Post # 1
I’m hoping some of you have some gift ideas that will help me out!! FI and I already picked out pearl bracelets for our moms (we are doing those in lieu of corsages since they didn’t want corsages) but we have no idea what to give our dads…
They are very different. FI’s dad wouldn’t want us to spend any money on him, so that’s tough. He’s also not overly sentimental. My dad is fairly sentimental, but not overly so.
I’ve looked at Etsy…and I have to say NO to anything that says “always your little girl” or “you’re the first man I ever loved” or anything like that. Those sentiments are a bit over the top and overly emotional for our relationship…
We are looking for something that says “thank you” rather than something super emotional, if that makes sense. But we also think something like cuff links would just be kinda lame.
thoughts?! Our budget is about $40 per dad..
Post # 3
@cestvrai: I did do cuff links, but personalized one’s off etsy with a photo in each of him and I together when I was a kid. He wore them the day of the wedding, and probably will never again but it was a nice keepsake.
I also just wrote him a long letter. We gave all 3 (my parents are divorced) sets of parents a wooden etsy photo frame that had a quote around it for them to put a wedding photo in.
Post # 4
@cestvrai: What about a personalized flask or pocket knife. My dad loves his alcohol, and the outdoors so I’d try to do something that fit their personality.
Post # 5
@cestvrai: Luckily for us, our parents are all wine fans. I think we are going to get each set (his parents are divorced and remarried) a bottle of our favorite wine from Chelan, WA and put on custom labels with our wedding info and messages to them.
I’m doing extra for my parents since I think it’s a little different for the bride. Plus, I’m moving out of state 5 days after the wedding and they’re already having a hard time with it. My dad is getting engraved copper guitar picks and my mom will get an engraved copper bookmark. My dad is a huge guitar player (total of 10 in the house right now) and my mom and I are always swapping books. In addition to the wine and those extra small items, I will write them each a note to open on the wedding day.
I kind of want to get them a date night gift card or something as a thank you for the wedding (they’re covering 75% of it) but haven’t decided just yet.
And, at Christmas, each set will get a nice wedding album. I’ll just swap out certain photos to make them custom for each parent.
Post # 7
We wrote our fathers letters, and then got them each something taylored to their hobbies/interests.
Post # 8
I got my dad a money clip which says ‘for the little bit of money my daughter hasn’t taken’ and our wedding date stamped -from etsy. It’s become a running joke that he hasn’t got any money due to the wedding so I know he will smile and he can have it on him on the day. He’s a tricky one to buy for – doesn’t wear cuff links etc. will also get my parents a nice photo frame once pics are back
Post # 9
Thanks for the suggestions! Unfortunately anything alcohol related is out for my dad bc of a medical condition. A flask could work for FI’s dad though..
@Misstiptoes: I like this idea…really sweet and funny! I think my dad would get a kick out of that.
@Soon2BeMrsS: date night gift card is a great idea too..
Ive also been thinking about frames, but feel kind of weird about giving an empty frame if it’s meant to hold a wedding photo..but maybe that’s still an ok option..