There is something truly different from shopping for your mother versus shopping for your mother-in-law. It has a lot to do with the depth of your relationship with both. Your mother is someone who has been part of your entire life, and your mother-in-law has only been part of your married life.
Even if you are one of the lucky ones who gets along equally well with both your mother and your mother-in-law, you still need to put some thought into gift-giving. The chances are that you can get away with giving your mother something that may not seem appropriate or as casual with your mother-in-law.
With that in mind, here is our list of the 14 best gift ideas for your mother-in-law.
1 – Because You Want Her To Be Around For Several Years
There is something to be said about leading a healthy life. At ImAwareTM, you can purchase at-home test kits online that will show her that you care about her health. You can choose from a few main test kits, including Celiac Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
2 – Because She Likes To Stay Hydrated
For the mother-in-law who needs to look great when she is sipping on a cool one, Kool8 has a line of products that fit the bill. They refer to their fully insulated water bottles and being drop-dead gorgeous, and we admit, they are very sexy and come in many different colors.
3 – Because She Likes To Play Games
There is no shortage of ways to bring out the competitive edge in your mother-in-law when you turn dinner night into game night. Board games present a variety of opportunities to hone skills not related to games, including interaction and relationship building. It could be fun!
4 – Because She Likes Being In The Kitchen
Cooking, baking, or just warming things up to munch on, you can save your mother-in-law a ton of extra work in the kitchen with a wooden cookbook stand from Uncommon Goods. It will hold the recipe she is currently working on visible, giving her hands-free time to work.
5 – Because She Loves To Gaze At The Stars
Here’s a pretty unique gift idea that will get a lot of attention. Twinkle In Time creates a special star map that will be accurate to a specific moment in time. For example, the date, time, and location of a special event in her life can be displayed with a star map created with that data.
6 – Because She Loves Indoor Plants
Nothing brings life into a home, quite like an indoor plant. Costa Farms has a Succulent Plant in a ceramic planter that makes growing something green far too simple with this unique gift idea. This item was also included on CoolThingsChicago’s best birthday gifts idea guide here.
7 – Because She Loves To Pamper Herself
After a long day on your feet or busy taking care of business, it is comforting to know that before jumping into bed, you can relax and take the pressure of the day off with a soak in the tub. There are numerous products available that are meant to create relaxing bubble baths.
8 – Because She Loves A Good Book
Whether she prefers to curl up with a paperback or recline with an eReader, you will be able to find the right title for your mother-in-law. Plus, with the right source for online books, she will also be able to access music, movies, and magazines to keep her current.
9 – Because She Likes To Explore Her Creative Side
For the mother-in-law who is on the artsy or crafty side, you can help to fuel that interest with gifts from supply stores such as Michaels. That’s where you will find all she needs to start scrapbooking, painting, or any number of projects to fill time and her home.
10 – Because She Likes To Travel
Luggage sometimes sends the wrong message to the person who receives it as a gift. However, if you give your mother-in-law quality luggage from Samsonite, you will be telling her that you would love to see more of her and that she can stay longer in the future.
11 – Because She Loves To Wear A Little Bit Of Bling
Jewelry is still a pretty good gift, even for your mother-in-law. When you give her something like earrings, a bracelet, or necklace, you have several different price range options that can keep your gift modest or moderate. Unless, of course, you want to go extravagant.
12 – Because She Wants To Always See You
There is something rather unique and personal with the old standard gift of a framed family portrait. It gives your mother-in-law a current photo of her child, you, and any grandchildren that fill out your family. This kind of gift gives her something to show off and brag about.
13 – Because She Always Wants To Look Her Best
Hey, if you are the type that enjoys a spa day with the girls, why wouldn’t you include your mother-in-law? Not only will the activity make both of you feel relaxed and rejuvenated, but there will also be plenty of opportunities to build on your relationship with her.
14 – Because She Has An Awesome Wardrobe
Here’s a gift idea that will rarely be turned down: a clothing shopping spree. Not only will you be able to add to your mother-in-law’s clothes closet, but you also won’t have to fret about picking the right size, style, or color if she’s choosing what she likes. This saves you on returns.
As you can tell from this list, finding a gift for your mother-in-law shouldn’t be difficult if you know a little bit about her. Even if she happens to be a new part of your family – and you to hers – gift-giving time is a great way to discover more about this new person in your life. Both of you will benefit greatly from the shared experience, which will make the next time you have to buy her a gift a whole lot easier.