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. ๐ŸŽ

That’s right. We’re talking about your parents!ย Whether it’s a last-minute Father’s Day gift, an in-law’s birthday ๐Ÿฅณ 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.ย 

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 ideas๐Ÿ’กfor you to turn these memories into keepsakes and printed gifts for your parents.ย We already got you covered with gifts for Mom that are all about the experiences you share. Read on for our top 5 meaningful gift ideas for parents.

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

1. Photo Prints

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 analog world. And, as we very well know, most masterpieces benefit from having a beautiful frame โ€” and so can your photographs. Print your Flytographer photos and relive some of your favourite family memories together every day.

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 ๐Ÿ›‹ , be it on the wall or a shelf.ย 

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?ย 

Well, that’s the perfect opportunity to give your parents a meaningful gift for their coffee table: a portrait photo book. ๐Ÿ“”

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. ๐Ÿ‘

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 ๐ŸŽŸ 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. ๐Ÿฅฐ

4. Create a gallery wall

Something else to add warmth to your parentsโ€™ living room that also makes for a wonderful gift is a gallery wall ๐Ÿ–ผ featuring photos that convey your history and bond.ย 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 โ€” you’re always there for them.

But don’t go putting holes in their walls and annoying the neighbours with unnecessary loud bangs. ๐Ÿ”จ 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.ย 

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 ๐ŸŽจ , shapes, frames, and textures. We definitely like something a little random โ€” 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! ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽจ

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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. ๐Ÿ“ธ

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.ย 

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.

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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. ๐Ÿ™

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!