Six Steps to Choosing the Perfect Gift for Ushers
They’re there to support the bride and groom on their big day. They rent the tuxedo, escort Great Auntie Anne down the aisle, and vow personalised whisky gift set not to say anything too uncouth during the reception toast.
Naturally, the decent thing to do would be to bestow them with a little something to say thanks, right? So, without further ado, here’s your usher gifts guide on how to choose something he’ll remember…
1. Go for something luxurious, but not too outrageous. Your wedding gifts for ushers should reflect their interests and hobbies. Plump for something personalised, maybe. Just don’t re-gift a silver flask that’s engraved with “Sarah” if their name’s Jim.
2. The key to getting it right is going for ‘guy things’. One of the all-time greatest presents for ushers is the classic yet original pair of engraved cufflinks. Alternatively, you could opt for an engraved money clip or even a bottle of his favourite tipple featuring his name on the label.
3. Steer clear of usher gift ideas that are particularly showy or ludicrously cheap. That’s not to say you have to settle on something dull. If you’re absolutely positive your usher would appreciate a “man”icure, a pair of male thongs or a man purse (a.k.a. murse), then by all means, buy it.
4. As mentioned in point number one, the best and easiest way to ensure ushers gifts have that personal touch is to add his name, initials or even a personal message to it. A well-placed name, set of initials or message can add some zest to even the most commonplace cufflink, wallet or pen set. A word of advice: don’t personalise your chosen gift with their uber embarrassing childhood nickname.They won’t appreciate everyone knowing they were once nicknamed ‘Georgy Porgy’.
5. And who said usher presents have to be “holdable”? They could be “doable”. You could send him or them off on a day of paintballing, white water rafting or pigeon shooting to say thanks. It’ll be a day they’ll never forget so long as they avoid shooting themselves (or their teammates) in the eye with one of the darned paintballs, falling out of the raft and getting dragged in the rapids or – worse still – shooting themselves instead of a pigeon.
6. You don’t have to break the bank to show your appreciation. Treat your usher or ushers to a hearty dinner at an old haunt followed by a beer / whisky / shot or two. Basically, the more personalised the effort, the more meaningful the message.
When it comes to choosing gifts for ushers, remember: keep it personal, practical and, well, ‘guy’ish’. That means things like re-gifted