What do you get the person who seemingly has everything? Gifts for parents can be hard items to check off your list, which means that you need to think outside of the box! But for those folks who don't have a lot of brainstorming time this holiday season, we have you covered.
Whether you are shopping for your parents, your mom and dad friends, or anyone who has a child, these gift ideas for parents can be the perfect tools for making their daily lives simpler and even more fun.
I know there are parents like me who have 12,000 photos of their kids on their phones and no desire to delete a single one. However, when their phones stop functioning because they have used up all their storage space, they need a safe place to store those precious moments. This makes the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive the perfect gift!
With 256 GB of storage, there is plenty of room to save photos and videos. Best of all, the process is simple. They will just download an app on their phone, plug in this flash drive, and then save the images they hold most dear. I love that you can organize the photos and videos into folders, making it easy to find the pictures you are looking for, and that this drive can then be plugged into a computer to drag and drop the images that you want to print.
No matter if the parents you are shopping for are 25 or 75, they are likely on their feet a lot, which makes a comfortable pair of slippers a spectacular choice for a gift! My husband, myself, and my two boys all love the Dearfoam brand and we own this line of customized slippers.
The memory foam insoles make it feel as if you are walking on a cloud and the rubber base ensures that if you step outside without swapping shoes, there are no worries! I also love that you can buy this gift for parents in eight different styles.
Choose the color, pattern, and trim that best suits your recipients, and make sure the whole family matches this holiday season with a pair of Dearfoams Mama Bear Slippers, Daddy Bear Slippers, Lil' Bear Slippers, and Baby Bear Slippers!
Warm coffee is key to starting the day off right, but handwashing dishes at the end of the day is the last thing any busy parent wants to do. Thankfully, the YETI Rambler Travel Mug is the perfect solution. Not only can you pop this tumbler in the dishwasher, but the leak-resistant lid prevents spills on the go.
I also love that it keeps drinks at their original temperature for hours on end. Since I typically set my cup down 15 times throughout the morning to handle the many needs of the other members of the household, this guarantees that I get my coffee the way I like it when I actually have time to drink it!
After having my first son, I quickly realized why moms and dads cling to their extra-large cup of joe. This is a necessity to get through the day. However, it can become tedious having to prepare the coffee for the next morning after juggling kids, work, and life, in general.
The Keurig K-Elite K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker is the perfect gift for parents who seem to have everything but time in their day. All you have to do is pop in a K-cup and you have coffee in seconds. Best of all, this allows the whole household to enjoy their favorite beverages, without having to settle for what the majority wants.
Keurigs aren't just for coffee — you can also make iced coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and cider! You can even make simple syrup. This makes the Keurig a very versatile gift that can benefit the whole family, day or night!
Whether they are headed to soccer games, ballet practice, or they just have a couple of stops to make after grabbing some items at the grocery store, a PackIt Freezable Grocery Shopping Bag is a spectacular gift idea for parents who have everything!
This tote is the best tool for keeping refrigerated items cool for extended periods thanks to the ice packs that are built into the sides of the container. It also folds down for easy and convenient freezer storage. I love that this can double as a travel food storage bag for car trips and day trips to the beach as well.
As the mom of two young boys, a double stroller seemed like the obvious choice for easy transport. Sadly, I did not consider how much space this travel system would take up in my trunk. Enter the Radio Flyer Convertible Stroll N' Wagon — not only does this fold up into a conveniently small size, but it comes with safety harnesses, so my kids stay seated throughout their ride.
I love that it comes with a canopy to keep them sun safe when we go to the park or on a walk and that the side folds down, creating a simple bench for them to rest on. This wagon also comes with two handles, one for pushing and one for pulling, and it comes with a lock so the wagon can't roll away.
Parents can get tons of use out of this wagon, even after their kids are too big to ride in it. It can carry up to 150 pounds, so it can be used to cart beach, picnic, or gardening supplies when not being used for young kids.
This is one of the most useful gifts I have ever received. As the mom of two boys and two 120+ pound fluffy dogs, I have to vacuum almost every single day, and let's be honest, that is not something I always have time to do. Thankfully, my parents gifted me with an iRobot Roomba 692 Robot Vacuum!
With the simple click of a button, I can vacuum the whole house, even when the boys have left a mess on the floor. It is quiet, efficient, and it works on carpet and hard floors. You also have the option to set up a cleaning schedule to take the thought of vacuuming completely off your list! I also love that when the power is low, this vacuum automatically retreats to his home for a recharge before heading out again.
