The Best Gifts for Parents

Do your parents just seem to have everything? From the newest gadget to beautiful decorations, many parents have most of their needs and wants already met. This can make buying them gifts particularly tricky, especially if they’re the type of parents who tell you they “don’t need a gift.”

To help you over these barriers, we’ve created this list of 25 gifts any parent will enjoy. From gardening supplies to coffee makers to tea, just about every person’s taste is represented on this list. No matter your parents’ interests or hobbies, you’re sure to find something on this list that is right for them.

Gifts for Parents Under $20

1. 1000 Record Covers

1000 Record Covers

Let your parents travel back in time with this collection of album art from the 1960s to the 90s. For many music lovers, the songs they love become part of their heart and soul. This book allows them to revisit their favorite albums again and again with a quick flip of the page. They might even remember a once-loved song they had forgotten!

Key Features:

  • 1000 record covers
  • Album art from the 1960s to 90s

Cost: $17

2. Date Night In

Date Night In

No matter how long you’ve been together, date night is incredibly important. Even if your parents are retired and seem to spend every second together, quantity-time is often not quality-time. This cute book can help make those date nights happen with 120 recipes designed to get couples cooking delicious recipes together.

Key Features:

  • 120 recipes for complete meals
  • Each recipe is portioned for two

Cost: $19

3. Farmhouse Decor Flower Pot and Tray Set

Farmhouse Decor Flower Pot and Tray Set

This decorative flower pot set lets your parents flex their green-thumb and grow herbs and flowers right in their kitchen. There is perhaps nothing tastier than fresh herbs and nothing as fragrant as fresh flowers. So, no matter what your parents decide to grow, they won’t be let down.

Key Features:

  • Decorative
  • Grow anything from herbs to flowers to succulents
  • Ideal for windowsill planting

Cost: $19

4. Genuine Bonded Leather Journal

Genuine Bonded Leather Journal

This simple journal is a perfect choice for the parent that likes to journal, keep to-do lists, or needs a place to keep notes and important information. It contains 240 ruled pages, more than enough to last quite a while. It even comes with a small pocket in the back to hold important documents and a built-in, fabric bookmark.

Key Features:

  • 240 pages
  • Genuine leather

Cost: $8

5. Loose Leaf Breakfast Tea Sampler

Loose Leaf Breakfast Tea Sampler

If your parents enjoy tea, they’ll love this breakfast tea sampler pack. It includes six loose leaf teas stored in a reusable tin. Each tea is designed to be enjoyed at breakfast and has a robust flavor. There is enough of each tea to enjoy approximately 15 cups, making this variety pack a steal.

Key Features:

  • Six loose-leaf teas included
  • Breakfast tea
  • 15+ cups of each tea

Cost: $17

6. The Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook

The Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener's Handbook

Gardeners can never know too much about vegetables. Whether your parents have been gardening for years or have just taken up the craft since retirement, this book will help them manage their growing schedule to ensure a fruitful harvest. It includes a detailed to-do list that breaks gardening down into simple, manageable tasks. This book leads the way to a stress-free, bountiful harvest.

Key Features:

  • A detailed guide to growing vegetables
  • Week-by-week schedule

Cost: $11

7. Wooden Fine Fountain Pen with Display Case

Wooden Fine Fountain Pen with Display Case

If your parents still love writing things by hand, this wooden fountain pen will be a greatly loved gift. Whether it’s a letter to a longtime friend or the grocery list, this beautifully crafted fountain pen makes every writing task just a little more enjoyable. The nib is made from German iridium, and the body is made out of rosewood and maple. Only real-wood is used for maximum quality.

Key Features:

  • Made of real rosewood and maple
  • Comes with a display case
  • High-quality nib
  • Works with bottle ink

Cost: $18

Gifts for Parents Under $40

8. Casina Rossa Gourmet Sea Salt Gift Pack

Casina Rossa Gourmet Sea Salt Gift Pack

This set provides a variety of gourmet, flavored salts. Even if your parents have never used flavored salts before, this gift set is a great introduction to the world of condiment salt and can elevate any dish up to the next level with little effort.

