It’s often difficult to know what to buy someone else’s parents – especially if you’re in love with their daughter and want to impress them! You may also have a budget to consider, which means you don’t want to spend a lot of money on shipping charges. Rest assured! It’ll be quick and easy for you to find the best gift for your girlfriend’s mom and dad on this list of ideas.
The WiFi Digital Photo Frame may not be the most affordable gift for your girlfriend’s parents, but it is incredibly thoughtful for long distance family relationships. The best gifts build bridges between and connect family members; anything that helps you, your girlfriend, and her parents have a close relationship will be welcomed. This Digital Photo Frame allows you to instantly share moments and memories via an app or e-mail.
Another idea is to give your girlfriend the WiFi Digital Photo Frame, and then teach your girlfriend’s mom and dad how to use the gift. Your girlfriend can put the frame in her office or work space; her parents can send photos and messages anytime they want. This is an especially thoughtful gift if your girlfriend’s parents live far away, and if her mom and dad are tech savvy (or willing to learn!).
This gift guide is divided into three sections:
- Gifts for Parents Who Enjoy Good Food and Gourmet Coffee
- Creative Gift Ideas for Parents Who Have Everything
- Thoughtful Gifts for Your Girlfriend’s Elderly Mom and Dad (the last gift in this list is my favorite)
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. Perfect! 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.
Do your girlfriend’s mom and dad have a dog? You’ll find more good ideas in 10 Personalized Gifts for Older Dogs and Dog Lovers.
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 monthly gift for her parents
The Bean Box Gourmet Coffee Sampler – 3-Month Gift Subscription is one of those “gifts that keep on giving.” This is a great gift if you don’t know your girlfriend’s mom and dad well, but you know they like coffee! This is also a good gift if your girlfriend’s parents enjoy having people over for coffee and desserts. Gifts that are both practical and tasty are the best ideas.
Even if your girlfriend’s parents don’t drink coffee, they probably 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 gourmet when you’re visiting them 🙂
Delicious, healthy gift tray for a holiday gathering
The Oh! Nuts Holiday Dried Fruit and Nut 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 a great hostess gift 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. The Oh! Nuts sweet dried fruits are healthy and incredibly difficult to resist and the savory nuts are loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. This blend of flavors is one of those perfect gift presentations that will appeal to your girlfriend’s parents’ eyes and palate.
A gourmet gift basket or food tray is a practical gift that your girlfriend’s mom and dad will really appreciate if they are hosting a gathering. It’s one of those gift ideas that can’t go wrong.
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 her mom and dad, then you need to find gift ideas that aren’t too personal but still thoughtful.
Chocolate fountain – a deliciously rich gift for her parents
The Nostalgia Home Chocolate (or Cheese, or BBQ Sauce) 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 beautiful Crystal Wine Decanter Aerator Set is a lovely, classy gift for your girlfriend’s parents; the elegance of the curved 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 gift card for your girlfriend’s mom and dad
An Amazon Gift Card isn’t the most creative gift for his mom and dad, but it’s the most practical and usable – an dit allows them to be creative in their own way. If your girlfriend’s parents are struggling financially, they’ll really appreciate the help. Even if they have lots of money they’ll be glad not to have to pretend to like a knick knack, or have to display something in their house that doesn’t suit them.
Finding the perfect gift for your girlfriend’s parents involves a bit of thought – so I hope you haven’t left your shopping to the last minute! Give yourself time to think about your girlfriend’s mom and dad’s habits, lifestyle, and activities when you’re choosing the right gift for the holidays.
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 Nixplay Original 15 inch WiFi Cloud Digital Photo Frame is a 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: a closer connection to their son.
This digital photo frame is awesome because you can send pictures direct 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.
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 beautiful wall calendar that displays her parents’ interests
The America’s National Parks Wall Calendar is one of the most popular calendars on Amazon – and it is a beautiful, practical gift for your girlfriend’s parents (unless, of course, they don’t like America’s amazing natural beauty!).
If you can find a gift calendar that matches your girlfriend’s parents’ interests and hobbies, they’ll love it. Ideas include:
- Fun Dogs Wall Calendar for parents who love dogs and laughter
- Lang Heart & Home Wall Calendar – a great gift if your girlfriend’s parents are homebodies
- “Hubble Space Telescope” Wall Calendar – a gift to take her mom and dad out of this world!
Wall calendars are excellent gift ideas for your girlfriend’s parents 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 flowering teapot – a charming gift for her mom and dad
The Teabloom Glass Teapot is a lovely gift for your girlfriend’s mom and dad. Let’s be honest: 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 Teabloom Flowering Tea Chest is a beautiful and clever idea: the tea leaves open up and flower when hot water is poured into the teapot. The flavors in this set are best-sellers, including Orange, Blueberry, Acai, Strawberry, Pineapple, Cranberry, Floral Sunset (Litchi), Love Reflections (Jasmine), and First Kiss (Peach). Three varieties are made with rose flowers: My Growing Love, Love at First Sight, and Romeo & Juliet. 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
Are your girlfriend’s mom and dad older? You’ll find more good ideas in 30 Delightful Gifts for Elderly Parents Who Have Everything. Here’s one idea from that list, and more gift ideas for your girlfriend’s mom and dad…
Fridge magnet picture frame with family photos
The Wind & Sea Magnetic Picture Collage Frame for 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?
Crystal vase and flowers – a cheerful gift for her mom and dad
A beautiful Crystal Glass Flower Vase is a good gift if your girlfriend’s parents have a garden or enjoy flower arrangements that brighten up a room. Normally I don’t suggest stuff or knick knacks as gift ideas for anyone, much less your girlfriend’s mom and dad, but many people regularly use flower vases. 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. This is an especially thoughtful gift if her mom and dad are hospitalized, or unwell. It’s cheerful and uplifting!
His ‘n Hers Slippers – a cozy gift for your girlfriend’s parents
Sorel Men’s and Women’s Slippers 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
The Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa is an affordable and luxurious gift idea for your girlfriend’s parents. 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.
An electric throw – the last gift on this list
I gave my husband’s parents a Heated Throw Blanket w/ Foot Pocket to Keep Toes Toasty last year (but without the foot pocket because I didn’t know it existed). I loved this gift so much, I bought one for myself, too. That’s a clue it’s a good gift for someone’s parents: you buy one for yourself.
If her parents live in a cold part of the world, they’ll love this warm throw blanket. I sleep with mine every night in the winter because I like a cold room and hot blanket. So cozy! My only complaint is the cord…if it could be wireless or battery powered, it’d be even better.
My other “best” gifts (which my husband’s parents loved and still use all the time) are an Electric card Shuffler, a gift card to the Keg restaurant, and a personalized wall calendar with pictures of me and Bruce on every month.
If you’re girlfriend’s parents are Christians who go on missions trips, read 15 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Missionaries Traveling Overseas.
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. 🙂