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Your parents have supported you, loved you, and helped you with your wedding. How do you say thank you to your parents on your wedding day? With a thoughtful gift, of course! We’ll help you find the best wedding gifts to parents for 2020 and 2021 (since we’re already in October, can you believe it?!)
NOTE: These also make great wedding anniversary gifts for parents.
This wedding gift for parents guide was inspired by bride-to-be, Becca, who wrote us with a question you may be wondering yourself. She writes,
“Hi Emmaline Bride! My parents and my future in-laws have been helping out a lot with our wedding. We are looking for wedding presents for parents as a thank you for all the help. What do you suggest we give them as a wedding gift? Do you have any favorite wedding gift ideas for parents of the bride or groom? Thanks so much!”
Great question, Becca! That is so sweet to think ahead of what to give your parents as gifts on your wedding day. What to give parents as gifts on your wedding day depends on their style, what you think they would enjoy, and your budget. We’ve compiled a round-up of the best wedding gifts for parents to help you pick the perfect present and make ’em proud.
If you’re wondering why do you give gifts to the parents of the bride or groom, it is because you are saying thank you for love and support. It is also a nice way to honor him or her on your special day, and giving a gift becomes a lasting keepsake or heirloom from your wedding.
A gift for one’s parents doesn’t need to be expensive or elaborate; the best advice is to choose a gift they can use or enjoy together, or if you prefer individual gifts, that works, too. It can be as simple as glassware or as elaborate as leather luggage bags (both of which you’ll see in this gift guide).
I think it is important to note that any gift you give should come with a card: inside, write a few heartfelt or sentimental thoughts inside. Your words inside a card or note are some of the best gifts parents can receive on your wedding day, or anytime, really. :)
Wedding Gifts for Parents
On this list, you’ll find thoughtful, meaningful gift ideas to give your parents on your wedding day from $10 — there is a wedding gift for parents in every single budget here.
We’re also making it easier to shop: we’re listing all of these wedding gift ideas for parents with a price attached so you know exactly much it costs. Enjoy!
1. Mom and Dad Handkerchiefs, $17.99
These beautiful wedding handkerchiefs are written for your mom and your dad and printed onto high-quality keepsake handkerchiefs. This is one of the best presents you can give as thank you gifts on your wedding day; it is something they will actually use on the wedding day! By ThePolkaDottedBee.
2. All That We Are Parents Print, $74
This exceptional art print is one of the sweetest things ever! By Shendoah.
3. Parents of the Bride / Groom Ornaments, $19.99
Ornaments always make the best wedding gifts for parents! By LifetimeCreations.
4. Personalized Parents Wedding Gift Picture Frame, $26.95
This is a nice gift for parents that tells them how much they mean to you, and how their support is everything. I love the design of this gift! By RiverRootsCollective.
Also love this one by 2ChicksAndABasket:
5. Parents Wedding Gift Platter, price varies depending on size
A beautiful handmade wedding platter that is personalized with their last name and established in date. I love this so much, I want one for my own kitchen! By Susabellas. Many sizes and styles available here.
This platter is another style option (by BrushStrokePlates). This is a beautiful keepsake wedding gift for parents:
6. I Survived My Daughter’s Wedding glassware set, $23.99
A whiskey glass for your dad, a wine glass for your mom! Or vise-versa. By Blue Ridge Mountain Co.
7. Wedding photo frame for parents, $34.40
A sweet, thoughtful wedding gift for parents to treasure! By Fieldtrip.
8. Jewelry box for Mom; tie patch for Dad, $46 + $14
This jewelry box for the mother of the bride is the sweetest! Give your dad this custom tie patch and now you have one of the best wedding gifts for parents. Jewelry box by Susabella’s, tie patch by Mamooby.
How sweet is this?! I loved you first. Awwww!
9. Personalized Cheese Board, $36 (regularly $45)
This is one of my favorite parent wedding gifts! A cheeseboard like this looks beautiful; it can be used to hosting parties for years to come. By SugarTreeGallery.
Or this one by AmericanStationery for $56+.
10. Wedding Gift Blanket, $94
Or this throw blanket by Nomedecor.
And this one by PersonalStitchGifts!
And this one, because I love blankets as presents for parents on your wedding day! From the same shop.
11. Family Tray, $99
This wood tray is beautifully made! It makes one of the best wedding gifts for parents. By SpringbrookEngraving.
12. Engraved Wood Sign, $39.95+
Ooh, this is beautiful! By BenchMarkCustomSigns.
13. Engraved Wallet for the Father of the Bride, $38.99, Mother & Daughter Necklace for Mother of the Bride, $40.95
This sweet Mother & Daughter necklace has rave reviews and looks beautiful. By Efytal.
14. Unique Copper Frame Gift, $203
15. Photo Frame with Parents Wedding Picture + Yours, $41.85+
This is such a sweet idea: there’s a photo insert space for your parents’ wedding photo, which has their names and wedding date; your photo goes next to theirs with your names and wedding date. Love this! By PhotoFrameOriginals.
16. Wedding Ring Dishes for Parents, $23+
A small ring dish or jewelry dish makes some of the most thoughtful parent gift ideas. I love the writing on them and the handcrafted design. These in particular by ThePaintedPress offer many custom phrases that are ideal, like “I’ll Take Care of Her Always” or “All I Am I Owe To You”. Your mom can place her rings or earrings in this dish on her bedside table; your dad has a place to hold his cufflinks or tie bar.
