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Awesome and Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Her Parents

Whether it’s your girlfriend’s mom’s birthday or her dad’s retirement party, you’ll find the right gift in this list. Make your online shopping excursion quick and painless with these ideas…

gifts girlfriends moms birthdayThese beautiful Hand Painted Large Wine Glasses are a lovely, classy gift for either your girlfriend’s parents or her mom’s birthday. The elegance of the hand painted glass combined with the charm of wine will win hearts and minds. These wine glasses are a safe and charming gift even if you don’t know whether your girlfriend’s parents drink wine. They’re elegant, and can be used for other beverages.

The Vibrant Wine Glass Markers are also an excellent gift idea. Glass markers allow your girlfriend’s mom to write names and draw pictures on the wine glasses, and then easily wipe them clean. Finding the right gifts for her parents – whether it’s your girlfriend’s mom’s birthday or her dad’s retirement BBQ – depends on three factors: their lifestyle, your relationship with them, and the length of time you’ve been dating her. These gifts for a girlfriend’s parents cover all three factors – they range from personal to less familiar but still thoughtful. I also included several links to other types of gift articles, such as “gifts for a girlfriend’s elderly mom and dad” and “anniversary gift ideas for parents who have everything.”

I always lean towards gift baskets and gourmet food selections in my gift ideas for boyfriends or girlfriends parents articles, because gift baskets are so celebratory and holiday-ish. The assortment of gourmet nuts, chocolates, and dried fruit that you find in a basket or selection can be enjoyed by everyone. And, the food keeps for quite a while! You’ll find all sorts of gourmet and grand selections of chocolate and coffee in this list of gifts for your girlfriend’s parents or her mom’s birthday…

Wine Gifts for Your Girlfriend’s Parents


One of my favorite gift ideas – which I’m getting for my husband’s parents this Christmas – are the Wine Glass Writer Metallic Pens. They’re not just for wine glasses – you can write your name or a message on highball glasses, beer steins, or even coffee mugs.

Throw in a Vacu Vin Vacuum Wine Saver (which is a bestselling wine product) and a nice bottle of wine, and you have classy gift for your girlfriend’s parents. Or your future in-laws. This gift idea doubles as a “gift for the hostess”, for when you’re invited to your girlfriend’s family home for dinner or a celebration.

A Gourmet Chocolate Gift Basket for Your Girlfriend’s Mom’s Birthday

gourmet food gifts girlfriends parentsThe Chocolate, Caramel and Crunch Grand Gift Basket is a good gift if you don’t know your girlfriend’s parents well. It’s especially good if you’re going over for dinner, and aren’t sure what to contribute to the meal. A bottle of wine and/or a bouquet of flowers is also an excellent choice.

Remember that your girlfriend and her sisters or brothers are good sources of ideas for gifts for their parents. Don’t just ask them for gift ideas…instead, find specific gifts that you think might be good to give. For instance, is a wine stopper a good gift for your girlfriend’s parents – or are they recovering alcoholics? Asking for feedback on specific gift ideas will make it easier to find the right gift for your girlfriend’s mom and dad.

Digital Photo Frame That Your Girlfriend Can Load From Far Away


Even if you aren’t close to your girlfriend’s parents, the Wi-Fi Cloud Digital Photo Frame With iPhone & Android App is thoughtful because it allows them to stay close to their son! And that’s the best gift in the world for any parent.

This digital frame is cool because you can send pictures direct to the frame from your iPhone or Android phone, which means you can share what you and your girlfriend are doing, quickly and easily. The frame receives photos directly from email, iPhones, Android and phones. It can also access photos from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, and Picasa.

Personalized Calendar With Pictures of Your Girlfriend

On a related note, a Personalized Photo Calendar Kit is a lovely gift for parents. You can create the calendar yourself, using photos of your girlfriend that his parent’s hasn’t seen yet (tasteful ones of course, that make them proud!). I used VistaPrint to create calendars for my Little Sister, husband, his parents, and my mom last Christmas. I’d do it again in a heartbeat; I just have to remember to take more photos of them.

This is an awesome gift for your girlfriend’s parents – especially if it’s her mom’s birthday – but it does require advance planning.

A Flowering Teapot for Your Girlfriend’s Mom’s Birthday

gifts girlfriends parentsThe Primula 40-Ounce Glass Teapot with Infuser and Lid with 12 Flowering Teas in a Canister is a lovely gift for your girlfriend’s mom and dad – because let’s face it – you probably need to be more concerned with buying something his mom will like. You don’t have to worry as much about your girlfriend’s dad liking you. This tea set is a really cool idea: the tea leaves open up and flower when hot water is poured in the teapot. It’s a fun, practical gift idea that even non-tea drinkers will enjoy playing with!

