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21 Truly Sweet Wedding Thank-You Gifts for Parents or Parents-in-Law

Giving a gift to your parents on your wedding day is a lovely gesture. Here are some of our favorite wedding gift ideas for the parents of the newlyweds.

Collage of wedding gifts for parents including a clock, photo frame, throw, and Dutch oven

Collage of wedding gifts for parents including a clock, photo frame, throw, and Dutch oven

Through every important milestone, your parents have been right there with you. They've wiped away tears, shared in your laughter, and offered invaluable wisdom every step of the way. Now, they're going to show the same love and support on your special day. Choosing thoughtful wedding gifts for your parents and new in-laws is a sweet way of saying thank you for everything they've done. After all, these special humans are responsible for making you and your S.O. the people you each fell in love with. To help you show your appreciation (and impress those new in-laws!), we've gathered some of our favorite gift ideas they're sure to love.

Two white handkerchiefs embroidered with Mom and Dad, the wedding date, and a red heart

1. Embroidered Handkerchiefs

You already know you won't be able to hold back the waterworks when you recite your vows—but trust us, you won't be the only one crying. Anticipate a few happy tears from the people who raised you too. These adorable "Mom" and "Dad" embroidered handkerchiefs will come in handy on the wedding day and make for sweet keepsakes afterward.

My Hanky Ua mother and father wedding handkerchiefs, from $20 each, Etsy

Older couple reading their memory book in a cozy living room
StoryWorth via Facebook

2. Family Memory Book

When it comes to meaningful gifts for the parents of the bride or groom, StoryWorth is a sure winner. Each week, they'll receive a question they can answer with a personal story. After a year of gathering your parents' amazing life experiences, it's all put together in a custom keepsake book. Reading it will be a great way to get to know your in-laws or learn a little more about your own parents. 

StoryWorth gift book, from $99,

Two wooden cutting boards engraved with a custom handwritten recipe

3. Recipe Cutting Board

There's nothing like the taste of your mom or dad's home cooking. Let them know you'll still be coming over for dinner on the regular by giving them a custom cutting and serving board engraved with one of your favorite family recipes. Talk about creative wedding gift ideas for your parents!

Morning Joy Co. recipe cutting board, from $69, Etsy

Framed foil print with black background that says Be Still, My Very Full Heart

4. Quote Print

Parents have an undeniable way of always knowing what to say. Thank them for their endless wisdom over the years with a custom print of a meaningful quote. You can even add the date to help mark the occasion.

Minted custom quote foil print, from $198 unframed, Minted 

Keepsake plate for parents of the newlyweds with sweet message and mason jar bouquet illustration

5. Keepsake Plate

Add another unique item to their display cabinet in the form of this hand-painted plate commemorating your wedding day. This sentimental gift will work for parents of a groom or bride. 

Brush Stroke Plates wedding plate gift for parents, from $68, Etsy

Potted purple orchid wedding gift idea for parents

6. Ornamental Orchid

A pretty new house plant is a fitting wedding gift idea for the parents who helped you grow into the person you are today.

The Sill purple orchid, $98, The Sill  

Table spread with cheese board, champagne bottle, and two stemless champagne flutes
Mark Weinberg

7. Champagne Flutes

No one will want to toast more to your union than your parents. Make their bubbly all the more enjoyable with a pair of sleek champagne glasses. These flutes were designed to enhance effervescence 'til the very last drop.

Sempli Monti champagne flutes, $50 for a set of 2, Food52

Custom black and white illustration-style framed portrait of house

8. Home Portrait

Now that you're all grown up and getting married, you're probably living a little further away from home. But that doesn't mean you've forgotten about the street where you learned to ride a bike, stayed out until dusk catching fireflies, and waited for your parents to come home from work. This custom art print is a sweet wedding thank-you gift idea for your parents, and a way to remind your folks just how much you cherish those memories.

Minted custom house letterpress portrait art, from $128 unframed, Minted

Personalized wooden clock with couple's names and wedding date

9. Commemorative Clock

Not sure exactly how to express your gratitude? Don't worry, this elegant handmade clock says it all: "To our wonderful parents, we appreciate and love you." It's one of our favorite wedding thank-you gifts for parents. 

