Post # 1
I don’t know what to give our parents as thank-you gifts. I really want to express our deep gratitude. All three sets (his parents, my mom and stepdad, my dad and stepmom) have been loving and supportive and welcomed their future son/daughter-in-law into the families with open arms. Additionally, they generously offered to pay for the wedding, which we accepted. (if we hadn’t, it would be the courthouse – we’re grad students with no savings yet, though hopefully we’ll have good jobs in a few years.)
But I have no idea what kinds of gifts we could give them to express this. We already gave them a framed photo of the two of us a couple of years ago, and so I don’t really want to repeat that. And we’ll give them that after we get pro photos of the wedding anyway.
What have you gotten/are you getting your parents as thank you gifts?
Post # 3
For my parents we gave them a theater/hotel package for their favourite theatre in a little town.
DH’s mom got tickets to the theater in Toronto.
DH’s dad and stepmom got a digital picture frame. Read into that as you will 😉
All three sets of parents will also be getting a pro photo book after we get all of our photos back. I got a great deal through Groupon for photo books, so we bought 6 coupons!
Post # 4
I am at a loss as well and my rehearsal dinner is this Friday!
Post # 5
We are getting our parents profesional photo books after the wedding. We are thinking about each writing both sets of parents a letter explining how greatful we are for their help and love either growing up or how we look forward to becoming a part of their family to give them at the rehearsal dinner and just explaining that there are photo books to come. I keep wondering, though, if that is to wedding specific and it maybe it would be a good idea to give them a gift that is something else they would want or not. I don’t know how much my parents are going to look at the book though I know they want one.
Post # 6
we will likely go a similar route to bakerella. none of our parents are really lacking for tangible items, so we always try to gift them “experiences” instead. in the past we’ve given our parents tickets to broadway shows, restaurant gift cards, and a chauffered-car for an evening (my mom HATES driving and has always said the biggest change she’d make in her life if she ever won the lottery would be to hire a driver and never get behind the wheel again). they have always loved getting gifts like this.
Post # 7
Hmm, tickets sound like a good idea, esp. for my mom and stepdad, who live near a big city and love going to the symphony, ballet, etc. Any other ideas, bees?
Post # 8
we’re thinking of getting both sets of parents customized embroidered hankerchiefs. none of them are into tangibles, so we wanted to go with a sweet, meaningful keepsake. check out etsy.com for ideas and prices.
there are some really adorable quotes to write on the hankies like: “mom, to dry your tears, as you have always dried mine” “mom, today a bride, tomorrow a wife, always your daughter and best friend for life”, “dad, you were the first man i ever loved”, “dad, to remember the day you gave me away” … followed by my name and wedding date