embroidered patch from bride to father

Especially if your parents have paid for a large chunk of your wedding, there's probably no way to reciprocally thank them. But that's not what these sentimental thank you gifts are about. 

If you aren't crafty, but you love embroidered details, don't worry!  You can find plenty of vendors either through your wedding planner or on Etsy that can produce these hand-sewn goodies for you.  Patches (above) are handy to sew into an inner jacket pocket or the back of your dad's tie. Otherwise, go with a classic handkerchief (below) decorated with a special message and your wedding date. This is also a terrific gift to give your new mother-in-law.

needlepoint handkerchief from bride to father
embroidered handkerchief from bride to mom

These personalized platters (below) are pretty darn amazing. They are modern and fun, but still meaningful. Plus, they give both of you the opportunity to express your sentiments to each set of parents.

personalized platter with messages from bride and groom to parents

Dad gifts have always been a challenge, haven't they? From birthdays to Father's Day, what do you get the guy who is impossible to shop for?  If he is Mr. Handyman, have a hammer personalized for him (below). He probably won't ever use it, as it will take up a treasured spot on his tool wall forever.

personalized hammer with inscription from daughter to dad

Thank you gifts can also be tailored to each couple's wedding. Perhaps your parents hosted the wedding at the family's lake cabin or you used one of their favorite quotes in your ceremony?  Find a specific detail and buy an art print (below) that hints at your wedding, but not so much that it can't be displayed for many years after the happy occasion.

personalized art print as thank you present to bride's parents

When it comes to moms, jewelry is a no-brainer.  For the mother of the groom, we love this sweet necklace and pin combo. He can affix the pin to his lapel, or attach it to a keychain.  With a quote from The Giving Tree (we dare you to read that without sobbing, btw), this gift is a beautiful moment in the making.

mother and son charm necklace from groom

Another childhood classic, Love You Forever, is referenced alongside this dainty infinity circle necklace (below) for your own mother.

eternity circle necklace from bride to mother

Like the idea of giving matching gifts to both of your mothers? Below, these clutches with personalized photo interiors are something your moms will love!

personalized clutch purse with photo lining

Give the dads matching money clips with the coordinates to your wedding venue (below).

silver money clip engraved with GPS coordinates

Want to give a thank you gift, but your family isn't the sentimental type?  Have an elegant home decor item, such as this ice bucket below, personalized with their monogram.

monogrammed party ice bucket

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