How much are you spending on parent gifts?

posted 8 years ago in Family
  • poll: How much did you spend/do you plan to spend on gifts for your parents?
    $0-25 : (10 votes)
    16 %
    $25-50 : (13 votes)
    21 %
    $50-100 : (12 votes)
    20 %
    $100-150 : (11 votes)
    18 %
    $150-200 : (6 votes)
    10 %
    $200+ : (8 votes)
    13 %
    other (please describe) : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    208 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Ok, I am spending very little on parent gifts because I will be making them.  I’ve recently begun doing pottery and am planning on making hand thrown serving bowls for both sets of parents (and mugs for all the attendents).  That will give them a homeade gift that they can use for years ๐Ÿ™‚ 

    Post # 4
    972 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    My mom helped us out with around $1000 and Fi’s dad is paying for the rehearsal dinner, we took care of everything else ourselves, so I voted $25-$50 not because of how much  they have helped but just because they are our parents and brought us up to be the wonderful people we are today.  I might get my mom this beautiful crystal vase that is engraved ‘today a bride, tomorrow a wife, forever your daughter’, I just love that quote!

    Our wedding costs around $15,000 by the way

    Post # 5
    1752 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    This is a question for me too.  I have talked to my mom about it, she has been helping a LOT and said.. that’s crazy, you don’t have to get us gifts.  So that makes me feel better about getting them something extravagant!  We have 5 people to buy for, so I’m going to go with like 30 a piece, and maybe more for my mom!

    Post # 8
    1288 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

    I’ve been wondering the same thing. My parents are paying for 2/3 of our wedding, but we obviously have no way of thanking them for that materially. I’m thinking along the lines of a wedding album and a nice framed picture of us and my parents from the wedding. I think sentimental is a pretty good route to take!

    Post # 9
    1801 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Our parents actually told us not to get them anything because they are paying for most of the wedding (about $8,000 of the $10,000) since we are college seniors going to grad school next year with no money.  But we feel really guilty not getting them anything at all, so I think we’re going to have some engagement photos printed and framed for them.  And then wedding photos down the road too. 

    So I guess my answer would be about $30 for each set of parents.

    Post # 10
    2703 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    we will be making wedding photo albums for each set of parents.

    Post # 11
    681 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    We bought our parents a Lladro that depicted a couple. They are both collectors and LOVED them!

    Post # 12
    230 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I love the idea of homemade gifts and/or photo albums! 

    We’re getting married in national park that my family used to go to every year.   Fiance and I were visiting the park a few months ago and stumbled into a silent auction to raise money for a school for park employees’ kids, so at the last minute I bid on a dinner for 2 worth $175 at the park’s uber-fancy hotel restaurant.  I got it for $90 ๐Ÿ™‚  (It also came with a tote bag and some other stuff.)  I figured that in all their years of family vacations my parents never went there to eat (or ever had a date by themselves in the park), and it was something they’d never spend money on for themselves.  So I decided they needed a date night at a fancy restaurant for once ๐Ÿ™‚  The crazy thing is that the $175 does not include alcohol.  I have no idea how 2 people can eat $175 worth of food alone–but I guess they’ll find out! 

    Post # 13
    2856 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    We ended up spending a little over $100 per couple (my parents and Mother-In-Law & her hubs) and about $50 for his dad.

    We got my Father-In-Law a cross necklace, a pocket watch for my MIL’s hubby and a snow globe for my Mother-In-Law (she LOVES those things)…

    Attached is what we got my parents. It’s their engagement picture with their wedding song.


    Post # 16
    832 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    My parents are amazing and are paying for the wedding. I’m so grateful and i hate when they say “You don’t have to get us anything.” My grandparents are paying for the rehearsal dinner, so ill be getting them something too. i feel like we should thank them even if it is just something small.

    im thinking about ordering some embroidered handkercheifs from the etsy seller that i got my Bridesmaid or Best Man gifts from. theyre really gorgeous & she has several really nice messages that you can get on them. i think for a set of 4 is around $50. i might go for the set of 5 though and give one to Fiance (:

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