55 Christmas Gifts for Parents on the Nice List
October 25, 2021
Nobody is more deserving of a token of appreciation around the holidays than a parent. For 364 days out of the year, moms and dads put their children first. Then, in December, on top of the usual pooper scooper duties, feeding, burping, bathing and cleaning, they become chief cookie baker, stocking stuffer, gift wrapper, decorating elf and general magic maker. Whew! So when it comes time (say, now) to choose the best Christmas gifts for parents, you could probably use a little help. That’s where our guide comes in. It’s stuffed with the cool, the new, the crafty, the pretty, the yummy and the sweet-and-sappy goodies that are all winning Christmas gift ideas for parents. So, yes, this one day out of the year is a celebration for all that parents do for us—you just have to top it off with a bow.
Searching for Christmas gifts for parents who have everything? Never fear, The Bump shopping guide is here! From practical gifts dads will adore to luxury goodies for mom, these presents are sure to add a healthy dose of festive cheer to your seasonal celebrations.
First up, is a cute Christmas present for moms. This cheap and cheerful tote bag is perfect for running errands while out and about with baby. It’s made from 100 percent cotton, boasts a cool vintage-inspired print and is easy to fold away when not in use. And, if you’re looking for Christmas gifts for expecting parents, Motherhood Maternity has a seasonal tote bag for pregnant mamas too.
Buy it: Motherhood Maternity Momma Tote, $11, MotherhoodMaternity.com
Maybe all they’re craving is caffeine. If that’s the case, consider this modern coffee mug that’ll keep their morning beverage toasty. Bonus: The warming magnetic base doubles as a wireless phone charger. Now that’s a clever Christmas gift for parents.
Buy it: OHOM Ui Mug & Warmer Set, $75, Nordstrom.com
Here’s a thoughtful Christmas gift for new dads: a man-sized babywearing hoodie from Seraphine. Based on the popular style for moms, this pick features an innovative zip-on pouch, designed to fit comfortably over a baby carrier. It zips all the way up to keep baby cozy; then when dad-duty is done, it can be removed, leaving him with an everyday men’s sweater.
Buy it: Seraphine Men’s Hoodie with Baby Pouch, $109, Seraphine.com
Taking cooking classes is a great way to learn new skills in the kitchen and have fun. Which is why we think this online class would make a great Christmas gift for parents. Each 90-minute masterclass is taught by an experienced chef who’ll give them tips on everything from prep to plating.
Buy it: Sur la Table Online Cooking Class, starting from $29 per household, SurlaTable.com
Whether you’re shopping for Christmas gifts for new parents or for those who’ve been around the block, this portable charging hook is a great option. It clips onto most strollers, charges electronic devices and can hold up to 25 pounds in weight.
Buy it: Mommy Power Stroller Hook, $40, Nordstrom.com
Custom house portrait
Personalized Christmas gifts for parents are extra special. So why not take things to the next level with a custom home portrait? Simply upload a photo of their house and Minted will create a print to immortalize it forever. After all, home is where the heart is.
Buy it: Minted Custom House Portrait Art, starting from $38, Minted.com
Christmas sock set
This gift works equally well for dapper dads and stylish mamas: Happy Socks’ seasonal set of unisex socks is a fun Christmas gift for parents that’ll cement your spot on their nice list—we promise!
Buy it: Happy Socks 12 Days Of Christmas Socks Gift Set 12-Pack, $115, HappySocks.com
Deep muscle treatment
Looking for something unexpected but super-useful? Check out this premium massage gun that promises to melt away muscle tension and soreness. It’s the gift of self-care: Practical Christmas gifts for parents don’t get much better than this.
Buy it: Therabody Theragun Elite, $399, Therabody.com
Personalized family print
Of course, great Christmas gifts for parents don’t have to be practical. Why not commission a unique family portrait that they can treasure forever? Choose skin tones, hair hues and clothing colors to create a lovely lineup, then customize with their family name and the year they were established as a quirky clan.
