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Let’s face it—parents do a lot for us. They cook, clean, run the household (and hectic schedules!) and are constantly giving up doing the things they want to do in order to make their litter happy. So let’s forego the Best Parent mugs and coupon books for hugs and puppies, and give those parents out there what they really want this year, shall we?
Mom and Dad are always doling out hugs, so wouldn’t it be nice to give them a bit of comfort back? Enter the Endy weighted blanket, which is basically 15 pounds of snuggly goodness. The weight helps to comfort and ease anxieties, which we all know parents constantly have rolling around in the back of their heads. (Because, who doesn’t?) Actually, you may want to grab one for yourself while you’re at it…
The Endy Weighted Blanket, $195 at Endy.
A BETTER NIGHT’S SLEEP
Your parents probably haven’t had a decent night’s sleep since you were born. And while you can’t make them get some good shut-eye, you can certainly help ease that process with some upgraded pillows. The ActiveDough Bamboo Charcoal Pillow is designed for comfort and support, while also regulating humidity, temperature and odor for a night of total rest and relaxation. Now doesn’t that sound dee-light-ful?
Malouf Zoned ActiveDough Bamboo Charcoal Pillow, $120 at Sleep Country
EASY-EFFORT CLEAN TEETH
At the end of a long day of work and taking care of everyone but yourself, do you really want to think about whether you’re putting in the recommended two minutes of teeth brushing? No sir. Enter the Oral-B Genius-X smart toothbrush, which tracks how you brush, times your routine for you, and even offers feedback on areas that need more attention. Because let’s face it: parents don’t always have time to go to the dentist, but this will leave them feeling like they’ve had a professional cleaning every single night.
Oral-B Genius X Electric Toothbrush, $225 at Amazon
A WAY TO KEEP TRACK OF ALL THE THINGS
Sure, these days most of us keep track of business the high-tech way (a.k.a. online or through our phones), but there’s something comforting about having all of your plans laid out in an agenda or calendar. Help those parents on your list keep track of it all with a cute agenda, and be sure to fill it out in advance with all of the key family birthdays and celebrations.
ban.do Classic Planner, “A Lot Can Happen in a Year,” 12 Months Agenda, $27 at Staples
THEIR OWN PERSONAL ASSISTANT
Okay so obviously hiring an actual assistant is a pipe dream, but a Nest Hub Max may be the next best thing. The smart device is the best of Nest Hub and Google Assistant in one sleek package, and it does everything from answer questions and schedule appointments to update your grocery list and keep an eye on the home when you’re away. Sounds like a pretty sweet gift to us.
Google Nest Hub Max, $300 at Google
TICKETS TO THEIR FAVOURITE THING
Parental date nights can be fleeting, which is why the gift of a night out is pretty much a perfect idea. Invest in a gift card from Ticketmaster so that they can pick from their choice of any live event or concert coming to their area in the near future. Bonus points if the parents have youngins and you also offer to babysit for the evening.
Ticketmaster gift cards, various prices at Ticketmaster
THE GIFT OF TREASURED MEMORIES
We’re all guilty of snapping photos and then never actually doing anything with them in this digital world. That’s why a thought-out photo book is an ideal present for any parent (or grandparent!), no matter how old their kids are. Chatbooks make the whole process easy—just upload your photos through the app or a desktop and start planning your pages instantly.
Chatbooks Softcover Photo Book, starting at $10 US at Chatbooks
As much as we’d all love takeout (or a home-cooked meal from someone else!) every single night, sometimes parents just have to get cooking… while also checking homework, getting ready for the next day and feeding the pets, of course. Make things as simple as possible with some T-fal cookware. The Teflon surface minimizes the need for oil, while the colour-changing smart Thermo-Spot technology tells Mom or Dad exactly when the pan is ready to go.
T-fal Set, $131 at Amazon
A BOOK THAT TELLS THEM WHAT TO COOK
If, “What do you want to do for dinner” is a common refrain in the household, this book will be an instant hit. Let tired parents take the guesswork out of cooking altogether with an array of hilarious but yummy recipes all designed to lighten the mood and take the stress out of daily dinner-making.
What the F**k Should I Make For Dinner, $13 at Amazon
THE GIFT OF TIDYING UP
Not everyone appreciates Marie Kondo, but we can all appreciate a robot that picks up that dust for you. We know tons of busy parents who would much rather spend their weekends catching up with friends and family or binge-watching their favourite shows. With the Roomba, they can couch surf while vacuuming, all through an app on their phone.
iRobot Roomba 671, $364 at Amazon
LOTS OF BOOZE
Unless your mom or dad doesn’t like to drink (which, fair), gifting them some good old fashioned booze is a fine idea. Most of us could use a strong cup when the stress of the holidays gets going, or it’s nice to break out in celebration when guests are over, too. Because you know, ‘tis the season to get bubbly, and all.
Bottega Rose Gold Brut Sparkling, $30 at LCBO and at liquor stores across Canada
PEACE AND QUIET
Sometimes the best way to drown out all of the chaos is by slipping into your own peaceful place. And what better way to do that than with a set of wireless earbuds? They’re perfect for listening to a podcast or meditative music wire-free, even when a busy parent has to run around after everyone else.
SoundPEATS TrueFree Wireless Earbuds, $43 at Amazon