Every gift guide will tell you the same: <insert giftee here> is the hardest person to shop for. Don’t get me wrong, each year I spend weeks considering the possibilities. Whether it’s my partner, siblings, or co-workers—finding a gift they’ll love is no easy feat. But I know you’ll agree with me when I say: parents and in-laws? They’re impossible.
So, to make life easier throughout the busy holiday season, I shook the internet upside-down to craft the ultimate gift guide for parents. Because as kids of the very best people in the world, there’s a truth we all know well: when it comes to surprising and delighting someone this holiday, our parents rank high on the list.
Gift Guide for Parents: 16 Gifts That’ll Save You This Holiday
From luxe blankets to cozy slippers and the number one gadget they’ll obsess over for years to come, this gift guide for parents will lead you straight to the perfect present.
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that no one can ever have too many blankets. I drape this softer-than-soft chenille throw over my bed, and when I can wrestle it from my cats, it’s exactly what the cozy season calls for. Plus, it’s a simple way to add a touch of texture and interest to the home.
Dish and hand soaps are functional, sure, but considering how often we use them, the staples are key elements of our beauty routines. What’s more, this plant-based duo balances notes of bergamot, orange blossom, amber, and cedar for a sophisticated scent that delights with every wash. Bonus: The bottles are beyond gorgeous to display. Want to go all in for your parents? The Home Essentials Bundle includes a multipurpose surface cleaner and wipes as well for them to enjoy all throughout their home.
I love a vase that doubles as a work of art—and one that pairs perfectly with the beauty it contains. Handcrafted in creamy matte stoneware, this organic, sculptural vessel pairs understated with statement-making to perfection. Your parents will love displaying it on a bookshelf, the dining table, or anywhere in the home that could use a touch of the wabi-sabi aesthetic.
Whether your parents live in a chilly climate or not, slippers are always a must. Help them kick every morning off on a cozy note with these soft, cushiony faux fur slippers that are best paired with a warm, seasonal beverage.
As I said, let me introduce your parents’ new favorite gadget. My mom gifted this to herself a few years ago and is obsessed—so much so, that my sisters and I each bought one for ourselves. (As a city gal, I have the smaller Mesa to tote along on camping trips.) With its innovative design, the Solo Stove puts out less smoke than standards fire pits. Because of that, it’s great to cook on, roast marshmallows over, or simply gather around with friends and family. The Solo Stove is also lightweight, making it easy to transport. Just be careful: your friends might find out and request it at every outdoor gathering.
If your parents love a French press cuppa, why not make their morning coffee routine all the more enjoyable? This unique, two-tone coffee plunger streamlines the prep process—and for how beautiful it is, you’ll be surprised to discover that it’s also dishwasher safe.
A cashmere robe for under $200? Quince makes it happen. The 100% Mongolian cashmere feels like butter against your skin, providing warmth while also offering a flattering fit. It comes in four colors, giving you plenty of options to choose from—or making it all the more tempting for your parent to collect.
If you’re anything like my parents, their kitchen linens are an amalgam of mismatched pieces collected over the years. And while they’re more sentimental than functional, it’s time to clear ’em out. This streamlined set is sustainably produced of organic cotton and comes in three colors, making it an easy yes.
Will Our Place ever stop taking the culinary world by storm with its innovative and design-driven drops? A likely no—and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next. Their latest, the Wonder Oven, is beyond cute, building upon the brand’s love of multi-purpose gadgets that help you cut down on clutter in the kitchen. A 6-in-1 air fryer and toaster oven with steam infusion, it’s spacious while still ensuring your countertop stays streamlined and clear. We just got ours recently, and I swear—I’m addicted to air frying. I’ve even made it my go-to for our weekly roasted chicken.
Cooking gadgets are always a win when it comes to parent gifting. Because we’re all a little pizza-obsessed around here, Ooni pizza ovens are our absolute faves. (See how Camille used hers at a pizza party over the summer.) For restaurant-grade pies made easy at home, your Ooni will quickly become a pizza night game-changer. While this one is great for smaller spaces, Ooni offers an array of pizza ovens to help you find the perfect one for your parents.
Jewelry can be tricky, as it’s a deeply personal gift that needs to align with the giftee’s style and taste. That’s why, when I gift jewelry, I look for pieces with a sentimental touch. This 14k solid gold necklace lets you place a photo inside that they can keep close to their heart. It also comes with a complimentary engraving option, elevating it all the more. It’s an instant heirloom that’s destined to stay in your family for generations.
We’re passionate about shelf styling and switching things up with the seasons. These marble bookends add a modern touch that’ll stylishly complement any library of books.
My obsession with skincare has rubbed off on my mom, and she’s now all ears to the brands and products I can’t get enough of. Ogee is luxury skincare at its finest, offering all the products you need for an intentional, pared-down routine. The Dew Kit includes four of my favorites that I consider daily must-haves. The Botanical Face Mist sits light on the skin while still offering deep and effective hydration. Apply the Jojoba Glow Face Oil to keep skin luminous, bouncy, and free of fine lines. The Face Stick is a multi-purpose makeup hero, acting as a bronzer, blush, and highlighter with buildable and blendable color. Finally, the Tinted Sculpted Lip Oil replenishes the lips while giving the a dewy sheen and plumpness. It’s everything you need to perfect the fresh-faced, no-makeup makeup look.
It’s non-negotiable: everyone needs a good set of knives. And we stand by the belief that, while you can certainly expand your collection, three do just the trick. This trio includes an 8″ chef’s knife, a small paring knife, and a serrated knife. For anything they need to slice, dice, chop up, and julienne, this collection has your parents covered.
I love sweet little gifts that not only fulfill a functional need, but that add a touch of craftsmanship to a space. This simple porcelain butter dish was handmade in Portland, Oregon, and will quickly become a conversation piece of any gathering your parents host.
Everyone needs more coffee table books in their life, your parents included. Assouline titles are easily recognizable thanks to their signature vibrant covers. Your parents will get lost in it as the pages perfectly convey the rich history, culture, and cuisine of the region. Who knows, it might even inspire a trip.