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

We'll help you pick out something special for your present exchange.
emily rumsey the knot editor
Emily Rumsey
emily rumsey the knot editor
Emily Rumsey
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Updated May 31, 2023
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If your love language is giving and receiving gifts, then you're probably a big fan of the traditional couple's gift exchange that happens on (or right around) the wedding day. While totally optional, it's a sweet way to honor your union. When it comes to choosing a wedding gift for the groom from you, his future spouse, keep a couple of things in mind: First, your gift doesn't have to be expensive for it to be impactful! Second, know that sentimental, personalized and unique gifts tend to be big hits. Ready to pick a gift for your soon-to-be husband to celebrate the wedding day? Keep scrolling for a whole bunch of our favorite groom gift ideas.


1. Retro Reel Viewer

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.

2. Whiskey Barrel Watch

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, exotic hardwoods, ocean plastic or forest fire wood. (*Phew!*) Trust, they have a collector's watch he'll love.

3. Round Box Chain Necklace

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.

4. Boudoir Photo Book

Your husband-to-be will think this is the best wedding gift ever. Secretly schedule a boudoir photo shoot before your wedding, then have the pictures printed in a luxe photo album like this one. It has a fabric cover foil-stamped with your chosen title and offers panoramic page spreads. 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.

5. Personalized Whiskey Decanter

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.

6. Baseball Bat Bottle Opener

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.

7. Custom-Engraved Cuff Links

Suit accessories are popular wedding day gifts for grooms, 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.

8. Engraved Tie Bar

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.

9. Hidden Message Collar Stays

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.

10. High-Tech Wallet

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…

11. Personalized Multi-Tool

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.

12. Hanging Toiletry Bag

Here's a multi-part groom gift idea to pamper your partner. Start with a handy toiletry bag like this one. It's made from a lightweight and durable canvas that unfolds to hang on a door for convenience. Better still, it's embroidered 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!

13. New Cologne

Next, fill his Dopp kit with some premium products that'll make him feel luxurious. A signature scent for the wedding day is a must. Smell is actually linked to memory, so 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. Dermatology-Designed Lip Balm

A gift for your groom on the wedding day doesn't have to be big or expensive. We recommend also filling his Dopp kit with small essentials that will 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."

15. Punny Socks

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.

16. Pre-Ceremony Letter Exchange

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.

17. Custom Star Map

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 along with the date, location and coordinates—as if you could ever forget.

18. Personalized Street Sign Print

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 your wedding year to symbolize the moment your paths crossed and you started walking down the same road together.

19. Cute Clothes Hanger

Make sure he hangs up his tux with this cute "hey handsome" hanger that's personalized with his name. Choose between black, white and natural wood to showcase his wedding garments in style. It's just the kind of surprise gesture that'll start his day off right and will look great in wedding photos.

20. Getting-Ready Robe

Getting-ready robes definitely aren't just for brides and bridesmaids. This fleece-lined wrap features long sleeves, a turndown collar, a sewn-in belt and roomy pockets. It'll keep him cozy on the morning of your wedding—and every day after!

21. Morning-of Breakfast

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.

22. Honeymoon Luggage Gift Set

Planning a trip to celebrate your transition from fiancés to spouses? (And keen on the idea of planning yearly anniversary trips after that?) Quality luggage is something that he's sure to get plenty of use out of—and Samsara Luggage has just the travel gift set for your husband-to-be. Their hard shell, four-wheel carry-on is outfitted with smart technology to track your suitcase on your iPhone's Find My app, so you never have to worry about losing it. He'll also get a power bank for wireless charging and stylish sunglasses.

23. Travel Accessories

You don't have to buy him pricey luggage to prep him for your getaway. What about a classy luggage tag? These ones come in a whole bunch of colorways and, like many of the best wedding gifts for him, they're monogrammable. The seller also offers passport holders, wallets and travel journals—so you can gift your soon-to-be-husband a matching leather set for all your adventures.

24. Engraved Liquor Bottle

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.

25. Wooden Flask

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.

26. City Whiskey Glasses

Searching for a sentimental gift for the groom? Pay tribute to your wedding destination (or alternatively, the place you first met) with a matching pair of glasses that shows off your city. Each set features the phrase: "A lifetime of romance and adventure," a meaningful date (aka your wedding date) and your names.

27. Keepsake Guitar Pick

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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