Post # 1
FI and I are trying to come up with some ideas for our parents’ gifts for the wedding. We’re really stuck! What kinds of gifts do you get for your parents? How much is typical to spend on parent gifts?
Our parents are a little hard to buy for. Both sets don’t drink and are fairly conservative, or else we would totally do a nice collection of wine or something. FI just joined the Navy, so maybe something Navy related? I was thinking a nice picture frame with several sections to put a bunch of wedding/family photos in, with maybe something else, but is that nice enough?
Help me bees! We need ideas!!
Post # 3
It’s tough! I’m still figuring it out. I think for my mom and stepdad, we’ll do tickets to the symphony or ballet, since they like that sort of thing and live close to a big city with good companies. It’s much harder for my dad/stepmom and FI’s parents, though. My dad and stepmom essentially share no interests (don’t even get me started). FI’s parents are nice but the only thing I can think of that they’re both into is movies, and it doesn’t seem nice enough to get them movie tickets. Maybe a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant, if I can figure out what it is.
p.s. This would be in addition to framed wedding photos or album.
Post # 4
We bought our parents a clock similar to the one in the picture (except it was black, not brown). We had “Thank You” engraved at the bottom and I think our wedding date as well. Plus we took both sets of parents out for a nice dinner when things settled down after the wedding. Hope this gives you something else to thing about 🙂
Post # 5
**think (not thing) about 🙂 Plus, we gave them photobooks with wedding pictures (after the fact).
Post # 6
We gave them photo albums later. Day of: just nothing but genuine love and public declarations of thanks.
Post # 7
We gave each set of parents a really nice Kate Spade frame ($50) which included an engagement picture but could later be used for a wedding picture, if they choose. We also gave them each a nice, hardback, coffee table book ($25) about the city where we held our destination wedding. We wrote a nice “thank you” note inscription.
Post # 8
Oh and once we got the pictures back, we gave each set a photo album made on Snapfish — nothing too fancy.
Post # 9
This was a tough one for us as well. We ended up buying a necklace and earring set for each of our mothers. The sets went well with their wedding outfits and they wore the jewelry at the wedding.
We gave our fathers these personalized cuff links: http://www.etsy.com/listing/61523356/featured-in-martha-stewart-weddings
We chose the city that we were getting married in for the map. Our parents loved their gifts!
Post # 10
Thanks for the ideas!! FI had a stroke of brilliance and suggested we give each set of parents a night at a local bed and breakfast, which I think will be a perfect present for them!
So, that’s another idea to consider. If anyone else has more ideas, please list them! I never really thought about parents gifts before now, so the more ideas we throw around, the better for others! 🙂
Post # 11
Neither set of parents would really care about getting a photo album or other chotskies so we’ll be gifting them with $200 gift certificates to B&Bfinder.com. This site sells gift certificates that can be used at hundreds of B&B’s all over the country. Our parents hardly ever take vacations so we wanted to gift them with a little get away for after the stress of our wedding is over. After they decide when and where they’ll be going, we plan to call ahead and arrange to pay for a nice dinner for them.
When its all said and done, I expect we’ll probably spend around $300 per set but when you think about it, that’s really not all that much considering they raised us and are helping with the wedding costs.