Please any picky in-law or mother with these thoughtful wedding gifts for parents.

By Real Simple Editors
Updated March 05, 2019
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Choosing the perfect wedding gift for your parents is a crucial planning task that you’ve likely been putting off since you got engaged. Shopping isn’t the problem of course—clicking “add to cart” is as easy as taste-testing potential cake flavors—but the real issue lies in selecting a thoughtful gift your in-laws or parents will actually use in the days and months after your wedding day.

Other than your fiancé, your parents and soon-to-be in-laws have likely been with you throughout every step of the wedding planning process, and it’s easy to overlook the fact that the biggest day of your life is the biggest day of theirs too. As a token of your appreciation, consider these wedding gifts for parents as a small token of your gratitude for all those years of unconditional love.

For the parents with a sense of wanderlust, The Large checked bag from the travel gurus at AWAY is an absolute must. As the largest of the brand's suitcases, this unbreakable checked bag is spacious enough for a full wardrobe, plus it comes with a removable laundry bag.

To buy: $295;

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Treat your in-laws to a home-cooked meal with the help of Porter Road—a service that delivers quality, hand-cut meats directly to your doorstep. Opt for the Butcher's Choice subscription or the ever-popular Breakfast Box, which only calls for eggs, coffee and a serious appetite.

To buy: $60;

The wedding day may be all about you, but your parents’ history is the root of your own existence, after all. This personalized anthology features a reproduction of the front page of the New York Times each year since their love story began.

To buy: $130,

Give your parents the gift of great music with a high-quality Bluetooth speaker that’s both portable and affordable. Personalize the present even more by pairing the speakers with a premium Spotify membership pre-loaded with tunes from your wedding reception playlist.

To buy: $127;

Buy dad something sophisticated for his walk down the aisle. These classic knot cufflinks symbolize the bond you and him will always have, plus they're a dapper accessory he'll wear long after your ceremony is through.

To buy: $50;

Treat mom to some well-deserved pampering from the privacy of her own home with a gift card to Glamsquad. She can schedule a blowout, manicure, pedicure or another treatment of her choice on demand.

To buy: From $50;

Once the professional photos are ready, parents will be eager to relive (…or just show off) the day you tied the knot. This fully customizable book features an array of cover choices (everything from leather to silk) and double thick paper—and it lays flat, so Mom can leave her favorite page open on the coffee table for all to see.

To buy: From $55,

An everyday necklace is the ultimate gift, and this sterling silver option is no exception. This set comes with two stylish pieces, which she can wear either individually or layered together.

To buy: $94;

You can choose to preload this 8-inch digital photo frame with wedding pictures, but thanks to wireless capabilities, it’s easy to keep Mom and Dad in the loop from afar by changing the snapshots in rotation straight from your computer or smartphone.

To buy: $180,

This ultimate directory to the world's best restaurants is the perfect gift for parents who love to dine out. The comprehensive guide includes more than 3,000 chef-approved restaurants scattered throughout over 70 countries, so there will never be a question about the next location of date night.

To buy: $24;

If you wish to write your parents a letter on your wedding day, consider giving them this keepsake to preserve your words for years to come. Simply write a short message in your own handwriting, scan and email it, and let the artist do the rest.

To buy: $45,

A custom patch for your father’s tie that bears a personal and sentimental message. Add your dad’s name plus your name and wedding date in a variety of colors. The patch can be easily sewn onto any tie or in the inside of a suit jacket or vest.

To buy: From $17,

This graphic print, which can be personalized with two names, symbolizes the intersection of two families. Choose from six vibrant colors—or don’t: You can also order a tiled print.

To buy: From $75,