Buying gifts for your parents can be tough. What do you get the two people who gave you life, the people who raised you into the responsible adult you’ve grown up to be?
Shopping for your parents is all about trying to get them something they’ll love and use, but also hopefully something that will help them connect with you (their kid) as well. Might we make a suggestion? Get them some cool tech, something cozy or delicious, and items that will help make their life a bit easier.
If you’re still totally stumped, then don’t worry — that’s what we’re here for. We took some of the guesswork out of buying a present for your mom and dad and rounded up the best gifts, whether they spend most of their time at home or on-the-go traveling. These gifts are guaranteed to make your parents (even more) proud of you, as they brag to their family and friends that they have such an amazing son or daughter.
Here are our picks for the best gifts for parents:
The Instant Pot DUO60 is a 7-in-1 miracle machine for most of your parents’ kitchen and cooking needs. Need a pressure cooker? No problem. Need a slow cooker? No problem. Need a rice cooker? No problem. Instant Pot is all of those things, plus a yogurt maker, steamer, warmer, and sauté station. The all-in-one can cook food up to six times faster than other pressure cookers, while also using up to 70% less energy.
If your parents are the stay at home type, then they’ll need something cozy and comfortable when socks just won’t do. Enter UGG. The company is known for their out-of-this-world comfort with high quality materials in various styles for men and women. UGG slippers are so comfortable that it’s almost guaranteed your parents will try to wear them out of their home to go on short excursions to the grocery store.
A gorgeous photo album
Memories are everything, especially to your parents. Every moment watching their children grow up is important and valuable. Sometimes digital photos are not enough, so having a dedicated photo album is the key to preserving your family’s history. This one can hold 500 photos, is acid-free and PVC-free, and even includes a slot to frame photos on the cover. Fill the book up with all your favorite memories and listen to your parents say “Awww.”
His and her Fitbits
Staying active is the best way to a healthy and happy life. Help your mom and dad keep track of their activity with the Fitbit Charge 2, a great entry level fitness tracker for just about anyone. It can measure calories burned, resting and active heart rate, steps, and sleep quality with an amazing battery life of five days on a single charge. Set up little challenges for step counts and get the whole fam into it.
A HelloFresh subscription
Planning meals, hitting up the grocery store, then preparing the food can be tough for anyone, but especially for new parents who don’t have the time or aging parents who could use some help. HelloFresh is a meal delivery service that will send your parents (or you) fresh ingredients and step-by-step instructions so they can whip up a great tasting meal within 30 minutes.
A bamboo cheese board
This cheese board features a hidden slide-out tray that conceals various cheese knives and cutlery, so they’re out of the way until you need them. The cheeseboard also has clever grooves for crackers, nuts, and olives for an added level of nosh. It’s made from 100% bamboo, so it won’t stain or absorb any funky odors from the cheese. The included cutlery set is made from stainless steel with matching bamboo handles.
A CuriosityStream subscription
If your mom and dad are insatiably curious, a subscription to CuriosityStream could be the perfect gift. With more than 2,000 shows and documentaries to choose from across topics like science, nature, history, technology, society, lifestyle, travel, and more, they’ll never run out of smart, stimulating content. Learning is a lifelong activity, after all. Try it free for a month using the code winter2018 — then it’s just $2.99 after that.
A coffee table book
Are your parents music lovers? If so, a coffee table book called 1000 Record Covers just might be a great gift for them. This massive book features album art from the 1960s to 1990s — think Bookends by Simon & Garfunkel and Joan Baez/5 by Joan Baez. Each record cover also features a nifty backstory of the album, how the artists decided on the cover, and its meaning in relation to the music.
If your parents are constantly losing their keys, then maybe Tile can be the solution. The tech company can’t promise that they’ll stop misplacing their keys, but they can help mom and dad find them faster. Just attach Tile to a set of keys, a wallet, a purse — whatever — and when said item goes missing, the Tile app will quickly locate them around the house with a loud ringtone from their mobile device.
If your parents (or you by extension) ever wanted to know about family history and ancestry, then AncestryDNA is the solution to learn where you came from and who you are. With over 10 million people in the company’s growing network, AncestryDNA has made over a billion family connections with this simple kit.
Keurig coffee maker
If your parents can’t even open their eyes until they’ve had some caffeine, a Keurig single serve coffee maker will hit the spot. This coffee machine uses K-Cup pods, so they won’t have to scoop or measure coffee grounds to make the perfect cup. Instead, all they have to do is insert their favorite pods, fill up its reservoir with water, select the dose, and press brew. In just a few minutes, piping hot and delicious coffee is served.
An easy-to-use digital camera
The Nikon COOLPIX digital camera has more than a few benefits that can outshine smartphone cameras: it’s fully waterproof with a 13.2MP lens and 3x zoom capabilities. This digital camera is part of a bundle that includes a 32GB memory card, an all-weather sports case, a replacement battery and charger, a small tripod, and much more. A good point-and-shoot camera can go a long way for your parents to capture everyday memories of you (or their grandkids.)
Ostrich Pillow travel pillow
Okay, so it looks a little silly — but your parents are gonna love this. Made from high quality eiderdown cotton, the Ostrich Pillow works wonders as a neck pillow or eye mask for folks who are always on the go. The pillow is filled with coated microbeads and is perfectly adjustable. In addition, the travel pillow’s materials are breathable, so it’s never too hot when you’re wearing it around your neck or on your eyes.
Yeti portable cooler
The YETI Hopper Two is one of the most durable and long-lasting portable coolers on the market with its waterproof DryHide Shell body, which is also mildew and puncture resistant, and leakproof HydroLok Zipper. Its ColdCell insulation keeps anything cool for days. The cooler is large enough to tackle tailgating or weekend trips, with the capacity to hold up to 20 pounds.
With its selection of hundreds of premium wines, Winc is considered the “Netflix for wine.” The subscription service sends its members at least three bottles of wine a month from various regions from around the world. Help your mom and dad have a romantic evening, even if it’s just at the kitchen table.
Their very own iPad
Everyone loves the Apple iPad because it’s durable, lightweight, and easy to use — even for parents who aren’t great with tech. Apple has always prided itself on simplicity and the iPad is one of the best examples of its pick-up-and-go philosophy. The iPad makes for a great gift because it’s compact and smooth to use. Plus, just think about how much they’ll enjoy Facetiming with you on this thing.
Are your parents looking to convert their home into a smart home? If so, the Amazon Echo is the best way to start off. This is the all-in-one device that can do just about anything, including play music, make phone calls, set alarms and timers, and order products from Amazon. The best part of the Amazon Echo is that your parents don’t have to be tech savvy to use it.
A video doorbell
Now that your parents converted their home into a smart home, let’s start building out their everyday appliances with useful and clever smart devices, like the Ring Wi-Fi-enabled video doorbell. This doorbell allows mom and dad to see and talk to anyone who comes to their front door via HD video on their smartphones, tablets, and laptops — even if they’re not at home.
Furbo dog camera
If your parents have dogs and are usually away at work, then the Furbo Dog Camera is a thoughtful way to help them check in. (And parents love that.) The device features an HD camera and a two-way transmitter that allows users to check on their pets via smartphone live-streaming video, plus it can toss treats at their little puppers with the press of a button. Think of it as a high tech baby monitor, but for dogs.
A pressurized growler
If mom and dad are home brew and craft beer enthusiasts, this uKeg Pressurized Growler from GrowlerWerks is the best way to transport frosty ales and beers from the bar to the home with ease. The vacuum-insulated chamber is made from stainless steel with a copper finish and is designed to keep at least 64 ounces of craft beer cold for up to two weeks. Cheers!
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