For some reason, groomsmen gifts always seem to be left for the last minute. There are a couple theories of why this is so based on who is responsible for purchasing gifts for groomsmen.
If the bride is handling all aspects of the wedding, she may not be familiar with the tradition of providing a token thank you to the male participants in the wedding party until she comes across the "Wedding Gifts for Groomsmen" item on a planning checklist or finds an article in a bridal magazine titled some variation of "Cool Groomsen Gifts" or "Unique Groomsmen Gifts." When it is left up to the groom to provide the tangible thank you to his buddies, the reason for the last minute shopping frenzy is probably plain old-fashioned procrastination.
In general, the male attendants at the wedding are not going to be picky or fussy when it comes to their thank you presents. In fact, most will be just as happy with a cheap groomsmen gift as they would be with a designer groomsmen gift that costs ten times more. Therefore, whoever is in charge of this aspect of the wedding can feel confident that searching for unusual groomsmen gifts doesn't mean that those bearing discount prices or wholesale prices are out of the question.
As in any other area of wedding planning, there are traditional items here. For example, flasks and steins are often the present of choice. Many sellers offer free engraving so they can be personalized. Options here include simply the man's name or the information from the wedding such as the name of the couple and the date of the ceremony. Other popular items are money clips, cufflinks, pocketknives, golf-themed trinkets, and for those on larger budgets, pocket watches. All these items can usually be customized as well.
Although it takes more time and will probably be more costly, the bride and groom can choose to get each groomsman something different. In that case, they should consider what his hobbies and interests are when choosing a personal gift. Taking this route will probably make the experience of being in the wedding party more memorable. In fact, it may mean that the recipient will be more likely to use the item on a regular basis always reinforcing the memories of the couple's happy day.