35 Really Good Gifts Your Mother-in-Law Doesn't Have Yet
Shopping for your in-laws can seem a little (okay, extremely) intimidating—and gifts for your mother-in-law (whether she's your best friend or Jane Fonda in "Monster In Law") can feel particularly tricky. How do you show your gratitude for the woman who raised your true love? Well, don't stress—we're here to make finding the perfect gift for your MIL easy. Whether you're shopping for something special to hand over on Christmas Day or a birthday gift that will wow, these gift ideas for your mother-in-law are sure to put a smile on her face.
When it comes to deciding what to gift your mother-in-law, there are three ways to source inspiration. To start, begin by reflecting on your relationship. If you two are close, you may want to choose a personalized gift for your mother-in-law that represents how well you know her or harkens back to a favorite memory you share. If you're still strengthening your relationship, opt for an activity you can both do together, like a cooking or art class. You can also take your MIL's interests into account. Is she an avid reader? Is she often tending to her garden? A gift for your MIL that reflects her hobbies will show that you're paying attention and that you've taken the time to choose something she'll truly enjoy. Finally, consider the occasion you're shopping for. For instance, Christmas is a great time to shower her with cozy indoor essentials, like a luxe blanket, an assortment of teas or a book to keep her busy on snowy days.
Don't forget, you can lean on your partner for help too! They can (hopefully) help select a swoon-worthy gift, or at least steer you in the direction of something their mom will love. If nothing comes to mind for either of you, keep scrolling for the best gifts for mother-in-laws suitable for any occasion, from Christmas and Hanukkah to Mother's Day, her birthday and beyond.
The Short List of the Best Mother-in-Law Gifts
Want to know what our editors are gifting? Start your shopping with some of our favorite mother-in-law gift ideas below.
- Holiday: Chappywrap Bayside Herringbone Shawl, $90
- Birthday: Made By Mary Birth Flower Necklace, $64
- Luxury: Lunya Weighted Silk Sleep Mask, $90
- Funny: Purr & Mutt Modern Custom Pet Phone Case, From $38
- Unique: Uncommon Goods Book Nook Reading Valet, $50
- Jewelry: Gorjana Parker Pearl Bracelet, $65
- Personalized: Papier Monogrammed Wildflower Writing Paper Set, $40
- Sentimental: Uncommon Goods Recycled Glass Tree Globes, $58
- Last-Minute: Sips by Personalized Tea Subscription, From $48
- Mother's Day: BloomsyBox Fuchsia Frenzy Bouquet, $70
Your Complete Mother-in-Law Gift Guide
Still not sure what to get your mother-in-law for Christmas, her birthday, Mother's Day or "just because"? Keep scrolling for more inspiration!
1. Murder Mystery Jigsaw Puzzle
This gift will keep your mother-in-law entertained during the week between Christmas and New Year's when there is otherwise nothing to do. It isn't just a jigsaw puzzle, though—it's also a murder mystery game. Guided by a narrative rather than a visual, this puzzle will reveal clues piece by piece until she discovers the culprit and finishes the puzzle. If you already know she's a skilled detective and puzzler, gift her both crime games to solve.
2. Symbolic Glass Keepsake
We've officially found the most thoughtful gift for your mother-in-law. This handmade recycled glass globe features a vibrant tree meant to symbolize family ties. The pink and yellow ornament represents motherhood to show her how much you value her support and guidance. You can also shop for a rainbow globe to represent family or a white, yellow and purple one for grandparents. Just make sure to pair whichever you choose with the iron display stand so she can show it off right away.
3. Birth Month Flower Pendant
When it comes to good gifts for your mother-in-law, jewelry is a classic option—especially when it has a symbolic meaning. Each of these pendant necklaces is stamped with a birth flower for each month of the year. They come in sterling silver or a gold-filled or rose gold-filled finish and two chain-length options. You can even choose a smaller charm size, so you really get a piece that suits her style. We love this as a birthday gift for your mother-in-law, given the personalization.
