27 Meaningful Wedding Gifts for the Father of the Groom

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Father of the groom gifts for wedding
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Updated Jul 04, 2024
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Your partner's good looks, sense of humor and dance moves all came from his dad, and that deserves a big thanks. Father-of-the-groom gifts, whether you're his own kin or a future in-law, are a thoughtful way to say "thanks" for his emotional, creative and even financial support towards your relationship and wedding. But what gift can adequately express your gratitude for the father who raised the man of the hour? We've got the answer below! From meaningful keepsakes to practical goods, these are the best father-of-the-groom gift ideas. And don't forget to write a card to complement whatever you choose!

1. Custom Photo Tie Patch

Custom photo tie patch personalized ties for dad
Photo: LoveAndLaceHankies / Etsy

Add something extra special to the father-of-the-groom's wedding day ensemble with a personalized tie patch. If you're his son, print a sentimental family photo; if you're his soon-to-be in-law, customize it with a loving message. Either way, he can stick the keepsake on the inside of his tie to wear with pride on the wedding day. Our prediction is he'll be showing this unique gift to every guest at the reception.

2. Father-of-the-Groom Cuff Links

Best Dad Ever custom cuff links for father-of-the-groom gift
Photo: Cufflinks.com

The father of the groom is a VIP at the wedding, so you'll want him to look (and feel!) his best. Help him complete his suit with a sleek pair of cuff links that also boast a personalized touch. These can be engraved with text or even a special photo. We suggest adding "best dad ever" on one and signing your name on the other for an awww-worthy gift.

3. Monogrammed Dopp Kit

Monogrammed leather dopp kit father-of-the-groom gift
Photo: Mark & Graham

Leather goods are some of the most popular father-of-the-groom gifts because they feel extra luxe. If it's about time he wrangled all his toiletries in one stylish place, buy him this personalized Dopp kit. He can use the monogrammed bag while he's getting ready for the wedding and well beyond for his travels. It works especially well if you and your spouse have planned a destination celebration!

4. Personalized Bourbon Flight

Personalized bourbon flight board and glasses father-of-the-groom gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Share a drink before the ceremony with this reclaimed bourbon barrel flight board. It includes four Glencairn glasses (so the groomsmen can have a sip too) and the base is personalized with a name, location and year of your choice—perhaps the wedding venue and date? After all, it's an important day for him too. Don't forget to pair the set with his favorite bottle of bourbon (and a thoughtful toast).

5. Father and Son Custom Illustration

Custom illustration of father and son on wedding day gift for dad
Photo: Lovekokigifts / Etsy

Hands down, one of the most sentimental father-of-the-groom gift ideas from his son is a custom illustration. Choose between dozens of hairstyles and outfits to recreate the likeness of you and your dad on your wedding day, then complete the gift by adding a thoughtful message, like "I wouldn't be the man I am today without you." Note: This listing is for a digital download, so make sure to give yourself time to have it professionally printed and framed before handing it over.

6. Hinged Double Picture Frame

Double sided gold photo frames
Photo: Pottery Barn

This sleek frame is a perfect gift for any parent, especially the father of the groom who relishes meaningful home décor. Its elegant design features two openings, allowing you to display your wedding invitation on one side and a special photo on the other like a nostalgic image from your childhood or a snapshot from the wedding day itself. We bet he'll be proudly showing it off to all his house guests.

7. Custom Embroidered Pocket Square

Custom embroidered handkerchief
Photo: Snugahug / Etsy

If your dad has an iconic sense of fashion, it's likely his formal ensemble for the wedding will require a pocket square. Make the accessory extra special by having it custom embroidered. We love the message on this handkerchief: "Dad, Thank you for your loving example of how to be a husband, father, and friend." (It's a good thing this is meant for tears, right?)

8. Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Watch

Reclaimed whiskey barrel watch with custom engraving father-of-the-groom gift
Photo: Original Grain

We love the wood-accented watches from Original Grain and your father (or future father-in-law) will too. Made from reclaimed bourbon barrel wood and stainless steel, this timepiece will add a unique finishing touch to any outfit. The best part? It can be custom engraved with a personal message, like "I love you until the end of time." Not a whisky guy? They have watches made from recycled beer bottles, guitar wood, military surplus, railroads and more!

