You love to celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day but are always on the hunt for extra ways to say thanks to the parents in your life.

Good news: there is yet another day that encourages us to pay homage to all parents and parent figures. Known as Parents’ Day, this celebration deserves a lot more attention than it currently receives. It’s meant as an opportunity to thank parents for all the hard work they dedicate to raising their kids, not to mention the sheer love they have for their children.

While your parents certainly look forward to their annual Mother’s and Father’s Day celebrations, there is something to be said for mixing it up with another special day. Chances are, however, you know little about this holiday and have not put much thought into celebrating it.

To help you prepare, we’ve compiled a gift guide detailing what Parents’ Day is, why it exists, and which gifts will make the greatest impression.

When Is National Parents’ Day?

In the United States, Parents’ Day is typically celebrated on the final Sunday in July. This is great timing from the parent’s perspective, as it builds upon the already monthly tradition of celebrating mom and dad — Mother’s Day in May, Father’s Day in June, and finally, Parents’ Day in July.

Keep in mind that there is also a Global Day of Parents, identified by the United Nations as taking place on June 1st. If your parents are American, however, you’ll likely celebrate Parents’ Day in July.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Gift

Choosing a gift is rarely easy, but this becomes extra complicated for unexpected or unfamiliar occasions such as Parents’ Day. It’s especially tricky if you have already made the effort to find or create special Mother’s or Father’s Day gifts — only to have yet another obligation arrive in July.

That being said, there is often a complete lack of expectations surrounding Parents’ Day, so your gift need not be as grandiose as those typically given on Mother’s or Father’s Day. Simply aim for something different and you’re bound to make an impression. 

5 Gift Ideas for National Parents’ Day

Struggling to come up with a unique idea for a Parents’ Day gift? We’ve removed the guesswork by highlighting several meaningful options that are sure to thrill your parents or in-laws. 

1. Gag Gifts

The best gifts are often also the funniest. When in doubt, look to cardboard cutouts to display the ultimate jokes. If your parents don’t mind being the butt of a joke, these cutouts could feature their likenesses making funny faces or showing off silly poses.

Cutouts of famous parents or even celebrity crushes can also be hilarious. If you plan to keep the event a surprise, consider incorporating a memorable entrance in which the honored parents are greeted by several BigHead cutouts adorned with their faces —or those of iconic TV or movie parents.

Family showing off multiple BigHeads of father.2. Sentimental Expressions

DIY gifts are some of the most popular among parents, who especially love to receive tokens of appreciation from their own children. Cards are a must, of course, but there are also many other handcrafted gifts worth considering. Examples of thoughtful gifts include:

  • Picture frames
  • String art
  • Tie-dye T-shirt
  • Tote bag
  • Quilts or fleece blankets
  • Keychains
  • Keepsake boxes

If you’re not crafty, don’t worry. You can always order a personalized coffee mug or photo frame on Etsy. 

3. Practical Presents

Don’t underestimate the value of practical presents, which can streamline the lives of today’s busy and often stressed parents. Try to find something new parents would never think to get for themselves — or simply aren’t willing to splurge on.

Cleaning gadgets and supplies, for example, are always appreciated, as are gift baskets that include healthy, yet tasty foods such as fresh produce or treats that accommodate dietary restrictions. Home decor is also appreciated, particularly if it matches your parents’ preferred aesthetic. Look to Amazon as an excellent source for practical presents of all types.

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4. Experiences and Activities

Many parents prefer gifts that allow them to get out and experience the world. These are even better when they’re accompanied by offers to babysit. This is where gift cards and gift certificates really shine.

Has your favorite parent expressed a desire to spend a day at the theater or a sporting event? Provide the wonderful gift of tickets. Connoisseurs would also love opportunities to participate in tastings at their local wineries, breweries, or distilleries. Better yet: a full weekend getaway.

5. Self-Care and Wellness Gifts

How often do the parents in your life truly treat themselves? Chances are, they’ve been all about self-sacrifice ever since they entered the demanding world of parenting. This can change, however, and you’re the best person to get them to relax.

Gifts that promote self-care are always a great option. A gift certificate for a day at the spa, for example, is sure to deliver the relaxation that your favorite parents have been craving. Otherwise, you can bring that spa day to their home with a gift basket that includes lotions and eye masks. 

Tips For Making the Gift Extra Special

You’ve found an amazing gift that’s sure to make your parents or parent figures feel appreciated. How you reveal that gift matters, however.

Some of the ideas highlighted above may require you to go above and beyond with presentation to ensure that they don’t feel lazy or uninspired.

When in doubt, look to best practices for anniversary gifts or birthday gifts: what would you do to make the recipient feel appreciated?

A gift card, in particular, can be a great way to say thanks, but it should be accompanied by a handwritten note or some other gesture that shows you’ve made an effort. Don’t forget a gorgeous gift box or bag, which will grant any present a refined look before it’s opened.

The environment in which the gift is presented also matters. We’ve already mentioned the potential for a surprise party, but you can also exchange gifts during a special dinner out or even on vacation.

Add a little pizzazz to the presentation effort: a scavenger hunt, for example, can incorporate fun clues highlighting meaningful moments before leading the parents of honor to a gift they’ll adore. 

Standee of mom and dad.

Discover the Joy of Parents’ Day Celebrations

If you’d like to add Parents’ Day to your treasured traditions, don’t hesitate to amp up the effort with life-sized cardboard cutouts. These unique gifts are easy to create but also incredibly impactful. They’re also great for other special occasions, such as Valentine’s Day or your wedding anniversary.

To get started, simply select a high-quality image and upload it on the Cardboard Cutout Standees website. We offer plenty of opportunities to personalize your cutouts. Begin crafting special cutouts today or reach out to learn more.


  • Jason Frank

    Jason Frank is the Co-Founder and Vice President at Cardboard Cutout Standees. After 25 years of selling factory automation he started the company with one of his college roommates. The company has grown to one of the largest providers of large format custom printed products in the United States. Along with the namesake cardboard cutout standees, they also provide BigHeads, Point of Purchase Displays, Wall Murals, and Wall Decals to a diverse client base across the US and Canada. When not focused on the business, you usually find Jason either on the road biking or our in the woods and fields of western Wisconsin.

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