Buying gifts for your parents can be tough. What do you get the people who gave you life, the people who raised you into the responsible adult you’ve grown up to be? It’s got to be something good.
We’ve all been told we don’t have to get our parents anything special — they just want quality time or a handwritten card — but let’s be real, you’ve still got to get them something for gift-giving holidays. When shopping around, try to think outside the box and consider their hobbies: Do they travel? Are they into neat gadgets? Do they like doing couple-y things?
You’ll want to get them something they’ll love and use, but also hopefully something that will help them connect with you (their kid) as well.
If you’re totally stumped, then don’t worry — that’s what we’re here for. We took some of the guesswork out of buying a present for your mom or dad and rounded up the best gifts, whether they spend most of their time at home or on-the-go traveling. These gifts are guaranteed to make your parents (even more) proud of you, as they brag to their family and friends that they have such an amazing kid.
Here are our picks for the best gifts for parents:
1. A 4K smart TV – FOR WATCHING THEIR FAVORITE SHOWS
If your parents still don’t have a smart TV, you can get them one as a gift and score some serious brownie points. This 55-inch Full HD TV from LG has a gorgeous display and comes with Google Assistant and Alexa built in for voice commands and smart home control.
2. KEURIG – FOR SERIOUS COFFEE DRINKERS
If your parents can’t even open their eyes until they’ve had some caffeine, a Keurig single serve coffee maker will hit the spot. This coffee machine uses K-Cup pods, so they won’t have to scoop or measure coffee grounds to make the perfect cup. Instead, all they have to do is insert their favorite pods, fill up its reservoir with water, select the dose, and press brew. In just a few minutes, delicious coffee (hot or iced) is served.
3. A bamboo cheese board – FOR PARENTS WHO LOVE TO HOST PARTIES
This cheese board features a hidden slide-out tray that conceals various cheese knives and cutlery, so they’re out of the way until you need them. The cheeseboard also has clever grooves for crackers, nuts, and olives for an added level of nosh. It’s made from 100% bamboo, so it won’t stain or absorb any funky odors from the cheese. The included cutlery set is made from stainless steel with matching bamboo handles.
4. FOR PARENTS WHO LOSE THEIR KEYS -Tile essentials pack
If your parents are constantly losing their keys, then maybe Tile can be the solution. The tech company can’t promise that they’ll stop misplacing their keys, but they can help mom and dad find them faster. Just attach Tile to a set of keys, a wallet, a purse — whatever — and when said item goes missing, the Tile app will quickly locate them around the house with a loud ringtone from their mobile device.
5. FOR BARBECUING – Bluetooth food thermometer
Cooking meat correctly often means monitoring a thermometer, but this nifty gadget is one your parents won’t have to check. It connects to a mobile app via Bluetooth and sends alerts when the food is ready, or if it’s under- or over-cooking. The app also allows your parents to monitor the temperature on their phone or tablet screens.
6. FOR PARENTS WHO NEED SOME SLEEP – Ostrich Pillow travel pillow
Okay, so it looks a little silly — but your parents are gonna love this. Made from high quality eiderdown cotton, the Ostrich Pillow works wonders as a neck pillow or eye mask for folks who are always on the go. The pillow is filled with coated microbeads and is perfectly adjustable. In addition, the travel pillow’s materials are breathable, so it’s never too hot when you’re wearing it around your neck or on your eyes.
7. FOR PARENTS WHO LIKE TO TAILGATE – Yeti portable cooler
The YETI Hopper M30 is one of the most durable and long-lasting portable coolers on the market with its waterproof body and leakproof lining and closure. Its ColdCell insulation keeps anything cool for days. The cooler is large enough to tackle tailgating or weekend trips, with the capacity to hold up to 28 pounds.
8. FOR TECH-SAVVY PARENTS – Their very own iPad
Everyone loves the Apple iPad because it’s durable, lightweight, and easy to use — even for parents who aren’t great with tech. Apple has always prided itself on simplicity and the iPad is one of the best examples of its pick-up-and-go philosophy. The iPad makes for a great gift because it’s compact and smooth to use. Plus, just think about how much they’ll enjoy FaceTiming with you on this thing.
9. Amazon Echo Plus – FOR BUILDING OUT THEIR SMART HOME
Are your parents looking to convert their home into a smart home? If so, the Amazon Echo Plus is the best way to start off. This is the all-in-one device that can do just about anything, including play music, make phone calls, set alarms and timers, and order products from Amazon. The best part of the Echo Plus is that your parents don’t have to be tech savvy to use it.
10. FOR MAINTAINING COMMUNICATION – Echo Show
Not living in the same city as your parents can be a bummer. Phone calls just aren’t the same as face-to-face conversations. You likely can’t afford to take a trip every time you want to talk to your parents, so getting them an Echo Show is the next best thing. You’re able to video chat with them through Skype, the Alexa app, or your own video Echo device if you have one. Plus, they get smart home capabilities, too.