Parenting is the full-time job that offers zero PTO—so when it comes to the holidays, there are few people who deserve a treat more. Whether you’re shopping for your own or looking to help out any new parents you know, here are some of our favorite holiday gift ideas that both mom and dad are sure to appreciate.
This desk accessory is perfect for the parent who works from home—elevate their office decor with these solid brass pieces. The contemporary Japanese design will add a modern edge to their desktop.
Birch Coffee “Coffee Collective” Service, $34-$221
Between early morning call times and late nights, all parents (especially new ones) are sure to appreciate a good caffeine boost. Satisfy their craving with this coffee subscription service created by New York City-based coffee shop Birch. Choose from a range of delivery frequency options, according to how addicted to coffee the parents in question are.
Turn iPhone images into a curated series of photobooks in a matter of minutes. Each hardcover volume holds 50 photos, and you can upload images to edit and review before they are printed. Created with thick, durable pages, each linen-bound book is available in multiple pretty shades, and is a far cry from the other flimsy photobooks on the market.
Food Network-obsessed parents will love this carefully-selected box of goodies, which showcases the signature flavors of Italian cuisine and makes cooking easy. Each crate contains aged Modena balsamic vinegar, olive oil, pasta, Genovese pesto, olives, and a wedge of Pecorino Romano cheese—basically, everything you need to create a delicious pasta dinner, minus the hassle of sourcing ingredients.
ZAQ Sky Aromatherapy Diffuser, $49.99
It might seem bizarre at first to gift parents with a diffuser/projector designed for children, but think of it this way: When the little ones get to sleep, the parents get to sleep. And for new parents, the gift of sleep is probably the best one. This device not only functions as an all-in-one humidifier, air purifier, and diffuser, but it also doubles as a night light.
CB2 Stemless Wine Glasses, Set of 8, $20
The simple design makes these wine glasses a timeless bar cart staple. Gift them alongside your parents’ favorite bottle of white or red (or both) for a package they’ll love—and be able to use for years to come.
Bedding is one of those little luxuries that can make a big difference, but people often forget about it. This stonewashed linen bedding collection is simple but elegant—it features tiny mother of pearl buttons—and will make bedtime all the more relaxing.
When you’re opting for a communal gift—double-dipping, if you will— a chic cheese board wins… every time.
Because who doesn’t love a wooden version of an all-time classic game? Both parents are guaranteed to approve. The set includes a carved wood chess set, checkers, a deck of cards, and a cribbage set—so the whole family can get in on the fun.
Umbra Tesora Box, $29.99
Parents will appreciate a chic gift from a child who is in-the-know, and copper accents are a smart way to help the ‘rents test out a hot decor trend. Let them decide what to store in these effortlessly chic, yet beautifully modern saucer dishes.
Every home could use some sheepskin love—even your parents’ place. Gift one (or two) fuzzy pillows to help soften up their space in refined style. They’re especially perfect for this time of year, when all people want to do is cozy up by the fire.
Artisan Connect Alpaca Travel Set, $144.99
Whether your parents have an epic, month-long European vacation planned for 2018 or not, they’re not going to turn their noses up at a cozy Alpaca fur blanket and eye mask set. Unfortunately, this one is sold out (although keep your eyes peeled for the restocking), but we also love this gorgeous light grey set by Cuyana.
Spicy maple syrup is sure to please both mom AND dad. If you’re gifting this to your own parents, you might even reap the rewards during your stay this holiday season—spiced pancakes, anyone?
Trendy Peas Be Mine Wall Art, $39.99
All parents’ art doesn’t need to be picturesque paintings of the sea—gift this chic print that’s as flirty as it is contemporary.
In2green Herringbone Stripe Throw, $174.99
When you’re stumped on what to get mom and dad because everything seems so basic, a plush herringbone throw is not only thoughtful, but practical as well. This one is made sustainably—from a blend of recycled cotton yarn—and is oh so luxurious.
This authentic golf club bottle opener is crafted from reclaimed golf clubs found in attics, garages, and basements. It even comes in an embroidered flannel gift pouch—complete with a certificate of authenticity—for the perfect addition to any parents’ bar cart.
An easy and thoughtful gift for mom (who listens to all your problems) and dad (who gives sage advice in the nick of time) is these matching ceramic mugs that’ll help slow their day down. They can enjoy coffee together on a Saturday morning while reading the newspaper.
Safavieh Lavinia Bar Cart, $263.49
Okay, so maybe you want a bar cart of your own… but if your parents entertain guests from time to time, a mirrored glass bar cart may be the perfect gift for them.
Whiskey Perfect 8.5 oz. Bourbon Glasses, Set of 4, $23.99
If mom or dad is a bourbon connoisseur, perhaps their ideal gift is a sculpted whiskey glass set for easy entertaining (or enjoying an at-home aperitif). Pair with your parents’ favorite libation, and you’ve just won ‘Child of the Year.’
This story was originally published November 2015. It was updated November 2017.
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