I am the queen of gift baskets.
I have fun selecting several items that I know a person will enjoy, theme or no theme, and package it up in a way that makes that person feel special.
So why not do the same for your wedding party? I don’t know how many weddings we have been to that have given monogrammed wedding party gifts. Does anyone truly enjoy those gifts? A monogrammed beer stein or cosmetic case? How many monogrammed items does a person really need? And they are NOT personal at all…it is like you had to get them something so you settled on a monogrammed “Janes Bridesmaid 2013″ shot glass?
Their are site like Gift Tree that offer baskets like the one shown above. Filled with beer, nuts and other snack…what groomsmen will say no to this?! I know my guy would Much rather have this than another monogrammed handkerchief!
Not only is a gift basket personal, or at least more FUN, but it can also save you TONS of money if you do it yourself. Many stores these days allow you to buy single beers in a 6-pack for a discounted rate. Buy a basket, a mixed 6-pack and a few snack items and you are set to go! You can probably get away with a very nice beer basket for under $25 if done yourself!
Need some more money saving tips?
Buy the baskets at a dollar store. If they look cheap and ugly, just spray paint them with one of your wedding colors! If you can’t find wicker baskets, opt for wrapping a small cardboard box. Just cut off the top and fill with tissue paper.
If you can’t find a store that allows you to mix individual beers, buy 2 or 3 packs of beer. Open and separate the beers between the groomsmen!
Individual snacks can be a bit pricey. Save a little money by buying a few lunch-size portion snack packs. These can be found at grocery stores or big box retailers like Walmart, Target or Costco. Not only can you give one of each kind to the groomsmen, but you will probably have some left over as snacks for yourself later! You may be able to find mixed boxes as well, allowing you to purchase fewer packages!
For girls, try items like flip flops, sunscreen or make-up items.