Gifts for Parents!

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We didn’t do anything for our parents. Nor for eachother. It’s enough already, and no one expects it. I think it’s a new “Pinterest-led” painful addition to the to-do list. Thank them in a short toast at the rehearsal dinner.

Post # 5
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Um, parents have always received thank you gifts.  It was not invented with pinterest.  We gave them each a framed e-pic.  Would have also given a nice bottle of wine, but they were flying. 

Post # 7
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@MrsGatito:  This is my issue too.  I’ve seen some discussion on whether you still give parent gifts if they didn’t help with the wedding.  Like what the purpose is.

But then if they DID help with the wedding, they’ve spent a bunch of money too… so you should spend more to get an expensive gift for them?  That doesn’t really make sense to me.  

So I’ve been having trouble with this too… so my thought was then, the parent gifts weren’t about the money, but were more about the sentiment.  And this is where I think pintrest and blogs are helpful— so I think we’re going to do an small album (or like shutterfly book) for each after the wedding, and then day before or day or some sort of sentimental thing.  Like maybe the embrodiered hankercheifs?  I am not sure yet, but I think a small sentimental token would be a nice touch but not too much money? Does that sound dumb?

Post # 9
307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsGatito:  We gave my Dad engraved cuff links and our mom’s Embroidered Hankerchief’s on the day of our wedding – both purchased off of etsy.  Then way after we made them an album and gave them a framed photo .

Post # 11
8847 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I’m also in the camp of “it’s not Pinterest-invented, it’s standard to say thanks for raising me and for giving me a ton of dough.”

We did IOUs for a canvas print of their choosing from the wedding plus a shutterfly album of wedding photos.  The day of, we also gave them embroidered hankerchiefs with a personal message.  (Actually I guess they were just from me, but that wasn’t surprising… my husband is the sweetest guy alive but doesn’t really do gifts.)

Anyway, they were from the Etsy shop Inspired Stitches and cost ~$100 for 4.  I think it might have been the best money spent for the wedding.  All 4 of them cried when I gave them to them!

For the moms:

For the dads:

Beautifully Embroidered Wedding Handkerchief Preembroidered for the Bride to give to her loved ones on her Wedding Day

Post # 12
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I got both sets of parents an 8X10 photo with a nice frame of the formal portrait of the family (DH, me, parents, siblings posed in the church)

Post # 13
395 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Our mothers (both fathers passed away) didn’t give us money, but we still gave them gifts.

I got MIL the same bracelt I got my bridesmaids because it’s something everyone in my family wears, and I want her to feel like family.

I got both of them vintage hankies (and also got them for my aunts/sisters not in the wedding so they’d feel special)

I got my mom an antique vase in a type of china she collects. She already had the bracelet MIL got, and I thought she’d appreciate the vase (and did). She’d just moved into a new home and it worked into her decor well.

Post # 14
1606 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

All of our wedding party wore custom Converse shoes, and both of our dads wanted some too, so we paid for those. We got our moms manicures at a local spa 🙂 We also plan on putting together wedding photo albums for both of them, but haven’t got our pics back yet.


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