9. Engraved Wooden Watch Box

Engraved lack wooden watch box
Photo: Personalization Mall

If he already has enough timepieces, gift a stylish storage option. This metallic gray organizer holds up to five watches, keeping them safe with individual pillows for each. It even has a thin drawer along the bottom for him to store smaller accessories, like cuff links. Better still, the glass lid can be engraved with up to three lines of custom text.

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10. Monogrammed Pocket Knife

Monogrammed pocket knife father of the groom gift
Photo: The Knot Shop

Shopping for the ultra-handy, outdoorsy kind of dad? Treat him to this stylish pocket knife as a nod to his passions. The multipurpose tool comes with a sleek blade, a mini flashlight and even a firestarter. If all that doesn't impress him, the engraved monogram certainly will.

11. Custom Fishing Lure

Custom fishing lure gift idea for father of the groom.
Photo: JLynnCreations / Etsy

Leave your mark on his favorite hobby with this sweet, personalized fishing lure. Engrave it with a playful message, like "Thank you for raising my best catch." It's a great future father-in-law gift idea that also works as a real lure.

12. Custom YETI Travel Mug

YETI travel mug customized father of the groom gift
Photo: YETI

YETI drinkware makes an impressive gift for anyone in a wedding party—especially when it's customized. For the father of the groom who's never without a cup of coffee in hand, this travel mug will keep his drink hot (or cold) for hours. Chances are you'll probably see him parading around the destination, tumbler in hand, the morning of the wedding.

13. Personalized Belt

Personalized engraved belt gift idea for father of the groom.
Photo: NovaLeatherGoods / Etsy

Noticing a theme to our gift ideas? Our favorite wedding gifts for the father of the groom are practical and personal, like this engraved belt. The handmade leather belt comes in black, brown, gray, green, blue or saddle tan and can be engraved on the inside, outside…or both.

14. "I Love Dad" Socks

Custom socks with son's face father-of-the-groom gift
Photo: MyFaceSocks

Fair warning: If you get your dad these humorous socks, you can't be embarrassed when he wears them to your wedding—he's just proud of you! These custom socks are printed with your face and the oh-so-true phrase: "I Love Dad." (Psst, they also come in women's sizes in case you need a wedding gift for your mom.)

15. Long Wooden Shoe Horn

Wooden shoe horn
Photo: CreativeGamesDesigns / Etsy

Help him slip on his dancing shoes with ease using this handcrafted, long-handle wooden shoe horn. Made with care and attention to detail, this practical accessory can be customized with initials, a name, a short phrase or a meaningful date, adding a personal touch to his daily routine. Whether he's preparing for the wedding day or simply enjoying the comfort of well-fitted shoes, this personalized shoe horn is a thoughtful father-of-the-groom present.

16. Garment Duffle Bag

Weekend trip bag gift idea for father of the groom.
Photo: Halfday Travel

Garment bags can be used by the FOG before, during and after the big day, so surprise him with it early on in the festivities. This innovative piece of luggage is one of our favorites. It starts as a garment bag to keep a suit (or two) wrinkle-free during travel, then folds into a duffle for him to pack his shoes and up to five days' worth of clothes. It's an especially fitting groom's father gift if it's a destination wedding.

17. Personalized Golf Balls

Custom golf ball gift idea for father of the groom.
Photo: Golf Galaxy

Dad will definitely appreciate a set of personalized golf balls. Plus, these are from the iconic brand Titleist (only the best for your old man). Order a box with his name, initials or a message on each ball. You even get to pick from a few text colors. Pair the gift with a round of golf on you once all the wedding festivities are over for some classic dad-son bonding.

18. MLB Pint Glasses

MLB Park Map beer glasses father-of-the-groom gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Is the father of the groom a baseball superfan who's constantly inviting you to games? If so, consider this the perfect dad or future father-in-law wedding gift. This pair of beer glasses feature a map of an iconic MLB stadium of your choice, like Fenway Park, Wrigley Field or Yankee Stadium. Add a note that says drinks are on you during the next home game you catch together.

