The 27 Best Wedding Gifts for the Groom From His Future Spouse

We'll help you pick out something special for your present exchange.
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Emily Rumsey
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Updated Jan 19, 2024
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If expressing love through thoughtful gifts resonates with you, then the cherished tradition of couples exchanging gifts on or around the wedding day is likely right up your alley. While entirely optional, it's a heartwarming way to honor your union. When selecting the perfect wedding gift for your groom, keep a couple of things in mind: It doesn't have to break the bank to make a significant impact and sentimental, personalized and unique gifts often leave a lasting impression. Eager to choose a special gift for your future husband to commemorate the wedding day? Continue reading for a curated selection of our favorite groom gifts from their soon-to-be spouse.

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1. Custom-Engraved Cuff Links

Handwriting cuff links wedding gift for groom
Photo: georgiedesigns

Suit accessories are popular gifts for grooms on their wedding day, since he can show them off right away. These dapper cuff links are one of our favorite ideas because they're engraved with your actual handwriting. You can choose between four metal finishes and two shapes to match his (and your) formalwear.

2. Whiskey Barrel Watch

Whiskey-barrel watch gift idea for husband by Original Grain.
Photo: Original Grain

A watch is a classic wedding gift for a groom from his spouse-to-be. It says you value your time together and want to spend every second, minute and hour with him from here on out. For a heirloom-worthy piece, check out Original Grain watches. This particular timepiece is made from reclaimed whiskey barrels and espresso-plated stainless steel for a rugged, yet polished accessory. And it can be engraved with a sweet note or your wedding date. Not a whiskey drinker? They also have watches made from tequila or beer barrels, Taylor guitars, military surplus, Hawaiian Koa or exotic hardwoods. (*Phew!*) Trust, they have a collector's watch he'll love.

3. Custom Star Map

Custom star map gift for groom
Photo: Twinkle in Time | Facebook

A personalized print is a wonderfully romantic and creative wedding gift for your husband-to-be. He'll want to hang it up in your newlywed home right away. This custom print shows the starry night sky from the night you got engaged or married along with the date, location and coordinates—as if you could ever forget.

4. Retro Reel Viewer

Retro reel viewer gift idea for husband from Uncommon Goods.
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Remember these? Create your own collector reel filled with snapshots of all of your most cherished memories with your future husband. This unique gift for your groom on the wedding day is a great way to calm his nerves if you're not doing a first look. He'll love reminiscing on all the beautiful moments that led to your big day.

5. Round Box Chain Necklace

Mejuri box chain necklace gift for husband.
Photo: Mejuri

Up your future husband's jewelry game with this luxury round box chain necklace. It's the perfect mix of modern and timeless, and the linked design subtly represents your strong connection. It comes in 14K solid gold for a long-lasting accessory—or shop titanium or sterling-silver chains.

6. Engraved Tie Bar

Custom engraved tie bar gift idea for husband.
Photo: RebelGiftCo

Instead of cuff links (or along with cuff links), give your groom a sleek tie bar to finish his ensemble. This one is engraved with the hidden message, "Meet me at the altar," and your name. The simple gift will be a welcome reminder of your love and excitement for the day ahead.

7. Baseball Bat Bottle Opener

Baseball bat bottle opener wedding gift for him
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Shopping for a major sports fan? Pull out all the stops and surprise him with some seriously cool sports memorabilia. Ward Wallau makes tons of presents that fit the bill, including these bottle openers. Each one comes crafted from a game-used MLB bat—get him one once swung by his favorite team for a groom's gift that knocks it out of the park.

8. High-Tech Wallet

Ekster smart wallet gift idea for husband.
Photo: Ekster

It's never a bad time to replace the old wallet he's been complaining about. If his current card case has run its course, celebrate new beginnings with an accessory upgrade. We're impressed with this slim design, which boasts smart features like a quick card-access mechanism and room for an optional tracking device. Because nothing throws off the honeymoon plans like a lost wallet.

