The ultimate guide to the best Christmas gifts for parents – for every budget!
The holidays can be stressful enough without having to worry about finding the perfect Christmas gifts for your parents.
Over the years, I’ve become somewhat of a gift-giving connoisseur.
Call it a superpower or “gift” (pun intended), but I’ve always been good at gift-giving.
Either that, or the people I’ve given gifts to over the years have been really convincing.
Regardless, I like to think I know what I’m talking about when it comes to finding the right Christmas gift for someone who means a lot to you.
I’ve also realized from personal experience that parents can be some of the hardest people to buy gifts for.
Sometimes it seems like they already have everything, or your parents are hard to read and you’re not sure what they might actually like or find useful.
But if you’re looking for good Christmas ideas for parents, you’ve come to the right place.
I put together this gift guide for parents so you could find the perfect Christmas gift, no matter what your budget is this year.
Throughout the years, I’ve gone from being broke to making six figures and everything in between, and I’ve still found a way to give thoughtful gifts most years regardless of how much money I’m making.
But, enough of my tangents.
This is the ultimate list of the best Christmas gifts for parents. Use it as you will and happy holidays! 🙂
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An Echo Dot is one of the best gift ideas for parents if you don't want to spend a lot of money, but you're looking for something trendy and useful.
The Echo Dot is one of the most popular smart speakers on the market and one of the top gifts for parents this year.
It has Alexa built-in, which means your parents can voice-control their music, as well as ask questions to Alexa, call anyone, and control their smart home (if they have other smart devices).
If you're looking for a gift for mom and dad that won't break the bank, the Fire 7 Tablet is the perfect entry-level tablet.
This tablet is great for parents who have never owned a tablet before, or who just need the basics when it comes to their technology.
The Fire 7 Tablet now includes Alexa so your parents can make hands-free commands. They can also use it to browse the web, read, watch movies, and listen to music.
Any tea fans in the house? This tea sampler gift set is the ideal gift for parents who are partial to tea and take their tea drinking seriously.
The sampler includes 20 teabags with an assortment of five different types of teas that are perfect to drink during winter.
This is also a good cheap gift for parents if you want to get them something nice without breaking your budget.
No one likes to be jolted awake by the sound of an alarm going off, and now your parents don't have to.
I discovered this wake up light alarm clock a few years back, and it is a game changer to waking up feeling refreshed and well-rested.
When it's time for your parents to wake up, the alarm clock emits light that gradually gets brighter to simulate naturally waking up to the sunrise.
So basically, you'd be giving your parents the gift of quality sleep with this natural alarm clock.
If you're looking for good family Christmas gifts, this is the perfect gift idea that benefits everyone.
This is an especially good gift for parents who still have kids living at home, or for those parents who have a lot of handheld gadgets.
No more fighting over outlets when everyone's personal tech needs to be charged.
This smart charging station dock keeps things organized and powered up.
If you're wondering what to get your parents for Christmas, you can't go wrong with chocolate.
This is also a good gift idea if you're stuck on what to get your parents and you don't have a lot of money to spend.
Lindt truffles are an ideal go-to option since they're the perfect combination of quality and price.
Best Christmas Gifts for Parents Under $100
Do your parents consistently complain about their back or neck hurting?
This heated back and neck massager is a cool gift for parents that is also practical and will give your parents a lot of relief from sore joints.
Besides the back and neck, this massager can also easily be used for shoulders, feet, and legs.
If your parents enjoy spending time outside with family or friends, or they're looking for more reasons to, this picnic backpack for four makes it that much easier to do so.
This backpack has everything they would need for the perfect picnic, including a complete cutlery set, wine glasses, cheese plate and knife, stainless steel shakers, picnic blankets, and an insulated bag.
One of the more useful gifts for parents, juicing is one of the best ways your parents can keep their health in tip-top shape.
If they need to upgrade their current juicer or they want to start a healthy juicing habit, this is the best quality juicer I've come across.
I use this juicer every morning for my daily celery juice and it is super fast and powerful.
One of the best gifts for mom and dad if they're fond of the outdoors and birdwatching.
If your parents regularly go camping, hiking, or simply have a penchant for ornithology, these binoculars are a must buy.
They're also the perfect gift for parents who are into stargazing, sports, and hunting.
Looking for good Christmas gifts for parents who like to camp?
These double camp chairs are a cute addition to any camping gear, perfect for family camping trips, sporting games, or for sitting around a bonfire.
