Says Jen:"I am getting married in a couple months and have been stumped about what to get my parents and the grooms parents. When I search around on the internet I find a lot of poems and picture frames, but I want something more unique than that. I would like to spend around $200 maximum and I do not want something super sentimental, but something nice that says "thanks and we love you!" Any ideas?"
Marian here - and Jen, aren't you sweet! It wasn't clear from your email whether you wanted to spend $200 per couple or $200 total, so a couple of these things might be a little more costly than you had in mind, but only one of them tops $120. I hope that's okay.
This pretty 1) vine-and-leaf patterned Trevisso wall clock ($137) would be a reminder to your folks both of your gratitude for the time they gave to you and of the time you and your husband are spending together. (Sure, it's a little sentimental, but I tried to avoid gooeyness.) If your family (or his) subscribes to the belief that a clock is an unlucky gift, of course, you can just move right along down the list.
The 2) enamel-and-alloy Nambé Earth Cornsilk Butterfly Bowl ($115) and the four-piece 3) Lugano Candelabra ($60) both embody the idea of harmonious combination, but they're quiet and tasteful enough to fit into any household decor.
4) Korean wedding ducks ($47) are usually given to the bride and groom, but as they're symbols of lifelong love, they could make very touching gifts to the couple's parents as well. And as for the 5) woven photo blanket ($80), no, I'm not saying that you should give them a throw featuring someone else's dog. Instead, take a picture of a place that's significant to you and your fiance, run it through Photoshop if necessary (possibly with a filter to make it look more like a painting and less like a snapshot) and send that in. It won't be an obvious reference to your wedding, but knowing the significance of the image will make it more meaningful to your families.
I guess it's impossible to avoid all sentiment when it comes to a request like this. Congratulations on your marriage, Jen, and drop Outblush a line if any of these suggestions work for you!