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DEARSUGAR NEEDS YOUR HELP: Holiday Gift Ideas For His Folks

DEARSUGAR and Polite Portia need your help. She is going to meet her boyfriend's parents for the first time and on top of giving them a hostess gift as a kind and thoughtful gesture, she has just been informed that she has to give them holiday gifts as well.

I can certainly direct you to FabSugar's Gift Guide. Here you should be able to find tons of ideas from everything to momma bear gifts, a sweet hostess gift to cozy stocking stuffers. Does anyone else have any other suggestions for Portia? You sound very thoughtful and sweet, I am sure they would appreciate anything. Good luck.

Dear Sugar
I am going to visit my boyfriend's parents for the first time over the holidays. I'm leaving them before Christmas to be with my own family, and this is basically a holiday visit. They are paying for my flight because they really want to meet me, and I'm staying in their home.

I bought a gift to give them as a thank-you for hosting me and I also intend on writing them a thank-you note after I leave. I thought I was on the ball as far as etiquette goes, but my boyfriend mentioned that his parents were planning on getting me a Christmas gift.

They've asked him for ideas for things to give me. It didn't even register in my mind that they might do this, since I'm leaving before Christmas. But now that I know they're going to buy me a gift, I feel like I should reciprocate. However, I have no idea what to get them!

I've asked my boyfriend and my parents for ideas, and neither of them have very good suggestions. I don't want to be empty-handed when they give me a gift. Does anyone have any ideas for gifts for parents that I have never met, but want to make a very good impression on? Polite Portia

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Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
I'm sure they will like whatever you get them.
lilegwene lilegwene 10 years
Hi everyone, I am the nervous girl who asked for your advice! The thank-you gift is a nice bottle of red wine, they're wine drinkers and this was actually a suggestion from my boyfriend. As for Christmas gifts... thank you for the suggestions! There are some great ones here, and JessNess I think I'm going to go with what you said and try to personalize the gifts. I know his mom is a big tennis player, and his dad is the cook of the family so I'll probably try to think of something to get them along those lines. Thanks again for all the suggestions everyone! You're too sweet and they've been really, really helpful!!
bpjedi bpjedi 10 years
What did you get them as a thank-you gift? Could you add to it?
angelbaby2 angelbaby2 10 years
a nice flower arrangement from ftd.com. One for the holidays-a center piece
JessNess JessNess 10 years
A nice bottle of wine is always a great gift but I would add something else to it. Ask what their interests are. Say its fishing- find a great book on fishing. Or if they are really into wine by some nice glasses or a nice wine stopper to go witht the bottle you got. IF the mom like baking by her one of those fancy bunt cake molds that makes the cake look like something fun like a castle. I like to go to overseas places- like Canada! -Britney Spears
cubadog cubadog 10 years
There a few things you could do: Bottle of Champagne to start the New Year A beautiful ornament for the tree - Christopher Radko has some great ones this year.
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