Your dad has played a big role in your life, and now he's about to watch you marry your one true love—it's pretty much as big of a deal for him as it is for you and your new spouse. It's customary to buy a gift for the father of the groom as a small thank you for the part he's playing in the wedding. Not only that, but it's also an opportunity to thank him for all the love, guidance, and wisdom he's provided over the years. If you're not sure what to get, you've come to the right place. Check out our favorite gift ideas for fathers of the groom below, from sentimental keepsakes to practical presents he'll use all the time.
Not shopping for your own dad? Buying a wedding gift for your other half's parents is totally acceptable too (not to mention a super-sweet gesture that'll definitely go down well with the new in-laws).
A personalized handkerchief is a great wedding gift for the father of the groom, especially if he's been known to get emotional from time to time. This one is printed with a lovely message thanking him for setting such a wonderful example as a husband and father.
Peonies and Bells father of the groom handkerchief, $23, Etsy
Custom House Portrait
Looking for a gift for the father of the groom from his loving son? Show him you'll never forget the precious memories you made together in your childhood home. This custom portrait of your dad's house can be completed with a stunning display-ready frame.
Minted custom house portrait with text, from $38, Minted
Watches make for some of the best gifts for fathers of the groom, especially if you want to give him something to wear on the wedding day. We love the classic charm of this leather-strap timepiece from Bulova. The gold-tone stainless steel case and hands add a sophisticated finishing touch.
Bulova Surveyor watch, $260, Bulova
Engraved Tie Bar
If your dad already has a favorite watch, there are plenty of other accessories that make great wedding gifts. This sleek tie bar will tell the father of the groom everything he needs to know. It reads: "Love You, Dad."
Ox & Bull Trading Co. Love You, Dad hidden message tie bar, $30, Cufflinks.com
Double Photo Frame
What's a better gift than a nice picture frame filled with a meaningful snapshot? A nice picture frame filled with two meaningful snapshots. Fill this on-theme frame with a photo of you as a kid next to a pic of you and your dad on your big day.
Personalization Mall Your Little Boy personalized wedding double photo glass frame, $40, Personalization Mall
Meaningful Tie Patch
Add a sweet, personal touch to his favorite tie by gifting him this sew- or iron-on patch. There's a selection of sentimental quotes to choose from depending on what you want to say to the father of the groom, with options for both your own dad and your dad-in-law.
Victoria Lynn Boutique father of the groom tie patch, from $15, Etsy
Elegant Wine Glasses
If you're still building your relationship with your future father-in-law, it's okay to skip the sentimental gifts for now. Instead, pick out a present for the father of the groom that reflects his interests. If he likes to end each day with a glass of wine, he'll appreciate this set of beautiful and functional wine glasses. They're designed to enhance the flavor and aroma of pretty much any vino. Choose between classic or stemless glasses to suit his style.
Jancis Robinson x Richard Brendon The Perfect Wine Glass, from $80 for a set of 2, Food52
Keepsake Fishing Lure
Here's another fitting gift for the father of the groom from the bride or the other groom. It's a thoughtful fishing lure stamped with the words: "Thank you for raising my best catch." You can also add the date of your wedding for an extra-personal touch.
J Lynn Creations father of the groom fishing personalized fishing lure, $20, Etsy
Personalized Golf Balls
Got a golfer on your hands? Like we said before, gifts for the father of the groom that reflect his interests are sure to be appreciated. Replace his standard old golf balls with a set of shiny new ones adorned with his first initial or monogram. He'll want to show these bad boys off to his golf buddies ASAP.
Callaway Warbird Plus personalized golf balls, $53 for a set of 12, Personalization Mall
Personalized gifts for the father of the groom show him you really went the extra mile. A custom pair of socks adorned with his wedding title are perfect for wearing on the big day. Throw in a sweet phrase like "Behind every great son is an even greater dad," and he'll feel like a superhero.
Shop Sock Prints father of the groom wedding socks, from $10, Etsy
Sporty Barbecue Set
On the hunt for a unique gift for the father of the groom? If he likes to grill, we've got you covered. This three-piece gift set includes a heavy-duty spatula, grill fork, and tongs made from durable stainless steel and hard maple wood. The best part? You can have the tools laser engraved with the logo of his favorite sports team.
Sportula classic 3-piece BBQ set, from $45, The Grommet
Whether your dad is a dog lover or just known for his quirky fashion sense, this fun patterned tie is a cool gift idea. Choose his favorite type of furry friend from a list of 17 different breeds, including French bulldogs, German shepherds, yellow labradors, and more.
