Welcome and thanks for your question!
Each giftee needs to receive their own check.
However, your parents do not need to write a separate check to each giftee.
As you suggest, they can write three checks - one to you, one to your child, and one to your wife.
so, 3 checks to each giftee, with each check for up to $28K (= 2 x $14) ?
What about if we do a cashier's check or wire transfer?
Depositing a personal check can be frozen for up to 7 days. Are there any problems if instead of personal checks we used cashier's checks or wire transfers?
You can use a cashier's check or wire transfer. I still suggest it be done in three separate transactions to make it clear that the gifts are being made to three separate individuals.
You're welcome. I'm glad I was able to assist you this evening.