10 Wedding Thank-You Gifts for Parents

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and as a result, I've been thinking about great thank-you gifts that Corey and I can give to our parents once the wedding is over. Although the bride and groom are on the receiving end of presents, it's also a time for them to be generous to those who helped with their big day! Sometimes gift-shopping for a couple can be trickier than picking something out for just one person, so I've started to gather some ideas in advance that might be right for both Mom and Dad.

1. A Relaxing Getaway

Corey’s parents like to travel when they can, so we're thinking of treating them to a one- or two-night stay at a bed-and-breakfast within driving distance of their home. Who wouldn’t want an excuse to take a minication? Parents can escape and get some well-deserved R&R without the hassle of a long trip.

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2. Wedding Photo Book or Custom Frame

After hiring a professional photographer, chances are Ma and Pop will want some amazing snapshots from your wedding, so consider creating a photo book for them. Include both family portraits and fun, yet flattering candids (not just bride-and-groom shots). I also love the idea of giving them a custom frame with their favorite wedding photo of you both, featuring a meaningful inscription. The only downside to this gift is that Corey and I would have to wait to give it to our parents after our big day, rather than during the rehearsal dinner, which is the standard time to present thank-you gifts.

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3. A Gourmet Feast for Two

My parents love to eat out, but my dad is just too practical to dine at pricey steakhouses, so I’m considering getting them a gift card to one in Indianapolis and treating them to an incredible meal. Your wedding day passes by in such a flash; your parents might be too busy running around greeting guests, making sure everything is perfect, that they may not get the chance to fully savor all of the dishes you've selected on your menu.

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4. Registry, Round Deux

Has Mom been not-so-subtly hinting that she wishes she could register all over again? Consider upgrading your parents' outdated tableware sets or appliances with some new 2012 models they've been eyeing. For example, I know my parents don’t have a nice set of knives, which would be a useful present for them.

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5. Couples' Spa Treatments

As brides, we work hard leading up to our nuptials, but if I had to guess, your parents have put in some labor as well (even if it's just their pocketbook that's been getting a workout!). Treating the 'rents to a couples' massage is a great stress-reliever and a romantic date opp.

Photo Credit: Hilton Waikoloa Village

6. Color Their World

Is there anything around the house that your parents have been looking to revamp? I love the idea of having a painter come in and repaint a room of your parents choosing. I did that once for my mom’s birthday, and although she was caught off guard by having to choose a color scheme so quickly, her kitchen now looks great!

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7. Separate but Equal

There’s no rule that says you have to get parents just one gift for them to share, right? If Mom could use a spa day and Dad’s been in the market for some new grilling tools, go for it!

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8. Gadget Love

Matching iPods or an iPad for home use would surely please the techy couple. Download old family videos or photos for a sentimental touch.

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9. Classes For the Entire Family

Parents treasure the time that they're able to spend with you, especially after wedding planning and spending your honeymoon away from them. Consider gifting your parents a fun class that you can take together, such as cooking/baking, wine pairing, or adventurous activities such as playing racecar driver for a day or going horseback riding. Doing something new or unexpected is a great way to bond!

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10. DIY Darling

If you’re hoping to keep your parents’ gift budget-friendly, why not make something special for them? Try creating a personal keepsake, such as a homemade quilt, a gift basket filled with your parents' favorite things, or a hankie embroidered with a special note.

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— Nikki Stroud


Nikki Stroud is a real bride who is learning every step of the way when it comes to wedding planning. She and her fiancé, Corey Allan (both Ball State alums), will be married in September of 2012 in front of their friends and family in Indianapolis. Glittering ivory lights, exposed plumbing and sleek wood floors depict their romantic yet rustic venue in the Downtown area. The couple hopes to incorporate personal touches to make the celebration truly reflect their relationship.

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