A great gift idea for mom and dad if they're a fan of watching TV/movies at night.
This high-quality cotton throw blanket makes movie nights that much cozier, and it's a warm addition to any couch.
Best Christmas Gifts for Parents Under $200
A great gift for middle-aged parents, did anyone else grow up with parents who loved Calvin and Hobbes?
My parents and I loved this comic when I was younger, and looking through this Calvin and Hobbes box set brings back Sunday morning memories from my childhood.
This is the perfect Christmas gift for parents as an adult if you're looking to give them a nostalgic present.
A great gift for empty nesters, or simply those parents who like to have family pictures around their house.
This 10-inch digital picture frame showcases various photos that can be controlled by remote. It also allows you to easily share photos instantly with your parents.
It's a great way to stay connected with the whole family and share visual memories.
This can also be a great gift for hard to buy for parents since you can make it as unique as you want.
This is the first camera I took traveling with me and I was always amazed at the quality images it produced for a point-and-shoot model.
If you're looking for a nice gift for parents and they're in the market for an easy-to-use digital camera, this is the best point-and-shoot camera I've come across.
One of the best tech gifts for older parents, smart home devices are becoming huge these days.
And that includes smart thermostats.
This is another practical and useful gift you could get your parents to make sure their home is always at the right temperature for them.
This Google Nest Smart Thermostat learns what temperatures your parents like and automatically adjusts as needed.
It also saves energy, has an auto-schedule feature, works with Alexa, and they can control it through their phone or computer.
A great gift for parents who have pets.
This two-way audio pet camera allows your parents to watch their pets when they're not home, and even talk to their fur babies and feed them treats.
The camera is 1080p Full HD, 160-degree wide-angle, and includes night vision, as well as a barking sensor.
A great gift for parents who pride themselves on a clean house.
This iRobot Roomba Vacuum works on both carpet and hardwood floors and cleans everything from dust to pet hair and large debris.
They can automatically schedule cleaning sessions and control it via Alexa, Google Assist, or from their phone.
This can also be a good gift idea for older parents to allow them to keep the house clean while saving them time and energy.
Best Christmas Gifts for Parents Over $200
One of the best tech gifts for parents. If you're looking to splurge this Christmas, why not get them an upgraded iPhone?
This iPhone is fully unlocked and compatible with any phone carrier.
If your parents aren't Apple fans, a new Samsung phone is a great alternative.
If your parents have been thinking of trying out a smartphone or simply want to update the one they currently have, the Samsung Galaxy S10e is a good phone to start with.
Whereas my generation seems to be all about smartphones, it seems like parents are much more into iPads these days.
If your parents are iPad enthusiasts, an iPad Air is great splurgy Christmas gift to treat your parents to.
An iPad Air can also be a great joint gift for parents. My siblings and I all went in on an engraved iPad for my mom last Christmas and she loved it.
I'm a recent Sony and mirrorless camera convert, after years of being a Canon girl who only shot with DSLRs.
If one of your parents has taken an interest in photography, this is one of the best entry-level professional cameras on the market.
Sony has taken ahold of the mirrorless camera industry, and the quality they provide is unmatched compared to other mirrorless options.
If you have the budget to splurge on your parent's Christmas gift this year, this is one of the best professional cameras you could give as a gift.
And it can be another good joint Christmas present for parents if you want to split the cost with your siblings.
An ideal gift for parents who love their TV time at night.
Although this is one of the more expensive gifts for parents on this list, if you're looking to splurge this Christmas, this Samsung 4K Smart TV is a great option.
You can choose from a variety of sizes, and it has 4K picture quality if your parents are wanting to upgrade their current TV.
Best Christmas Gifts for Mom
One of the best gifts for mom if she is into healthy living and beautiful home decor.
This lamp is made from 100% Himalayan salt and helps to relieve stress and purify the air.
It's especially good for helping with tiredness, so it can also be a good gift for aging parents or parents who work a lot.
This is the perfect gift for a mom who otherwise has everything.
If your mom is into yoga or she is looking to start the practice in the New Year, this high-quality yoga mat is the perfect Christmas gift idea for mom.
This yoga mat is made from sustainable materials, has great grip, and is all kinds of comfortable.
Looking for a good Christmas gift for a mom who likes to read?
Think about getting her a Kindle Paperwhite this Christmas.
