(Closed) Ideas for Parent Gifts

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It’s tough!  I’m still figuring it out. I think for my mom and stepdad, we’ll do tickets to the symphony or ballet, since they like that sort of thing and live close to a big city with good companies.   It’s much harder for my dad/stepmom and FI’s parents, though. My dad and stepmom essentially share no interests (don’t even get me started). FI’s parents are nice but the only thing I can think of that they’re both into is movies, and it doesn’t seem nice enough to get them movie tickets.  Maybe a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant, if I can figure out what it is.

p.s. This would be in addition to framed wedding photos or album.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We bought our parents a clock similar to the one in the picture (except it was black, not brown).  We had “Thank You” engraved at the bottom and I think our wedding date as well.  Plus we took both sets of parents out for a nice dinner when things settled down after the wedding.  Hope this gives you something else to thing about 🙂

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

**think (not thing) about 🙂  Plus, we gave them photobooks with wedding pictures (after the fact).

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We gave them photo albums later.  Day of: just nothing but genuine love and public declarations of thanks.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

We gave each set of parents a really nice Kate Spade frame ($50) which included an engagement picture but could later be used for a wedding picture, if they choose.  We also gave them each a nice, hardback, coffee table book ($25) about the city where we held our destination wedding.  We wrote a nice “thank you” note inscription.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Oh and once we got the pictures back, we gave each set a photo album made on Snapfish — nothing too fancy.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

This was a tough one for us as well. We ended up buying a necklace and earring set for each of our mothers. The sets went well with their wedding outfits and they wore the jewelry at the wedding.

We gave our fathers these personalized cuff links: http://www.etsy.com/listing/61523356/featured-in-martha-stewart-weddings

We chose the city that we were getting married in for the map. Our parents loved their gifts!

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Neither set of parents would really care about getting a photo album or other chotskies so we’ll be gifting them with $200 gift certificates to B&Bfinder.com. This site sells gift certificates that can be used at hundreds of B&B’s all over the country. Our parents hardly ever take vacations so we wanted to gift them with a little get away for after the stress of our wedding is over. After they decide when and where they’ll be going, we plan to call ahead and arrange to pay for a nice dinner for them. 

When its all said and done, I expect we’ll probably spend around $300 per set but when you think about it, that’s really not all that much considering they raised us and are helping with the wedding costs. 

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