GROOMSMEN GIFTS THAT DON’T SUCK
Words by Christina Shepherd McGuire + Photography by Kathryn Ziesig
A set of chunky beer mugs (boor-ing) … ties and a tie clip (do guys still wear these?) … personalized flasks (good for chilly lift rides, I guess).
While traditional groomsmen offerings are an easy go-to, why not commemorate your wedding day (and your best bros’ contributions to it) with something more than cookie-cutter gifts? You’re holding your wedding in the Tetons, after all, with majestic scenery that rivals the backdrop of any worldwide destination. Choosing a present that represents the natural landscape simply involves a trip into one of the region’s artisan shops. There, you’ll find that special something your right-hand men will treasure for a lifetime—or at least break out every time you come to visit.
Wander into MADE to sample a squeeze of The Salty Cottage’s “JAC” Pillow. This handcrafted-in-New England throw pillow is made of a 100 percent cotton canvas outer with a wool applique (perfect for rough-and-tumble men). It adds a touch of personality to any man space and is an appropriate gift for both singletons and married dudes. MSRP: $95.00
Idaho native Ben Geisler of Aspen Saddlery grew up surrounded by cowboys, horses, and Western craftsmen of all kinds, fostering his keen leatherworking skill. Geisler’s Dopp Kit—available at Mountain Dandy—is generously sized and made from premium imported leather (just like your favorite saddle). This bag will hold all the necessary men’s toiletries, even while being tossed around like a football. MSRP: $110.00
Those on a budget can stock their pre-wedding float trip boat full of Yeti Rambler Colsters. Much more than a coozie, the lock-and-load feature on this bad boy keeps a 12-ounce can from sliding out and keeps beverages cold nearly all day long. Grab a grip of them at JD High Country Outfitters and stoke out the boys. MSRP: $24.99
The MTN Man Toy Shop on Jackson’s Town Square knows the deal when it comes to unique gifts for guys. Here’s where you’ll find Wyoming Knife Corporation’s Wyoming Saw. Not your typical hacksaw, it comes with two blades, a fingerguard to prevent bruised knuckles, and a powder-coated steel frame that breaks down into a leather carrying case. MSRP: 11-inch at $72.00 or 18-inch at $79.00
Six Fingers Studios out of Bozeman, Montana, makes home décor pieces from reclaimed wood. Their Snowy Peaks Mountain Shelf, made of knotty pine, can keep keys, binoculars, and small books for easy access. Your groomsmen can also use the shelf as wall art, bringing a piece of the mountains indoors. MSRP: $48.00
Any avid skier or snowboarder has, at some point, used one of James Niehues’ ski resort trail maps. This legendary artist started hand-painting maps in 1987 and has designed 200 for resorts in several countries. His book “The Man Behind the Maps” contains all of his creations in one place for a gift worthy of any skier’s coffee table. Find it at Jackson Hole Book Trader. MSRP: $90.00
New West Knifework’s Outfitter Knife, also found at the MTN Man Toy Shop, is the perfect gift for any hunter. Designed in collaboration with local outfitters and crafted right here in Victor, Idaho, the insanely sharp 4-inch blade gets it done in the backcountry. The Outfitter knife is both a work of art and a utilitarian tool with its intricate handle and leather carrying case. MSRP: $229.00 *Buy 8 or more for 20% off and free engraving.