Parents can be one of the hardest people to buy presents for. Personally, I always struggle to buy for parents as you want to give them the world but you can’t always on a small budget.
For years I bought my parent’s separate gifts as I was on a small budget, now I share the cost with my boyfriend as we live together we split the price for all presents. This means I now also have ‘in-laws’ to buy for.
So here is a gift guide of things I wish I’d thought of years ago!
A present I love giving that is slightly generic is a gift card. This one is the Restaurant Choice. The main reason I love this is that the person you gift it to can choose what restaurant they want to visit and when they want to go. You can check what restaurants accept the gift card in your area before purchasing. Personally, my parents don’t always prioritise a night out for themselves and this is a nice way to pay for them to go out when they want to. Another part of this that I love is that you can put between £10 and £200 on the card, I usually purchase the £25 one.
For my parents, I actually gift them a night away in a hotel. My parents birthdays are both close to Christmas so rather than spend £20 on each of them at Christmas and birthdays I combine all the money and they pick a hotel. This works really well for me as I don’t need to put much thought into it and they love having a night away.
Since moving away from home it’s not always possible to get home for Christmas. I work in retail and usually, I’m working on Christmas Eve. If the weather is bad then I probably wouldn’t be heading home on the day.
That’s where this next gift idea comes in to play.
bakerdays is a company that specialises in letterbox cakes. This means I could order a cake and have it delivered to my parent’s house as a surprise without worrying if they are going to be in to sign for a package. They have a huge range of Christmas cakes that you can personalise with names or photos. They really do have something that would suit everyone in this range.
Another thing I love about bakerdays is the sponge options. You can choose from; traditional sponge, lemon drizzle, rich chocolate chip, half chocolate half sponge. They also offer a dairy-free option and a gluten-free option. I was over the moon to hear as my boyfriend is gluten free and my family is dairy free.
It’s only £14.99 and the cake itself is lovely, we tried the gluten-free option and I was really surprised at how tasty it was. Gluten-free cakes can be really dry but this one wasn’t. I absolutely love this idea and I think it’s a really nice way to let someone you can’t visit often know you’re thinking of them.
These are all presents that can be shared between parents but not everyone wants to share. So here are some picks for Mum and Dad separately.
I’ll start with Dad as men are always the most difficult people to purchase for.
My choice is skin care. This is a moisturiser from Man Polish. I’ve opted for the neutral polish as this is just a moisturiser but you can purchase tinted ones. Nick has actually been using this for a few weeks now and you can feel that it is a high-end moisturiser. It smells really nice and you only have to use a small amount to see results. This product is made in the UK, it’s cruelty-free, vegan and suitable for sensitive skin as it is made from natural ingredients. This is priced at £18.95 which I think is reasonable for the size of the pot and the ingredients.
For Mum, I’ve chosen to stick with the skincare/beauty theme. This is some of the products from The Edinburgh Natural Skincare Co. I’ve been testing this range for a number of weeks now and there will be a full review coming soon but I really wanted to include this in my gift guide.
This company is based in Edinburgh and their products are 100% natural and cruelty-free. I absolutely love these products and they have made such a difference to my skin and hair. For Christmas I think the gift boxes would be the best option, they range in price from £15 – £35, and for the price, you really do get a good amount of high-quality products. Even without the gift boxing, I think anything purchased would make a really good present.
I love all of the products but I think the solid hand cream is such a good idea, it saves all the footering about with bottles.
What do you normally purchase for your parents? Let me know in the comments!
*some of these products were gifted but all opinions are my own*