Still Looking for Groomsmen Gifts? There’s a Website for That.
“Grooms are kind of like the forgotten entity when it comes to weddings,” Mike Bajda, co-founder of GroovyGroomsmenGifts.com, said with a bit of a laugh. He, along with his brother, Chris Bajda, founded their website to create a space for grooms—or anyone who enjoys their products—within the bride-obsessed wedding world. Featuring lots of accessories for the sophisticated drinkers in your life—like personalized whiskey stones, beer decapitators and engraved flasks—along with items like travel bags, pocket watches and money clips, the site is also home to a blog about all things groom.
Now in its third year, GroovyGroomsmenGifts.com is a unique place, where nearly all of the offerings may be engraved or otherwise personalized, and the items are hand-picked by Mike and Chris.
“We’re trying to put ourselves in the shoes of the guy, understand where they are in their life, what they’re going through and we’ve had a lot of fun with that,” Mike said. “We’re not this generic, stock place where you’re going to find the same old made-in-China stuff with the same old stock descriptions.”
Part of his motivation is keeping other groomsmen gifts from facing the same fate as his, which, he is certain, “are probably sitting in a box somewhere.” For his wedding, Mike told us he gave his friends steak branders and a set of Omaha steaks. “But who really goes over to their grill and starts branding their steaks?”
He’s learned a thing or two about what elements make a great groomsmen gift since then, though.
“We try to find things that are fun, but functional,” Mike said. Hence why gifts like the Paul Bunyon Man Ax and a hand-stamped tie bar are best-sellers on the site. The hottest ticket, though, according to Mike, is a highball glass-knife combination called “Your Buddy’s Buddies.” Based on the opposites-attract idea, the duo highlights two seemingly non-connected objects that somehow go great together. The kicker? Groomsmen will need to open the container with a crowbar.
“It’s the experience,” Mike explained. “As much as anything else you want to give them an experience, not just make it about fun, inanimate objects.”
While gowns and bouquets typically command the attention at weddings, Mike said thinking about groomsmen gifts centers around what weddings are really about.
“What’s ultimately more important when you think about it: the flowers, or making important people feel good about their contribution to your life?” Mike explained. “Why does this element get pushed off to the side?”
The Connecticut-based brothers’ passion for weddings comes from first-hand experience. After attending dozens of weddings in just a few years (plus having one of his own), Mike said he got a sense of “the amount of emotion in putting it all together, and how much it means to people.”
Plus, for most of the people using GroovyGroomsmenGifts.com, it’s a one-time opportunity.
“You buy groomsmen gifts, you’re probably doing it once in your life,” Mike said. “We’re very recognizing of that.”
So, what are the golden rules of groomsmen gifts, according to Mike? “Know your guys, be unique, make every guy feel like an individual and build camaraderie around the experience of being with men,” he said. “Do something that makes them feel unique, yet part of a bigger team.”
Visit GroovyGroomsmenGifts.com for more information.
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