Post # 1
I have the gifts all set to present to parents, and wedding party at the rehearsal dinner but don’t want my step parents to feel left out and sit there doing nothing while everyone else receives their gifts. My dad offered to pay for our rehearsal dinner so I consider that a gift from my step mom too. Likewise, my mom gave us some money toward our wedding, so we regard that as a gift from my step dad too. So we really want to give them SOMETHING but have no idea what. The wine club idea isn’t desirable for them, the frame/framed pic idea is a no-go, personalized “hankies” aren’t really applicable b/c I don’t think my wedding is emotional for either step parent. (We’re friendly but not super close.) I wrote out cards for each of them individually but feel like I need a gift too. They already both have too many things sitting around the house like poetic wall-hangings, nice candles, etc…so none of that really resonates. Agh. Help? (I’ve read all the other step parent threads but found nothing helpful so far.)
Post # 2
- Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo
amyeb25: What did you get your parents and in laws? Can you do the same thing for them? We gave all parents and step-parents similar things. The dads got tie bars (picked each one individually for them) and the moms got necklaces (again picked out individually, not matching). Or search around etsy for gifts–there’s tons of cute creative stuff and I’m sure you can find something.
Post # 3
soontobeMrsBoo: Thanks for your reply! I have spent 4 months on Etsy and spent $2000 there so far! Phew! 🙂 I did get alllllll our gifts on Etsy, I think! But for the parents, we got “father of the bride/i loved her first” cufflinks for my dad, along with a personalized fishing lure for him b/c he’s outdoorsy and has a fishing trip coming up. Neither apply for my step dad. For my mom, I’m writing her out an intimate poem about mother’s love and the nest they provide their children, and giving her one of those birdsnest necklaces to go with it…so it’s symbollic- as well as a personalized handkerchief b/c the wedding will be very emotional for her. Again, neither would apply for my step mom. So, I’m pretty stuck and can’t find a single idea on etsy for them- or anywhere. Exhausted! lol.