Gift ideas for parents

Coming up with gift ideas is not always easy. And it’s even more complicated when you care so much about those who care for you when trying to buy them the perfect gift. 🎁

That’s right. We’re talking about your parents! 

Whether it’s a last-minute Father’s Day gift, an in-law’s birthday 🥳 that’s coming up, or if you’re already thinking of Christmas gift ideas or Mother’s Day gifts for next year, you surely want to be creative and get them something that lasts. 

These are often the gifts that transcend material aspects and evoke powerful emotions. Needless to say that at Flytographer we’re big fans of capturing positive memories, so we came up with a list of ideas💡for you to turn these memories into keepsakes and printed gifts for your parents. 

We already got you covered with gifts for Mom that are all about the experiences you share. But here we are with another gift guide, this time with five new tips for the best gifts to honour the happy times with your mama and papa.

Photo: Martina in Barcelona for Flytographer. Gina and their partner celebrate their trip to Barcelona with a couple photoshoot.

1. Create personalized photo keepsakes

When it comes to gifts, the best ones are not about the object in itself but about the history they carry and the emotions they evoke. That’s why keepsakes are great gifts. They work as time capsules that tell stories and bring back good memories in a tangible form.

But keepsake gifts don’t always need to be worn objects. They can very well be something new. So, why not give something to your parents with the potential of becoming a great keepsake?

Here are just a few suggestions:

Gifting personalized coffee mugs, magnets & other objects

Nowadays, it’s easy to print a photograph onto almost everything, which means that you can celebrate special moments with everyday objects. 

Personalized items such as photo coffee mugs, fridge magnets, and phone covers are simple yet great ways to connect your parents to a happy moment when they least expect it, like while they’re cooking 👨‍🍳 at home or perhaps working at their office. 👩‍💻

Puzzle Photo: Claudia in Lisbon for Flytographer. Mug Photo & Print: Hector in London for Flytographer. Nicole celebrates memories with her boys in Lisbon and London with keepsakes of her family photoshoots.

Puzzles & other games

It can also be a good idea to print your cherished moments onto a game, a bonding activity, and something that you enjoy doing with your parents on a family night.

An all-time favourite that makes for a particularly engaging experience is a customized jigsaw puzzle. 🧩  They’re a great way to relive past adventures and shared moments with your loved ones. 

What’s more, everyone knows puzzles are excellent for keeping the brain sharp. Adding that to the fact that positive memories scare away depression and anxiety, customized jigsaw puzzles are an exceptional gift for elderly parents in particular.

A custom playing cards deck is also a fun gift. And why not go a step further and print your own memory game, then gift it to your parents in a beautiful gift box, all made with photos of you together throughout time? 

Happy games! 🎯

Photo on puzzle: Flytographer in Santorini. Omonele and their family capture memories in Santorini with a family photoshoot.

Put a frame on it

In a time of online sharing, when most of our photos live on our phones, you should definitely select one or two to break into the analogical world. And, as we very well know, most masterpieces benefit from having a beautiful frame — and so can your photographs. 

An all-time classic always makes for a timeless gift. A beautiful high-quality print of a great memory is an excellent gift to decorate your parent’s living room 🛋 , be it on the wall or a shelf. 

You can put as much thought into the picture frame as you would when selecting the picture to print. Pick something that resonates with your father’s or mother’s personality and that fits their decor. What better way to highlight a meaningful moment than putting a frame on it?

2. Custom photo book

Is your camera roll still full of photographs of your last family holiday trip? Do you still have tons of pics from Mother’s Day celebrations? 

Well, that’s the perfect opportunity to give your parents a meaningful gift for their coffee table: a portrait photo book. 📔

When creating a photo book, you should consider your format and layout carefully. Don’t have time to spend on creating a book? We offer a photo-book service to get your Flytographer photos printed into a beautifully bound book. All you have to do is order and we will take care of the rest of the details. 👍

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3. Make a scrapbook

We’re not saying your gift needs to be limited to photography to evoke these beautiful memories. You can make use of personal memorabilia and your poetic persona and combine them with printed snapshots of your life on a DIY scrapbook. They are truly unique gifts, filled with personality, and can be emotional, nostalgic, funny or all of these combined.

Again, it’s nice to pay attention to the narrative. Also, since it’s a scrapbook, you have more leeway when adding original materials and notes with the personal message you want to evoke. Get comfy with a cutting board! Cut inventive shapes out of your photographs and stick mementos to its pages, like the boarding pass for your favourite family trip of all time or that museum entry 🎟 you have lying around somewhere in your drawer.

Who knows? Maybe your DIY scrapbook will even become a proper art piece, with a place of honour in your parents’ home and, of course, their hearts. 🥰

4. Create a gallery wall

Something else to add warmth to your parents’ living room that also makes for a wonderful gift is a gallery wall 🖼 featuring photos that convey your history and bond. A heartwarming composition is something your mom and dad can see every day when they arrive home and think of you. On bad days, it’s a reminder of the importance of family and of the fact that they’re not alone — you’re always there for them.

But don’t go putting holes in their walls and annoying the neighbours with unnecessary loud bangs. 🔨 Embrace the good things in life: we’re thinking 3M Command picture hanging strips! You can easily get them online or your local hardware shop, and these wonderful little things will help with a simple and noise-free hanging process. They also give you much more flexibility to be creative. 

Speaking of which, there are many ways to be inventive with a gallery wall. You can have a hybrid art wall, for instance, combining your pictures with art prints and drawings. Some people like to think thematically. Say you just returned from a family trip to Hawaii. You can combine your photographs with framed postcards, tropical art prints, and textured picture frames that evoke that delightful holiday feeling. What could be a better throwback to paradise for your parents?

  • For a classic and conventional wall, you can pick one frame style and have a grid-like display. Black and white pictures never fail to send a sophisticated and nostalgic impression.
  • For a more dynamic and kitschy look, combine patterns, mixing picture sizes, different colours 🎨 , shapes, frames, and textures. We definitely like something a little random — orderly chaos, so to speak.
  • For an even more meaningful experience, try hanging them on the wall together with your parents while sipping a glass of wine or coffee on a cozy winter morning.

Just print your Flytographer photos, pick a wall and be creative! 👨‍🎨

5. Surprise them with a Flytographer photoshoot

To many, the best gift is the gift of experience, something different, fun and memorable. So why not give your parents a one-of-a-kind experience and make it easy for them to remember it in the future? Bingo! Surprise them with a Flytographer gift card for a first-time photo session. 📸

They can use it on a future trip. No matter where they are in the world, our Flytographers will make sure they’ll have a great time. Even if you can’t join them on their trip, with such a lovely holiday gift, you’re still there in a way, right? And they’ll think about you when they see the pictures of their trip too. 

You can help them pick a special place close to home and enjoy this experience with your parents. A family photo session is a timeless thing, a register of a moment in time that will last and connect generations. In the end, it’s also something your parents can show their grandkids, if you’re blessed, or when you’re blessed, with the joy of parenthood.

Photo: Rojeena in Maui for Flytographer. Rae Ann and their partner celebrate their anniversary in Maui with a couple photoshoot.

Giving the gift of memories

Whether it’s a part of a gift set for their wall, a scrapbook, or in a beautiful frame, a printed picture is a precious tangible memory and a constant reminder of your appreciation for your parents and all they’ve done for you. 🙏

Give your parents the gift of memories! Book a Flytographer for them or surprise them with a gift card. You know what they say, a meaningful photo never printed is like a good song never played!

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