Finding a gift for your mom and dad that fully captures your gratitude is no easy feat. Over the years, I’ve found the best gifts for parents are always those they either didn’t know they needed or that remind them of the gift-giver. While it always is rewarding to find something that a parent or loved one adores, the pressure to do so this year feels even stronger. After all, many of us have found ourselves spending either significantly more or less time with our closest of kin, and it only feels right to celebrate those who have been with us through this trying year.
Universally, we are all spending more time cooking at home. Whether or not your loved ones are the type to venture into the world of homemade pizza-making, any of these gifts for parents are sure to make the home cooking experience a little more enjoyable. Even if you are not there to celebrate a holiday dinner with them, any parent will love to know you were still involved in the process.
The Road Trippers
During this unique time, many of us are finding safe ways to still see those we love for the holidays. Paravel’s carry-on is both beautiful and practical, and the Shinola travel chess set is sure to provide entertaining moments along the way. Plus, a pajama set, like this one from Desmond & Dempsey, or a pair of cozy slippers are just about as foolproof as gift options go.
The Wellness Obsessed
During quarantine, I’ve enjoyed bonding with my parents by introducing them to all things wellness. From Look Optic’s blue-light glasses to Vitruvi’s diffuser, these gifts are not only heartfelt but will add serenity to your family’s home. The Vitamix composting machine is sure to please any environmentally conscious mom or dad, and the Theragun will ease their aches.
Help mom and dad greet the cold with luxurious layers this holiday season. A Pendleton wool blanket and cozy cashmere socks are the perfect accessories to a toasty fire. Moms will love these shearling-lined rain boots, and any dad will feel stylish in Theory’s sherpa pullover.
The Activity Enthusiasts
For a fashionable look on or off the fairway, mom will love these Tory Sport golf pants. And if she wants to emulate the greatest on the tennis court, these Roger Federer–designed shoes are sure to be a winner. Last year, I gifted everyone in my family a reusable Kinto water bottle, and I still believe they are one of the best gifts for any parent.
Little Treasures for Mom and Dad
Anything by designer Lizzie Fortunato is destined to bring a smile to a mother’s face, especially this charming bag, which is perfect for the holiday season. Dad will also love these sophisticated Lanvin cufflinks and will be reminded of you every time he wears them. Both parents can enjoy Nue Co.’s functional fragrance and chic Tom Dixon diffuser.