Post # 1
Bees, I am kindly requesting some input.
We are getting married in May, and are trying to buy what we can NOW, before things really get hectic. Enter our parents gifts.
We want to get something for my Father, his Father, his Mother and his Stepfather. However, we do not want them to be big ‘extravagant’ gifts, or too sappy either. We love our parents, we do, and we are close to them, but not in the ‘daddy’s little girl’ type of way.
Also, neither of the aforementioned parties have contributed to our wedding, which is absolutely FINE, but these gifts are not a ‘thank you’ for your gift to us, but rather a thank you for your support and love – from the both of us, not from us as individuals. So, we are thinking $50 max per gift.
One, is that even OK? And two, what the heck are you giving your parents? I have thought about personalized cufflinks for the guys, but his mom I have no clue (she is not a jewelry person). I thought about personalized picture frames, but I do not know if that is too ‘easy’. Hankerchiefs, but then I would need to find an additional item, as those are not that expensive.
Please share…ANY idea at this point MAY help, as we are at a loss. THanks!
Post # 3
Two etched wine glasses for my parents; I’ll also get them a nice bottle of wine:
Post # 4
@OUgal0004: we did an embroidered handkercheif and my parents absolutely loved them!!
Post # 5
I found a digital picture frame that we got for both my Dad and DH’s Mom, gave them the gifts. Then when we got our pics back of the wedding DH downloaded them onto a flash drive and gave them those as well. I think we spent $30.00.
Post # 6
We’re doing small wedding photo albums for the parents and grandparents
Post # 7
could you give them a 100.00 gift card to a nice inn or restaurant nearby? our situation is a bit different because our parents and paying and planning the wedding, but i know what they’d like most is a little getaway or to be treated to a nice meal when all the hoopla is finished!
Post # 8
You could do a frame with a photo of you and them when you were younger and then a photo of you and them on your wedding day. Or do that just for your dad and get your mom a pedicure or manicure, which with just one would be less than $50.
Post # 9
@Britt214: What was the forum you used for the hankerchiefs?! Just curious…I have perused some sites, but have not found anything I ‘loved’!
@Artificial-Sweetener: Awesome gift. I wish any of our parents were drinkers, because I love the idea of some personalized glassware!
@HisIrishPrincess: ANother good idea, thank you!!
@JenGirl: I think I will be creating parents albums for each of them, but I thought it would make a good holiday gift at some point. However, if we do this route for wedding gifts, did you leave a note in a card or something stating this was their gift…eventually?
@peonyinlove: We could do a gift card, and would love to treat them to something nice. The problem is that each one, funnily enough, are all ‘home bodies’, so they do not enjoy going out 🙁
Post # 10
@alysee: This is what makes us think of leaning toward a frame…but I did not know if that would be ‘enough’?!
Post # 11
@OUgal0004: I think it’s a great idea. You can spend as little or as much as you want on a nice frame and I’m sure parents love the sentimental value.
Post # 12
Haha we give LOTS of gifts in my family, so we went way WAY over the top, but here is some of what we did.
Mom: monogrammed weekender bag, pearl bracelet, ring dish from DH that says “I’ll always take care of her”
Dad: mug that read “Of all the walks we’ve taken together, this one is my favorite” and restaurant gift card
Stepmom: handmade ceramic Christmas ornament that read “With all our love and gratitude” (and obviously the restaurant gift card)
FIL: engraved collar stays, restaurant gift card
MIL: delicate hammered silver cuff bracelet engraved on the inside “Thank you for raising the man of my dreams” (I know this is all over Pinterest, lol, but my MIL had never seen it before!)
BIL: engraved copper guitar pick
SIL: earrings (tiny silver punky-looking pyramid studs, haha, because she is very alternative and chic)
aunt: tote bag and ceramic ornament, as above
grandmas: screen-printed hankies (I liked these soooo much better than embroidered ones!)
We also paid for everybody’s mani-pedis the morning of the wedding!
Let me know if you want sources for any of these things!
Post # 13
@OUgal0004: What about treating them to a night in? You could get them a bottle of wine (or other form of alcohol), a gift card to their favorite carry-out place, some snacks, a blanket, and movie or amazon gift card (so they can purchase their movie).
Post # 14
We spent more on the moms. We gave our moms a pashima scarf – very well received!! My stepdad got an airpump thing for his car, not a lot of money but he totally loved it. FIL didn’t get anything because he didn’t get us a wedding present so we knew he wouldn’t accept a thing.
Post # 15
Yeah they got a thank you note talking about how much we appreciated them being there to celebrate with us and helping with things (we paid but we did it in my dad’s backyard) and saying that they would get a book when we got pictures in. And now I really need to get on that! Gah!
Post # 16
My parents just bought a vacation home, so we got them each monogrammed beach bags, and an extra set for guests. Also one for FMIL.
Also, both sets of parents will get custom wedding picture books.