9. Personalized Multi-Tool

Leatherman multitool gift idea for husband.
Photo: Leatherman

Another practical wedding gift idea for the groom: a multi-tool. There are plenty out there, but Leatherman makes some of the most loved on the market. The best-selling Wave+ really does it all and, as a bonus, you can personalize different parts of the gadget with text, patterns or even custom graphics.

10. Personalized Whiskey Decanter

Personalized whiskey decanter gift idea for  husband.
Photo: Swanky Badger

If you know your groom's drink of choice on the wedding day will be whiskey, surprise him with a luxe decanter filled with his favorite distillery's liquor. Better still, have the front personalized with his name and the back engraved with a custom note, like: "May your heart always be full and your glass never be empty." You can even pair it with matching tumblers.

11. Urban Map Whiskey Glasses

Urban map whiskey glasss gift for groom
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Searching for a sentimental gift for the groom-to-be? Pay tribute to your wedding destination with glasses that show off the city. Each lowball glass is etched with the distinct grid of the urban location. You can buy two of the same or get one for each place that holds meaning to your relationship like where you first met.

12. Custom Photo Book

Photo book gift idea for husband from Artifact Uprising
Photo: Artifact Uprising

Your husband-to-be will think this is the best wedding gift ever. The photo book has a fabric cover foil-stamped with your chosen title and offers an interior of panoramic page spreads so he can reminisce on all your shared memories. You could even add a sexy twist to this wedding gift idea for your groom. Secretly schedule a boudoir photo shoot before your wedding, then have the pictures printed in a luxe photo album like this one. You can still give it to him before the ceremony—just make sure his friends and family aren't around—to get him (and you) extra excited for the wedding night.

13. New Cologne

Yves Saint Laurent cologne gift idea for husband
Photo: Yves Saint Laurent

A signature scent for the wedding day is a must since smell is actually linked to memory. Every time he wears it—like on your anniversary—you'll both be brought back to the very moment you said "I do." Yves Saint Laurent's Y cologne has a fresh and woody scent that you'll both love.

14. Pre-Ceremony Letter Exchange

Personalized letter exchange gift idea for husband
Photo: BekCustomDesigns

Some couples choose to exchange sweet notes or private vows before the wedding ceremony. Handwrite yours in a keepsake card for an inexpensive, but beautifully heartfelt and sentimental gift. This elegant card is wrapped in a blue chiffon ribbon for a bit of luck. Stuck on what to write inside? Don't worry, we can help you decide what to say in your husband's wedding letter, too.

15. Personalized Street Sign Print

Personalized street art print gift idea for husband by Uncommon Goods.
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Looking for custom wall art to hand over on the big day itself? This print fittingly titled "Intersections of Love" is one of our favorite wedding gifts. Your names are written as cross streets with the year you met and the year you tied the knot to symbolize the moment your paths crossed and you started walking down the same road together.

16. Engraved Liquor Bottle

Don Julio gift idea for husband
Photo: Nectar

If you know drinks will be flowing all wedding day long, a personal liquor bottle is a good gift idea for your groom. While his buddies are throwing back cheap tequila to celebrate, he can sip his favorite Don Julio. Better still, the bottle can be custom engraved with a sweet note from you. He'll cherish the memento even once the liquor is gone.

17. Wooden Flask

Wooden flask gift for husband on wedding day
Photo: The Knot Shop

What can we say? We've seen quite a few flasks pulled out for the big day! This rustic, monogrammed option looks way more expensive than it is—score. Fill it with your significant other's favorite liquor for him to enjoy on the big day.

18. Hidden Message Collar Stays

Personalized collar stay gift idea for husband by Personalization Mall.
Photo: Personalization Mall

We can't forget collar stays! This set of three (six pieces) silver-plated-brass collar stays can all be personalized with a short note from you. One set can be for the wedding day, while the other two can be for when he needs a little encouragement at work or is traveling and misses you.

