Parents who seem to have everything and who have little or no financial constraints can be a challenge to find a gift for. Since they likely have all that they want and need, finding something in your price range that they will enjoy can seem difficult. However, a homemade gift is a precious, one-of-a-kind item that cannot be duplicated.
Compose a book of coupons for various things your parents will enjoy or for chores they do not like doing. For example, write a coupon for a dozen homemade cookies, a coupon for an afternoon of organizing the attic, an "art book" of the medium of their choice by their grandchildren, or a coupon for an evening walk around the park. Also write coupons for one home-cooked dinner with dish-washing included, a coupon for a full house vacuuming and a coupon for one day of mowing their lawn. Not only will the coupons account for chores they don't enjoy, but it will also create time spent with their children and grandchildren.
Collect favorite recipes from friends, family and coworkers. Obtain a broad mix of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as snacks, desserts and drinks. Hand-write the recipes onto sheets of paper, including any tips or advice you have about certain points in the recipe. For example, if a recipe owner suggests stirring the batter with a wooden spoon rather than a metal one, include a note in the margins. Include a photo of the finished dish where possible. Compile the pages and have them bound. When complete you will have a unique ensemble of home-cooked meals that will create many delicious dishes for your parents. For an added touch, cook a dinner, dessert and drink from the book and present it to them along with the recipe book.
Parents who have everything may appreciate a donation to charity made in their name. This could include a simple donation to one of their favorite charities, such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, or a local animal shelter. In lieu of spending any money, consider donating your time to a charity instead. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen, offer your services to Habitat for Humanity or spend some time tutoring children in after-school programs. Ask your parents to join you for some added bonding time and more help donated to the selected charity.
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