This particular Book Rioter is really excited to be tying the knot at the end of the month. I’m definitely having a literary wedding (I went with the library check-out save the date), and my bookworm groomsmen are going to be decked out in the most bookish of swag.
After months spent researching gifts, from presents that are just-because to items that are more of the “I bought this and you better wear it because IT IS MY WEDDING” variety, I found it wasn’t all that difficult to put a bookish twist on the standard groomsmen gifts.
Cufflinks, flasks, dress socks, journals… all of these usual groomsmen gifts can be given a literary spin, if you spend a bit of time on Google and Etsy.
So here you go, readers. For when you’re getting ready to plan.
BOOKISH CUFFLINKS: With the exception of the flask, I feel like cufflinks are the go-to gifts for groomsmen everywhere. And Etsy is in no short supply of cufflinks of the bookish persuasion.
There are a few ways you can approach these. You can pick a favorite book, quote, punctuation mark, or even publisher.
BOOKISH DRESS SOCKS: Literary dress socks paired with a suit? Yes please. More the colorful the better, makes for fun pictures later, guys.
CUSTOM JOURNALS: Are any of your groomsmen writers? Illustrators? Casual doodlers? Frequent daydreamers?
A custom journal makes for a great groomsman gift, especially with a charming literary quote on the cover.
FLASKS IN BOOKS: Yes, yes, the ultimate in cliche groomsmen gifts. I know.
But hey, there are some fun literary spins on these available that’ll make them a little more special, and a little less “I ran and picked this up at The Sharper Image two days before the ceremony.”
Like putting them inside actual books.