Buy it: Shelly Klein Personalized Family Print, starting from $85, UncommonGoods.com
Super-soft jogger sweatpants
Cozy clothes always make good Christmas gifts for parents. These sweats are stretchy and soft, but they still look pretty sleek. They’re also fast-drying and moisture-wicking, so they’re just as great for activity as they are for lounging around in. Plus, they’re available in men’s and women’s sizes.
Buy it: Vuori Performance Jogger, $84, Vuori.com
Bread making kit
The best Christmas gifts for parents play to their strengths. So if you’re shopping for someone whose favorite activity is the annual Christmas cookie bake-a-thon, treat them to a bread-making kit. An ideal choice for people who are new to the joy of baking bread, this five-piece kit includes all the tools needed to bake a delicious sourdough loaf.
Buy it: Breadsmart Artisan Bread Making Kit, $35, Nordstrom.com
How heavenly does this unisex cotton robe look? Made by a brand that specializes in luxurious linens, it feels pretty delicious too. Besides coffee, this is one of those Christmas gifts for moms and dads that’ll definitely make their morning routine better.
Buy it: Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe, $98, Brooklinen.com
Coffee club subscription
Speaking of coffee, no Christmas gift guide for parents would be complete without something that can deliver a daily caffeine kick. Introducing Atlas Coffee Club, a subscription service that’ll curate an amazing selection of ethically sourced coffee and deliver it right to their door.
Buy it: Atlas Coffee Club Gift, $60 for a 3-month subscription, AtlasCoffeeClub.com
Flavorful tea drops
Tea drinkers deserve the best too. And these unique tea drops are just that. Plop them into hot water, and they’ll dissolve into a soothing beverage. This boxed set includes “Citrus Ginger,” “Blueberry Acai,” “Rose Earl Grey,” “Matcha Green Tea” and festive “Sweet Peppermint” varieties.
Buy it: Sashee Chandran Tea Drop Sampler, $34, UncommonGoods.com
Digital picture frame
A new breed of digital photo frame that lets far-flung family members add photos to it? If you’re going for high-tech Christmas gifts for parents, this one has a lot of heart.
Buy it: Aura Carver Luxe, $179, AuraFrames.com
Personalized family recipe board
Who knew cutting boards could be so beautiful? This personalized cherrywood board is among the best Christmas gifts for parents. It showcases time-honored family recipes and makes an ideal present for parents who love to host their growing family.
Buy it: Uncommon Goods Personalized Family Recipe Board, $100, UncommonGoods.com
UV sanitizer and charger
Every parent knows that keeping mobile devices away from sticky little hands is an impossible task. Add to that the fact that our cell phones are breeding grounds for all sorts of nasty germs (gross!). So do the parents in your life a favor, and buy them this UV sanitizer and wireless charger. In 10 minutes the UV light will zap away bacteria.
Buy it: PhoneSoap 3 UV Phone Sanitizer & Charger, $80, PhoneSoap.com
Hand cream set
Parents give baths, high-fives and hugs. That’s why this hand cream trio by Kiehls, which helps keep hard working digits soft and nourished, is among the best Christmas gifts for moms and dads.
Buy it: Kiehls Nourishing Hand Care Set, $35, Nordstrom.com
Give the gift of a comfortable night’s sleep with Brooklinen. The bestselling luxe hardcore sheet set has a 480-thread count for hotel-style luxury at an affordable price. This bundle will keep parents comfortable throughout the wee hours and while we can’t guarantee a full night’s sleep (eh-hem, little ones!), these sheets will certainly help.
Buy it: Brooklinen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle, starting from $240, Brooklinen.com
Funny pint glasses
Finding Christmas gifts for parents who have everything is no easy feat. So why not give them a set of pint glasses that celebrates the sport of parenting? Decorated with illustrations by New Yorker cartoonist Kendra Allenby, this comical set will be a talking point at the very least.
