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Your parents do a lot during the year for you and your children. You guys ought to show some serious appreciation this holiday season and grab a couple things to surprise them with on Christmas Day. From modern car audio systems to fragrances, there are a few items that may work well to show your parents that you are grateful for everything they do every month of the year not just in December. Take a moment to talk with them before we get into full holiday swing and gather some hints in regard to what they need or want. Most times, you know they’ll never admit to wanting anything, but you know better. When you’re done pumping them for ideas, compare those tips to our list of 15 possible holiday gifts and take pride in the fact that you could finally get your parents the perfect gift.

Land’s End Lightweight Down Packable Coat, $159

Spoil your mom and grab this down packable coat. A little extra coverage in all the right places, especially when it comes to cold seats. And here ends the myth of “warmth equals weight.” As nature’s best insulator, down provides maximum warming power with minimal weight. A higher fill power (in this case a whopping 700 fill power) means greater insulation, so we can use less. It’s highly compactible too. Fold it into the inside pocket, pull the drawstring and voila – warmth to go. A touch of elastic inside the cuff helps seal out cold. There’s a removable hood and the pockets are lined with sueded tricot for those days that are below freezing. And whether or not you’re aware, she’s probably plotting on a winter getaway to the mountains — just her and hubby.

Herschel Bowen Travel Duffle in Gray $90

You’ve been trying to make your dad take on ‘fancy things,’ give it a rest and leave that man be. Still, there are some things that he needs to let go of but probably hasn’t given much thought to them. That tattered old bag that he still takes on overnight trips? Yeah, have him toss that and get one of these super durable Herschel Bowen bags for your pop.  There’s a removable shoulder strap and multiple compartments for all of his personal items. Plus, he’ll finally be current in his style without compromising too much of his non-flashy self.

Canon EOS Rebel T5 $399

Your mom and dad are always asking you to send new pictures of their grandkids, but what if they had their own DSLR camera to take flicks and video. These Canon EOS Rebel T5s are pretty much built for novice photographers. And if you read up on them you’ll find that the accessories make it even easier to capture special moments in time.

Marc By Marc Jacobs ‘Baker’ Leather Strap Watch, 37mm $175

Marc by Marc Jacobs always has some clean-cut, retro-inspired pieces for anyone looking to be modern while keeping certain classics on hand. This ‘Baker’ watch from the brand is one of those key items –whether Mom wears it with a shirtdress or a crisp white button down, she’ll will be thankful to have this on her dresser just in case.

Aretha Franklin ‘Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics’ LP [mp3, $8]

Just last year, Aretha Franklin released her 38th studio LP, “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics.” From Adele and Alicia Keys to Chaka Khan and Prince, the legendary songstress covered by a little bit of everything on the album. It ended up being such a hit that the LP actually served as her sixteenth top 20 record. Your parents would be so thankful to have this particular album in their collection.

JVC Built-In Bluetooth In-Dash Receiver [Model KWR910BT, SKU 3945024 — $120] 

One of your major missions in life is keeping your parents privy to what’s going on in modern times. Even if they aren’t in their vehicle as much as they used to be, a thoughtful gift would be this JVC Built-In Bluetooth In-Dash Receiver. That way they don’t have to worry about answering calls while they’re on the road or carrying CDs around. Just preload their phone with their favorite songs, have the receiver installed, give them a tutorial and your parents will be ready to hit the road in style.

Vivienne Westwood iPhone 6 Case $48

Your mom may not know how to operate all the hi-tech functions on her new iPhone 6 but at least she has one. Most likely she’ll be using you to show her the way. While you’re over there, why don’t you gift her with one of these Vivienne Westwood cases? Just to be on the safe side. You never know when she could be attaching a pic to her email and dropping her precious phone.

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