45 Gifts for Every Type of Mother-In-Law in Your Life

Whatever the occasion, you’ve got her covered.
by Leigh Weingus
Gift ideas for your mother in law

We all want to get the perfect gift for our mother-in-law every single time, but let’s face it: It’s hard enough to shop for gifts for your own mother. Once you get a second one, that can complicate things even more. Whether you’re looking for Christmas gifts for your mother-in-law, birthday gifts, or a just-because present, we’ve got you covered. Here are 45 gift ideas for every type of mother-in-law.

For the travel-obsessed mother-in-law:

  1. Airbnb Gift Card

    Help your mother-in-law get a head start on booking her next adventure.

    Airbnb gift card, $100, Amazon.com

  2. Away suitcase

    Every woman needs a suitcase that can do it all, and this one’s equipped with a phone charger.

    AWAY carry-on, $225, Away.com

  3. Lululemon pants

    Who doesn’t love a pair of pants that are stylish and perfect for travel?

    Lululemon on the fly pant, $98, Lululemon.com

  4. Cuayana bag

    Encourage your mother-in-law to visit you more by gifting her the perfect weekend bag.

    Cuyana classic overnight bag, $165, Cuyana.com

  5. Aday shirt

    The only thing as important as a pair of pants that are perfect for travel is a shirt that’s perfect for travel.

    ADAY made it t-shirt, $78, ThisIsADay.com

  6. Cover book 1000 places to see before you die

    Where in the world should your mother-in-law go next? This book will help her decide.

    Amazon 1,000 Place To See Before You Die, $9, Amazon.com

  7. Compression sucks

    Compression socks are super important for air travel. These ones are pretty cute too.

    Vim & Vigr Sedona sunburst compression socks, $33, VimVigr.com

  8. Trtl ravel Pilow

    This one-of-a-kind neck pillow will help your mother-in-law catch up on much-needed sleep on long plane and car rides.

    Trtl travel pillow, $30, Trtl.com

    For the beauty and wellness loving mother-in-law:

  9. Drunk Elephant Serum

    Help your mother-in-law brighten up her complexion with this super-popular, all-natural Vitamin C serum

    Drunk Elephant C-Firma day serum, $80, Sephora.com 

  10. The Knot Shop makeup bag

    Give her a place to store all her little knick-knacks and beauty products.

    The Knot Shop quilted velvet travel makeup bag, $15, WeddingShop.TheKnot.com

  11. Zell gift card

    Everyone deserves an in-home massage—especially your mother-in-law.

    Zeel gift card, $300, Zeel.com

  12. Yoga Mat

    Whether she has a favorite studio or likes to practice at home, this eco-friendly, durable yoga mat is the perfect pick.

    Jade Yoga harmony mat, $80, Amazon.com

  13. Black Leggings

    We could alluse a pair of these super-flattering, super-comfortable leggings.

    Girlfriend Collective compressive high-rise legging, $68, Girlfriendcollective.com

  14. Bombas socks

    Bombas socks are crazy comfortable and perfect for everything from a long run to a short shopping trip.

    Bombas women’s performance running calf & ankle sock 6-pack, $96, Bombas.com

  15. Nike running tennis

    These Nikes aren’t just sleek-looking. If your mother-in-law is the active type, she’ll appreciate how comfortable they are too.

    Nike free RN flyknit 2018, $102, Nike.com

  16. Quip toothbrush

    Taking good care of your teeth never goes out of style, and Quip toothbrushes will give your mother-in-law clean, sparkling teeth without the bulk of a regular electric toothbrush. Plus, Quip automatically refills your brush heads every three months. Score!

    Quip electric toothbrush starter set, $40, Quip.com

  17. Spa Week gift card

    Encourage your mother-in-law to treat herself with a spa gift card.  

    Spa Week gift card, $100, SpaWeek.com

  18. Living Proof hair set

    Want to help her spice up her hair? This Living Proof set will do the trick.

    Living Proof perfect hair day jumbo set, $79, Sephora.com

    For the fashion forward mother-n-aw:

  19. Allbirds runners

    These minimalist shoes are perfect for everything from brunch to a quick trip to the grocery store.

    Allbirds wool runners, $95, Allbirds.com

  20. Everlane black turtleneck dress

    This direct-to-consumer brand happens to have a few pieces that are just stylish and minimalist enough to be perfect for your mother-in-law. Especially this one.

    Everlane women’s cashmere turtleneck dress, $165, Everlane.com

  21. Asos boots

    Your mother-in-law needs the perfect sensible boot, and this is it.

