22 Thoughtful Gifts for Your Girlfriend's Mom That'll Win Her Over

Earn her approval with one of these meaningful and memorable gifts.
The Best 22 Gifts for Your Girlfriend's Mom
Photos, from clockwise: Made by Mary, EVERYBLE, Coalatree, YETI
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Alison Meehan
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Updated Nov 09, 2023
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Choosing great gifts for your partner's parents can seem tricky, especially if you're shopping for your girlfriend's mom. Whether you're meeting her for the first time or you're already on good terms, it's understandable that you care about impressing her. The good news? Finding appropriate gifts for your girlfriend's mom doesn't have to be complicated, especially when you've got our expert advice to guide you.

One of the best places to start is considering why you're buying a gift for your GF's mom in the first place. Are you looking for something festive for the holidays that'll spread some seasonal cheer? Or are you searching for a thoughtful birthday present or a small token to mark your first introduction to her? Whatever the occasion, we're here to help you decide what to get for your girlfriend's mom. From meaningful gifts to practical picks, our list of ideas will provide you with plenty of inspiration (and maybe even earn you a few brownie points!).

1. Monthly Coffee Subscription

Monthly coffee subscription for your girlfriend's mom
Photo: Atlas Coffee Club

If your girlfriend's mom is a coffee connoisseur (or, like us, just can't function without her morning fix), she'll love this subscription service. Every two weeks or month, Atlas Coffee Club will send her quality coffee from different regions around the world. Choose from grounds, whole beans or even coffee pods before selecting a roast level that best fits her tastes. She'll appreciate you every time she sips her favorite brew.

2. Personalized Portrait Mug

Customized portrait mug for your girlfriend's mom
Photo: Uncommon Goods

This personalized mug is easily one of the best gifts for your girlfriend's mom. It features an illustration of her likeness you can create using various customization options, like hairstyles, outfits and accessories. Want to show her you've really been paying attention? Opt for this cool hobby mug inspired by her favorite pastime instead.

3. Embroidered Corner Bookmark

Embroidered corner bookmark for your girlfriend's mom

It's perfectly okay to give your girlfriend's mom a small gift when you meet her for the first time. If she's an avid reader, this hand-embroidered corner bookmark is a thoughtful (and practical) present she'll actually use. Choose from five seasonally inspired designs and have her first initial added for a more personal finish.

4. Scented Birthdate Candle

Personalized birthdate candle
Photo: Birthdate Candles

Wondering what to get your girlfriend's mom for her birthday? A cute candle inspired by the date of her birth could be just what you're looking for. This beautifully scented one comes with a label featuring astrology, tarot and numerology details from that particular date and is sure to impress anyone with an eye for trivia. Pair it with a card inscribed with birthday wishes for your future MIL to really secure your place in the family.

5. Personalized Christmas Ornament

Customized Christmas tree ornament
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Christmas gifts for your girlfriend's mom don't need to be super extravagant to get your thoughtfulness across. While this snowflake-shaped tree ornament may look simple, it actually has a fun detail hidden in its intricate design. Your GF's mother's name appears in the laser-cut pattern, creating a sweet and personal keepsake she'll want to hang up every holiday season.

6. Faux Fur Slippers

Soft and cozy faux fur slippers
Photo: Warmies

Whether you're looking for a holiday or birthday gift for your girlfriend's mom, this plush pair of slippers is hard to beat. They're made from soft faux fur and are gently scented with lavender—but that's not all. They can be warmed in the microwave for cozy comfort or placed in the freezer for a cooling effect. Either way, they'll provide soothing relief for her tired feet after a long day at the office.

7. Monogrammed Yearly Planner

Customized yearly planner
Photo: Papier

Is your partner's mother always prepared for what's coming next or does she need a little help with planning ahead? Whatever her organizational approach, this monogrammed yearly planner will help her manage all her life admin. On the inside, there's space for monthly goals, priorities, to-do lists and new habits, while the cover is decorated with a charming floral pattern and her initials or name. It's an especially good gift to give your girlfriend's mom during the holidays or around the new year.

8. Engraved Gold Necklace

Personalized gold necklace for your girlfriend's mom
Photo: Made by Mary

A carefully chosen jewelry gift is always welcome and is guaranteed to put a smile on her face no matter what the occasion. Whether you're gifting your girlfriend's mom on her birthday or the holidays, this elegant pendant hits all the right notes. The simple gold disc is hand-stamped with her first initial for a personal and stylish accessory she can wear with any outfit. Not sure if she wears gold? It's also available in sterling silver and rose gold, so you can always check with your partner before purchasing.

9. Sunflower Grow Kit

Sunflower growing kit for your girlfriend's mom
Photo: Uncommon Goods

If you're looking for birthday or Mother's Day gifts for your girlfriend's mom, this sunflower grow kit is an excellent pick. Simple yet thoughtful, it comes with everything she needs to cultivate these cheery blooms indoors, including non-GMO seeds, plant food, instructions and a bright yellow ceramic pot. Best of all, it's practically foolproof, so she won't even need a green thumb to appreciate this fun and creative gift.

10. Plush Throw Blanket

Cozy throw blanket for your girlfriend's mom
Photo: Nordstrom

Finding things to get your girlfriend's mom can be a challenging task, especially if you're on a tight budget. Lucky for you, this plush throw blanket comes with a wallet-friendly price tag and over 2,000 glowing customer reviews about its softness. Pick from an array of stylish colors for a pretty and practical gift she'll use during the winter and beyond.