19. Engraved Bottle of Bourbon

Engraved bottle of liquor gift idea for father of the groom.
Photo: Nestor Liquor

Alcohol is a classic gift for dads on the wedding day—after all, he'll want something special to toast this very important occasion. You don't want to just get any bottle from the store though. Find his favorite alcohol, be it whiskey, tequila, vodka or wine, and have the bottle custom engraved. He'll save it as a keepsake long after the liquor is gone.

20. Cigar Tasting

Cigar tasting kit
Photo: Huckberry

The father-of-the-groom will have a smokin' good time with this wedding present for dads. The curated selection of cigars allows him to enjoy a blind-tasting experience, discovering new flavors and aromas with each puff. It's a perfect way to indulge in relaxation and celebration, making it an ideal gift for the discerning aficionado. Whether he's a seasoned cigar connoisseur or a curious novice, this set promises a memorable and enjoyable experience, perfect for marking the special occasion of his son's wedding.

21. "You're Flippin' Awesome" BBQ Set

BBQ tool set engraved with name and Is Flippin' Awesome father-of-the-groom gift
Photo: Personalization Mall

Shopping for a grill master? Gift something he can use the next time you and your partner come over for dinner: barbecue tools. This set comes with a long-handle spatula, a fork, chef's tongs and a basting brush—all crafted from rust-resistant stainless steel and wood. This isn't just a practical gift, though—it's also personalized. The spatula and fork let him know you think he's "flippin' awesome."

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22. Personalized Engraved Hammer

Personalized hammer gift idea for father of the groom.
Photo: Uncommon Goods

This gift from a groom to his father really hits the nail on the head! (Sorry, we had to.) If he's your go-to handyman for home projects and matters of the heart, this hammer is a symbolic gift idea. One side of the handle is engraved with either "If Dad can't fix it, no one can!" or "Dad, I love building memories with you."

23. Skeleton Pocket Watch

Skeleton pocket watch
Photo: Farrer Tanner

Pocket watches aren't out of style just yet! Their timeless nature represents the lasting connection and shared memories that transcend generations, making them a perfect keepsake for the father of the groom. This bespoke timepiece features a chrome-plated case with an etched border, and an intricate skeleton face encased within a white Roman-numbered dial. Adding an engraving to the case provides extra sentimental value.

24. Monogrammed Father-of-the-Groom Tie Bar

Personalized tie bar
Photo: sierrametaldesign / Etsy

Make sure the father of the groom stands out with this personalized tie bar—an elegant and stylish accessory crafted from high-quality stainless steel. Engraved with his initials on the front and details about his role and the wedding on the back, it adds a personal touch that commemorates the occasion beautifully. Add a gift box and a personalized note to your order for a ready-to-present gift upon arrival.

25. Amazon Echo Show

Amazon Echo Show father-of-the-groom gift
Photo: Amazon

If he's basically been a sounding board for the past few months (bless him!), reward him with a helping hand of his own. The Echo Show is equipped with Alexa, a voice service that can play music, read the news, set alarms and help with everyday tasks like making a shopping list. The best part? Each Echo Show has a built-in camera and digital screen that makes video calls and displays photos, so this gift doubles as a promise to always keep in touch. Talk about a sweet groom-to-father gift.

26. Shearling-Lined Moccasins

Fur-lined moccasin gift idea for father of the groom.
Photo: L. L. Bean

The father of the groom will have everything he needs after a long night on the dance floor, especially with these cozy slippers. The moccasins are made with shearling lamb fur and have a contoured memory foam footbed for arch support. They're so comfortable he might leave the after-party early just to put them on.

27. Custom LEGO Mosaic

Custom lego mosaic
Photo: LEGO

Remember those childhood moments building LEGO creations with Dad? The LEGO Mosaic Maker offers a unique and creative father-of-the-groom gift idea that blends nostalgia with personalized fun. This innovative set allows him to craft a custom mosaic portrait using LEGO bricks, capturing a memorable moment, such as an image from the wedding day. It's more than just a playful activity—it's a meaningful keepsake celebrating his significant role in the groom's life.

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