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If there’s anyone who deserves a first-rate gift this year, it’s parents. Whether their kids are newborns, stuck in the terrible twos, or 30+ and still living at home, parents have one of the most challenging jobs out there. Say thank you to all the parents in your life, from friends to siblings to your own parents, with a selection from this list of 20 great gift ideas.
- BPA-free melamine
- Dishwasher-safe (top rack only)
- Vibrant design
For parents who truly understand the phrase “This is why we can’t have nice things,” these melamine plates may be a much-appreciated gift. These colorful plates and bowls work just as well for everyday family dinners as they do for spontaneous picnics, infusing any occasion with a bit of extra fun due to their colorful design.
Positive reviews praised the design and durability of the plates, and many of the negative reviews came from people who thought these plastic plates were porcelain. Note that while these plates are dishwasher safe, they are not microwaveable.
View Zak Designs Melamine Dinnerware Set on Amazon
- Multiple scents
- Elegant design
Let’s be honest. Whether you’re parenting toddlers, teenagers, or terriers, it can be a pretty smelly job. This reed diffuser set, which comes in a variety of fragrances, including French Lavender, Black Rose, and Mango Mandarin, is just the gift to freshen up any parent’s home.
Reviewers talked up the quality of the smells and the classy look of the package, though a few customers didn’t care for the scents they purchased.
View CULTURE & NATURE Reed Diffuser on Amazon
- Protects against accidents
- Luxurious faux fur fabric
This one is for the people in your life who parent humans AND pets. We all love our furry friends like family, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less frustrating when Fido has an accident on the couch or (heaven forbid) the bed. This faux fur blanket from PupProtector keeps fluids from ruining furniture and textiles and is machine washable for long-lasting protection.
Reviewers loved this blanket enough to buy multiples, though take note it doesn’t stand up to pets that like to chew and you have to have a gentle touch while washing it.
View PupProtector Waterproof Dog Blanket on Amazon
- Holds over 90 toys
- Clever storage solution
- Doubles as a chair
Us ‘90s kids couldn’t get enough of Beanie Babies back in the day, so is it any surprise that today’s children have just as many stuffed animals? Help the parents in your life keep the plush pile under control with this inventive bean bag chair that stores over 90 stuffed toys.
Reviewers attested to the capacity of this ingenious product, though out of thousands of ratings, some people complained of faulty zippers.
View Stuffed Animal Storage Bean Bag Chair on Amazon
- Minimal design
- Easy to clean
- Certified safe
Having kids doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice good design. This Scandinavian high chair plays a vital role at mealtime without compromising the feng shui of a house. Even more importantly, the Stokke Clikk chair is JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) certified and includes a safety harness.
Reviewers loved the functionality of this chair just as much as they loved the clean, modern look, though it didn’t work for every reviewer. A few people noted the legs could be a trip hazard, and some thought it was overpriced. For this and any product, it’s important to read carefully through all the reviews for yourself to see if the product is a good fit.
View Stokke Clikk High Chair on Amazon
- Machine wash and dry
- Cozy corduroy
- Multiple sizes
“Machine washable” is music to the ears of nearly any parent. Take that and add soft corduroy fabric in 23 colors, and you have a winner when it comes to throw pillow covers.
Many reviewers loved the colors, softness, and durability, though some people experienced quality issues with the seams and zippers of the covers.
View MERNETTE Corduroy Pillow Cover Set on Amazon
- Quirky saying
- Durable cotton
- Great kitchen accent
Move over bumper stickers — dish towels are the new great place to put all your sassy sayings. This statement cotton kitchen towel works great for your own parents or your grown-up siblings — as long as they can take a (good-natured) joke. Reviewers loved these towels, especially as gifts, though a few thought the fabric was on the thin side.
View Primitives by Kathy Kitchen Towel on Amazon
- Unique design
- Independent artist-designed
- 18”x24” or 33”x23”
A nice art collection is something everyone wants, but no one has time to create. Help out the time-strapped parents in your life (or your own parents who are too busy with retirement hobbies to go shopping) by gifting them this gorgeous, unique print from Kate and Laurel. Reviewers absolutely loved the charming print, though a few were disappointed with the faux wood frame.
View Kate and Laurel Framed Bird Print on Amazon
- Metal construction
- Versatile decor
- 100 percent quality guarantee
Sometimes the simplest gifts are the best. This metal sign highlights one of the most important things in life — family — in an attractive wall sign that can be hung alone or added to a gallery wall. Most reviewers loved the look of this sign and how it added to their home decor, though a few didn’t think it was sturdy enough.
