Post # 1
My fiance and I have been trying to figure out for a while now what to give our parents as gifts during the rehearsal dinner. They both contributed equally financially to the wedding. Because we have many other gifts to buy, and both of their birthdays are in November and then Christmas in December, we don’t want to spend more than $50 each. I’ve been looking on the Bee for ideas in past threads but most of them suggest photoalbum/frame or jewelry, neither of which we want to gift. My mom is very simple, works too hard, is not “girly”, and is usually very hard to shop for. FI’s mom is very girly and also sentimental. She’s a wonderful mother to three boys, one is adopted with special needs. We love them very much and want to get them something special! Please help!
Post # 3
We gave our mothers bouquets. Neither of our mothers got the bouquets they wanted for their weddings, so we ordered what they always wanted. Was only about $50 each through the grocery store. Or you could copy the ones they had if they loved theirs.
Post # 4
@nursenat: We got both of them a massage from Massage Envy.. $39 for 1 hour massage. After all their hard work, we figured this was the best gift ever. Then we bought a sleep mask, bottle of lotion and a scented candle (all in the “relaxation frangrance”) and put them together with ribbon along with the gift card.
For the mom that isnt girly, that means she probably works hard all the time and rarely takes time to do pampering things so this would be perfect.
For the mom with the kids, she is probably over-worked and needs a massage. :o)
Post # 5
We are getting our mom’s embroidered hankercheifs, they are both big cryers 🙂 and we’re paying for their hair, makeup, and nails. Afterwards, we’re buying parent albums for both families.
Post # 6
Send them a gift card for 2 live lobsters they can order and cook on a day of their choosing., along with a bottle of wine.
A gift card for a picture from your wedding to be applied to canvas
Post # 7
I actually made ours. I didn’t like the way they came out at first but I’ve tweaked them a bit and think they’re really sweet now.
I took a simple photo from our engagement photos (I think a 5 by 7) and underneath printed…
All that we are, all that we hope to be, we owe to our loving parents.
And we are writing each of them a letter. We have both been through too much crap, given our parents hell, and I feel like nothing could say it better.
You can purchase the same thing on Etsy.
Post # 8
@SFreeman2187: thats awesome.. we may have to do that for our parents after the wedding.
Post # 9
My future-sister-in-law did something really neat for her mom and her Mother-In-Law. She found this woman who makes bud vases in the shape of wedding gowns. I think the woman is based in CT now, she was in VA. Anyway, my Future Sister-In-Law brought in pictures of her wedding gown and had two bud vases made that look like her wedding gown and gave one to her mom and to her Mother-In-Law. A very thoughtful and beautiful gift. If that’s an idea you like let me know and I’ll see if I can get the name of the woman perhaps she has a website. 🙂
Post # 10
I just bought my mom and Future Mother-In-Law necklaces on Etsy that incorporate my fiance and my birthstones. I thought it would be a special way of commemorating the day and a beautiful piece of jewelry for our moms to wear.
My birthstone is turquoise and my fiance’s is pearl. Here is the necklace
Post # 11
My stepmom was probably the hardest to buy for because she hardly has any pictures around her house, she’s not very sentimental, she likes jewelry but only actually wears a few pieces, and everything she owns is neutral, striped, or polka dotted. I found a nice pair of earrings and a matching bracelet at Dillards that I ended up buying for her and they are going to match her dress she’s wearing to the wedding PERFECTLY! It was maybe about $40 each.
For my Future Mother-In-Law, I’m getting her a photobook from My Publisher. Groupon did a special a while back so I was able to pick that up, plus I got a freebie from David’s Bridal… so I’ll give her one and I’ll keep the freebie for myself 🙂
For my mom, I made her gift for her. It’s a painted canvas with a pretty design on it and some vinyl lettering with a picture frame in the corner. It’s really hard to describe but it was right up her alley and something I had my eye on for quite some time, but it was $75 and I knew it would mean more if i did it myself.
Post # 12
We bought 8×10 frames and are writing a letter to each set of parents. They can either replace the letter with a wedding picture or they can keep a framed “thank you for raising us, supporting us, etc”.
Post # 13
I am a mob so I can tell you what my daughter got me. We were tied at the hip during the wedding planning process. Lots of emails phone calls etc. She gave me a shadowbox of pics of us during the wedding process. She also cut out a lot of the emails we want to each other. She also gave her dad and I a weekend getaway, but the shadowbox is something I will always have to remember that special time.