The Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Parents Who Deserve Something Great
November 21, 2019
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.
Personalized Christmas gifts for parents are extra special. So why not take things to the next level with a custom portrait of their home? 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
Searching for a Christmas gift for moms and dads that’s a little less sentimental? Consider this cheap and cheerful cocktail set. The kit includes a pouch filled with dehydrated fruits, spices and herbs that’ll infuse their booze with a fruity flavor. Cocktail anyone?
Buy it: InBooze Blackberry Gin Smash Cocktail Kit, $15, Etsy.com
Finding Christmas gifts for parents who have everything doesn’t have to be difficult. Check out this nifty multi-charging pad that can charge two devices at once. It’s a sleek and practical gift that’ll be a lifesaver for busy parents on the go.
Buy it: Courant Catch:2 Multi-Device Charging Pad, $150, Verishop.com
This wine tumbler set would make a great Christmas gift for parents. The two-piece set includes matching durable tumblers that’ll keep their drinks at the perfect temperature. So they can sit back, sip and enjoy.
Buy it: YETI Rambler 10oz Wine Tumblers, $40, Amazon.com
If you’re shopping for Christmas gifts for parents with young kids, candles may not be an option. A great alternative for home fragrance fanatics is an aromatherapy diffuser. This lovely ceramic option will keep their home smelling sweet.
Buy it: Vitruvi Porcelain Essential Oil Diffuser, $119, Nordstrom.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
Give the gift of a comfortable night’s sleep with Brooklinen. Their classic percale sheets have a 270 thread count for hotel-style luxury at affordable prices. This bundle will keep parents comfortable and cool throughout the night, and although we can’t guarantee a full night’s sleep (with little ones on the loose) it’ll certainly help.
Buy it: Brooklinen Classic Hardcore Sheet Bundle, starting from $198, Brooklinen.com
Whether you’re shopping for your other half or looking for a Christmas gift for the parents who have everything, DateBox Club could be just the ticket. DateBox Club is a subscription service that delivers date night essentials to their door. 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, starting from $34 per month, DateBoxClub.com
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
Looking for something unexpected but super useful? Check out this premium massage gun that promises to melt away muscle tension and soreness. Luxury Christmas gifts for parents don’t get better than this.
Buy it: Therabody Theragun Elite, $399, Theragun.com
The best Christmas gifts for parents play to their strengths. So if you’re shopping for someone whose favorite activity is baking Christmas cookies, why not treat them to a bread making kit? An ideal gift for parents who are new to the joy of baking bread, this five-piece kit includes the tools to bake a delicious sourdough loaf.
Buy it: Breadsmart Artisan Bread Making Kit, $35, Nordstrom.com
Every parent knows that keeping your mobile devices away from sticky little hands is an impossible task. Add to that the fact that our cell phones are a breeding ground 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 three minutes the UV light will zap any bacteria. Plus: This device comes with a built-in essence box—simply add a couple drops of essential oil, relax and recharge.
Buy it: Uncommon Goods UV Sanitizer & Wireless Charger, $70, UncommonGoods.com
Here’s another great sleep-related Christmas gift for any parent—a silk sleep mask. This machine-washable mask is made from naturally moisturizing silk and it doubles as a headband.
Buy it: Lunya Washable Silk Sleep Mask, $48, Lunya.co
Well-chosen Christmas gifts for parents can bring the whole family joy. Case in point: this stylish Bluetooth speaker. It’s a small speaker, 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, $99, Nordstrom.com
Searching for Christmas gifts for parents who seem to have everything? An Audible subscription is a great choice. Whether they’re podcast obsessives, audio book lovers or they simply love to unwind with a guided meditation, Audible has something to suit everyone’s taste.
Buy it: Audible Plus Subscription, starting from $15 per month, Amazon.com
StoryWorth is one of the most magical Christmas gifts for parents from their kids. Gift your parents (or in-laws) with a subscription and they’ll receive an email each week asking a question you’ve never thought to ask. At the end of the year, their life 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
Looking for gifts to get parents for Christmas? How about a personalized apron? This striped option is made from 100 percent cotton. Bonus: The profits from each sale of this apron go directly to Every Mother Counts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.
