The best Christmas gifts for parents that they'll really appreciate

These Christmas gifts for parents will make their lives easier and more enjoyable

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Our curated list of the best Christmas gifts for parents includes ideas that provide solutions to their everyday inconveniences as well as sentimental finds that will warm their hearts.

Maybe that solution is a clever robot vacuum that saves them a weekly chore, or a set that simplifies the complicated, like pesky fitted sheets that never stay in place. Perhaps, they need a gift to help them unwind or a present that will give them quality time with the whole family.

We've included all of these present ideas and more in our guide to the best Christmas gifts for parents this year—perfect for both new and veteran parents alike (even great Christmas gifts for grandparents, too). 

Where to find the best Christmas gifts for parents in the U.S.

Our pick of the best Christmas gifts for parents in the U.S.

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1. Beaba Babycook Neo Baby Food Maker: View at Nordstrom (opens in new tab)

RRP: $249.95 | Delivery: 5-10 day shipping | Refundable?: 45-day return policy at Nordstrom

Coined as the tesla of baby food makers, this countertop gadget steams, blends, and heats a variety of mini-meals. Albeit compact, it's a fully robust system that boasts thoughtful inclusions, like an all-new glass bowl and stainless steel basket. And by design, it preserves the taste, flavor, and nutritional benefits of each ingredient. Available in four colors.


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2. Wade Diaper Tote: View at Dagne Dover (opens in new tab)

RRP: $200 | Delivery: 5-10 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy 

Ordinary diaper bags are of a bygone era—score them something that doubles as a trendy accessory. Dagne Dover's Wade Diaper Tote ticks these boxes as it carries the essentials, without sacrificing style. One of the best tote bags (opens in new tab) for parents thanks the fact that it is teeming with pockets, zippers, and extra components—from a mini changing mat and laptop carrier to shoe and dust bags. It even has two key leashes for small items. Available in four colors. 


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3. Nespresso Evoluo Machine: View at Williams Sonoma (opens in new tab)

RRP: $167.95 | Delivery: 2-7 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy

The Nespresso Evoluo is a versatile gadget that brews five drink varieties: espresso, double espresso, gran lungo, coffee, and alto. It's portable and light to store, but durable against wear from continued use. More notably, the machine scans and reads the bar code on your Vertuo capsule, ensuring precise brewing for your specific beverage.

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4. Brooklinen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle: View at Brooklinen (opens in new tab)

RRP: From $240 | Delivery: 5-10 day shipping | Refundable?: 1-year return policy

Every parent dreams of crisp, clean sheets. So, gift them the internet-famous Brooklinen Luxe bundle, coming in a variety of shades for any bedroom color scheme. Albeit pricey, it offers exceptional value—each set offers a fitted sheet, flat sheet, duvet cover, and four pillowcases. You can even mix and match colors and sizes for a personalized flair. Pair this present with the best pillows (opens in new tab), and they'll doze off in no time.


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5. Book of the Month Monthly Subscription: View at Book of the Month (opens in new tab)

RRP: From $9.99 per month | Delivery: 5-8 day shipping | Refundable?: Can cancel anytime

If they're voracious bibliophiles, a monthly book subscription offers access to thousands of great reads, new and old. The concept is simple: Sign up, pick your box each month, and wait for its delivery.

Founded in 1926, Book of the Month is a long-standing national book club that's immortalized by swathes of bookworms. Every month, members can choose five hardcover books across genres.


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6. Ring Alarm Kit: View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

RRP: $329.99 | Delivery: 2-8 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy 

A safe and secure home is a priceless gift and while The Ring Alarm Kit isn't something your parents would buy themselves, this intuitive security system with contact sensors, motion detectors, and other essentials will easily impress them. Thanks to the Ring app, parents can monitor each device and receive mobile alerts when the system is triggered—in real-time. 


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7. JBL Clip 4 Speaker: View at REI (opens in new tab)

RRP: $79.95 | Delivery: 5-10 day shipping | Refundable?: 1-year return policy

Naturally, stressful days bring shower-time jam sessions—we bet mom and dad are belting notes when you're not around. Allow the JBL Clip 4 Speaker to elevate the experience. Available in three colors, this petite speaker delivers rich sound quality, and it's 100% waterproof. 


