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13 Brilliant Christmas Gifts for Parents

Shopping for Mom and Dad (particularly Dad) can be a challenge. We've rounded up some awesome Christmas gifts for parents that are sure to surprise and delight even the hardest to shop for.

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All-new Echo (3rd Gen)- Smart speaker with Alexa- Charcoalvia amazon.com

Amazon Echo

The new Amazon Echo ($100) is a great gift for almost anyone on your list. However, parents will certainly appreciate this brand-new smart speaker. It can play music, tell you the weather, place Amazon orders and even help you do the math to cut down recipes. Get more gift ideas for your family.

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Marquette Castings No. 10 Skilletvia amazon.com

Lightweight Cast-Iron Pan


It’s no secret that we love cast iron cooking at Taste of Home. This reliable piece of cookware is the perfect vehicle for one-pan dishes, cozy dinners and even dessert. But let’s be honest: Cast-iron pans are heavy! Except for this one. Michigan-based Marquette Castings makes cast iron pans that are pounds lighter than their traditional counterparts. Snag this large pan ($74) for everyday cooking. Read our full review of Marquette Castings’ cookware.

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Crosley CR6233D-BK Dansette Bermuda Portable Turntable with Aux-in and Bluetooth, Blackvia amazon.com

Turntable with Bluetooth Speaker


Vinyl is making a comeback in a big way. Encourage your parents to pull out their old LPs with this turntable from Crosley ($199). While it looks like a charming, vintage find at first blush, it actually houses a Bluetooth speaker too, meaning Mom and Dad can connect their devices to play their modern music collection.

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Red Plaid and Bow Women's Ivy SlippersRed Plaid Men's Berkeley Slippersvia toms.com

His & Hers Slippers


The holiday season is all about staying in and being cozy—hot toddies not required, but encouraged. Get your parents into the spirit of staying in with a pair his ($55) and hers slippers ($60).

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Google, T3021US, Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd Gen, Smart Thermostat, Copper, Works With Alexavia amazon.com

Google Nest


Parents love a practical gift, right? This holiday season, treat yours to a practical gift that looks great in their home and saves them money (that’s a home run when it comes to gifts for parents): a Google Nest ($249). This smart thermostat learns your heating and cooling habits and can be adjusted via smartphone to save money—plus it comes in several finishes to match any home.

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Meadowsweet Kitchens Create Your Own Collected Recipes Cookbook - Brown & Coppervia amazon.com

Collected Recipes Cookbook


Undoubtedly your family has some heirloom recipes—you know the ones passed on from generation to generation. Encourage your parents to write all those recipes down and keep them in one place with this collected recipes cookbook ($20). It’s the perfect home for all those secret family dishes.

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Netflix Gift Cards - Email Deliveryvia amazon.com

Netflix Subscription


Are Mom and Dad not up to date on the latest season of Instant Hotel or Stranger Things? Get them caught up with a Netflix subscription of their own.

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Scrabble Deluxe Edition with Rotating Wooden Game Boardvia amazon.com

Deluxe Scrabble Board


Winter is the perfect time of year to stay in and host a game night. Encourage a little friendly competition with this deluxe Scrabble board ($108). It’s the perfect gift for word game enthusiasts.

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Personalized House Portrait New Home Housewarming Christmas Gift for Parents Anniversary Gift Watercolor House Painting Gift for Dad or Momvia KristinHinsley/etsy.com

Personalized House Art


Home is where the heart is. Let your parents show off the heart of the family with a piece of personalized art ($104). This unique gift is one they’ll never forget and should display with pride. Keep this idea in your back pocket for housewarming parties, too.

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20 L Insulated Totevia amazon.com

Insulated Tote


While it might not be picnic weather now, spring will come again. Treat your outdoorsy parents (or just parents that love a good concert in the park) to an insulated tote from Hydroflask ($65). This lightweight tote will keep food cold for more than four hours and it’s easy to clean after a good farmers market run.

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Taste of Home 5-quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven with Lidvia amazon.com

Taste of Home Dutch Oven


A Dutch oven is a must in any home—particularly if you enjoy stirring up comfort foods. Treat your parents to a Dutch oven from Taste of Home ($60) perfect for making stews, soups and so, so much more.

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UGG Throw and Pillow Setvia bedbathandbeyond.com

UGG Throw and Pillow Set


This is a gift that anyone can appreciate, but why not gift an ultra snuggly throw blanket to your parents this holiday season? This gift set from UGG ($60) is unbearably soft and is just the thing for Mom and Dad to curl up with on the sofa while watching their favorite foodie films.

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Tickets to a Showvia ticketmaster.com

Tickets to a Show


While new slippers and cookware are always welcome under the tree, there’s no denying that experiences are some of the best gifts of all. Treat Mom and Pop to a show this season. Grab them tickets to their favorite artists or give a gift card and let them choose.

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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an associate editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.

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