In one instant, after becoming a parent, everything changes forever. The heart swells. The sleep disappears. The stores of patience build. So what do you give new parents to support them, celebrate their baby, and show them some love? Here’s a mix of practical and sweet gifts for parents that capture the essence of what new parents want (and need) after taking on the amazing role of being a mom or dad.
A Quick Guide to Finding Fabulous Gift Ideas for Parents
They raised you with unconditional love, so how can you possibly get them a gift to repay something as priceless as that? Whether you're shopping for your own parents, new parents, or the other parent to your child, we're here to inspire you.
Help Them Spend More Time Together
Whether your parents are still a couple or they've re-coupled, a gift that allows them to bond with their significant other is heartfelt and extraordinarily thoughtful. Tickets for a week-long cruise, a massagea deux, or a trip to explore a cultural city make great gift ideas for parents.
Get Them to Relax
If the parents you're buying for are always on the move - or your teenage years caused them parental PTSD - give them the gift of serenity. Spa machines offer DIY pampering. Sound machines will promote a better night's sleep. Hammocks help them have some quiet time outdoors. And cozy blankets will encourage them to snuggle up on the couch for a Netflix-and-chill night.
Give a Gift That Keeps on Giving
A parents' love goes on and on. Model your gift idea after that concept with a subscription to a monthly service that delivers chocolates, fruits, beer - or whatever they fancy.
One Word: Wine
After baby's bedtime, new parents relish the idea of some adult time. We're all for it - and wine just sweetens the deal. Whether it's a bottle of vintage, a wine refrigerator, a wine rack, or even an aerator, the options are endless when it comes to vino.
Delve into the Sentimental
Try personalized photo album bearing images of your childhood, their courtship, or a beloved family vacation. Or single out one beloved shot and gift in a framed engraved with a heartfelt quote.
Encourage Their Hobbies
If the parents you're shopping for are retired, support their post-career interests. Gardening accessories, a beer-brewing kit, photography equipment, woodworking tools, and even fitness gear are great gift ideas for parents who are indulging in their golden years.
Get Them Up to Speed on Technology
Many parents aren't digital natives, so consumer tech gifts are certainly things they wouldn't buy for themselves. From tablets and laptop speakers to video doorbells and Bluetooth food thermometers, gauge your gift according the knowledge of the recipient. The next thing you know, they'll have robots serving you at their next cocktail party!