(Closed) Parent gifts…a must?

posted 4 years ago in Family
Post # 2
6530 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

texaslemon:  if they helped you (financially) with your wedding, yes, you must get them a gift. 

I bought my mother and Mother-In-Law jewlery – my mom got a whitegold butterfly necklace and my Mother-In-Law got a bracelet from Pandora

My Father-In-Law got a watch box from Things Remembered. 

I also bought my mother and sister a charm to attach to their bouquet & corsage with a picture of my dad since he passed away. 

I would suggest Etsy for something sentimental for your mom and even jewelery for your Future Mother-In-Law. 

For the fathers, what tye of men are they? Are they handymen? Sports? What are they into? maybe I can suggest some things?

Post # 3
7490 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

We paid for our wedding ourselves so I felt no need to buy any gifts for parents.

Post # 5
2890 posts
Sugar bee

We are paying for everything. I won’t buy a gift to my parents, and I won’t buy a ”wedding gift” to my groom either. I want to treat my parents with a nice meal and honor them, but to me there’s many ways to express love and gratitude that don’t involve buying gifts and jewelry, especially if you’re on a tight budget. 

Post # 6
2685 posts
Sugar bee

I bought our parent gifts yesterday.  None of our parents are contributing financially, but my parents have helped me a lot with ideas and logistics.  They’re also letting some guests stay with them for the wedding.  I don’t need to give them a gift, but I do want to give them some kind of recognition and thanks for their help.  FI’s parents haven’t helped as much because they are out of state, but we know that it would be awkward to give a gift to one set of parents and not the other.  

We are giving both sets of parents nice silver picture frames and we’ll give them wedding photos to put in them later.  We’re not separating out gifts for each mom and dad because we figured that both would be able to enjoy a picture frame.  I found some good deals at the stores yesterday and ended up spending $50 on each.

Post # 7
6530 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

texaslemon:  you don’t need to get something that is $200. She should appreciate the thought and sentiment behind it. There is tons of inexpensive and beautiful jewlery out there 

For the dads I would checks out the following websites:



Is there a tool that they have been wanting? DO they drink? They have cool “Beer Baskets” you can get them. I have gave them to people as a gift and they loved it


Post # 9
3026 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

My parents helped financially with the wedding. We bought them a gift certificate to a nice restaurant in their town. We got my in-laws (who didn’t contribute) a wedding album/book, which they really like.

Post # 10
46595 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

texaslemon:  Traditionally, the gift to the parents is not soley related to financial assistance for the wedding. It is an opportunity to express your appreciation to them for raising you to be the person you are, before you enter marriage. The gifts are presented at the rehearsal dinner when you also give the gifts to the wedding party.

Sometimes it is easier to choose a gift that is for them as a couple. You could give them a frame with an IOU for a wedding picture, or even a giftcard for a canvas print to be ordered and delivered after the wedding.

Post # 11
323 posts
Helper bee


texaslemon:  Pandora is pretty expensive, one small plain silver charm is about $20 and they go right up to $650 for the more elaborate designs! I think your Mother & Mother-In-Law will be grateful for whatever you get them as long as it has sentimental value, even if Mother-In-Law doesn’t wear whatever you buy her because it’s not her usual taste then she can still keep it as a keepsake, don’t break your back worrying about spending more than you can afford.

I’ll be getting both sets of parents a framed pic of me & Fiance on wedding day along with a nice bottle of wine/gin & also a keepsake from the craft market in Cuba where we’re honeymooning, they both helped a LOT(FI’s parents paid for our reception catering and my parents paid for my wedding dress)but I’d much rather get them something sentimental than a flashy gift.

Post # 12
683 posts
Busy bee

texaslemon:  we have the same budget. We will be giving my mom and his mom the same gift but they will be from me to Mother-In-Law and from him to my mom. We are doing sterling silver infinity bracelets from a jewelry store they are $55 each i think. They look very nice and timeless quality peices of jewelry that are reasonable. And we will each put a note saying “thank you for raising the wife/husband of my dreams”. We are only giving gifts to mothers, to keep our budget tighter and keep everything more fair. Once you start giving to so and so then so and so is mad..there are just to many step parents and spouses in our familys.haha.

Post # 13
1244 posts
Bumble bee

We’re paying for the wedding ourselves. Both my parents are deceased. I don’t think the Fiance is getting his parents a gift. Personally, I don’t believe it’s necessary, especially since this will be his second marriage.

Post # 15
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

texaslemon:  We paid for everything so we just got them nice collage picture frames with wedding pics in it after it was all over with… We had the same jewelry issue- my mom doesnt wear it and if she does is happy with cheapo stuff since she’s so hard on it anyway. But DH’s mom likes only the best Pandora type stuff which wasn’t in the cards… I know alot of ppl get their parents canvas wrapped prints or wedding albums or similar… 

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