The Best Christmas Gifts for Parents This Year
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, we become chief cookie baker, stocking stuffer, gift wrapper, decorating elf and general magic maker. Whew! So when it comes time (say, now) to help your little one choose perfect Christmas gifts for Mom, or just-right Christmas gifts for Dad, 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 gifts for parents. So, yes, this one day out of the year is a celebration for all you do—you just have to top it off with a bow.
Maybe you’ve teamed up with your kiddo to plot the Best. Present. Ever. for your significant other. Or do you still need inspiration for the other moms in your life? Or both? You’ve come to the right place. Here, we’ve curated delightful DIY (and click-to-buy—your call) Christmas gifts for Mom. (Psst…they’ll make grandmas, aunts and your best mom friends smile too.)
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 Mom.
Buy it: Jonathan Adler Boss Lady Needlepoint Pillow, $98, JonathanAdler.com
DIY Keepsake Ornament
Let Mom relive a special family moment with a shabby-chic wooden ornament that’s easy-peasy to assemble and can be hung on the tree year after year among our Christmas gifts for parents.
Hand Cream Set
A mom gives baths, high-fives and hugs. Among our Christmas gifts for Mom, this will help those hard-working hands stay as soft and beautiful as her heart. (Willing to spend a little more? There’s also a larger set you can spring for.)
Buy it: L’Occitane Hand Indulgences Hand Cream Trio, $29, Nordstrom.com
Funny Picture Book
This comical riff on Where the Wild Things Are is actually pretty heartwarming. Because sometimes Mom needs a silly, comforting bedtime story too.
Buy it: Where the Wild Moms Are by Katie Blackburn and illustrated by Sholto Walker, $15, PaperSource.com
DIY Ring Dish
This tiny treasure takes “handmade” Christmas gifts for parents to a new level of adorable. Aside from jewelry and trinkets, it’ll catch her attention—and bring a smile—every day.
Funny Scented Candle
A little spice and everything nice—that’s Mom, perfectly captured in this candle’s seasonal scent options (including “Holiday Nog” and “Let It Snow"). The label is extra-hilarious coming from a still-diapered baby.
Buy it: A to Z Candles Thanks for Putting Up with Me Candle, starting from $12, Etsy.com
Simple Knitting Kit
Even if she’s never held a pair of needles before, the stunning finished project—an adorable baby hood—and easy-to-follow instructions will have her knitting and purling in no time. (FYI: This brand sells tons of other beginner bundles too—including kits to help her create things like sweaters and scarves for herself.)
Buy it: We Are Knitters Titi Hood Knitting Kit, $40, WeAreKnitters.com
Super-Soft Jogger Sweatpants
Cozy clothes are always good gifts for parents. These sweats are stretchy and soft but 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.
Buy it: Vuori Performance Jogger, $84, Vuori.com
Pillow-Like Quilted Slippers
How heavenly do these cushioned slides look? It’s no wonder, since they’re made by a brand specializing in luxurious at-home comfort. Besides coffee, this is one of the Christmas gifts for Mom that will definitely put some extra pep in her step even on her most sleep-deprived mornings.
Buy it: Parachute Quilted Slippers, $39, ParachuteHome.com
Custom Denim Jacket
Yes, it’s a splurge, but this hand-painted outerwear is undeniably cool. The made-to-order denim jacket features the word “mama” in a heart, plus mini hearts containing the names of all her little ones around it.
Buy it: Wren + Glory MAMA Denim Jacket, $395, WrenGlory.com
DIY Printed Napkins
A set of fresh and fun napkins is sure to impress the mom who appreciates all things handmade goodies among her Christmas gifts. They can be machine-washed and reused again and again.
Coloring Page Bracelet
Now this is a rarity: a homemade gift that doesn’t look homemade. Turn a child’s artwork into a permanent—fabulous!—keepsake bangle. This Christmas gift for Mom is one she’ll catch compliments on.
Stylish Serving Board
Who knew cheese boards could be so beautiful? This marble, brass and mother-of-pearl one is among our list of the most gorgeous Christmas gifts for parents. It’s ideal for the woman who thoroughly loves to host, and the branch design is even symbolic of the growing family she’s nurturing.
Buy it: Anthropologie Blossom Branch Cheese Board, $88, Anthropologie.com
Magnetic Bag Holder
This Christmas present is for all the parents who are always carrying stuff around. Give Mom a “Bagnet” and she’ll never have to worry about her purse touching an icky bathroom floor again. The magnetic accessory (which attaches to her bag) sticks to everything from restroom stall walls to restaurant table bases. It gives her easy access to whatever she’s toting around and protects her pocketbook in the process—genius. There are a wide variety of styles to choose from, but we’re partial toward the vinyl collection. Vinyl is easy to wash and the designs are super-cute.