    ASOS atom leather chelsea boots, $67, ASOS.com

  22. Cashmere gloves

    Don’t her hands deserve to have it all? Pass the cashmere!

    Johnstons of Elgin cashmere gloves, $45, Net-A-Porter.com

  23. Asos sweater

    It doesn’t get any cozier—or cuter—than this sweater.

    ASOS weekday textured sweater in camel, $55, ASOS.com

  24. Eileen Fisher Jacket

    This perfect piece will give your mother-in-law’s wardrobe the perfect kick when she needs it.

    Eileen Fisher washable stretch crepe jacket, $198, Nordstrom.com

  25. Leather Bag

    If you feel like splurging, this mini leather bucket bag will hold everything from her keys, wallet, and phone to pictures of her kids and extra beauty products.

    Mansur Gavriel mini leather bucket bag, $495, Net-A-Porter.com

    For the mother-in-law who likes to cozy up:

  26. Parachute bathrobe

    It doesn’t get much cozier than this bathrobe—are we right or are we right?

    Parachute classic bathrobe, $99, Parachute.com

  27. Le Creuset teapot

    Having friends over for a pot of tea is ideal, so help make that happen for your cozy-loving mother-in-law.

    Le Creuset enameled stoneware traditional teapot, Amazon.com

  28. UGG Slipper

    Help her sink her feet into the perfect pair of slippers on cold winter mornings.

    UGG Ansley water resistant slipper, $100, Nordstrom.com

  29. Anthropologie blanket

    Curling up with a blanket and a good book? Yes, please.

    Anthropologie plaid throw blanket, $54, Anthropologie.com

  30. Formulary 55 Candle

    Not only is this candle beautiful, but the lavender sea salt scent will help your mother-in-law relax.

    Formulary55 sea salt & lavender candle, $24, Formulary55.com

  31. Lunya romper

    Your mother-in-law will love sleeping in this crazy-comfortable one piece.

    Lunya cool romper, $178, Lunya.com

  32. UGG fleece socks

    For those moments when she can’t find her fuzzy slippers, why not make sure your mother-in-law is equipped with fuzzy socks, too?

    UGG fleece-lined socks, $50, Nordstrom.com

  33. China mug set

    These minimalist mugs are ideal for everything from her morning cup of coffee to a steaming cup of afternoon tea.

    CB2 contact bone china white mug set, $24, CB2.com

    For the mother-in-law who loves to cook:

  34. Hungry for more book

    Chrissy Teigen has all the great recipes. With any luck, your mother-in-law will cook something from this book the next time you’re in town.

    Amazon Cravings, Hungry For More, $17, Amazon.com

  35. Kitchen Aid food processor

    Food processors make everything easier—and more delicious.

    KitchenAid 7-cup food processor chop, puree, shred and slice-contour silver, $79, Amazon.com

  36. Instant Pot

    So long, slow cooker. Help your mother-in-law speed things up with a pressure cooker.

    Instant Pot multi-use programmable pressure cooker, $99, Amazon.com

  37. Anthropologie measuring set

    PSA: Measuring cups don’t have to be boring.

    Anthropologie set of 4 Milton measuring cups, $32, Nordstrom.com

  38. Mixing bowl set

    Help your mother-in-law spice up her mixing bowls with a new set.

    CB2 3-piece white mixing bowl set, $40, CB2.com

  39. Amazon kitchen utensils set

    If she needs a new set of cooking utensils, you’ve got her covered.

    Amazon silicone cooking utensils kitchen utensil set, $14, Amazon.com

    For the mother-in-law who loves a minor home revamp:

  40. Minted art print

    Help her add a pop of color to any room with this Foam From Above wall art print.

    Minted Foam From Above wall art print, $100, Minted.com

  41. Custom Calendar

    One of the easiest ways to display family photos? A personalized calendar.

    Mixbook full photo layout custom calendar, $25, Mixbook.com

  42. Minted division square pillow

    Help her cycle her throw pillows with the seasons with a brand new set.

    Minted division square pillow, set of 2, $88, Minted.com

  43. Tao Tronics Led lights

    Sparkling lights aren’t just for the holidays. Help her jazz up her home or patio with a string of LED lights.

    TaoTronics LED string lights, $16, Amazon.com

  44. Napkin set

    Fun new dinner napkins? Yes, please.

    Minted winter greenery dinner napkin set, $48, Minted.com

  45. Saje Aroma diffuser

    Scent is a great way to make your home even more inviting, and a diffuser filled with aromatic essential oils is a great way to make that happen.

    Saje Aroma Geni cashmere ultrasonic diffuser, $65, Saje.com

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