Man of the Hour: Unique Gifts for the Groom

Written by
Lara M. Burnap


Winter 2018

A tasteful boudoir shoot promises to be a gift he’ll always cherish. Bridal studio Henningsen and Co. and photographer Valorie Darling have collaborated to offer a two-hour boudoir photo session that includes hair, makeup, styling and all the images. The only thing you supply is lingerie and confidence. After the shoot, Darling and Henningsen will help create a one-of-a-kind photo album or framed art with Artifact Uprising. $1,000 at Henningsen and Co. Bridal Studio in Los Angeles, Photo albums, $15–$139, online at Artifact Uprising.

Add a personal touch to the groom’s wedding-day attire with one of David Fin’s handcrafted 100 percent silk Italian ties. Choose from the ready-to-order wedding collection, which features every shade imaginable, such as this sky blue heavy twill tie (on left). Or, work with Fin to create a fully customized design (on right) that fits your wedding-day theme. Commemorate the day with the wedding date, hashtags, symbols or initials. $125 and up, David Fin,

San Diego’s Swanky Badger vegan leather phone case and wallet combo is a stylish essential for the tech guy in your life. Add a personal touch by having the outside engraved with his initials along with your wedding date or a special quote (up to 20 characters) on the inside. $39.99, Swanky Badger, Swanky Badger,

Raise a glass with Cutler’s Artisan Spirits’ 33 Straight bourbon whiskey. Crafted by Ian Cutler, whose family has been in the distilled spirits business for four generations (including bootlegging during Prohibition). Aged for six years and blended on site at Cutler’s Santa Barbara–based distillery using fresh ingredients, this smooth whiskey features balanced notes of sweet honeycomb, caramel, vanilla, spice, with a dry finish of oak and barbecue smoke. $60, Cutler’s Artisan Spirits, Santa Barbara,

Keep it personal by presenting the groom with a handmade, split-leather wallet engraved with his initials. As a bonus, there is a space on the inside to add a sweet message, favorite quote or a memorable date. The San Diego company also offers a plethora of other monogrammable goods including cigar boxes, whiskey decanters and glasses, wooden watches, pocket watches and hip flasks. $49.99, Swanky Badger,