One of the most popular gift ideas in 40th Birthday Gift Ideas for Her – Creative and Thoughtful is a box of retro candy from the 1970s. It’s a blast to go through all the candy we loved to eat as kids – no matter how old we are! The most popular gift idea for her, by the way, is a sun pendant. Jewelry is a meaningful gift for couples, but not for your girlfriend’s parents. Better is a gift that is light-hearted, yet still thoughtful. You want to make a good impression on your girlfriend’s parents, but you don’t want to suck up.

If you’re looking for gift ideas for your girlfriend’s dad, read Best Gifts for Car Enthusiasts and Guys Who Love to Drive.

Gourmet Coffee and Tazo Tea Sampler

A Wine Country Coffee and Tea Variety Basket gifts for girlfriends parents is a safe gift, whether it’s your girlfriend’s mom’s birthday or your first meal together.

Even if her parents aren’t coffee drinkers, 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 :-)

If you know your girlfriend’s parents well, it’ll be easier to find the perfect gift idea because you have an idea of their likes and dislikes. If you don’t know your girlfriend’s mom and dad, then you need to find gift ideas that aren’t too personal.

If your girlfriend’s parents are older, read 20 Gift Ideas for Older Parents Who Have Everything.

Vase and Flowers

The Galaxy Art Color Swirl Glass Vase is gorgeous. – and normally I don’t suggest stuff or knick knacks as gift ideas for anyone, much less your girlfriend’s parents (unless you are 100% certain they love getting knick knacks!).

A gorgeous glass vase is a lovely gift for your girlfriend’s mom’s birthday – it’s made from hand-blown glass and layered colors of green, blue, and purple, and has a polished flat bottom for secure standing.

Add a Flowering Fields Bouquet of Wildflowers, and your gift is complete. If you add a bouquet of flowers, make sure it doesn’t come with a vase.

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 girlfriend’s parents think is art! But a hand-blown vase is different because it can be put away until they get a bouquet of flowers.

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

Digital eReader

Even if your girlfriend’s parents already have a Kobo or iPad, they will appreciate getting a Fire HDX 8.9, 8.9″ HDX Display with Wi-Fi from you. If they 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 girlfriend’s parents than, say, coffee or a vase…but it might be more thoughtful. It’s light, it contains thousands of books, movies, tv shows, games, and magazines, and it comes with free Kindle Unlimited.

His ‘n Hers Slippers – a Cozy Gift for Your Girlfriend’s Parents

Sorel Men’s and Women’s Slipper should be at the top of this list of gifts for a girlfriend’s parents! Slippers are good because most people wear them around home, and if not appreciated at least they’re not big, bulky, and in the way. They can be shared with guests – in fact, I have a basket of slippers that my guests wear when it’s cold or rainy outside.

By the way, slippers are also an awesome gift idea for girlfriends, especially those who are the “slipper type.”

Food – Always a Good Gift for Her Parents

girlfriends parents birthday gifts momThe Golden State Fruit Spring Chocolate Cake Pops are a fun, enchanting gift idea for your girlfriend’s moms birthday or even an anniversary. Something whimsical and light-hearted is the best gift to give her parents – especially if they can share it with others. Parents like to share :-)

And who doesn’t like to be taken out for dinner? The Outback Steakhouse Gift Card is a thoughtful gift idea – but not if your girlfriend’s parents are vegetarians. There are dozens of gift certificates for popular restaurants, such as Applebee’s, Chili’s, Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang’s, Red Robin, etc.

A gift card is a good idea for long distance relationship gifts because it’s easy to send by mail. Come to think of it, all these gifts can be mailed directly to your girlfriend’s parent’s home! But I wouldn’t do it that way – I’d get the gift and mail it myself.

If you’re still looking for gift ideas for her parents, think back to the last three or four gifts you gave your own parents. Maybe you can give your girlfriend’s mom and dad something similar. The last gifts I gave my in-laws included an automatic card shuffler, a gift certificate to the Keg, and a calendar with me and Bruce plastered over every month. All three gifts were big hits with my husband’s parents!

Are your girlfriend’s parents older than the hills? Read 17 Gifts to Surprise and Delight Elderly Parents or Grandparents.

Happy shopping…I hope you find the perfect gift, whether you are shopping for your girlfriend’s mom’s birthday or her dad’s retirement party.

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