11. Cute Recipe Cards

Whimsical recipe cards
Photo: Rifle Paper Co.

If your girlfriend's mom loves cooking, she'll appreciate this simple (but thoughtful) gift. These 12 recipe cards offer space for jotting down ingredients, instructions and general notes so she can share her prized recipes with friends and family during the holidays and beyond. Who knows, they may even inspire her to reveal the secrets behind her awesome pumpkin pie so you and your GF can recreate it on your own.

12. Custom Pet Portrait

Personalized pet portrait
Photo: DrawYourPortrait

Does your girlfriend's mom have a pet that she absolutely adores? Presenting her with a custom portrait of her furry friend is guaranteed to get you in her good books. This linear drawing features her pet at the center, along with their name and a little red heart. Choose from a framed print or a wrapped canvas for a piece of wall art she'll be proud to show off.

13. Trendy Travel Mug

Chic and useful travel mug
Photo: YETI

You don't have to be really close to your GF's mother to get her a great birthday or holiday gift. If you know she drinks tea or coffee, this travel mug from YETI is a winner. It's made from kitchen-grade stainless steel and features double-wall vacuum insulation to keep drinks hot or cold for hours, making it the perfect accessory for lengthy commutes and leisurely walks alike. Choose from a variety of colors and customization options to make this practical gift feel more personal.

14. Monogrammed Jewelry Case

Personalized jewelry case for your girlfriend's mom
Photo: Mejuri

If your girlfriend's mom has a great sense of style, here's a thoughtful gift she'll be happy to receive. This travel-sized jewelry box is handcrafted from grain leather and features separate compartments to prevent earrings, bracelets and necklaces from getting tangled while on the move. You can even have the outside monogrammed for that extra bespoke finish. Trust us, this is one practical present she'll never want to travel without.

15. Cool Butterfly Biome

Fun butterfly biome for your girlfriend's mom
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Great gift ideas for your girlfriend's mom come in many forms, as this cool butterfly biome shows. Perfect for garden lovers, it's designed to attract butterflies and provide them with a haven for feeding, roosting and hibernating throughout the year. It's made from durable, weather-resistant cedar and even comes with a handy guide to help your GF's mom identify different types of these beautiful winged insects.

16. Eco-Friendly Hoodie

Cozy eco-friendly hoodie
Photo: Coalatree

We're big fans of athleisurewear, especially during our downtime. If your girlfriend's mom is the same, why not upgrade her loungewear with this eco-friendly hoodie? It's made from sustainable fabric sourced from recycled coffee grounds, plus it boasts odor-controlling, moisture-wicking and UV-protective properties for super comfy wear. Bonus: This cozy fleece is also pretty compact and can be packed down to fit into a small backpack or suitcase.

17. Thoughtful Care Package

Cozy spa care package for your girlfriend's mom
Photo: SweetBasilCo

If your girlfriend's mom is always looking after everyone else, a thoughtful care package is a sweet way to remind her to make time for herself. This gift box is packed with goodies to help her unwind, including a scented candle, a bath bomb, natural soap and lip balm, along with a live miniature succulent in a white pot. You can also add a greeting card with a personalized message to wish her well on her birthday or during the holidays.

18. Personalized Baking Dish

Customized casserole dish
Photo: Personalization Mall

A gift inspired by her favorite hobby is a lovely gesture that'll show your thoughtfulness. If your girlfriend's mom has a flair for cooking or baking, this customized casserole dish will make an excellent addition to her kitchen. It's made from glazed stoneware and can be engraved with her name or a short caption for a personal touch. Choose from three colors (red, navy or turquoise) to suit her tastes.

19. Hat and Scarf Set

Cozy hat and scarf set for your girlfriend's mom
Photo: Nordstrom

Feel like splurging a little on a Christmas gift for your girlfriend's mom? Consider this classic accessory set from Barbour to impress her over the holidays. The hat's luxurious faux fur bobble and the scarf's timeless plaid pattern make this stylish duo more than just your average winter gear.

20. Decorative Flower Vase

Elegant flower vase gift for your girlfriend's mom
Photo: Crate & Barrel

If you've only recently met your girlfriend's mom, you'll probably want to choose a gift that's not overly personal. This sculptural vase is an excellent choice for anyone who loves displaying faux flowers or other decorative elements at home. It's made from speckled earthenware finished with textured linear details for added flair. Just be aware it's not watertight, so it's not suitable for holding fresh blooms.

21. Chocolate Gift Set

Chocolate gift set for your girlfriend's mom
Photo: Grounds & Hounds

Meeting your future in-laws can be daunting, even if you and your GF aren't officially engaged yet. A thoughtful token, like this chocolate gift set, is one of the best ways to treat your girlfriend's mom without going overboard. This tasty trio includes espresso-infused caramels, hot chocolate and chocolate-dipped espresso beans, so it's sure to satisfy her sweet tooth. Bonus: Grounds & Hounds donates a percentage of profits to an animal rescue charity, making this simple gift even sweeter.

22. Literary-Themed Jigsaw

Book-themed jigsaw puzzle
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Take inspiration from your girlfriend's mom's favorite things with this fun and thoughtful gift. Perfect for readers and puzzlers alike, this literary-themed jigsaw is an excellent choice for any dedicated Jane Austen fan. It's made from 1,000 pieces that fit together to create an illustrated montage of some of her most famous characters, like John Willoughby and Elizabeth Bennet. Pair it with this handy puzzle mat for an extra thoughtful touch.

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