40 Unique Gift Ideas for Parents

Updated on September 17, 2018
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Sherry believes in family bonds. She loves her family, friends and values relationships.

Gift Ideas for Parents Who Have Everything
Gift Ideas for Parents Who Have Everything | Source

Parents will not care a lot about what you give but the thought behind it is what will matter to them. Of course, some very few parents who are overly suspicious of their child’s love for them are exceptions. They just might have a high standard for how they will judge the present. Whatever be the case you knowing about them and a little thoughtfulness is all that is needed for giving a perfect gift.

Take care of these things while choosing a gift for your mom and dad:

1. Deciding Your Budget

If you are a school going person you might not have a lot of money to spend on a gift. But don’t worry there are hundreds of gifts you can give for under 50 dollars. And, DIYs can be your plan B any time. For a working person spending some 100-150 dollars should not be any issue.

Some parents don’t like their children to spend a lot of money on them. If such is the case with you too, this is one thing you should consider as well.

2. Presence and Presents

To your parents, no present can be a substitute for your presence.

Do you have some time to spend with them? If yes, that should be your first choice as a gift to them. Take out a day and plan it with them. Of course, you can gift another material thing as well. Depending on your budget and free time plan an amazing surprise.

3. Giving a Gift

There are lots of things you can give but let it be something of their choice. Don’t buy something because ‘you like it’ like the boy who bought his grandmother a baseball.
Is there something they need currently? For example, giving a washing machine if your mom’s machine is broken is a good idea. Were they planning a trip but could not go because something came up at that moment? Does your dad’s phone have a poor battery life? Are your parents missing a sibling of yours because he/she is not in the same city and cannot come because of his busy work routine?

If you can’t think of anything going on with them right now, other gifts are a good option too.

Here is a list of gift ideas for parents. Make sure to choose something that is memorable, useful, and lovely.

Sentimental and Personalised Gifts

Family Keepsake- Personalised custom gift
Family Keepsake- Personalised custom gift | Source

Personalised gifts are beautiful and memorable. Some examples of personalised gifts are:

1. A Personalised Ceramic Plate

I recently landed upon an instagram post about this wonderful gift- A personalised family plate. It is not any regular plate having names of family or parents on it or maybe a thank you message. It was a whole new idea brilliantly portrayed by this artist on etsy. You show your family around the sides of the plate and in the middle gies the name with your parents on top. There are a lot of design ideas in the listings on this Etsy shop. Also, you can have your own idea customised without a hesitation. It may take three to four weeks to receive this plate so you may have to order it at least four to five weeks before the occasion. The plate is dinnerware safe and handwash recommended. However, the plate is not microwave safe.

Family photos, hand-written notes, and memories all treausred in one book.
Family photos, hand-written notes, and memories all treausred in one book. | Source

2. A Memory Book

Share your family memories, capture love, childhood, culture, and gatherings in one book. Memoirforme is a service that create books treasuring stories and heart of the moments of your family from personal interviews. If you are looking for something really unique this is the one shop stop. You can have your family stories summed up in 20-40 pages, all with poignant moments, funny stories, and special photos to pass down the generations.

Have your parents and family name engraved on it!
Have your parents and family name engraved on it! | Source

3. A Personalised Ring

A ring like this one in here is the favourite of moms. You can have your mom and dads name written on one side and your name on the other. Also, you can order one with a place for four names and include your wife's or a sibling name to make it even more beautiful. Your mom is definitely going to appreciate your gesture of including your sibling's name. These rings are available in other stones as well.

The ring in the photo will be a meaning gift for your mom. It is a 925-sterling silver ring. It comes in different sizes adjustable with your order. It is especially suitable for sensitive skin as the silver does not irritate the skin. The birthstones are adjustable too. This beautiful piece comes in a lovely gift box ready to give a gift.

This elegant photoframe is strikingly luxe to the eye and when you have your parents photo in it it is more special to them.
This elegant photoframe is strikingly luxe to the eye and when you have your parents photo in it it is more special to them. | Source

4. A Frame With Photos of Your Mom and Dad

A luxury family frame like this one above can be a very gorgeous gift for your parents. Who does not love having an Olivia Riegel piece at home? This elegant frame is handmade enameled and Austrian crystal jeweled. It also comes in a single frame in which you can have your whole family photo.

