Getting gifts for your loved ones can be an anxious activity for most of us. It can be tricky to know what your friends and family crave, and you no doubt have to operate within a budget to make things that little bit more problematic.
Of course, there are many stereotypes related to in-laws, some of which are entirely accurate, and when it comes to presents, you don’t want to get your mother-in-law something she hates with a passion.
Conversely, if you get it right then, you’ll be in her good books for the whole festive period, which is all the more relevant if you are staying with your in-laws for Christmas. You’ll want to impress your partner’s mother, and you may have to work off your own initiative if you don’t have the courage to outright ask her what she wants, so with that in mind, here are a few options to consider.
Custom-made jewelry is a great option to consider for your mother-in-law as it’s the perfect combination of a luxury item that has a real statement element to it. As an example, you could get her a great necklace with the name of her son or daughter (your partner) stylishly displayed.
The increased popularity of a name necklace has increased a great deal over recent years, with the likes of Rihanna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and the Duchess of Cambridge wearing them on the red carpet or when out on the town. They are a great gift to give your mother-in-law, and we are confident she’ll be very happy to receive one of these.
Plush Slippers and Satin Pajamas
A pair of super comfy slippers will make her feel very self-indulgent during the winter months, and the satin pajamas will similarly help her to relax after the hard work she’s put in over the holidays.
This is a nice combination gift, and you can ask your partner what colors she is most likely to desire in terms of fitting her style palette.
Cashmere Jumper and Joggers
This follows a similar theme to the gift idea above, but a little bit more for outdoor wear. We think that every mother-in-law would love the present of high-end loungewear, and you can’t go wrong with cashmere.
So a combination of an oversized comfy jumper that feels amazing, with a pair of jogging pants that will make her feel relaxed and in style. These are not cheap but will be gleefully accepted.
Cookbook and Cookbook Stand
Now, this gift will have to come with an explanation as it may look as if you are making a comment on her cooking abilities, so tread carefully. Stress that this is merely to increase her repertoire and make a point of stating how great her cooking is and that this is just to give her more ideas.
Get a great cookbook, maybe one for the season, and pair it with a well-designed cookbook stand that makes it far easier to follow the instructions when in a stand than placed precariously on the counter, destined to fall to the floor.
Oven Glove and Mat
This works well as a gift just before she gets started on the meal; this playfully designed pairing will help her in the kitchen. A warm oven glove scene paired with a mat for the hot pots and plates is a nice thoughtful present and one that she’ll greatly appreciate. Perfect if she’s hosting you for the holidays.
Why not upgrade your mother-in-law’s cooking experience? This is an inspired pick if your mother-in-law is a foodie who loves to cook. An air fryer is a healthier way to get food ready and is very trendy right now. It’s perfect for any number of cooking styles, from roasting and frying to broiling and baking.
Most mothers are a little stuck in the past, and this is a great gadget to combine the technological advances and with a nod to the past. With this piece of kit, she’ll be able to print out photos taken on her smartphone; this means that this Christmas, she can take photos of her grandchildren and have them printed out right away, and maybe you can gift her a lovely photo frame or two.
Your mother-in-law may be swamped with Christmas-related tasks this year, with the extended family around, and she may well need the boost of caffeine to help her get through the holidays. Why not then gift her a coffee maker, an ideal gift if she likes her coffee.
Also, we’ve rounded up the most meaningful mother-daughter gift ideas that we will discuss in the new post.