25 Great Gifts for Your Son On His Wedding Day

Surprise the groom with one of these thoughtful presents from his parents.
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Updated Jun 14, 2023
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Watching your son get married is an emotional time for any parent—and choosing a thoughtful gift for your son on his wedding day is a sweet opportunity to show him how proud you are of the man he grew up to be. Of course, finding the right wedding gift for your son isn't always easy. After all, it's not every day your child gets married to the love of their life. Luckily, we've got some tips to help you shop for the groom-to-be.

If you're searching for a gift to give your son and his new spouse, you're welcome (in fact, encouraged) to use the couple's wedding registry. But you might want to give just your son a little sentimental something extra that he can treasure forever. Thankfully, we've rounded up the most thoughtful wedding day gifts for grooms from one or both parents.

1. Keepsake Watch Box

A personalized leather watch box is something he'll reach for every time he's looking to impress. We think it could make a really thoughtful wedding gift to a son, especially if you share an appreciation of nice watches. Make it all the more meaningful by placing one of your beloved timepieces in the box before you hand it over. Your son will think of you every time he wears it. And who knows, maybe one day he'll pass it on to his own kid.

2. Heirloom-Worthy Watch

If you're really stuck on what to give your son for his wedding day, we've got a classic idea. Sometimes, a watch is the only accessory you need. This style is casual enough to wear every day, but that doesn't mean it's basic. The leather strap and streamlined black face feel equal parts sophisticated and modern. Engrave the back with a hidden message for your son on his wedding day.

3. Elevated Weekend Bag

Made from waxed canvas and classic brown leather, this timeless weekend bag will serve him on many romantic getaways and weekend breaks with his new spouse. The spacious interior includes a 15-inch laptop compartment and the outside is finished with stunning antique brass hardware. Go the extra mile by having it debossed or foil-stamped with his initials.

4. Whiskey Lover's Crate

This one's for the son who likes to celebrate with a special bottle of bourbon. The gift set includes a beautiful glass decanter and two matching rocks glasses, all personalized with his name or initials. But that's not all: There are also two molds for making sphered ice, two rustic slate coasters, a journal to keep track of his tasting journey and a selection of tasty nuts to snack on. Now that's an impressive gift for a son who's getting married.

5. Crystal Tumbler Set

For an heirloom-worthy wedding gift for your son, you can't go wrong with anything crystal. These stunning crystal tumblers are perfect for a whiskey-lover who enjoys their liquor with a splash of water, soda or a few ice cubes. Best of all, they're engravable.

6. Custom Cuff Links

Is your son moving far away to start his new life? Make sure he brings a bit of home with him with these customizable map cuff links showcasing the neighborhood of your choosing. This unique gift for your son's wedding can also double as a souvenir from the big day. Simply include an engraving on the back with the date and both his and his sweetheart's initials. With this unique pair on his wrists, he'll never forget where he came from.

7. One-of-a-Kind Experience

Tinggly Superman experience gift box in front of off-road vehicle
Photo: Tinggly via Facebook

How much you love and support your son can't be put into words, so give him a gift that's equally intangible. Tinggly's Superman gift set gives your son the opportunity to embrace a brand new experience, like swimming with manatees or learning to surf with his other half. You'll be giving him an awesome gift that comes with an encouraging life lesson: Never stop making memories. It's basically the perfect wedding gift for the groom from his parent(s).

8. Illustrated Art Print

If your kid has always had an adventurous spirit, go with a gift that celebrates his outdoorsy interests. This customized art print depicts your son and his partner (or yourself for a family piece) looking out over one of the country's stunning national parks. It's an extra-meaningful wedding gift idea for your son and his new spouse if they share a love of nature.

9. Classic Cologne

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How about a luxury fragrance that'll help him remember the special day? This rich scent has notes of iris, sandalwood and leather, making it classic enough for everyday wear, too. His soon-to-be-spouse will love it as well!

10. Leather Dopp Kit

Personalized presents always feel special and this vintage-style toiletry bag is no exception. The faux leather dopp kit is laser-engraved with your son's first name, last name or initials in gold lettering with an intricate Art Deco frame. It's roomy enough for all of his grooming essentials (or travel essentials, if he wants to take it on the honeymoon).

11. Waffle Bath Robe

Help him relax and bring the spa home with this cozy waffle robe. Top tip: Give this personalized wedding gift to your son a few days before the big day, so he can wear it while he's getting ready. Just because you gifted it to him doesn't mean his new spouse won't "borrow" it, though. (And who could blame them? It's just so cozy!)