Buy it: Kendra Allenby Parenting Championship Pint Glasses, $35, UncommonGoods.com
Christmas scented candle
Candles are a classic Christmas gift for parents—and with good reason. A candle can be used as a table centerpiece or simply to set the ambience for a festive affair. This natural soy wax candle by Homesick has notes of ivy, sugar plums and red currants to evoke the holiday spirit.
Buy it: Homesick Holiday Stroll Candle, $34, Homesick.com
Essential oil diffuser
Then again, if you’re shopping for Christmas gifts for parents with young kids, candles may not be the best option. A great alternative for home fragrance fans is an aromatherapy diffuser. This lovely ceramic style will keep a home smelling sweet.
Buy it: Vitruvi Porcelain Essential Oil Diffuser, $119, Nordstrom.com
Parents will definitely appreciate this do-it-all pan by Our Place. The must-have kitchen item is designed to replace eight traditional pieces of cookware, and can be used to braise, sear, steam, strain, saute, fry, boil, serve and store—phew! You never know, you might even be rewarded for this excellent gift choice with a home-cooked meal.
Buy it: Our Place Always Pan, $145, OurPlace.com
Purely practical Christmas gifts for parents are not to be dismissed. Case in point: The Tile Mate. Clip this genius device to keys, bags or even loveys, and use the Tile app to track and locate missing items in a flash.
Buy it: Tile Mate 1-Pack, $25, TheTileApp.com
Ice cream maker
Treat the folks you love to the greatest home appliance of all time. Yep, you’ve guessed it, an ice cream maker! Dessert lovers simply add ingredients and flip a switch to get delicious frozen treats. How’s that for a sweet Christmas gift for parents?
Buy it: Cusinart Classic Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker, $110, SurlaTable.com
The one thing all new parents crave? An uninterrupted night of sleep. If you can’t give them that, this caffeine-rich eye cream might just be the next best thing. Enriched with Vitamins C and E, this product promises to reduce dark circles and revitalize the look of tired eyes.
Buy it: Dermstore 100% Pure Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream, $29, Dermstore.com
Here’s another great sleep-related Christmas gift for parents—a silk sleep mask. This machine-washable mask is made from naturally moisturizing silk. What’s more, it doubles as a headband. We also love Lunya’s new cozy cotton silk range; it’s perfect for lounging at home on long winter nights.
Buy it: Lunya Washable Silk Sleep Mask, $48, Lunya.co
Thinking up new Christmas gift ideas for parents can be a chore. Why not keep it simple and get mom or dad a high-quality water bottle? It’s a practical and eco-friendly option that’s perfect for folks who love the great outdoors.
Buy it: Hydro Flask 24-Ounce Standard Mouth Bottle, $35, Nordstrom.com
Finding Christmas gifts for parents who have everything doesn’t have to be difficult. Check out this nifty pad that charges three devices at once. Crafted from premium, pebble-grain leather, the charging station and organizer is sure to be a lifesaver for busy parents on the go. Add a monogram for an extra-special touch.
Buy it: Courant Catch 3 Classics, $175, StayCourant.com
Searching for a fun Christmas gift for Mom and Dad? Consider this cheap and cheerful cocktail set by InBooze. The kit includes a pouch filled with dehydrated fruits, spices and herbs that’ll infuse their booze with a festive mulled wine flavor. Cocktail anyone?
Buy it: InBooze Mulling Spice Cocktail Kit, $18, Etsy.com
Whether you’re shopping for your other half, or looking for a Christmas gift for parents who need a night off, DateBox Club could be just the ticket. DateBox Club is a subscription service that delivers date night essentials, but you can also buy a standalone date box as a gift. Each box is unique and contains activities and games that help couples connect on a deeper level. Romantic and fun? Sign us up.
Buy it: DateBox Club Gift, $44 for 1 date night box, DateBoxClub.com
Hot sauce set
Introducing another Christmas gift for parents that’ll spice things up—TRUFF hot sauce. This sophisticated gift set comes with three varieties of truffle hot sauce that’ll blow their minds (not to mention their taste buds!). Bonus: It’s vegan and gluten free.
