You’ll quickly find a perfect (and affordable!) gift for your girlfriend’s parents here. Whether it’s her mom’s birthday or her dad’s retirement party, this list will make your online shopping excursion quick and painless. Bonus: you’ll find a gift that will make your girlfriend and her parents love you even more than they already do.
The Yoga Cats Calendar is a bonus addition to this gift list because it’s cute and hilarious. It features a year full of images showing feline pairs positioned in classic yoga poses – with the help of digital technology. No cats were harmed in the making of this calendar. These reworked kitty portraits will bend your girlfriend’s parents’ minds and delight everyone. Wall calendars are always excellent gift ideas because they’re cheerful and useful. Plus, there is a huge variety of options available (eg, gorgeous artistic paintings, encouraging inspirational sayings, cute puppies, beautiful vistas of travel destinations, etc). A calendar is just one little idea, though – check out my other awesome and affordable gifts for your girlfriend’s mom and dad in this list…
This gift guide is divided into three sections:
- Gifts for Parents Who Love Food and Coffee
- Creative Gift Ideas for Parents Who “Have Everything”
- Thoughtful Gifts for Your Girlfriend’s Elderly Mom and Dad
If you’ve already gifted your girlfriend’s parents a bottle of wine and a bouquet of flowers, then you’ve set the stage for an even better idea. I included several wine-related ideas in the first section of my gift guide because you’re celebrating a special occasion with your girlfriend and her family.
Okay, let’s get you on your way to finding the perfect gift for her mom and dad…
1. Gifts for Parents Who Love Food and Coffee
You’ll find all sorts of gourmet and grand selections of chocolate and coffee in this list of gifts for your girlfriend’s parents…
Gourmet coffee and tea sampler
A Starbucks Coffee and Tazo Tea Variety Basket is an affordable and safe gift for your girlfriend’s mom and dad because it won’t offend (unlike the giraffe wine bottle holder, which could ruffle feathers of nondrinkers!).
Even if her parents don’t drink coffee, you better believe they serve coffee and tea to guests and family members. And if you’re a coffee drinker this gift allows you to enjoy a delicious cup of java when you’re visiting them 🙂
If you know your girlfriend’s parents well, it’ll be easier to find the perfect gift idea because you have an idea of their likes and dislikes. If you don’t know your girlfriend’s mom and dad, then you need to find gift ideas that aren’t too personal – such as a gift basket.
Delicious chocolate caramel crunch gift tray for a family gathering
The Chocolate, Caramel and Crunch Grand Gift Basket is a delicious gift for family holiday or birthday parties, especially if you don’t know your girlfriend’s mom and dad well. It’s especially good if you’re going over for dinner, and aren’t sure what to contribute to the meal. A bottle of wine and/or a bouquet of flowers is also an excellent choice, of course…but not very creative.
A gourmet gift basket or food tray is a practical gift that your girlfriend’s parents will really appreciate if they are hosting a gathering.
Chocolate fountain – a deliciously rich gift for her parents
The Home Chocolate Fondue Fountain is another fun, enchanting gift idea for your girlfriend’s mom’s birthday or their wedding anniversary. It’s the perfect size for small family gatherings and makes a great gift for the chocolate enthusiast or the mom and dad who have everything.
With its streamlined styling and beautiful brushed stainless steel finish, this chocolate fountain will be the highlight of any special gathering or celebration. And you’ll be the hero! The heated basin allows the chocolate to melt in the fountain, and the QuickSet tier system and dishwasher safe parts make cleaning a breeze.
I often include a variety of food and beverage ideas in my gift tips and ideas for parents articles, such as gift baskets and gourmet food selections, because gift baskets are so celebratory and holiday-ish, and moms and dads love to share the gifts they get. The assortment of gourmet nuts, chocolates, and dried fruit that you find in a basket or selection can be enjoyed by the whole family. And, this gift is an experience that lasts and can be enjoyed – not just a figurine to put on a shelf.
Practical and beautiful wine-related gift ideas for her parents
This awesome Antoni Barcelona Wine Decanter is a lovely, classy gift for your girlfriend’s parents; the elegance of the hand painted glass combined with the charm of wine will win their hearts and souls. The decanter’s wide body and long, graceful neck is carefully crafted to properly and fully aerate the wine – and this releases the full array of scents and flavors. This gift also has a more practical purpose: the decanter separates any potential sediment from the liquid to ensure that each glass of wine is as close to perfect as possible.
This wine decanter is a charming gift even if your girlfriend’s parents don’t drink wine. They probably still serve wine to guests, and this elegant decanter is a wonderful conversation piece. Plus, it can be used for juice or other beverages.
