Christmas is one of the best times of the year for people to trace their roots. Many people come back home and spend some time with their relatives and family at this time of the year. It is after all most fitting to spend Christmas with loved ones.
Are you coming over to your parents’ house for the Christmas dinner? What would be the best gift to give to your parents? What could be considered as a unique gift and something that would be different from the ones you had given them in the previous years?
Dinner at Christmas is always one of the best things to gift your parents. Come over at an earlier time so you can help with the cooking, cleaning, and setting up. Try to take off from your parents’ hands as many chores as you could. Invite over your relatives and some family friends. Make this dinner so big that the house would be full and filled with laughter and conversations.
Liven up the spirits of the guests by coming up with things to do throughout the night. Talking to one another is the purpose of the dinner, but some people may find it difficult to know better one another with the time they spent being away. Line up games in which everyone would be able to participate whether they are old or young. Try thought-provoking games. Try coming up with your own version of the charades game or bring-me game.
Prepare hors d’oeuvres, biscuits, or baked foods that you could eat alongside good wines or beers. This way, everyone will not have to be at the table to be able to eat. Try to keep your parents’ hands off the kitchen or anywhere else. Give them this day as the time to relax on the couch and watch their grandchildren, children, and friends enjoy the company of one another.
If your parents are more of an outdoors couple, have the party on the lawn. Bring the cooking outside by setting up a barbie, but make sure the weather would be the least of your worries. Put up some lights to make the lawn more attractive than normal. The lights also help set a good mood for everyone.
Picnics and Dinner Out of Town
Some parents prefer having a getaway. Surprise them by inviting them to have dinner and/or a picnic in another town or the city. Having a moment to see other places could be refreshing and relaxing to them. Choose the spot where there would probably be an illumination or a Christmas event nearby. Make sure you have booked a table at your preferred restaurant before coming to visit.
Invite a family friend or a relative over if they are living in somewhere close to where you and your parents have decided to spend Christmas. Make it more special by booking a room at a small hotel where they could spend the night and have a special breakfast the following morning before you bring them home.
Food and Groceries
Buy gift cheques for your parents if they are the kind who would prefer to buy the grocery items themselves. If you are knowledgeable of their wants and needs, fill the shelves of their pantry and refrigerator without having to let them know. Don’t forget the biscuits and/or wines. Taking off the burden of doing the grocery shopping from their shoulders at least once would be memorable to any parent. This lets them know you’ve been thinking well of them.
Some parents are food lovers and would appreciate any sort of food as long as they are yum. Give them the opportunity to enjoy this holiday season by introducing a new food item to them. (Do check with their health though!) Some hotels would have premium items at a price that would not necessarily hurt your wallet. If you have the time, do a quick research on the current food trends before going over to shop.
Some parents would live most of their working lives and retiring years obsessing more on accessories than clothes. Observe the things they would usually collect. See if their collection is that of belts, wallets, watches, bags, purses, mugs, non-spill drinking containers, or something else.
Give them something they could add in their collection. You will be just as happy as they are when they unwrap your gift and are surprised, because not all parents would tell their kids which items they are collecting. They would appreciate your observant eye.
Maintenance and Repair
If you are someone who would make and repair items, look around your parents’ house and see which parts need repairing. Make sure though that you are not upsetting them if you wanted to change the décor of that part of the house.
Older parents would find it hard to deal with the maintenance of their home, repairing some old stuff, and remodeling some sections in the house. Taking off this burden from their shoulders would definitely be something they would appreciate.
If you’re a bit tight on your budget, help instead with the cleaning and organizing of shelves. Make the house so neat and clean it’s as if you had the entire place remodelled. Make sure to keep the things where your parents left them though. Or, leave stick notes so your parents would know where to find which items.
Repairing and maintenance could also pertain to what’s in the garage. If you have enough saved, then borrow the car of your father or your mother (or both if you have saved a lot!) and have it checked and repaired, so when you return it, it’s working as good as new.
Do What You Feel Is Best
You can also gift your parents instead a new set of plates, cutlery, or kitchenware. If you have siblings, make sure the others wouldn’t be gifting the same thing. You can be as creative as you can be with your gifts. Look at the gift though from the perspective of your receiver. Would this be something that could help your parents and would be useful or would this be something they would rather store in the attic?
If your mother is so practical, she would rather receive a new vacuum for a gift, don’t be ashamed to gift her that. Parents are probably the most appreciative of gift receivers. However, if you just try to observe their way of life, try to listen to their mumbling, and look at their habits, you would instantly have an idea of what they would most probably prefer receiving.