When you actually think of everything your parents have done for you, it’s quite humbling. Not least of all, when you’re getting married, and I don’t mean helping with the burden of cost.
Sure, they may contribute financially, but it’s the other things, like their support and reassurance, their direction, recommendations and walking you down the aisle. Add that to all they’ve done to bring you up well-adjusted, happy and centred - how will you ever thank them?
It’s traditional to give a gift of thanks to all who helped out with the ceremony - the bridesmaids and other attendants, your best man - even the people who did the catering. But, without your parents (on either side of the family) the event wouldn’t even be taking place - have you thought of that?!
As you take your next step in your life’s journey, leaving behind the comfort and security of your parents’ grasp; becoming someone with their own family and responsibilities, it’s natural to reflect on the first part of your life and the people who have nurtured you through this time.
A unique gift, given at your wedding, may not come close to thanking them for all they’ve done, the years of pure support and encouragement they’ve given, but short of donating a kidney, what else can you do?
It’s the very least you can do. Rather than buying the first gift you see, put some thought into it. Not only find the perfect present, but have your message of love and thanks emblazoned across its front. For example,
Pop one of the best photos of you and your betrothed in there too and you’ve got a gift that will take pride of place on their mantelpiece.
Or, how about saying, “Cheers, Mum/Dad!” on these:
- Be Unique!
Short of reverting back to your nursery school days and making them a gift, buy them something that’s not traditional, useful, sentimental or ornamental - but slightly bizarre! Something that will raise a smile at the reception and which few other parents will hold.
I know of parents who wouldn’t ask for, or accept, a gift, rather wanting the money to be spent on the happy couple’s future. However, this situation may make the happy couple a little uncomfortable, knowing that their parents may have parted with huge expense towards the wedding, combined with everything else they’ve ever done for them. And how will this look to your other guests when you’re handing everyone else a token of thanks and seemingly ignoring your parents? In this situation, a novelty gift doesn’t cost much but still allows the bride and groom to pass their appreciation to the people that matter.
So, if you’re wondering what I mean by ‘unique gifts’, take a look at these:
Quirky, fun, yet able to bear the most important messages of your love and thanks. Few weddings nowadays can afford to push the boat out so items like these may be all you can afford, after everyone and their uncle has emptied your budget pot. They may not be made of the finest crystal, and the chocolate may not make it to your return from honeymoon but they’ll raise a smile.
Whatever gift you choose to thank your parents for everything they’ve done will never match their sacrifice. So, don’t search to the end of the earth trying to find the right thing - look no further than the huge range of traditional and fun gifts we have at MyRedPacket! Click here to see our range of wedding gifts for parents