Guest Author - Susan D. Bates
If you are visiting your boyfriend’s parents for Christmas, you may want to bring along a small gift but you may be uncertain what to gift to give. You will want to find something they will like and to stay within your student budget. It can be even more difficult if you have never met them or have only met them a few times.
If your boyfriend's parents celebrate a holiday other than Christmas, such as Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, be sure to learn about the holiday they celebrate before deciding upon a gift to bring. It is best to discuss your boyfriend's parents’ likes and dislikes with your boyfriend. He probably has great suggestions for gifts. However, if you are looking for a few more ideas, see the suggestions below:
Cut flowers or a potted plant can make a nice gift. If his parents are celebrating Christmas, you could consider selecting poinsettias.
A Christmas decoration can make a good gift for those who celebrate the holiday. If they are planning to have a Christmas tree, a ornament can make a nice gift. If his parents celebrate another holiday close to this time of year, consider buying them a gift related to the holiday they celebrate.
Make a Craft
If you enjoy making crafts, consider making something for them. A handmade gift is always special and shows your thoughtfulness.
Gift Basket of Food or Candy
A gift basket of food, such as assorted cheeses or chocolates, can make a nice gift. If the basket has several different types of food they are likely to find something they like. Try to find out from your boyfriend if they have any food allergies or specific food they do not eat.
A nice picture frame often makes a good gift. You can simply provide the frame for them to add any picture they like or you can add a picture of their son.
As the New Year will soon be approaching, a calendar makes a timely gift. Many stores sell calendars with pretty scenery or other interesting images.
A board game can make a nice gift and can provide an activity you can all do together as you are getting to know one another.
If you want to get them a gift certificate, ask your boyfriend where they shop or where they like to eat. If you are uncertain what kind of gift certificate they would like, you can get them a general gift card by a major credit card company, such as Visa or American Express, that can be used everywhere that the credit card is accepted. Keep in mind that these cards often have a purchasing fee you would have to pay.
If your boyfriend attends the same college that you attend, they are likely to be fans of the school. Therefore, a college-themed gift can be a good choice. If they are also alumni, it is a great choice.
It can be difficult to find gifts for people you do not know very well. Therefore, it is understandable if you are having a difficult time deciding what gift to give your boyfriend’s parents. Use the suggestions above and advice from your boyfriend to find the perfect gift.