When it comes to weddings, sometimes it’s easy to forget that it’s not just the bride who likes a little romance – a surprise gift for the groom on the wedding morning can set the mood for the day and make him feel loved and appreciated. Here are some of our top picks for grooms’ gifts!
Seeing as you’ll be wearing your beautiful new dress, and likely new jewellery and shoes, it’s only fair that your groom gets a little something special on the wedding day – apart from the gift of marrying you, of course! There are traditional options for the groom’s gift the morning of the wedding, but never underestimate the appeal of something small but meaningful to your man.
Buying something that reflects his hobbies is always a good idea – if he’s mad about football, why not buy him a season ticket to watch his favourite team play? If he loves a certain band, buy him tickets to see their live concert. It may seem obvious, but these touches will show your husband-to-be just what you mean to him.
Your gift doesn’t need to cost the earth, either. Your man will most likely be feeling a little jittery before the ceremony, so why not send him a bottle of whiskey and a box of cigars to share with his groomsmen and to calm his nerves? Or, have cooked breakfasts delivered to the hotel suite for the guys to enjoy while they get ready in the morning. Whatever you send, accompany it with a handwritten letter telling him how much you can’t wait to see him – spritz a little of your signature scent on the paper and he’ll be feeling romantic in no time.
If you want something traditional that you know your groom will love, then you can’t go far wrong with a watch. If he’s an old-school type, then a pocket watch would be a great choice – particularly if you engrave it with his initials or the date of your wedding. For the more modern groom, a wrist watch is the perfect gift for the morning of the wedding. Attach a note with the time of the ceremony (along the lines of ‘See you at 1pm!’) for a cute personal touch. See some of our favourite wedding day watches here.
A hip flask is another traditional groom’s gift – we particularly like this modern version from David-Louise Designs. You can also engrave it with your groom’s name and a personal message – wrap it with a bottle of your man’s favourite spirit for a gift he’ll cherish.
Many brides will buy their grooms cufflinks for the big day, as they’re a gift that can be worn on the wedding day and for many years to come – plus they’re easy to personalise! We like these map cufflinks (you could pick the place you’re getting married, or where you first met) – engrave them with your wedding date and he’ll never forget your anniversary!
If you and your husband-to-be are equally houseproud, then getting something that you can display for all your house guests to see is a sweet idea. We love this framed record of your first dance song – this would be a particularly great gift if your man is a music buff.
Avoid the stereotypical ‘Mr & Mrs’ silver frame (which you’re sure to get from an aunt or grandmother anyway!) and instead go for a piece that packs a little more punch. We think these photobooth-style frames are seriously cool – plus, they can double up as wedding reception decor! Just fill them with pictures of you and your h2b, display them in your venue, and then hang them in your home afterwards!
For the honeymoon
If your man already has everything he needs for the wedding day sorted, why not think ahead and buy him a gift he can use on your honeymoon? A pair of designer sunglasses would work for a beach honeymoon or a ski break, and luxurious toiletries in a leather washbag will always come in useful. We love this Stowaway set from Molton Brown.
If you want to treat your groom to something a little saucy, then you should definitely consider booking in for a boudoir photoshoot. Companies like FYEO Portraits do sexy shoots especially for brides, and package the photographs in a gorgeous keepsake album for you and your groom. Leave it in his bedroom with a note reading ‘Meet me at the altar!’ and he’s sure to be feeling ready for the honeymoon!
The little things
If you’ve already got your groom a present, or you’ve agreed that you won’t spend a lot of money on each other, then why not choose one of these little added extras just to show him you’re thinking about him? This personalised ’10 Things I Love About You’ box is a keepsake that you’re more likely to keep hold of than a handwritten letter – plus it’s something you can get out on every anniversary to remind yourselves how special your relationship is.
This book may have been written in 1913, but it’s still full of hilarious advice! The writer’s pearls of marriage wisdom include: ‘Don’t take it out on your poor wife every time you have a headache or a cold. It isn’t her fault, and she has enough to do in nursing you without having to put up with ill-humour into the bargain!’ This is a light-hearted gift that’s sure to have your groom giggling to himself as he gets ready.
Finally, a practical gift for the man who has everything – we bet he won’t have these! These shirt stays will stop your man’s shirt from becoming untucked by clipping it to his socks – genius! Even if he’s not a fan, you’ll both have a laugh when he undresses at the end of the night!