Part I of III – Wedding Thank you Gifts for Parents
Part II of III – Wedding Thank you Gifts for Parents
Part III of III – More Parent Gifts for Weddings
This is the third and final (for now) installment in my series on parent thank you gifts for weddings. If you have some more ideas, I’d love to see them in the comments!
More Parent Thank You Gifts for Weddings
Tree or Potted Plant
Now, this idea can backfire, especially if your gardening skills resemble mine. However, there are a lot of references to love growing and blooming. You can pick out a seedling, or a nice plant or potted plant as a thank you gift.
Here is a great selection of poems about love and trees, found at Seedling Trees.
In all the hustle and bustle, your parents might appreciate a nice dinner out with your company. Depending on where you and your parents live, your parents might like an opportunity to get to know your future intended in a casual setting.
Alternatively, you can give them a gift certificate for dinner. Make sure to check out your local discount sites like Groupon.
You could offer to spring for the day-of clothing that your parents will wear. Not all parents have deep pocket books and they may appreciate having a chance to wear some fancy new duds for this occasion. A high quality or posh brand name necktie might make a good thank you gift for Dad.
Handbags are an increasingly common bridesmaid gift idea, but you could also get one as a thank you gift for Mom. These come in a very large array of prices and styles, so select something that will be appreciated and will fit into your budget. If you would like a research starting point, I can recommend looking at handbags on Amazon, where you can filter by price range, style, brand, etc.
Your father may also want a handbag, in a slightly different style. For some gorgeous, unisex leather satchels, I recommend checking out Renaissance Art. My spouse and several of my coworkers have these and they are very high quality, US made bags.
Subscription delivery boxes are booming right now! If you are unfamiliar with the concept, you sign up for a box with a certain theme and each month, for a set number of months, you receive a box in the mail containing an assortment of products. You can get bottles of wine, pounds of coffee, gourmet food, baby toys, make up, craft projects, nail polish, socks and more! You can get them for different lengths of time and in a large variety of prices.
Habitual Homebody keeps a nice big list of subscription boxes, arranged by country. She has some for the US, Canada, the UK and Australia!
You can also pop over to SubscriptionBoxes.com for a wide range of browsable boxes.
If you confidently know your parent’s taste in art, you may want to pick them up a piece of art work. Art is something most of us keep around for a long, long time.
You can get some absolutely gorgeous and artistic renderings of family trees from Etsy these days. They range from printed on burlap, to paper cut outs, to photographic versions. Given that weddings are all about family, it seems like an appropriate time to give such a gift. You may also want to do this one for your parent’s anniversary, or as a thank you gift for your grandparents.
Staying on the theme of family, are your parents interested in learning more about your family history? You could gift them a membership to Ancestry.com (or .ca!) if they are going to all of a sudden find themselves with bonus free time after the wedding huzzah is over.
First Born Child
Okay, this is completely a joke, but you could write a card that says your gift to them will be a grandkid.
What other suggestions do you folks have for wedding thank you gifts for parents?
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