I used to be one of those people who said I could never switch to a Kindle because I loved the feel of traditional books too much.
Well, even though I still love reading physical books from time to time, there's no denying that my Kindle has allowed me to read SO much more than I ever did before.
A big part of this is because I can easily take multiple books with me anywhere in a lightweight device.
If your mom loves reading, this is one of the best gifts you can give her to allow her to read even more and on the go.
This can also be an ideal Christmas gift for retired parents who now suddenly have a lot more time on their hands to read all those books they've been wanting to read.
A Kindle is an especially good gift for an elderly mom since you're able to enlarge the text as much as you need and they're designed to be easy on the eyes.
One of the best gifts for mom on Amazon.
Everyone could use a quality slow cooker in their home (it's convenient and saves a lot of time).
So if your mom doesn't have one yet (or has an old one), this is a great gift to give her.
This is the best selling slow cooker model in the US and it's super easy to clean. Win-Win.
One of the best gifts for a mom who doesn't want anything (she probably doesn't know about Tieks yet).
I've owned Tieks for over three years now and they have been a game changer when it comes to packing light and finding comfortable and stylish flats that I can walk in for hours.
Tieks are made from high-quality Italian leather (or they also have a line of vegan flats), easily fold up in a suitcase, and last for years.
If you're looking for a unique Christmas gift for mom, these flats are a good option.
Best Christmas Gifts for Dad
If you're looking for unique Christmas gift ideas for dad, look no further than this globe whiskey decanter.
This can be a great gift for an elderly father who likes to drink his whiskey in style (extra bonus if he's an avid traveler).
If he's not a whiskey drinker, this decanter is also good for any kind of liquor.
Or you can simply fill it with water or iced tea and use it as a statement piece.
If your dad is a handyman around the house and likes to fix things, or your parents simply need a good tool set to have on hand, this is a good practical Christmas gift.
This 39-piece tool kit includes essential DIY tools for small household projects.
A great Christmas gift for retired dads or those who need a good grill for their next family barbecue outing.
This portable grill has everything your dad needs for an outdoor barbecue on the go.
The grill holds up to six burgers at a time, and it's compact and lightweight enough to take anywhere.
For the outdoorsy dad.
This inflatable kayak is a great Christmas gift for dad from a daughter or son who wants to go kayaking together.
The two-person kayak comes with aluminum oars and an air pump. Easy to pack up and take to the river or lake on a beautiful day out.
Allbirds has made waves in the footwear industry in recent years for their sustainable and cloud-like sneakers.
Their shoes are known to be some of the most comfortable walking shoes on the market these days.
If you're looking for practical gifts for dad, Allbirds will allow him to walk for miles in comfort and style.
Best Christmas Gifts for Parents Who Have Everything
One of the most unique gifts for parents who have everything - an ancestry kit!
I did 23andMe earlier this year and it was eye-opening to find out parts of my ancestry I never knew about before.
This can be a great gift for any parent who is into their family history (I know my dad is).
There's also the bonus of finding out your health traits.
This will allow your parent to know their carrier status and whether they're predisposed to any health issues, making it one of the best gifts for elderly parents as well.
Another great gift idea for parents who have everything - a mindfulness gratitude journal.
If you've noticed that one of your parents is especially overwhelmed, stressed, or constantly complaining, gratitude journals can be one of the best holiday gift ideas for parents.
It allows them to see the bigger picture and find more daily happiness through even five minutes of showing gratitude.
Okay, so maybe your parents seem to have everything, but do they tend to lose a lot of what they have?
I'm not going to name names, but this definitely happens in my family.
These Tile Pro gadgets attach to things like keys, so you can track lost items whenever you misplace them or can't find them in the house.
Genius and super practical.
This is an especially thoughtful gift for older parents who regularly misplace their smaller items.
Best Christmas Gifts for Expecting Parents
One of the best gifts for expecting parents is a quality baby monitor.
This camera has FHD 1080p resolution, night vision, and includes being able to talk to your baby remotely.
This is a must-have item for any new parent and one less thing expecting parents will have to worry about buying before the baby arrives.
A good Christmas gift for expecting mothers, this newborn handprint and footprint kit is all kinds of adorable and a great sentimental gift for parents who are about to have a baby.
If you're looking for a great personal gift for expecting parents, this is one they'll cherish for a long time to come.
From what I've heard from my friends who have gone through pregnancy, one of the most uncomfortable parts of it can be swollen and sore feet.
