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Gift Ideas For Parents Who Are Hard To Buy For

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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UNH chapter.

Whether it be Christmas, birthdays or Mother’s and Father’s Day, parents can be really hard to buy presents for. If your family is like mine, your parents never tell you what they want for gifts or they go out and buy whatever they want for themselves before you can even get it for them. Over the years, my siblings and I have had to come up with all different kinds of presents for my parents, and I’ve made a list for all of you to hopefully make your Holiday shopping a bit less stressful.


  • If your dad is a golfer like mine, golf gifts are an easy and reliable way to go. You can get him customized golf balls with his name on them, a golf bag, an organizer for his golf gear, golf tees or even some new golf shoes.
  • If your dad is not a golfer, you can grab him some merchandise from his favorite sports team, or you can all pitch in and get him tickets to a sports game.
  • If your dad is into cooking, you can get him some cooking tools. One idea that I love is a pizza maker that you can put on the grill.
  • We all know how bad dads can be with technology, but a smartwatch is always a great gift especially if your dad likes to track his walking or workouts.


  • If your mom likes sentimental gifts, you and your siblings can go out and take pictures and frame them.
  • A necklace or bracelet with you and your family members’ birthstones.
  • A KitchenAid or any kitchen equipment.
  • A gift card for her to get her nails done, a facial or a massage.
  • If your mom loves to wear sunglasses all year round, a new pair would be a great idea.
Marketing major at the University of New Hampshire