They’ve already given you just about everything under the sun. And now it’s time to figure out exactly what you should get them. Buckle up because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
THE FIVE BEST PARENT GIFTS
Parents are like intricately designed puzzles, each with their unique set of tastes and preferences. Just when you think you’ve figured out their favorites, they throw you a curveball with their ever-evolving interests. Or, even worse, not many interests at all! It’s like trying to solve a cryptic crossword puzzle with constantly shifting clues. One day they might be into gardening, and the next they’re obsessed with gourmet cooking.
Then there’s always the parents who love to say “we don’t need anything, dear.” While their selflessness is admirable, it leaves us in a quandary. Deep down, we know they deserve to be showered with thoughtful gifts, but how can we find that perfect something when they claim to have it all? Unmasking their secret desires becomes a mission worthy of a super sleuth.
But, fear not, because I’ve done the research, read the reviews, and hand selected some of my favorite gifts that can work really well for so many different types of parents. Here are my picks.
Bouqs Flower Delivery - $38
If you haven’t already heard of Bouqs Flowers, you’re about to. They were featured on an episode of Shark Tank and, to be quite honest, they have some of the prettiest flowers we’ve seen in a long time. They even help local farmers here in the United States and other places by providing jobs for them and really helping to give back.
You can also easily and somewhat cheaply upgrade some of your flower choices to a double or even a triple bouquet batch. They certainly won’t be disappointed.
Freshness and Quality: Bouqs flowers are known for their commitment to sourcing fresh, sustainably grown flowers directly from eco-friendly farms. This ensures that the flowers are of high quality and long-lasting.
Wide Selection: They offer a wide variety of flowers and bouquets, allowing you to choose from various styles, colors, and arrangements to suit your own needs and style.
Customization Options: Customers have the option to customize their bouquets by selecting specific flowers, colors, and sizes. This allows for a more personalized and unique gift.
Convenient Delivery: Bouqs provides reliable and convenient delivery options, including next-day and same-day delivery in certain areas. They also offer international shipping, making it easy to send flowers to loved ones abroad.
Eco-Friendly Practices: Bouqs promotes sustainability by partnering with eco-friendly farms that prioritize responsible farming practices. They minimize waste, reduce carbon emissions, and support local communities, making them an environmentally conscious choice.
Higher Price Range: Compared to some local florists or bulk flower retailers, Bouqs flowers can be relatively more expensive due to factors like their commitment to sustainable sourcing and delivery services.
Limited Same-Day Delivery: While Bouqs does offer same-day delivery in select areas, the service is not available everywhere. This limitation can be a drawback for customers who require last-minute flower arrangements.
Limited Availability: The selection of flowers and bouquets may vary depending on the location and seasonal availability. Some customers might not find their desired flowers or arrangements at all times.
No Physical Storefronts: Bouqs operates primarily as an online retailer, which means there are no physical storefronts where customers can personally select and view the flowers. This may be a disadvantage for those who prefer a more hands-on shopping experience.
Master Class Online Gift Subscription - $15
These are the super famous online classes everyone has been talking about (The Today Show, ESPN, Vanity Fair, etc) and are really fun and easy to take. With Masterclass they can learn a wide variety of skills from experts and, at times, their fave celebs. Sign up for either a class, all the classes, or simply give them a gift card. Everything is done online, at their own time, and their own pace.
Expert Instruction: One of the main advantages of MasterClass is the opportunity to learn from world-class experts. The instructors are highly accomplished professionals in their respective fields, such as Gordon Ramsay for cooking or Serena Williams for tennis.
Broad Range of Topics: MasterClass offers a diverse range of subjects and topics to choose from, spanning areas like music, writing, business, sports, arts, and more. This wide selection allows learners to explore their interests and acquire new skills in different domains.
Subscription Model: MasterClass operates on a subscription-based model, requiring users to pay a monthly or annual fee for access to the entire course catalog. While this can be cost-effective for individuals who want to explore multiple subjects, it may not be ideal for those who are only interested in a single course or have a limited budget.
The Family Tree Picture Frame - $40
If your parents have all your photos plastered all over the front (and sides) of their refrigerator, this really cute Family Tree hanging picture frame can get them all in one place and make a great statement piece all at the same time.
It can hold up to 10 photos and stands at just shy of 2-feet tall, coming in at 20-inches in length so they can easily place it on their coffee table, mantel, or wherever else they see fit.
Tile Mate Tracker - $20
Personally I wanted to call this the “Parent Tracker” but sadly it doesn’t fully keep track of where they are. Instead, these popular little tiles can easily hook onto their keys, be places in their purse, wallet, and more. When any of those things go missing your parents (or you) can use your smart phone app to locate where these lost items are.
