They walk you down the aisle, share in your first dances, and help prep for your big day. Plus, they've loved you since day one. So, how do you find the perfect wedding thank you gifts for your parents that summarize all that and more?
Whether you're the bride(s) or groom(s), there aren't really any set rules for what to give your folks (or in-laws!) on your wedding day, or even if you have to buy a gift in the first place. But, let's be real—considering the huge, irreplaceable hand that they've probably had in that little thing called your wedding, a token of appreciation feels about as necessary as your flowers, especially if your mom and dad chipped in financially. Plus, a thank you gift is a time-honored custom and an overall gracious courtesy that shouldn't be nixed, no matter how nontraditional your nuptials.
For the sentimental parents who treasure experiences and memories, consider small acts of kindness, like hosting your fam for dinner and picking up the slack on any at-home chores they had to put on hold from the craziness of wedding planning. If a tangible gift feels more on par with repaying their pre-wedding support, though, we have exactly what you need to shower the absolute saints who raised you with your undying love and gratitude. We rounded up 15 day-of presents (and even a few subscriptions for when a one-day-only gift won't cut it) that perfectly recognize the superhero supporters in your life who made it all happen (all priced under $300!).
Check out our favorite wedding thank you gift ideas for your parents, to present before or after you walk down the aisle.
Wedding Card to My Parents
In such a digital world, there's SO much to be said for a heartfelt handwritten message. Select high-quality, special-occasion stationery to truly put your feelings into words the old-fashioned way.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $3.75
Letters to My Mom
Having a hard time putting pen to paper? We get it—you have a lifetime's worth of parental love to sort through. That's where a guided letter writing kit comes in, filled with eight specific "Read me when" prompts and meaningful fill-in-the-blank cards. Your mother dearest will cherish opening each one just as much as the next. (Don't worry—there's one for father's, too).
SHOP NOW: UncommonGoods, $16
Cathy's Concepts Monogram Five-Piece Decanter Set
Because everyone involved in the big day, especially your folks and in-laws, could use a drink on the rocks after the fact.
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $84
Artifact Uprising Layflat Photo Album
Who says you have to give the wedding gifts for your parents on your big day? Why not wait a bit until you receive your professional photos? (After all, you've certainly paid enough for them!) Speak with your photographer beforehand about parent and family portraits that are MUSTS. Once you receive them, have the images printed and bound in an album for your parents' viewing pleasure. After all, if a photo is worth 1,000 words, wedding photos must be worth at least 2,000. Right?
SHOP NOW: Artifact Uprising, starting at $139
Aura Digital Photo Frame
Speaking of wedding pictures, go the 21st-century route with a high-tech frame display that lets your parental units proudly flaunt a digital version of your favorite wedding snapshot. While you wait to receive your images, though, take a walk down memory lane and use a family throwback or even a digitized version of their wedding photos as a placeholder. (Warning: Mom might not be able to hold back the waterworks.)
SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $299
Tie Bar Linen Pocket Squares
Wearable gifts combine style and sentiment, and BHLDN's collaboration with men's formalwear maven The Tie Bar will keep dad (and/or your father-in-law) looking his absolute best on the big day. Go the extra mile and add his initials or your wedding date, if he's into those kind of things.
SHOP NOW: BHLDN, $10
Kate Spade New York 'Idiom - Heart of Gold' Bangle
Don't leave Mom hanging! Your built-in shoulder to cry on and unofficial co–wedding planner absolutely deserves plenty of recognition on your big day, so tug on her "heart of gold," as the bangle reads, with a true wedding-worthy accessory.
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $32
Genius Desserts Small-Batch Organic Chocolate Subscription
With shower hosting and dress shopping under their belts, your parents have earned the right to a present that lasts beyond the big day. Enter chocolate subscription. Yep, thanks to Raaka Chocolate's collab with Food52, you can send three small-batch, organic dark chocolate bars right to their doorstep every month for up to a year. Enough said.
SHOP NOW: Food52, starting at $75 for 3 months
A Sweet Escape
Just like you and your new husband need some R&R (or adventure!) after the big day, your parents would certainly love some too! If you have the means, consider gifting both sets of parents a trip, weekend, or evening away to remember. If your in-laws and parents are super close, you can even organize it to be a joint experience. You can be as extravagant as a European excursion, or as simple as a night away or out on the town—either way, your parents will love every minute of it.
SHOP NOW: Trip Advisor, prices vary
Away The Carry-On
To that note, if you're more of a penny pincher leading up to the big day, cult luggage favorite Away is a safe splurge for an equally travel-friendly present. Dad will love its overwhelming five-star reviews, and Mom's sure to be sold on the organizational units alone. Bon voyage, wherever their next adventure may be.
SHOP NOW: Away, $225
Farm Fresh Spa Experience Tin
Step aside, farm-to-table: Farm-to-bath is just what your parents need to reset and unwind. Both will be eternally grateful for a post-wedding at-home spa kit, complete with handcrafted milk bath tea, moisturizing bath truffle, whipped shea cream, and lip balm. Package with matching robes for the full treatment.
SHOP NOW: UncommonGoods, $32
Clear Wine Rack
You know their wine preferences best, so stock up on a few sentimental bottles and present the loot with a contemporary, stackable storage unit. They'll fondly think of you and your wedding every time they crack open another red or white.
SHOP NOW: CB2, $39.95
Wedding Thank You Gift Wine Labels
While you're at it, give thanks to your parents or in-laws with a message on a bottle. The meaningful label, adorned with your names and wedding date, instantly turns any vino into a touching keepsake from your nuptials.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, starting at $12.99 for 2
Southern Magnolia Tree Sapling
Got a green thumb? Consider planting a symbolic tree in both family's backyards that you'll be able to watch grow and bloom for years to come. Trees are symbolic of growth, which is what you've done right before their very eyes, and what you and your new husband will continue to do with your family. Seriously, what's better than a thank you gift that will keep on giving and is also good for the environment?
SHOP NOW: Food52, $65
Acacia Rectangle Tray
Extend a huge post-wedding thanks to your in-laws as well. Personalize this sleek wooden serving staple to hone in on your new combined families and pay homage to your potential shared last name.
SHOP NOW: Mark & Graham, $79