When you have been going out with your boyfriend for some time, so that you could now be regarded as an “item”, when Christmas comes around, or perhaps Easter, or their birthdays, you will want to buy gifts for his parents.
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The problem can be deciding what to buy, especially if you are buying a joint present. If his dad is a drummer, you could buy something drumming related, or if his mum likes horse riding, you could buy something horse related, but either way you are leaving one of them out.
Our gift ideas for boyfriends parents
Here are 5 ideas for gifts for your boyfriend’s parents (or for in-laws) that they can both enjoy.
1. Diptyque Ambre Scented Candle, 190g
This beautiful candle is French-made by a company called Dyptique, and has the scent of amber. In addition it includes scents of the woods patchouli and vetiver, with hints of aniseed, Tonka bean, cistus, incense, and spices.
At its premium price, this is no cheap candle, but is something special from which your boyfriend’s parents can both get great pleasure, and is a luxury item that most people would not buy for themselves.
It is rated as burning for up to 60 hours, so they should get many evenings of delight from it. A friend of mine who bought it actually commented “Delicious, fabulous candle. Wish they lasted forever!”
You can find the French premium candle here: Amazon discount link
2. Ravensburger Big Ben Building 3D Puzzle, 216 Piece
This gift should give both of them some fun on a dark winter’s evening. This is a 3D jigsaw puzzle which measures 39cm in height when completed, and represents the clock tower of Big Ben – as you might have guessed. The pieces are made of strong, high quality plastic.
All the pieces are numbered on the back in case people get stuck. All in all, it is a gift that will not break the bank and can give hours of fun.
Check the price of this 3D jigsaw puzzle here: Amazon discount link
3. Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist
This “Travelist”, which seems to be a 21st century abbreviation for Travel List, is a guide to what Lonely Planet considers the top 500 travel destinations in the world.
All the usual sights such as the Eiffel Tower and Taj Mahal are included, but there are others which are unusual and off the beaten track, giving people insights into destinations that are stunning, but that they may never have considered – or even heard of.
It is excellent value for money, and can give your boyfriend’s parents many hours of enjoyment as they decide upon their next holiday destination. An ideal Christmas present, since many families consider their holidays for the following year at this time.
Lonely Planet travel book can be found here: Amazon discount link
4. Personalised Clarendon Vintage Wooden Wine Chest Hamper
Here is something a little different. This is a bottle of fine red wine, together with a fruit spread selection, and an epicure pate and savoury biscuits, all presented in a replica vintage wooden wine chest.
The wine label will be personalised with a printed message of your choice.
This is a really perfect gift for wine lovers and in my view it represents excellent value for money. A gift that is suitable for any occasion or time of year.
Check the price of the Wine Chest Hamper here: Amazon discount link
5. Chemex 6-Cup Wood Neck Coffee Maker
This coffee maker has rave reviews and has been selected by the Illinois Institute of Technology as one of the 100 best designed products of modern times. It has an hourglass shaped flask made entirely of glass together with a polished wooden collar with a leather tie. Chemex say that because it has no moving parts it will last forever – unless, of course, you drop it on the floor. This model is a 6 cup version, but it is also available in smaller and larger sizes.
Being made of glass, which is chemically inert, it cannot absorb odours or any chemical residues. You will also need to purchase some Chemex filters to go with the coffee maker, and they are not the cheapest filters available, but many people say that it makes the best flat black or white coffee that they have ever tasted.
The coffee maker is very easy to use and to clean afterwards. All that needs to be done is to remove and discard the filter, rinse out the coffee maker, and it is ready to go again.
If your boyfriend’s parents love coffee, many people are saying that they have never had a better coffee maker than this, so it would be the perfect present.
You can find the one of the best coffee makers here: Amazon discount link
6. Coffee or tea set
A coffee or tea set would be a perfect gift whether you already know the parents or not. If you wish, you can make the set more sentimental by personalising the items with the parent’s name or images.
You can add more value to it by getting a variety of flavors for them to choose from, and adding high-quality coffee grains.
7. A restaurant gift card
A restaurant gift card is an awesome idea to consider as a gift for the parents. As you look for a gift, you should get a practical one that will touch their life. Therefore, a restaurant gift card is a safe idea as it allows the parents to enjoy some time together.
As the parents enjoy their meal in the restaurant, they will remember and appreciate your kind gesture. The best thing is that you are at liberty to determine the amount that can be used on the gift card.
Additionally, you don’t have to break the bank to get them a restaurant gift card. You can get them a gift card for a classic hotel in your locality that you can afford.
8. Whiskey set
Do you know your boyfriend’s parents well? Do they love toasting to a shot of whiskey?
If the parents are the kind that enjoys their drink, a whiskey set would be a perfect gift for them. They will enjoy a chill drink from time to time and remember you. They may also toast to welcome you into the family.
9. Digital camera
When thinking of a gift for your boyfriend’s parents, it’s good to consider their age. Get them a gift that is appropriate for their age. However, some gifts that may seem for younger people may also be appropriate for them.
A digital camera cannot fail you as a gift for the parents. As much as they may be old, they will love the fun that comes with a digital camera. They will enjoy taking photos when they go out.
If they wish, they can print out the photos. They can also retain them in the digital camera’s internal memory.
10. A photo frame
Yes, I know this one looks too common. Perhaps they already have it in their house.
Can you consider the following before rubbishing the suggestion?
Does your boyfriend live in his parent’s house anymore?
If the parents have a photo frame, are you sure they have a digital photo frame? Have they even heard of it? You see. Does the gift idea still sound common?
If your boyfriend does not live in the house anymore, you can compile photos of him and his parents in a digital photo frame. You will surprise the parents with the gift as it is unlikely they already have such a photo frame. Thus, they will have memories of their family on the wall at all times.