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First things first — when we say “cheap” groomsmen gifts or wedding favors we do not mean crappy quality.
With subpar gifts you’d be better off lighting your money on fire. Better that than to waste it on something that your best man and groomsmen will throw away the day after the wedding.
So none of our following recommendations would fit under that heading.
These gifts are all ones that we think groomsmen would still appreciate and find enjoyable or useful for years to come.
You can also skip right to this page with our most affordable groomsmen gifts.
You’ll find options at under $20 per person including US shipping — and including personalization in most cases.
- 1 Sticking To Your Wedding Budget
- 2 Coasters
- 3 Credit Card Bottle Openers
- 4 Custom Engraved Ammo Can
- 5 Personalized Beer
- 6 Custom Flasks
- 7 Pair of Custom Printed Socks
- 8 Barware
- 9 Set of Stylish Ties
- 10 Pair of Cufflinks
- 11 Fountain Pens
- 12 Subscription-Based Gift
- 13 A Memorable Experience
- 14 Personalized Gifts: Important Tips
- 15 Summary
Sticking To Your Wedding Budget
We understand — it is tough to plan a wedding and stick with a strict budget. As such, it’ll be necessary cut corners on some parts of the preparations.
Plenty of wedding guides will recommend spending $100 per groomsman and $150 for your best man or father of the bride.
We realize that those numbers aren’t going to be feasible for every groom.
It can be a struggle to find a gift that will not make your wallet cry, but at the same time be meaningful or at least useful to your groomsmen.
The reality of it is that people appreciate a personal touch on simple gifts because it means that you were thinking of them.
In this article, we will provide some suggestions for inexpensive groomsmen gifts that are not at all the stereotypical cheap baubles. We will also give you tips and tricks on how to take your simple groomsmen gifts to the next level.
Ready to see where you can save money? Then, continue reading.
All the gifts we have chosen are (as mentioned) affordable — but at the same time they’re unique and can be personalized.
If money has been tight for a while, you might be looking for a unique gift that is really affordable. But you want to avoid embarrassment if your groomsmen open tacky dollar store gifts in front of others.
Believe it or not, you can buy a thoughtful, unique, and distinctive gift, without spending much more than you would at Walmart.
With personalized coasters, you’ll find a perfect gift that your friends will use for years to come — without leaving your bank account suffering.
Our wide selection of designs includes brown, black, and cork styles. Choose from colors and materials that work best with your friend’s personal style, and choose a size that’s best for his favorite go-to drinks.
The best part is that coasters are an incredibly economical choice. Prices start as low as $2.50 each — yes, $2.50.
You can buy them for well under $10 each even when personalized with a name and monogram. There is no easier way to commemorate the best day of your friend’s life — and keep tables protected during even the rowdiest of wedding receptions.
Interested in upping your budget without pushing things past the $60 mark? You can go for engraved coasters made to resemble .50 caliber ammunition headstamps.
These are a unique gift, especially for veterans and service members in your life but, it will require a little extra dough.
Credit Card Bottle Openers
These credit card bottle openers are inexpensive yet immensely handy. At the same length and width as a credit card but only about twice the thickness, they’ll slip into a wallet easily so they’re always close by when needed.
Adding a monogram to each one is a classy and timeless touch, and with these openers you’ll get free shipping in the US.
Custom Engraved Ammo Can
This gift will be perfect for buddies who are fans of gear that looks like it came from the military.
You can engrave each ammo can on an entire side with a personal note or name which is always a nice touch.
Then you can load the can up with a few small gifts for each member of your wedding party.
These gifts use a recycled M2A1 ammo can, the same ones that the US military use for .50 BMG and 5.56mm rounds. In addition, the latch and rubber gaskets keep the contents inside the ammo can clean and dry. That feature makes it extremely useful for camping or survival gear.
See them here.
Personalized beer sounds a bit odd. But if some couples use personalized wine as wedding favors, why not give your groomsmen a few bottles of beer for a change?
You can make your own label using templates or with whatever you think is appropriate based on the character of each groomsman.
Since the bottles are personalized, you can be sure that they will display them at home long after your wedding day — and probably long after the bottle has been emptied.
A custom flask is actually a great gift to give your groomsmen. They will probably make use of the gift on your wedding day and many times after that. If you are going to give a flask, customize it by having your groomsman’s name engraved on it.
Have the flask packaged in a nice gift box as well — either a gift set like you see above, or a DIY box including other gifts.
Pair of Custom Printed Socks
Giving your friends a pair of quality custom printed socks is another inexpensive yet significant groomsmen gift. Additionally, you could also request them to wear the socks on your wedding day. Doing so would show unity — plus, it would be a really cool photo opportunity.
Make it extra special by making sure that it is their face on their socks or even your face on their socks.
Who doesn’t love a good drink occasionally? Especially during wedding season, everyone could benefit from relaxing with a pint — including the groom himself.