Your mom will love displaying this frame ostentatiously in every party and you will be definitely remembered on getting praises from the guests.

You may include your parents photos on either side. Alternatively, you can include your mom and dad's picture together on one side and yours and your sibling's on the other. No doubt the latter will be more appreciated by your parents.

5. A Photo Gift Wrap

A gift wrap that will not let them open the gift is a perfect wrap for whatever you are going to gift. Make your gift unique with photo wrapping. You can get a customised wrapping easily online or create it by yourself.

6. A Photo Key Ring

For the dad who is always on the go, a personalised photo key ring is the best gift. On his busiest days let him stop and appreciate precious things in life like the family.

7. A Digital Photo Frame for Older Parents

For older parents who cannot keep all the photo frames at place a digital photo frame is a good gift. They will just have to plug it in and play the photo slides and videos of their children and grandchildren.

8. Letters and Drawings

If you can wrote lovely letters to your parents nothing else can replace this gesture. Try to customize them by yourself by learning from Instagram and other places. If you are married and have little kids, ask your kids to do drawings for their grandparents. This is the "we love you" gesture that can never fail to express what it feels.

9. Other Personalised Gifts

  • A trendy cup with a quote written on it for your mom and dad.
  • A T-shirt that has I love you mom and dad and other lovely quotes for parents written one with their signatures printed on it.
  • A precious pen or wallet with your family's name engraved on it.

For the Hobbyist Parents

Get your gardener mom new herbs and you are her favourite child.
Get your gardener mom new herbs and you are her favourite child. | Source

Does your parent have a particular hobby? Can you think of something they don’t have and you can imagine how happy they will be if they get it? Go get it for them.

1. For the Reader Parent

Books: Do you find that light in your mom's eyes when she talks about a classic novel, or do you remember your dad go into ecstasies when talking about good old poetry? Books are gifts both inexpensive and valuable. If you are on a low budget just go on and research about books they might love to read.

Even if you are capable of buying other expensive gifts I suggest getting books for your parents every now and then.

My dad is a huge fan of Persian poetry. I am sure one or both of your parents have a corner of their heart for reading. You might want to give one of the best books of history, The Essential Rumi, New Expanded Edition if your parents have not read it already, of course.

For other cooking, knitting moms getting them new books such as these makes a good gift for various occasions and every now and then for just because she is your mom.

  • Vogue Knitting: The ultimate knitting book or
  • The Zuny Cafe Cookbook by Judy Rodgers.

Kindle E-reader: A Kindle E-reader device is the best gift if your parents are regular readers as the books are a lot cheaper in there and it's an easy-to-use device. Help them use it such as in increasing the font,

Peeramid bookrest: For parents who only like reading in hardcovers a Peeramid bookrest is something they might want. You can easily find it on Amazon or any other online store.

2. For the Gardener Parent

As much as dear dads care about their plants, they care about everything else that makes their garden. From wind spinners to gardening tools and garden gloves to seedlings are very important to them. Find something precious for his garden and give it as a gift he can use for a long time. Rare herbs or a garden rocker seat should make a fantastic gift any gardener.

3. For the Pet-Lover Parent

A few things you can gift to your pet-lover parent are:

  • Pet food subscription for a year so that your dad doesn't have to worry about going out every time.
  • Dog and cats grooming clippers and other tools.
  • A new grooming table.
  • Shampoos and conditioners for his pet.

4. For the Golfer Dad

A few things you can give to your golfer dad are:

  • a portable golf putter,
  • a new golf cart bag,
  • a golf rangefinder,
  • or a golf organiser.

Gifts That Show You Care

A massager to help your mom and dad relax aftera tired day.
A massager to help your mom and dad relax aftera tired day. | Source

This will be a good choice, especially for older parents. Think of some tools that can make their living easier and fun. Your thoughtfulness is sure going to melt their hearts.

1. A Foot Massager

After a busy day at work, tell your dad to melt his stress and tension away with this foot massager. This Miko Shiatsu foot massager comes with adjustable pressure points and a set-timer. It gives kneading and massaging to the bottom and sides of the feet while watching tv or just relaxing. The covers inside are removable for anytime wash. The best part of it is that it comes with not one but two remotes so we don't have to crouch down to change the mode settings. It is extremely sleek and portable.

Your dad can take this portable massager to his work table and keep this compact piece under the bed when not in use.

