Last Updated: Mar 23, 2018
The best man in your wedding party has always been right there by your side—long before the wedding was even on the horizon. His large role in your life is the reason you chose him to be your right-hand man in the first place. Buying a gift for your best man is an opportunity to truly show how much your unique relationship contributes to your life. This once-in-a-lifetime event is a chance to remind him that you’ll continue to stand by each other’s sides as life heads into this next phase.
Of all people, he’ll notice when you take the time to pick out a gift that’s just for him. So, consider these tips when choosing the most personal of best man presents.
Why Buying a Gift for Your Best Man Is so Important
For the past several months of rigorous best man duties, he’s rallied your friends together, arranged a bachelor party, acted as the point person for travel plans, and will now even keep your wedding rings safe during the ceremony. Most importantly, he’s been there to provide emotional support from day one. Now’s the time to show your thanks for everything he’s done.
On a day that is rightfully focused on you and your bride, take a moment before the wedding to focus on your best man. Weddings are also a time to set time aside for those that make a difference in your life. It’s also a chance to look back on amazing memories and note that his role in your life has been invaluable.
Personalizing Your Best Man Gift
There’s hardly anyone on this earth that knows you better than your best man. Whichever gift you choose, make it a reminder of how well you know him after all this time.
Personalization achieves this well. Consider monogramming a practical item he’ll use forever, such as a photo-filled coffee mug or tumbler for him to carry to work every day. If your best man is an avid chef, personalize a quality wood or marble cutting board, perfect for classing up the kitchen and making his food prep even easier. You may also choose a gift that helps you celebrate together, setting a date after the wedding to catch up now that all the plans have died down. Most importantly, show off the personal effort you’ve put toward his gift.
Do give yourself time
Last-minute gift shopping never goes well. Especially when it comes to weddings—when the final moments are so packed with wedding-related tasks—you don’t want to rush through such an important decision. Personalized gifts often require more time to consider and order. Be sure to take your wedding travel time into account when planning delivery date as well.
Do include a card
Even if you’ve rarely exchanged a sentimental word, now’s the time to express how much he means to you. With each gift, however personalized, be sure to include a card with a personal note. Weddings are a time to pause and say exactly what you’ve always wanted to say.
Don’t wait until the wedding is over
The moment a wedding has passed, life picks up its natural rhythm again. Saving gifts until after the wedding is over will only cut into your decompression time and confuse your groomsmen. Also, in the height of the emotional day, a gift is the perfect thing to surprise your guys.
Do consider his tastes
Personalized gift options offer such a wide range of selection that sometimes, it can be difficult to choose. Remember, you know your best man more than most people in your circle. If you’re feeling lost, consider his personality, sense of humor, hobbies, and lifestyle before perusing the list of possible gift ideas for a wedding.
Don’t blow your budget
The amount of money spent on a gift never aligns with how much you care for someone. If pre-wedding spending is tight, have no guilt about finding something simple. Adding personalization will help immensely in this situation, as this thoughtful touch will supersede something expensive and flashy.
Do consider balance with groomsmen
On the topic of budget, also keep your other wedding party members in mind. Especially when gifting your groomsmen at the same time, consider finding some sort of balance between the best man and your other favorite guys. They’ve also stood by your side throughout this process, each playing a unique role in your life. Try to keep things fair and remain conscious of balance.
Personalized Groomsmen Gift Ideas
The craft beer scene is taking off. Celebrate making it to the big day by gifting your best man a monogrammed growler. Its seal will keep his favorite beer fresh and flavorful throughout the day, whether he’s more of a stout or IPA kind of guy.
This classic best man gift gets even better when you add his name, monogram or a favorite quote. He’ll keep this flask close throughout the weekend when the group feels the need for an impromptu toast. Choose from three different classy, metallic varieties.
3. Playing Cards
Once the wedding ends, it’s time to set up those weekly poker tournaments again. What’s a better way to remind him of your thanks than a personalized deck for the game? Pair it with a set of poker chips or other related accessories perfect for your group night of cards and catching up.
