30 Sweet and Thoughtful Gifts for Your Boyfriend's Mom

She'll definitely think you're a keeper once she opens one of these.
Gifts for Your Boyfriend's Mom
Photos, from clockwise: Gorjana, Uncommon Goods, Makety, Purr & Mutt
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Alison Meehan
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  • Alison writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in shoppable roundups of anniversary gifts.
  • Before focusing on shoppable content, Alison was a content writer at The Knot.
  • Alison holds a master's degree in writing and a bachelor's in textile design.
Updated Nov 14, 2023
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When it comes to shopping for gifts for your boyfriend's mom, you'll certainly want to put your best foot forward. After all, she had a part in bringing up the guy you love, so she'll appreciate a gift letting her know she's done a great job. Whether you're looking for a present for the holidays, her birthday or Mother's Day, we're here to help you find a meaningful and memorable gift for your future MIL.

Even if you've shopped for your boyfriend's parents before, it's normal to feel nervous about making a great impression. Just know that it's the thought that counts, so you've done half the work already. If it's your first time choosing a gift for your BF's mom, it might be worth asking your partner about her interests and hobbies to help you get started. Whatever the occasion, you're sure to find an appropriate gift that'll impress your boyfriend's mother on our list below.

1. Wooden Reading Valet

Wooden Reading Valet for your boyfriend's mom
Photo: Uncommon Goods

If your boyfriend's mom is a book lover, this wooden valet is a thoughtful gift she'll be delighted to unwrap. It'll help her save a place in her current read and keep essentials like reading glasses, her phone and a cup of coffee at hand. "Save My Spot" is engraved on the front, while the message "To Be Continued" appears on the back. Consider her birthday or holiday gift sorted.

2. Birth Flower Necklace

Personalized birth flower necklace
Photo: Made by Mary

Wondering what to get your boyfriend's mom for her birthday? A gorgeous necklace engraved with her birth month flower could be just what you're looking for. This elegant pendant comes in three metallic finishes—14K gold, sterling silver or rose gold—and can be stacked with up to three floral discs for a personalized finish. Simple yet stylish, we predict it will become a firm favorite in her jewelry collection.

3. Washable Sleep Mask

Cozy sleep mask as the perfect gift for your boyfriend's mom
Photo: Lunya

Choosing Christmas gifts for your boyfriend's mom can be challenging, but it doesn't have to be that complicated. This gorgeous silk eye mask set from Lunya is a practical and thoughtful gift she'll appreciate, especially if she has the opportunity to sleep in over the holidays. It also includes a handy storage pouch for traveling and a branded gift box for a stylish presentation. Choose from several classic colors and limited edition hues to suit her tastes.

4. Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet

Essential oil crystal lava stone bracelets gift for boyfriend's mom
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Here's a fun birthday or holiday gift that'll appeal to her spiritual side: A colorful aromatherapy bracelet designed to bring peace and serenity to the wearer. It comes in three different styles— garnet and rose quartz, amazonite and rainbow chakra—and is made of porous lava rocks that emit the scents of essential oils throughout the day. All your BF's mom has to do is add a drop of her favorite fragrance to the gemstones to keep the good vibes coming.

5. Sparkle Bee Coasters

Sparkly bee coasters set of 4 gift for boyfriend's mom
Photo: Joanna Buchanan

Shopping for your boyfriend's houseproud mom? These elegant, hand-beaded coasters are sure to appeal to anyone who loves collecting conversation pieces for their home. The colorful bee motifs will add a playful touch to her coffee table and are guaranteed to leave her buzzing on Christmas morning or her birthday.

6. Personalized Recipe Binder

Customized recipe binder for your boyfriend's mom
Photo: Makety

Taking inspiration from her favorite hobbies is an excellent way to find her a gift she'll actually use. If she loves cooking, this wooden recipe binder is easily one the best personalized gifts to give your boyfriend's mom. The cover is carved with culinary-inspired illustrations and can be engraved with her name for a thoughtful touch. It comes with a set of 70 pages (you can choose the design) and sticker dividers for added organization.

7. Silver Jar Candle

Silver jar candle for the best gift
Photo: Anthropologie

If your boyfriend's mom is a dedicated Anthropologie fan, she'll absolutely love a Capri Blue Volcano candle. With notes of tropical fruits, lemons, limes and mountain greens, this gorgeous candle smells just like the store's iconic scent. It's available in four sizes and comes in a stylish silver vessel for an elegant presentation.

8. Holiday Hot Chocolate

Holiday Hot Cocoa set
Photo: Harry & David

Great gift ideas for your boyfriend's mom can be as sweet and simple as a hot chocolate set. This delicious selection includes four hot cocoa flavors—Belgian white chocolate, peppermint, milk chocolate and caramel—all presented in festive display-worthy tins. Bonus: Once she's finished her samples, she can reuse the boxes to store small items like sweets or craft supplies.