4. Fun Learning Experience
Looking for a present that your mother-in-law can have fun with? Sign her up for an "Uncommon Experience" by Uncommon Goods. There are lots of unique online activities to choose from, including flower arranging, painting and astrology chart reading. Most of the classes come with a physical gift set that'll make taking part a breeze. If you're close, she may even let you sit in on a class with her—hello, bonding!
5. Pearl Bracelet
Help your mother-in-law accessorize with a trendy but timeless pearl bracelet. This beaded strand comes with an 18K gold-plated clasp and is compatible with charms for a thoughtful extra touch (think: her initials, her family monogram or a heart). This sweet and luxurious gift for your mother-in-law will be just the finishing touch her holiday outfit needs.
6. Wooden Reading Valet
If your MIL is always talking about her latest favorite book, this wooden valet will show her you're invested in her hobbies. The unique holder will save her spot (without breaking the book spine) as well as hold her reading glasses, beverage and phone. She can carry it around the house to all her favorite cozy nooks or leave it on the bedside table to organize all her reading essentials. You can even make it an even more perfect gift for your mother-in-law who moonlights as a librarian by adding a steel bookplate.
7. Wine Tasting Experience
What's the next best thing to taking your MIL on a wine-tasting trip? Bringing wine country to her! In Good Taste offers 10 different curated gift boxes of reds, whites and rosés to choose from, including a selection of California favorites that'll transport her to the Golden State with every sip. Each set includes four to 24 different wines, each bottled in convenient 187-milliliter quantities that allow her to enjoy one glass at a time. Fingers crossed she shares!
8. Smart Planter
The Click and Grow smart garden is one of the most popular gift ideas for in-laws—and for a good reason. It makes growing veggies, herbs or flowers a supremely simple task by automating light, water and nutrient levels all on its own. (So convenient!) Each device includes three basil pods, so your MIL can start her indoor garden right away, but you can also shop over 75 different plant varieties to add on in case you know she's been dreaming of her own mint plant or loves to cook with chives.
9. Ancestry DNA Kit
If she has unanswered questions about her heritage, an AncestryDNA kit will help her better understand her roots. This unique gift for your mother-in-law can help her trace her lineage, so she can learn more about—and even see pictures of—her great, great, great grandparents. We bet she'll have a family tree prepared by the next gathering.
10. Monthly Tea Delivery
Tell your mother-in-law she's tea-rific with a subscription to Sips by. They'll deliver unique blends of packaged or loose-leaf tea from around the world straight to her door each month for the duration of your choosing. You can download and print a gift card for her or schedule a special email to reveal your gift. (This is an instant delivery method, so it's a great last-minute gift for your mother-in-law, too.) From there, she'll fill out a quick survey on her preferences and then receive a box of tea tailored to her tastes, complete with fun add-ons like recipes from experts, tasting notes and exclusive discounts. This is an especially nice Hanukkah or Christmas gift for your mother-in-law, since there's nothing better than a hot brew on a cold winter day.
11. Travel Jewelry Case
Make your mother-in-law's holiday travels easier with a chic travel jewelry box to carry all her baubles. The natural raffia exterior and soft, cotton lining will keep her accessories safe and organized, even on turbulent flights. It even has a mirror inside. Have the lid monogrammed for the perfect personalized gift for any occasion.
12. Cable Knit Throw Blanket
A quality blanket—like this cable knit throw—is a household staple for anyone who loves cuddling up with a good book or lounging in front of the TV. This cozy design is made from 100% organic cotton for a feather-soft and breathable blanket. We totally understand if you want to get one for yourself too! But if you need more convincing, how does 20% off your order sound? Just use our exclusive code 20KNOT.
13. Personalized Herb Stripper
Did you gift your mom-in-law a Click and Grow smart garden last year? Add to her kitchen convenience with a pretty and practical herb trimmer instead. This handmade herb stripper (with an extra-large hole for leafy greens) will help her easily prep fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme for cooking. Best of all, the natural olive wood can be engraved with her name at no additional cost—feel free to add "chef" in front of it.
14. Floral Keepsake Box
No gift wrapping is necessary for this cute lil' box! Everyone can use a keepsake box, especially your MIL who has lots of gorgeous jewelry and treasured trinkets to store. Made from enamelware and stainless steel, this colorful floral box from Kate Spade will be a welcome gift, whether you're shopping for a holiday or her birthday.