Uncommon Goods Choose Your Dog Breed necktie, $55, Uncommon Goods
"Best Dad Ever" Mug
If your father doesn't already know you think he's the best dad ever, now's the time to tell him. And what better way to let him in on the secret than with a useful coffee mug? Up the ante on the father of the groom's thank-you gift by pairing it with a pack of his favorite coffee.
WeddingWire Shop Best Dad Ever print custom white ceramic coffee mug, $15, WeddingWire Shop
One-of-a-Kind Cuff Links
Still haven't found the right present? We've got plenty more wedding gift ideas for the father of the groom to come. These snazzy cuff links will instantly elevate any suit, and thanks to the cool signet monogram, they'll never be misplaced.
Max Lang sterling personalized signet monogram cuff links, $275, Cufflinks.com
Monogrammed Hip Flask
A hip flask is a cool keepsake gift you can give to pretty much anyone in your wedding party, including your groomsmen, best man, and dad. This contemporary faux leather option can be given as a solo present or as part of a gift box. Take it up a notch by having the flask engraved with his initials.
The Personalized Gift father of the groom custom leather hip flask, from $18, Etsy
If your dad was head chef when you were growing up, thank him for years of delicious home-cooked meals with this gourmet delicacy: wagyu beef steak. The gift set includes two filet mignon steaks and a jar of black pepper-infused salt to season. It'll make for a celebratory meal right after the wedding.
Snake River Farms 8 oz. filet mignon steaks and Jacobsen black pepper-infused salt package, $131, Huckberry
Classic Pocket Watch
Surprise your partner's dad with a classy pocket watch engraved with his wedding title and the phrase: "Thank you for raising the man of my dreams." It's a great wedding day gift he can carry in his suit pocket.
Frederick James Gifts father of the groom pocket watch, $30, Etsy
Even dads need downtime every now and then—especially after celebrating their son's special day. Help him get his relaxation on with this truly luxe bathrobe. It's made from a super-soft blend of fabric designed to support and move with the body. The double-faced design results in a stylish color contrast.
Lahgo Restore double-faced robe, $258, Lahgo
Punny Golf Marker
Here's another creative golf-themed gift for the father of the groom who spends his Sundays on the fairway. It's a personalized golf ball marker that reads: "Best father-in-law by par." Who knew puns could be so sweet?!
Sierra Metal Design golf ball marker gift for father, from $19, Etsy
Sterling Silver Money Clip
A money clip is a really useful accessory, especially when wearing a suit. Help Dad avoid the dreaded wallet bulge in his back pocket by giving him a precious sterling silver money clip. Engraved with a personal message in your own handwriting, it's the perfect gift from the groom to an amazing dad.
Heidi Hale handwritten message money clip, $185, Uncommon Goods
Celebrity Video Message
Looking for a gift that'll really blow his socks off? Use Cameo to buy your dad a personal video message from one of his favorite celebrities. The platform has a whole host of famous folks offering custom video messages, from sports legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to cast members of The Office.
Cameo celebrity video message, rates vary, Cameo
Practical Whiskey Tumbler
Your dad will want to raise a glass to your milestone as soon as he hears the engagement news. Make toasting your newlywed status a breeze by giving him a rocks glass personalized with his wedding title. Choose between "father of the groom" and "stepfather of the groom" depending on your relationship. Trust us, he'll be using it to enjoy his favorite bourbon long after the wedding.
Lifetime Creations engraved personalized father of the groom whiskey glass, $13, Etsy
Creative Map Puzzle
Your father certainly won't be expecting a puzzle featuring a map of your hometown. It's a unique wedding gift for Dad from the groom that shows you'll never forget your roots.
Butler and Hill custom hometown map puzzle, from $40, The Grommet
Practical Pocket Knife
A pocket knife is a useful item that doubles as a meaningful memento of the special occasion. The wooden handle of this stainless steel knife adds a rustic finish. Bonus: You can have it engraved with his name or monogram to make it an extra-thoughtful gift.
WeddingWire Shop monogram engraved personalized wood-handled locking blade pocket knife, $17, WeddingWire Shop
Timeless Toiletry Bag
If your parents love planning getaways or have to travel to attend the wedding, give your dad a luxe leather toiletry bag. He can keep all his essentials in it on the trip, like shaving accessories and cologne. After the festivities, it'll be a sleek addition to his luggage set.
Satchel & Page shave kit, $175, Satchel & Page