Key Features:

  • Six 1.1-ounce jars included
  • Includes “Truffle & Salt”, “Fennel & Salt”, “Saffron & Salt”, “Fiori & Salt”, “Porcini & Salt”, and “Herb & Salt”

Cost: $22

9. Genteele Sherpa Throw Blanket

Genteele Sherpa Throw Blanket

Everyone loves a high-quality throw blanket. Curling up on the couch with a cup of coffee and an ultra-soft blanket is about as relaxing as it gets. This extra-large blanket features a super soft microfiber cashmere design and is completely reversible. It is completely machine-washable and comes with a lifetime warranty.

Key Features:

  • Machine washable
  • High-quality material
  • Super soft
  • Easy to wash

Cost:  $33

10. Fire TV Stick

Fire TV Stick

If your parents love to binge watch, then this is the perfect gift for them. The Fire TV Stick allows you to enjoy thousands of channels and apps straight onto your TV without a complicated installation process. The whole system is easily controlled using the Alexa Voice Remote. Just tell it what you want to watch, and it’ll have it up in a matter of seconds.

Key Features:

  • Connects to Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, and other video services
  • Voice activated or controlled via the remote
  • Plugs into any TVs HDMI port

Cost: $40

11. Fresh Organic Infused Olive Oil

Fresh Organic Infused Olive Oil

This premium finishing oil with let your parents easily spice up any dish and take their culinary journeys to a new level. Each oil is organically infused and free from essential oils and artificial flavors. These rich oils are perfect on top of pasta, pizza, vegetables, and even toast!

Key Features:

  • High-quality
  • Made in Greece
  • Organically infused
  • Five different flavors included

Cost: $38

12. Nostalgia FPS200 6-Cup Stainless Steel Electric Fondue Pot

Nostalgia FPS200 6-Cup Stainless Steel Electric Fondue Pot

Who doesn’t love fondue? Whether it is chocolate, cheese, or even cooking broth, you can do so many tasty things with a fondue pot that it makes the perfect gift for nearly everyone, no matter their culinary taste. This particular fondue pot has a 6-cup capacity and an adjustable temperature control dial. Plus, it comes with six color-coded forks so you can snack on your parents’ gift with them.

Key Features:

  • 6-cup capacity
  • Cool-touch handles
  • Adjustable temperature dial
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Comes with six forks for dipping

Cost: $30

13. Pour-over Glass Coffeemaker

Pour-over Glass Coffeemaker

What could make a better gift than this sleek, pour-over coffeemaker? It delivers the purest, tastiest coffee possible with its simple brewing design and is made of non-porous glass that does not absorb odors, residue, or bacteria.

Key Features:

  • Makes three cups (larger versions are available)
  • Simple design
  • Makes tasty coffee

Cost: $37

14. Rewined Pinot Noir Candle

Rewined Pinot Noir Candle

Do your parents love wine and candles? Then there is perhaps no better gift than this candle repurposed from a wine bottle. Smelling of fig, earth tones, leather, cranberry, and violet, this candle will keep your parent’s home smelling wonderful while they sip on their evening bottle of wine. There is one caveat, however – cut glass can be sharp, so this might not be the best gift for a pair of clumsy parents.

Key Features:

  • 100% glass
  • Natural Soy Wax
  • Smells of fig, earth tones, leather, cranberry, violet

Cost: $28

15. The Five Minute Journal

The Five Minute Journal

Many people would love to journal but don’t have the time. This journal is designed to be filled out in as little as five minutes and can help you cultivate gratitude. If your parents have always wanted to journal, this might be the gift to get them started.

Key Features:

  • Takes only five minutes to fill out
  • Designed to cultivate gratitude
  • Simple, quick, and effective

Cost: $23

16. VonShef Square Slide Out Bamboo Cheese Board and 4 Piece Knife Set

VonShef Square Slide Out Bamboo Cheese Board and 4 Piece Knife Set

Made from solid bamboo, this fancy cheese board is a great gift for parents who tend to snack all day. It includes a specialty knife set and a slide-out storage tray to keep all your cheese-cutting implements in one place. This cheese board can be used for both cutting and serving, making it a perfect all-in-one cheese station.

Key Features:

  • Solid Bamboo
  • Specialist knifes included
  • Food grade safe

Cost: $29

17. Vremi 9 Piece Garden Tools Set

Vremi 9 Piece Garden Tools Set

This tool set includes everything your parents need to start gardening, besides the seeds of course. Each tool is made of rust-resistant aluminum for long-term durability, and rubber handles to reduce fatigue from repetitive use. Everything can easily be stored in a tool organizer bag that can easily store whatever your parents might need for their gardening adventures.

