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[This article was first published in November 2020 and has been republished with some of the best updates.]
Last month was my father’s birthday and I gave him a bag and a pair of shoes – gifts for parents that I’m sure every parent will love!
The holidays are finally here! Finding the best gifts for parents who have everything is no easy feat. Over the years, I’ve found the biggest successes were those small gifts they didn’t know they needed or a thoughtful something that reminds them of the gift-giver—an item that recalls a memory you both shared.
Beyond our own flesh and blood, the parent label can span almost everyone in our lives. There are our biological parents, our step-parents, our significant other’s parents (new or permanent), and our grandparents. And then, come a certain age, the word “parent” starts to encompass our friends who are now producing their own spawn.
So get them a gift that’s exceptional, and give it to them together, not only for the potential cost efficiency but because they’re not just mom and dad; they’re a team. A team who made you.
Whether you’re looking for Christmas gifts for parents, birthday gifts for mom or dad, or anniversary gifts for parents, I’m going to share my favorite ideas! And while I’m doing my best to make sure the products I’m featuring will arrive in time, shipping times are especially tricky this year, so I suggest shopping as early as you can!
Characterize your family’s unique collection of individuals with these personalized mugs. Create a set to celebrate the individuals connected through your family ties, whether you’re all around the same table, or enjoying coffee in different time zones.
Anyone who’s spent enough time with small children can tell you that sometimes even everyday tasks can feel like athletic feats. Poke a little good-natured fun at the challenges of child rearing with this clever glassware. Choose a set of four mom glasses, four dad glasses, or two of each, because no matter your family structure, parenting is easier when you’re a good sport about it.
Hang the kinetic sculpture on a porch or patio (it’s sealed for outdoor use) where the slightest breeze will make it twirl with a hypnotic, spiraling motion. Personalized with a couple’s names and wedding or anniversary date, it celebrates a union written in the stars—one that keeps them revolving together for years to come.
Map all of your adventures in wedded bliss with this beautiful keepsake. Personalized with your names and anniversary date, this print of artist Wendy Gold’s vintage-inspired world map is framed and mounted on sturdy foam core. Use the included 100 pins to mark hometowns, honeymoon spots, favorite vacation destinations, and more as an artful and sentimental way to celebrate traveling as a twosome.
Our award-winning blends of fruity California arbequina extra-virgin olive oil and savory seasonings are handcrafted by a small, family-owned company in Northern California’s agricultural heartland.
A long-forgotten memory, no matter how small, silly, or trivial, can bring unspoken joy and can illustrate the great themes of our lives. This card game invites you to revisit the moments that defined your life with the people who matter most.
This game captures the thrill of America’s pastime with home—run fun for family game night.
Look forward to future outings and new experiences with this interactive scratch-off poster.
Featuring your family name, this cutting board lends a personal touch to your prep work and presentation.
This little puffer jacket is so cool, even your trendiest craft beer wants to wear one.
Celebrate a couple’s love of wine, beer, or both with these hand-engraved sweetheart glasses.
This personalized bamboo cheese board and knife set converts to a multi-level wheel.
Commemorate a newsworthy birthday with a collection of The New York Times front pages.
“Carved” with your initials and anniversary, this porcelain mug set recalls a timeless declaration of love.
From California’s redwoods to Florida’s orange groves, celebrate the place that has your heart.
Chill this stone coaster set in your refrigerator or freezer for a cold, refreshing round of beer or soda.
Your iconic city skyline wraps around in a continuous panorama.
This kit for couples features a variety of prompts for new “date night” ideas.
Spice up date night with an adult version of a game that’s always pushed some buttons: truth or dare.
This personalized wine box houses three bottles to be opened on a couple’s 1st, 3rd and 5th anniversaries.
Toast a favorite couple with the timeless charm of these hand-engraved champagne flutes.
Send heartfelt messages anywhere in the world with this kinetic, modern take on the classic love note.
Looking for the perfect gift for the holiday season? Check out all of the gift guides here!