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8. BABYBJÖRN Travel Crib Light: View at Pottery Barn Kids (opens in new tab)

RRP: $299.99 | Delivery: 2-8 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy

Ideal for any space, this foldable crib is a travel-friendly must-have for new parents. It features a lightweight design, plush mattress, and breathable exterior mesh fabric, designed with your little one's comfort in mind. Additionally, this material provides air circulation throughout the crib and allows parents to monitor their sleeping. Plus, it includes a convenient carry bag for the essentials. Available in two colors. 


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9. Mommy Power Stroller Hook:  View at Nordstrom (opens in new tab)

RRP: $39.99 | Delivery: 5-8 day shipping | Refundable?: 45-day return policy

Don't let the name fool you: The Mommy Power Stroller Hook is perfect for when both parents are on baby buggy duty. This power bank can hold up to 25 pounds, all while charging your mobile devices and electronics. Available in three colors.


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10. Our Place Always Pan: View at Selfridges (opens in new tab)

RRP: $148 | Delivery: Depends on region | Refundable?: 28-day return policy

The Our Place Always Pan (opens in new tab) has swept the world of kitchenware this year, quickly becoming one of the best induction pans (opens in new tab) for cooking enthusiasts to use. It's multi-functional—so you can use it to braise, sear, strain, boil and more—and it doesn't even require any oil to use it. It also comes in a bunch of stylish colors to match the kitchen.


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11. Steamery Cirrus No.2 Travel Steamer:  View at Selfridges (opens in new tab)

RRP: $127 | Delivery: Depends on region | Refundable?: 30-day return policy

A practical gift that the parents will love if they're not a fan of ironing, this steaming wand will keep their clothes smooth and stylish without them having to slog at the ironing board. It's great for traveling, too.


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12. OONI Fyra Portable Wood-Fired Outdoor Pizza Oven: View at Selfridges (opens in new tab)

RRP: $290 | Delivery: Depends on your region | Refundable?: 28-day return policy

OONI's wood-fired pizza oven will immerse the entire family in a culinary adventure. Backed by an insulated, powder-coated steel shell, this appliance leverages a cordierite stone baking board for consistent heating, plus folding legs for easy transport and storage. Endless 'Zas await. 


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13. Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer: View at Williams Sonoma (opens in new tab)

RRP: $429.95 | Delivery: 5-8 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy

If your parents are keen bakers this is mixer will come in handy and do the job in no time. It's one of the best stand mixers (opens in new tab) that the w&h has tested out—and one of the most famous out there. Not to mention, it'll look stylish on the worktop.


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14. Lil Fox Baby Changing Pad: View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

RRP: $20.99 | Delivery: 2-5 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy

A portable changing pad is a god-send as one of the best Christmas gifts for mom (opens in new tab) (or Christmas gifts for dad (opens in new tab)). For instance, the Lil Fox Baby Changing Pad is convenient for diaper disposal in public. It features a padded surface and a soft memory foam pillow, which cradles their head and secures it in place. It also includes an easy-to-use hook and loop fastener, plus plenty of pocket space.


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15. Personalized Memory Suitcase Keepsake Box Gift Set: View at Not On The High Street (opens in new tab)

RRP: $219.74 | Delivery: 2-10 day shipping | Refundable?: No

Gift new parents the chance to preserve special moments with a memory suitcase. Designed to be filled with keepsakes of milestones, each case is made from bonded leather and lined with cotton. The box can be embossed with initials or a combination of 15 letters and numbers for a truly personal and thoughtful gift. 


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16. Uber Eats Gift Card: View at Amazon (opens in new tab)

RRP: From $50 | Delivery: 2-5 days by regular mail / Immediate by email | Refundable?: No

Parenting is demanding—lighten their load with a delicious, fresh meal, courtesy of Uber Eats. Takeout can make all the difference for parents, buying them extra time in a day with one less chore to complete. Once delivered, the card is redeemable on the Uber and Uber Eats app, and it won't ever expire. This idea is great if you're looking for cheap Christmas gifts (opens in new tab) that the recipient will actually use - everyone loves a free dinner. 

