Both sets of parents have been incredibly supportive of Mr. Coyote and me —not only during our engagement, but throughout our seven years together. Although no material gift will ever be able to express how much their love means to us, we did want to thank them for being there for us through the years.
We bought a few things for our parents, but because our wedding was just a few weeks after Father’s Day, we decided to split up the father gifts a bit. Just like the gifts we purchased for our groomsmen, we bought cufflinks for each father and decided to gift them on Father’s Day. Choosing a pair for my father was easy. Once we realized there were cufflinks on Etsy for literally anything you could imagine, I thought of what really bonds my dad and I together—Sports. And not just sports, but baseball. And not just baseball, but the New York Yankees (aka the greatest sports team in history).
Poppa Coyote and I have been going to Yankees games together for as long as I can remember, so when I searched “cufflinks, sports” and found these, I instantly snatched them up.
Finding a pair for Mr. Coyote’s dad was a bit more difficult. Sure, we know what he likes (golf, soccer, wine), but we wanted to find something that really encompassed FIL Coyote. While we were brainstorming, Mr. Coyote casually searched “cufflinks, food” and we hit the jackpot.
Oh, how the man loves a good barbecue.
We saved the rest of the gifts for the rehearsal dinner. My father’s gift was definitely the highlight of the evening.
I had been toying with the idea of giving him a nice bottle of Johnnie Walker, but the occasion was never right. When a shop in Grand Central Terminal (which I commute out of everyday) was offering free engravings a few weeks ago, I immediately jumped on the opportunity. Thanks to our father-daughter song (“I Loved Her First” by Heartland) I knew exactly what to engrave.
I’ll get into his reaction when I start my recaps, but let’s just say this gift was a hit. 😉
For my momma, I purchased a gift certificate to a local theatre. A few months ago she mentioned that Wicked would be coming in the Fall, so the plan was to purchase tickets for her and I to go together. Unfortunately, the tickets still aren’t on sale yet, so I made sure to get a certificate that would cover the cost of two tickets. When I gave her the gift I let her know that I had intended to purchase tickets for Wicked, but she now had the certificate to use for anything she wanted.
Finally, our gift for Mr. Coyote’s parents. In true procrastinator fashion, Mr. Coyote put off purchasing gifts for his parents until less than a week before the wedding. My blood pressure definitely rose during those final days, but like always, he pulled through at the last minute with a gift certificate to Half Moon…A freakin’ gorgeous restaurant located on the Hudson River that his parents have always raved about.
Image via Half Moon Restaurant
We absolutely loved picking out gifts for our parents and even though it’s peanuts compared to what they have done for us, we hope they enjoy them! Did you give wedding gifts to your parents?