I get it—you're still busy tanning at your neighbor's pool or drinking wine in the Hamptons. Believe it or not, the holidays are only six months away, but will come around in the blink of an eye. There's never a bad time to embrace the holiday shopping spirit—especially when it comes to picking out gifts for your parents (or parent-like teachers, siblings, in-laws, etc.).
Your gift options are literally endless thanks to online shopping. But, that can also lead to some serious decision fatigue. That's why I've curated this list of the best gifts for parents, depending on their hobbies and interests.
Always catching their hands in the cookie jar? Send a box of alfajores ASAP. Or, maybe the neighbors know them for their wild game nights—a shiny new Scrabble board is a click away. There’s also a chance your parents are totally sentimental, in which case a personalized collage frame is sure to start the waterworks.
Even if they’re the kind of parents who assures you they don’t need anything, the smallest gift can be a thoughtful way to show your love and appreciation for them.
See below for the 55 best gifts for parents—thoughtful, practical presents that they'll actually use.
Your 'rents will adore this foolproof smart frame, even if they're not tech-savvy—trust me. You and your siblings can automatically upload new photos from an app on your phone, making this one gift that won't ever get old.
What's cuter than a fam portrait? A custom-printed canvas print. With a glossy surface finish, it'll look perfect framed in your living room as a constant reminder of one of your most touching family moments.
Instant gratification is possible with this KODAK digital camera complete with selfie mode, an auto timer, and a built-in flash. The photo prints are durable, water-resistant, tear resistant, and smudge free—perfect for withstanding the wear-and-tear of grandkids' hands.
Contribute to their next adventure with an Airbnb gift card at the amount of your choosing. Whether they're using it for a luxe penthouse in Hong Kong or a cozy cabin in the mountains, any parent will love this.
When was the last time your parents truly enjoyed a a fresh loaf of bread? They'll have some fun making everything from pizza crust to sourdough and banana bread in this—and of course, they'll have to whip it out when you come home to visit.
Any wine-loving parents will love showing off this wine opener, aerator, and vacuum set (complete with its own LED stand!) on their bar cart at dinner parties. It's also great for the parents who just can't finish a whole bottle of vino on their own.
All of us have those parents who either wake up at 5 a.m. or wish they could, so gift them this book that will revamp their energy levels and create some much-needed time for themselves in the morning. (It's also great for the night owl parent who just keeps talking about how badly they want to become a morning person.)
The parents who are obsessed with having a more clean lifestyle definitely need to know about Love, Indus. The brand is packed with skincare products leveraging secrets from every corner of India's massive subcontinent, and this gift set features the WH editor-loved moisturizer and serum along with some tea lights and fine tea blends.
Your parents have cooked for you for their whole lives, so give them the gift of a well-earned break! Gobble is a meal delivery subscription service that caters to all types of cuisines, ranging from vegetarian and pescatarian to meat-heavy meals. Give your 'rents a gift card or buy them a few meals for a week!
I'm not crying; you're crying. (Okay, I am tearing up a wee bit.) Seriously, though—this gift for parents very sweetly and thoughtfully features all your family's important dates without being over the top. Cue the happy tears.
After years spent raising you, your parents could use some pampering. Gift them this back and neck massager to make up for all those times you might've been a (literal and metaphorical) pain in the neck.
Finally, your parents will have an updated way to play all their favorite records that have been collecting dust on the shelf. This one even connects via Wifi to Bluetooth speakers or headphones—no cords needed.
If mom and dad are total LaCroix addicts, they'll save a bunch of money with this SodaStream. The latest version from the cult-favorite line, this gadget is portable enough to bring with you anywhere and doesn't even need to be plugged in.
Tell your loved ones to toss those crusty old pots and pans they've had for 20 years. They'll love this new 10-piece set that comes with non-stick coating and stay-cool handle technology, all for just $100.
Your parents probably don't have much trouble remembering you and your sibs' names, but these personalized throw pillow covers will let all of their houseguests know exactly where their priorities lie.
Need pillow inserts to complete this holiday gift? Try these.