Where to find the best Christmas gifts for parents in the UK

Our pick of the best Christmas gifts for parents in the UK

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1. Bunny Baby Hamper Set: View at Selfridges UK (opens in new tab)

RRP: £85 | Delivery: Depends on your region | Refundable? 28-day return policy

Show them you care with this baby hamper gift set from Selfridges. Adorned in a light yellow box, this bundle boasts an adorable bunny theme. Your giftee will receive a Jellycat bashful bunny, a bunny-print cotton blanket, a bunny-shaped rattle, and a book titled "When I am big."


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2. Harvey Nichol's Two's Company Gift Box: View at Ocado (opens in new tab)

RRP: £50 | Delivery: Various slots available | Refundable?: 7-day return policy

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If you want to upgrade the precious downtime of any new parents that you know, this is one of the best Christmas hampers to treat them to if they're laying off the booze to deal with the early nights. Featuring six edible Christmas favorites, this is one they'll definitely enjoy.


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3. Personalized Family Portrait Photo: View at Not On The High Street (opens in new tab)

RRP: £40 | Delivery: 2-10 day shipping | Refundable?: No

As one of our favorite unique Christmas gifts (opens in new tab), this portrait is a modern display and family heirloom in one. You can customize the print with your family's name, photos, and the number of members. For every order placed, the award-winning small business The Drifting Bear Co. will plant one tree in the region of your choice, making it one of the best sustainable Christmas gifts (opens in new tab) on the market. 


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4. Mr & Mrs Smith Gift Card: View at Mr and Mrs Smith (opens in new tab)

RRP: From £50 | Delivery: Immediate | Refundable? Yes, should you cancel a reservation

As one of our favorite unique Christmas gifts (opens in new tab), this portrait is a modern display and family heirloom in one. You can customize the print with your family's name, photos, and the number of members. For every order placed, the award-winning small business The Drifting Bear Co. will plant one tree in the region of your choice, making it one of the best sustainable Christmas gifts (opens in new tab) on the market. 


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5. Coredy Robot Vacuum Cleaner: View at Amazon UK (opens in new tab)

RRP: £195.99 | Delivery: 5-8 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy

Help tidy their abode with the Coredy Robot Cleaner, which operates through voice commands with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It detects dirt, suctions it in mere seconds, and moves seamlessly between surfaces, be it floor to carpet. It also features a controlled water pump ideal for mopping.

With the brand's smart app, parents can control the vacuum's every move, view its battery status, schedule cleaning, and customize cleaning modes and mopping levels. 


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6. Book of the Month Monthly Subscription: View at The Willoughby Book Club (opens in new tab)

RRP: From £34.99 per month | Delivery: 5-8 day shipping | Refundable?: Can cancel anytime

The Willoughby Book Club offers a range of boxes for a variety of ages and interests, all available in 3-, 6-, or 12-month packages.  A great option if you're struggling with what to get a teenager for Christmas (opens in new tab) too. 


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7. Andrew James Ice Cream Maker: View Andrew at Amazon UK (opens in new tab)

RRP: From £34.99 per month | Delivery: 5-8 day shipping | Refundable?: Can cancel anytime

A premier ice cream maker simplifies dessert-making from a science into a cinch. With the touch of a button, the Andrew James Ice Cream Maker can create gelato, sorbet, frozen yogurt, and, of course, ice cream. Delicious treats aside, its detachable bowl is easy to clean and store wherever. Additionally, this machine comes with six recipes and a generous 2-year warranty.


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8. Echo Show 8: View at Amazon UK (opens in new tab)

RRP: £99.99 | Delivery: 2-5 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy

The Echo Dot 8 can help mom and dad manage their day at a glance. With Alexa voice activation, this device enables users to make video calls, update lists, set reminders, control lights around the house, blast music, and watch TV shows—the best Christmas movies on Netflix (opens in new tab) included. Simply put, a device that does it all and pays the bills. Available in two colors.


