Gift Guide for Groom Guys
Creative Attendant Gifting Without the Heavy Lifting
by Carolyn Gerin
Man About Town
For highbrow, low maintenance outdoor entertaining, take a look at the DuraClear polycarbonate Margarita Set ($44) from Kitchen Utensils by Williams-Sonoma. Sleek, sophisticated and designed to withstand hundreds of dishwashing cycles and retain its good looks, this revolutionary material has the sparkle of crystal, the lightness of acrylic, and avoids altogether the inevitable party foul: a broken cocktail glass, poolside.
Nothing says a “man in full” quite like a well-stocked wine cellar. The gift of the grape is a sublime and delicious present that can be enjoyed year-round.
Hahn Estates, the Monterey Coast vineyard, best known for their heady red varietals, was voted one of the top 30 U.S. wine companies in February, 2005. They offer a delightful and surprisingly affordable Wine Club—a yearlong adventure for your attendant, during which he can sip and reflect upon what a wonderful friend you are. (Quarterly wine shipments start at $28, including shipping and handling.)
Rosenblum Cellars, Alameda’s award-winning winery, offers delectable and affordable wines from their own cellars as well as other wineries around California. Wine Club members enjoy case discounts, and invitations to exclusive events and tastings of reserve wines. (Club memberships range $51-70 depending on the type of membership selected; tax and shipping are extra.) The Reidel glass gift setwith two bottles of tasty elixir is a Bacchus-worthy offering (glasses run $11 each; wine starts at $30/bottle).
The Life Aquatic
“Men who ride mountains” wear O’Neill Superfreak board shorts ($58). Made of neoprene and exclusive four-way stretch fabric in strategic places, these shorts move you seamlessly through the shooting of tubes and precision cutbacks. The O’Zone L/S Rashguard shirt ($55) protects your skin with UPF 50+ for extreme UV exposure, offering complete head, ear and neck coverage built right into the shirt.
Protect your head from UV rays in the surf and out with the Trim Brim hat ($18) by Patagonia. Designed in water repellent Supplex nylon with an adjustable neoprene strap, it won’t fly off when you catch a wave (or peruse the ladies poolside).
Some establishments understand that when it comes to weddings, it’s not always all about the bride. At Indian Wells Golf Resort, grooms and their men are indulged. If your wedding is booked there, they’ll put together golfing packages that comp the groom and father of the bride, plus reduce the per-person fee for attendants. A boxed lunch and/or reception package makes it a hole in one! Call for pricing. http://www.golfresortatindianwells.com