Gift Guide: For Your Parents
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Our parents tend to be some of the trickiest people to shop for on our holiday gift list. You know them so well—and in a way that makes shopping for them even harder. When it comes to these very special people, a nice scented candle or a bottle of time just won’t cut it. They spent years and years holiday shopping for you, and now it’s your turn to show them that you put just as much thought into their gifts. You need something that feels unique and personal, and a little bit out of the ordinary. Luckily, we’re here today with a Gift Guide filled with products your parents will love. Here are 11 gift picks worthy of mom and pops…


1. 23andMe Ancestry / Health + Ancestry Service, $99 / $199
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This one wins for coolest and most creative gift idea. 23andMe’s Ancestry service shows how your DNA breaks out across 31 populations worldwide, and their Health + Ancestry Service provides insights into your traits, health, ancestry and more! You can gift a kit that comes with a spit tube, have your family and friends send it in, and then 23andMe will analyze the information extracted from their DNA into 75+ reports that can be accessed online and shared. Make sure to check out their site for their latest promotion during the holidays!

2. Terrain Fresh Bay and Olive Wreath, $68
A fresh and fragrant alternative to pine, this hand-crafted wreath will add a festive touch to your family home this holiday season.

3. The Little Market Market Basket, $38 – $70
Perfect for a trip to the farmers market or gathering greens from the garden, The Little Market’s collection of beautiful market baskets are hand-woven by artisans in Ghana.

4. La Rousse Photo Box, from $49
Designed specifically to hold photographs (in 4×6, 5×5, 5×7, or 8×10), these beautiful glass boxes offer a stunning alternative to the family photo album. Each box holds approximately 110 standard prints.

5. The Little Market Clear Bureau Pitcher with Glass, $70
Hand-blown and hand-etched by female artisans in Mexico, this pretty pitcher and glass set will save mom and dad those late-night trips to the kitchen for water.

6. The Little Market “Work Hard, Be Nice” Wall Art, $38
For the people who taught you perseverance and kindness toward others, we love this hand-embroidered banner. Plus, every purchase empowers artisans at Haiti Design Co-op.

7. Roast: The New Classics by Louise Franc, $21.50
If your favorite thing about coming home for the holidays is a hearty, home-cooked meal, then this cookbook is the perfect gift to get your parents.  From the classics—simple roast turkey—to more contemporary delicacies like mustard-glazed roast leg of ham, it’s full of delicious recipes.

8. Terrain Birdseed Owl Trio, $24
These adorable little balls of birdseed will help attract feathered friends to your parents’ garden. Whether they’re avid birdwatchers or just enjoy having birds around, this cute stocking stuffer will do the trick.

9. You’re Saying It Wrong by Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras, $15
If your mom or pops was always a real stickler for spelling, grammar or pronunciation, they’re sure to appreciate this interesting and informative read about the most commonly misused words in the English language.

10. Pottery Barn Luxury Edition Scrabble, $199
Give the gift of family game night with this special edition Scrabble board. With a wood frame and raised metal tiles, it’s stylish enough to leave out on the coffee table.

11. Away Suitcase Set of 2, from $450
Away luggage seems to be everyone’s latest obsession, and your well-traveled parents are sure to love it too. Available in a multitude of colors, the carry-on has a built in battery so you can charge any USB device, and the bags nest neatly inside each other when you’re not using them.

Which one of these gifts would be perfectly suited for your mom or dad?

Let us know below!

XO Team LC

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