9 Meaningful Thank-You Gift Ideas for Your Parents

Take the time to get your parents fans a thoughtful thank-you gift.
by The Knot

Just as you should give your wedding party, flower girls and ring bearers personal thank-you gifts, you should take some time and energy to think of something special for your biggest fans—your parents. They’ve been your whole-hearted supporters—emotionally, physically, financially—and deserve a loving, thoughtful show of appreciation on such an important day. Scroll through these meaningful ideas below, then head to The Knot Shop for more

  1. 1. Photo of You Together

    photo by Charlie Star Photography

    Have your favorite photo of you and your parents turned into a painting or simply finished with a beautiful frame. If you want to gift each parent something different, give your dad a framed photo of your father-daughter dance once your wedding photos are ready and your mom a photo of you when you were younger. And don’t forget to include a heartfelt, handwritten card.

  2. 2. Their Wedding Picture

    Old photos of the bride and groom's parent's wedding day
    photo by Vitalic Photo

    Give a nod to your parents’ most important moment with the best photo of them on their wedding day in a new frame. Pick a snapshot from their first dance, as they're exiting the reception or a classic posed shot of them in their wedding attire. If their favorite photo is old, torn or sun-damaged, go a step further and bring it to a professional photo studio for restoration. You won’t believe how touched your parents will be to see one of their wedding shots looking good as new.

  3. 3. Family Photo Montage

    iPad custom wedding video album gift
    photo by Jeff and Julia Woods/Renaissance Albums

    Gather all your old photos of the family and create a slideshow. Pair it with songs from the past decades. Present it to your parents on an iPad or have a surprise viewing at the rehearsal dinner or near the end of the reception—trust us, they’ll love the shout-out

  4. 4. Personalized Wedding Album

    Bride sorting photos for custom wedding album
    photo by Gregory Woodman Photography

    Go through your wedding photos with your mom and dad to choose the shots they love most. Then work with your photographer to make a customized photo album just for them. While this gift can't be presented on your wedding day, it'll be worth the wait.

  5. 5. Day-Of Accessories

    Embroidered handkerchief mother of the bride wedding gift
    photo by Nancy Ray Photography

    Present your parents with accessories to wear on your day. For your mom, a personalized handkerchief with an embroidered note is thoughtful. And, of course, you can never go wrong with jewelry—a bracelet, necklace or pair of earrings will never go unappreciated. For dad, personalized cuff links and a bow tie are great options

  6. 6. Home Improvements

    Backyard potted strawberry garden
    photo by James Tse

    You've heard your parents complain about the leak in the roof, the creaky stairs and the overgrown garden—why not contribute to some upgrades at home? Chances are they put projects on hold during the year leading up to your wedding. Buy them some gift cards to use at home stores, get them a gardener for the summer, or hire a carpenter or contractor for big projects around the house.

  7. 7. Weekend Escape

    Porch swing in mountain home
    photo by Thinkstock

    The only duo that deserves a postwedding getaway as much as you and your spouse is your parents. Rent a private cottage out of town or arrange their stay at a luxe hotel they've always dreamed of splurging on. Throw in a romantic dinner, massages or guided tour of the local area for an extra-special touch.

  8. 8. Spa Day

    Oil and sea salt spa essentials
    photo by Thinkstock

    Get your parents a couple's spa day. Include a couple's massage and a romantic candlelit lunch or dinner. (We promise, a spa retreat isn’t just for your mom!)

  9. 9. Tickets

    Inside view of theater seating
    photo by Shutterstock

    Once the wedding is over, they'll have a little free time to spend. Treat them to box seats to their favorite sports team, tickets to the theater, opera or symphony, or even a gift card good for five movie dates.

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