Finding gifts that properly showed our appreciation for all that our parents have done to help us out not only over the course of our engagement, but through life in general was really difficult. There were tons of gift stores that had lots of ideas, but nothing felt right. My family has never been much of a trinket collecting household so that wasn't right either.
Thankfully Etsy has loads of talented people and all of a sudden it all started to click together. For each of our parents I ordered a handkerchief with a wonderful poem stitched in our wedding colours
If you're interested in any of these, I ordered from Hannah B's shop and she was a delight to work with!
At the same time I also ordered a hankie for my niece who was too young to be our flower girl, but plays a huge part in our lives
For my dad I ordered some personalized cufflinks. I thought it would add a special touch to wear them for the wedding. These have thought and sentiment and memories attached to them. One is of me as a baby asleep on his chest, the other is of me and my sister with him.
These were ordered from PhotoJule's shop, and again great service!
Once I had ordered something personalized with pictures for my dad, I thought it would be nice if the rest of the parents had something similar. While the women wouldn't be wearing cufflinks, they would be wearing wrist corsages so I thought I could use those to attach my gift to.
I made these guys by shrinking some baby pictures down at Staples and putting them in those little charm frames from Michaels. I made a set for my mum, Darryl's mom and his dad (his dad's suit didn't have cufflink holes but I still wanted him to have a little baby picture of Darryl to wear on our wedding day so we attached it to his boutonniere) I just thought it would be sweet to have a chance for them to look down at their kids as babies during such a monumental moment in our adult lives.
I also stole my sister's gift idea from when she got married and bought them all a picture frame engraved with our wedding date. Then when we get our wedding pictures back we'll give them a picture to put in it as well. I wanted to get those as well because the hankies and charm pictures were something for them to use on the day of the wedding, but after that they'll likely be stored away for safe keeping, so the picture frame would be something that could be out on display daily. A perfect way to commemorate such a special day.
What have/would you gift your parents and future in-laws for your wedding? Have you come across any great etsy finds or inspiration on pinterest?