When holidays, birthdays, and Mother’s Day roll around, it’s notoriously tricky to find good gifts for your mother-in-law that she’ll, you know, like. But whether you love her or can’t stand her, the relationship you have with your partner’s mom and kids’ grandma has the potential to affect your family. Finding the best gifts for your mother-in-law will (hopefully) be appreciated, but if the task has you stumped, stay tuned. These gift ideas will provide much-needed inspiration so you can spend less time shopping and more time thinking about the gifts you want to receive.
It’s the thought that counts, so we’ve curated a list that caters to MILs of all kinds. And at the end of the day, don’t stress out too much; the gift that you choose will probably be judged, anyway.
Best Gifts For The Mother-In-Law Who’s Prone To Winter Blues
If you’re shopping for the winter holidays, you might be in the midst of those long, cold, months where it gets darker earlier. Gift your mom (in law) with the benefits of bottled sunshine, great for her desk, office, bedroom, or anywhere natural light is needed. Sunlight Inside delivers the benefits of natural light for those who aren’t always exposed to it. That is, unless your MIL lives in Florida, in which case, she’s probably ALWAYS a ray of sunshine!
A Himalayan salt lamp will add a soft glow and an earthy vibe to any room in your mother-in-law’s home. Offering total tranquility, this lamp is the perfect excuse to bring her stress levels all the way down, even in the dead of winter. The lamp releases negative ions into the air which may improve cognitive performance, according to some studies. Not to mention, that yellow-pink light is reminiscent of a summer sunset so it’s sure to lift her spirits any time of year.
Bringing a bit of nature inside can ease the pangs of cabin fever. This unique brand offers citrus trees (!!) from the farm right to the front door. Varieties include key lime, Meyer lemon, and calamondin orange. It’s the perfect gift to liven up an indoor space with citrus fruits that are ready to pick and be used for months ahead. Pair it with a nice bottle of champagne, and your mother-in-law will be making mimosas every Sunday morning.
Best Gifts For The Chic Mother-In-Law Who’s Always On-The-Go
Your on-the-go MIL can stay chic with these cute purse-sized glosses. This set from Stila contains universally-flattering shades of pink and nude colors that will last through a hundred grandma kisses. Enriched with Vitamin E and avocado oil, the creamy formula will leave her lips happy and smiling (for once?). All in all, it’s an adorable (and affordable!) add-on to any gift.
If your MIL is a self-proclaimed “glam-mother,” this travel-friendly makeup pouch is a must. Not only will it keep her beauty stash all in one place, any lipstick smudges or loose powder spills will be contained so it doesn’t ruin her designer purse.
Best Gifts For The Mother-In-Law Who’s A Total Homebody
Le Creuset is synonymous with quality and luxury for all those who are in the know. Most of the pieces are pretty expensive and are definitely an investment. Others, not so much. Take this honey pot, for example. A lovely addition to anyone’s kitchen, this honey pot can be paired with a cute tea kettle, some tea varieties, and a mug that says “#1 Mother-In-Law” (or maybe just “#1 Grandma”)!
Hey, if she can’t be warm and cozy, at least this throw blanket can be. Lacoste offers a wide variety of fun and bright colors for bedding, towels, and home accessories. Give your mother-in-law an opportunity to cozy up with this oversized fleece blanket. Pair it with a streaming subscription and you just got bumped to “favorite daughter-in-law” status.
What mom doesn’t want an excuse to treat her tootsies like they’re more important than her own children? Nothing quite compares to having the ability to slip your toes into a toasty foot massager that can restore and relax. It’s a powerful deep-kneading massager, but it’s quiet enough for her to use while getting a full dose of reality television. There are three different kneading preferences as well as three different air pressure levels that can easily be personalized. According to New York Magazine, reviewers credit the included remote control for making the experience deeply relaxing. Ain’t nobody got time to bend over and adjust settings manually!
It’s the calorie-free, clutter-free gift that keeps on giving. Get MIL a year subscription of Disney+ for around $70 and she’ll be able to enjoy hours (and hours and hours) of entertainment. While you may have to explain that this service isn’t just for kids, she’ll love watching everything from National Geographic docs to nostalgic movies with the grandkids.
Best Gifts For Any Mother-In-Law
There’s nothing like a handwritten card, especially in this digital age. MIL will find plenty of use for this chic, cheeky card set that shows she actually has a sense of humor — at least, when she wants to. Heck, pick up a set for yourself while you’re at it, you can attach one of these clever cards to her gift, as well!
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