The occasion will dictate what type of gift you should get your girlfriend's parents. Meeting them for the first time you will want to make a good first impression without giving a gift that is too personal. If you are asking for their daughter's hand in marriage you might want to give something more personal and elaborate to show that you know them, their daughter and can provide for the two of you.
Flowers and Wine
If you are meeting your girlfriend's parents for the first time a simple introductory gift that can be enjoyed over dinner makes a nice option. Flowers for the mother make a nice centrepiece for the dining table. Find out beforehand what her favourite flowers are to show that you are interested in getting to know them. If you find out what is being served for dinner and purchase a wine that accompanies the food it can be enjoyed that evening. Make sure that no one is a non-drinker or alcoholic and ask your girlfriend if anyone has any allergies to flowers or wine.
Scarves and Ties
For birthday or Christmas gifts items like a silk scarf or tie can be just personal enough without being overbearing. These items are affordable but functional, which shows that you are giving useful items rather than wasting money on frivolous items. Make sure that her father wears ties and her mother wears scarves. If not you could choose different items. For example movies, board games or some other activity you know they would enjoy. Also suggest that the four of you could enjoy the movie or game together.
As your relationship progresses with your girlfriend you can begin giving larger and more personal gifts. This being said you should never go as personal as buying undergarments for either parent. Instead choose to get them something that involves their hobby. This shows that you have been paying attention to topics they have been talking about. If one parent is interested in golfing perhaps custom golf balls or a custom golf bag might be a nice option. If they are interested in poetry you could purchase one of their favourite poet's books and a nice notebook for them to write their own.
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