Buy it: TRUFF Variety Pack, $70, TRUFF.com
YETI wine tumblers
This wine tumbler would make a great Christmas gift for moms or dads living in warmer climates. The durable, stainless steel tumbler keeps drinks at the perfect temperature. So they can sit back, sip and enjoy.
Buy it: YETI Rambler 10oz Wine Tumblers, $25, Yeti.com
Want another good Christmas gift for parents who are hard to buy for? Whether they’re podcast fans, audio book lovers or simply like to unwind with a guided meditation, Audible has something to suit everyone’s taste. Bonus: If you’re in a hurry, this e-gift can be bought at the last minute and sent via email.
Buy it: Audible Plus Subscription, starting from $15 per month, Amazon.com
On the hunt for joint Christmas gifts for Mom and Dad? Check out this sweet custom doormat from Etsy. Choose from a range of durable styles and personalization options. It’s a lovely present for newly-minted parents or folks that have just moved house.
Buy it: Black Butterfly Signs Welcome Mat, starting from $21, Etsy.com
When chosen with love, Christmas gifts for parents can bring the whole family joy. Case in point: this stylish Bluetooth speaker. It’s small, but you’ll be surprised by how big it sounds! Plus, the tough design means it’s resistant to general wear and tear. It’s perfect for blaring Christmas songs during after-dinner dance-offs.
**Buy it:**Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker, $119, Nordstrom.com
Parents that like to cook can don this snazzy apron while preparing a Christmas feast for the family. The striped apron is made from 100 percent cotton and is personalized with a custom foil-pressed leather tag. Bonus: The profits from each sale go directly to Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mom.
Buy it: Minted Strands of Tradition Apron, $40, Minted.com
Fun throw pillow
May as well finally state the obvious, right? This isn’t your grandma’s needlepoint—and as far as cheeky pillow talk goes, this one speaks the truth. No wonder it’s among our favorite Christmas gifts for parents.
Buy it: Furbish This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things Needlepoint Pillow, $98, FurbishStudio.com
Simple knitting kit
Even if they’ve never held a pair of needles before, the stunning finished project—an adorable baby hood—and easy-to-follow instructions will have them knitting and purling in no time. (FYI: This brand sells tons of other beginner bundles too—including kits to help novice knitters create things like sweaters and scarves.)
Buy it: We Are Knitters Titi Hood Knitting Kit, $36, WeAreKnitters.com
Practical Christmas gifts for parents are always winning choices in our book. This amazing touch-screen digital calendar will help keep the fam organized. It’ll automatically display family events, appointments and grocery lists, so they’ll never miss a thing!
Buy it: Skylight Calendar, $159, SkylightCal.com
Looking for Christmas gifts for parents with green thumbs? This beautiful brass-plated planter is fitted with a grow light to help sustain an indoor garden all year.
Buy it: Modern Sprout Grow-Anywhere Growhouse, $219, Food52.com
Know someone who loves greenery? Why not give them a duo of houseplants? A Monstera and Snake plant will purify the air and give their home a jungle vibe. Bonus: These houseplants come complete with classic ceramic planters.
Buy it: The Sill Best Sellers Duo, $115, TheSill.com
StoryWorth is one of the most magical Christmas gifts for parents. Gift parents (or in-laws) a subscription, and they’ll receive an email each week asking a question about their life so far. At the end of the year, their stories are collected and bound into a beautiful keepsake book. Trust us: This is one gift they’ll treasure forever.
Buy it: StoryWorth Subscription, $99, StoryWorth.com
When it comes to Christmas gifts for parents, we love anything cozy. And we’re betting Mom and Dad will love this blanket too! Made from 100 percent Turkish cotton, this throw is soft and snuggly. It’s perfect for curling up with the kids on movie night.