Buy it: Bagnet Malibu, $20, Bagnet.com
DIY Polaroid Coasters
These are about the most memorable coasters we’ve seen, so much so that you’ll be hard-pressed to set a drink on top. And your little one will love helping choose the best family snaps to create a set that’ll be a beloved keepsake long after the less-enduring Christmas gifts for parents go by the wayside.
Charming Charm Bracelets
This jewelry designer makes playful pieces as colorful and cheery as Mom’s personality. (The fresh, buzzy accessories are also a hit with celebs and fashionistas.) While all the offerings are pretty, we like this bracelet set’s Mom-approved message: “do it with love.”
Buy it: Roxanne Assoulin Do It With Love Camp Bracelets, $45 for a set of 3, Shopbop.com
Cute, Caffeinated Candy
Maybe all she’s craving is a caffeine fix. If that’s the case, stuff her stocking with this adorable gift set. The reusable “but first, coffee” tumbler comes filled with latte- and cold brew-flavored gummies. Now that’s a yummy Christmas gift for parents.
Buy it: Alfred x Sugarfina Caffeinated Gummies Tumbler, $30, PaperSource.com
Felt Letter Board
A mom who likes retro design will fall hard for this old-school kitchen accessory. She can change messages with seasons and holidays, or just post words of love to her kiddo (and Instagram). Plastic letters are included.
Buy it: Felt Like Sharing Changeable Letter Board, $34, Amazon.com
Custom Tassel Keychain
This small Christmas gift for parents comes in an array of colors, but we like the winter white as a holiday gift. Get the attached disc customized with her or her child’s initials.
Buy it: TRACE Design Co. Monogram Keychain with Tassel, starting from $12, Etsy.com
Flavorful Tea Drops
The tea drinkers in the ranks of motherhood deserve the best. 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
Personalized Easel Calendar
Fill this sleek desk calendar with 12 photos of her little one’s milestones throughout the past year—a beautiful reminder that the days are long but the years are short.
Buy it: Artifact Uprising Brass Easel & Calendar, starting from $55, ArtifactUprising.com
Adorable Miniature Greenhouse
Looking for Christmas gifts for parents with a green thumb? This wee greenhouse is made of two hand-blown glass parts, with a cleverly designed top that’s equipped with a spout, so it both lets in air and doubles as a watering can.
Buy it: Design House Stockholm GROW Greenhouse, starting from $36, ShopHORNE.com
Your family holiday just wouldn’t happen without the big guy. No, not Santa…Your own personal Father Christmas. Whether he has a sweet tooth, is at home in front of the grill, or could just use a new pair of dress socks, we’ve got a Christmas gift for that (and lots of other special occasions too). Does your kid want to make Daddy something unique? There are plenty of creative suggestions for DIY projects as well. With your help, these Christmas gifts for Dad are as doable as they are special.
Speaker Camping Lamp
He can take this cool gadget on camping trips or pull it out in the living room for a night of pillow forts and scary stories with the kids. It’s lightweight, wireless, and plays music using Bluetooth.
Buy it: Mori Mori LED Lantern Speaker, $110, Huckberry.com
Personalized Throw Blanket
When it comes to personalized Christmas gifts for parents, we love this throw blanket, and we’re betting Dad will too. Not only is it soft, but the topper is the sewn-in fabric tag that’s printed with a custom message in his child’s handwriting.
Buy it: Swell Forever The Kevin Forever Blanket Throw, $115, SwellForever.com
New, Easy-to-Use Wallet
If he’s sick and tired of hurting his fingers trying to get his money out of his wallet, this Christmas gift for parents will be his saviour. This one pops out all his cards for ultra-convenient access with the click of a button. You can also pair it with a smart tracker, so he never has to worry about losing his new favorite card case.
Buy it: Ekster Classic Collection 3.0 Parliament Wallet, $108 with tracker, Ekster.com
Popsicle Stick Frame
With little more than Washi tape and glue, you and your little one can make a fast last-minute photo frame to adorn his man cave. And while it’s among our more humble Christmas gifts for parents, we guarantee it’ll be one of the most cherished.
Actually Comfortable Pants
Has your guy given up on finding comfortable work attire? Not so fast. These stretchy, presentable pants look like chinos but feel like sweats, which means they work for a casual office setting and for chasing around the munchkins. He’ll never want to go back to dress pants—or even jeans.
Buy it: Public Rec Workday Pant in Straight, $108, PublicRec.com
DIY Watercolor Mug
There are homemade mugs and then there’s this one that looks like something you might have picked up at a museum gift shop for three times the cost. And making it is easy as pour, dip, dry. It’s so beautiful, why not add this to your Christmas gifts for Mom too?
Hot Cocoa Mix
Layer ingredients in a mason jar, add a personalized tag (templates provided) and voilà! A sweet, seasonal treat any kid can make and any dad will enjoy. How’s that for a sweet Christmas gift for parents?
