10 Thoughtful Gifts for Your Wedding Party

Here's a list of 10 thoughtful and quirky gifts for your groomsmen and bridal party.
Here's a list of 10 thoughtful and quirky gifts for your groomsmen and bridal party.
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When buying a gift for your bridesmaids and groomsmen for your wedding, it's important to show that you appreciate all their hard work. And one way to do that is to get them a creative gift with a personal touch. You know your wedding party better than we do, but if you’re struggling to come up with something, here are some fun options ranging personalized socks to Pokemon bath bombs.

1. Custom Face Socks; $24

Customizable Socks on Amazon
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Every time your bridesmaids or groomsmen pull out this pair of socks, they’ll remember your special day. Just select a picture you know they'll love, send it to DivvyUp (through Amazon), and they can enjoy these comfy socks adorned with fun memories. You could also put a picture of a cat or dog on the socks, just in case a member of the wedding party would be horrified by their own mug decorating their feet. As an added bonus, they're available in every color of the rainbow.

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2. Carry-On Cocktail Kits; $24

A carry-on cocktail kit
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Is anyone in your wedding party flying out to the venue? Make their trip more enjoyable by giving them the gift of mid-air booze. Choose from Old Fashioned, Margarita, Moscow Mule, or Gin and Tonic kits that include almost all the ingredients you need to mix up a refreshing drink on the flight. All your friend needs to do is order the alcohol on the plane to complete the cocktail.

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3. Pokémon Bath Bombs; $17

Pokeball bath bombs
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“Gotta drop ‘em all!” Fill your tub with hot water, throw in a Pokeball-shaped bath bomb, and let the relaxation commence. According to the company, these bath bombs can help relieve muscle and joint pain, so they're perfect for helping your wedding party unwind after a night of running around—or dancing in heels. Each bomb unleashes amazing scents while simultaneously bubbling up your water and filling it with fun colors. Oh, and did we mention that the wondrous spheres contain hidden Pokémon toys?

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4. Magnetic Notebook; $33

A magnetic notebook
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Give your groomsmen and bridal party the gift of easy organization with this magnetic notebook that allows you to remove pages along the margin without any tearing and place them back in anywhere you'd like. And as an added bonus, when you run out of paper, rather than buying a whole new notebook, you can just purchase additional sheets ($10).

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5. Customizable Flasks; $18–$65

Customizable flask
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With one of these, your best man or maid of honor will be toasting your wedding long after the party wraps. Tastefully engraved with the recipient’s initials, the durable, pocket-sized flasks come in packs of three and six—or if you prefer, you can order a single one.

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6. Green Herbal Tea Kit; $40

Green tea set
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After your big day goes off without a hitch, your wedding party will definitely want to relax. And what better way to unwind than with a hot cup of tea? Each kit makes about 18 pots of tea, and there are 10 disposable teabags included. Inside the beautifully packaged box, you'll find three varieties of green tea from Japan, India, and Sri Lanka.

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7. Converse Wedding Sneakers; Various

Converse Wedding Sneakers.
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For anyone who has dreams of a wedding party full of Chuck Taylors, Converse has a line of fully customizable wedding sneakers poised to match almost any dress/tux combo. Available in high-top and low-top, these sneakers sport that classic Chuck look, but with color accents, optional design choices, and custom text for the theme you're going for (you can even make them glittered if that's your thing). You can personalize your wedding to your own style, whether your party wears them during the ceremony, or you just buy them for everyone as a gift.

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8. Fujimax Instax Instant Camera; $165

An instant film camera
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Leave the smartphones at home. A throwback to a classic film camera, the Fujimax Instax Mini is a cinch to use and prints pictures in just a few minutes. When the pictures are ready, they can be used as creative decorations around the house or office.

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9. Cold Brew Maker and Carafe; $40

Portable cold brew maker
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Give your wedding party the gift of fresh cold brew without the café prices. All you need to do is add coarsely ground coffee beans to the filter, pour water into the brewing chamber (2 tablespoons of ground beans for every cup of water), and let it all steep for 12–18 hours. When you're ready, just press the front button to instantly fill the insulated carafe below with fresh cold brew. You can also check out this on-the-go espresso maker ($79).

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10. Interactive AR Moon Phase Mug; $30

Moon phase mug
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Stay updated on what phase the moon is in as you sip your morning cup of coffee or tea. Your wedding party can simply scan the QR code at the bottom of the mug and an image of the moon in its current phase will appear on your phone. If you need to step away from your beverage for a minute, simply cover it with the included lid to keep what you're drinking nice and hot.

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Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
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- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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17 Facts About Airplane! On Its 40th Anniversary

Julie Hagerty and Robert Hays (with Otto) in Airplane! (1980).
Julie Hagerty and Robert Hays (with Otto) in Airplane! (1980).
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Shot on a budget of $3.5 million, David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker wrote and directed Airplane!, a movie intended to parody the onslaught of disaster movies that graced movie theater screens in the 1970s. The comedy classic, which arrived in theaters on July 2, 1980, ended up making more than $83.4 million in theaters in the United States alone, and resurrecting a few acting careers in the process. Here are some things you might not have known about the comedy classic on its 40th anniversary.

