15 Thoughtful Gifts for Parents They'll Actually Use

Your parents are much of the reason behind why you are who you are, and mom and dad have always believed in you and offered you unconditional love and encouragement. When shopping for the perfect gift to show your love and appreciation, finding just what you’re looking for can be an uphill battle.

There’s always this temptation to just keep giving them more of the same, like a family portrait in a picture frame or a gift card for a meal out, but after many years, these gifts are starting to feel a little uninspired. The Cratejoy marketplace can be your ticket out with plenty of creative monthly subscription boxes that make great gifts for parents.

So, whether you’re celebrating them on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, searching for the ultimate birthday or Christmas gift, or you’d like to send them something special just because, we’ve put together a gift guide of curated gift boxes delivering everything from tasty wines and grilling essentials, to houseplants or a one-of-a-kind date night experience.

1. Garden Inspired Living

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Price: Starts at $19.95

About the Gift Box: Each Inbox of Herbs subscription by Garden Inspired Living offers a beautiful mix of subtle style and practicality. The first box brings a simple 5"-square bamboo planter, 1 healthy, GMO-free aromatic herb to add fresh flavor to any meal, plus root boosting nutrients and a useful gift item, like sea salt or single-serve premium oils. Perfect for home cooks and plant lovers alike, each subsequent month sends a refill plant and a top-up of nutrients to keep the fresh herbs coming.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. every Tuesday or Wednesday

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2. Bell Lap Coffee

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Price: Starts at $11.95

About the Gift Box: Most parents appreciate the flavor and energy boost brought from a freshly brewed cup of coffee. A great gift idea for coffee enthusiasts, Bell Lap Coffee is a budget-friendly, veteran-owned and operated monthly gift box that's on a mission to deliver artisan coffee beans at peak freshness. Tailoring grind and roast to personal preferences, and featuring only the best single-origin roasters, each bag of coffee arrives just days after being roasted for the optimal taste.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. every week on Wednesdays

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3. Crated with Love

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Price: Starts at $19.99

About the Gift Box: A unique gift option for any happy couple is Crated with Love. Perfect for your parents or your father- and mother-in-law, each month's box makes date night a guarantee by delivering 1 themed date each month. Intended to be enjoyed in the comforts of home, every box brings 4-5 challenges or activities that have been thoughtfully created by a team of marriage and family therapists to strengthen any relationship with an evening of intimate fun.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 1st or 15th of each month depending on the date of order receipt

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4. EatTiamo - Cook Italian Food at Home

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Price: Starts at $49.00

About the Gift Box: Send mom and dad on a culinary adventure with the deliciously uncommon goods packed into EatTiamo. Showcasing a different region of Italy in every box, they'll unpack 7 full-size gourmet food products from artisanal local producers to prepare a full Italian meal to serve 4. With easy-to-follow recipes, like Cinque Terre's creamy pesto sauce trofiette pasta with lemon marmelade topped stroscia cake, enjoy authentic Italian meals on any occasion.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. around the 15th of the month

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5. Art Crate

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Price: Starts at $29.00

About the Gift Box: Grow a beautiful gallery wall of treasured keepsakes with the Art Crate, a monthly gift box that delivers 1 custom-curated art print. Available in 8 different subscription tiers, representing a range of print sizing and framing options, they'll build a collection of artwork through the help of a personal art curator. Using a completed style survey that helps identify unique individual tastes, the curator will help to select just the right inspirational pieces for any home.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. within 5-7 days after the recipient makes their selections

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6. Grill Masters Club

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Price: Starts at $27.95

About the Gift Box: Elevate the family cookout instantly with a gift subscription to the Grill Masters Club. Brimming with 4 unique grilling items showcasing small-batch artisanal producers, get spicy mixes and rubs, fiery hot sauces, wood chips for meat smoking and unique grilling gadgets for just a fraction of the full retail value. Representing bold flavors from around the world, each monthly box brings all that's needed to fire up the grill for some amazing barbecue!