As soon as the weather gets nice, you can bet all the cool parents (and some regular ones, too) are checking out all the upcoming outdoor concerts and plays. What’s a night at Shakespeare in the Park without some snacks and wine in this cute insulated tote?
If you've got outdoorsy parents (and, yes—laying on the beach counts), they'll love this portable wine or champagne insulator. After all, an outdoor afternoon is incomplete without a chilled beverage. It also works for non-alcoholic sparkling bevvies!
Let’s be honest—most of the things hanging on your parents' walls are photos of you and your siblings anyway. Now, your parents can show off photos of treasured family memories in one spot. Fill it in for them to win some bonus points.
Odds are that your parents have asked you multiple times where you got your cute iPad or iPhone case. You've probably told them the website (multiple times), but instead of waiting for their questions to come again, just get your parents the actual thing.
Your parents love your furry sibling almost as much as you (emphasis on "almost"), so help them keep the family dog safe with this collar featuring a built-in GPS along with a health, nutrition, and activity tracker. Consider it the animal-friendly FitBit.
If you have the kind of parents who are frequently collaborating on fun DIY projects together around the house, they'll love this candle-making kit. It's super easy to put together and has unique scents to choose from.
This pressure cooker cuts down on the cook time of so many foods, making dinners when the whole fam is in town a lot easier. It makes soups, rice, beans, curries, and even desserts like cinnamon rolls on autopilot.
Gift this DNA test to your parents, and you might find that learning about your family’s origins brings you closer together. It'll make for a great topic of conversation at the next family dinner, too.
For a lot of families, not much happens in the a.m. before the first cup of coffee. And, while overly complicated machines might leave your parents feeling intimidated, this espresso maker simply uses pods. It'll have them making Italian-style lattes and cappuccinos with the press of a button.
ICYMI, Function of Beauty is a cruelty-free beauty brand that custom makes hair, skin, and body solutions catered to you and your unique needs.
And, before you start thinking that means it must be extremely pricey, a full shampoo and conditioner starter set is just $50. You can even custom label the bottles with whatever nickname you have for them.
Remember all those times you climbed into your parents' bed after having a bad dream? (Oh, just me?) If they've still got those same sheets you were cuddling with them under, they could use a new and improved set.
Made from wool, but designed to feel like shearling, these slippers will have your parents feeling like they're walking on clouds. The rubber soles are perfect for indoor and outdoor use and the ease of the slip-on style will make them a daily essential in your parents' household.
"Parents Are Human" is a card game designed to create deeper connections between parents and their loved ones—especially those who come from immigrant backgrounds or have generational disconnects.
With 70 thought-provoking prompts in many languages from Hindi to Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish, and more, you and your parents are sure to reach new levels of compassion and honesty more than ever before.
Gratsi is all about high quality wines for every palette and budget. For the parents who love wine or simply want to learn more about it, they'll love learning a bit more about vino together—it's a fun surprise to get at the doorstep at any frequency they choose.
If your parents share a fondness for all things Disney, gift them this pair of matching sweatshirts they can wear while sipping their morning coffee, running errands, or actually at their fave Disney amusement park.
Give your parents the gift of a clean-smelling house. This smart home diffuser uses Bluetooth technology to enhance any work or living space to keep your parents' kitchen, dog room, or even bathroom feeling fresh and airy. There are so. many. fragrances to pick from (all developed by master perfumers!), so find the ones that they will love the best.
If your parents love to travel (especially if they're retired and currently living their best lives), this hanging travel toiletry bag is essential. Plus, it comes in a few different colors so they can color code their whole travel vibe.
If your parents love gardening and horticulture, (sans the actual effort that gardening requires) this is the perfect gift. These indoor plants will literally breathe life in to any home decor situation.
Let's be real—massages are great no matter how old you are. Give your parents the gift of a daily massage with this high-pressure handheld shower massager. Coupled with maximum pulsation force, this device will help them relax and receive a deeper massage in the comfort of their own homes—no appointment necessary.
Gift new parents the gift of silence. Whether they're at an airport, in a hotel room, or their nursery, this device plays gentle, calming sounds designed to help a newborn fall asleep. It also works on adults—after all, new parents need their Zzzs, too!
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