Published on December 18, 2018

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Parenting is the full-time job that offers zero personal time off—when it comes to the holidays, there are few people who deserve a thoughtful gift more. The trick to finding the perfect present is hunting for one that marries utility with thoughtfulness. Look for unique items that pamper but will not clutter, and keep an eye out for pieces that will play to their key personality traits. And don’t forget, a design-forward detail is always an added bonus.

Whether you are shopping for your own parents, grandparents, or in-laws—or you are looking to help out any new parents you may know—we have the scoop on the gift ideas that will surely please. Even if your parents happen to be one of the hardest-to-shop-for types of people.

Ahead, we curated a master list of our favorite holiday gift ideas that both mom and dad will love. Read on to get the lowdown and happy shopping!

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Cashmere Bed Socks, The White Company, $49

There’s an unwritten rule that the older you get the happier you are when receiving socks for Christmas. This luxe, cashmere pair may be the exception to the rule—consider it a foolproof gift that anyone would love.

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Serving Bowl, Year & Day, $48

Mom and dad are always throwing dinner parties, so why not give them another reason to do so. This sleek serving bowl is guaranteed to take their prized recipes to the next level.

 

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Coffee Collective, Birch Coffee, $18.40/month +

Between early morning call times and late nights, all parents (especially new ones) are sure to need a 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.

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Home Chef Bundle, Parachute Home, $129

Complete with an apron, a pot holder, and two kitchen towels, this set is a super comprehensive one. Spoil the aspiring Ina Gartens and Bobby Flays in your life with a chic kitchen bundle they’ll actually want to use.

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Fellow Stagg Gooseneck Matte Black Kettle, Crate & Barrel, $79

This is so much chicer than heating up your water in the microwave, right? It’s especially perfect for anyone who loves pour-over coffee. A matte black kettle might not make early mornings any more enjoyable, but at least it’ll help get the day started in style.

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Everyday Photo Book, Artifact Uprising, $49+

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 shades, and is a far cry from the other flimsy photobooks on the market.

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Courtesy of The Line

The Single-Malt Gift Set, The Line, $180

Some parents decompress with a trip to the spa. Others seek at-home remedies. If yours fall into the latter category, they’re going to love this sleek gift set. Pair with your parents’ favorite libation, and you’ve just won “Child of the Year”.

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Bishop Pajama Set, Sleepy Jones, $178

Few things make you feel like you truly have your life together like a matching pajama set. Sleepy Jones has tons of fashion-forward pajamas to choose from, but this pale pink gingham pattern is our favorite.

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White Marble and Wood Cheese Board Set, World Market, $24.99

Natural wood and real marble mix for the ultimate luxe entertaining accessory. The board comes with a gold cheese knife for an added dose of decadence.

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Shade Clear Wine Glass, CB2, $8.95

This sleek wine glass is perfect for a nightcap after the kids have gone to bed. A square silhouette makes this glassware feel more unique and design-forward than the standard offerings.

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Simple Linen Bedding, Hawkins New York, $198

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.

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MacBook Air Sleeve, Graf Lantz, $59

Help the parent who’s always working on the go by gifting them this laptop sleeve—it instantly elevates what is traditionally quite a mundane task. This two-tone felt laptop sleeve fits seamlessly into desk decor and will keep bags organized (and computers protected).

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Washable Silk Robe, Lunya, $248

The holidays are a time to pamper stressed-out mothers, and a silk robe will do just that. It’s a small way to make home feel like a luxurious spa. And, just to assuage any fears about the practicality of a silk robe when one cohabitates with messy children, don’t worry. The robe is totally machine-washable.

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Courtesy of Hay

Sonos One, Hay, $229

We’re still obsessing over the Hay x Sonos collab, and if you know someone equally into sleek sound equipment, we recommend this little number. It’ll keep parents occupied while they’re doing chores around the house while looking chic on any counter or bookcase.

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