Top five Christmas gift ideas for parents

Buying holiday gifts for one's parents is wicked hard when you're grown up, so we've rounded up five of our favorite gift ideas for parents. 

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The new 21-acre Aulani resort, located in Ko Olina on the western side of Oahu, overlooks white sand beaches and a crystal blue lagoon. It's the perfect place for families to discover the wonders of Hawaii. The cheapest fares to Hawai this holiday season can be found through United Airlines.

Cut us some slack, Mom and Dad; buying holiday gifts for one's parents is wicked hard when you're a grown-up. It's not like you can just glue a bunch of macaroni to a piece of construction paper these days! Because we at DealNews understand this struggle all too well, we're helping out our fellow clueless offspring by rounding up five Editors' Choice gift ideas for parents. Fly them to Hawaii with the best rates we've seen from United, help them cut the cord with $30 off a Roku LT, or quench their thirst with a SodaStream starter kit at $25 off.

For the Honeymooners
United Airlines Roundtrip Flights to Hawaii
Store: United Airlines via DealBase
Price: From $380.10
Lowest By: $34
Expires: December 18

Is It Worth It?: If you've got siblings, this is the perfect pool-together gift for Mom and Dad — send them on a romantic spring trip to Hawaii! Right now, United offers roundtrip tickets to Hawaii from select US cities for as little as $380 each. That's the best price we've ever seen for Hawaiian fares on United! Choose from destination cities like Maui, Honolulu, and Kona.
Click on the "United Airlines" link at the top to see this sale; all taxes are included. This price is valid on flights departing from San Diego, CA, (SAN) to Honolulu, HI, (HNL) on January 6, 2015 with return on January 13, 2015. Roundtrip purchase is required. Book this travel deal by December 18 for travel through March 18, 2015.

For the TV Junkies
Roku LT HD Wireless Media Player with 2 months of Rdio and 3 months of Hulu Plus
Store: Groupon
Price: $29.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $30
Expires: December 13

Is It Worth It?: It's never been easier to cut the cable cord, thanks to streaming players like this Roku LT. If your parents are considering making the switch, this bundle is a great way to start. Along with the player, they'll score two months of music streaming with Rdio and three months of their favorite TV shows with Hulu Plus. The Roku LT also wirelessly streams 720p content from Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, HBO GO, Pandora, and many more. At $30, this bundle is $30 under the best price we could find for the Roku alone.

For the DIY-ers
Dremel MultiPro 7.2-volt Cordless Rotary Tool Kit
Store: Amazon
Price: $29 with free shipping via Prime
Lowest By: $16

Is It Worth It?: Whether it's small-scale home repairs or precision craftwork, both of your handy parents will find lots of uses for the Dremel MultiPro rotary tool. And at $29, this deal will save you $16. Along with the tool, your parents will get a charger and 15 Dremel accessories.

For the Mixologists
SodaStream Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker Starter Kit
Store: Empire Depot via Amazon
Price: $34.99 with free shipping via Prime
Lowest By: $25

Is It Worth It?: If either of your parents is particularly creative in the kitchen, they'll get a kick out of this small appliance. The SodaStream Fountain Jet uses CO2 canisters to add fizz and flavor to water, allowing them to make their own soda. A $25 price low, this kit includes a reusable 1-liter BPA-free carbonating bottle, a fizz-preserving cap, six trial-sized flavors, and a starter CO2 canister.

For the Sleepyheads
Lauren by Ralph Lauren Logo Standard Pillow
Store: Macy's
Price: $6.79 via coupon code "EXTRA" with in-store pickup
Lowest By: $13
Expires: December 18

Is It Worth It?: Don't balk at gifting your mom or dad a new pillow; the gift of a good night's sleep is priceless. Available in medium, firm, and extra firm densities, these standard pillows are ideal for side sleepers. They're just $7 each after the coupon above, so you can afford to grab a couple for each parental unit.

Marcy Bonebright is a features writer for dealnews.com, where this article first appeared. 

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