Wedding Thank-You Gifts for Mom and Dad

Express your appreciation for your parents' unconditional love and support — not just leading up to the wedding but more importantly, throughout your life — with these sentimental gifts and pampering experiences that speak volumes. Plus, check out 10 thoughtful ways to honor Mom and Dad before, during and after the big day.

By: Stefania Sainato

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  • In-House Massage

    In-House Massage

    After the wedding, everyone will need some well-deserved R&R — especially both sets of parents. Give them the gift of a pampering massage from the comfort of their home with the Zeel on-demand service (priced at $105 - $160 for a 60-minute massage). Zeel's experienced, licensed masseuses are available seven days a week — as early as 8 a.m. and as late as 10:30 p.m. — so Mom or Dad can schedule their desired time slot on a whim. The service is currently available in 40 cities.


  • Kitchen Upgrade

    Kitchen Upgrade

    Now that you've created a registry, it's Mom and Dad's turn to replace worn and battered pots and pans or outdated kitchen gadgets. Surprise them with a household item you know they secretly want — may we suggest this oven-to-table stoneware set by Le Creuset ($199.95)? It includes an oval au gratin, square baking dish, rectangular covered casserole, and two mini cocettes with lids, setting the stage for the next era of family meals.

  • Silhouette Tie Clip

    Silhouette Tie Clip

    You're always close to Dad's heart with this silhouette tip clip from Etsy seller Yugen Tribe ($42). He definitely won't have anything else like it in his closet, and it's a great conversation-starter at social gatherings.

  • Handkerchief


    Bring your mother to happy tears with an heirloom-worthy handkerchief that shows just how much she means to you. Etsy seller Couture Wedding Hankie's gorgeous styles ($35) feature ornate Venice lace motifs embellished with hand-sewn pearls and sequins. They can include up to five lines of embroidery with 18 characters per line (including spaces).

  • Coffeemaker


    If your parents are coffee enthusiasts, then they'll appreciate the Keurig 2.0 Brewing System (starting at $133.91), which offers the ability to brew both a single cup and a four-cup carafe of java. Enhanced features include auto programming — so that Mom and Dad can wake up and have their favorite coffee waiting for them — and a "strength control" setting to put some extra pip in their step.

  • A Sweet Necklace

    A Sweet Necklace

    Your future husband is smart, handsome, kind, and funny; there's no doubt about that. Thank your mother-in-law for doing such a fantastic job raising him with a sweet pendant from Etsy seller White Lilie Designs ($18.50 and up) that she won't ever want to take off.

  • Crystal Decanter

    Crystal Decanter

    Decanting helps wine reach its full taste potential more quickly (and separates the liquid from the sediment if it's an older variety), thereby tasting better than drinking it straight from the bottle. If Dad likes to unwind at the end of the day with a glass of vino or brandy, then Tiffany's Tartan-Patterned Crystal Decanter ($190) will be a real treat.

  • Food-of-the-Month Gift

    Food-of-the-Month Gift

    Olympic Provisions makes the most mouthwatering salamis using local pork and old-world techniques. Oprah Winfrey is a fan, and we bet Dad will become one, too, if you give him a membership to their Salami of the Month Club ($145).

  • Flower Subscription

    Flower Subscription

    Treat your parents to the gift of a lovely and fragrant flower bouquet each month with Flower Muse's subscription service (starting at $149.99). Monthly packages include an assorted variety, or you could have their favorite type of bloom delivered to them all year (roses, hydrangeas, tulips or mini calla lilies).

  • Weekend Getaway

    Weekend Getaway

    For the ultimate thank-you, send Mom and Dad packing to a hotel for a restful weekend away. They'll appreciate the opportunity to recharge and get some one-on-one time after all of the revelry. Select from over 1,500 bed-and-breakfasts and small inns on BnBFinder, where experiences run the gamut from a luxury treehouse in Virginia to a wine weekend in Ohio to a pampering spa getaway on the California coast. Gift certificates are available in any denomination (starting at $20) and have no blackout dates or expiration dates.

  • High-Tech Frame

    High-Tech Frame

    Can't decide which of your wedding photos to frame for Mom and Dad? Thanks to Skylight (priced at $99-$139 depending on the size), you don't have to pick just one; they can relive the joy of your wedding day with a continuously-running photo montage that you and your relatives can update by email from anywhere. It's the only touchscreen Wifi photo frame on the market, and it's super easy to set up, even for the most tech-challenged 'rents. It'll alert them when new photos have arrived, and they can highlight their favorites by tapping the heart button.

  • Pearl Bracelet

    Pearl Bracelet

    In the wise words of Jackie O, "Pearls are always appropriate." Timeless Pearl's Sacred Love Bracelet style ($79) is the ultimate luxe-for-less find, featuring authentic cultured pearls and sparkling accents for that something extra Mom will adore. It's the perfect way to celebrate the unbreakable bond between a mother and her daughter.

  • Legacybox


    All of the wedding preparations will inevitably make Mom and Dad fondly reminisce about all of the memories they've shared with you throughout the years, leading up to this pinnacle moment. Surprise them with an heirloom-worthy gift they'll never expect — all of their family footage and favorite snapshots in a handy DVD format that they can easily access at any time. Legacybox (starting at $74.95) will do all the converting for you. Dig out all of those dusty VHS tapes and old baby photos, and ship them in using the pre-paid box; the entire process takes about two weeks, and all of your original materials get sent back to you (they barcode every single item and will update you on the status from start to finish).

  • Wireless Photo Printer

    Wireless Photo Printer

    The Canon Selphy CP1200 Wireless Photo Printer ($109.99) is the perfect tech gadget for Mom and Dad to ensure that no memory is missed during this important time. It features Wifi connectivity and innovative AirPrint Technology, so they can print out snapshots directly from their phone or iPad — no wires necessary. Each photo only takes about 47 seconds to produce, and there's a variety of dimensions to choose from, including postcard (3.9" x 5.8"), card size (2.1" x 3.4"), and square label (2.0" x 2.0"). Plus, your parents will enjoy using the Selphy to create eye-catching collages and other fun photo effects.

  • Barbecue Gift Box

    Barbecue Gift Box

    Thoughtfully offers bespoke gift boxes tailored to different tastes, personalities, and hobbies. There's a wide assortment of fun options, but we think the Big BBQ Set ($79.99) is a shoo-in for Dad. He'll love firing up the grill with two barbecue sauces ("Sweet Fire" and "Holy Magma"), two rubbing spices ("Blazin' Diablo" and "Scorched Mama"), a stainless steel sauce basting pot, five stainless steel grill charms, and a silicone basting brush. Plus, he can put his own personal stamp on the resulting deliciousness with a customizable branding iron set. Enter code "BRIDAL20" to receive 20% off your order and free shipping (excludes sale items).

Wedding Thank-You Gifts for Mom and Dad

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