Groomsmen gifts from AddvantageUSA

Getting Married? Tips on Gifts from the Groom

Grooms have a much busier life these days than back in the day when men bought a ring, popped the question, said “I do,” and left for the honeymoon.

Okay, it was never quite that simple, but, if you are engaged to be married, chances are you have already discovered your bride wants you (expects you) to be involved. And, you are okay with that. But, you need to know the rules of the game. You do not want to be surprised – or to be surprising someone else. So, there need to be conditions.


First condition: you want clarity on the expectations.

  • What are my responsibilities? (This is the groom’s task list.)
  • What are the “don’t go there” places that are controlled strictly by the bride, mother of the bride, etc? Demand to know the boundaries so you don’t cross them.
  • What are the things you will do together and are expected to do alone?

Second condition: you want participation/consultation. It is not only your bride’s wedding ceremony; it is also yours. Most men are willing to have the bride and her mother plan the majority of the wedding, so long as there is good communication and general agreement about the couple’s preferences.

Third condition: you want to avoid unnecessary drama. Planning a wedding can be stressful. You want to emphasize the joy and fun of your engagement.

Here are a few suggestions to help ensure your happy life starts off on the right foot. We’re keeping it short and sweet.

  1. Keep the romance alive during the planning. Tell her you love her with small gifts and gestures that remind her you love her.
  2. Plan the honeymoon together making sure it meets her dreams.
  3. Choose one person (usually the groom) to be responsible for making the final honeymoon arrangements. Trust, but verify.
  4. Register together at your favorite places.
  5. Plan a bachelor’s celebration of marriage. Think steak dinners, a golf day, poker night, camp out, cigar bar, charter (fishing) boat, you know what you like. Avoid risks that would spoil the celebration, not just for the groom, but for all the men in the wedding party (no drinking and driving, no hospital emergency room). We have all seen the videos of members of the wedding party passing out during the ceremony. We all know how that happens. That is not the wedding video your bride has been dreaming about.

Get memorial gifts for your groomsmen, personal gift for the bride, and something that says “thank you” to her mother and father.  For your groomsman gift set think about engraved tie clips, cuff links, or a small pocketknife.  For her, something personal, perhaps a limited edition of her favorite book, artwork from a favorite artist, or a piece of fun (inexpensive) jewelry she can wear on the honeymoon. For her parents, consider having a graphics designer make a display of some honeymoon photos.

Check out AddvantageUSA for more ideas. Give us a call at 888-601-5527 and let us brain storm with you. We’ve done this before. We can help.

Fathers Day

Father’s Day is a Worthwhile Celebration, Too

Have you ever noticed that Mother’s Day seems to get all the hype and Father’s Day comes as a bit of an afterthought? Did you know that it is estimated that $8.5 billion less will be spent on Father’s Day than Mother’s Day (In Christine Park’s post, Father’s Day Spending Lags Behind Mother’s Day, it claims, “Father’s Day spending will average $115.57 per person, or an additional $12.7 billion dollars for retailers, versus the $21.2 billion estimate they spent for Mother’s Day.”)?

Fathers play a huge role in our life, and yet somehow we don’t always see the need to give them special treatment on the day that has been permanently set aside for them since 1972 (observed by many for over 60 years before that).

Some may argue that dads aren’t sentimental and don’t care about having a day to celebrate them. Others might say that dads tend to buy what they want, so they are difficult to buy for, or maybe the things they do want are just too expensive. Some dads even tell their kids not to get them anything.

Whatever the case, put these excuses aside and celebrate fathers because they are special and worth it! Here are a couple of ideas for celebrating dad this year and letting him know you love him.

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Dad helping son make a Mother's Day gift

5 Ways to Make Mom feel Special on Mother’s Day: A Dad’s Guide

She’s the woman who brought your children into this world. She takes care of them like only a mother can. You love and adore her, and so do your kids, but sometimes you forget to let her know how special she really is.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to show her how much she means to you. Here are five simple ideas to make her feel extra special this Mother’s Day.

Give her a day to herself

We all appreciate some time alone to do what we want, but it’s a luxury that is often overlooked for mothers. Give her a day where she can focus on her own interests and not have to worry about if she’ll be home in time to take her preteen to practice or put her toddler down for a nap. One mother suggested, “Let her choose a day that works for her.  If she is the mother of young children, take the kids for the day and let her enjoy some alone time.  Every mother needs some time to herself to recharge!”

Make something for her

All moms like something that comes from the heart. Help small children pick out a coloring page to color or let them create a card for her. Encourage older kids to write a letter or poem about what they love about her. You can even search the internet for easy homemade gift ideas and find instructions to making a simple gift that Mom is sure to treasure.

Pamper her

Instead of taking her to the spa, bring the spa to her. Set some time aside for her to relax away from everyone. Draw a nice warm bath for her with her favorite bath salts. Line the counters with candles. Allow her to soak and read her favorite book or just sit in solitude without interruption.

Do her chores

While she’s relaxing in the tub, take some time to tidy up the house. Is the kitchen clean? Does the floor need to be vacuumed? Is there laundry to be folded? Look around and see what needs to be cleaned and do it! She will love the fact that she’s getting a break from her typical chores around the house, and you will earn some extra points for recognizing a need without it being pointed out to you.

Buy a thoughtful gift

This is often our biggest challenge. But take some time to think about her interests, and look for a gift that fits. Does she love specialty coffee drinks? Consider buying her a Espresso Maker so she can make her own espresso, cappuccino or latte. Whatever it is, make sure it keeps her interest and needs in mind.

Addvantage USA is here to help. We can’t come clean your house for you, but we can help you find the perfect gift to make Mom feel special on her special day. Shop online and pay over time or call us today! (888.601.5527)