17 Thoughtful Gifts That Celebrate the Groom-to-Be

Congratulate him in style.
Black flask with minimalist monogram in white
Danielle Halibey - The Knot Contributor.
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Danielle Halibey
Danielle Halibey - The Knot Contributor.
Danielle Halibey
The Knot Contributor
  • Danielle writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a focus on modern wedding trends, fete aesthetics and personalization (via fashion, accessories and stationery).
  • As a freelance writer and publicist, Danielle regularly contributes to outlets like Brides, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks and Betches and proudly represents a number of clients (bridal and jewelry designers, venues and wedding planning pros) in the ‘I ...
Updated Nov 16, 2021
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After the proposal, but before all the parties, you may want to find a thoughtful way to congratulate your newly-engaged friend or family member. When shopping for a groom-to-be, it's possible to find options that are useful and festive all at once. From relaxing buys that will make wedding planning easier to things he can pack for a bachelor party or even use on his wedding day, there are lots of gifts to choose from. We've narrowed it down to the best-of-the-best gift ideas that are sure to make anyone with the new title of "fiancé" feel loved and celebrated from now until the big day. From personalized keepsakes to something to satisfy his sweet tooth, check out our top picks ahead.

Whiskey Peaks Mountain Decanter

Glass whiskey decanter with mountain peak design on inside

If there was ever a time to start building an enviable bar cart, it's when a guy gets engaged—after all, he's got lots of toasts in his future. This handsome handblown whiskey decanter is made from premium, lead-free glass and can hold up to 34 ounces of his favorite drink.

Flannery Beef California Reserve Ribeye Steaks Gift Box

Ribeye steak gift box with two steaks

Bring the steakhouse experience home with this decadent gift box. Flannery's dry-aged ribeyes—boneless and hand-cut—are delicious and aged to perfection for 28 days. Your lucky recipient can also freeze the steaks for up to six months if he wants to wait for the perfect time to light up the grill.

Huckberry USA-Made Toolbox

Steel toolbox in black

Here's something every newlywed needs: an all-purpose toolbox that's equal parts functional and dapper. Made from heavy-duty, powdered steel, it's sized to carry essential tools, mid-sized gear or various tech gear and accessories. The heirloom-quality construction also makes it a good home for keepsakes from the big day.

The Knot Shop Custom Monogrammed Bridal Party Coat Hanger Gift

Personalized hanger that reads 'Hey Handsome' with name in playful white type

The wedding day detail shots are a big deal for both sides of the aisle, so we are totally here for the groom who can't wait to display his suit or tuxedo on a custom hanger. Available in black, white and natural, a decorative hanger makes a great groomsmen gift as well.

Uncommon Goods Essential Oil Shower Steamers

Four shower aromatherapy steamer bags

Bath bombs are cool, but shower steamers are even better. Wake Up, Breathe Easy, Sleep Tight and Stress Relief all sound like ideal aromatherapy solutions to the most common stressors of wedding planning.

Goal Zero Flip 36 Portable Charger

Portable charger in green

For the guy you know who always has a 13% charge on his phone, a portable charger will be a game changer. This green Flip 36 power bank holds three full charges for a phone or one full charge for a tablet and takes less space than a first-generation iPod. It's the kind of small-but-mighty tech he'll want to pack for a bachelor party weekend or honeymoon.

CJ Artisans World's Best Groom Coffee Mug

'World's Best Groom' mug in white with Dunder Mifflin logo on back

World's best boss, but make it groom-worthy. It's got the Dunder Mufflin logo on one side and on the other, it reads "World's Best Groom." If your groom-to-be just got engaged and has been quoting The Office around the water cooler for years, then this Dunder Mifflin-themed ceramic mug will make a unique gift he certainly won't be expecting.

Mouth Snacks Subscription Box

Snack subscription box with popcorn, crackers, etc.

Wedding planning has the tendency to bring the snacker out of every soon-to-be spouse. So, while they're tackling their to-dos, indulge their cravings with a few months of munchies. From popcorn and pastries to gourmet pickles and granola bars, the artisanal assortment will keep everyone happy, not hangry, on the road to their "I do"s.

The Knot Shop Personalized Monogram Engraved Classic Flip Lid Lighter

Flip lighter with monogram in black

A sleek metal lighter never goes out of style. Conveniently refillable, the versatile lighter can be engraved with a monogram on the flip lid for a personal touch. Whether he's lighting the unity candle at the ceremony or sparking up celebratory cigars at the reception, he'll feel dashingly debonair.

Doughp Perfect Gift Box

Doughp cookie dough with congratulations card

Getting engaged is a grown-up move, but there's nothing wrong with celebrating his inner child. This tasty gift is a sweet way to say congrats. Each box comes with cookie dough, a confetti popper, stickers and a customized notecard with your gift message handwritten inside.

The Knot Shop Personalized Whiskey Glasses Monogrammed

Monogrammed whiskey glass with full name in gray typewriter font

If you want to kick off your best man duties in style, a contribution to his home bar is always welcome. After all, a milestone like marriage calls for elevated barware, and this monogrammed whiskey glass rises to the occasion. The typewriter etching brings a hint of old-school charm to the tumbler. It can be personalized with the groom's last name and his first or last initial.

Outerknown Ambassador Blazer

Simple wool blazer in heather gray

Among the best gifts for a groom is a classic, high-quality blazer that he can add to almost any outfit. There are so many pre-wedding parties to dress up for, but add to that all of the venue visits and vendor meetings and you can see how valuable a go-to blazer really is. Our favorite part of this blazer is the robust weave and construction that make it easy to pack. Honeymoon attire, anyone?

Uncommon Goods Kasey and Justin Pearson Personalized Giant Tumble Tower

Personalized giant wood blocks tower with couple's names and date

Need something sweet for a future husband? We are stoked (or should we say stacked?) about this handcrafted wooden tower set that features engraved blocks with the engaged couple's names and date of choice. It's a personalized gift that commemorates a future wedding date but will still be enjoyed long after the vows.

The Knot Shop Men's Custom Engraved Battery Wound Pocket Watch and Chain

Personalized engraved gold pocket watch and chain

Pocket watches are another great way to mark sentimental milestones. This one is extra special because you can have the hinged lid personalized with custom engraved text like a small meaningful message, monogrammed initials or wedding date. The gold framing gives the watch face a modern edge, while the hands tout a more traditional look.

Craft a Brew Premium Beer Making Kit

Brew your own beer kit with supplies and ingredients

Brewing your own beer sounds intimidating, but this kit is designed for enthusiastic beginners. It comes with brewing supplies and everything you need to make beer: malt extract, world-class specialty grains, fresh hops and high-quality yeast. Who knows, after some tinkering with a few flavor profiles, he might be inclined to hone his craft for a special wedding day batch.

Anavia Design Personalized Photo Cuff Llinks

Gold cufflinks with personalized photo and message

Cuff links offer the opportunity to give a meaningful gift he'll still be using for years to come. Gift the groom-to-be something he can wear on his special day. These cuff links are made of stainless steel and can be engraved with a favorite portrait of the engaged couple. A gift box is included with every purchase at no additional cost.

The Knot Shop Unique Custom Stainless Steel Alcohol Drinking Flask

Black flask with minimalist monogram in white

A couple sips of liquid encouragement can help ease pre-aisle anxiety. Whether the groom-to-be is a whiskey drinker or a lover of gin, this black hip flask makes a faultless present. It can also be upgraded to a gift set with a pair of portable shot glasses for an additional fee at checkout.

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