15. Aesthetic Wine Chiller
Here's to more wine nights with your bonus mom! This stainless steel accessory refrigerates a bottle of white or rosé (or red, no judgment), keeping it at the perfect temp for around four hours without any slippery condensation. And, thanks to the chic design, it won't take away from her carefully planned tablescape—we're sold. It can even come with two matching tumblers, one for each of you, so the vino in your glasses also stays cold as you chat the evening away.
16. Amazon Echo Show
The best gift for your mother-in-law is more time together—even if it's virtual. An Amazon Echo Show can do nearly everything, from playing music and streaming shows to giving daily reminders, searching for recipes and, best of all, making video calls. Here's to more face time with her grandkids! The best part? Once the call is over, she can use the Echo Show as a digital frame to rotate through all her favorite family photos. It's a gift that can do it all—just like her!
17. Monogrammed Stationery
Still getting handwritten notes from your mother-in-law? (So sweet!) Gift her some personalized stationery to really take her letter writing to the next level. This paper set features wildflowers with her initials and return address, though Papier has dozens of other pretty designs to shop as well. Pair it with a luxe rollerball pen, then prepare to get a thank-you note using it all!
18. Farmhouse Style Mug
If your mother-in-law leaned into the kitschy home aesthetic even before it was cool, she needs to learn about the brand The Six Bells. They have the cutest farmhouse home decor she'll be happy to receive. We're personal fans of their handpainted ceramic mugs. This cute one features a happy sheep and matches a host of other offered serveware. Pair it with a hen mug for a charming set she can use in the morning with her boo.
19. Multi-Purpose Pan
PSA: Our Place has upgraded its Always Pan so it's more than worthy of a place in your mother-in-law's Michelin-star kitchen. This versatile cookware comes with a modular, steam-release lid, nesting beechwood spatula, and a steamer basket-colander, so it can braise, sear, steam, strain, saute, fry, boil, bake and serve. Our favorite part? All the fun colorways it comes in!
20. Infused Olive Oils
Here's a flavorful gift idea: Brightland's extra virgin olive oils will effortlessly heighten any dish your mother-in-law is preparing. This set of minis will let her sample their chili-, garlic-, lemon- and basil-infused olive oils to find the one she likes the best—then you can get her a full bottle next gifting occasion. As a bonus, each bottle label is uniquely designed by indie artists for a beautiful addition to her pantry.
21. Lavender Pampering Set
Give your MIL the gift of some R&R. This at-home spa kit includes a shower steamer, body oil and soap bar—all infused with lavender essential oils—as well as a soy candle and lip balm. She'll especially love using this rejuvenating gift set to treat herself on a special occasion—like successfully hosting another Christmas dinner or New Year's Eve party.
22. Weighted Eye Mask
There's nothing like the gift of a better night's sleep. This restorative eye mask by Lunya is made from the brand's signature washable silk for a lavish feel and it boasts added weight for extra relaxation and, thus, deeper sleep. Plus, it's filled with sustainable glass beads, so she can store the mask in the freezer for a cooling and depuffing treatment. (Psst, you're going to want to get one for yourself too.)
23. Personalized Garden Tote and Tools
Yard decor and tools are great gifts for the mother-in-law who loves to garden. Organize her flower supplies with this handy personalized tote that also comes with a digging trowel, planting trowel and garden cultivator. She'll be extra excited for the weather to warm up when she receives this holiday gift.
24. Customized Stanley Cup
Earn yourself in-law of the year with this mother-in-law gift idea. While others may not think she needs another water bottle, you know that every HydroFlask, CamelBak and Nalgeen in her cabinets has a specific use. And she definitely needs to add a Stanely Cup to her collection—particularly a personalized one. This 40-ounce Quencher tumbler will keep her hydrated all day. Plus, with a special color and engraved design like her monogram, hers will stand out from the rest of her friends.
