The Best Gifts for Your Girl's Parents

There’s no one harder to buy presents for than the parents of the girl you’re dating. First off, you’ve probably have only met them a handful of times, and you aren’t sure about their tastes, desires, or needs. Secondly, this is a group of people you really need to impress if you want to keep dating your girlfriend and make family visits run smoothly from now on (or at least till next Christmas). Needless to say, the pressure is on.

The best gift for your potential future in-laws has to be just right— memorable but not too wacky; thoughtful but not over-the-top; cute but not weird. It’s a delicate balance. A Yankee Candle from your local drugstore really won’t do the trick. 

Instead of more anonymous stuff, we recommend gifting your girl's mom and dad an experience, like a cooking class or tickets to a show. Spending time together is more important than filling up their basements for most parents anyway. Bonus points if you buy a ticket for their daughter, too.

If the girl you love’s parents are homebodies, another way to make a gift memorable is to customize it, like with monograms. Or, think of things they would never get themselves but may want—like a pricey dog bed for the family poodle. Once your girl moved out, the dog probably became their center of attention anyway.

In the past, we had your back with ideas from our gift guides for your most creative friends, the fashionable men in your life, and all the sneakerheads on your shopping list. This year you might be totally at loss for what to get for your girl’s parents, and luckily we’ve got you covered there, too. 

ClassPass Membership

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Help your girl’s parents get a headstart on their New Year’s resolution with a local ClassPass membership. Maybe they’ll invite you to a free yoga sesh, too.

Plants or Gardening Gifts

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Release your girl’s parents’ inner green thumbs with adorable gardening materials from Terrain. Or, just gift them a hard-to-kill terrarium.

Tickets to a Game

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Even if your future in-laws’ home team isn’t in the Superbowl, get them tickets for next season, and throw in two jerseys if you’re feeling flush with cash.

Concert Tickets

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Every big musician from their era seems to be on tour still, so help your girl’s parents relive the glory days with tickets to a touring artist’s show.

A Museum Membership

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A membership to your local museum is perfect for art lovers, or even dilettantes.

Lift Tickets

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If your girl’s parents are into winter sports, they’ll greatly appreciate you saving them big bucks on the annual family ski trip with this gift.

Google Home

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Teach them how to use it, and they'll be forever grateful. It's like 2017's answer to programming the VCR.

Wine of the Month Club

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A wine of the month club program brings a bit extra to what would be an otherwise trite gift.

Pet Accessories

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From fancy leashes to patterned dog beds, there’s something for every family pooch or pussy cat.