So you’re finally old enough that the roles have been reversed, and the parents who were once always the gift-givers can now receive their dues. But what can you possibly give your parents when they already have everything they ever wanted? To help you out, here are 9 gift ideas for parents who seem to have everything. And, just to make life easier for you, if you're not sure about the gift suggestion, you can always pick up a gift card from many of the retailers listed below on Gift Card Granny.
Vendor: Best Buy
Your parents are absolutely in need of a home assistant like the Amazon Echo Dot — they just don’t know it yet. With seemingly endless features, such as playing music and audiobooks, hands-free calling, and controlling lights, your parents won’t be able to go even a day without using it. If they’re really intimidated by tech, you can offer to set it up for them as part of your gift.
Vendor: Pottery Barn
Now that you’ve flown the coop, your parents can finally sit back and relax, but in order to truly put their feet up, they’re going to need a pair of comfy slippers. These Teddy slippers are the perfect candidate, with plush material on every surface and cute matching colors.
You can give your parents the gift of traveling the world without the massive cost with this Scenic Sights coloring book, which contains 40 famous locations from all over the world. The best part? They can determine exactly how these beautiful views will look. Coloring books have been making a comeback lately, and for good reason. Their relaxing, meditative nature and encouragement of creativity make them an ideal gift for pretty much anyone — including your parents.
Vendor: Crate & Barrel
If your parents really know their way around wine, they’ll find this little device endlessly useful. A wine monitor, after being synced with an app, can be wrapped around a bottle of wine that’s just stowed in the fridge. It will then send an alert to the phone when the wine has reached optimal temperature. The free app with which this device works can also act as a guide through the wide world of wine, with information about over 200 types of wine.
A lot of effort goes into the process of making bread. First you have to mix up all the ingredients into a dough, then knead that dough until it becomes smooth (aka a very long time), then leave it to prove for a very long time, then knock it back, then prove it again, score the loaf, then finally, FINALLY bake it. Whew! That sounds like more of a workout than a trip to the gym. If you want your parents to be able to eat freshly baked bread without the ingredients of blood, sweat and tears, the Della Stainless Steel Automatic Bread Maker makes for the ideal gift. It performs every single step perfectly, even mixing the ingredients. All your parents will have to do is sit back and wait for their perfectly baked loaf.
Pots. With faces. What more can be said? These brilliant little pieces make it appear as though the plants within the pot are just green, leafy hair. They make a great gift for parents with a sense of humor, or those who like to treat their plants like humans already. Either way, they’ll certainly be a conversation piece.
If you come from a family of tea lovers, any parent who has a passion for the drink would love to receive these comforting tea bags as a gift. They’re flavored with a soothing mix of licorice root and peppermint, and they’re naturally caffeine-free, meaning that your parents will have no trouble at all falling asleep. Because they’re from Aveda, they’re completely cruelty free, organic, and the packaging is at least 45% recycled material.
Vendor: Bed Bath & Beyond
This little device is essential for anyone who prefers to sip rather than gulp their hot beverages. The Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer will allow your parents to relax with a hot drink without taking multiple trips to the microwave. Because spills happen, the mug warmer is intentionally easy to clean, but to prevent them as much as possible, it also has a long cord that gives you plenty of wiggle room.
Vendor: Barnes & Noble
Summer of ‘69 is the newest book from Elin Hilderbrand, who’s been titled the queen of the summer novel. It’s a story about the turbulent lives of the Levin family, each of whom faces their own conflicts and confusions within the broader events of America in 1969. Your parents may have been around at this time, in which case this novel is sure to bring on some major nostalgia. But, even if they weren’t, Summer of ‘69 still looks to be an enjoyable read, with the endorsement of People Magazine, AARP, and The Library Journal.
Even though gift-giving is a great way to show your parents that you care, remember that it is just that. In other words, it’s truly the thought that matters here. It’s understandable to want to give them something that they’ll actually find useful, but they’re sure to love anything that you give them. With that in mind, feel free to use this list as inspiration, and feel free to save yourself some money by picking up a discount gift card from Gift Card Granny.