No matter how long you’ve had a mother-in-law in your life, finding a perfect gift for your mother-in-law can be so hard. Especially when she’s a VIP member of your family.
While some mothers-in-law are verrrrry specific with the kinds of gifts they like, others make shopping a bit more difficult. And that’s why why we’re here to help, with over 24 thoughtful ideas for cool mother-in-law gifts.
I’d just say not to think of them asonly mother-in-law gifts — you may see something perfect here for your own mom, stepmom, aunt, or even a neighbor or a teacher.
Hey, maybe even yourself! Can we ever really have too many items on our wishlists?
Check out our entire Holiday Gift Guide for great gifts for everyone on your list.
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1. A practical but sentimental personalized gift
Give her a full year of special photos captured on abrass calendar stand that will look perfect displayed on any end table. Night tables too, though surely she’ll want to place in a prominent spot in her home.
($50.15 on sale at Artifact Uprising)
Preserve a cherished family recipe with this Vermont-made recipe board. Recipes can be etched from a scanned recipe card or reproduced in script that looks handwritten.
($100 at Uncommon Goods)
2. A beautifully designed puzzle or game
Make the long winter a little brighter with an artist-designed puzzle from Jiggy Puzzles which are beautifully packaged and even come with puzzle glue for framing. A portion of every sale goes to each puzzle’s artist, like this stunner from Jamaica’s Natasha Cunningham.
($40 and up at Jiggy Puzzles)
If your mother-in-law loves to play games, another option is this lovely and L-U-X-E Collectors Scrabble Board, which will be too nice to hide in a game closet.
($148 at Anthropologie)
3. A delicious cocktail or mocktail kit
Cheers! Send her everything she needs to make a new twist on a favorite cocktail like this Golden Gimlet with turmeric and Thai lime syrup. It will have her thanking you with every sip.
($37.99 and up at Cocktail Courier)
If she prefers her cocktails to be sans alcohol, a unique mocktail kit makes a delicious and thoughtful gifts to help her ring in the new year, soberly.
($42 and up at Dry Goods Beverage Company)
4. Candles in her favorite scent
Candles in lovely winter scents always make a perfect mother-in-law gift for the holidays. Though we were pretty disturbed to learn about how big candle companies are using cagey trademark law to put small companies out of business.So we’re supporting candles from indie brands likeSouthern Elegance Candle Company.ThisBlack-owned, women-owned company has found popularity with Southern-inspired scents like New Orleans Magnolia Blossoms, Lexington Apple and Bourbon, and Carolina Pine & Balsam.
($20 for 8 oz mason jar, $28 for 16 oz, Southern Elegance Candle Co)
Alternatively, check out the candles from Three Buds Apothecary, which Liz recently featured as one of5 gifts from women-owned small businesses she loves supporting. She swears by the Nomad scent in a reusable, industrial-chic concrete container, but there are lots to choose from.
($21-45, Three Buds Apothecary)
5. An inspiring new book about another amazing woman
We love recommending books as gifts, and your mother-in-law certainly will have one that suits her tastes and interests. We’re big fans of memoirs from someone she may admire, like the new books out fromMichelle Obama, Stevie Nicks, Viola Davis, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the latter written by her friend, NPR’s Nina Totenberg.
(All available via Amazon, or visit your favorite local small bookstore, where they always have tons of cool gifts beyond books!)
Related:8 wonderful Mother’s Day gift book ideas to celebrate all she is, and all she loves.
6. A luxurious blanket to bring some hygge into her life
Our 2021 guide to the best hygge gifts for everyone who needs more comfort and coziness right now is still super relevant, and the ideas all make fantastic mother-in-law gifts. Though here’s one more idea to add to the list: asuper-soft, naturally hypoallergenic, and humanely shorn pure alpaca blanket from Canada’s Blacksaw. Simply gorgeous.
($399 at Nordstrom)
7. Stylish accessories to suit any taste
Options, options! That’s what you get with the versatile 4-in-1 Waverley 2 bag from AAPI-owned Lo & Sons, which has been lauded for years by editors from Vogue to Refinery 29. It can be worn four different ways and comes in two sizes, multiple colors and materials.
($105 on sale for a limited time, Lo & Sons)
Looking for a special Hanukkah gift? Love these pretty diamond Star of David stacking bracelets from Alef Bet Jewelry that sparkle beautifully on their own, or mixed and matched together.
($125 each at Modern Tribe)
Related:25 wonderful Hanukkah gifts for toddlers to teens 2022 | Holiday Gift Guide
For the woman who has everything, you can never go wrong with some new earrings — especially ones as fun, festive, and affordable as these glam Kate Spade studs.
($22.80 for a limited time, Nordstrom)
Classic style with a little edge come together perfectly in theseCoach studded leather driving gloves. It’s the kind of mother-in-law gift that will make her say, “oh, you shouldn’t have.” But she’ll be glad you did.
($175 at Coach)
8. An indulgent chocolate gift
Hand-crafted by an all-female team of chocolatiers in Ghana, this Chocolate Tasting Kit from Midunu Chocolates is way more special than a box of truffles. It includes raw cocoa nibs, fancy truffles, a flavor wheel, and instructions for enjoying the chocolates fully. There’s even a link to a virtual tasting guide and video for someone who really likes her chocolate!
($34 and up at Midunu Chocolates)
Related:Exceptional chocolates from Black-owned chocolate companies. Not just for Valentine’s Day!