Help soon-to-be moms relieve some of that discomfort with this foot massager roller.
Best Christmas Gifts for New Parents
A great Christmas gift for new parents, this portable changing mat allows you to change your baby on the go.
This waterproof changing mat allows new parents to do diaper changes one-handed and includes a memory foam baby pillow and plenty of pockets for diapers, wipes, and creams.
A solid Christmas gift for a new parent, Blue Apron is a meal delivery subscription service that drops off already prepped meals that are quick to cook.
One of the hardest things to adjust to as new parents is the lack of time with a newborn in the house.
A Blue Apron subscription could be a lifesaver in terms of giving them more time with their baby and less time in the kitchen.
Spa Day Gift Card
One of the more meaningful gifts for parents, especially new parents, is an all-expenses-paid spa day.
This is one of my favorite go-to gifts for anyone in my life who needs some relaxation and a day of pampering after a stressful time.
Research a few local spas online where the new parents are located.
90% of the time local spas have gift cards that you can easily purchase online and print out.
Best Christmas Gifts for In-laws
A great Christmas gift for a mother-in-law or father-in-law who is a homebody or appreciates their TV time.
The Fire TV Cube allows you to use Alexa to turn on the TV or play your favorite show.
It can also be integrated with Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV, HBO, and Prime Video subscriptions, as well as YouTube.
It's easily one of the best Amazon gifts for parents this year.
A Christmas gift idea for the in-laws who enjoy a solid cup of coffee.
This dual espresso machine is one of the best entry-level options on the market, allowing your in-laws to make the perfect frothy latte or Americano from home.
This is the perfect gift for both parents, assuming they both love caffeine. And a great luxury Christmas gift for parents if you're trying to make a good impression.
One of the best Christmas gifts for in-laws who love to read.
The Book of the Month Club is a subscription service that recommends brand new reads and will send a new book to their doorstep every month.
It can also be a great bonding gift if you and your mother-in-law love to read and discuss books together.
Best Christmas Gifts for Boyfriend’s Parents
A classic and useful charcuterie board can be a good Christmas gift for any boyfriend's mom.
This is an especially good gift if your boyfriend's family enjoys entertaining and hosting dinners often.
Or who simply enjoys a good charcuterie board (I mean, who doesn't?!).
Whiskey Stones are a thoughtful Christmas gift for parents and a great gift for a boyfriend's family who enjoys their whiskey.
This can also be a great choice for a Christmas present for your boyfriend's dad, especially if you're a fan of whiskey as well.
Best Christmas Gifts for Girlfriend’s Parents
If you're looking for creative gifts for parents, a candle making kit can be a fun and cute Christmas gift for your girlfriend's mom.
It's hard to go wrong with DIY type gifts, and who doesn't love candles to make your home warm and welcoming.
If you're stumped on what to get your girlfriend's mom and she's a creative person who loves home decor, this gift idea is a good bet.
A great gift for your girlfriend's family if they're serious about their coffee.
This quality French Press coffee maker is a thoughtful way to show you care about them having a tasty cup of coffee each morning.
It's safe, thoughtful, and useful. Triple win!
Best Christmas Gifts for Parents Who Like to Travel
I'm addicted to my scratch map, so it's no surprise that this is one of my favorite things to give as a gift to someone who loves to travel.
If your parents are avid travelers and you're looking for a meaningful Christmas gift that won't break the bank, this scratch off world map is a great choice. Plus, it comes with a smaller US scratch map too!
A great gift for retired parents who are regular travelers or planning on traveling soon, this Lonely Planet coffee table book takes you through every single country in the world.
Talk about travel inspiration.
One of the more unique Christmas gifts on this list, if your parents are a fan of camping and outdoorsy travel, think about getting them an Eno Hammock.
I've had my Eno Hammock for years and even spent a summer hammock camping around the US with it.
Hammocks can be easier on your back compared to a traditional tent too, so they're good for sleeping in or just for lounging in a beautiful place.
If you're looking for practical and unique gifts for parents who regularly travel, think about getting them a few Nomatic travel accessories.
Nomatic has quickly become one of the best travel brands out there for quality luggage and accessories that can withstand pretty much anything.
Whether your parents need new packing cubes, a toiletry bag, a shoe cube, or even a travel laundry bag, Nomatic probably has it.
Forget Samsonite, Nomatic is one of the best luggage brands on the market today for durable luggage that will last for years.
