22 Great Gifts to Give Your Parents on the Wedding Day (or Shortly After)
Just as it's customary to give your wedding attendants thank-you gifts, we encourage couples to take the time to find something equally meaningful for their biggest fans: their parents. After all, your parents have been there for you since day one, offering wisdom, guidance and support along the way. To that end, there's no right or wrong way to say thank you for everything—a practical present is just as special as a sentimental one when it's given with love. To help you narrow down your choices, we've rounded up the best wedding gifts for parents guaranteed to make them smile.
1. Parent Dance Song Print
If you're planning dedicated parent dances, turn those moments into treasured keepsakes. This Etsy artist makes custom prints out of parent-child dance song lyrics and family photos. First, choose your preferred size and frame, then submit the details. The end result is a heartfelt parents wedding gift that'll pull on their heartstrings.
2. Personalized Wedding Photo Album
After your wedding photos are ready, invite your parents over to check them out. Take mental notes of the ones they love most, then create a customized photo album just for them to keep. While this gift can't be presented on the wedding day itself, it'll be worth the wait—it's a sentimental wedding gift idea your parents will treasure forever.
3. Three-Month Wine Subscription
After months of helping you pull off the wedding of your dreams, your parents likely need to unwind too. The next best thing to a wine tour in Italy or Napa is a three-month wine subscription! This service will deliver personalized bottles from regions around the world directly to their doorstep. It's a practical and thoughtful thank-you gift for your parents.
4. Custom Etched Wine Bottle
Here's another wine-related gift idea for your parents on the wedding day. This personalized wine bottle—filled with California Cabernet Sauvignon— honors your nuptials in a creative way. Customize the bottle with your wedding details, including you and your partner's names, the event date and location. Your parents will receive a thoughtfully etched and hand-painted keepsake to help them remember one of the most important moments in their child's life.
5. Framed Photo From the Wedding
Dig up a cherished childhood photo of you with your parents, or wait until your wedding images are ready and pick out your favorites—such as a snap of you and your mom getting ready the morning of your wedding. Have each image professionally framed in a finish that matches their home decor, then include a heartfelt, handwritten card to accompany the gift. It's a classic wedding thank-you gift idea for the parents of a bride or groom.
6. Heart-Shaped Bamboo Plant
Got green-thumb parents? Present them with this heart-shaped bamboo plant to convey your gratitude and add to their house plant collection. This thoughtful wedding gift to your parents is considered a traditional symbol of luck and good fortune—a worthy sentiment to impart to your ever-generous 'rents.
7. Meaningful Family Tree Print
For a meaningful parent wedding gift that'll get them teary-eyed, this customized tree print captures the moment you and your new spouse officially fled the nest. The print comes with a sweet saying: "There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings. Thank you for giving us both." It's a lovely present to give at the rehearsal dinner or on the day of the wedding.
8. One-Day Pass for a Luxury Daycation
Moms and dads deserve pampering—especially after hosting a big family wedding. So, why not treat both of your parents to a spa day? ResortPass partners with hotels in the US and overseas to provide one-day passes for access to the spa, sauna and swimming pool, which is usually limited to hotel guests. They'll feel like royalty when you give them this luxurious parent wedding gift.
9. Celebrity "Thank You" Video
Not sure how to say thank you? Have their favorite celebrity do it for you! Cameo lets you book personalized shout-outs from famous musicians, reality TV stars, professional athletes and more. Your parents will be so stunned, you'll have to film their reaction to this priceless wedding thank-you gift for parents.
10. Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Getting your parents a home speaker is already pretty cool, but you can make it even cooler by creating a Spotify playlist featuring all of your reception tunes—including your first dance song, your parent-child dance songs and some of their old favorites—and helping your folks connect to it. We love this pint-sized bluetooth speaker because of its durable, water-resistant design and 360-degree surround sound.
11. Custom Parent-Child Illustration
A custom illustration of you with your parents is sure to bring all the feels. First, select the paper type and your form of personalization (you can choose from some premade templates or request a completely custom family portrait). Then, write a sentimental quote or message (up to 1024 characters long) to be printed above the artwork.
12. Soft Oversized Throw Blanket
This oversized neutral throw would look right at home in just about any living room. The cloud-like material is soft, fluffy and lightweight—so basically, your parents won't have any issues snuggling with this home decor staple. Best of all, your parents will think of the momentous day every time they reach for it.
13. Custom Leather Passport Holders
If they're making the trip to your destination wedding, here's an exceptionally thoughtful parent wedding gift idea to aid in their journey. First, choose your leather colors, then select from gold or silver fonts for the custom monograms. It's the kind of gift they'll use again and again postwedding.
14. Family Photo Calendar
Gather your 12 favorite images from your wedding events and present them to your parents in the form of a chic calendar. The thick photo pages are propped up on a mini brass easel, and you can refill your order the next year with different photo memories. Choose from six different font options, then start customizing the calendar!
15. Cozy Cotton Bathrobes
For gifts they can use while getting ready the morning of the wedding, you can't go wrong with cozy cotton bathrobes. Hill House Home's oversized robes are the definition of luxury; they're made with 100% Zero Twist Micro Cotton, creating an ultra-soft and absorbent material. The hotel robe comes in women's and men's sizes, so it's great for any parent or set of parents.
16. Disney Champagne Flutes
Help them toast to your happily ever after with a set of celebratory flutes. These champagne glasses, which come in a set of two, are adorned with elegant gold swirls and tiny Mickey Mouse details. Talk about a great gift for parents for a Disney wedding!
17. Flower Subscription Box
Another great way to say "thank you" to your parents? A beautiful arrangement of flowers. An even better option? Gifting them flowers on a regular basis! Sign them up for BloomsyBox's weekly, biweekly or monthly deliveries. Each time, they'll receive a sustainably sourced bouquet straight to their door. Just choose your stem count, then BloomsyBox will take care of the rest!
18. Donuts and Coffee Lovers Gift Set
On the morning of the wedding, send your parents this donut and coffee lovers gift pack to say thanks and get them excited for the big day ahead. The mouthwatering set includes a delicious assortment of Stan's handmade donuts and coffee, along with a signature coffee mug they can keep after the wedding.
19. Sparkly Earring and Heart Necklace Set
When it comes to MOB gifts or mother-of-the-groom gifts, you can't go wrong with sentimental jewelry that they can wear on the wedding day. This Swarovski crystal earring and heart necklace set—available in gold or silver—will add some sparkle to Mom's wedding outfit. Personalize the gift package with her name alongside the sweet thank-you message.
20. Embroidered Pocket Handkerchief
If you're shopping for father-of-the-bride or father-of-the-groom gifts, Dad will surely appreciate a stylish and personalized accent to wear with his suit or tux. As a thoughtful touch, give him an embroidered handkerchief with his initials. Choose from a range of standard and metallic thread colors to match his wedding day outfit or your wedding colors.
21. Three-Month Coffee Subscription
If your parents reach for a cup of joe on the regular, then they'll appreciate this super-convenient and practical wedding thank-you gift. For three months, they'll receive an assortment of premium coffee from all over the world, in addition to postcards from each country, brew tips and flavor notes. We have a good feeling they'll be renewing this gift after trying it out.
22. Italian Cooking Class
Gift them a romantic cooking class where they'll make a classic Italian dish: homemade farfalle with marinara sauce. After all, they're going to need time to relax after your wedding festivities, and cooking is a wonderful way to do so. Ahead of the 90-minute class, your parents will be sent an email with all of the preparation details required for the tasty dish. How fun!