2. An Aromatherapy Diffuser

For better sleep and improved health, mind, and spirit give your parents a beautiful decorative aromatherapy diffuser. It is a bonus gift if you have a mom who loves home decoration and practices yoga.

3. Single-Serve Coffee Maker

Let your parents enjoy the convenience of a single cup brew. For your traveller dad and your busy mom who loves coffee, a single-serve coffee maker can never be too old. Make sure that they do not have one already.

A smart instant pot that is easy to use and operable with Alexa.
A smart instant pot that is easy to use and operable with Alexa. | Source

4. Instant Pot 7 in 1 Pressure Cooker

When alone, this 7 in 1 pressure cooker can help your dad cook his favourite dishes with the press of a button. Unlike the conventional pressure cookers this one makes no noise and leaks no steam. It does not heat up the kitchen environment.

The reviews on Amazon made me choose this one honestly. This pressure cooker allows steaming, slow-cooking, rice cooking, and almost every type of cooking. It comes with adjustable timer, pressure and temperature settings that auto-regulates to give us a safe experience. It is easy to use with one touch controls. The pot is made of stainless steel and the exterior gives an attractive look.

5. An Organised Purse With Multipockets

Anyone who travels a lot cannot have enough purses. An organised multi-pocketed side purse for travels makes a wonderful gift for parents who travel very often. Choose one with great quality and a matching style.

If you were searching for a home decor to please your decor obsessed mom, it is here- A beautiful electric tea machine.
If you were searching for a home decor to please your decor obsessed mom, it is here- A beautiful electric tea machine. | Source

6. A Beautiful Electric Tea Maker

For parents who love tea, let them sit back, relax, and enjoy their tea while adoring this beautiful tea machine from istanbul with a hand made hand cut design. Your home organizer mom will definitely love flaunting it on her table.

This decorative copper turkey tea kettle has a separate lid that is even more beautiful. It is a 50 centimeters long and 30 centimeters wide piece, perfect for a table centerpiece to give a striking dining experience for parties, weddings, and to keep at home. It can hold 1.2 litres of tea. For a mom who loves decorating her home and a dad who can eat well on a beautiful table, this tea maker is a unique gift to calm their tea cravings while taking care of elegance.

7. Vacuum Cleaning Robot

For independent living of elderly parents who find it difficult to operate a vacuum daily, a robot vacuum is the gift of choice.

Additionally, it makes a good gift for busy parents who are at work most of their time. This robot can help them relax and focus on what is important.

Family-Friendly Plans

We may not have it all together. But together we have it all.
We may not have it all together. But together we have it all. | Source

1. A Get-Together

Get-togethers make related people inseparable. If you are able to spend what it takes for a get together with siblings, close relatives, and whoever they would want to invite, do it. For parents like the one I know nothing can be more pleasing to them than a family reuniting and enjoying each others presence.

You can plan to do a lot of things like watching a movie, having breakfast together, singing around a campfire or horse-riding.

Take care not to invite someone one or both of your parents would not want to see. Also, do not include activities they would not want to participate in or sit around.

2. Visits to Orphanages

If your parents are volunteers at an orphanage, visit it with them. Take gifts for kids there and try to do the shopping with your parents. Spend good time with the kids and your parents in the orphanage.

3. Trip to a Country

For busy parents who are always at work and do not have time to travel a lot. Taking them on a trip or helping them plan a trip will be a lovely surprise.

4. Visit to Family or Friends

Do you have a sibling living in other part of the world? A sibling or other relative who is busy and can't come over for some reason and is greatly missed? A friend of your mom's who she has not seen for years?

Visiting them or helping them visit them is the best thing you can do for your loved parents.

5. Meal at a Restaurant

For a not very large budget plan, a meal at a restaurant is very doable and pleasing.

These were a few of the number of things you can do. The thought of you to give a good present to your parents and you searching for an idea here already shows how much you love them. Anything done with love is done well. I hope your parents love your present.

Please tell your ideas and experience in the comment section below.

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    © 2018 Sherry Haynes

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      • Sherry H profile imageAUTHOR

        Sherry Haynes 

        2 months ago

        Thank you, Liz. I completely agree to it.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        Great ideas here. I find that it's not the amount that is spent that means the most, but the amount of thought that goes into a gift.

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