Post # 1
I want to get my parents a gift together for all their support, love, and money they have spent. DOes anyone have ideas? SHould it be gift card or a certain gift? My parents got have a brand new house that is only a year old or should I get them something that they can use on themselves? Any ideas would be helpful. Plus, the wedding is this weekend.
Post # 3
Since they just moved into a new house, I would maybe get them a gift certificate to Lowes or Home Depot that they could use towards something for the house or landscaping. Or if they need decorating pieces, I’d get them a piece of framed art or for that matter, I’d take a favorite picture of you and your parents and get it framed and matted to give them.
Post # 4
Natasha, I’m glad I’m not the only one who hasn’t thought about this until now! I think I’m planning on writing cards and then either getting something special on our honeymoon or just photo albums.
Post # 5
My photographer offered us a parents album…it is smaller than a regular wedding album and we were able to choose our pictures! If your photographer doesn’t offer that I know that there are a lot of online sources that can do that for you. I know some of the Bee’s have mentione them… I don’t remember their names although I can google if you would like me to.
Since they moved into a new house maybe blow up a picture of you and your new husband and frame it?? Or do one of the four of y’all together?
Post # 6
It sounds like to me they have been a huge part of your wedding planning process and you want to get them something that shows you really appreciate it. While I agree that they will definitely use a GC to Lowes/Home Depot…I think this calls for something a little more personable.
I guess the first question for me would be what is your price range?
I’ve been thinking about this in the back of my head. One of the gifts I’m toying around with is a wine making kit. They’ve mentioned that they want to try to make their own wine so if by the wedding they have not purchased one I think that will be a great gift for the FI’s parents.
For you, I agree, maybe something for their home. Do they have a backyard? Do they enjoying working back there? Maybe, along the lines of how some couples plant a tree after they wed you & the FI can sneak over 1 day and plant a tree together for them? Or leave it in the backyard and surprise them then plant it at a location of their choice? A small flowering ornamental would be nice bc then everytime it flowers they will think of you!
Post # 7
We are getting our parents paintings…our priest is an artist so we’re having him do them so they have a personal touch. Maybe you can find an artist on Craigslist or something and have a painting made of something significant to your parents.
You could also ask your photographer to do some shots of just your parents and then have one enlarged and framed for their house.
Post # 8
i’m going to make photo books on shutterfly with the pictures my photographer is putting on dvd for me. i think parents will love them, and they are inexpensive too. i haven’t made one before, but from what i understand there are page templates that you insert your photos into.
Post # 9
Do you have any siblings that are already married? How about getting them a set of matching frames (8×10?), one for each of their kids (FI’s parents have these…his sister is already married, so her wedding photo replaced her last "single" photo…we’re next, I get to go on the wall!).
Post # 10
My friend’s sister and her groom had paintings of their parents’ homes done as a thank you gift. It was really nice because the groom’s parents were preparing to move and downsize so it was really sentimental.
I suggested to my brother that he and his bride get my parents an outdoor covered swing/seat so that they could relax outdoors while our niece and nephews run around but they got them a crystal picture frame…a few days later my mother went to Home Depot looking for one of those little covered swings (she never heard what I suggested…)
Those are two things that might fit into their excitement about their new home and their enjoyment of it!
Post # 11
I thought about getting them engraved picture frames, with a picture of us with them from the Wedding in it.
Post # 12
A bit off the beaten path, but my parents last name begins with an “M”, as does my future in-laws, and obviously my FI’s-so we will all have a last name beginning with “M”. Rather than yet another useless item that is strictly for gift purposes, we got each of them, and us, identicial doormats. They are the really nice kind that are super heavy black rubber that looks like wrought (can’t spell, not sure if that is right) iron and have a coco insert in the middle of it with an “M” on it. This may be hokey, but all three of us will have the same doormat at our front doors.
Dorky I know, but they will totally get it. My mom was here last weekend with FI and his parents for our couples shower and they both commented about doormats and how they both like the kind that looks like black iron-FI and I both smiled at each other. 🙂
We also do the tree and bush planting thing at my parents house and when FI moves in here, we are planting three gardenia bushes-one for each of the twins and one for us. We planted a camellia at my parents house and also at FIs parents house when we got engaged. The plants/trees are nice and if you live in a part of the country that will support it, gardenias are lovely bc they smell so wonderful when they bloom.
Post # 13
I like the ideas of tree planting or buying something non-wedding related. Inless there is something special or unique your going to do with your wedding photoes; I wouldn’t use them as your thank you gift. They would be recieving them anyway i’m assuming. I would do something more personable. I’m thinking of getting mine a hand made wishing well to place in the yard.