4. Photo Collage
Explore this modern alternative to framed photos by turning a photo collage into metal wall art. Range photos from your childhood through the days leading up to the wedding. Available in a variety of sizes, the ChromaLuxe material is safe for both indoors and out.
5. Beer Stein
Pour a tall, cold beer together after gifting him with this frosted, personalized beer stein. Cover the stein with all your favorite photos or have the glass etched with his initials. Make sure to order two so you have a matching set!
6. Gourmet Coffee
If your best man is a fan of gourmet coffee, get creative with a mason jar. A good idea is to also include the bowtie that he will be wearing on your wedding day for a more personal touch as this will be a forever staple in your wedding party photos.
Choosing a gift for your best man is an opportunity to truly thank him for all his hard work. Being a best man is no easy task, he’s there to make every moment of the wedding prep process a celebration. Show your true appreciation by picking out the most personal gift for your best guy, and celebrate all he’s done to make this day incredible.
60 More Best Man Gift Ideas
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Leather Keychain by The Crafted Life
Feedbag Grocery Tote with Leather Straps by Poppytalk
Bay Rum Aftershave by The Herbal Spoon
Clove and Cedarwood Beard Oil by Stockpiling Moms
Leather Wrapped Flask by I Spy DIY
Bourbon and Beeswax Candles by Soap Queen by Brambleberry
Exfoliating Mint Coffee Soap by DIY in PDX
Leather Wallet by Mr. Lentz
DIY Skinny Ties by Joe and Cheryl
Leather and Cement Checkers Game by Lovely Indeed
Beer Tote by Rogue Engineer
Man Hand Salve by Crunchy Betty
Cozy Flannel Scarves by Delia Creates
Custom Cufflinks by Something Turquoise
Shrinky Dink Tie Tacks by Oh Happy Day
Golf Head Covers by Positively Splendid
Leather Laptop Sleeve by Rachel Teodoro
Stamped Men’s Handkerchief by Bumblebee Linens
Leather Stamp Notebook by The Merry Thought
Monogrammed Luggage Tags by Ginger Snap Crafts
DIY Sports Koozie by Sports Mom Survival Guide
Necktie Zip Pouch by Polka Dot Chair
Bottle Cap Fishing Lures by Two Little Hooligans
Cozy Hand Warmers by Swoon Studio
Herringbone Scarf by Purl Soho
DIY Marble Walnut Cutting Board by Woodbrew
Jack Daniels Soap Dispenser by Curly Birds
Comic Book Coasters by Mod Podge Rocks
Mini Granite Pots by Almost Makes Perfect
Hand Painted Mug by Wit and Whistle
DIY Cheese Knives by Sugar and Cloth
DIY Beer Tray by The DIY Playbook
Clay Desk Paperweight by Fall for DIY
Copper Tin Can Planters by Homey Oh My
Dip Dye Pestle & Mortar by The Lovely Drawer
Wooden Desk Caddy by Dream Green DIY
Copper Pipe Wine Rack by A Bubbly Life
Faux Marble Kitchen Utensils by A Joyful Riot
Wood Slice Cheese Board by Small Town Rambler
Decorative Painted Oars by Pencil Shavings Studio
Branch Coasters by Garden Therapy
DIY Wooden Pizza Peel by The Year of Mud
Mason Jar Spinning Spice Rack by Untrained Housewife
Cork Football Trivets by Crafts Unleashed
Grill Supplies Box by Gray House Studio
Lego Key Hook by Felix Grauer
Antler Candle Holders by A Daily Something
DIY Superhero Bookends by Little Red Window
Dinosaur Succulent Planters by Maggie Overby Studios
Beer Bottle Drinking Glasses by The Art of Manliness
DIY Chili Oil by The Spruce
Ultimate Coffee Gift Basket by Budget Savvy Diva
Dr. Pepper Habanero Beef Jerky by Hey Grill Hey
Bacon Salt by Honestly Yum
Dungeons & Dragons D20 Chocolates by Our Nerd Home
Homemade Cookie Butter by A Beautiful Mess
Boozy Gift Basket by Oak & Oats
DIY Flavored Coffee Syrups by Everyday Annie
Wood Infused Spirits by Man Made DIY
Spice Rub Gift Sets by Boulder Locavore