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The Best Gifts for Parents

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Parents have unique wants and needs when it comes to holiday gifts. Show you have their backs when it comes to self-care, thing to help them with their morning routine, or aids to help them get a good night’s sleep which probably remains elusive.

Self-Care: Unlike gifts that are one-time use, TheraBox is a subscription service meant to give the gift of self-care all month long. Filled with a mix of items meant to bring happiness, relaxation, and inspiration any parent would be happy to get a TheraBox under their tree to help them unwind from the chaos of the holiday season.

A Good Night’s Sleep: A lot is discussed regarding how to get children to sleep well, but not as much attention is given to making sure conditions are optimal for giving parents a good night’s sleep. After years of focusing on kids, it’s likely that parents have overlooked the need for a new mattress. Nothing is quite as luxurious as a new mattress. The Leesa Hybrid gets high reviews for its combination of coils and memory foam for the best of both worlds. Pair with organic sheets from Brooklyn Bedding for a complete gift.

Dyson Airwrap: Mom probably wants to look fabulous but likely does not have a ton of time to devote to her hair in her morning routine. Enter the Dyson Airwrap which uses low heat to de-frizz, straighten, and dry. Plus, with a little hairspray the style can last for days. Want to be sure she will know how to use it? Book a complimentary styling at a Dyson Demo Store.

Bath Bombs: There is nothing quite like soaking in a bath to relax. The experience becomes extra luxe when bath bombs are involved. LifeAround2Angles makes a beautiful set of a dozen colorful bath bombs in a nice gift box.

Clothes: Indulge her with a luxe cashmere sweater from The Cause Collection that also gives the gift of giving back to a an organization that works on issues that advocates for tolerance, humanitarianism or social justice. If she has a more casual look try some Brooks leggings with a compressive fit — and pockets! Mom would love a Cindy Karen shirt from this brand made for comfort when traveling but works just as well for Moms chasing after littles. Or, there is something for everyone in the Happiness is… collection so that Mom and Dad will know you really know them with a shirt that proclaims Happiness is…morning coffee, a good book, or just about anything that makes them happy.

Shoes: Parents are usually pretty good at making sure their kid have the shoes they need, but since Mom and Dad don’t outgrow their kicks it’s easy to overlook a footwear refresh. Check out Arcopedico boots that are cute, comfy and feel nearly weightless in Lytech. If sneakers are more his or her thing check out Brooks Running Shoes that have responsive cushioning on top of a crash pad to make walking, running, or chasing after kids more comfortable. Or, if they haven’t had new rainboots or snowboots in awhile pick up a stylish pair from Kamik that will last for enough years to get them through until someone thinks to buy them another pair for the holidays.

Weighted Blanket: Not just for kids anymore, weighted blankets are growing in popularity for adults too. This Dual Therapy Weighted Blanket will help parents relax while helping their room to look chic. It comes in 15 and 20 pound options and a removable, reversable duvet cover is included.

Spa-At-Home: First Aid Beauty has a line of special holiday kits filled with a mix of products to help pamper and care for skin such as coconut water cream, ultra-intensive lip balm, and other luxuries to lhelp care for skin in the winter and throughout the year. Or, try this adorable Mini Vans reusable tin filled with goodies like volumizing mascara and pore minimizer. Another fun option is the Love of Color Shine On Liquid Shimmer Shadow Set that come with six shimmering, no-flake shadows.

Personalized Jewelry: Give Mom the gift of jewelry made just for her. Tiary makes all pieces to order so customization of everything from type of metal and stone to length and size and engraving can be customized to Mom’s taste. Try a diamond star or custom name necklace for something truly unique. Or, let her be reminded of your love for her everyday with rose gold heart earrings from Modern Gents.

Custom Glass: For a truly unique gift, get Mom and Dad a glass or cup etched with the night sky from any day of your choosing, from anniversary dates to birth dates. Well Told will make sure that Mom and Dad are reminded of a significant date to them every time they have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee.

Fitbit: The Versa 2 does it all. This watch and fitness tracker counts steps just like the original Fitbit, but this next-generation smart version includes Alexa, monitors heartrate, tracks sleep, can be used to set alarms, plays Spotify and more.

Framed Photos: Want to give parents a gift they will appreciate daily? Try Framebridge to frame one of their favorite photos by mail. Choose a photo from Instagram, another image, or even a special item and Framebridge will prepare it in the size, frame, and mat of your choice that can even be shipped directly to your lucky recipient.

Mediation Cushion: Parents can find it hard to get some downtime and relax. A mediation cushion from Sefte is a great way to encourage parents to slow down and focus on what’s important. It can also double as place to sit while playing on the floor with kids.

Upgrade Kitchen Basics: The small things can make a big difference. A small upgrade in a basic kitchen staple like these pretty anti-bacterial cutting boards and from Fab Slabs that make a daily chore that much more enjoyable.

Tech: Those more expensive AirPods may not be in the budget but these top-rated ear buds and wireless charging case from Braven deliver performance without the high price tag. If Mom and Dad have an iPad they need a kid-proof case like this R ugged Book that can stand up to littles and also has a removable keyboard to makes those minutes of productivity count. Or, what parent couldn’t use a back-up battery for those times stuck in the car with a sleeping baby or when caught at the playground for an extra few hours. This Morphie Powerstation that charges fast and can charge two devices at once.

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