I talked about the thousands of pictures that parents typically have on their phones, but I forgot to mention the irony that they never seem to get printed because most parents have a million other things on their to-do lists. This makes one of the most meaningful gift ideas for parents custom mounted wall decor.
You can pick out a family portrait or a photo from way back when — no matter the option you choose, they will adore being able to display this sweet present in their home. Amazon offers their custom Mounted Wall Décor in seven size options and the finished product ships in less than a week!
Is there anything worse than your phone running out of juice halfway through the day? Being tethered to a wall while you wait for it to charge is a close second. For moms and dads who are always on the go, a mophie Portable Charger is an awesome gift for parents!
This recharges devices much faster than when they are plugged into a wall and you can even charge two devices simultaneously. The compact design makes it easy to transport and all you need is your charging cable to begin use. I love my mophie portable charger and I would highly recommend it to other busy parents.
The JBL Clip 3 is perfect for the pool, the shower, long walks, or a picnic in the park! The carabiner makes it easy to clip this small speaker to your bag, stroller, or belt loop. The sound quality is spectacular, the device is waterproof, so there is no worry about getting it wet, and it can play for up to 10 hours without needing a charge. All you need is a Bluetooth-compatible device and you are ready to jam!
For the families, both young and old, who shop at Costco, this is a must-have item! Buying meat in bulk sounds great until it spoils, but the FoodSaver Compact Vacuum Sealer Machine makes sure that doesn't happen.
Simply portion out your meats and vegetables, prep them in any way you see fit, and then vacuum seal them in seconds using this awesome machine. This prevents freezer burn and food waste and greatly extends the life of your food.
I love our FoodSaver so much that I bought one for my parents along with a Sous Vide. While hesitant at first, my parents now use this device duo weekly to cook their meals and they swear it is the best gift we have ever given them. This can be a great combo gift for folks looking to spend a bit more this holiday.
For parents with little kids running underfoot, knives are a big concern, especially if you have tall kids like I do. They always find a way to grab the items on the counter that seem to be a safe distance away. This is where the MAIPOR Vegetable Chopper brings some peace of mind.
This kitchen accessory takes knives out of the equation when prepping fruits and veggies, and the worry that little fingers will sneak in at the wrong time. It also makes your food prep a breeze by giving you eight interchangeable blades to accomodate your chopping needs. The 1.2 L container also keeps all the chopped items contained, which limits the mess that typically acoompanies chopping items like onions.
Cars get messy, whether you have kids or not. Sadly, the mess seems to stick around longer than it should because many folks, like myself, don't have the time to go to the car wash every week or the money to have someone come to their home and detail the car.
Thankfully, the Worx Car Vacuum Cleaner makes keeping the car detailed simple and affordable! The 16-foot cord plugs directly into the 12-volt outlet in the front seat, it is lightweight, and it comes with an array of accessories. I also love that this device has a built-in HEPA filter to ensure that smaller particles of dirt and grime get sucked away for good!
To say that I have a small candle obsession is an understatement. I love making my home smell delicious, but after having kids I have realized that this home accent can not only be dangerous but it typically never gets used because my kids think it's fun to constantly blow them out like a birthday cake.
NEST has changed all that. Their extensive line of Reed Diffusers are safe to use 24 hours a day and they smell amazing! The Bamboo scent is my favorite, but you can't go wrong with any fragrance. They also last way longer than a candle — the scent stays fresh for 90 days, making it well worth the price.
I don't know about you, but I can never have too many large blankets. After a long, hard day, cuddling up under a cozy blanket is the perfect way to unwind. The Bedsure Sherpa Fleece Throw Blanket features a large design, measuring 50 by 60 inches, and the fabric is super soft. This can be used on a couch or as an extra layer of warmth on the bed —either way, it is another great gift idea for parents who have everything!
The Best Gifts for Parents Make Their Day to Day Activities Easier
Most older parents have what they need, and those with young kids typically don't have the time to sit back and relax at the end of the day. That makes practical gifts your best bet — but you want to ensure that the gifts for parents you choose are best suited for these people, so pay attention to what they say when talking about their daily lives.
Is there something that they get frustrated with regularly, or is there a part of their daily routine that could be enhanced? Consider their needs and how you can not only meet them but make their lives better!