Love her or can’t stand her, your mother-in-law is an important part of your family dynamic . The relationship you have with your husband’s mother — not to mention how he feels about her — has the potential to affect your marriage.
But, no matter your family politics, your mama-in-law will certainly be the recipient of holiday gifts this year, so get inspired with this list of gifts. But don’t stress out too much, because you know your gift choice will probably be judged anyway.
12 gifts to get your mother in law:
BEST FOR THE MIL PRONE TO SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER
The holidays come during the long, cold, winter months where it gets darker earlier. Gift your mom 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. Unless your mother-in-law 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. The lamp releases negative ions into the air which may improve cognitive performance, according to some studies.
BEST FOR THE MOTHER-IN-LAW WHO WANTS TO STAY YOUNG
BEST FOR THE MOTHER-IN-LAW WHOSE SAUCE IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN YOURS ANYWAY
Some mother-in-laws are always happy to cook up a storm and bring over food to stock your fridge. It’s pretty much a win-win when the meals are made with yummy and healthy ingredients. Chosen Foods, the avocado-centric brand, uses 100 percent pure avocado oil in these delightful simmer sauces. (Literally) try all three: Eastern Mediterranean Muhammara Red Pepper, Spanish Romesco, and Mexican Guajillo Pasilla Chili.
BEST FOR THE TEA-LOVING TYPE
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 cute addition to anyone’s kitchen, this honey pot can be paired with a Pinky Up Noelle Electric Kettle, some tea varieties and maybe a mug that says “#1 Mother In Law.” (Or maybe just “#1 Grandma!”)
BEST FOR THE DOLLED-UP AND ACTIVE MOTHER-IN-LAW
This cute deluxe-size set of universally-flattering shades of pink and nude colors 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?).
Whether the Queen is coming or it’s just your MIL, this blanket adds an element of elegance and class to whatever room you drape it in. And it’s so soft – just TRY to stop touching it, we dare you. Says one customer, “If you’ve ever dreamed of sleeping in the pellets of 50 rabbits but don’t want the guilt of all those rabbit lives, this is your blanket….[It] just seems sexy and luxurious. I don’t really know. It’s magical, and it’s changed my quality of life for the better.”
BEST FOR THE NETFLIX AND CHILL TYPE MOTHER-IN-LAW
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 Netflix subscription and you just got bumped to favorite daughter-in-law.
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!
BEST FOR THE TECH-SAVVY MOTHER-IN-LAW
This gift is great for anyone who takes a ton of pictures of their friends and family, but have no idea what to do from there. This ibi has 2TB of memory and stores photos directly in your home, not in the cloud or another provider’s corporate data center. (You’ve been hacked!) Photos are easy to organize via the ibi app on MIL’s smartphone and she can invite all her peeps to add photos to her ibi as well. Imagine a world where you’re not being asked, “Send me a picture of the kids, please,” anymore!
BEST FOR THE MOTHER-IN-LAW WHOSE CORNS ARE KILLING HER
I mean, if you’re going to be asking your mother-in-law to help out and watch the kids, you gotta get her shoes that will be comfortable! Vionic footwear is stylish and trendy, offering support technology to relieve aching and painful feet. There are literally so many different styles to choose from, so even a gift card to their store could do the trick.
BEST FOR “THAT” MOTHER IN LAW
If your mother-in-law is straight out of a movie, apartment on the Upper East Side, driving gloves, and all…consider gifting her with one of The Oliver Gal’s canvas artwork. Chic and fabulous dahhling, the artwork offers a variety of pop culture and luxury fashion pieces to liven up any living space.
BEST FOR THE TRAVELING MOTHER-IN-LAW
This ceramic, lightweight blowdryer is any girl’s best friend. Perfect for an on-the-go mother-in-law, this Elchim smooths even the curliest of hair, leaving it bright and shiny. Now, if only your mother-in-law could be so graceful.
BEST FOR ANY MOTHER-IN-LAW
Knowing your in-laws’ DNA information unlocks a puzzle piece to your own child(ren), and for generations to come. AncestryDNA provides ethnicity information and finds potential relatives through DNA matching. Maybe you always thought your mother-in-law was of a different breed…now you can find out for sure!
BEST FOR THE MOTHER-IN-LAW WHO LOVES FRESH PLANTS
This unique brand offers citrus trees (!!) from the farm right to the front door. Varieties include key lime, meyer lemon, and calamondin orange. Perfect gift to liven up an indoor space with citrus fruits that are ready to pick and be used for moths ahead. Pair with a nice bottle of champagne, and your mother-in-law will be making mimosas every Sunday morning.
BEST FOR THE MOTHER-IN-LAW WHO LOVES A LITTLE BLING
Remind her of what you both have in common — a fierce love of your children — with this beautiful 14K gold filled or sterling silver classic bar necklace.
BEST FOR THE MOTHER-IN-LAW WHO NEEDS TO CALM THE F DOWN
OHHHMMMMM…..my god, if your mother-in-law is always on a rampage, she might need to breathe in a little calming inspiration in the form of this eucalyptus and spearmint candle. Maybe invite her to your hot yoga class too.
BEST FOR THE MOTHER-IN-LAW WHO’S YOUR INSPIRATION
Get on her good side and remind her how much she really means to you (despite upstaging you at your own wedding) with this sweatshirt that inspires, motivates, and keeps her cozy all at the same time.