What to get your parents when they say they want “nothing”


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Cierra Stark

We all have been through it. You ask your parents repeatedly what they want, hoping to get a new answer and you end up getting the same “nothing” every time. Well, it’s time to get creative this year. It’s time you get your parents the gift that deserve! Here is a list of what to get your parents for the holidays and their affection.

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The king of puns, lover of Home Depot and fashion icon while sporting socks and sandals. Of course he needs a gift! Your dad works too hard for you not to give him a gift (yes, making jokes is hard work). There is a gift for every kind of dad out there.

  • A gift for the handyman
    • Pliers
    • Speed square
    • Tape measure
    • Hammer
    • Screws
    • Drill bits
    • Clamps
    • Garage T-Shirts
  • A gift for the fisherman
    • Hooks
    • Bait
    • Lures
    • Fishing line
    • Thermos
    • Gold fish crackers
  • A gift for the car guy
    • Car wash
    • Wax
    • Air freshener
    • Washing mitt
    • Leather cleaner
    • Tire cleaner
  • A gift for the sports guy
    • Jerseys
    • Signed ball
    • Sports store gift card
    • Soda and chips (to watch the game with)
    • Sports magazine
  • A gift for the gardener
    • A plant
    • Gloves
    • Water bottles
    • Garden tools
    • Seeds
  • A gift the music guy
    • ITunes gift card
    • Bluetooth speaker
    • Concert tickets
    • Headphones


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The woman who brought you into this world (and can take you out of it) deserves to be treated during the holiday season. Yeah, she may not get why you like rap music or remember the names of your friends but you love her anyway. No matter what type of mom you have, we got you covered.

  • A gift for the stressed out mom
    • “You’re the bomb” bath bomb
    • Amazon Alexa
    • Slippers
    • Wine glass
    • Favorite candy/chocolate
    • Fuzzy socks
    • Bath tub tray
    • Blanket
  • A gift for the artsy mom
    • Paint brushes
    • Personalized mugs
    • String art
    • Canvas’
    • Art crafts (puff balls, googly eyes, etc.)
  • A gift for the animal lover
    • Paint paw prints
    • Personalized mugs
    • Whale tail necklace
    • Socks with favorite animals on them
    • Paw print keychain
  • A gift for the mom who loves homemade things
    • Wood slice with paint handprints
    • Scrapbook
    • Personalized tote bag (paint)
    • Fingerprint keychain
    • Homemade ornaments


Your parents should be recognized for all the things they do for you. Make sure you give you treat them to something they would love that fits their personality. But when in doubt, just opt for a gift card.