Whether your friend is a true whiskey connoisseur or a maniac for mixology, we offer elegant, personalized barware ideal for any groom.
If you want the perfect gift for under $20 for your best friend’s man cave, you can consider this cool can koozie, a paddle bottle opener, or this super unique bottle opener fashioned from once-fired .50 caliber bullet casings.
Another affordably priced barware gift includes our revolver-themed Six Shooter Whiskey Glass that can hold up to 10 ounces. That size makes it ideal for everything from honeymoon celebrations to the tougher nights in a marriage.
Set of Stylish Ties
Yet another way to showcase the gentlemanliness of your groomsmen is by gifting them a classy tie. This article of clothing is something that every man should have. There are lots of stores that offer a vast selection of ties that would be appropriate. Unless you’re handing out something specifically intended to match your wedding colors, you’ll want to choose a design that you know will never go out of style.
Similar to a tie, a pair of quality cufflinks is also something that should be in every man’s wardrobe. While cufflinks can range from a few dollars to hundreds — or thousands — you can definitely find a pair that is both affordable and classy. Some shops even offer engraving to give it a more personalized touch.
Cufflinks are the ultimate groomsman gift. They are elegant, affordable, and can be worn in the wedding proceedings, allowing your thoughtful gift to make a permanent impact on an important day.
The only downside is that you may be arguing with your fellow groomsmen about who gets to present the groom with the cufflinks he will wear at the altar.
Beat your friends to it with a pair of our exclusive cufflinks. We’ve got everything om a minimalist square style that is completely on trend to an iconic black and nickel round design. Or select whiskey barrel cufflinks for your friend who loves to party hard and still show up in style.
Ultimately, shopping for other men can be challenging, especially when it involves fashion. Luckily, each of our cufflinks are attractive, durable and stylish, meaning even the most aesthetically challenged shopper can find a perfect pair.
Maybe your soon-to-be hitched friend is not a huge fan of drinking, or could not care less about fashion, even on his big day. It might make him a frustrating person to shop for but there’s no reason to worry. Even the pickiest person can appreciate a gift that reflects elegance and thoughtfulness.
It might not seem like the most typical gift from the groomsman but a pen can be a posh, sleek present. And it can help commemorate the most important moments in our lives, starting with weddings.
It’s a simple process. First, purchase a classic rosewood fountain pen or an ultra stylish nickel design with a matte finish. Then, tell your friend you want it to be the pen he uses to make his marriage official. Finally, wait for the gratitude, sentimentality, and (most likely) tears.
Depending on the kind of activities you and your friends enjoy doing, you can find subscription-based gifts that will be perfect for your groomsmen.
There are monthly subscription options specifically designed for men’s needs such as grooming products, gear, fragrances, and undergarments. And you can easily vary your per-recipient spending by ordering more or fewer months worth of a particular subscription.
Here’s another one that we can’t recommend highly enough because (a) we like their products and (b) their shop was about 100yds from our place in San Diego. So we can vouch for them being great people.
Behold: a subscription of beer shirts from Shirts on Tap.
Sign your buddy up with SoT and once a month they’ll get a super high-quality t-shirt shipped straight to their door. It’ll feature an exclusive design for a craft brewery from San Diego, Portland, Seattle, Dallas, or a handful of other cities.
Most monthly shipments also include stickers or coupons from the respective breweries.
A Memorable Experience
For a really special groomsmen gift, treat them to a memorable experience such as going on a camping, fishing, or hunting trip. Maybe even a round of golf or a trip to the driving range or batting cages. You can also choose to go on an adventure and go hiking or attend a sporting event.
Personalized Gifts: Important Tips
Just like what we discussed before, the danger of buying cheaper gifts is it may come across as giving a gift just for the sake of giving. So, here are some tricks to show your groomsmen that your simple gift is significant.
- Pair it with another thing: When giving your gifts, you can attach a note to it that refers to the friendship between you and your groomsmen. You can also write a joke, but keep in mind, that it should somehow be connected to the gift.
- Packaging: This simply means presenting your gift in such a way that it looks more expensive than it really is. For example, for the ammo can, you can put some wrapping paper inside, add some pictures, or even a memory between you and your groomsmen.
- Formally present your gift: This has been a trend in weddings where there is a presentation that goes with the groomsmen gifts. Similar to including a note, make a big deal about the gifts and attach an event with it. Going out to a restaurant or bar and giving the gifts is a great way to spend time with your groomsmen and make giving your gifts more of an event.
Now that you know that there are a lot of ways to make a cheap gift meaningful, it should be easier for you to find a gift for your groomsmen. Just remember these tips and let your creativity take over. Rule of thumb is to add something to the gift that speaks to your groomsmen.
The inexpensive groomsmen gifts that we suggested are really useful and are unique in their own way. If all else fails, they will know that you gave extra effort to make their simple gifts special; that alone will make them appreciate your gift even more.