Sunday 3 April 2022

Eight great gift ideas for Mother-in-Laws

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It can be difficult to know what to get your mother-in-law as a gift. It may seem as though she already has everything she needs, or you might be frightened of getting her something she won’t like or giving her the wrong message. Your choice of present might depend on how close you are or how well you really know each other. It is often best to start by considering your mother-in-law’s hobbies and buying accordingly. That way you should be able to find something she will like. If you are still stuck for options though, here are eight great gift ideas she will love. 

An experience

You don’t have to send her skydiving or white-water rafting (unless she is the adventurous type) to enjoy a shared experience and create a deeper bond. An afternoon tea that she can share with you and your partner or a spa day for the two of you is a lovely gesture. The great thing about this option is that it doesn’t matter if she has already had the experience or even if she receives the same gift from someone else; she can still enjoy these experiences as many times as she is treated to them.

Towels and cactuses
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A class

If you know your mother-in-law quite well or you would like to get to know her better, then a class could be a fun activity that you could do together. Choose something that you know she will enjoy. Options include cookery, dancing, or perhaps even learning a new language. 

Beauty products

Beauty products and perfumes are always a great option, and you can never have enough of them. Choose her favourite scent if you know it or opt for a touch of luxury such as these Byredo products from SSENSE. SSENSE is a high-end Canadian retailer that specializes in luxury and designer products. They have some fantastic fragrances that your mother-in-law will love. 

Soft furnishings

Soft furnishings can change the appearance of a room, make it look lighter, more comfortable, or even give it something of a make-over. Choose a gorgeous throw or a cushion that suits her style and décor. She can decide whether she wants to place it in the living room, bedroom, or elsewhere in the home for the best effect. 

Photo frame

A photo frame will make a lovely gift. There are a variety of different types to choose from and it can be quite mind-boggling to know which style she might like. Give yourself some ideas by looking at the types of frames she already has and what her décor looks like. It is reasonably safe to assume that a photo frame will be placed on her mantlepiece or somewhere prominent that it can be seen, so try to find a frame that will fit well in these areas.

If she has grandchildren, a photo of them will be cherished. If not, a photo of her kids or one of all of you at an event or celebration she enjoyed will be welcome. 

Box of chocolates on coloured cloth
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Edibles are always a welcome gift, especially if they are considered treats. She may enjoy a nice box of chocolates. There are some lovely selection boxes around and she will find at least some of her favourites in an assorted box. Select an ornate box or a tin as she will be able to keep this to use for other things once the chocolates have been eaten.

Cookies are another fantastic edible gift. You can buy her favourite flavour and have them iced with a personal message. If you are feeling brave, you could always bake the cookies yourself as she will appreciate the personal touch.


If your mother-in-law enjoys a glass or two of wine with dinner, there are some fabulous ways of incorporating it into your gift. A traditional gift might be her favourite bottle of wine. She will like it even more if you cook her dinner to go with it. If you are feeling generous, a wine club subscription makes a wonderful present. She will be sent a bottle or two per month and she will get the chance to enjoy a variety of different wines, some of which she may not have had the chance to sample otherwise. 


Say it with flowers and she will know how much you care. There are some lovely coloured blooms so choose her favourite colours or her favourite flowers if she is more of a horticulturist. Most mothers-in-law love flowers but it is a gift people very rarely buy for themselves so she will appreciate them even more. 

Choose from one of these eight fantastic gifts if you want to treat your mother-in-law and you will definitely be in her good books for a while. 

1 comment:

  1. What lovely ideas. I think experiences are fantastic especially as older people tend to have most things that they want or need. An experience will give them memories. x


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