Buy it: Parachute Oversized Knit Throw, $99, ParachuteHome.com
No doubt about it, photo frames make great Christmas gifts for parents—which is why we’ve included this luxe brass and hardwood photo box on our gift list. Trust us, they’ll be proud to show off their family pictures in this beautiful frame.
Buy it: Artifact Uprising Brass & Wood Display Box, starting from $57, ArtifactUprising.com
Pour over coffee maker
An elegant and easy-to-use coffee maker? Yes, please. It makes delicious java with minimal effort, so they don’t get stuck with the bad office brew (or an expensive trip to a coffee shop). It couldn’t be easier to use: Add the grounds to the cone-shaped filter, pour in hot water and enjoy a cup of joe.
Buy it: Chemex 8 Cup Glass Pour Over Coffee Maker, $46, WorldMarket.com
Snack gift box
The newborn period will feel a lot less like boot camp and a lot more manageable with this sweet, salty and savory snacking set designed for new parents. The gourmet assortment includes everything from granola to tasty almond butter. Plus, there’s a swaddle for baby too. When it comes to Christmas gifts for new parents, this one is hard to beat.
Buy it: Mouth Hey, Baby! Gift Box for New Parents, $99, Mouth.com
Here’s a fun Christmas gift idea for parents that the whole family can enjoy: a wireless Bluetooth karaoke microphone. It’s perfect for festive sing-alongs, all they have to do is connect the microphone to a smartphone, choose their favorite song and rock out!
Buy it: BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone, $31, Amazon.com
Customizable photo blocks
Searching for unique Christmas gift ideas for parents that are eco-friendly to boot? These photo blocks made of sustainable bamboo make for beautiful family mementos. And, for each order, a tree is planted.
Buy it: Paper Culture Kubelets, $25 for a set of 3, PaperCulture.com
Cookie baking kit
The best Christmas gifts for parents are those that encourage quality family time. Check out Baketivity, a company that delivers unique baking boxes loved by adults and kids alike. This chocolate cookie kit takes the stress out of holiday baking thanks to the pre-measured ingredients, step-by-step illustrated instructions and a child-friendly activity book.
Buy it: Baketivity Chocolate Chunk Cookies Baking Kit, $30, Baketivity.com
Pampering Christmas presents for Mom don’t have to break the bank. This jade facial roller has a cooling, soothing effect on the skin, promotes drainage and reduces facial tension. It’s the must-have skincare essential of 2021.
Buy it: Mount Lai De-Puffing Jade Facial Roller, $34, Sephora.com
Help them get organized with a practical holiday gift that’s sure to come in handy. This stylish folio has 10 expandable, resealable acid-free envelopes to keep important family documents safe and organized. Psst: This makes a great Christmas gift for expecting parents too.
Buy it: Savor The Folio Personalized, $60, Maisonette.com
Eco-friendly phone case
The last thing a busy parent needs is a cracked screen—but with grabby kids around, that’s tough to avoid. This phone case provides impressive protection without using harmful plastic that ends up in landfills. In fact, it’s totally biodegradable! We’re also big fans of the unique color options.
Buy it: Pela Green Summit iPhone 13 Pro Max Case, $45, PelaCase.com
Shopping for a self-confessed techie? Ray-Ban Stories combine the classic wayfarer style with the latest innovations in wearable technology. The result: smart sunglasses that allow users to take phone calls, listen to music and capture photos hands-free. Now that’s an impressive Christmas gift for parents!
Buy it: Ray-Ban Stories Wayfarer, $299, RayBan.com
Family photoshoot session
If your goal is to shop local this Christmas, consider setting up a photoshoot with Shoott. This on-demand photography service has a network of professional photographers nationwide and offers premium holiday portraits at affordable prices. The process is simple: Book a free 30-minute photoshoot session at your nearest city and only pay for the photos you love at $15 each (or less).
Buy it: Shoott Photoshoots, starting from $15, Shoot.com