Buy it: Minted Strands of Tradition Apron, $40, Minted.com
Cooking classes are 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
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 also makes a great Christmas gift for expecting parents.
Buy it: Savor The Folio, $43, Maisonette.com
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
Finding Christmas gifts for parents who have everything is no easy feat. So why not give them a set of pint glasses that celebrate the sport of parenting and a cheeky tipple? 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
Parents give baths, high-fives and hugs. Among our Christmas gifts for moms and dads, this hand cream trio will help those hardworking hands stay soft and nourished.
Buy it: Kiehl’s Healthy Hands Trio, $35, Nordstrom.com
Parents will appreciate any present that shaves time off their busy schedule. Which is why a cookbook boasting 150 time-saving recipes has made it onto our list of the best Christmas gifts for parents. Written by New York Times food columnist Alison Roman, Nothing Fancy is full of no-fuss, delicious recipes. You never know, they might even reward this gift with a home-cooked meal.
Buy it: Nothing Fancy by Alison Roman, $33, WorldMarket.com
With that being said, 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 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 $75, UncommonGoods.com
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 them create things like sweaters and scarves.)
Buy it: We Are Knitters Titi Hood Knitting Kit, $36, WeAreKnitters.com
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
How heavenly does this unisex cotton robe look? It’s no wonder, since it’s made by a brand specializing in luxurious linens. Besides coffee, this is one of the Christmas gifts for parents that’ll definitely make their morning routine better.
Buy it: Brooklinen Super-Plush Robe, $98, Brooklinen.com
Speaking of coffee, no Christmas gift guide for parents would be complete without something that can deliver their 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
Who knew cutting boards could be so beautiful? This personalized cherry wood one is among our list of the most gorgeous Christmas gifts for parents. It showcases your favorite 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
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 Kopi Mug & Warmer Set, $75, Nordstrom.com
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
Practical Christmas gifts for parents are always a win in our book. Case in point: this amazing touch-screen digital calendar. It’ll automatically display family’s events, to-do lists and grocery lists, so they’ll never miss a thing!
Buy it: Skylight Calendar, $159, SkylightCal.com
Looking for Christmas gifts for parents with a green thumb? This beautiful brass-plated planter is fitted with a grow light to help sustain an indoor garden all year-round.
Buy it: Modern Sprout Grow-Anywhere Growhouse, $190, Food52.com
Or why not go the whole hog and 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
When it comes to Christmas gifts for parents, we love this throw blanket, and we’re betting Mom and Dad will 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 $55, ArtifactUprising.com
Treat the parents you love to the greatest home appliance of all time. Yep, you’ve guessed it, an ice cream maker! They simply add their ingredients and flip a switch for 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
An elegant and easy-to-use coffee maker? Yes, please. It makes delicious coffee with minimal effort, so they don’t get stuck with the bad office brew (or an expensive trip to Starbucks). And 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
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 baby.)
Buy it: Mouth Hey, Baby! Gift Box for New Parents, $99, Mouth.com
Searching for unique Christmas gifts for parents that do good for the planet? These 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
Thinking up new Christmas gift ideas for parents can be a chore. Why not keep it simple and get your mom or dad a high-quality water bottle? It’s a practical and eco-friendly gift that’s perfect for parents who love the great outdoors.
Buy it: Hydro Flask 24-Ounce Standard Mouth Bottle, $35, Nordstrom.com
Now they can satisfy their sugar cravings 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 parent’s Christmas gifts.
Buy it: Jon Sue & Jason Alm Boozy Caramels, $36 for a set of 3, UncommonGoods.com
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 Eco-Friendly iPhone 12 Pro Max Wallet Case, $55, PelaCase.com
A new breed of digital photo frame that lets far-flung family 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 Digital Picture Frame, $199, AuraFrames.com
Here’s a fun Christmas gift idea for parents that the whole family can enjoy: a wireless Bluetooth karaoke microphone that’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
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