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17 Perfect Gift Ideas for Your Boyfriend’s Parents

The best gifts for your boyfriend’s parents doesn’t clutter up their home, attic, or garage! Finding the right gift for his mom and dad depends on three factors: their lifestyle, your relationship with them, and the length of time you’ve been dating. Your boyfriend may be the guy you love…but he’s also their son.

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Blooming Tea Gift for Boyfriend’s Parents

The Teabloom Complete Blooming Tea Set is at the top of this list of gifts for boyfriends parents because my friend’s daughter-in-law bought it for her. My friend uses it every week when we gather at her house for book club. It’s a lovely gift for your boyfriend’s parents because it’s pretty and creative and useful. Best of all, it’ll please his mom (because you’re probably more concerned with buying something his mom will like). If your boyfriend’s mom is happy with your gift, then everyone will be happy.

This tea set is beautiful; the tea leaves open up and Blossom into flowers when hot water is poured in the teapot. It’s a fun, practical gift idea that even non-tea drinkers will enjoy playing with. It’s an especially lovely gift if your boyfriend’s mom and dad are older, and you’re searching for gifts for elderly parents who have everything. These gifts for your boyfriend’s parents cover all three factors. They range from personal to practical, but still thoughtful.

Last night I learned that many parents and grandparents feel lonely – even if they have 11 grandchildren and three adult children who live nearby. Their kids are off living their lives, and the senior parents and grandparents feel lonely.

So, when you’re looking for the best gifts for your boyfriend’s mom and dad – or your husband’s parents – remember that they just want more of their son. Give his parents gifts that encourage connection and togetherness. 

Gifts and Ideas for Your Boyfriend’s Parents

If you don’t know his parents well – or if you’ve only met them a couple of times – you may have no idea what to give them! Worse, you may feel anxious or even afraid of giving the wrong gift. Don’t let anxiety or fear overwhelm you.

Give a gift from your heart, and show that you care about their son. These gifts for your boyfriend’s parents won’t cause offensive or harm, and will show your creative spirit.

Loose Tea Sampler

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An Assorted Variety “Tea Chest” Loose Tea Sampler is one of the best gifts for your boyfriend’s parents because they can share it when friends and family visit. It’s fun to explore different types of tea – and this is something his parents may not buy for themselves. This is one of those experiential gifts that encourages relationships.

There are 28 different tea samples in this chest, which makes it a gift that keeps on giving :-)  They’re single servings and portable, which means your boyfriend’s mom can take them when she visits others. Many of the teas in this collection are organic, and they’re easy to use. Simply open the pouch of tea, empty its contents into a teapot or infusing basket, and pour hot water over the leaves to steep the perfect 12 oz cup or pot of tea. This is a gift you and your boyfriend’s mom can enjoy together.

A Gourmet Coffee Sampler is always an excellent gift – such as the Bean Box Gourmet Coffee Sampler. Good coffee is another gift that your boyfriend’s mom and dad may not buy for themselves, and they can proudly share it with guests.

A Remote Digital Photo Frame That Your Boyfriend Can Load

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Gift for His Mom and Dad

The NIX 18.5 inch Hi-Res Digital Photo Frame with Motion Sensor is a great gift for a boyfriends parents because it allows them to “go” with their son everywhere (almost!). It’s one of the best gifts for families who live far away from each other.

A digital frame is fantastic because you or your boyfriend can send pictures direct to the frame from your iPhone or Android phone. This allows you and your boyfriend to give his parents a glimpse into your lives, which they’ll love. The frame receives photos directly from email, iPhones, Android and phones. It can also access photos from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, and Picasa.

Wine Gifts and Ideas for Your Boyfriend’s Parents

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Wine Gift for Boyfriend’s Parents

The Secura Electric Wine Bottle Opener is of my current favorite wine gift ideas for a guy’s parents – and not just because I like wine :-) It’s a kitchen and bar gadget for all to enjoy, and makes life a lot easier for elderly moms and dads. First, though, find out if your boyfriend’s parents drink wine. This Electric Wine Bottle Opener is rechargeable, and opens up to 30 bottles on a single charge. It easily remove corks in seconds and is compatible with most wine bottle sizes.

Include a Vacu Vin Vacuum Wine Saver (which is a Number One Bestselling Gift Idea!) and a nice bottle of wine, and you have classy gift for your boyfriend’s parents – whether it’s his mom’s birthday or Christmas.

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Pens to Write on Wine Glasses

The Ivation Wine Gift Set – includes Stainless Steel Electric Wine Bottle Opener, Wine Aerator, Electric Vacuum Wine Preserver and more is a delightful gift set if your boyfriend’s parents enjoy entertaining. The best thing about gift sets is the fun of discovering more than one item in the package. And, if your boyfriend’s parents don’t like one of the gifts (perhaps they already have a wine preserver), they’ll love the wine bottle opener. Win-win :-)

Remember that your boyfriend and his sisters or brothers probably have a good idea of what not to buy their parents. Instead of asking them for ideas, find specific gifts you think might be good to give. For instance, are wine gifts sets good for a boyfriends’ parents or are they recovering alcoholics? Asking for feedback on specific gift ideas will make it easier to find the right gift for your boyfriend’s mom and dad.

