Gift Guides

10 Gifts Your Mother-In-Law Will Love

Finding the perfect Christmas present for your mother-in-law can be tough, but as one of the most important people on your holiday shopping list, you want to make sure she ends up with a gift she’s certain to love. If you’re feeling stumped, I’m here to help! Any one of these ten gifts is sure to satisfy even the pickiest mother-in-law out there:

An electronic photo frame.

While a classic framed family photo is always a thoughtful gesture, you can kick it up a notch and present her with a digital picture frame, preloaded with a collection of your family’s favorite memories. She’ll appreciate the thoughtfulness behind this gesture – especially if you ensure she’s included in a couple of the photos!

A photo book.

Perfect for the mother-in-law who’s still a little old school, a photo book can make a great alternative to an electronic picture frame, giving far more options to create a truly custom gift. You can customize nearly everything, from the layout of each page to the caption for each picture. This may be a somewhat time-consuming present to gift, but it’s one she’s certain to love! 

A nice candle.

Candles can go a long way in creating a relaxing environment. Help her find her zen at home with a fancy candle – something slightly nicer than she’s buy for herself. If you aren’t quite sure what scents she’d prefer, ask around or stick with something safe.

Something for the kitchen.

Does she enjoy spending time in the kitchen? If so, keep this in mind and purchase a gift she can put to good use while she’s whipping up dinner. A fun apron, a new cutting board, or a Dutch oven can all make great gifts for the home chef.

Something gourmet.

If she doesn’t like to cook, see if she likes to indulge in a particular treat. Does she love cheese? Appreciate an expensive, authentic olive oil? Maybe coffee is her favorite splurge. Either way, you can’t really go wrong by gifting your mother-in-law something delicious and a little decadent. 

Something monogrammed.

Personalized gifts are a great way to go the extra mile and show you truly care. With websites like Etsy, getting something custom made is simple and, in many cases, surprisingly affordable. Consider getting her a canvas bag for groceries, a pillow, or a set of dish towels that feature her name, initials, or a design she’ll love.


If you think you have a solid understanding of her taste – or you’ve got a shopping assistant who does – jewelry is a gift most mother-in-laws will appreciate. A classic pair of earrings are always a safe choice, but depending on her tastes, she may appreciate a symbolic charm bracelet to remind her of her family.

A wine subscription box.

If your mother-in-law is one who appreciates a nice glass of wine with dinner or before bed, a subscription box themed around wine can make a really great gift. These can be a little pricey, but boxes like inclub do exist if you’re trying to keep things affordable.

A good book.

A book can make a wonderful present if the two of you have bonded over your shared love of literature. As long as you’re confident your recommendation is something that aligns with her tastes, a book can be a thoughtful way to show you know her well.

A 365 day calendar.

A fun and affordable gift, 365-day calendars can make a great addition to any kitchen counter or work space. Does she appreciate inspirational sayings, cheesy jokes, cat pictures, or scenes of nature? Whatever she loves, you’re guaranteed to find one of these little calendars to suit her tastes.

If you’re stuck on what to buy your mother-in-law for Christmas, this list should give you plenty of inspiration! What’s the best gift you’ve ever given your mother-in-law? Leave a comment and let me know!