9. Custom Pet Portrait

Personalized pet portrait
Photo: Purr & Mutt

If your boyfriend's mother has an adorable pet, this sweet gift will give her all the feels. This one-of-a-kind artwork features a playful illustration of her beloved furry friend presented in a black or white frame. Choose from a variety of color schemes and customization options for a unique birthday or holiday gift she'll be excited to show off.

10. Murder Mystery Puzzle Book

Murder Mystery Puzzles for your boyfriend's mom
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Does your boyfriend's mom love solving puzzles and cracking codes? If so, she'll get a great kick out of this murder mystery book. It features 20 fictional cases—each artfully illustrated in a rich Gothic style—that are guaranteed to spark her inner sleuth and imagination. Ideal for the holidays, this thoughtful gift is sure to provide her with plenty of entertainment during the festive season and beyond.

11. Plush Fleece Headband

Fleece headband from Patagonia
Photo: Patagonia

Finding a great gift for your boyfriend's outdoorsy mom doesn't always require a major splurge. This soft fleece headband from Patagonia is perfect if you're shopping on a budget or just want to get her something practical for her birthday or Christmas. It's made from 100% recycled polyester and comes in four color combos, making it a stylish and sustainable choice. Whether she wears it hiking up the mountains or jogging in the park, it'll keep her ears and head extra cozy.

12. Birth Flower Glass

Birth flower glass for the best gift for your boyfriend's mom
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Great birthday gift ideas for your boyfriend's mom don't end here. This pretty glass tumbler is decorated with her birth month flowers and is a lovely way to call out her special day without breaking the bank. Whether you choose carnations for January, daisies for April or poppies for August, she'll cherish this simple yet thoughtful present. Our tip? Pair it with her favorite bottle of wine or homemade lemonade so she can try out her new glassware right away.

13. Thoughtful Care Package

Cozy spa care package for your boyfriend's mom
Photo: HappyHyggeGifts

Encourage your BF's mother to take some time for herself with this beautiful care package. It's filled with cute and cozy things to help her relax, including a blanket, fuzzy socks and a scented candle, all presented in a gift box with ribbon and crinkle paper. Choose from three different assortments for a sweet and thoughtful Mother's Day gift for your boyfriend's mom.

14. Elegant Crystal Earrings

Crystal earrings for your boyfriend's mom
Photo: Gorjana

If your boyfriend's mom never leaves the house without her favorite accessories, a stylish jewelry gift is something she'll appreciate. These elegant earrings from Gorjana will add subtle sparkle to any outfit and look equally beautiful worn alone or stacked with other studs. The shimmering rectangular crystal is accented by a chain design that hugs the ear for an edgy take on the ever-popular huggie style.

15. Personalized Garden Basket

Customized veggie basket
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Gardening gifts are a great choice, especially if your boyfriend's mom has a flair for cultivating her own plants. This wood and wire mesh basket is perfect for carrying freshly picked fruit and veg and can be personalized with her name for a thoughtful touch. Even if she doesn't have a green thumb, she'll love toting this around at the local farmer's market.

16. 3-Month Coffee Subscription

Coffee subscription box for your boyfriend's mom
Photo: Bean Box

This monthly coffee subscription from Bean Box will ensure she never runs out of her favorite brew. Each month, she'll receive four expertly curated coffees, along with tasting notes and brewing tips, to help her get the most out of each flavor. We recommend the three-month subscription as a gift, but you can also choose six months or a year if you prefer. Whatever you decide, this is easily one of the best gifts for your boyfriend's mom who can't start the day without her caffeine fix.

17. Personalized Mini Flower Pot

Customized mini flower pot
Photo: Personalization Mall

This personalized flower pot is one of the cutest things to get your boyfriend's mom for her birthday or Christmas. Made from ceramic, it's suitable for indoor or outdoor use and can be printed with her initial and name for a personalized finish. Fill it with a small succulent or her favorite flower to make this simple gift really pop.

18. Spa-Worthy Slippers

Spa slippers at home for your boyfriend's mom
Photo: FactoryOutletStore.com

Still searching for things to get your boyfriend's mom? A pair of spa-worthy slippers is an excellent idea, particularly if she spends a lot of time on her feet. This plush pair will help warm her cold toes while soothing tired muscles and improving blood circulation. The soft fabric is also infused with aromatherapy scents, which release a calming fragrance for an added pampering effect. Be warned: These are so cozy you'll probably want to snag a pair for yourself, too!

19. Crystal Gemstone Set

Beginner's gemstone set
Photo: RockAndTumbleCo

If your boyfriend's mom embraces her spiritual side (or just likes having pretty things in her home), she'll love this set of crystal gemstones. It includes 19 naturally formed stones—like amethysts, rose quartz and pyrite—that are said to bring healing metaphysical properties to those who handle them. Add the wooden box for a thoughtful presentation and secure safekeeping.

