Finding a wedding gift for parents can be overwhelming for the future bride and groom. Why? Well, because it's obviously important!
If it's for your parents you want to show your appreciation for being your lifelong number one fan. If it's for your partner's parents it's interconnected with the impression you want them to have of you.
There are already so many stressors that come from wedding planning like; destination vs local, wedding gift ideas, the cake, the dress, and the registry, (although, we think that's easy!) So, we are here to make sure getting a wedding gift for your parents or in-laws isn't added to this list.
Let's run down the why, how, and options behind getting great wedding gifts for parents.
Building a connection with your significant other’s parents is a vital part of the journey toward engagement and the eventual marriage. The relationship dynamics between the newcomer, taking the hand of Daddy’s little girl or Momma’s handsome boy can be complicated.
Your parents may also be covering a decent percentage if not the entire bill for the wedding festivities. In addition…they raised you! This is a special moment for them as well, and they deserve a gift showing your appreciation.
The memory you have on that day of officially sealing your bond is that of love, joy, and excitement for the life ahead.
However, the parents are now realizing that their nuclear family is no longer the same. Their child has new obligations, and their roles are changing. This can be difficult to say the least.
It is important to show the parents that although life moves on, they will always play a vital role in both of your lives. A great gift can sometimes convey this even better than words.
Maybe it’s a picture of the four of you they can display on their mantle that holds a sense of nostalgia for the wonderful experience on your special day. It could be a memento from a past family trip when you first met them. It could also simply be a treat for Dad or Mom to enjoy a product or experience they wouldn't otherwise purchase for themselves. There are a lot of options, and we will go into detail on angles to think about.
Before we get into more on the specifics of gifts, let’s take a step back and talk about strategies when buying wedding gifts for parents.
You can both purchase gifts together for the parent(s): This allows a little less pressure on the bride & groom individually.
The Bride & Groom can buy for their respective parents: Can be preferred as gift giving is easier having a better sense of their likes.
The Bride & Groom can buy for their in-laws: Shows a sign of respect and a great way to connect if your relationship is not entirely developed yet.
The route you decide to go doesn't much matter, and is specific to your individual situation. Take some time to talk it out with your spouse or soon to be.
Now, let’s talk about wedding gifts for Parents that are fitting for each of the potential 4 parents involved. If your family is not of the traditional Man + Woman/Father + Mother combination we mean no disrespect and hope the gift options below are still fitting regardless of your family dynamics:
High-end Whisky/Liqour is always a great gift. It lasts awhile (one hopes) and allows you & the event to pop into Pop’s head (pun intended) whenever he pours a high ball. If he likes Rye and a good story behind his Whiskey I recommend Jefferson’s Ocean. Each batch goes on its own Voyage around the world through various temperatures before docking back at its original departing location.
For your Golf Dad’s why not get something practical? A nice Golf jacket, rain proof, pull over or zipper up is always needed. It doubles as a quick coat to put on when running to the store, and makes Dad look neat and slick out on the course. We will list a bunch of options in our list below.
For the more studious Father’s, a year subscription to Audible’s highest membership is under $200. Dad can electronically read or listen to as many books as he pleases through this membership. Give him the gift you know he wants, but is too stubborn to buy himself.
Mom may be equally if not more stressed than you for the wedding. Some high-end facial products may be needed to erase the years that were put on during the stressful time. We will list options in our list below.
An ornament can be a timeless gift and doesn’t have to be seasonal specific. Yes, she’ll use it during the holidays, but it's during that time where family and memories mean the most. It can be something that is a wedding specific reminder or maybe more personal from childhood. We will list options on where to buy high-end ornaments or design your own.
Retail therapy may be in order here also. If Mom loves to shop why not get her a gift card to a place she would never think about going with her own money. Again, think higher-end or some sort. Think Sur-LaTable, SaksFifthAve, etc.
Sometimes it's less about the money you spend and more about the thought put into the gift.
As stated earlier, parents are in a sense giving away their precious child on this day. Why not give them the gift of personal time with their child?
Let's go over more personalized options that work for this.
Think about getting tickets to a sporting event your significant other has talked about attending as a child. What a great way to show your in-laws how much you know about their child with 3 (or 4) tickets to see their favorite team.
If sports were not a significant part of the childhood, there likely is some other event or destination (i.e. zoo, park, campground, beach, or restaurant) your significant other loved visiting during childhood. Why not get a gift involving spending time at one of these places for all of you or even just their family?
Whatever route you choose in this art of giving giving we wish you luck. Also, don't forget our popular gift ideas feature can help you with ideas for any occasion. It can also help spark your gift giving imgination by showing you trending gifts for any particular demographic or event type.