A passage of time photo set is a good gift for parents. This gift shows parents their child's growth from infancy through toddlerhood, school age and college age up to the child's current age. Putting the pictures in a nice silver- or gold-plated frame, or in several different frames, makes this a gift parents can display proudly.
Photo albums and photo books containing pictures of immediate and extended family members are other options that parents are sure to appreciate.
For children who are on a budget, offering to give the parents a day off or a week off from cooking is a nice Christmas present for parents. Buying the groceries for the meals the child is preparing is a bonus for the parents and makes the gift of preparing the meals even better. Children can also give parents a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant, which gives them a break from cooking and allows them to have some time for just the two of them.
For those with higher budgets, tickets for two to a movie, concert or play are good gifts. Giving tickets to a Christmas-themed performance is in keeping with the holiday spirit. Airline tickets or cruise ship tickets are high-end items that also make good Christmas gifts for parents.