27 Gifts for Your Significant Other's Parents That'll Earn Their Approval

Your partner's family will love these gifts almost as much as they love you.
Gift ideas for your significant other's parents
Photos, from clockwise: Food52, Uncommon Goods, Personalization Mall, Artifact Uprising
Naoimh O'Hare - The Knot Associate Commerce Editor
Naoimh O'Hare
Naoimh O'Hare - The Knot Associate Commerce Editor
Naoimh O'Hare
Associate Commerce Editor
  • Naoimh writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in shoppable roundups from gift guides to wedding fashion
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Updated Oct 09, 2023
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Searching for the perfect gift for your girlfriend or boyfriend's parents? We get it: Impressing your (hopefully) future in-laws is important (and not always easy), so it's completely understandable if you don't know where to start. To help you out, we've rounded up the most memorable presents for your significant other's parents that'll instantly put you in their good books. Not only that, but nailing an anniversary, birthday or Christmas gift for your partner's parents is also sure to score you some extra points with your other half, which we think is equally important. Whether you're meeting them for the first time or you always spend the holidays together, we've got you covered with our selection of thoughtful presents.

Should You Buy a Gift for Your Partner's Parents?

Not sure whether you should buy gifts for your significant other's family? When it comes to parents, the answer is usually yes. That said, you don't have to go over the top (or blow your budget) when buying gifts for a partner's parents. In many cases, a small token of appreciation, like a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates, is more than enough. If you've been in a relationship with your S.O. for a while and feel pretty close with their folks, you can consider upping the ante. Buying a thoughtful holiday gift, housewarming present or anniversary gift for the parents is a nice way of showing them you care (and maybe even consider them your own extended family).

Of course, every family differs in how they approach special occasions. If exchanging gifts isn't a big deal to your S.O.'s parents, they might feel more comfortable receiving a card or simply being invited over for dinner. Think back to previous holidays, birthdays and other celebrations to determine if they'll appreciate a present. If it's your first time celebrating together, err on the side of caution with something small, like a pretty ornament or a family board game, to break the ice. (And if you're still feeling stuck, you can always ask your partner for their thoughts too).

What to Get Your Significant Other's Parents

If you're shopping for something special to give your significant other's parents, we're here to help. We've rounded up 27 thoughtful and creative picks your boyfriend or girlfriend's 'rents will love, from gifts for your first meeting to holiday presents once you've secured a seat at the table. Below, you'll find options to suit every occasion and budget.

1. Illustrated Pet Pillow

Custom pet portrait pillow gift for significant other's parents
Photo: Purr & Mutt

If your significant other's parents can't get enough of their furry friend, they'll love this adorable decorative pillow. It features a custom illustration of their pet, with a background that can be completely customized to make it look like their pet is a member of royalty or a superhero. It's a really fun gift they'll get a good chuckle out of during the holidays and long after the festive season has ended.

2. Personalized Snowflake Ornament

Family name wooden snowflake ornament Christmas gift for significant other's parents
Photo: Uncommon Goods

While ornaments are classic Christmas gifts for your significant other's parents, this one is extra special. The wooden snowflake is designed using their family name, so like real snowflakes, each one is 100% unique. It'll add the perfect finishing touch to their tree or wherever they choose to hang it up.

3. Monogrammed Beverage Tub

Personalized enamelware beverage bucket gift for significant other's parents
Photo: Mark & Graham

Personalized gifts are a great idea when you're wondering what to get your girlfriend or boyfriend's parents. If they like to party, this monogrammed beverage tub will bring a stylish touch to their next celebration. It's made from enameled steel and features side handles to allow for easy transportation. Fill it with some of their favorite drinks if you're really out to impress.

4. Family Recipe Book

Family Recipe Cookbook gift for your partner's parents
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Here's a thoughtful gift for your significant other's parents: A DIY cookbook to store all their favorite family recipes. It's a present they'll cherish for years (and generations) to come. If you feel particularly close to them, you can even add in a few of your own favorite recipes for a personal touch.

5. Custom Home Decor

Last name wall art from Canvas Vows
Photo: Canvas Vows

Personalized home decor is one of the best gift ideas we can think of for your future in-laws. This canvas wall art features their family name and established date so they can proudly display their greatest value: togetherness. There are eight different size options, so finding one that suits their space should be a breeze.

6. Fun Virtual Experience

Art set for the best gifts for your partner's parents
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Instead of a physical gift for your girlfriend or boyfriend's parents, how about a virtual class? Uncommon Experiences offers dozens of unique activities, from learning how to arrange flowers to watercolor painting and mixology lessons. It's a creative gift they'll definitely remember and it'll give you something to talk about the next time you see them.

