Nothing is Good Enough: The Search for the Perfect Gift for Our Parents

posted 2 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

We got married Saturday and haven’t figured out what to get for our parents yet! I’m thinking that I might have a chef go to my parents house and cook a special meal for them . . . And we might get a spa day/golf day for my FIL & SMIL. Still not sure what to do for MIL yet, ack! We got her a massage for her birthday a few months ago, and she liked that, so we’re thinking perhaps something along those lines . . . We’ll get them photos of the wedding, of course, but we don’t have the pro pics back yet (obviously . . .). Perhaps you could give them a special experience?

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I always give vouchers for nice restaurants in the area for friends or family who have no space for more stuff. Make sure it’s enough to cover two peoples dinner (at least2 courses) plus a bottle of wine if they drink, so at least they are unlikely to need to spend anything extra. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Davis Island Garden Club

There are a lot if personalized gifts in etsy but I feel like they either turn your wedding into a shrine or will end up packed in a box. We are doing jewlry for the moms, I’ve been looking at pendants but haven’t purchased yet. for dad’s we are getting them watches and I will probably have something engraved on my dad’s. I feel like jewelry is long lasting and can carry sentimental value even if they don’t wear it everyday. 

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

JackiBean:  A gift card for a night at a romantic B&B for their anniversary?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We are getting our parents a rose bush each that they can plant in the garden as a reminder of the day, plus a photo album of the day. I think a special “experience day” would be good for your parents if they don’t want stuff. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

JackiBean:  We are giving each set of parents a bottle of our favorite wine but I am going to customize the labels.  It will have the wine information, but also our names and wedding date.  The back label will be messages from us.  I am writing to his mom and dad/step-mom and Mr. S is writing to my parents.  Our parents all enjoy a good bottle of wine though so we thought this would be nice.  We also got my parents a gift card to a nice restaurant as an extra thank you for helping us fund the wedding.  They never get a date night so I’m hoping they’ll go if we’ve paid for it!

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Maybe their gift could be a grandchild? Just kidding.  We are doing a really nice wedding album for our families and then renting  a house for a group vacation together for a weekend. For some people it means more for them to spend time with thier children and to know that they are appreciated than to receive an item.  Maybe even just go to their places and cook dinner and help them with yard work for a weekend?  It sounds like both of your parents are well off and do not need much in the aspect of material things so time together NOT doing wedding stuff might be welcomed. 🙂

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

JackiBean:  It sounds like you could talk yourself out of anything.

Are they still close to the people who were their maid (matron) of honor and Best Man?

You could contact them and arrange for them to surprise them with a get together in the near future.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My parents had a super lame wedding “album.” I took all their photos, scanned them, and made a Mixbook. They were really surprised and loved it! We also got married the day before their 35th wedding anniversary, so it was really special.

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