Some names on our
holiday shopping list are tougher to tackle than others but few trump the parents category. Beyond our own flesh and blood, the parents category spans across almost everyone in our lives. There's our actual parents, our significant other's parents (new or permanent), grandparents, even pet moms and dads (yes, we're counting that as a parent). And then there's the fact that, come a certain age, the word "parent" starts to encompass our friends who are now creating their own spawn. When gifting a parent, there's a careful balance of finding an appropriate present that also says, "Hey, I know you still have an identity outside of being a procreator." With soon-to-be and relatively new parents, it's best to help them out with presents that are practical and useful. With your own family, key in on their personalities as you would your friends. As for your in-laws, we've offered some helpful tips for navigating those choppy waters. But most importantly, remember that unless they're truly clueless, parents of all walks of life are seasoned veterans at politely loving anything you decide to gift them. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Expecting Parents
New parents don't need to add a baby rash to their already mile-long list of problems. Prevent any issues by buying them this dermatologist-tested baby body care set.
The White Company
Baby Collection, $, available at
The White Company More Expecting Parents
Mom's favorite stripey tees are now available in onesies. Get 'em while they're hot.
The Onesie, $, available at
Kule More Expecting Parents
Morning sickness is the worst. Give your mom-to-be friend some relief with nature's cure to nausea.
Harney & Sons
Peppermint Herbal Tea, $, available at
Target More Expecting Parents
New or soon-to-be parents will have more donated diaper bags than they can handle. Go the unexpected route by gifting them a bag they'll
need (and like). This carryall backpack can fit everything a new family needs for a day out and about.
Indi Diaper Backpack, $, available at
Dagne Dover More Expecting Parents
A heating/cooling pad is a pregnant mother's best friend.
Mini Huggable Cooling + Heating Pad, $, available at
Urban Outfitters More Parents With Kids
When you're running to drop off one kid at one school and one at another, it's important to have PJs that won't totally embarrass your kids and are appropriate for those unfortunate carpool line run-ins with the principal.
Sepia Linen Pajama Set With Pants, $, available at
Sleeper More Parents With Kids
Things young parents are always in need of: sleep, coffee, some quiet time, repeat. Unfortunately sleep and quiet time aren't gifts you can guarantee, but you
make their coffee time a bit more of a luxury with these mid-century mugs.
Creamy White Speckle Mug, $, available at
Juniper And Scout More Parents With Kids
Moms can't always sneak away for a spa day, so bring a mini spa treatment home to her.
Down to Mask DIY Spa Kit, $, available at
Chillhouse More Parents With Kids
Soccer practice, piano recitals, parent-teacher conferences — it's all right here on this very sleek, very mod to-do list/calendar. You're welcome.
Weekly Task Pad, $, available at
Need Supply More Pet Parents
Dogs deserve a spa treatment every now and then, too.
Malin + Goetz
Dog Shampoo, $, available at
Malin + Goetz More Pet Parents
Give their dog a distraction so he'll stop eating everything else in sight (including your new shoes).
Ware of the Dog
Hand Knit Peanut Butter, $, available at
Ware of the Dog More Pet Parents
For your cat lady BFF who just so happens to work in the arts.
Thames & Hudson Gift
Cats in Art: Notecard Box (Thames & Hudson Gift), $, available at
Amazon More Pet Parents
For pet parents always on the go, indie dog brand, Wild One, sells a travel-friendly pet carrier (that's also cute). Owners can slip the bag over their luggage handle giving them a hands-free experience during their already stressful travel journey.
Canvas Dog Carrier, $, available at
Need Supply More Your New-ish Significant Other's Parents
Fact: Parents, or well, everyone, loves Jo Malone.
Jo Malone London
Lino nel Vento Linen Spray, $, available at
Nordstrom More Your New-ish Significant Other's Parents
A sure-fire way to win over your S.O.'s parents? Cashmere.
Cashmere Blend Robe, $, available at
Parachute More Your New-ish Significant Other's Parents
When in doubt, a nifty cheese board set is always a crowd-pleaser.
Crate and Barrel
Wood Marble Cheese Slicer, $, available at
Crate and Barrel More Your New-ish Significant Other's Parents
If your partner frequently describes their parents as "fun," then take heed and go with a gift that has a little more personality. We love this super chill Bob Ross board game.
Big G Creative
Bob Ross: The Art of Chill Board Game, $, available at
Target More In-Laws
This gift pulls double duty. It's a countertop butcher's block on one side and a chic wooden serving board on the other. A great gift for in-laws who love to play host.
End-Grain Cutting Board, $, available at
Snowe More In-Laws
Thank them for the Grecian getaway they're taking you on with a bust that can serve as a constant reminder of the ten-day vacay.
Grecian Bust Pot, $, available at
Anthropologie More In-Laws
If your relationship with your in-laws has had a rocky history, the gift of truffle oil is sure to smooth most things over. Everyone loves truffle oil.
Truffle Oil Selection, $, available at
Amazon More Your Parents
As a thank you for instilling their stellar eye for grapes in you.
Pure Crystal Glassware Sets, $, available at
West Elm More Your Parents
Your dad's been carrying the same worn-down wallet in his back pocket since you were in diapers. Bring him into 2020 in style with this Bottega Veneta woven wallet.
Intrecciato Leather Billfold Wallet, $, available at
MR PORTER More Your Parents
Since you know your dad will just steal your mom's, play it safe and get them each a cozy (and cute) beanie this winter.
& Other Stories
Chunky Ribbed Wool Blend Beanie, $, available at
& Other Stories More Your Parents
If your parents binge-watch their TV half as much as ours, then get them a cozy blanket they can cuddle up in.
Wool Throw, $, available at
H&M More Grandparents
Remind your grandma that she's a star with this silicone baking mold. Plus, if you're lucky, she'll bake up something special with it and send them in a doggie bag.
Star Silicone Baking Mold, $, available at
Zara Home More Grandparents
Brighten up your their house with a monthly flower delivery.
The Bouqs Co.
Deluxe Monthly Subscription,
$48.00, available at
The Bouqs. Co. More Grandparents
Bring your grandparents into the Netflix generation this gifting season.
Fire TV Stick With Alexa, $, available at
Amazon More Grandparents
Here's the kicker:
going to knit something for
this time around.
We Are Knitters
Easy Level Simone Cardigan, $, available at
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