' time to shine—with all eyes, of course, on the lovely bride. But the gentlemen do play a meaningful part in the occasion as well. The role of best man is customarily filled by the groom's brother or best friend; while that of the groomsmen is filled by other close friends and relatives. So this is a perfect opportunity for the groom to express his appreciation for their companionship and support through well-chosen gifts.

Some Practical Points to Keep in Mind

When making your selection, keep in mind two operative words: first, quality. Check the materials, workmanship, finishing, and even packaging of the gift items you are considering. You do want to show how much you value the men in the wedding party. Second, practicality. Men appreciate gifts they can actually use. So try to foresee the likely reaction to your gift options. If you predict a "This is great! I've always wanted one of these" or "I can definitely use this!"—then you're on the right track.

Ideas From Traditional to Technology

Traditionally, gifts for the men of the wedding party include such items:

1. engraved silver business card holders
2. personalized wine sets and wine bottle openers
3. poker chip boxes
4. leather eyeglass cases
5. watch cases
6. cigar sets
7. travel accessories
8. grooming kits
9. pocket knives
10. silver or leather money clips

More sophisticated choices would be electronic organizers, portable music players, and computer or mobile phone accessories. For more ideas, read Groomsmen Gift Ideas: From food to fashion.

Personalizing your groomsmen's gifts is also a nice gesture. From engraving to printing to embossing to embroidery, there's a high-quality way to mark each gift with the recipient's initials and make it really special.

Of course, your wedding motif, party theme or even location may influence your choice of gifts—as well as their presentation. For example, silk ties could be displayed as fun chess pieces at a groomsmen's dinner, then taken home as practical presents. Or for unusual or themed gifts, you couldlook to sites such as eBay for collectibles and vintage items. Whatever your final choice, do package these gifts stylishly and include a personal message of thanks to these special members of the wedding party!

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