Gifts for parents?

posted 3 years ago in August 2013
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We haven’t decided for sure yet, but I would like to give each set of parents a small wedding album after the wedding as their gift.  I will probably design it myself and order it from Shutterfly/Adorama/etc.

Oops:  Not an August Bride, but putting in my 2 cents anyway!  😉

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We will be giving our parents joint gifts. We have photobooks to go to each set of parents after the wedding. Also, at our rehearsal dinner my parents will receive a large digital photo frame and his parents will receive a gift certificate for a dinner/boat cruise. 

 

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@DomesticDiva:  Same here. Albums from Shutterfly, maybe some framed photos to display, as well. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

@WestCoast:  I’m not an August girl, but we ended up not giving parent gifts, because when they were mentioned casually to both sets of parents, they literally had never heard of it and told us they thought it sounded “ridiculous”. I was a-okay with that! I had planned on giving both dad’s framed photographs of us with them from the wedding, and charm bracelets for the mom’s, but I ended up saving everything for birthdays/father’s day instead.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We gave our parents nights out.  H’s parents got a night at a cute bed and breakfast on Lake Michigan and my parents got a night + dinner at a fancy casino in Detroit.

Personally, I don’t the photo albums of your wedding are enough.  They are nice as part of a Christmas or birthday present, but to say “Thanks for your help, here are some photos of me and my H at our special event” doesn’t sit right with me.  Seems a little too self-centered.  I know that it’s their kids and they’d appreciate it, but it just doesn’t seem like a good thank you gift.  Maybe if the photo albums had less of you and more of your parents and their respective families it would be ok.  Otherwise I’d look to give something else and save the photos for part of a Christmas/holiday gift.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We will probably get FMIL and FFIL something religious that is relevant. My parents, I have no idea.

I like the idea of just getting them photo books after the wedding.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I did custom made wood frames off etsy

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We are giving our parents a heart paperweight made from the glass crystals we are using for our unity ceremony which they are included in. This will be after the wedding since we have to send it back to be created. 

At the rehearsal dinner we got my dad a frame that says “today a bride, tomorrow a wife, always your little girl” and I put a picture of me at 4 dressed as a bride With a note to replace with his favorite wedding picture. Then both moms we got these photo holders for your purse from things remembered and put a picture from our E pics and one of us and them from our E party. His dad we got father of the groom golfballs. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I first thought about doing engraved frames for each set of parents. But both of our parents are divorced and 3 have gotten remarried so we have 4 sets of parents to give gifts. The four engraved frames cost more than we wanted so spend so now I am thinking of just doing nice picture frames for each and letting them each pick a wedding photo to put in it. I am all about getting each set of parents the same gifts because 1. it’s easy and 2. we have some drama starters in that group and I don’t want to hear “so and so got a better gift than I did” or “you spent more on that set of parents than us”

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My father had a heart bypass abroad in January and at the time, he talked about how he was afraid he wouldn’t be here for my wedding.

So, he will get a dance, and then a framed photo afterwards.  The dance thing is big as my Dad said noone could dance with the bride until the husband does, and FI is so Not A Dancer.  But he’s going to dance briefly with me, so my father can realize the vision he had in his hospital bed and have a father- daughter dance.

We haven’t talked about FI’s father yet.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

We are still deciding on more, but I made two additional copies of our engagement pictures album and will be giving each set of parents one.  But I know I want to give them more to thank them for all their support!

Post # 16
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2013

First time posting – but I’ve looked at this site SOOO much!

I just bought the Mothers gifts today, so we are done with this task now.. so thought I’d share. We are giving the dad’s ties that they will wear with their tuxes at the wedding – the same tie. And we are giving the moms (and grandma) embroidered ladies handkerchiefs with thier initial (sets of 4) – for the crying of course!

 

Does this sound ok? Kind of a cop out to give the dads something they have to have for the wedding? They certainly don’t “need” anything, so this kind of fits the bill – plus giving something more and spending more money on another ‘thing’ just seems overkill.

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