This updated version is water resistant too, so while you can’t bring it scuba diving, if it gets a little wet in the rain it’ll be a-ok!
Easy to Use: The Tile Mate is simple to set up and use. You can easily attach it to your belongings and connect it to your smartphone via the Tile app. Tracking your items becomes effortless with just a few taps on your phone.
Reliable Tracking: It utilizes Bluetooth technology to track your stuff. It has a range of up to 250 feet, allowing you to locate your belongings within a reasonable distance. The app provides a clear signal strength indicator to guide you closer to your lost item.
Community Find Feature: Tile Mate has a feature called Community Find, which leverages the vast Tile network. If you lose an item that has a Tile Mate attached to it, other Tile users in the community can help you locate it. This crowdsourced approach can be beneficial in finding items that are out of your immediate range.
Limited Range: While the Tile Mate has a reasonable range, it relies on Bluetooth connectivity, which means its tracking range can be limited in certain circumstances. Obstacles like walls or interference can reduce the effective range, making it challenging to locate items in larger spaces or outdoor areas.
Dependency on Your Smartphone: To track your items with Tile Mate, you need to have your smartphone with you and the Tile app running in the background. If your parents are big into using their smartphone, this may not be a good gift for them.
AncestryDNA Gift Kit - $99
It’s time to rethink their DNA. These kits have come such a long way since they were first introduced and we’re obsessed with this new one from AncestryDNA. Not only can they learn so much more about their history, but they can even make potential family connections to anyone, anywhere if they choose to. Hey, maybe you all will be invited to Christmas dinner this year in Italy. You never know.
Ancestral Insights: AncestryDNA provides you with fascinating insights into your ancestral origins. The test analyzes your DNA and provides estimates of your ethnic origins, often with detailed breakdowns by region or ethnicity. This can be an exciting way for your parents to discover their heritage and learn about your family’s roots.
DNA Matches and Connections: They offer a large database of people who have taken the test, allowing you to potentially connect with relatives you may not have known about (if you want). DNA matching can help you find and connect with distant cousins, providing opportunities to expand your family tree and learn more about your lineage.
Privacy Concerns: This can be a biggie for people who are freaked out over their privacy. Genetic testing involves sharing your DNA data, which raises privacy concerns for some folks.
The Magic Hands Body Massager
Your parents could totally use a massage, especially when they throw out their back, get a kink in their neck, or pull a muscle in their leg getting out of bed! Chosen by Oprah as one of her “Favorite Things” this portable massager is a total must-have this year.
Versatile Massage Techniques: This massager offers a variety of massage techniques, including kneading, percussion, and heat therapy. It provides options for customization, allowing you to adjust the intensity and speed of the massage to suit your preference and comfort level.
Targeted Muscle Relief: It has multiple massage nodes that mimic the hand movements of a professional masseuse. It can reach deep into your muscles, targeting specific areas of tension or discomfort. This can help to alleviate muscle soreness, promote relaxation, and potentially improve circulation.
Limited Coverage Area: If you’re looking for a full-body massage or require simultaneous relief in multiple areas, this massager may not be as efficient as larger massage devices or professional treatments.
Power Source and Cord Length: It does work using a power cord that needs to be plugged in. Depending on your parents nearest outlet, this could be a pain (no pun intended).
Parachute Brushed Cotton Bedding Set
Everyone has been freaking out of this bedding set online over the past few years and we know why. Its super comfy and, well, just keeps getting more and more comfortable as time goes on.
This one comes with the fitted sheet, the pillowcase set, and the cozy duvet cover. Check it out on a variety of color (and sizes) like ivory, white, grey, and more.
Soft and Cozy: The brushed cotton material of the Venice Set is known for its softness and cozy feel. It provides a warm and comfy sleeping experience, making it ideal for when it’s cold or parents who jsut prefer a snuggly bedding option.
Durable and Long-Lasting: Parachute Home is known for its high-quality products, and the Venice Set is no exception. The brushed cotton fabric is generally durable and designed to withstand regular use and washing, ensuring that the bedding set lasts for a long time.
Limited Color Options: While the Venice Set offers multiple color options, the range may not be as extensive as some other bedding brands. The colors they offer are pretty standard so it’ll go with most of your parents decor, but the color palate is limited.
LARQ Self-Cleaning Water Bottle
You know what’s better than a regular water bottle? One that’s self cleaning! In fact, with the simple touch of a button it’ll clean your water (thanks to UV-LED lighting) and the bottle itself. Plus, if you keep the self-cleaning on, every two hours it’ll keep cleaning your water. Amazing!
Convenient and Hygienic: The LARQ bottle cleans itself using UV-C LED light, eliminating the need for manual cleaning and reducing the risk of bacterial growth. This makes it convenient and ensures that you’re drinking from a hygienic bottle.
