Holiday Gift Guide: Unique Gift Ideas to Buy for Your Parents


Lukas Werner

As the holiday season approaches, it can be difficult to choose gifts that people will truly appreciate, especially when the person you’re purchasing a gift for is your parent. Here are some suggestions that might make your gift choices easier.

Avery Rush, Assistant Editor

Finding the perfect gift for your parent can be a daunting task, especially if they give you the cliché idea of giving them a hug or a heartfelt card. Gifts that put a personal twist on your parent’s favorite items or provide them with an experience will ensure that your appreciation for them is well communicated.

Homesick Candles

The brand Homesick sells candles that relate to specific places, memories, or holidays through their scents. From grandma’s kitchen to New York City, Homesick probably makes a candle that will remind your parent of a fun memory between the two of you.

The company also offers a candle crafted to remind you of your mother, entitled the “Thank you, Mom candle.” The candle, featuring notes of bergamot, lavender, and sage, is the perfect contribution for the mother figure in your life to remind her of your love.

DNA Kits

Services making it accessible for people to find out more about their ancestors and genetic background from the comfort of their home have become a popular gift in the past few years. 

These kits, sold by companies such as Ancestry and 23andMe, give users a quick and fun activity that can also provide helpful information. With many different types of kits, all serving various purposes, there is undoubtedly an option that would strike your parent’s fancy. 

Ember Mugs

Coffee is the fuel many parents need every morning. Ember offers electronic mugs and travel cups with technology to keep drinks warm. 

These cups are sold in a minimal range of colors and sizes, making it easy to choose which variation would best suit you or the recipient. These mugs are useful for parents working long days at an office job, or for a lazy weekend spent in bed.

Personalized Jewelry

For most parents, a gift given to them by one of their children is already special. Giving your parent a personalized gift just for them will make your gift that much more special.

With Etsy, an e-commerce website representing millions of small business owners, finding personalized gifts that your parent will love is made easier and even more customizable. Custom jewelry featuring details about each child or member of a family is practical, meaningful, and will have your parent showing it off to all of their friends.

Monthly Subscriptions

Subscriptions can come in all shapes, forms, and sizes. From clothing subscription boxes to media streaming services, there are a plethora of options for all of the unique people in your life.

For your mom that still listens to the radio in the car, a subscription to Spotify could be just what she needs to elevate her commute to work. For your dad who hates spending money on razors, a year of Dollar Shave Club could make his morning routine go a bit smoother.