Key Features:

  • Nine must-have gardening tools included
  • Each tool is made of rust-resistant aluminum
  • Comfort grip handles
  • Bag included

Cost: $30

Gifts for Parents Under $300

18. AeroGarden Harvest Elite

AeroGarden Harvest Elite

Okay, so not all parents have a green thumb. Many parents tend to kill any plant they even look at. Luckily, this countertop garden makes growing high-quality herbs effortless and super simple. It even alerts when the plants need watered or extra nutrients. Plus, it requires no dirt whatsoever. Just water and liquid nutrients.

Key Features:

  • Monitors plants
  • Alerts when plants need water or nutrients
  • No soil needed
  • Year-around growing with LED lighting system

Cost: $131

19. Bose SoundLink Revolve+

Bose SoundLink Revolve+

It is hard to beat the high-quality of a Bose speaker. This model is the best performing, portable speaker Bose makes, with up to 16 hours of battery life, a water-resistant design, and a seamless aluminum body. It even provides true 360-degree coverage with its circular design and has a wireless range of up to 30 feet.

Key Features:

  • Water resistant
  • 360-degree sound coverage
  • Flexible handle
  • 16 hours of play time
  • Range of 30 feet

Cost: $300

20. Dash Rapid Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Dash Rapid Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Cold-brew coffee takes forever to make by normal methods. You usually have to set it out overnight to brew while you sleep. This is not only hugely impractical, but it is also very easy to forget. But, this cold-brew coffee maker complete revolutionizes the game. It uses pressure to nearly instantly cold-brew coffee and can make a full pot in as little as 5 minutes.

Key Features:

  • Cold brews extremely quickly
  • Brew intensity adjustable
  • Cold-brew will stay fresh for up to 10 days in the fridge
  • Easy to use

Cost: $100

21. Echo Spot

Echo Spot

The 2nd generation Echo Spot is the easiest way to add a little automation to your parents’ home without spending tons of money. It features voice recognition, video briefings, weather forecasts, and much more. It can even connect to Alexa via the cloud to play music, read the news, answer questions, and do everything Alexa does.

Key Features:

  • Connects to Alexa
  • Plays music, displays the weather, answers questions, and much more
  • Can literally do tens of thousands of things

Cost: $110

22. Fitbit Charge 2

Fitbit Charge 2

Give your parents the gift of health with this fitness wristband. It automatically tracks your heart-rate, provides an estimation of the calories you’ve burned and allows you to maximize your workouts with simple heart rate zones. It can even track how long and how well you’ve slept. This gift is particularly fitting if your parents enjoy running; it can keep track of real-time, running stats such as pace and distance. For more high-quality fitness trackers, see our fitness tracker buying guide.

Key Features:

  • PurePulse tracking
  • Simplified heart rate zones
  • Tracks sleep
  • Guided breathing sessions based on your heart rate

Cost: $130

23. Hnefatafl – the Viking game – Masters Edition

Hnefatafl - the Viking game - Masters Edition

Hnefatafl is an ancient, Viking board game that resembles chess to some degree. If your parents are old-fashioned board game lovers, they might enjoy this easy-to-learn but incredibly complex ancient game. This set includes a fabric board and high-quality resin pieces – everything you need to start playing today.

Key Features:

  • Ancient Viking board game
  • Easy-to-learn
  • High-quality resin pieces
  • Fabric board

Cost: $50

24. Instant Pot DUO60

Instant Pot DUO60

This instant pot is the highest quality pressure cooker money can buy. It can cook up to six times faster than traditional cooking methods and comes equipped with a multitude of safety features. Your parents might have had a pressure cooker before, but they have never had one like this.

Key Features:

  • 7-in-1 multifunctional cooker
  • Easy-to-use control panel
  • Delay cooking time option
  • Ten proven safety features included

Cost: $80

25. iRobot Roomba

iRobot Roomba

We really can’t think of a better gift than this cleaning robot vacuum. Now, your parents can keep their floors clean without even having to lift a finger. The iRobot features a full set of sensors to effortlessly guide it around your parents’ home and a 3-stage cleaning system that picks up everything from dust to fallen leaves.

Key Features:

  • 3-stage cleaning system
  • Dirt detection sensor
  • Clean and schedule from anywhere using a smartphone app
  • Runs for 90 minutes before automatically docking to recharge

Cost: $270

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