Gift giving is a nice way to make a person delighted. But, when it comes to giving gifts to parents, you feel confused, especially when you're busy and have limited pocket money.

Yes, choosing a parental gift is challenging, but not difficult. With a little effort, you can get the best gift for your dear mom and dad to make them happy. So, start to find a gift, which is ideal for your parents and suits your budget as well.

Why is it so hard to find gifts for parents and grandparents?

Children or grandchildren feel excited to surprise their parents or grandparents on many occasions like Christmas, New year's Eve, birthdays, and anniversaries. But, they get stuck while choosing gifts for their loving parents and grandparents. Because:

  • Most of the times, parents have financial ability to buy an item they want. For instance, your father can buy a branded watch and he can give your mom a pendant as well.
  • Storage can be a major reason. Big items like closets, chair, desk, etc. may acquire more space in the house.
  • Parents, especially grandparents are not interested in electronic gadgets. Usually, our parents are not much tech-savvy.

8 Affordable gift ideas that can make your parents and grandparents happy

Remember, sometimes a small, personalized gift can win your parent's heart. So, think deep and find a gift, which is affordable yet attractive. These tips can help you to choose a perfect gift for your parents.

1. Frame a nice photograph of your parents or a family photograph

You can frame pictures that reflect some sweet memories. For example, family photographs of past birthdays, trips, school events, wedding photos photographs and so on. The frame should be for wall hanging. Thus, it will not occupy space. This would be a precious parental gift that they will cherish always.

2. Wrap a drawing kit for your grandparents

Most of the elderly people (grandparents) love to make some personalized DIY gifts for their grandchildren. Because they have lots of free time to do some art and craft. So, a drawing kit may be a good gift for your grandparents. Give a plastic toolbox and fill it with various kinds of drawing supplies (crayons, color pencils, paint pens and blow paints, markers, gel pens, simple pencils, shapes and sizes, watercolor, brushes, gums, etc.).

If your mom loves to design clothes, then a fashion drawing kit, which comes with different templates of designing clothes, can be a good choice.

3. Give your parents a sweet companion

Pets are a great gift for the seniors. It can be a small dog or cat. They are quite affordable and easy to maintain.

4. Books, books and books

Books are always great if your parents/grandparents love reading. Choose some books, according to their tastes and interests and give them on their special day.

5. Provide technical assistance

Introduce them to the new age technology to make their life easy and comfortable. But, they need some basic technological knowledge to survive in this tech-savvy world.

Assist them how to use an android phone, tab, laptop, or social networking sites.

Let them know how easily they can be socialized or stay connected with near and dear ones.

6. Make your parents updated

Different types of scams are rising these days. Some common scams are home improvement scam, ATM scam, Internet scam, payday loan scam, etc. Your parents should be aware of these scam; otherwise, they’ll feel helpless in every step. If it was your parent’s duty to make you smart and advanced, then it’s also your turn to let them know about the recent trends including scams, tricks, hacks and so on.

Simply subscribe them different magazines, newspapers or websites so that they can read over the Internet. Or, convey them about the recent news over the phone on daily basis. You won’t even lose a single penny for making them updated.

Read more: Parents' Day - Give insights on how to avoid investment scams to your mom and dad

7. Visit your parent's place to spend a family time

Sharing a weekend can be a great idea that can make your parents happy. Head to your parent's home over the weekend along with kids (if any) to share some good time together. Cook dishes they like most, enjoy a nice evening walk together, plan a picnic on Sunday and so on. Let them enjoy with their grandkids. Nothing can be more joyful than this.

8. Write a personal letter to the parents or grandparents

If you're far from your parents or grandparents, then write a personalized letter. Ask your kids to a write a letter as well. Share your experience, how the new place is, how you’re doing and so on. Ask your parents to write back as well. Writing letter has its essence that technology (messaging, chatting) won't be able to steal, trust me!

Final words

Your parents need your care and love instead of valuable gifts at their age. Why don’t you make some DIY gifts like a personalized coffee mug or handprint calendar? Thus, they can cherish your affection for them. You can also give them gift certificates or a dinner coupon as well. Thus, your parents can enjoy a nice date. Remember, your parents know that material gifts will not last forever, but your love and care for them is priceless.

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