First of all, let me say I know you probably have only a few minutes to pick out a decent wedding gift on the internet, have it shipped to you overnight, wrapped, and ready to go by…well, whenever the rehearsal dinner is, and I sympathize; being late for important events is a hobby of mine. You need a gift for the groomsmen and you want it to be something special to mark the day even if he ends up dropping it at the bottom of a drawer for the rest of his life.
First piece of advice: Don’t panic! Believe it or not, buying gifts for the groom isn’t as difficult as it sounds. There’s already a vast number of internet stores and shopping outlets catering specifically to this kind of situation.
Now, one bit of advice before you get started: Don’t buy something that seems novel or amusing (gag gifts). Give them something they will use and appreciate later. They’re often personalized for this very reason. After all, how many weddings do you go to in your life? Also, if you happen to be shopping for something at the last minute and won’t have time to get them personalized or engraved, get something fairly generic. Here are some choices you might find suitable.
Regardless of the person’s occupation, whether it be a construction worker or a lawyer, one invariably needs a stout folding knife to carry around with them; the lawyer would use it as a letter-opener. The Knot Shop sells a particular brand of survival knife that is moderately priced and they do custom engravings. Usually, the more features the better and this one has them in spades. It comes complete with an LED flashlight, blade with a serrated and flat edges, seat-belt cutter, and window punch.
Personalized money are good if you’re looking for something inexpensive to hand out. Just have their initials engraved and give them out. I found a leather/metal combo money clip with a price that says you didn’t spend an extravagant amount of money, but didn’t get them something cheap either. With room for both credit cards and cash, this one should please your groomsmen. If not, check out David’s Bridal for more ideas.
A popular gift among men, watches are worn either as a timepiece or a piece of jewelry, a substitute for a bracelet. You can get a pocket-watch for those few that like them, but most prefer watches on their wrist. Things Remembered sells a relatively inexpensive stainless-steel diver’s watch which comes with a custom engraving on the back. A modest gift at an excellent price.
Men don’t wear a lot of jewelry, or else I would’ve suggested a pair of earrings. Bracelets are common enough among men and they make great gifts. And their cheap, which is another plus point. Another item from Things Remembered, a gate-link ID bracelet is made from stainless steel, with a clean, silvery look with a name engraved on the wide centerpiece. It’s inexpensive and beautiful to wear.
These are just a few of the pieces out there. Others have gold and diamonds and some are worth hundreds of dollars, but if you’re on a budget, these items are some of the longest-lasting, most-useful products available for a low price. Again, be sure to allow some time for them to arrive, as most of these are online exclusively.