Having a hard time finding gifts for parents who are hard to buy for? Here you’ll find the best and most unique gift ideas for parents!
What’s the best gift for parents? The older I get the more I find myself asking this exact question! It seems like every holiday…whether it’s every Mother’s day or Father’s Day…a parents birthday or anniversary I’m wondering what the best ideas for gifts are! So as I’ve been making a list, I thought I’d share with you all my gift ideas for parents!
No matter the age, no matter the season of life this list will spark your creativity and give you ideas…no doubt about it!
Gifts for Parents
We think of our parents or our in laws as “having everything” or they are “hard to buy for” because if they want it they just go out and buy it…if my dad needs a tool he just goes and gets it!!!! What do I buy them?! Here are 53 Gift Ideas for Parents that they will love, I pinky promise! Some are more expensive and elaborate while other ideas are simple…so pick your budget, pick your occasion and have fun shopping!
1 – Personalized House Portrait – Find an artist to paint a picture of their home!
2- Subscription Box – Consider your parents hobbies or likes and consider a subscription box for a year that gives them something to look forward to each month. Some subscription boxes arrive bi-monthly some monthly. Ideas on subscription boxes: (click the picture below to see more info)
- Monthly Date Night Box
- Fresh Flowers
- Beauty Box – there are some great options for men and women
- Faith and Encouragement
3- Family Portrait Session – Set a date with all of the immediate family and book a portrait session with a local family photographer. Coordinate outfits and what to wear, a date and get updated pictures for everyone! Plan to go out to eat after or come back to your home for a BBQ!
4- Personalized Family Tree – This is a great statement piece for a home! (click the picture below to see more info)
5- Honey-Do Project Completed– Have you ever met anyone that doesn’t have a to do list? I know I haven’t…those to do list and honey do lists never end…it’s a vicious cycle! Take a look at their list and help them mark off some things! Spend time together doing the project or offer to do it on your own for them!
6- An Experience– Have they ever had massages together or a spa day? Do they love the movies but have never been to a broad way show? Putt Putt is fun…have they ever been? Give them an experience day instead of a material gift!
7- A Getaway – book a bed and breafkast or a fancy hotel for them to a location that is fun and they’ve never been to! This takes some planning and coordination but could be a lot of fun! (click the picture below to see more info)
8- Gift Card– You’ve got to know their favorite restaurants, spa, entertainment or shopping go to’s – spoil them with a fun gift card. As a last resort give them a Visa Gift card where they can spend this wherever their heart desires! (click the picture below to see more info)
9- Handwritten Letters from all of the Immediate Family– Get everyone involved and write letters of appreciation, thankfulness, memories and more. Place them in a nice box and present these to them over a fancy homemade candlelit dinner! (click the picture below to see more info)
10- Shadow Box with Memoirs– Collect memoir from their past i.e. from their career, raising a family, pictures etc. (click the picture below to see more info)
11- Coffee Table Picture Book – Anything that involves Pictures of the Grandkids…this is always always always a winner with any parent when grandkids are involved! This takes time but I promise you, hands down, it will be a favorite that they talk about for years to come and look at over and over again.
12- House established in Plaque- Sharing my absolute favorite and classiest piece that can be hung on a front porch next to the front door – any entry door or back porch/sun room area. Click on the picture below to see more information about each piece. (the first is just my favorite!) (click the picture below to see more info)
13- House Plants and Garden plants – If they don’t have a green thumb that’s ok…many house plants require little attention (some do some don’t so read up carefully!) A hanging flower pot for their porch or a plant they can enjoy inside for a bit then plant outside later in their garden/yard. (click the picture below to see more info)
- House Plants
- Garden Plants
- Fruit Tree
- Nut Tree
- Green Tree
- Hanging Flower Plants
- Potted Plant for porch
14- Hobby Accessories – What are their hobbies. Give them some accessories to that hobby, a gift card to purchase something towards their hobby, a subscription box around that interest, a book, online class etc.
15- Handmade Sign – If your parents have a favorite quote or favorite scripture verse that means a lot to them, consider a sign with that quote/scripture on it! (click the picture below to see more info)
16- New Linens – I mean who doesn’t love new sheets, new towels/washcloths/hand towels, new kitchen hand towels and wash cloths….to me that is something that gets so “ratty” so fast but we hate spending our own money on…am I right? Just a tip if you are a newbie buying bed sheets – the higher the thread count the better quality and softness you’ll get – who doesn’t want to slip into soft bed sheets? (click the picture below to see more info)
- Bed Sheets
- Bed Spread
- Kitchen Towels
- Kitchen Wash Cloths
- Bathroom Towels
- Bathroom Hand Towels
- Bathroom Washcloths
- Hot Pad holders
17- Online Classes- Sign them up for an online class that fits their hobbies and interests. There are so many options for learning more in the area of a hobby or interest. Sign them up for an online class that they can stay home and do in their PJ’s if they wanted to!
18- New Playlist- Make them a new playlist for their phone/home…the older we get the harder it is to keep up with technology…step in and catch them up to date with a new play list that they can enjoy in the car or while working out at the gym!
19- Coupons – Give them a few coupons i.e.
- Car Washes
- Lawn Care
- Garden Maintenance
- House Cleaning
20- Board Games – Finding games and board games that are great for two people to play can be tricky! I’ll share a few of our favorites that we like to play as a couple and are actually fun to play with only two people. Some games can be played with a minimum of two people but it’s not near as fun as if you had more players…not with these games I’m suggesting – they can be played with more than 2 but are actually super fun with just two players! (click the picture below to see more info)
21- Date Day with YOU! If you can take a day off and treat your parents to a family day spent together. Time together is so important and vital, being intentional takes time and effort, you’ll never regret time spent with your loved ones. Host a game night, invite them over for a fancy candlelit dinner…get creative and have fun together.