A Gift Basket – if His Parents Are Hosting Dinner

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Chocolate Gift for His Mom and Dad

The Wine Country Gift Baskets – Ghirardelli Tower is a perfect gift for parents you don’t know well, especially if they’re hosting a holiday party or dinner.

It includes an assortment of milk and dark chocolate squares, chocolate chip cookies, dark chocolate caramel popcorn and more. I spend every holiday with my in-laws, and both my husband’s parents love getting gift baskets! We sort through the assorted offerings; my father-in-law especially loves the gift baskets that include salty treats, such as gourmet seasoned almonds, assorted cheeses, sausage, and olive and pimento cheese dip, mint chocolate wafer cookies, and other gourmet snacks.

Are your boyfriends’ parents older? Read 30 Delightful Gifts for Elderly Parents Who Have Everything.

A Gift That Keeps on Giving

Monthly Dog Gift Box for Boyfriend's Parents
Monthly Dog Gift Box for Boyfriend’s Parents

Monthly Coffee or Tea Gift Subscription or Club — or any monthly gift idea that is delivered to their home — might be just what your boyfriend’s parents want for Christmas. Practical and delicious, this gift is a monthly surprise that won’t fail to please his mom and dad. 

Even if his parents don’t drink coffee, they serve it to guests and family members. Why not serve something new and interesting each time? And this gift will help your boyfriend’s parents remember you kindly, with love and warmth.

Other monthly gift clubs:

Good Organic Gourmet Coffee

Kicking Horse Dark Whole Bean Coffee is a solid, delicious cup of java! If your boyfriend’s parents are coffee drinkers, they’ll love it. You might also consider a Starbucks coffee gift basket, but Kicking Horse is better. It’s fair trade, shade grown, and organic – and everyone needs good coffee at home.

Coffees and teas are my favorite gifts to receive at any time of the year, because I can offer them to people who come to my place to visit. I especially love sampler bags of tea, so my guests can pick what they want to drink. Good quality coffee is a good gift for your boyfriend’s parents even if they aren’t coffee drinkers. Why? Because they serve coffee to guests and family members. And, if you’re a coffee drinker this gift allows you to enjoy a delicious cup of java when you’re visiting them :-)

Hawaiian Coffee and Tea – a  Tropical Gift for His Mom and Dad

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The Organic Loose Leaf Tea Gift Box Variety Pack is a beautifully wrapped and presented tea gift. It comes with 15 assorted, pre-portioned single serving pouches in each gift box; each pouch contains the perfect measure for a perfect 12oz cup or pot of tea.

You’ll see coffee and tea on most of my gift lists because they’re both practical and valuable. Good coffee and interesting tea flavors can be shared with guests, friends, and family – and they’re a wonderful conversation piece. It doesn’t even matter if your boyfriend’s parents aren’t big coffee or tea drinkers; this gift is meant to be shared and enjoyed with others.

Do your boyfriend’s mom and dad have cognitive health issues, such as Alzheimer’s? Read 10 Best Gifts for People With Dementia or Memory Loss.

A Beautiful Vase and Flowers

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Hand blown vase – gift idea

Normally I don’t suggest stuff or knick knacks as gift ideas for anyone, much less your boyfriend’s parents (unless you are 100% certain they love getting knick knacks!). But an Azure Blue Art Glass Vase is gorgeous – it’s made from hand-blown glass and layered colors of green, blue, and purple, and has a polished flat bottom for secure standing.

Flowers Gift Ideas for Your Boyfriend’s Parents

Add a Flowering Fields Bouquet, and your gift for your boyfriends parents is complete. If you give them a bouquet of flowers, give them a vase as well. Unless, of course, you already know they have too many vases.

Art isn’t usually a good gift to give people because it’s so taste-dependent. That is, what you think is art may be very different from what your boyfriend’s parents think is art! But a hand-blown vase is different because it can be put away. :-) If your boyfriend’s parents hate this gift, they can just store it in a cupboard.

A Yoga, Painting, or Sushi-Making Class With You

I don’t spend enough time with my mother-in-law, even though she is an awesome woman. And, I am so grateful to both her and my father-in-law for raising my husband to be the man he is! Giving a gift of gratitude, such as a gift certificate for a painting or yoga class together, would be an awesome idea for my in-laws.

If you’re close to your boyfriend’s parents, you might consider giving his mom an experience you can do together. Your boyfriend’s dad probably doesn’t care too much what gift you give them, but your boyfriend’s mom will. A gift idea that offers you the opportunity to spend time together would probably be appreciated very much!

Digital eReader

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Kindle Gift for Boyfriend’s Mom

The All-New Fire HD 10 Tablet is an especially perfect gift for your boyfriend’s parents if they’ve commented on your own digital devices. Even if your boyfriend’s parents already have a Kobo or iPad, they will appreciate getting a newer, updated version. If his mom and dad like to read books or ask Google a quick question – such as what gift ideas are good for their son’s girlfriend :-) – they can easily and quickly turn their Kindle on.

