Your parents want the best for you. So when occasions like Christmas roll around, it’s a great time to show them they’re the best too. I love giving gifts, and finding a special Christmas gift for my mom and dad is a great joy.
27 Christmas Gifts for Parents
1) My Life Story – So Far
Did your parents keep a baby book when you were small? Or, do they have photo album stuffed with pictures from when you were younger? Do they ever complain about all the things they’ve missed out on since?
An ideal gift for letting your parents into the everyday stories you might’ve forgotten to share, along with a record of the big events. This takes some effort to prepare, but the payoff is more than worth it.
2) Genetic Ethnicity Test
A gift that the whole family can enjoy — especially if either parent has an interest in finding out more about their heritage. Plan a get together when the results come in, and chat about anything interesting in your family ancestry .
3) Custom House Portrait Art
Every home is special, and the one you spent many years in as a family is more special than most. Whether your parents are still living in the place you grew up in or they’ve moved on, a custom portrait of that home is a beautiful reminder of an important time.
Tip: Make sure you have good quality photos for the artist to work from.
4) Scratch Off Map
I absolutely love this idea. It’s perfect if your parents (or any of the kids) are keen travelers. Basically, you scratch off the covering for any countries you’ve visited to reveal a personalized display of lots of precious memories.
5) Ring Video Doorbell
A great gift for parents who have a little bit of tech know how. The ring video doorbell syncs up with any Amazon-Alexa enabled products so that your parents can see and hear who’s at the door.
If they are anything like my parents, that means see who is at the door ‘without having to get up from their easy chair’!
6) Personalized Calendar
Calendars are always a handy present at this time of year. For 2019, make the gift extra special by filling it with personalized pictures. How about a trip you all took together, or a selection of sweet snaps of the grandkids?
Every month can be a visual memory treat.
7) Waterpik Water Flosser
Looking after your teeth should be a top priority no matter what age. A water flosser is one of those excellent bits of kit that your parents might put off getting for themselves. It’s a bit more expensive than traditional floss, but the results are well worth it.
8) Set of Two Friendship Lamps
The idea behind this pair of lamps melts my heart every time.
How does it work? You and a special someone take a lamp each and connect them to your Wi-Fi. Then, every time you think of the other person, you can touch the lamp and it will change color – and change the color of its partnered lamp too. If you live far away from your parents, or can’t see each other as much as you’d like, these lamps are a lovely way to connect.
9) Online Class in Photography, Art, Design, Craft & DIY
Getting out the house and making something creative can be good for the soul. It doesn’t matter whether your parents are brand new to art or old hands, you’re sure to find a class to match their abilities and interests.
10) Master Class
On the other hand, if mom or pop is a keen leaner, but not as mobile as they once were, why not look into the amazing variety of subjects on offer at MasterClass? This online portal has classes on everything from acting to poker, all hosted by some of the best brains in the business.
11) Fire TV Stick
A Fire TV Stick from Amazon makes watching all your favorite shows just that little bit easier. Get your parents set up with one of these over the holidays, and you’ll be able to settle down to a festive movie or two with a minimum of fuss.
12) Your Drawing as an Art Print
When it comes to art as a Christmas gift for your parents, we bet they will prefer your drawings over anyone else!
That’s what makes this gift such a lovely idea. If you have even half an art bone in your body, make something brand new now. If not, choose a picture you created when you were younger for some kitsch charm.
13) Key Finder
If your parents are anything like mine, they’ll have a habit of spending ages every day trying to remember where they left their keys. With Tile, all they have to do is ping the keyring from their phone. The sound the device plays back will lead them right to their keys.
14) Amazon Prime Membership
Amazon Prime is about more than free delivery. Aalthough I have to say, that’s what my dad loves the most!. Give a Prime membership for Christmas and set them up with tons of TV shows, music, and books to enjoy for free throughout the year.
15) Relative Insanity Party Game
by Play Monster
Gift this whacky and hilarious game and you’re sure to spend Christmas night in fits of giggles.
Warning: sense of humor needed!
16) Echo Dot with Alexa
Why buy your parents an Echo Dot? Here’s just a few reasons:
- Listen to their favorite tunes
- Catch up on the news
- Search Google for answers to questions
- Baking tips!
Gift a speaker that’s truly smart, and open up a whole new world of possibilities. My parents just bought one and they’re really digging it.
I love my Kindle. It’s so light and easy to use that I take it with me everywhere. Give mom and dad the ability to dive into a book at a moment’s notice. The key benefit about Kindles for older readers is that you can change the text size – no squinting to make out the words!
18) Aero Garden Indoor Growing System
by Aero Garden
I actually came across this product many years ago. I think it is a useful gift for parents who like cooking and gadgets. This sleek looking indoor garden makes growing herbs and veggies a dream. It’s got a hydroponic growing system and LED light to create the right growing conditions. A good gift for parents with a green thumb who’ve recently downsized to a condo.
19) Robot Vaccum
We all like a clean carpet, but how many of us actually enjoy vacuuming?
Take the effort out of one of the most annoying household chores by gifting a Robot Vacuum this year and tell your parents to put their feet up.
20) Family Tree Print
Christmas is a time for family, so why not celebrate your roots this year? Choose a lush family tree print like the one pictured, something that can be hung on the wall for years to come.
21) Heated Foot Massager
Ahhhh — there’s nothing like taking the pressure off after a long day with a relaxing foot massage. I know a lot of people who could do with one of these gadgets (hint hint if Santa is reading).
22) Upgrade the Slippers
Pamper those tired feet just a little more with some seriously snuggly slippers. Mom will love sliding into these at the end of the day and the soft sole and fluffy fur makes them a luxurious alternative to your average option.
23) Tickets to a Show
An experience can be the most memorable kind of gift. Why not buy your folks tickets to a show? Get two so they can enjoy a special date night for two, or splash out on tickets for the whole family.
24) Single Serve Coffee Maker
Once all the kids leave home, your parents have the chance to downsize. That means not having to make a giant pot of coffee every time one of them wants a cup! Let them enjoy a perfect cup of joe for one with this excellent single-serve machine.
25) Adult Coloring Book
Help mom (or dad!) take a little me time and de-stress with a gorgeous and intricate coloring book. Art is great for your general well being and coloring books make it easy to take part even if you’ve barely picked up a pencil in years.
26) Light Therapy Lamp
Give the gift of energizing light, all year round. If your parents find it a little difficult to get outside these days, or they struggle during the dark winter months, this light therapy lamp could help boost their mood.
27) Smart Alarm Clock
The days of the school run may be long gone, but you can still improve every morning for the folks that raised you with this super smart alarm clock. Echo Show 5 can do everything from take video calls to adjust smart thermostats, so your parents can get their day off to a great start every time.
We’ve sourced a whole variety of gifts to wrap up and put under the tree for your parents this Christmas. Share the joy this festive season and show how much you’re thinking about everything they’ve done for you over the years. Happy Holidays 2019!