12. Turntable Cheese Board

What about something that'll make him laugh? This turntable-style cheese board even has a cheese slicer disguised as a record needle for something he'll enjoy showing off at parties. It's a thoughtful present for a music lover (and we bet your new in-law will get a kick out of this wedding gift idea, too).

13. Craft Beer Subscription

You'll officially win the title of "World's Coolest Parent(s)" with this unique wedding gift for the groom. Every month, he'll be treated to craft beers from microbreweries all over the country. Who knows, maybe he'll find his new favorite drink. Cheers to newlywed life!

14. Portable Pizza Oven

FYI: It's totally acceptable to pick a wedding gift for your son off his registry. The Ooni Koda pizza oven allows him to cook authentic homemade pizza in his backyard in a single minute. The oven is fueled by gas and can also be used for more than just pizza. Adjust the heat setting to cook seared steak, roast chicken and veggies. Better still, it's portable.

15. Nostalgic Wallet Card

We love this photo wallet card as a parent gift to the groom because he can carry it with him wherever he goes. Print a sweet snapshot from his childhood that he can pull out and reminisce over anytime, anywhere. Bonus: You can also engrave a personal message on the back wishing him many years of happiness with his new spouse.

16. High-Tech Wallet

No matter how old he gets, he'll need help from his parent(s)—like answering where he put his wallet when he comes to visit. Ekster's slim leather wallet boasts several smart features, like a quick card-access mechanism and room for an optional tracking device. Problem solved.

17. Golf Gift Set

Buying a gift for a golfer? If your son spends his Sundays on the fairway, he'll be thrilled with this personalized present. Inside a monogrammed wooden box are 12 matching custom golf balls and a dozen tees and pencils to keep him going for plenty of rounds to come. It's a sweet wedding day gift that celebrates your son as an individual before he officially couples up with his wonderful spouse-to-be.

18. Wedding Tree

A tree is an unconventional, but meaningful gift for your son and his partner for their wedding as it'll serve as a living and lasting reminder of their love. Plus, many saplings have their own meaning. A magnolia tree, for instance, symbolizes luck and stability—plus its early spring blooms and deep-green leaves with velvety undersides are too pretty. Choose between a small and large size then add a plaque that says "Happy wedding day!"

19. Wedding Photo & Memento Album

The couple might already be ordering a wedding album from their photographer, but that doesn't mean they can't have fun scrapbooking their own favorite pictures from the day as well. This gorgeous coffee table book is full of blank pages just waiting to be filled with snapshots, invites, menus, fabric scraps, notes and more. They'll flip through it often.

20. Personalized Handkerchief

Do you think he'll get a bit misty-eyed on his wedding day? Give him a handkerchief he can keep with him during the festivities and hope that the special message on it doesn't bring on a fresh wave of tears. If you need help brainstorming what to say, here's a classic: "Today a groom, tomorrow a husband, forever my son."

21. Sentimental Pocket Watch

Here's a special gift for a son on his wedding day from a parent. The bronze-colored stainless steel pocket watch is stamped with an image of a lion and its cub walking together. A sweet message is engraved around the picture, reading: "To my son, when life tries to knock you down, this old lion will always have your back." It's even more of a meaningful gift if you used to watch "The Lion King" together.

22. Monthly Wine Delivery

Only the best for your son, right? WineAccess will give him and his partner the opportunity to try expertly curated wines from around the world—and they'll ship straight to their door. Simply choose which "club" option you'd like to subscribe them to, like the Michelin Guide or Champagne, to have up to six bottles gifted to them each month. They'll be toasting their love story long after the big day.

23. Personalized Wine Barrel

Help your newest favorite couple keep track of every celebration that includes wine or champagne with this unique memory box. This upcycled wine barrel is a personalized cork keeper, so they can show off all the big and small moments of their relationship. Big drinkers? No worries, the back opens when it's time to empty it and start over. We recommend gifting it with a Sharpie, so they can write the occasion they drank the bottle on every cork in the case.

24. Secret Message Bracelet

An understated bracelet goes with every outfit, so this leather band with an industrial metal clasp is just the wedding gift for your son. It can be custom engraved with a sweet message that ensures he's reminded of you every time he wears it. You also get to pick out the color of the leather.

25. Custom Map Art

We love custom artwork as a gift for your son on his wedding day. This particular foil print features a map of any address you choose—think his childhood house, so he can carry a little piece of home no matter where life leads him. And it can conveniently come framed.

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