This is a much more expensive gift idea for your boyfriend’s parents than, say, coffee or a vase…but it might be more thoughtful. It’s light, contains thousands of books, movies, tv shows, games, and magazines, and comes with free Kindle Unlimited.

His ‘n Hers Slippers – a Surprise Gift for His Mom ‘n Dad

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His ‘n Hers Slippers

Matching Men’s and Women’s Comfy Slippers is my favorite gift to give parents because of all the years they give socks, slippers, and clothes! I never really liked those gifts…which is why I think it’s funny to give parents practical gifts like clothes now that I’m a grown up. My husband and I have also been known to slip $5 into his parent’s holiday card or Christmas stocking, as a joke :-)

Seriously, though, slippers are good because most people wear them around home. Slippers wear out, and can be shared with guests. My friend has a basket of slippers for visitors. I love it, but don’t like the cheap flip flop slippers.

By the way, slippers are also an awesome gift idea for boyfriends, especially those who are the “slipper type.” My husband has worn his slippers thin, and is always happy to get a new pair.

Dinner for Your Boyfriend’s Parents

What to Buy Your Boyfriend’s Mom and Dad
Olive Garden Gift Card for Boyfriend’s Parents

An Olive Garden Gift Card – or a gift card to a restaurant near their home – is a good gift for his mom and dad to enjoy together. Who doesn’t like to be taken out for dinner? There are dozens of gift certificates for popular restaurants, such as Applebee’s, Chili’s, Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang’s, Red Robin, etc.

I like the idea of giving your boyfriend’s parents a restaurant gift card – and to encourage them to have a meal with their son. Parents never feel like they spend enough time with their kids (generally speaking!). If you create bridges so your boyfriend sees his mom and dad more often, they’ll love you. That’s a beautiful gift to give his parents – and him, as well. Give them space to connect and love each other.

Are you and your boyfriend living in a different city than his mom and dad? A restaurant gift card is a good idea for long distance relationship gifts because it’s small, light, and easy to send by mail. All these gifts can be mailed directly to your boyfriend’s parent’s home, but a gift card is certainly the easiest.

A Flowering Teapot Gift for Your Boyfriend’s Mom

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The Juliet Glass Teapot Set by Tea Beyond is at the end of this list of gift ideas for your boyfriend’s mom and dad because it’s just too good not to mention twice. This is a different version than the one above; it’s less expensive because it doesn’t come with everything. That is, it’s not a full tea set.

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Heart Shaped Flowering Tea Gifts

If you give his mom the less expensive flowering teapot, gift her the Teabloom Heart Shaped Flowering Tea – 12 Assorted Blooming Tea Flowers Gift Set as well.

It’s a garden of beautiful flowering teas! A selection of flavors, ranging from the exotic to the purely delightful: Green Tea and Jasmine, Pomegranate, Strawberry, Rose, Litchi and Peach.

The tea balls are hand-tied and heart-shaped; the creators take great care to ensure every gourmet tea ball is a Blossomy work of art. Hand-picked green tea leaves are carefully tied with delicate flower blossoms to create a unique tea drinking experience that satisfies on every level.

Are you still searching for ideas on what to give your boyfriend’s mom and dad? Think back to the last three or four gifts you gave your parents. Maybe you can give them something you gave your own mom in the past.

The last gifts I gave my parents-in-law were an automatic card shuffler, a gift certificate to the Keg, and a calendar with me and my husband Bruce plastered over every month. They loved all their gifts because that’s what parents do. For more ideas, read Awesome and Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Her Parents.

If you have any ideas on gifts for a boyfriend’s parents, please share below! I’d love to add more tips to this list, to give other girlfriends ideas and tips on what to give their boyfriend’s mom and dad for special occasions.


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6 thoughts on “17 Perfect Gift Ideas for Your Boyfriend’s Parents”

  1. Before you buy gifts for a boyfriends parents find out if they’re conservative or liberal, hippie or immigrants, old or young, professional or working collar. So many things make a big difference. If you’re coming from a totally different cultural background from your boyfriend and his parents you want o meet them on their ground.

    As for gifts, I would recommend asking your boyfriend for more specific preferences. If not, than maybe something indigenous to your own home country might work. Or, simply take a flower bouquet or box of chocolates.

  2. I need ideas for a gift to buy my boyfriend’s mom. She doesn’t like me anymore and i want to buy her the right gift.

  3. A coffee table book is a good gift idea for your boyfriend’s parents — most coffee table books have big beautiful gloss photos of amazing sights. Whether it’s gardening or travel or people’s faces, coffee table books make good gifts for parents. Your boyfriend might be a good source of ideas on what type of coffee table book would be the best gift for his parents.

  4. Yeah, I think the wine markers are one of the best gift ideas for a boyfriend’s or husband’s parents….and the digital photo frame. I like the idea of loading it up from afar :-)

  5. I’m liking the markers for wine glasses. I’ve been married for almost 14 years, and we always come to Christmas time wondering what to get my husband’s parents. These would be great for his mom – We enjoy our libations during the Holidays! (and other days, too) – Thanks