21 Game-Changing Groomsmen Gifts & Holiday Goods for Your Boys

From your dudes to your dad, shopping for the men in your life can feel a lot trickier than it actually is. Women get a lot of flack for being “high maintenance,” but the very gendered tradition of gift-giving at least presents us with some guidance for “what a girl wants,” even if that knowledge is heavily based on stereotypes.  This may be why couples, men included, struggle with finding great groomsmen gifts and why once a year many of us fall back on a critically acclaimed (albeit boring) best-selling book to bestow on the men in our lives. You know you’ve done it. That’s okay, though. This year is going to be different.

An important holiday hack: finding thoughtful, exciting gifts for men isn’t a question of gender but a question of personality. Duh. We all secretly knew that. Still, so many holiday shopping lists are organized by “Gifts for Him” and “Gifts for Her” — which isn’t terribly helpful if you ask us. Hence, why we’ve compiled a round up of our favorite gifts for him, by personality. So you can find something for your brother, bros, and best man. Better yet, everything here is under $80 (we weren’t even trying, we swear!), so a lot of these can work for multiple occasions/budgets such as groomsmen gifts, stocking stuffers, and bigger-ticket bff presents.

Peruse the categories below to grab the goods (or even just a winning gift idea). Don’t straggle, some of these finds just went on sale and won’t stick around for long!


The Gentleman

These treat-yo-self gifts will be appreciated by both the most well-groomed grown-up and the somewhat struggling man-child who still exists the bathroom with toilet paper patches all over his mug after morning shaves. A definite crowd pleaser. He really doesn’t need to be a metro-sexual or even lumber-sexual to appreciate the luxury of feel-good, look-good grooming potions and accessories. These gifts go over especially well in the DIY friendly form of a kit. And a major bonus: doling these out as pre-wedding groomsmen gifts will give you a slight sense of relief that even your most grizzly (or hey, just really busy) groomsmen will be taking care of themselves.

And yeah, we think candles have a totally unwarranted bad rap for being a “mom gift.” Everyone appreciates a masterfully mixed scent, but most men won’t buy a candle for themselves. So go ahead and make each of their EODs just that much more satisfying with a warm scent.

Jack Black face kit Groomsmen Gifts

Jack Black About Face, $75, Sephora.

 Lookin' Good Comb Groomsmen Gifts

CB2 Lookin’ Good Comb, $5, CB2.


Gentleman's Hardware Shoe Shine Kit Groomsmen Gifts

Gentleman’s Hardware Shoe Shine Kit, $24, West Elm.

Malin + Goetz Tobacco Candle Groomsmen Gifts

Malin + Goetz Tobacco Candle, $52, Barneys New York.

stylish matchboxes Groomsmen Gifts

stylish matchboxes Groomsmen Gifts

Shandell’s Petite Matchboxes, $19 $17, One Kings Lane.


The To-Go Guy 

AKA, the mile-a-minute man. You hardly ever see this person because he’s constantly on the go, and when you do he’s usually squeezed your QT in between a bootcamp class and board-meeting. It’s okay though, because he’s always there when it matters most, usually in under 20 min. He definitely deserves something to complement his mobile lifestyle, and hopefully make is a bit less hectic.

Plus, travel-friendly packable duffels stocked with compact trip guides and portable gadgets make for highly appropriate and affordable groomsmen gifts for a destination wedding.


Rose Gold Portable Power Charger Groomsmen Gifts

UO Exclusive Slim Rose Gold Portable Power Charger, $24, Urban Outfitters.


Portable Phone Charger Groomsmen Gifts

UO Exclusive Portable Phone Charger, $19, Urban Outfitters.

Herschel Supply Co Groomsmen Gifts

Herschel Supply Co Navy/Red Packable Duffel, $30, Herschel Supply Co USA.

Herschel Supply Co Groomsmen Gifts

Herschel Supply Co Caramel/Navy Packable Duffel, $29.99 $21, Herschel Supply Co USA.


 Nashville Fieldguide Groomsmen Gifts

Wildsam Nashville Fieldguide, $18, Need Supply Co.



Motel Room Key Chain

CB2 No Regrets Key Chain, $5, CB2.



Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap

Fitness Guru Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap, $79 $20, West Elm.



The Big Kid 

AKA “The Player,” in the most harmless sense of the word. This pal is just as much dapper as he is dude. He appreciates the aesthetics of a thoughtfully furnished abode, but also just might poor his copper ice bucket over your head if his team takes a huge win. He likes to get hands on with his material possessions, so think grown-up toys pairing high-design with a some fun function. Any gear that’ll help him play baller, builder, or barkeep will be greatly appreciated.


silvers foosball table Groomsmen Gifts

OKL Silver Foosball Set, $60 $35, One Kings Lane.


Adult Building Blocks

Areaware Balancing Blocks, $48, Need Supply Co.


Deco Bar Tools Groomsmen Gifts

Deco Barware Bar Tools with Gold & Marble Stand, $55, West Elm.


Areaware Bottle Opener

Areaware Bottle Opener, $18, Need Supply Co.


The Desk Jockey 

This guy has a home office. Or is his office his home? Either way, whether he’s a writer or workaholic (or both), he deserves an adult desk stocked with stylish supplies. Remember the thrill of back-to-school shopping? Well this is that, but for the grown-up who still writes letters and swoons over the smell of ink.

Don’t forget to scribe a thoughtful note to accompany his holiday or groomsmen gifts. He’s always done the same for you.

grape encyclopedia cards

PostalCo Grapes Encyclopedia Cards, $10, Need Supply Co.

PostalCo Grapes Encyclopedia Cards, $10, Need Supply Co.

Matte Grey Copper Print Notebook Groomsmen Gifts

Matte Grey and Copper Print Notebook Groomsmen Gifts

Public Supply x The Citizenry Matte Grey & Copper Print Notebook, $24, Need Supply Co.

Bookmarc Magnifying Eye Glass

Bookmarc Magnifying Eye Glass, $25, Marc Jacobs.


The Culture Curator 

Your popcorn partner-in-crime and vinyl record adversary. You may not always agree on points of pop-culture but you both take your avid consumption very seriously. So Pac doesn’t do it for you quite like Plath, let him know you respect his favorite poetry with a rap anthology. We know we bashed on the book gift in the intro of this post, but this is different. This is personal. Gifting someone the intellectualized form of their tastes, hobbies, or passions show appreciation and consideration for who they are.

Oh yeah, and we all need to stare at screens less and read more.

bill murray book

Robert Schnakenberg The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray, $23, Urban Outfitters.


Shea Serrano & Arturo Torres The Rap Year Book, $19, Urban Oufitters.

Shea Serrano & Arturo Torres The Rap Year Book, $19, Urban Oufitters.


Jacob Hoye & Karolyn Ali Tupac: Resurrection, $30, Urban Outfitters.

Jacob Hoye & Karolyn Ali Tupac: Resurrection, $30, Urban Outfitters.








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