Perfect Gifts for Parents Who Have Everything

Whether it’s for the holiday season or a special occasion such as a milestone anniversary, gift shopping for a parent who seems to have everything can be frustrating. Look beyond tangible gifts and focus on memorable experiences. These suggestions can help you choose the perfect gift when it comes to hard-to-shop-for parents!

1. Cooking, art, dance, or other lessons

Cooking class for parents

Perhaps Mom or Dad has always wanted to learn how to make crème brulee, or perhaps both of them would love to learn to tango. Buy them lessons or classes to discover this new skill. If you don’t want to sign them up for a specific class, many businesses let you buy passes or certificates that they can redeem at their convenience. You may be lucky enough to be on the receiving end of a lesson from a cooking class! Pictured: The married innkeepers at Prairieside Suites Luxury Bed and Breakfast in Grand Rapids, MI, love cooking together.

2. Gift of the month clubs

Gift of the month club for parents

Who doesn’t love getting a gift every month? You can find gift of the month clubs for just about anything. If your parents are wine enthusiasts, wine of the month clubs provide the perfect opportunity to conduct their own tastings and learn about new wines. There are also beer, chocolate, cheese, tea, and many other monthly clubs from which to choose. You can even send Mom fresh flowers every month through a flower of the month club.

3. Video of the family

Video of the family

Nothing says family like a customized video montage. Gather up a variety of family photos and videos from throughout the years, and create a beautiful video that will remind them how much the family loves them. If you don't have any video, grab a camera and take some footage of the family saying hi and sharing some of their favorite memories. Your parents will laugh, and probably even shed a tear of happiness as they remember treasured family memories. If you are savvy with technology, you can create this yourself in software such as iMovie. If that sounds intimidating, there are many services that will help you create video your mom and dad will cherish.

4. A relaxing getaway

A relaxing getaway

Perhaps your parents have always dreamed of visiting far-away tropical islands, or maybe they just want a nearby weekend away. Either way, you’ll give them memories for a lifetime. Consider giving them a stay at a cozy bed and breakfast or inn. Bed and breakfasts offer a unique lodging experience, and your parents will be able to experience the local flavor of their destination. A great way to do this is to give a bed and breakfast gift card from, which allows them to stay at their choice of 4,000 B&Bs in the U.S. and Canada. Pictured: Key West

5. Gift cards gift card

While many people think that giving gift cards are an easy way out, they are actually the perfect gift for parents who seem to have everything. Whether you give them a gift card for a getaway or a gift certificate to their favorite store or restaurant, you’re giving them the opportunity to select a present they will actually use.