Story Cabin personalized wedding gift for parents, from $54, Etsy 

Three colorful glass ornaments hanging from curved black stands

10. Meaningful Ornament

If you're not the type for long and heartfelt exchanges, we've got you. There are lots of different ways to approach finding thoughtful wedding gifts for your parents. This stunning glass ornament offers all of the sentiment without the wordiness. 

Stephen Kitras Relationships recycled glass tree globes, $49 each, Uncommon Goods

Pink-hued throw with fringe and stitched-on gold patch with personal message

11. Secret-Message Throw

What's better than a cozy throw? A cozy throw with a sweet, personal message stitched on! Your parents will be reminded of how much you love them every time they see it.

Stabo wool throw personalized with a message, $136, Etsy 

Framed heart-shaped collage of family photos

12. Photo Art

To your in-laws, your soon-to-be spouse will always be their baby. That's why a heart-shaped collage of family photos is a thoughtful gift for your S.O.'s parents on the wedding day. 

Minted Heart Snapshot Mix Hues photo art, from $29 unframed, Minted

Elegant table spread with wine bottle in navy blue wine chiller
Ty Mecham, Julia Gartland, Rocky Luten, and Bobbi Lin

13. Wine Chiller

If sentimental gifts aren't really your family's style, pick out wedding presents for your parents they can actually use. Who wouldn't appreciate a sleek and sophisticated wine chiller? It'll keep their favorite vino cold for up to four hours and it looks good on the dinner table.

Vinglacé wine bottle chiller, $90, Food52

Framed message and photo thanking parents for their love and support

14. Framed Message and Photo

Both of your parents have gone above and beyond to make your wedding day everything you dreamt of and more. Get two of these sweet, personalized photo frames to express just how grateful you are for their support and kindness.

Shen Doah parents of the bride or groom gift, from $78, Etsy

Winc delivery box next to empty wine bottles on a table with confetti
Winc via Facebook

15. Wine Subscription

Celebrating a child's wedding doesn't happen every day. Keep the drinks flowing by treating your parents to a one-, two-, or three-month wine subscription. 

Winc gift card, from $60, Winc 

Digital photo frame with black grid design showing image of a couple

16. Digital Photo Frame

If you can't tell, we're big fans of photo gifts for parents of the bride and groom. With a digital picture frame, you can easily upload your latest snapshots (think: wedding photos) for your parents to appreciate. It's even possible to set it up on their WiFi network before handing it over.

Aura Frames Smith digital photo frame, $399, Aura Frames

Light blue Le Creuset Dutch oven next to tea towel and wooden spoon

17. Fancy Cookware

Your parents deserve some shiny new pots and pans too. Plus, an heirloom-quality Dutch oven will go a long way with the in-laws.

Le Creuset round Dutch oven, from $155, Le Creuset

Family wedding illustration with bride, groom, and their parents wedding gift

18. Wedding Illustration

An illustration of you, your new spouse, and your parents is sure to make an impression on everyone. It's a unique spin on traditional wedding photo gifts for parents.

The Spoonful wedding parent print, from $29, Etsy

Woman's hands completing New York Times front page puzzle

19. Front Page Puzzle

If your parents religiously pick up a copy of The New York Times, they'll appreciate this fun and unique memento—a puzzle of the front page from your wedding day. The only catch is that you'll have to wait until after the wedding to present it.

Uncommon Goods The New York Times custom front page puzzle, $50, Uncommon Goods

Sweet personalized poem on canvas wedding gift for parents

20. Meaningful Message

Your wedding day isn't just an opportunity to thank your parents for helping out with the nuptials. It's a chance to let them know just how much you appreciate everything they've done for you before that. This sweet poem spells it out sincerely. For bonus points, order it on canvas so it's ready to display.

Prints by Christine canvas print gift for parents on your wedding day, from $15, Etsy

Gift box with two sets of four spices wedding gift for parents

21. Spice Collection

Whether you have fond memories of helping your parents in the kitchen or you're eager to learn some of your new in-laws' amazing recipes, a versatile selection of spices is the perfect way to let them know. This gourmet set will make for an excellent wedding gift for your parents. 

The Spice House best sellers deluxe collection, $68, The Spice House