Very often on the wedding day the focus, quite rightly, is on the bride and groom but there are people who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure that the day goes without a hitch and even on the day itself they are there, gently supporting, guiding and ready to step in should anything go wrong. Those people are of course the parents! They have proudly raised you, watched you grow and blossom and are now handing you over to someone else and watching with bursting pride as you become part of another’s family.
Gifts for the Mother of the Bride or Groom
The usual bunch of flowers doesn’t quite come close to thanking them for all that they have done so let’s take a look at some more fitting gifts for the Mother of the Bride or Groom.
Why not commemorate the day with something that can last forever? These Personalised Mother of Bride & Groom Tile Sets can be displayed in their homes for a beautiful decorative piece that will serve as a reminder of their child’s wedding day. The tiles are handmade in the West Country and each one is carefully wrapped and boxed ready for you to give out on the day. Choose your own tile colour and personal message for the back.
This charming and beautiful Personalised Heart Trinket Box can be used to store precious little tokens from the day or a special piece of jewellery. Personalise it with the date of your wedding and perhaps a little message for mum? It comes delicately and luxuriously gift wrapped in tissue with a satin bow for a Mother of the Bride or Groom keepsake that they will adore!
A piece of bespoke jewellery is perfect for conveying the sentiments of the day and these Personalised Word Bangles are extra special! They are handmade by Alice Rivers-Cripps and are sterling silver pieces with a hammered finish. Your own message can be engraved around the circumference such as “Mother of the Bride” and the date of the wedding for a unique and sentimental bangle.
This exclusive Freshwater Pearl Heart Bracelet is made in Britain and features a string of freshwater pearls that is lovingly finished with a solid silver clasp and decorated with a Thai silver heart. A wonderfully simple and elegant way to show your appreciation to your mum!
If your mother is into reading then she will love this Sterling Silver Bookmark. Engrave your own personal message on the bookmark to turn it into a unique token of thanks. It’s a tasteful and classic gift for the mother of the bride or groom.
Or how about a timeless and elegant vase to put her flowers in? This exquisite Cut Crystal Vase will be admired by all who see it and it can be engraved with a sentimental message for her. It comes beautifully gift wrapped ready for you to present it.
This little Goodie Bag with Chocolates, a Lipstick Case and a Heart Key Ring contains many surprises that make up a wonderful gift set! Inside the carefully wrapped bag are a box of four delicious chocolates; a handsome lipstick case which can be engraved and a precious little heart keyring. She’ll be delighted with her very own goodie bag!
We know that mums tend to have everything in their handbags! Now you can add to her collection of essential handbag items with this Leather Pen & Oval Mirror Set. A smart leather handbag pen comes with an engraved silverplated oval mirror as a little gift set that will be truly appreciated!
Or for a personal gift full of memories, choose a wedding photo and frame it in this exquisite Vera Wang for Wedgwood Lace Bouquet Photo Frame. A decorative floral border frames one of your chosen photos beautifully and who better to design such frames than a designer famous for her wedding dress collection? A silver plated coating finishes off the frame and gives it a luxury shine.
Just as classy is the Vera Wang With Love Photo Frame with a stylish silver plated design that captures perfectly the heady romance of the day!
Gifts for the Father of the Bride or Groom
The father of the bride or groom may not have played such a huge part as his wife, but he’s always been there. He’s nervously prepared his speech and had the usual heart-to-heart with his son or daughter, offering them a sip of the whisky he’s brought in his flask and now as he watches the marriage ceremony he brushes away that tear that has suddenly sprung in his eye. He may not show his emotions often but this is the one day when you feel closer to him than ever before.
So what gift is suitable for the father of the bride or groom? Something for him to appreciate that reflects his character and is a fitting tribute to a wonderful father. Here are our top choices!
For a man who is always careful with his money, this Sterling Silver Money Clip will be appreciated, especially as it comes in sterling silver and is suitable for engraving with a personal message or date. He shouldn’t have any trouble finding the money to buy a round at the bar now!
