If you're lucky, you love and get along with your mother-in-law like you do with your own family. But, for a lot of people, that just isn't the case. Yet whether you love her, hate her or are trying to get in her good graces, there will inevitably come a time when you'll need to buy her a gift.
The better your relationship is, the easier it is to know what she likes. But if you're not that lucky, picking a gift for your mom in law can be tricky. How many scented candles and birthstone necklaces can any mother have?
Here are 20 great gifts for your mother-in-law that she'll actually like and will score some serious brownie points.
Philosophy makes incredible skincare products, and what makes them so good is that they're great for all types of skin. The Ultimate Miracle Worker age-defying gift set is one of our favorites. Why? Because it includes three of Philosophy's all-time best products.
This three-piece set includes a Microdelivery exfoliating face wash, which is powerful yet gentle on the skin. It also includes Philosophy's famous Time in Bottle serum and their Ultimate Miracle Worker moisturizer with SPF 30.
This gift works no matter how old she is. It's the perfect skincare set for the woman who already takes great care of her skin or needs to give her skincare routine a luxurious boost.
We don't know any woman anywhere who doesn't love the feel of soaking in a foot spa. Perfect for when you want to give your feet an at-home pedicure, the Shower Bliss Foot Spa is a total treat for the feet.
This personal foot spa offers heat, massaging bubbles and a built-in pedicure center to pumice dry skin, clean and massage the feet. Little nodes in the bottom offer cushioned comfort, and it includes a convenient carry handle so she can set it up with ease in any room.
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If your mother in law needs a few glasses of wine to warm up to people, a Winc wine subscription is one gift idea she's sure to love. For $39 per month, she can enjoy three different bottles of wine based on her own unique preferences and tastes.
Don't want to commit to giving a monthly gift? Winc also sells gift cards so that you can give a gift for just one month or two.
Give her the gift of style and comfort with this CozyChic Lite Weekend Wrap from Barefoot Dreams. Made from an ultra-soft nylon/rayon blend, this wrap features a loose, relaxed fit with long sleeves, an open front and side pockets.
We love this wrap for how versatile it is. She can wear it with jeans and heels. She can wear it with leggings and sneakers. She can even wear it as an extra layer to keep her warm and comfy when she's lounging around the house—a perfect gift for the holiday season.
Does your mother in law like to take weekend trips or spend the night at your house every once in a while? If so, the Vera Bradley Signature Weekender Bag is one she'll use over and over again. This pretty weekender comes in a variety of cool colors and patterns, so you're sure to find one that suits her personal style.
This travel bag features a secure zipper closure and a removable strap. It's also loaded with pockets to help her organize her toiletries, cosmetics, device chargers and other travel essentials.
Does your mother-in-law like to cook?
The Cuisinart 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker is a great tool to add to her arsenal. This stainless steel pressure cooker can be used to cook entire one-pot meals or make tasty side dishes. And if she's cooking meat, she can brown it right inside the pot without having to dirty another pan.
It's programmable, dishwasher-safe and has an automatic setting to keep food warm. Just be prepared – she might like this gift so much that she starts inviting you over for dinner on a regular basis!
Herb gardens are great for people who love to cook, but even if she doesn't, this Herb Garden will at least make her kitchen smell really good and makes a perfect springtime Mother's Day gift.
It includes pre-planted rosemary, thyme and sage herbs, and it's contained inside a rectangular wooden box. If she's into the natural rustic look, she'll love it.
It doesn't matter what her sense of style is – this tunic hoodie is sure to be a hit! Casual, cozy and comfortable, the Soho Hoodie is made from super-soft French terry. It features a chic tunic silhouette with long sleeves, an attached hood, and a front pocket.
Available in a variety of colors, this hoodie is a stylish alternative to the classic sweatshirt. A side slit at the hem makes it perfect for pairing with leggings and sneakers or skinny jeans and boots.
A cozy pair of PJs always makes for a great gift. So if your mother-in-law doesn't love these, she may be impossible to please!
The Bamboo Classic Pajama Set from Cozy Earth features a stretch fit that makes them flattering on every body type. They're breathable to regulate your temperature, and they're super soft, making them perfect for wearing in any season.
This pajama set features a long sleeve top with buttons down the front and a matching pull-on pant with a drawstring elastic waistband. It also comes in a short sleeve version with shorts that's ideal for the spring and summer months.
Looking for something small and inexpensive for a stocking stuffer or a hostess gift? The L'Occitane Hand Cream Trio is one that she can use at home and on the go.
This set includes three small tubes in three different fragrance-filled hand creams. Each one smells better than the next!
She can toss one in her handbag, keep one in her desk drawer at work or stash one in the center console of her car. That way, she can keep her hands and elbows moisturized wherever she goes.