25. Custom Pet Phone Case
If she considers the family pup or kitty another one of her children, this funny mother-in-law gift is a fun and quirky way to honor just that. Just upload a picture of her pet to turn it into a custom portrait printed on a colorful phone case. Warning: She's going to show off her furry friend even more now.
26. Journaling Starter Kit
You love that your mother-in-law is a caregiver, but you know the constant worrying and problem-solving can cause her to stress and neglect her me-time. Insert wellness journal brand: Silk and Sonder. Their Deluxe Journaling Essentials Gift Box will get her started on the valuable self-care practice. It provides her with a three-month subscription to their personalized monthly journals, as well as their Dateless Wellness Planner, a keepsake box and a tassel keychain. It's a great mother-in-law Christmas gift if her New Year goals are to decrease stress.
27. Snug Wool Slippers
No matter who or what occasion you're shopping for, a quality pair of slippers is a good gift idea—after all, everyone loves some extra coziness. The soft wool lining and durable rubber soles of these water-resistant UGGs mean your MIL can sport them at home and on the go. Gift them for Mother's Day to encourage her to relax and enjoy some me-time.
28. Radiant Skincare Gift Set
Arguably one of the best parts about the holiday season is all the limited-edition gift sets on the market. We especially love this Origins bundle—and your mother-in-law will too. The included four-step skincare regimen will give her noticeably radiant skin, making her the star of the holiday photo. It's complete with an exfoliating cleanser, a brightening serum, a refreshing eye cream and an energizing gel cream, which she'll apply in that order for glowing skin.
29. Herringbone Shawl
Shawls are a great addition to anyone's fall or winter wardrobe, especially if your mother-in-law enjoys comfort and style. This lightweight wrap is made from a soft cotton blend and features a timeless herringbone design to go with all her colder-weather outfits. Best of all, it's machine-washable (and dryable), as well as pilling and fuzzing-resistant.
30. Hand Care Gift Set
Still need a mother-in-law gift for Mother's Day? The holiday is a great time to shower her with self-care goodies. This set of three hand care products from sustainable brand Aēsop is formulated to cleanse and moisturize her skin. She'll want to keep the hand wash on her side of the sink, while she can easily carry the hand balm and sanitizer in her purse.
31. Destination Candle
We don't know anyone who would turn down a sweet-smelling candle, but if you want to make this nice present for your mother-in-law extra thoughtful, shop Homesick. They sell candles that smell like different countries, states or cities, so you can easily find a scent that reminds her of her favorite spot (perhaps the family's annual vacation locale). After all, scent is strongly associated with memory.
32. Fresh Flower Delivery
If you're looking for your mother-in-law's birthday or Mother's Day gift, a bouquet of brightly colored blooms is sure to put a smile on her face. She'll be overjoyed when she opens the door to receive this thoughtful surprise from BloomsyBox. The bouquet includes cheerful flowers in all shades of pink like gerberas and carnations. Pro tip: Select the gift button before adding it to your cart so you can include a personal message. (Psst, use code KNOT10 for 10% off!)
33. Vibrant Floral Coasters
Bring the beauty of the natural world to her coffee table, kitchen counter or dining table with this set of four birchwood coasters in Rifle Paper Co.'s signature Strawberry Fields design. The bright floral graphic will be a colorful addition to your mom-in-law's home. (And destined to be loved by anyone who appreciates biophilic or maximalist design elements).
34. Decorative Measuring Cups
Does your mother-in-law love baking? Allow us to introduce you to these extra-beautiful measuring cups. With a colorful Persian-inspired design, these hand-painted ceramic tools look too good to hide away in a cupboard. The set includes four separate measures for 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup and 1/4 cup, each complete with a soaring butterfly and gold details. She'll put them to work right away for a batch of holiday sugar cookies!
35. Wine Pairing Towel Set
Does your MIL love a good glass of vino? She'll love these. These cotton dish towels are not only absorbent, but they also feature notes on pairing red and white wines with different foods. She'll simply select her main ingredient, like fish, and then follow the grid to find the best bottle. It's a clever mother-in-law gift whether she's an amateur or professional chef. Just make sure to gift it ahead of Christmas dinner so she can start putting the recipe suggestions to the test.