Dad can always be relied upon to have a pen about his person, even if it’s just one of those tiny bookies pens! Now at last he can have a decent pen, although he’ll be loathe to lend it out! Argent of London do these refined Silver Ballpoint Pen in solid sterling silver that comes handsomely presented in an elegant gift box.
Whiskey gifts are the perfect gifts for the father of the bride or groom. Most dads love a sip of whiskey and you really can’t get better than this Personalised 12 Year Old Orkney Malt Whisky that can include a message on the label and comes in a wonderful presentation case. This is one bottle that he won’t find in the supermarket as it’s only available in selected outlets.
After all that entertaining he’s done, what better than to sit back and relax with a glass of fine cognac and a cigar? Only this cigar is infinitely better for you and more delicious as it’s made from fine chocolate which compliments perfectly the Armagnac. This Armagnac Brandy and Chocolate Cigar set comes with a mini whisk complete with handwritten tag and a drinking quotation postcard and is presented in a graphite gift box.
Why not bring him into the 21st century with a piece of modern technology? The PURE Move Palm Sized DAB Radio comes with all the useful features you’d expect but in a more compact size so that he can listen to it out in the garden or with headphones on whilst she is watching Eastenders! He’ll wonder what he ever did without it!
We did mention that the father of the bride or groom usually carries a hip flask about his person to calm his nerves and that of his offspring and so to honour that tradition why not treat him to a Royal Selangor Pewter Hip Flask. Made by the prestigious Royal Selangor company it comes in a lined presentation box and is suitable for engraving.
Or how about a sturdy Engraved Heavy-Gauge Pewter Tankard for his real ale? Ales taste much better when drunk out of such a high quality tankard, especially one which is engraved with his name and a message. No man should be without his very own tankard, it’s one of the privileges of reaching a certain age with distinction!
Another hip flask that is ideal for stashing away in his inside pocket. This Engraved Pewter Hip Flask is made from pure pewter and comes with the option to engrave the memorable date or sentiments on the front. Brilliant for toasting your good health!
Is it a coincidence that all the father of the bride or groom gifts seem to be alcohol based? This Miniature Whisky and Engraved Glass is perfect for a nightly tipple with a miniature bottle of Famous Grouse and an engraved lead crystal tumbler with which to enjoy it, all in a gorgeous presentation box.
And if he’s not a huge whiskey then he’s bound to appreciate this Champagne and Engraved Glass Set with which to celebrate getting rid of you at long last! (Just kidding!)
Gifts Suitable for Both Parents
Some couples may find it easier to buy one gift for their parents to enjoy between them rather than one each. After all, the marriage of your child is a momentous occasion for both parents and both have offered the same amount of support, so thank them both in style with this selection of gifts for parents of the bride or groom.
Once home they can toast the day in style and perhaps even relive some of the key moments of their own wedding day with this Champagne Gift Set which comes in a personalised gift box dedicated to the parents of the bride or parents of the groom.
If they like a tipple every now and then, offer them something they can both enjoy with this Mix Your Own Case of Wine. They get to choose which wines to try from an extensive list, so mum can have her rosé and he can have his full bodied merlot. It comes with tasting notes and a personalised card!
Photographs are lasting mementos of the day itself and if you’ve bagged a particularly good photo of your parents together, then why not frame it in this Engraved Sterling Silver Photo Frame which makes a handsome addition to their sideboard and can take pride of place next to the photo of the happy couple themselves!
Photo montages are getting very popular and with this Manyara Multi Photo Frame you can include childhood photos and events leading up to the wedding day or even old photos of their own courtship and wedding day! It makes the perfect gift for both sets of parents!
Gifts go a long way to show someone just how much you appreciate their presence and all that they have done for you. A gift doesn’t have to be huge or extravagant, just a thoughtful and touching token of love is all that is needed to make them feel proud and appreciated.