Alexa is the sort of gift she may not think she needs, but she'll love it once she gives it a go. The Amazon Echo Dot Smart Speaker makes it easy to add Alexa to any room, no matter how limited space may be.
If she's not super tech-savvy, she may only use it to check the weather and play the occasional song. But if she's got a few smart appliances in her home, she can really have fun with it.
Show your mother-in-law just how much you've been paying attention to family gatherings and have one of her cherished recipes engraved on this custom cutting board.
This beautiful cutting board is made from bamboo and proudly displays a favorite handwritten family recipe card. We promise this will become one of her cherished keepsakes for years to come.
There's no better way to tell someone you care about them than to give them the gift of security. And the Ring Video Doorbell is exactly that.
With the Ring Video Doorbell she can see who's approaching her door and get notifications on her phone through built-in motion sensors. It's super easy to set up, but if she's not too tech-savvy, you might want to go the extra step and install it for her.
Encourage her to rest and relax with this spa-like Bathtub Caddy. With multiple compartments and trays, this caddy stretches across any tub, so she can use it to hold all of her essentials when she's soaking in the bath.
Waterproof and adjustable, this caddy includes an angled stand to hold a book or tablet and has a convenient spot to hold a glass of wine.
If your mother-in-law is a tea drinker, the Mason Tea for Two Set is something she can use every single day. Detailed with a charming print, this stackable tea set includes one pitcher and two small teacups.
Not only is it functional, but it will add instant beauty to her breakfast table or wherever she likes to take her afternoon tea. Create a gift basket by paring with a tea sampler from her favorite brand.
Mother of pearl tiles adds elegance and timeless style to this Mother of Pearl Picture Frame. Sized to fit a 3" x 3" photo, this frame is easy to coordinate with all types of décor, so she can put it beside her bed or display it on a mantel.
If you really want to make it extra special with some good-feeling family vibes, include a picture of her grandkids. Because even if she's not your biggest fan, she's probably theirs.
Is your mother-in-law a practical person? There's nothing more sensible or useful than a great pair of gloves to keep her hands warm on a cold winter day.
The Portolano Cashmere-Lined Napa Leather Gloves are crafted from soft napa leather with a cozy cashmere lining for an extra touch of luxury. They have a classic look, and they come in a variety of neutral colors, making them easy to pair with any coat or jacket.
Timeless and chic, the Tiffany & Co. Paloma's Melody Mini Hoop Earrings are perfect for the mother in law who appreciates the finer things in life. Granted, they're not diamonds (they're sterling silver), but they're modern, simple and versatile enough that she can wear them for day or night.
Plus, giving her that iconic little blue gift box is sure to score you some extra MIL points!
Of all the desserts in all the bakeries and restaurants around the world, there's almost nothing more delicious than a Junior's New York Cheesecake. This Brooklyn classic is decadent, delicious and award-winning.
Junior's makes a variety of delicious flavors, but if she's never had it before, we suggest purchasing the sampler. The sampler includes all four of Junior's best flavors, including plain, raspberry swirl, apple crumb and brownie marble swirl.
The Coach Town Tote in Signature Canvas is a classic. With an allover monogram pattern, this roomy tote features a snap closure, an inside pocket for organization and leather straps.
If she's a fan of Fendi or Louis Vuitton, this Coach tote definitely won't win her over. But if she's the kind of woman who only buys inexpensive bags or rarely splurges on herself, this one's a winner and will feel super luxe.
What makes this tote so great is that the neutral color combination makes it easy to pair with any outfit in any season.
What Are the Best Gifts for Mothers in Law?
Mothers-in-law can be hard to buy for, so remember this rule of thumb when buying her a gift:
Only give gifts that you yourself would be excited to receive.
And while the relationship with your mother-in-law may take years to cultivate, keep at it. A perfect birthday gift here and a unique holiday gift there may be all it takes to win her over and finally feel accepted into the family.
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The 20 Best Mother-in-Law Gifts:
- Philosophy Skincare Set
- Homedics Foot Spa
- Winc Wine Club
- Cozy Wrap
- Vera Bradley Signature Weekender Bag
- Cuisinart 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
- Herb Garden
- Soho Tunic Hoodie
- Bamboo Pajama Set
- L'Occitane Hand Cream Trio
- Custom Recipe Cutting Board
- Ring Video Doorbell
- Wood Bathtub Caddy
- Mason Tea for Two Set
- Mother of Pearl Picture Frame
- Cashmere-Lined Napa Leather Gloves
- Tiffany & Co. Mini Hoop Earrings
- Junior's Cheesecake
- Coach Town Tote