19. Punny Socks

Punny personalized socks gift idea for husband.
Photo: shopsockprints

Novelty socks are tried-and-true groomsmen and groom gifts. These ones are dressy enough to wear at the wedding, but have a secret, playful message on the ankles: "In case you get cold feet, I'll be here to keep you warm," plus your name and the wedding date.

20. Hanging Toiletry Bag

Hanging toiletry bag gift for groom
Photo: Mark & Graham

Here's a multi-part groom gift box—er, bag, idea to pamper your partner. Start with a handy toiletry bag like this one. It's crafted from two-toned leather with a wipeable cotton-poly lining and unfolds to hang on a door for convenience. Better still, it can be foil or blind debossed with his name or initials for an extra-special touch. Trust us, you won't mind this in the background of his getting-ready photos!

21. Dermatology-Designed Lip Balm

Lip balm gift idea for husband by Doctor Rogers Skin Care.
Photo: Doctor Rogers Skin Care

We recommend filling his Dopp kit with small essentials that'll come in handy, like lip balm. If he usually just borrows yours, but you're not getting ready together, he'll need a stick of his own. This one is guaranteed to keep his lips smooth and hydrated all day long, so he's smooch ready. Complete it with a card that says: "For our first kiss." You can also add tissues "for your happy tears" and a travel deodorant stick "for your nerves."

22. Morning-of Breakfast

Coffee delivery gift for husband on wedding day
Photo: Vafa Photography

Treat your groom (and if you're feeling generous, his entourage) to some breakfast treats. If caffeine is a must, coordinate a delivery with a local coffee shop or, if he really loves his Starbucks or Dunkin', get him a gift card to use. You can also see if your caterer can provide food for the getting-ready suite.

23. Custom Engraved YETI Water Bottle

YETI water bottle gift for groom
Photo: YETI

Your love, much like a YETI tumbler, stands the test of time; it's resilient and keeps the warmth intact through all of life's twists and turns. For the couple gearing up for a nature-filled honeymoon, a YETI Rambler makes a clever gift for your groom. We recommend having it custom engraved with one of YETI's playful graphics, like this one with carabiners hooked into a heart and the phrase: "Just hitched." You can also add a monogram or a custom message, like "Let the adventure begin!"

24. Personalized Engraved Compass

Personalized engraved compass
Photo: Uncommon Goods

A compass can serve as a symbol of guidance and direction in the journey of marriage, making it a thoughtful wedding day gift for a groom from his favorite adventure buddy. This fully functional brass compass boasts custom engravings on the lid. The top of the cover can either feature "I love you to the moon and back" or a mountain graphic, while the inside can have a personal message or a photo. It's a sentimental keepsake that'll let your guy know you're excited to ​​navigate life together.

25. Box Chain Bracelet

David Yurman box chain bracelet gift for groom
Photo: David Yurman

Formal accessories are a top wedding day gift for grooms because they can wear them that very day. Elevate his style with a meaningful gift from luxury jeweler David Yurman like this best-selling Box Chain Bracelet in sterling silver. This sophisticated accessory seamlessly merges modern style with timeless elegance, providing the perfect finishing touch to his ensemble even beyond the wedding day.

26. Leather Journal

Leather journal gift set gift for groom
Photo: Leatherology

Celebrate the beginning of your love story by giving a luxe journal to your husband-to-be who appreciates the art of writing. Fashioned from full-grain leather, it features a snap closure, a built-in pen loop, three interior card slots and a spacious slot pocket for additional papers. It's designed to hold a lifetime of memories, thanks to its refillable journal slot, making it a lasting keepsake for your entire marriage. You can even have it debossed or hand-painted with their monogram.

27. Keepsake Guitar Pick

Guitar pick wedding gift for groom
Photo: UsefullBeautiful

Love a music lover? This could be the perfect gift for your fiancé-turned-husband on the wedding day. This wooden box holds a personalized guitar pick—you get to choose the design. What a cool keepsake!

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