Wine aerator spout
The Vintorio Wine Aerator Pourer and Decanter Spout is a different type of wine aerator. It attaches directly to the bottle of wine and has a large aerating chamber and air intake system that utilizes the Bernoulli Effect to infuse your wine with the optimal amount of oxygen.
Metallic wine glass markers
Vino Marker Metallic Wine Glass Pens allow people to write their names directly onto their wine glasses. The marker easily washes off the glass, so guests and write and draw to their heart’s content. These markers aren’t just for wine glasses – you can write your name or a message on highball glasses, beer steins, or even coffee mugs.
Wine saver and bottle sealer
The Vacu Vin Vacuum Wine Saver is a bestselling wine product; we have two of them. It removes air from wine bottles, which keeps the wine drinkable for up to two weeks. I love the Vacu Vin because it creates an airtight seal that preserves wine after the bottle has been opened. This gift will allow your girlfriend’s mom and dad to open a bottle of wine, enjoy a glass or two, and save the rest for another day. Pair a couple of these wine gifts with a nice bottle of Zinfandel or Merlot, and you have a lovely gift for your girlfriend’s parents.
2. Creative Gifts for People Who “Have Everything”
Finding the right gifts for your girlfriend’s parents – whether it’s their 30th wedding anniversary or your first Christmas celebration with them – depends on three factors: their lifestyle, your relationship with them, and the length of time you’ve been dating their daughter. These gift ideas for a girlfriend’s mom and dad cover all three factors; they range from personal to less familiar but still thoughtful.
A beautiful Lumio book light lamp
I recently discovered the Lumio Nightlight Booklight — a book-shaped lamp that you don’t plug in — and I had to include it in this list of gifts for your girlfriend’s parents. When you open the book, it turns on; when you close the book, it turns off. The LED lamp’s usage is flexible and creative; it can be used as nightlight, droplight, desk lamp, unique decoration, outdoor light, etc. This is a great gift for her mom and dad because they can choose the shape in according to their space. Lumio is easy and convenient to carry around, because it is powered by an inside Li battery that can support the lamp for eight hours. The lamp can be placed anywhere – and it is wireless. It folds right back on itself, which means it can cast a full 360 degrees of light around…and the magnetic ensures that it is easy to set up and use.
I featured that beautiful lamp on 14 “Sleepytime” Gifts for Insomniacs and People Who Can’t Sleep. If your girlfriend’s parents don’t sleep well, you might read that gift guide for ideas.
Digital photo frame that your girlfriend can load from a distance
The Wi-Fi Cloud Digital Photo Frame With iPhone & Android App is thoughtful gift for her mom and dad because it allows them to stay close to their daughter. And that’s the best gift in the world for any parent.
This digital frame is cool because you can send pictures directly to the frame from your iPhone or Android phone, which means you can share what you and your girlfriend are doing, quickly and easily. The frame receives photos directly from email, iPhones, Android and phones. It can also access photos from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, and Picasa. If you and your girlfriend live far away from her parents, this gift will help them stay connected. Awesome!
Personalized calendar with photos of your girlfriend
On a related note, a Personalized Photo Calendar Kit is a lovely gift for her mom and dad. You can create the calendar yourself, using photos of your girlfriend that her parents haven’t seen yet (tasteful ones of course, that make them proud!). I used VistaPrint to create calendars for my Little Sister, my husband, his parents, and my mom last Christmas. I’d do it again in a heartbeat; I just have to remember to take more photos of them.
This is an awesome gift for your girlfriend’s parents – especially if it’s her mom or dad’s birthday. But, it does require advance planning and lots of great family photos.
A flowering teapot – a charming gift for her mom and dad
The Primula 40-Ounce Glass Teapot with Infuser and Lid with 12 Flowering Teas in a Canister is a lovely gift for your girlfriend’s mom and dad – because let’s face it – you probably need to be more concerned with buying something her mom will like. If your girlfriend’s dad is anything like my husband’s dad, he won’t really think much about the gift you give. It’s the mothers who are more apt to remember and use your gifts.
The Flowering Tea Set is a beautiful and clever idea: the tea leaves open up and flower when hot water is poured into the teapot. It’s a fun, practical gift idea that even non-tea drinkers will enjoy using – especially when company comes over.
