Christmas, birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day. You have four times during the year when you can choose to do something special for your parents. However, it doesn’t have to only be during these times when we show our parents how much we care for them. You can do it at any point during the year! And in fact, it’s more special when you do it at random points during the year rather just the usual dates, because they’ll know you’re not doing it out of obligation. They’ll really feel touched! But what do you get them? Below, we take a look at a few options. Pick one, and you’ll make their day.
A Trip Away
Parents can get a bit stuck in their ways, especially if their children have fled the nest, and they don’t always think about breaking out of their routine all that often. However, you know that they would love to spend a night or two away, maybe in a local B&B or exploring the sights of one the UK’s best cities, so why not organise it for them? You don’t have to pay for everything – just a night’s accommodation somewhere exciting or picturesque will be appreciated!
If money is tight, you can always look at hand making something for them, or giving them another type of personal gift. Things like family scrapbooks, framed photos, or home Pinterest projects will all put a smile on your parent’s faces. Take a look around their house to see what they need, or comb through the mountains of family pictures you have and get to work on creating a collage. If they are now empty-nesters, then having a reminder of their children will be a welcome addition to their home.
Sometimes, it’s not about giving a tangible gift at all; it’s about offering an experience. If your parents love getting up and out of the house for a fun adventure, then consider organising a day out for everybody. This can be as simple as packing up a picnic and heading to the beach or finding the best local events taking place in your area and buying a few tickets for the family. Nothing is quite as inspiring and memorable as a day out with the clan!
A Special Present
Your parents will have spent the past decades accumulating plenty of things, and there won’t be too many items that they “need”. However, there will be plenty of things that they want. If your dad has an interest or activity that he’s passionate about, look at gifts for him that will help fuel that passion. People’s faces always light with smiles when they’re given another gadget that they know they’ll use again and again. Mums are generally easier to buy for, especially if you’re female yourself; treat her to something special for all the things she’s given you over the years.
You’ve got a lifetime of memories with your parents, so why not take a stroll down memory lane? It’s always nice to look back on all the fun times you’ve shared every now and again. This can mean taking a tour of the old places you used to visit when you were younger, or taking them out to that favourite restaurant you always ate at when you were celebrating. Your parents also had a life before you were born (we know, shocker!), and one of the most special things you can share with them is visiting the places that were important to them when they were young. You’ll find this just as special, so it’s really a gift for you too!
Thinking of You
You don’t always have to make a big gesture when it comes to doing something nice for your parents. The small things are just as thoughtful, and actually might be your only option if you no longer live in the same city or country as your parents. Doing things like sending flowers, just to let them know you’re thinking of them, is easy to do with online ordering and delivery. If they have a Kindle, you can even send them a book you know they would like straight to their device!
If nothing else, you can always let your parents enjoy a day of all out leisure by making yourself available to take care of all the essential things. Go round to help tidy up, prepare a meal, and then spend the evening catching up over a glass of wine. They’ll love it, and so will you!