As much as you may want to get your groomsmen and bridesmaids in on the fun, sometimes the task is up to the parents of the groom and bride. Fortunately, it can be a lot of fun to do. It can also be educational. That's because some of the best gifts for the parents of the groom and bride can actually be very personal. They can teach you more about how they view their future son or daughter.
The type of gift you give depends on your relationship with the bride and groom. If you're friends, then you can simply choose gifts that have something to do with each other. That means you shouldn't buy the bride anything with a name engraved on it, unless she wants an engraved book.
But if you're not close, then you'll have to do a little research before you begin to search for gifts. You might already know what each person in the wedding party is good at. Gifts for the groom's parents should be related to what the groom does, but they don't have to be identical. And gifts for the bridesmaids should be related to what the bride does, but they don't have to be identical as well.
The first thing you need to know is who the parents of the groom are. This is important because it will make it easier for you to find gifts. If the bridal party has young children, you'll probably want to stay away from sports gifts (unless they're soccer jerseys). But if the family is active, you can give them spa vouchers, fishing trips, golfing tickets, or other types of relaxing and fun activities. And if there are older children in the wedding party, gifts for the parents are bound to include something for the kids as well.
There are a lot of unique gifts that you can give, but you'll probably want to stick to something useful and practical. For example, one of the nicest gifts for a groomsman is a personalized watch. A personalized watch means that whoever receives this gift will always remember your special day. Another useful gift for groomsmen is a leather journal. You can customize these with the initials of the groom and the bride, or with the date of the wedding.
Another idea for useful and special gifts for the groom's parents, are golf accessories. These can range from new clubs to gift baskets with all kinds of drinks, snacks, and beverages. And don't forget to thank the parents of the groom and the bridesmaids by sending them thank you notes to help them get through their own special wedding days.
Another idea is to give the parents of the groom something really nice. The best gifts of all are gifts that are thoughtful, unique, and yet affordable. One of these days, it's really hard to find gifts that are any of these things, but you never know when you might run into one. So if you're in doubt, just ask the giver to see what they would recommend.
There are other things that you can do when selecting a gift for a groom and his parents. Of course, don't forget about the wedding invitations! If you know what the bride and groom like, you can send out their wedding invitations in the mail. For example, if they both love vintage clothing, you could include a couple of vintage stationary with their names engraved on them. And if one of them is a movie fan, you might want to send out tickets to an upcoming film premier with their name printed on the ticket. It's important to take the time to make sure that the gift is actually appropriate and that you've gone over the price before sending it.