View ViveGate Metal Family Sign on Amazon
- Charming flower design
- Includes 100 recipe cards
- Great gift for a young family
Don’t let those family favorite recipes get forgotten. This recipe box is an excellent gift for any parents who want to catalog how to make much-loved family dishes and document new ones for posterity. Overall, reviewers loved the floral design and the included recipe cards. However, a few had assorted complaints about the sturdiness of the dividers, the quality of the label on the box, and the lack of a hinge.
View Elysian Hills Tin Recipe Box on Amazon
- Options for 4”x6” and 5”x7” photos
- Horizontal and vertical layout
- Modern design
We love this sleek, modern picture frame for what it is, but also for what it’s not. The product eschews traditional (read: boring) design for a slim, versatile silhouette and is easier to add photos to than a standard picture frame. Reviewers loved the clear, break-resistant acrylic, sturdy wood base, and overall look of the frames.
View Mixoo Picture Frame 2-Pack on Amazon
- Safe around pets and children
- Quick room upgrade
- Easy to clean
Sure, we’d all love to live in a verdant jungalow, but with pets and kids, it’s not always practical to have real plants sitting around the house. Parents in your life will love this realistic fiddle leaf fig tree with touchable leaves, plastic trunk, and even faux soil. Reviewers gushed over the authentic-looking plant, so parents might like it too.
View BESAMENATURE Artificial Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree on Amazon
- Minimal design
- Eco-friendly materials
- Refined tweed pattern
It’s official: Home organizing is so in. Help your parent friends achieve the ideal of a gorgeous, organized home with these modern fabric storage baskets featuring a smart gray tweed base and bamboo lids. Reviewers essentially shared the same sentiment — the designers of these baskets understood the assignment. Just a few people gave less positive reviews, mostly because they expected bigger boxes.
View LA JOLIE MUSE Fabric Storage Basket Set on Amazon
- Quirky design
- Adds to any decor
- 1- and 3-pack options
What’s almost as low maintenance as a fake plant? An air plant. With occasional watering (and no messy dirt), an air plant in a cute holder — like this fun, hand-shaped option — is an excellent gift to help busy parents add a touch of green to their homes.
This air plant holder is small, which several reviewers mentioned, but overall it was well-received by customers.
View Dahey Air Plant Holder on Amazon
- Easy setup
- 10.1-inch, 1920×1200 resolution screen
- Unlimited storage
Looking for a great gift for your parents? This digital photo frame lets you share loads of photographs of you and the grandkids easily from your phone. On top of that, this product features a super-high resolution and attractive, minimal design. The majority of reviewers mentioned the look, usability, and picture quality as some of their favorite features.
View Aura Carver Digital Picture Frame on Amazon
- 125 recipes
- Recognized by Food Network
- Easy comfort food
A cookbook like this that features simple, delicious, stress-free recipes makes us feel like we could do it all — wrangle multiple kids and pets, hold down full-time jobs, and cook Instagram-worthy dinners with ease. Gift your parent friends this book, and you’ll have a hard time not inviting yourself over for dinner to try the French onion soup, walnut-crusted chicken, or any of the other delicious recipes in this compilation.
A few reviewers didn’t care for the outcome of the recipes, but others (even busy moms) raved about the results.
View Half Baked Harvest: Super Simple Cookbook on Amazon
17. Ninja Air Fryer
- Two air fryer baskets
- Six cooking options
- Easy cleaning
Wings, “fried” chicken, steak, empanadas, but make them — healthier?? You may want to add an extra one of these Ninja air fryers to your cart as you shop for your parent friends (or your own parents). Reviewers loved the dual baskets in this air fryer and its ability to cook just about anything.
View Ninja Air Fryer on Amazon
- Cozy sherpa and knit
- Multiple sizes and colors
- Machine wash and dry
We’ll never say no to a blanket, and that’s probably the same for any parents in your life. Whether you’re buying for young parents or your own parents, this cozy gift is sure to get used. Reviewers agree this blanket is the antidote to chilliness and washes well, though some said the blanket quality varies and the size is inaccurate.
View Longhui Bedding Cable Knit Sherpa Throw Blanket on Amazon
- Glass and silicone construction
- 15-ounce capacity
Do your parents friends enjoy capping off a busy day with a glass of wine? Gift them this attractive silicone and glass tumbler they can take just about anywhere. The lid will guard against spills and protect the contents from curious insects if they like sipping a cocktail on their deck at the end of a long day. Most reviewers loved this glass for outdoor use and traveling.
View W&P Porter Portable Wine Glass on Amazon
- Boho macrame construction
- Great for small books and electronics
- Great as a nursery addition
Need a hot, trendy piece to complement your friend’s newly decorated nursery? This boho macrame rack, while some reviewers mention it’s too small to hold a large number of items, might be just the thing to store a few special baby books. After the baby grows up, the muted color on this rack will ensure that it will work just about anywhere in the house.
View Macrame Magazine Rack on Amazon