Purifies Water: The UV-C LED technology in the LARQ bottle helps to purify water by destroying harmful bacteria and viruses that may be present. This can give you peace of mind, especially when you’re unsure about the quality of the water you’re drinking.
Rechargeable and Sustainable: The LARQ bottle is rechargeable, eliminating the need for disposable batteries. This makes it an eco-friendly choice and reduces waste compared to traditional water bottles that require frequent battery replacements.
It’s Expensive: The LARQ is generally more expensive compared to regular water bottles. But, it’s the added technology and features that contribute to the higher price point.
Requires Charging: It does need to be charged to power the UV-C LED cleaning system. If you forget to charge it, you may not be able to use the self-cleaning feature until it’s recharged, which can be bummer.
Heart Shaped Tea Bag Gift Set
You know they love their morning (and afternoon) tea, so why not give them a bunch of different blends to try all in a heart-shaped tea bag.
This gift set comes with 15 for them to try and totally heart.
The Mom and Dad Wine & Beer Glass Gift Set
Speaking of drinking, if your parents love their beer and they love their wine (and they really do) they’ll love these cute glasses that they can drink out of (duh!) that’s decorated with loving words about your loving mother and similar sentiments about your caring and funny father. What’s cooler than that?
The Gardener's Tool Holder and Seat
They love spending time out in the garden but, let’s face it, it can do a number on their back. And then you have to hear them complain about it. Anyway, this top selling Gardener’s Tool Seat will hold a bunch of their tools and is also a great seat for them to take a rest when they’ve been on their knees for too long. There’s a joke in there somewhere.
UGG Sherpa Throw Blanket to Snuggle In
Whether they want to snuggle up together or by themselves, this is the blanket they’ll become obsessed with. Everything UGG is super cozy and this sherpa lined throw won’t disappoint. You can currently choose from 5 different amazing color options.
I find this blanket to be the ultimate in complete coziness. It’s like receiving a warm, heavenly hug from the universe.
The Breville Smart Oven + Air Fryer
Your parents have probably been asking you about why everyone is cooking with air fryers, but don’t really understand how it works. Well, this is the kitchen appliance that combines the functions of an oven, an air fryer, and a bunch of other cooking options into one convenient cooking machine! It’s designed to make cooking easier and more efficient for anyone, regardless of their cooking skills or experience.
The oven part of the Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro works just like a regular oven, allowing you to bake, roast, or broil a wide variety of foods. It has a spacious interior that can accommodate larger dishes, such as a whole chicken or a 13-inch pizza, making it great for family meals or when they’re having their parents over.
The air fryer feature is what sets this appliance apart. It uses a powerful convection fan and high heat to circulate hot air around the food, creating a crispy, golden exterior similar to deep-fried food, but without the need for excessive oil. This means your folks can enjoy healthier versions of their favorite fried foods, like French fries, chicken wings, or even onion rings, with significantly less oil.
Versatility: It offers multiple cooking functions, including baking, air frying, toasting, dehydrating, and slow cooking. This versatility allows you to prepare a wide variety of dishes with just one appliance, saving you counter space and the need for multiple cooking tools.
Healthier Cooking: The air fryer function of the appliance uses convection heating to crisp food with minimal oil, resulting in healthier versions of traditionally fried foods.
Size Matters: The oven has a decent sized interior capacity, allowing you to cook larger items like whole chickens or 13-inch pizzas – you name it.
Size and Countertop Space: While I love the size, it is larger than a standard toaster oven, which may require more counter space in your kitchen. If you have limited space or a small kitchen, you might need to consider the dimensions and make sure it fits comfortably.
Price: It’s certainly expensive, especially if you’re comparing it strictly to just a regular toaster oven, but since it does so many different things besides just toasting you may find it worth the price.
Cute Personalized Family Mugs Gift Set
These super cute customized mugs not only have all your names on it, but you can even choose your favorite hobbies too! We’re not sure if “Sitting on the couch all day binging Netflix” is a hobby, but if it is, sign me up!
Perfect for the parent who has everything, you can pick out just one mug or get as many as you need for the members of your family – up to 8 in this gift set.
Each mug holds up to 15 oz, which is a decent size since the standard coffee mug only holds between 8 – 10 ounces. They’re made of a high quality ceramic and are both dishwasher safe and can be used in the microwave.
Custom Wooden Names Sign
And if they don’t love you, well, they probably won’t hang up this really cool custom wooden sign with all your names and birthdays on it.
Sticking with the customization theme, which so many parents appreciate (except mine), you can choose what you want each sign to say – add names of your parents, the kids, the dog, cat, whatever!