7. Plush Throw Blanket

Cozy throw blanket from Nordstrom
Photo: Nordstrom

Thank your boyfriend or girlfriend's parents for welcoming you into their home with a cozy throw. This plush blanket is luxuriously soft and looks much more expensive than its affordable price tag. Don't just take our word for it though—it has over 2,000 glowing reviews from satisfied customers.

8. Stylish Scented Candles

Scented candles from Anthropologie
Photo: Anthropologie

Nothing feels quite as luxe as a scented candle, especially during the holidays. This set of six mini flames from Anthropologie boasts a variety of seasonal scents, from mistletoe and moss to balsam and cedarwood—all presented in cute, colorful tins. All in all, they make good gifts for a significant others' parents, whether you're meeting them for the first time or need something festive to bring to their Christmas party.

9. Home State Mugs

Home state ceramic mugs from Uncommon Goods
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Show your partner's parents you've been paying attention to the little details by gifting them a homemade mug featuring a 3D outline of their home state printed with a native plant or iconic landmark significant to the area. It's an especially great gift idea if you're meeting your boyfriend or girlfriend's parents for the very first time.

10. Unique Address Doormat

Custom address doormat gift for boyfriend/girlfriend's parents
Photo: Personalization Mall

Why not give them a custom doormat with their address on it? It'll add a cute, personal touch to their home, plus their guests (and the delivery man) will instantly know they're in the right spot. It's especially fitting if you're shopping for a housewarming present for your significant other's parents to get them excited about their new residence.

11. Gourmet Coffee Subscription

Coffee subscription gift for your partner's parents
Photo: Atlas Coffee Club

Awesome gift ideas for your GF or BF's parents don't have to end with the holiday season. A subscription box is a gift they can enjoy for the next year (or however long you choose). If your partner's parents like to start every day with a fresh brew, they'll really enjoy this service from Atlas Coffee Club. Each month, they'll receive a bag of premium coffee beans, along with tasting notes and brewing tips, delivered straight to their door.

12. Wine-Chilling Sleeve

Le Creuset wine insulator sleeve gift for boyfriend/girlfriend's parents
Photo: Le Creuset

Stumped on what to get your boyfriend or girlfriend's family for Christmas? Wine is a classic option. Pair a bottle of their favorite vino with this handy sleeve that will keep it cool outside of the fridge for over 90 minutes. It's a thoughtful and practical gift that'll show you've put a little extra effort into the presentation.

13. Compact Cheese Board

Chic compact cheese board from Uncommon Goods
Photo: Uncommon Goods

If your boyfriend or girlfriend's parents are foodies, they'll love this compact cheese board. It's made from bamboo and is shaped like a wedge of cheese that folds out into a swiveling server for charcuterie and other savory snacks. Bonus: The board also comes with a pair of cheese knives and a fork in a sliding storage drawer, making it a practical present for parties at home.

14. Storyworth Subscription

Personalized storybook subscription
Photo: Storyworth

A Storyworth subscription is a super sweet gift to give your significant other's parents, especially if you know them well (or want to get to know them even better). Every week, they'll be sent a writing prompt to help them pen their own personal keepsake memoir. After a year of gathering their favorite memories, their written responses will be transformed into a hardcover book that's as unique as they are. Who knows, it may even inspire a family storytelling tradition during future holidays.

15. Mini Concrete Fireplace

Mini concrete fireplace gift for your partner's parents
Photo: Rocky Luten, Julia Gartland

This mini fireplace is a really cool gift idea for your partner's parents, especially if you want to surprise them with something a bit more unusual. It's made from concrete and uses isopropyl for a cleaner burn, making it suitable to use in their living room, indoor porch or patio. Pair it with marshmallows and graham crackers for an epic s'mores night the whole family can enjoy.

16. Decorative Travel Map

Scratch-off world map gift for girlfriend/boyfriend's parents
Photo: Amazon

Whether you're embarking on your first vacation with your S.O's family or have become a regular traveler with them, this thank you gift for their parents will be well appreciated. While it looks like an ordinary map of the world, they can actually scratch off different countries and states they've visited to change the brown atlas into a rainbow. It's a fun and unique present that'll help them track their travels and inspire new trips (that hopefully you get invited to!).

