35 Thoughtful Gifts to Get Your Folks This Year

35 Thoughtful Gifts to Get Your Folks This Year


Your parents—gotta hand it to them. They brought you into this world, and you’re a pretty cool person, all things considered, right? Plus, it’d be nice to recognize all the wisdom, hilarity, and hot goss about the neighbors they’ve shared with you over the years. So get them a gift that’s exceptional, and give it to them together, not only for the potential cost efficiency but because they’re not just mom and dad (or mom-in-law and dad-in-law); they’re a team. A team who made you. Whether they’re in dire need of some upgraded tech, eager to get into new hobbies, or ready to lean into the laziness of winter, these are the 35 best gifts for parents.

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Personal Concrete Fireplace

Give your parents the gift of cozy vibes, which in this case translates to a personal fireplace. It burns clean and really warms up a room, figuratively speaking.

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Best Food Gift for Parents

Perfect Pair of the Month Club

This subscription box brings your folks two new cheeses and perfectly paired accompaniments each month. Don’t worry—you can subscribe for one, three, six, or 12 months if you don’t want to give them the gift of forever, too. 

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Best Tech for Parents

Harvest Elite 360 Indoor Garden

This DIY, LED-lit grow kit comes with a starter pack of herb seeds, giving your parents both a fun project and fresh flavor for their food all year round. 

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Best Personalized Gift for Parents

Personalized Hobby Mugs

They’ll get a kick out of personalized mugs, one for each of them, or their kids, or their neighbor friends, or all of the above.

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Best Last-Minute Gift for Parents

MasterClass All Access Pass

Blessedly, they’re long done with their undergrad years, their high school classes, and their job training. Now, they can learn stuff for the pure joy of it, and MasterClass taps the coolest instructors to teach. A yearlong pass will give them access to Robin Roberts on communication, Bob Woodward on journalism, Thomas Keller on cooking, Serena Williams on tennis…the list goes on and on.

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Firstleaf Wine Club Subscription

Has their relationship aged like a fine wine? Great, get them a mail-order wine subscription. Firstleaf quizzes them on their taste preferences then curates a selection of bottles accordingly.

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Portal Mini

Facebook, beloved website of parents, made video calling easy yet high-tech with its smart, touch screen video display. The camera pans to capture movement, the speaker makes voices crystal-clear, and there are features that make it kid-fun, in case they have grandkids they’d like to chat with more often. 

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‘The United States of Cocktails’

A little bit of boozy history (along with some cocktail recipes) from around America—a gift that’s both educational and fun! 

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Vacuum Insulated Food Jars

Hydro Flask

 Grab ’em a few of these mix-and-match containers so they’re never without a fresh snack on a hike or a hearty meal on the road. You know they won’t want to stop and buy something to eat.

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Nest Learning Thermostat

If your parents are constantly bickering over the thermostat, a Nest smart device does the work for them, adjusting to save energy based on their heating and cooling preferences.

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Tasman Suede Slippers


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Best Gift for Parents Who Party

Graf Lantz Wine-O Glass Markers

Parents who entertain are almost certainly parents with enough wine glasses for all their friends and family. These felt markers ensure there’s no germ cross-pollination.

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Carbonator III

Give their extensive La Croix stockpile some healthy (and very stylish) competition. 

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TripAdvisor Experiences


Want a gift that’s totally unexpected? Pick out a new activity—like pasta making or wine tasting—in their city and gift them a card to do it. An extra-special date night, from you. 

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College Team Crewnecks

If your parents never miss Game Day, spruce up their weekend wear with crewnecks for their favorite team, whether it be their alma mater or yours.

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Variety Pack

Make sure your parents are dressing up their meals in the utmost of style. Just be warned, truffle sauce is addictive.

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Bamboo Compost Bin

If they’ve been trying to go green for a while, this stylish countertop composter will certainly give them a push in the right direction.

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Mini Scented Candle Bundle

‘Tis the season to litter their living room with pretty candles.  

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Super-Plush Robe

A set of matching, ridiculously plush bathrobes will have them lounging in luxury. 

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Best Matching Gift for Parents

Scotch Plaid Flannel Pajamas



Peak wintertime pajamas? L.L.Bean flannel, no question. Think how freakin’ cute they’ll look in their sets on Christmas morning, coffee and cameras in hand.

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Garlic Keeper

For the parents who worship at the alter of garlic—a.k.a. parents who love to cook—this pot will keep the cloves fresher longer, as well as neater than when they’re strewn around the countertop. 

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Instant Pot 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker

Why should they cook, now that the kids are out of the house? Get them an Instant Pot, which practically does all of the work for them.

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Best Budget Gift for Parents

Extra-Large Outdoor Picnic Blanket

With soft fleece on the up side, water-resistant tarp on the bottom, and straps for extreme portability, this thing is tactical gear for outdoorsy folks.

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Handmade Espadrille Slides

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$120 For Him at Amazon

These artisan-crafted shoes—a favorite of Oprah’s, we might add—will be the first thing they pack on their next trip to someplace warm.

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Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Get them aboard the dutch oven train with Ayesha Curry’s stylish, sturdy take on the cookware. Then, make a wish-list of meals they can cook for you, but, you know, only if they want to.

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Personalized Cutting Board

For the foodie parents, this personalized cutting board will elevate their meal prep (and countertop) immensely. 

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Maraca Hammock

For parents who want to kick back and enjoy the good life in style—and in their own backyard. 

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Google Home Voice-Activated Speaker

For the parents who are plugged in, get a smart home device to make their daily routines run smoothly. Google Home also allows for different user profiles, so they can share it with ease.

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Fitbit Charge 4 Fitness and Activity Tracker

For parents on the go: Get a pair of Fitbit Charge 4 wristbands, and try not to feel bad that your parents work out more than you do.

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Vertuo Chrome & Aeroccino3 Milk Frother

Italian-café-level coffee to support their new commute from bed to desk. 

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