1. Airplane! was almost a direct parody of the 1957 movie Zero Hour!

Shorewood, Wisconsin childhood friends Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker grew up and moved to Los Angeles, where they were responsible for the sketch comedy troupe Kentucky Fried Theater. The trio made a habit of recording late-night television, looking for commercials to make fun of for their video and film parodies, which is how they discovered Zero Hour!, which also featured a protagonist named Ted Stryker (in Airplane! it's Ted Striker). In order to make sure the camera angles and lighting on Airplane! were matching those of Zero Hour!, the trio always had the movie queued up on set. Yes, the three filmmakers did buy the rights to their semi source material.

2. Universal thought Airplane! was too similar to their Airport franchise.

Universal released four plane disaster movies in the seventies: Airport in 1970; Airport 1975 (confusingly in 1974); Airport ‘77; and The Concorde ... Airport ‘79. Helen Reddy portrayed Sister Ruth in Airport 1975 and was game to play Sister Angelina in Airplane! before Universal stepped in and threatened to sue. Instead, the role went to Maureen McGovern, who sang the Oscar-winning theme songs to The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno—two movies that were also “disaster” movies, albeit ones not involving a plane.

3. David Letterman, Sigourney Weaver, and other future stars auditioned for Airplane!

In early conversations regarding Airplane!, Paramount Studios suggested Dom DeLuise for what would eventually become Leslie Nielsen’s role, and Barry Manilow for the role of Ted Striker, but they were never asked to audition.

4. Chevy Chase was mistakenly announced as the star of Airplane!.

Chevy Chase was erroneously announced as the star of Airplane! in a 1979 news item in The Hollywood Reporter.

5. The role of Roger Murdock was written with Pete Rose in mind.

Pete Rose was busy playing baseball when Airplane! was shot in August, so they cast Kareem Abdul-Jabbar instead.

6. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar got a pretty swanky carpet out of his Airplane! gig.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Peter Graves, and Rossie Harris in Airplane! (1980)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Rossie Harris, and Peter Graves in Airplane! (1980).
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s agent insisted on an extra $5000 to the original offer of a $30,000 salary so that the basketball legend could purchase an oriental rug he'd had his eye on.

7. Peter Graves thought the Airplane! script was "tasteless trash."

Peter Graves eventually found the humor in the film, including the pedophilia jokes, and agreed to play Captain Oveur. Graves's wife was glad he took the role; she laughed throughout the premiere screening.

8. No, the child actor playing young Joey didn't know what Peter Graves was actually saying.

Rossie Harris was only 9 years old when he played the role of Joey, so did not understand the humor in Turkish prisons, gladiator movies, or any of Oveur’s other comments. But by the time he turned 10 and saw the movie, Harris had apparently figured it out.

9. Airplane! marked Ethel Merman's final film appearance.

"The undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage” played a disturbed soldier who believed he was Ethel Merman. Merman passed away in 1984.

10. Michael Ehrmantraut from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul was in Airplane!.

Jonathan Banks plays air traffic controller Gunderson.

11. Airplane!'s three-director setup caused legal problems.

The Directors Guild of America ruled that Abrahams and the two Zuckers couldn’t all be credited for directing a movie, nor be credited under the single “fictitious name of Abrahams N. Zuckers.” A DGA rep was on set to make sure that only Jerry Zucker spoke to the actors. What he saw was Jerry Zucker next to the camera, who would then go to a nearby trailer where the other two were watching the takes on a video feed, and come back to give notes to the actors after conferring with his partners. A DGA executive board eventually gave the three one-time rights to all share the credit.

12. A BIT ABOUT BLIND POLISH AIRLINE PILOTS WAS WRITTEN AND FILMED.

Blind singer José Feliciano, and lookalikes of blind singers Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder, played Polish airline co-pilots. The Polish-American League protested, and it was determined by the writer-directors that the idea wasn’t funny enough to stay in the movie.

13. Robert Hays was starring in a TV show at the same time he was filming Airplane!

Robert Hays, the actor who played Ted Striker, had to race back and forth between the sets of Angie and Airplane! for two very busy weeks. The theme song to Angie was performed by the one and only Maureen McGovern.

14. Robert Hays was—and is—a licensed pilot.

He can even fly the ones with four engines.

15. Leslie Nielsen had a lot of fun with his fart machine.

Leslie Nielsen sold portable fart machines for $7 apiece on set, causing a brief epidemic of fart noises emanating from most of the cast and crew and delaying production. When they were shooting Hays’s close-up, Nielsen used the machine after every other word of his line, “Mr. Striker, can you land this plane?”

16. Stephen Stucker came up with all of Johnny's lines.

Lloyd Bridges and Stephen Stucker in Airplane! (1980)
Stephen Stucker and Lloyd Bridges in Airplane! (1980).
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Stephen Stucker was a member of the Kentucky Fried Theater. His line “Me John, Big Tree” was part of an old riff he used to do, which continued with him going down on his knees and putting an ear to the ground to hear when a wagon train was arriving.

17. The original rough cut of Airplane! was 115 minutes long.

After screenings at three college campuses and two theaters, the film was cut down to 88 minutes.