If you're looking to get your wanderlust parents a new luggage set, Nomatic luggage is a good investment.
It will probably be the only luggage they'll need for a very long time.
Best Christmas Gifts for Parents When You’re Broke
Acts of Service
An act of service is a thoughtful gift idea that you can give your parents when you really can't spend money right now.
What is something that would brighten up their day and help them out at no cost to you?
Maybe it's something they've been wanting to do for a while but keep putting off because they're short on time. Or maybe it's a regular monthly chore they dread.
Could you clean their whole house, paint the fence, wash the car, or something else they just haven't had the chance to do in a while?
Cook a Nice Dinner for Them
Another one of the best gifts for parents when you don't have much money is cooking a nice dinner for them or baking cookies.
It might cost a little money to get the ingredients, but if you can spare even $20, you can find some pretty solid cheap meal ideas on Pinterest.
Or bake them their favorite holiday cookies or pie.
In general, cooking can be a great experience gift for parents, especially if you're a somewhat decent cook.
Put Together a Compilation Video
If you have a computer, this is a super easy and thoughtful gift you could do at no cost to you.
Either take your favorite photos or videos (or a mix of both) of you with your parents and put it into a highlight reel video.
If you're looking for a funny gift for parents, you can only include the most hilarious memories that you know your parents will get a kick out of.
This can also be an especially good Christmas present for parents from college students who recently left home.
If you've never used iMovie or similar free video editing software before, just watch a YouTube tutorial.
Easy peasy, no cost, and very thoughtful.
Best Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Parents
Looking for easy Christmas presents for parents?
If it's suddenly a few days before Christmas and you haven't had time to go shopping for presents yet, never fear!
One of the best gift cards for parents is an Amazon gift card because they can literally buy almost anything with it.
Really, an Amazon gift card is ideal for any parent who lives in a decently sized city and orders things from Amazon regularly.
You can instantly purchase an Amazon gift card and be done with Christmas shopping by clicking the link directly below.
Are your parents burnt out on Netflix or looking for a new TV/movie subscription service for more options?
Hulu has a lot of great shows right now ("This Is Us" is a guaranteed parent-favorite).
Treat them to a few months, or even a year of Hulu for the perfect last-minute Christmas gift.
Another great last-minute Christmas gift idea for parents who love music - get them an Apple Music subscription.
There are options for family plans or standalone plans, and it gives them the ability to stream their favorite music and discover new artists daily.
One of the more unique gift ideas for parents - if your mom is wanting to upgrade her closet this year, Stitch Fix can be a great option.
Stitch Fix has become a super popular clothing service (especially for middle-aged women).
The service pairs you with stylists who find your perfect look and send you new clothes so you don't have to go shopping.
You can either do this every few weeks or every few months, depending on how much your mom wants to revamp her closet.
It's a great last-minute Christmas gift idea since you can purchase the service immediately and send it to your mom.
If your parents are fond of their wine, this is the best monthly wine subscription box that I've come across.
It allows them to try an assortment of different wines each month through personalized bottle recommendations.
These recommendations are curated and delivered directly to your parent's doorstep.
If you have a mom who is active or looking to get more fit in the New Year, Fabletics offers a wide range of fitness wear for all ages of women.
I've used Fabletics for years and would say that about 90% of my fitness clothes are from them, so I can speak to their quality and unique options.
You can either choose to sign your mom up for the monthly subscription where she can pick out her own fitness outfits each month.
Or you can buy an outfit directly from the site without any subscription (although you'll need about a week for it to get to you in the mail).
I've been regularly using the Headspace app for two years now, and I can honestly say it's one of the best gifts you can give to someone who is open to meditation.
Similar to the gratitude journal, this is a great gift to give to parents who are overwhelmed, stressed, or who have always wanted to try out meditation.
The app gives you a wide assortment of different guided meditations that are anywhere from 10-20 minutes.
And each meditation pack focuses on different issues you may be going through or want to work on right now (i.e. grief, acceptance, happiness, generosity, etc).
If you made it this far – congratulations, you’re a champ!
I hope you found the perfect Christmas gift for the parent(s) you were shopping for.
If you bought anything from my recommendations or if I missed anything on this list (e.g. you found another great gift that I should add), make sure to comment below!
I’ll be regularly updating this ultimate list of Christmas presents for parents so that it stays up-to-date and as helpful as possible.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays!
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