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. in the 1st week of the month

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7. He Wines, She Dines

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Price: Starts at $49.00

About the Gift Box: If your parents enjoy having wine with dinner, they'll appreciate the thought that's packed into each box from the He Wines, She Dines bi-monthly subscription. With 3 different subscription options available, each collection of wines is handpicked to match unique tastes and preferences. Representing some of the best vineyards from around the world and backed by a satisfaction guarantee, the delicious wine also comes with a special gift item to complement each monthly offering.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 9th of the month

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8. Deadbolt Mystery Society

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Price: Starts at $22.50

About the Gift Box: The Deadbolt Mystery Society makes a unique gift for puzzle-loving parents by delivering a night of fun and games the whole family can enjoy. Each monthly box brings a well written stand-alone mystery that's packed with entertainment and suspense. Filled with professionally produced written and smartphone-accessible interactive content, every box promotes cooperation to learn the characters and sift through the clues on the way to unraveling the mystery.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. during the 1st full week of the month

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9. The Wordy Traveler

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Price: Starts at $38.00

About the Gift Box: Whether you're searching for birthday or Christmas gift ideas, send mom and dad on a literary adventure with a quarterly subscription to The Wordy Traveler. Backed by plenty of happy subscribers, this gift box comes available in 2 subscription tiers, the Backpacking or the Full Suitcase, and delivers novels and scene-setting extras, including art prints, loose-leaf tea blends and other bookish items, bringing a new destination to life in every box.

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. the month of receipt of order

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10. Flavor Noire Inc.

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Price: Starts at $57.99

About the Gift Box: Instead of gifting another restaurant meal out, send them to a different culinary destination in every box of Flavor Noire. One of the best gifts for adventurous eaters, each monthly gift set packs in 9-11 themed goodies highlighting a different country. A premium food subscription, each box delivers an amazing assortment of hard-to-find ingredients, like specialty sauces and sweets, along with recipes, cooking tips, kitchen tools and engaging activities.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 3rd of the month

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11. Vinyl Record Club

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Price: Starts at $19.92

About the Gift Box: Perfect for music-loving parents of all ages, the Original Vinyl Records subscription will slowly build any record collection with an impressive variety of artists. Curated to individual music tastes and preferred genres, representing everything from jazz and 80s pop, to country or even soundtracks, each monthly box brings 6 hand-selected vintage albums, all cleaned and packaged in a protective box to ensure the safe arrival of plenty of new tunes.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 1st-2nd of the month

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12. Sundae Home

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Price: Starts at $53.99

About the Gift Box: Sending a mix of 4-6 high-end department store or boutique decor items in every bi-monthly box, Sundae Home sends the goods to help beautify any home at an affordable price. Curated by experienced designers and home decorators, each box brings a thoughtful mix of premium contemporary decor items, including everything from tableware and fine kitchen accessories, to planters, pillows and throws.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. before the end of the month in even numbered months

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13. Bloomin' Bin

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Price: Starts at $6.50

About the Gift Box: Great for parents that spend a whole lot of time outdoors in the garden, the Bloomin' Bin is here to bring high-quality seasonal seeds and gardening goods. Available in just-seed subscriptions up to premium boxes that include gardening tools and planting projects, select a preference of flowers, fruits or veggies, to get seeds, growing instructions and tips for success. Just add in some soil, sunshine and water to start or expand any garden.

Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. by the 11th of the month

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14. America's Crate

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Price: Starts at $34.99

About the Gift Box: America’s Crate is a unique monthly subscription that's devoted to showing off the ingenuity and artistry of quality American craftsmanship. Available in 4 subscription tiers, from Standard on up to the massive Washington's Ultimate, each crate delivers goods that have been thoughtfully curated by a team that's committed to supporting 100% American-made products. Backed by a satisfaction guarantee, expect a mix of goods, including EDC items, edibles, grooming goods and more!

Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 5th of the month

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15. Karma Candle Club

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Price: Starts at $10.00

About the Gift Box: A perfect gift to shine some light on and express gratitude for all the little things that parents do is the homey warmth delivered from the Karma Candle Club. Select from 3 different monthly subscription options to deliver high-quality, toxin-free, hand-poured artisan candles each month. Featuring different fragrances and showcasing small candle makers from across the country, each box helps create a softly scented, cozy home.

Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. on the 15th of the month

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