The One with the Gifts for the Guys

Early on, Cam decided he wanted to get his groomsmen something a little different than your traditional attendant gift. Cam has been a groomsman in something like 10 or 11 weddings—he has collected his share of flasks with his initials, pint glasses, money clips, and even a couple “Das Boots.”


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He decided he wanted to do things differently and buy his eight groomsmen something practical, different, and something they’d actually like.

Turns out, that’s harder than he actually thought. He scoured the internet for ideas and came up with a few—tickets to a sporting event (expensive), putting money toward their suits (“boring” according to Cam), Sperry boat shoes (expensive AND boring).

After months of debating, he narrowed it down to something that we could actually go on…


…a cooler.

Now, I know what you’re thinking—“But Miss Camera, I thought you wanted something unique and different?” Well, so did I. But Cam wants what Cam wants, and he decided that coolers were it.

Our group definitely does not shy away from the drinking, and six of the eight groomsmen were fraternity brothers in college. They all routinely go back for college games, and four of them still have season tickets, even eight years after they graduated college! So, a cooler is definitely practical, and (hopefully) they’ll think of the Camera wedding when they use it. If not, I’ll be there to remind them at tailgates. :)

So, Cam decided on coolers. But what kind? The rolling kind? The handle kind? The Igloo kind? You have no idea how many coolers there are out there until you try to buy eight of them. For under $20 each.

Initially, he liked the idea of a personalized cooler such as this:


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Unfortunately, I’ve read some not-so-great reviews of these types of coolers as they tend to be small and not very good quality. This particular model is also a bit out of our price range at $30.

Then it dawned on me—why not get them coolers for their favorite teams? Again, six of our groomsmen went to college together, and the other two are both my and Cam’s brothers, respectively.

This morning, I placed an order with (using my Target Red Card debit card to get 5% off and free shipping—shameless plug!) for six of these:


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One of these for my brother:


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”¦and one of these (booooooooooo) for Cam’s brother:


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As a loyal Penn Stater, it pains me to no end to have purchased this. I shudder at the thought.

Cam was originally thinking about giving them a 12-pack of their favorite beer, but we both realized that if we give them beer, they’ll probably drink it. Not the best idea to pound a 12-pack the night before a wedding. So instead we will probably add koozies to match their coolers and a personalized note.

What did you get your groomsmen? Anyone find any good deals on coolers I missed? Can I get a WE ARE”¦?


Mrs. Camera

Charlotte, NC/Charleston, SC
Wedding Date:
September 2013
I Dream of Genies: End of Episode 1
Classifieds: June 4, 2013

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    In the media 1565 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:14 pm

    That’s a really cool idea and those guys seem like they’ll actually use those. Nicely done.

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    cosmo_gmr 488 posts, Helper bee @ 12:25 pm

    This is a cool idea! They will love them!

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    jackibean 1076 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:27 pm

    Great idea! Kudos to the Cams for something unique and useful!

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    notbridey 727 posts, Busy bee @ 1:05 pm

    As someone who grew up near Boone…go App State!! As someone who went to NC State boooo Hokies! :) Great gifts!

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    bee_happy 110 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:22 pm

    Awesome idea! My fiance has bought his men each a spyglass and a samuri sword. He is confident that this is what all men truly want and need. Who am I to argue?

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    LadyJenks 53 posts, Worker bee @ 1:36 pm

    I love this! Too bad about the beer, but you’re probably right about them drinking it. On the other hand, they might be drinking anyway…

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    Essa 124 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:37 pm

    PENN STATE! 8)

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    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 1:44 pm

    Very cool idea. Go UMass? 😉

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    triciag 438 posts, Helper bee @ 1:44 pm

    Great idea, love it!

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 2:16 pm

    We are also getting our 5 GM’s coolers also! So much more useful than those lame flasks or icigar cutters they’ll never use. My FI got a plastic bucket (literally) of Sam Adams with pint glasses and we LOVE it, still use it all the time!!

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    anemonie 1578 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:56 pm

    What a great idea! Wish I could go back and steal it. DH would refuse to buy a Michigan cooler, though. They would be all Browns coolers.

    Maybe I can still work this as a birthday gift for DH…

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    vttp926 947 posts, Busy bee @ 2:58 pm

    Appalachian all the way! ASU grad 2007! I wish that the Target stores in Charlotte would carry App gear.

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:55 pm

    I think this is a great idea for a grooms gift, very practical and fun :)

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:48 pm

    What an AWESOME, practical idea!

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    Mrs. Airplane 395 posts, Helper bee @ 6:19 am

    LOVE the Michigan cooler. Go Blue! 😉

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    MsAmandaAnn 2575 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:08 am


    It would have pained me to by that UMich cooler, too.. ick! PSU season ticket holder right here!! :)

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    krislynn_sd 72 posts, Worker bee @ 7:11 am

    What an awesome idea for a groomsmen gift! Too bad they already own Das Boots! I would totally gift that to my groomsmen lol.

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    x0jlynn03 3245 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:45 am

    We got our groomsmen cooler/chairs.. they’re just big enough to hold a 6 pack and when unfolded turn into chairs with the little cooler underneath. All the guys seemed to like them, it was something different like you said, (we had their initials embroidered on the coolers). A few of the guys said they have used them a few times already! A lot of our guys camp, tailgate, have kids that play sports.. they’ll be perfect for those occasions!

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    x0jlynn03 3245 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:47 am

    Oh and we did put a 6 pack of their favorite beer in a gift bag as part of the gift — they didn’t drink it that night @ the rehearsal, but I’m sure it didn’t last long.

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:52 pm

    Cool idea, that reminds me that we need to get our bridal party gifts like YESTERDAY!

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