Gifts for parents - Thank you

Wedding gift ideas for parents

Weddings days are all about sharing the love, and what better time to show your parents a little appreciation? It’s a long honoured tradition to give your parents a gift either before or on the wedding day, and so we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite ideas to lessen the stress in finding the perfect present.

Getting Sentimental

We all know it, weddings are pricey. We also know that parents often help with the financial load, and so getting a present to match their contribution might be a tall order. So instead of a grand gesture, how about getting sentimental? Marketplace websites such as Etsy and notonthehighstreet.com are perfect places to find the makers and creators that’ll provide something special. We’ve seen everything from stitched message patches that can be sewn into jacket pockets for the father of the bride, to embroidered pocket squares and handkerchiefs that can be given to either of your parents.

Image courtesy of BroiderieStitch

Image courtesy of BroiderieStitch

Say it with Jewellery

Jewellery is a great go-to when it comes to finding a present for the mothers. Charm bracelets and necklaces are delicate keepsakes that you can tailor to their tastes, while lockets can be loaded with precious photos. We’ve also seen some beautiful modern versions of the friendship bracelet, including a necklace and lapel pin pairing, which is perfect for the mother of the bridegroom.

Gifts for parents - bracelet

Personalise it

Monogrammed details are back in the fashion world, so why not tap into the trend with your wedding gifts? We’ve seen initials embroidered on everything from wallets and ties to makeup bags and notebooks – it’s an elegant way of giving them something personal.

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Image courtesy of FlamingoRoadJournals

Sharing Memories

Personalised gifts are a great place to start, but take it one step further and find something unique to your relationship. Whether it’s a landscape painting of a beach you used to go to as a family, or some framed sheet music of a meaningful song, choose a gift that takes them back to a special moment in your lives.

Image courtesy of CanvasVows

Image courtesy of CanvasVows

Spoil them

They’ve spent a lifetime raising you, so perhaps it’s time to thank your parents with something purely indulgent. Look to experience days that they can enjoy together, spa breaks for some pampering, or even just a slap-up dinner somewhere fancy.

Gifts for parents - Fine dining

Say it with Flowers

Who doesn’t love a bunch of flowers? They’re an easy go-to gift choice, but you can extend the gesture and give them a tree they can plant in the garden. Choose something symbolic such as an oak tree, or stick to a romantic theme with a rose bush.

Gifts for parents - Rose bush

An Old Favourite

If you’re not sure you can go off the cuff and pick out something they’ll like, opt for a present you know they’ll appreciate. Buy them a box of their favourite wine, a fancy bottle of their choice tipple, or even some vouchers for their favourite shop.

Gifts for parents - Wine

We hope we’ve given you some food for thought when it comes to finding the perfect wedding gift for your parents. Have you got anything to add to our list? Or perhaps you have a gift story you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments box below…

About the author

Laura Feasey

Having studied journalism at the London College of Fashion, Laura trained in crafting features and articles, not only in the subject of fashion, but in lifestyle, art, travel and culture. For the last few years she has been writing for a number of clients, from holiday companies such as lastminute.com and lowcostholidays, to design retailers such as zalando.co.uk and Debenhams.

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