9. A seasonal flower or wreath subscription
We love subscription gifts, especially for women like mothers-in-law who are hard to shop for. A new bouquet of gorgeous flowers or a seasonal plant that arrives every few weeks will always be appreciated. We’ve had terrific luck with Urban Stems, which even includes a vase on your first delivery.
(Starting at $55/delivery, Urban Stems, with free shipping on every order)
For something a little more special and a little more seasonal, you have to check out theseasonal wreaths from California’s Creekside Farms. Her well-dressed home will look — and smell — even better, with new deliveries throughout the year.
($328 for annual subscription at Food 52; or individual wreaths start at $65.95 from the Creekside Farms Etsy shop.)
10. A teatime treat
Teatime will get a whole lot more fabulous with this gorgeous limited-edition SMEG electric kettle in shiny copper or gold. Oof, want. (And hey, it works if she’s a pour-over coffee fan too!)
($239.95 at Williams Sonoma)
For a little less, you can treat her to a lovely looseleaf tea gift box from the wonderful Vahdam Teas. This Weekend in Paris Tea Gift Setis not only a great price, it’s far more affordable than an actual weekend in Paris!
($31.99 on sale, Vahdam)
11. A super-pampering beauty gift
One of the best mother-in-law gifts is a beauty set she wouldn’t buy herself. We found this luxuriousLa Mer gift set in a pretty travel bag exclusively at Nordstrom, at a terrific price. At least if you know what La Mer usually costs!
($95 at Nordstrom)
If you prefer supporting an indie brand, Liz has been raving about Aloisia Beauty’s clean k-beauty inspired products for the last couple of years. New for the holidays: The Renew Serum Holiday Spirit Gift Setincluding an obsidian face roller. Ooh, yes please!
($110, Aloisia Beauty)
12. A class you can take together
If you wish you could spend more time — even virtually — with your mother in law, Uncommon Experiences offers so many neat ways to take a class together. Personally, I’d go for their Death by Chocolate Truffles class, though there are experiences in cocktail making, flower arranging, arts and crafts, and many more.
($73 for Truffles class at Uncommon Goods)
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How about gifting your mother in law something she can decorate her place with? And if she is fond of decorating her home, a showpiece will just be an apt gift for her birthday. If she is fond of gardening, give her a flower vase, if she is fond of lighting, a lamp will be perfect, and so on.What are the top three most popular mother's Day gifts? ›
According to RetailMeNot, flowers, chocolate and gift cards are the most popular Mother's Day gifts. CLEVELAND — Editor's note: The video in the player above was originally published on May 2, 2022. Across the United States, Mother's Day spending is increasing. But what are the most popular gifts?What makes a mother in law happy? ›
Be polite: If you can't be overtly nice, then at least be polite. Don't overrule what she has to say. Also, don't get into an argument or debate with her during your first meeting. Call her often: To make sure that you communicate well with your mom-in-law call her at frequent intervals.How do you show appreciation to your mother in law? ›
- We like to have the groceries she prefers in the fridge before she arrives. ...
- We tidy up her room. ...
- We make sure to plan a day off work. ...
- We treat her to a dinner out. ...
- Bring her a treat to the airport.
As awkward as it may feel at first, you need to treat your daughter-in-law like your own child. If you buy your children jewelry or take them shopping, do the same for your daughter-in-law. If you make purchases for your son, make similar ones for your daughter-in-law. Treat your daughter-in-law like your own child.Am I supposed to give my daughter-in-law a mother's day gift? ›
Many times, mother-in-laws want to find an appropriate and thoughtful gift to honor their son's wife and mother of the grandchildren. There are a number of mother's day gift options appropriate for a daughter-in-law, however, these gifts should be personal and fitting for the recipient.How much money do you give for mother's day? ›
Mothers and fathers generally believe spending a little over $100 is adequate for a Mother's or Father's Day gift. Moms are 120% more likely than dads to feel disappointed when their children don't give them a gift, even after they've told their children they don't want one.What kind of gift can be given to a mother? ›
Mom will cry happy tears when you give her this gift. It comes in rose gold, gold and silver-plated finishes and can be customized with the initial and birthstone of all her loved ones.
- Give the mom in your life some free time.
- Take your mom for a walk.
- Binge-watch a favorite TV show together.
- Do a chore for your mom.
- Take your mom out to lunch.
- Make your mom lunch.
- Dining Out. ...
- A Home-Cooked Meal. ...
- A Clean House. ...
- A Relaxing Spa Treatment. ...
- Peace And Quiet. ...
- Getting To Sleep In (Or Take A Nap) ...
- A Clean Car. ...
- A Promise.
To my unique, beautiful, amazing mother-in-law, happy Mother's Day, I congratulate you from the bottom of my heart! I would like to sincerely wish you bright, carefree, joyful moments filled with true happiness! Enjoy life as much as you can, and make the most of your luxurious gifts: love, beauty, wonderful friends!Can you say Happy mothers Day to your mother-in-law? ›
Sweet Mother's Day Wishes for Your Mother-in-Law
These thoughtful and heartwarming turns of phrase will say "happy Mother's Day, mother-in-law" in a way that'll truly touch her heart. No one deserves a better Mother's Day than you do. We hope it's wonderful!
- Thank you for accepting me into your family and for your support and love. Our lives are better because of you.
- I love being your daughter-in-law and I love you!
- You are beautiful, generous, and strong. I feel lucky to call you my mother-in-law. Thank you for being you!