A yoga, painting, or cooking class – with you and your girlfriend
How much time do you spend with your girlfriend’s parents? I don’t spend enough time with my mother-in-law, even though she is an awesome woman. And, I am so grateful to both her and my father-in-law for raising my husband to be the man he is. A creative idea is to give your girlfriend’s mom and dad the gift of time with you. Sign up for a pottery or sushi making class, and go together. Whether or not you’re close to your girlfriend’s parents, an experience you can participate in together is a great way to connect and build a relationship with them. A gift idea that offers you the opportunity to spend time together would be appreciated and valued.
3. Thoughtful Gifts for Your Girlfriend’s Elderly Mom and Dad
I found a hundred good gift ideas for parents when I researched 17 Gifts to Surprise and Delight Elderly Parents or Grandparents. Here’s one idea from that list, and many more gift ideas just for your girlfriend’s mom and dad…
Fridge magnet picture frame with family photos
The Magnetic Picture Frame Collage for the Refrigerator is a bestselling gift on Amazon because it keeps family photos organized and easy to see. This is especially important for elderly eyes, which aren’t used to the digitalized family photos!
This Picture Frame Collage holds ten 4×6 photos, and won’t slide down the fridge if the door is slammed. It’s a great gift idea for your girlfriend’s elderly parents – especially if they’re struggling with their memory. You can organize a variety of family photos in the picture frame, and they’ll enjoy the creative collage you make.
When you’re shopping for your girlfriend’s parents, remember that they love their daughter. They want to keep her close to their hearts, minds, and homes.
A gift card to a favorite restaurant
An Applebee’s Gift Card is a thoughtful idea, because many older people can’t afford to treat themselves to dinner out. There are dozens of gift certificates for popular restaurants on Amazon; the most popular ones include Outback, Chili’s, Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang’s, Red Robin, etc. A gift card is easy to send by mail. Who doesn’t like to be taken out for dinner – especially elderly parents on a limited income?
Vase and Flowers
The Galaxy Art Color Swirl Glass Vase is gorgeous. Normally I don’t suggest stuff or knick knacks as gift ideas for anyone, much less your girlfriend’s mom and dad. But if you know her parents love art, creativity, and beauty then you won’t go wrong with this beautiful colorful vase.
This gorgeous glass vase is a particularly lovely gift for your girlfriend’s mom’s birthday. It’s made from hand-blown glass and layered colors of green, blue, and purple, and has a polished flat bottom for secure standing. Art isn’t always a good gift idea for parents because it’s so taste-dependent. But this vase is both artistic and functional, which makes it a beautiful gift for her mom and dad.
Add a Beautiful Bouquet of Fresh Cut Roses and and Wildflowers, and your gift is complete.
His ‘n Hers Slippers – a cozy gift for your girlfriend’s parents
Sorel Men’s and Women’s Slipper should be at the top of this list of gifts for your girlfriend’s mom and dad. Nobody ever has too many pairs of slippers. They can even be shared with guests – in fact, I have a basket of slippers that my guests wear when it’s snowy or rainy outside. By the way, slippers are also an awesome gift idea for girlfriends, especially those who are the “slipper type.”
Kindle or other digital reader
A Fire HDX Display with Wi-Fi isn’t the most affordable gift idea for your girlfriend’s parents, but it is awesome. Even if your girlfriend’s parents already have a Kobo or iPad, they will appreciate all the extras the Kindle offers. This newest version is lighter than ever, it contains thousands of books, movies, tv shows, games, and magazines, and it comes with free Kindle Unlimited.
Remember that your girlfriend and her siblings are good sources of ideas for gifts for their parents. Don’t just ask them for ideas, though. Instead, find specific gifts that you think might be good to give. For instance, is a wine stopper a good gift for your girlfriend’s parents – or are they recovering alcoholics? Asking for feedback on specific gift ideas will make it easier to find the right gift for your girlfriend’s mom and dad.
Are you still stuck for ideas for her mom and dad? Scroll back up through my list, and click the gift that most resonates with you. Don’t overthink what to buy your girlfriend’s parents. Be genuine and authentic, treat their daughter with love and respect, and give a gift from your heart. They’ll love you for it.
Also, you might want to think back to the last three or four gifts you gave your own parents. Maybe you can give your girlfriend’s mom and dad something similar? The last gifts I gave my husband’s parents included an automatic card shuffler, a gift certificate to the Keg, and a calendar with me and Bruce plastered over every month. All three gifts were big hits with his mom and dad.
If you’re still searching for gift ideas for your girlfriend’s dad, read Best Gifts for Car Enthusiasts and Guys Who Love to Drive.
May your online shopping excursion be swift and painless, and may you find the perfect gift for your girlfriend’s parents – whether it’s their 40th wedding anniversary, her mom’s 70th birthday or her dad’s fourth retirement party. 🙂
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