20. Luxurious Holiday Stocking

UGG holiday stocking
Photo: Nordstrom

Sometimes, the holiday season calls for a bit of unexpected luxury. This gorgeous stocking from UGG is a gift your BF's mom might not expect but will definitely love. It's available in three colors (beige, red and green) and is trimmed with soft fleece and two swinging pompoms. Fill it with her favorite treats or a card inscribed with a fun Christmas quote for added seasonal cheer.

21. Stylish Appointment Notebook

Floral Date Notebook for your boyfriend's mom
Photo: Rifle Paper Co.

How about a stylish piece of stationery to help her manage her busy schedule? This beautifully decorated notebook comes in two vibrant prints and is designed to make planning for the future a breeze. The monthly page views provide sections for important dates so she can keep track of all her upcoming appointments. Pretty and practical, it's an especially good gift to give your boyfriend's mom around the new year.

22. Online Cooking Class

Delicious meals gift for your boyfriend's mom
Photo: Sur la Table

An online cooking class is a great gift idea for your boyfriend's mom if she prefers experiences over physical presents. By signing her up for something that sparks her interest—like a winter baking workshop or a tapas masterclass—she can improve her existing skills and learn something new. And she'll get to eat a delicious homecooked meal at the end, which sounds like a win-win situation to us.

23. Retro-Style Speaker

Vintage-style radio for your boyfriend's mom
Photo: Amazon

If your boyfriend's mom is mad about music, she'll love this retro-style Bluetooth speaker. The miniature gadget looks just like a radio from a bygone era but works using modern wireless technology to connect it to a tablet or smartphone. It's a fun and practical present that'll impress anyone who loves vintage-inspired accessories.

24. Thoughtful E-Gift Card

E-gift card for your boyfriend's mom
Photo: Kate McLeod

We're massive fans of Kate McLeod's skincare products, especially their best-selling body stones and soothing solid moisturizers. If your boyfriend's mom is too, give her an e-gift card so she can pick a combination that best suits her preferences. Choose from four amounts, ranging from a wallet-friendly $25 right up to a splurge-worthy $250, to show your future mother-in-law some love.

25. Leather and Cashmere Gloves

Cozy winter gloves for the perfect gift
Photo: Quince

If you're still scratching your head over what to get your boyfriend's mom for Christmas, don't stress any longer. These leather and cashmere gloves are the perfect luxurious gift she can wear during the holidays and beyond. The genuine lambskin material will add a stylish touch to any ensemble, while the soft cashmere lining will keep her hands toasty as temperatures drop. Thanks to Quince, you can get this seriously wow-worthy gift at a more budget-friendly price. You're welcome!

26. Personalized Jewelry Case

Personalized jewelry box for your boyfriend's mom
Photo: JosephCustomProducts

We never get tired of birth flower gifts, especially when they're as nice as these personalized jewelry cases. Each one is decorated with a floral motif from your chosen month of the year and can be customized on the outside with your BF's mom's name. Inside, there are separate compartments for rings, earrings and necklaces to keep her favorite trinkets from getting tangled while she's on the go.

27. Coffee Mug Warmer

Coffee mug warmer for the best gift
Photo: Amazon

Here's one of the most practical gifts for your boyfriend's mother: An electric mug warmer to keep her coffee hot while she works from home or binges on her favorite series. This handy device features an induction hot plate with three temperature settings and an automatic shut-off function for added safety. With this useful gift on her desk, she can say goodbye to cold coffee the next time a meeting runs over.

28. Stress-Relieving Pillow

Soft stress-relieving pillow gift
Photo: Bearaby

Modern life can get pretty overwhelming, which is why stress-busting gifts are a popular choice for moms and dads alike. If your boyfriend's mom has a hectic schedule, help her release built-up tension with this sensory palm-sized pillow. It works just like a stress ball and massages reflex zones in the hands to relieve stress and restore calm. Now, she'll have you to thank for feeling a little more zen.

29. Mini Custom Hairbrush

Small personalized hairbrush gift
Photo: BaubleBar

If your boyfriend's mom prides herself on always looking her best, she'll love this fun and fashionable gift from BaubleBar. This mini hairbrush comes in an array of colors and can be customized with her name for a thoughtful touch. It's made from durable, water-resistant acetate and features hand-cut letters for a striking 3D effect—but that's not all. The bristles are made from nylon and silicone to reduce static, leaving hair feeling soft and silky.

30. Cute Yarn Bowl

Sloth shaped yarn bowl
Photo: Hobby Lobby

We couldn't complete a round-up without including cute gifts for your boyfriend's mom. This adorable sloth-shaped yarn bowl is a thoughtful token that'll impress her, especially if she loves textile crafts (or sleepy animals). Whether she enjoys knitting, crocheting or weaving, she'll have a smile on her face with this by her side. Pair it with a few balls of yarn to help her get started on her next creative project.

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