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9. Baby Hand and Footprint Velvet Hoop Wall Hanging: View at Not On The High Street (opens in new tab)

RRP: £40 | Delivery: 2-10 day shipping | Refundable?: No

Presented in an ornate ribbon-tied box, this velvet wall hanging will be treasured for years to come. This keepsake captures the child's handprints and footprints, complemented by their name and date of birth. For quality assurance, it's detailed in wooden embroidery and a sturdy gray cord. 


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10. Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition: View at Amazon UK (opens in new tab)

RRP: £129.99 | Delivery: 2-5 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy

Gift your parents an escape into literary worlds from their armchairs. Among the best eReaders (opens in new tab), it touts the same perks we love in the OG Paperwhite but with 32 GB of storage, an enduring 10-week battery life, and an auto-adjusting front light. With Kindle Unlimited, they'll have access to over two million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and more.


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11. Perrier Jouet Blanc de Blanc: View at Ocado (opens in new tab)

RRP: £57 | Delivery: Various slots available | Refundable?: 7-day return policy 

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Treat your parents to this impressive bottle of Blanc de Blancs that is full of crisp and smooth notes that are emblematic of the chardonnay grape. The gold color that matches the packaging makes this bottle look extra special which makes it a lovely Christmas gift for parents.


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12. Marpac Original Noise Machine: View at Amazon UK (opens in new tab)

RRP: £59.95 | Delivery: 2-5 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy 

It's no secret that babies cry when they're feeling sleepy and fatigued. And when it comes to determining how to sleep better (opens in new tab), a white noise machine is a tried-and-true solution. Case in point: The Marpac Original White Noise Machine masks background sounds, ideal for soothing restless babies. Parents can choose between two speeds for an adjustable tone and volume; and power on the device with an AC cord and switch. From there, they can select their desired sound by rotating the cap. 


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13. Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Casserole Dish: View at Selfridges (opens in new tab)

RRP: £220 | Delivery: Depends on region | Refundable?: 28-day return policy

Most parents will appreciate a fancy Le Creuset pan and this casserole dish is the brand's signature cooking instrument. The cast iron material makes it suitable for all cooking types—including oven and induction—and the striking color will look lovely in the kitchen. Look out for Le Creuset deals (opens in new tab) if you want to save some money.



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14. Calm App Annual Membership: View at Calm (opens in new tab)

RRP: £29.99 per year | Delivery: Immediate | Refundable?: Can cancel anytime

A brilliant Christmas gift for parents whether they are new to the job or about to send their kids to college. Compared to the best sleep apps (opens in new tab), Calm features hundreds of meditation exercises, breathing techniques, and sleep stories—all designed to help you focus and relax. Since its conception, millions of members have experienced lower stress, less anxiety, and better sleep. 


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15. Bambino Mio Changing Mat: View at Amazon UK (opens in new tab)

RRP: £12.01 | Delivery: 2-5 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy

The Bambino Mio folds up to fit in large-to-small changing bags. Moreover, it's a breeze to clean and comfortably padded for the baby—ideal for when they have to change a diaper against a hard surface.


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16. The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read: View at Amazon UK (opens in new tab)

RRP: From £7.11 | Delivery: Depends on region | Refundable?: 30-day return policy 

A lovely and helpful read for any new parents who are seeking a little guidance, this is one that will help them to enhance all of the relationships in their life to allow them to be the best parents that they can be.


What do you buy older parents for Christmas?

It's difficult to shop for older parents because chances are, they'll claim to already have everything they need. 

The best bet is to gift them something they won't buy themselves, like experiences or high-end items. With experience gifts, they can choose and customize what they want, eliminating any possibility of disappointment. For variety and number of options, our favorites include Mr & Mrs Smith Boutique & Luxury Escapes (opens in new tab), Airbnb (opens in new tab), and Virgin Experience Days (opens in new tab). Comparably, investment buys deliver unparalleled performance and are built to last.

Or, think about ways they can bond with the entire household. Unlike new parents, dirty diapers, baby formula, and strollers are no longer on the agenda. Their main priority is to keep the dynamic intact and amused. Think board games, puzzles, and even kitchen gadgets that'll get everyone involved in the action.