Last Updated: Feb 26, 2018
Your parents have been there to support you through each step of life, now it’s time to show them how much you love them with the perfect present. Sometimes finding a good gift for parents can be a challenge. Mom and dad might claim they have everything they need, but a thoughtful token of your appreciation will go a long way.
We’ve come up with six gift ideas for parents that will put a smile on their faces. Whether it’s a birthday gift or holiday present, the care and personalization you put into the package will make all the difference. Once you’ve decided on a unique gift, add a special message on custom stationery to take the gift to the next level.
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Do give them a gift you can enjoy together:
At the end of the day, mom and dad want to spend time catching up and enjoying your company. Consider a gift that inspires an activity you can do together. Gift a personalized water bottle and set a date for a mother-daughter hike. Pick out a monogrammed mug set, paired with their favorite coffee roast and a plan to stop by each week for a chat.
Don’t depend on gift cards that may go unused:
Though they allow more flexibility, gift cards require an extra step for your parents, adding an errand to their list. In this case, they still need to make the ultimate decision. Consider a more specific fit for their tastes to cut out a step and show how much thought you put into making a choice just for them.
Do buy a sentimental present:
Nothing is sweeter than a reminder of your younger days as a kid. You can’t go wrong with any family gift idea that celebrates your shared memories. Peruse photo-filled options and anything that provides a daily reminder of their love, such as a photo throw pillow or hand-crafted shadow box.
Don’t ignore registries or requests:
Particularly true when choosing gifts for new moms or for your parent’s larger anniversaries, consider checking in with to ask what’s needed. Perhaps your parents would like to use to opportunity spruce up a particular area of their home. Or with new parents, checking in helps avoid repeat gifts. There’s always an opportunity to personalize their request, even if it’s super specific.
Don’t break the bank on new gadgets:
Technology trends come and go. Though the newest toy may make life easier or a little bit cooler, spending outside your budget for such a gift is unnecessary in this case. When considering gifts ideas for parents, err on the side of personalization and simplicity.
Do consider giving two separate gifts:
Perhaps mom and dad have drastically different interests. Don’t shy away from gifting two separate gifts for an anniversary, holiday or similar special occasion. Add a special touch to each of their daily routines that spreads love throughout the house.
In all the gift-giving opportunities, parents are perhaps the most appropriate recipients of personalized gifts. You share memories more than anything else. Showcasing the beautiful times spent together demonstrates your gratitude more than any overly expensive present.
Personalize all your family gifts ideas in several ways: add a monogram or family name, include a collage of photos, or choose a gift that sits prominently in a favorite spot of their house. You may also customize their gift to hobbies or needs. Do you parents travel often? Keep them organized with a customized luggage tag. Or, when buying a gift for friends that have just become new parents, choose a travel-friendly tote bag designed with a stylish monogram.
1. Cheerful Flower Pot
Brighten up your parent’s home by gifting them with a flower pot. Choose a color that best matches their personality and add a simple letter engraving on the front. Try filling the pot with their favorite indoor plants, so that they can appreciate them everyday.
2. Photo Gift Wrap
Make any present more unique by wrapping it in personalized gift wrap. A big part of a present in the presentation. There are many easy ways to wrap a present, but using a collage of photos to create your own will stand out the most. Make sure to include photos that are good quality so that they show up clear when printed out as wrapping paper.
3. Festive Ornaments
Gift your parents with an ornament that has their grandchild on it and they will have something they can appreciate for many years to come. Try personalizing a ceramic ornament with a portrait or choose a family photo and create a glass ornament. Every Christmas they will be able to reminisce with you about the gift.
4. Classic Key Ring
A personalized photo key ring is the perfect gift for the parent who is always on the go. On the busiest days, the keychain will make them stop and appreciate the important things in life like family. Try including a photo of you and your parents laughing over a special moment.
5. Cozy Blanket
Keep your parents warm with a woven photo blanket. This versatile gift has many uses. From a picnic blanket in summer to a bed throw in winter, it will get use year round. Personalize the accessory with a photo of their grandchild and add a unique border design to complete the look.
6. Meaningful Photo Book
Compile all your favorite photos that display the memories you have with your parents and create a photo book for them. This special book is easy to make and will leave your mom and dad speechless. It will be something they can pull out everytime they need some cheering up.
Wait…There’s 50 More Gift Ideas for Parents!
In case you are still looking for additional ideas to go with the items above, we’ve gathered 50 more DIY ideas that are easy to personalize for your parents. Whether they need some new kitchenware or are more inclined to traveling, we have included ideas that will give you inspiration for the perfect gift.
Lacquered Storage Box by Homey Oh My
Marble Dipped Vase by Poppy Talk
Wooden Slab Key Holder by The Crafted Life
Terrazzo Box by The Lovely Drawer
Palm Leaf Art by Monsters Circus
Concrete Diamond Paperweight by A Merry Mishap
Air Plant Terrarium by Swell Mayde
Granite Tealights by Burkatron
Geometric Metal Wall Hanging by Sugar and Cloth
Knotted Blanket by Tell Love and Party
Composition Book Desk Organizers by Mason Jar Crafts
Galvanized Memo Board by I Heart Naptime
Hanging Planters by A Beautiful Mess
Splatter Planters by The Merry Thought
DIY Stenciled Doormats by Kayla Brasher
Colorful Patterned Coin Bank by Paper Stitch Blog
Agate Night Light by Wild Amor
DIY Mountain Wall Clock by Planet Green Recycle
French Vanilla Coffee Candles by Hello Glow
Tropical Leaf Trinket Dishes by Lia Griffith
Copper Salad Servers by Almost Makes Perfect
Distressed Vinyl Cookie Jar by Damask Love
Peyote Stitch Beaded Bottle Cover by Fall for DIY
Painted Wood Bowls by Design Improvised
Upcycled Vintage Plates by Honestly WTF
Solid Wood Hexagon Coasters by Dans Le Lakehouse
DIY Cookout Kit by Lark and Linen
Cactus Oven Mitts by A Beautiful Mess
DIY Taco Stand by Sarah Hearts
Mud Cloth Slate Trivet by A Bubbly Life
Marble and Wood Cheese Board by Coco Kelley
DIY Pizza Tray by Club Crafted
Painted Kitchen Utensils by Within the Grove
Hand Lettered Coffee Mugs by A Pumpkin and a Princess
DIY Flavored Sugars by Just Putzing Around the Kitchen
Marbled Dinnerware by Say Yes
Shibori Indigo Cloth Napkins by Alice and Lois
Barn Wood Wine Rack by I Spy DIY
DIY Unique Cookie Cutters by Craftsy
Crystal Wine Stoppers by Camille Styles
Retro Car Cooler by Dream Green DIY
Donut Beach Umbrella by Studio DIY
Star Wars Wind Chimes by Our Nerd Home
DIY Chinese Checkers Game by Lovely Indeed
Suitcase Record Player by DIY in PDX
Painter’s Canvas Picnic Blanket by A Subtle Revelry
Felt Luggage Tags by Natalie Wright
Aromatherapy Neck Pillow by A Mom’s Take
DIY Travel Journals by Maritza Lisa
Movie Night in a Tin by The DIY Mommy
Show your parents how grateful you are for everything they do with a personalized gift. Gifts for parents mean more when it’s clear that they are unique to the person they are intended for. Regardless of what gift you choose, your efforts will leave mom and dad with smiles long after they unwrap it.