Travel Coffee Press
A mini, collapsible coffee press he can take anywhere? Yes, please. It makes delicious coffee with minimal effort, so he isn’t stuck with the bad office brew (or an expensive trip to Starbucks). All he has to do is scoop in some grounds, add hot water, wait just three minutes, then press and pour out a cup of joe. Get it on its own or as part of a gift set.
Buy it: Palmpress Collapsible Coffee Press Gift Set, $50, Food52.com
Grill Pizza Oven
The one meal that needs no kid cajoling to eat: pizza! Now Dad can be king pizza maker and turn out crispy, authentic pies right in your own backyard with this portable oven box that also roasts meat, cooks fish and bakes cookies.
Buy it: BakerStone Pizza Oven Box Kit, $140, BestBuy.com
Homemade Shaving Cream
A dollop of this marshmallow-y concoction turns scratchy-kisses Daddy into soft-n-smooth Daddy. It looks store-bought in an air-tight, hinged jar tied with a ribbon.
Snack Gift Box
The newborn period or even midnight feedings will feel a lot less like boot camp and a lot more manageable with this sweet, salty and savory snacking set designed just for new parents. The gourmet assortment includes everything from granola to tasty almond butter. (Plus, there’s a swaddle to give to baby.)
Buy it: Mouth Hey, Baby! Gift Box for New Parents, $96, Mouth.com
Modern Backpack Briefcase
It’s high time a dad as great as he is got an upgrade on his futsy briefcase, don’t you think? This fine specimen is crafted of water-resistant waxed cotton and Italian leather, destined to look better and better with age (kind of like him).
Buy it: Breton Modern Day Briefcase, $199, Express.com
Customizable Photo Blocks
Searching for Christmas gifts for parents that do good for the planet? These unique photo blocks made of sustainable bamboo are a beautiful family memento and for each order, a tree is planted.
Buy it: Paper Culture Kubelets, $25 for a set of 3, PaperCulture.com
Personalized Water Bottle
Equipped with this large, stainless steel water bottle, he’ll be reminded of his fam even he’s working out.
Buy it: The Knot Shop Personalized Black Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle, $15, TheKnotShop.com
Kids’ Art Cufflinks
Let your little one try their hand at fashion design by drawing something to get printed on these cufflinks. We think the accessories have earned a spot among the best Christmas gifts for Dad. It’s such a creative, meaningful idea, and he’ll be happy to show them off at work or on special occassions.
Buy it Caitlyn Minimalist Actual Handwriting Custom Kid Art Cufflinks, starting from $47, Etsy.com
Custom Puzzle Portrait
You either love to work puzzles, or you don’t. So if you’re looking for Christmas gifts for a dad who is on Team Jigsaw, look no further! He’ll be extra-motivated to leverage his corners-first strategy, because it’ll mean revealing a precious picture that comes together with effort and care.
Buy it: I See Me! Personalized Photo Puzzle, $30, Etsy.com
Phone Docking Station
This Christmas gift for Dad puts his favorite family photo on display, all while organizing his things. There’s a place to rest his phone, a notch for his watch, pen holes, a built-in keyring hook and plenty of other space for additional stuff. Prepare to hear a lot less of “where’s my…?”
Buy it: Kitchen Niche Personalized Night Stand Wood Valet, $38, Etsy.com
Boozy Candy Set
Now he can satisfy his sweet tooth and feel sophisticated doing it. These grown-up caramels come in three decadent flavors: “Whiskey & Smoked Salt,” “Fleur de Sel” and “Absinthe & Black Salt.” Yep, we said absinthe. Consider this a fun stocking stuffer to go along with the rest of your Christmas gifts for Dad.
Buy it: Jon Sue & Jason Alm Boozy Caramels, $36 for a set of 3, UncommonGoods.com
Hidden Photo Keychain
Put a picture of him and his baby he didn’t know you took inside this good-looking leather keychain, which he can open up whenever he’s missing his kid. Christmas gifts for parents that double as keepsakes are always winners in our book.
Buy it: Create Gift Love Personalized Photo Keyring in Leather Case, $39, Etsy.com
Eco-Friendly Phone Case
The last thing a busy dad 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 Compostable Phone Case, $40, Amazon.com
Digital Picture Frame
A new breed of digi photo frame that lets far-flung family add photos to it, and that advances through its gallery with the wave of his hand? If you’re going for high-tech Christmas gifts for parents, this one has a lot of heart.
Buy it: Aura Modern Digital Picture Frame, $299, Bloomingdales.com
Playful Dress Socks
From lobsters and Doxies to a Hawaiian print and pineapples, these men’s combed cotton socks can be matched to a child-sized pair so your two favorites can #twinforthewin.
Buy it: $12 each, JimmyLion.comUpdated November 2019
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