12. Travel Map Gift Prints, $100+
13. Today a Groom, Tomorrow a Husband, $20+
The best wedding gifts for parents of the groom! Include a photo of the wedding and a throwback photo of when you were little. This is an example of a gift for the parents of the groom; customize for parents of the bride or buy individual photo frames for mothers and fathers. By CasualCalligraphyLiz.
14. Mother + Father Mugs, $16+ each
15. Personalized Cedar Cutting Board, $34.95
This is beautiful! I want one! Makes a great wedding gift idea for your parents. By Teals Prairie & Co.
This style, by the same shop for $27:
Prefer a different style? This is by NakedWoodWorks for $24+.
16. Always Your Little Girl Cufflinks, $36.95
Your dad will need the handkerchiefs in #1 from the tears of joy receiving these! :) One side of the cufflinks includes your photo, the other is a sweet message from you. By PangaaDesign.
17. Wedding gifts for parents who love to cook, $52+
This cutting board makes a great gift and is engraved with, “We love you Mom and Dad”. These make functional parent wedding gifts for those who like to cook. By CDSHardwoods.
18. This custom photo frame with your photo and parents’ photo, $32.97
A great keepsake for your favorite photos from the wedding. By Vlight.
19. Photo clutch for mom; engraved wallet for dad, $50+ + $37
This makes one of the best parent wedding gifts: a clutch purse for mom with your photo inside (when you were little!) By ANGEE W.
And an engraved leather wallet for dad with, “A bride today, a wife tomorrow, always your little girl.” So sweet! By NextLevelEngraving.
20. This personalized blanket for parents, $94
This blanket is so sweet! By Li’l Inspirations.
21. Wine Chiller Gift, $69.95
This makes a great wedding gift for parents who enjoy wine together. By TiposCreations.
22. Personalized Mantle Clock, $54.95
A keepsake clock makes a sweet parent wedding gift idea. By TiposCreations.
23. Whiskey Gift Set with Smoked Effect, $69
24. Whiskey Barrel Wall Clock, $165+
25. 50 Reasons We Love You Canvas, $48+
Customize each of the reasons and have them printed just for your parents! What a sweet gift idea! By Rockin Canvas.
26. Whiskey Set, $34.95+
Great for parents who enjoy a nice glass of whiskey. This present includes two glasses and a decanter, personalized. By FlowertownWeddings.
Or this diamond decanter set, another cool idea: I love the shape of this! By HomeWetBar.
Or this unique globe bar from the same store. I’ve never seen such a unique wedding gift for parents! Have you?
27. This “Everything You Helped Me To Be” Coffee Mug, $27.95
Get a pair for the parents of the bride and parents of the groom. Sweet gift by Susabella’s.
28. This Heart Snapshot Framed Art, $150+
Include your favorite snapshots in this beautiful artwork print that arrives framed and ready-for-gifting. This is one of the best parent wedding gifts, as it includes snapshots you hand-select from past and present. I have one of these in my dining room, so I know just how lovely it really is in person. :) By Minted.
29. This Envelope Locket for Moms and Tie Bar for Dads, $75 + $29.98
This locket necklace is beautiful for moms! By Capsul Jewelry. Available in gold, silver, or rose gold.
And for dad… these cufflinks are sure to give him tears of joy! These cufflinks can be designed from your ACTUAL handwriting. By OrientAppeal.
If you like lockets, you’ll also love: Locket for Mother of the Bride.
30. Wedding Photo Album for Parents, $38+
A beautiful leather-bound and engraved photo album for them to hold their favorite photos from your wedding day. By WoodenEngravedShop.
31. Wedding Portrait Burned to Wood, $203
This is one of the coolest gifts we’ve seen yet! Give your parents the gift of their wedding photo burned into a wood keepsake. By RozEmazingDesigns.
32. Personalized Beverage Tub, $54+
These are the coolest beverage tubs! They make great gifts for your parents on your wedding day, especially if they enjoy entertaining at home. By ChilledDesigns.
There are many styles available to coordinate with their unique style. Here’s a marble option:
Or this cool wood beverage bucket:
33. Leather Duffle Bag, $365
Do your parents love to travel? This stunning leather luggage bag is a great gift for your wedding day. By Leatherology.
34. Double-Wall Coffee Mugs, $27.95
These coffee mugs are amazing: they have a double-wall for insulation and are great for coffee, tea, or their favorite Irish Coffee. It keeps your beverage hot, but your hands stay cool. By JoyJolt.
35. Wine Box Gift Set, $34.95
A perfect wedding gift for parents that enjoy wine. By Home Wet Bar.
36. Wedding Card for Parents, $3.75
Write your heartfelt words inside. By KismetWeddingsCo.
Or this one by 3EggsDesignStore:
Where to Buy Wedding Gifts for Parents of Bride and Groom
If you liked the gifts featured here, you can buy them by clicking on the photo of the gift or the link directly underneath it.
So, what do you think of these thank you gifts for parents? What will you give as thank you gifts to your mom and dad? What would you add to our list? Tell us in the comment box below!
I hope it helps, Becca! And thanks for writing! I know this list of wedding presents for parents will help many couples as they figure out what to give as gifts! I hope it helped you, too. :)
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Happy Planning + Gift-Giving!