As of 2017, there were over 82 million families in the US. In 2016 alone, around 1.2 million Millennial women became moms for the first time. That means over 17 million Millennials are mothers, and that only scratches the surface of the number of living parents. That’s why we have a holiday just for them. It’s called Parent’s Day!
Parents’ Day in the US occurs on the fourth Sunday of July each year. For 2018, Parents’ Day is July 22. The holiday came into existence in 1994 with the intention of creating an annual event to recognize the role parents play in the lives of children.
While Parents’ Day doesn’t draw the same level of attention as Mother’s or Father’s Day, giving your parents a gift to mark the occasion is an excellent way to show your appreciation. If you aren’t sure what to buy, here are five great gifts for Parents’ Day that are guaranteed to delight.
1. Gourmet Gift Baskets
Food and drink is always an easy option, particularly if you know your parents’ tastes. There are healthier options, like fruit baskets, decadent choices, like biscotti boxes, and practical approaches, like coffee.
Some even focus on specific meals. Breakfast gourmet gift baskets can be a great choice if you want to provide your parents with a sumptuous experience, especially if you don’t live in the same area and can’t take them out.
Food and drink gift baskets vary in price, so you can usually find something that fits your budget. If you need to make a quick purchase, this is also an easy route to go, as there are a wide variety of options available.
2. Slippers and Robes
If you want to give your parents something cozy to show your appreciation, high-quality slippers and robes can be an excellent way to go. Often, you can find products by reputable companies at reasonable prices, so you don’t have to spend a bundle to get something nice.
Look for options in your mother’s and father’s favorite colors, then select an appropriate size. You can usually find solid choices for around $30, making a pair of cotton bathrobes pretty affordable. Memory foam slippers can be less than $20 and are exceptionally comfortable.
3. Event Tickets for Parent’s Day
Giving your parents a night out on the town is another great gift. If they have a favorite band, sports team, or play, consider buying them a pair of tickets.
The beauty in this gift is that the event doesn’t have to coincide with Parents’ Day. As long as you can have a printout of the tickets or proof of purchase (if they aren’t immediately available for printing), put them in a nice card and you’ve got an amazing gift.
In fact, having the event date be a way out can be ideal if they need to head out of town. This gives more time for planning. Plus, you can build future gifts off of the event. For example, add a hotel stay near the venue at Christmas or a gift card to a restaurant so they can enjoy a meal before or after the show.
4. Virtual Assistant
If your parents haven’t jumped on the virtual assistant bandwagon yet, consider giving them one as a gift. Both the Amazon Echo and Google Home devices are popular options and can complement a variety of lifestyles.
The Amazon Echo Dot is an incredibly affordable option, coming in under $40 in many cases. If you want to go the extra mile, consider the Echo Show, which includes a digital screen for video chats and much more.
Google’s line of products is similarly capable. So, if your parents don’t use Amazon often, then consider those as alternatives.
In most cases, these assistants can pair quickly with other smart devices, including anything from light bulbs to thermostats, giving your parents the ability to automated their home. Plus, you can shop, make lists, and do a lot more with them. Once they have one in hand, they’ll likely wonder how they lived without it.
5. DNA Kit
For parents who love talking about their background, consider a DNA kit. This provides a wealth of information about the family’s heritage, which can be fun to explore. Plus, there is prolonged excitement that comes with these gifts. After all, you have to wait for the results, which can increase the level of anticipation and curiosity.
All of the options above are great ways to recognize everything your mom and dad did for you, ensuring that this Parent’s Day is one to remember. Plus, they are widely available, making them easy purchases to manage, and most are on Amazon’s Prime program, adding to the convenience.
Are you getting your parents a gift for Parent’s Day? Tell us about it in the comments below.
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