17. Personalized Board Game

Customized board game for your partner's parents
Photo: Personalization Mall

Add something special to family game night with this personalized gift for your boyfriend or girlfriend's parents: Their very own edition of the much-loved game, Clue. The vintage-style board comes presented in a book-shaped box that can be customized with their family name for a thoughtful touch. It's a sweet and fun present that'll provide hours of entertainment during the holiday season and beyond.

18. Online Cooking Class

Cooking Class gift for your partner's parents
Photo: Sur La Table

Don't show up to your significant other's parent's house for the first time empty-handed—or without a plan. Gift them an online cooking class where the price is per household so you can join them for a real bonding experience! Sur la Table's inventory of virtual lessons is frequently updated to reflect the season and has options for making appetizers, entrées, desserts and even cocktails. You'll get bonus points for creativity with this interactive and educational gift.

19. Engraved Cutting Board

Personalized cutting board from WalnutArtisanGallery on Etsy
Photo: WalnutArtisanGallery

Looking for a great gift to give your girlfriend or boyfriend's parents for their anniversary? This personalized wooden cutting board is a sweet way to commemorate their latest milestone and score yourself some major brownie points at the same time. Choose from several types of wood—including walnut, mahogany and bamboo—and have it etched with their names and wedding date for a thoughtful touch.

20. Pizza-Making Gift Set

Pizza-making set for the best gifts for your partner's parents
Photo: Uncommon Goods

You can never go wrong with an edible present for your significant other's parents, especially if you don't know them super well yet. This gift set includes gourmet pizza dough, chili crunch topping and Uncommon Goods' best-selling pizza maker—basically everything they'll need to make their favorite snack from the comfort of home.

21. Holiday-Themed Glasses

Personalized plaid whiskey glasses holiday gift
Photo: Personalization Mall

Looking for a thoughtful but inexpensive gift to give your partner's parents over the holidays? These glass whiskey tumblers are perfect for Christmas and won't break the bank either. They feature a festive plaid design and can be customized with their names for a personal finish. If they don't drink whiskey, they can also use them for serving eggnog, Irish cream or any other celebratory beverage.

22. Custom Home Portrait

Custom home portrait print gift for significant other's parents
Photo: JustArtinAround

A custom piece of decor is an excellent gift idea, even if your significant other's parents have everything. This beautiful print boasts a custom watercolor portrait of their home and can be further personalized with their family name and an important detail, such as the date they moved in or the home's specific coordinates. Plan ahead so you can get this framed before handing it over for their birthday, a holiday or their wedding anniversary.

23. Espresso-Flavored Sweets

Coffee-flavored candies from Grounds & Hounds
Photo: Grounds & Hounds

You don't always have to make a grand gesture to show your S.O.'s parents that you care. If exchanging gifts isn't a big thing in their family, a small and simple gift may be the way to go. These espresso-flavored caramels are guaranteed to impress anyone with a sweet tooth and a taste for rich coffee. The pouch includes 10 individually wrapped candies, all of which are free from gluten and artificial preservatives, making them an excellent choice for anyone with specific dietary restrictions.

24. Trendy Flower Vase

Striped flower vase from Nordstrom
Photo: Nordstrom

A flower vase is a lovely gift idea, especially if you're not sure what to get your boyfriend or girlfriend's parents. Whether you're visiting them over the holidays or meeting them for the first time, this stylish gift is sure to create a good impression. It's made from stoneware and decorated with a timeless striped pattern, so it's sure to become a favorite piece of decor in their home. Fill it with some fresh or dried flowers to wow them even further.

25. Holiday Tea Gift Set

Harry and David holidays tea set with mugs and honey
Photo: Harry & David

Surprise your future in-laws with a fun and festive gift for the holiday season. This cute tea set includes four types of tea—peppermint, cinnamon vanilla, pumpkin spice and black—along with a jar of white honey and two patterned mugs. It's a thoughtful present that'll add comfort and warmth to a cozy night in.

26. Custom Photo Calendar

Personalized calendar from Artifact Uprising
Photo: Artifact Uprising

If you're pretty tight with your partner's parents, you probably have lots of fun snapshots of your time together. Turn your treasured memories into a custom photo calendar for a gift that'll take them right into the new year. This wooden clipboard design is handcrafted from reclaimed walnut or beetle-kill pine and includes 12 printed calendar sheets with a sleek matte finish.

27. Personalized Playing Cards

Customized playing cards
Photo: Zazzle

Every family has their own unique traditions, whether for the holiday season or other occasions throughout the year. If your significant other's parents love getting competitive over a game of poker, a personalized set of playing cards is a gift that trumps the rest. You can add their monogram or family name for a thoughtful present they'll be happy to go all-in on.

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