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The 22 Best Gifts for Your Mother-in-Law [That She Will Actually Like]

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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?

Need some ideas for her birthday, Mother’s Day, Christmas or any other holidays?

Here are 22 great gifts for your mother-in-law that she’ll actually like and will score some serious brownie points.

Unika Watch

Unika Watch

The Danish watch company, Nordgreen, is the perfect place to grab a gift for your mother-in-law that will never go out of style. You really can’t go wrong with any of their minimalist watches, but the Unika Watch is our favorite. It’s fully customizable with 4 different dial colors, 8 different band options and two different sizes, either 28mm or 32mm, to create the perfect watch for any woman in your life.

With Japanese Quartz, stainless steel and a sleek design, this watch is bound to last for years!

And, even better, you can feel good about giving this watch and the Nordgreen mission. They pride themselves in their commitment to the environment and helping people at the same time. This gift will make a fashion statement and social impact. Nordgreen supports causes like education, environment and health to better their community.

Philosophy Skincare Set

Philosophy Skincare Set

Philosophy makes incredible skincare products, and what makes them so good is that they’re great for all types of skin. The Wrinkle Takeaway Trial 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 antiwrinkle a.m. and p.m. set and their One-Step Facial Cleanser.

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.

Homedics Foot Spa

Homedics Foot Spa

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.

Winc Wine Club

Winc Wine Club's Organic Sans Sour

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.

Cozy Wrap

Cozy Wrap

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.

Vera Bradley Signature Weekender Bag

Vera Bradley Signature Weekender Bag

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.

Custom Jewelry Box

Handmade wooden jewelry music box with lock and key

Some things never go out of style, and a good jewelry box is one of them. This 18-note music jewelry box has everything your mother-in-law could want—it’s classy, comes with a music feature and has a lock and key to keep her valuables safe. It’s also handmade! If that wasn’t enough, you can also choose from a classic song or opt to upload your own music for a truly customized box.

The light, marbled wood will match with just about any decor style, but there are hundreds of styles to choose from.

Cuisinart 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker

Cuisinart 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker

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 Garden

Herb Garden

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.

Related: 5 Ways Plants Help With Your Mental And Emotional Wellbeing

Soho Tunic Hoodie

Soho Tunic Hoodie

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.

Bamboo Pajama Set

Bamboo Classic Pajama Set

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.

L’Occitane Hand Cream Trio

L'Occitane Hand Cream Trio

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.‍

Custom Recipe Cutting Board

Custom Recipe Cutting Board

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.

Ring Video Doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell

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.

Wood Bathtub Caddy

Bathtub Caddy

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.

Mason Tea for Two Set

Mason Tea for Two Set

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 pairing with a tea sampler from her favorite brand.

Mother of Pearl Picture Frame

Mother of Pearl Picture Frame

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 decor, 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.

Cashmere-Lined Napa Leather Gloves

Cashmere-Lined Napa Leather Gloves

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.

Tiffany & Co. Mini Hoop Earrings

Tiffany & Co. Mini Hoop Earrings

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 day or night.

Plus, giving her that iconic little blue gift box is sure to score you some extra MIL points!

Junior’s Cheesecake

JUnio'rs Cheesecake

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.


Coach Town Tote

Brown Coach bag with orangge handles

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.

Related: The Most Expensive LV Bags (And Affordable Alternatives)

What Are the Best Gifts for Mothers in Law?

Woman getting a hug from her mother-in-law with her hubby nearby

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.

You may also be interested in: The 27 Best Gifts For Parents [Show The ‘Rents Some Love]

The 22 Best Mother in-Law Gifts:

  1. Unika Watch
  2. Philosophy Skincare Set
  3. Homedics Foot Spa
  4. Winc Wine Club
  5. Cozy Wrap
  6. Vera Bradley Signature Weekender Bag
  7. Custom Music Box
  8. Cuisinart 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
  9. Herb Garden
  10. Soho Tunic Hoodie
  11. Bamboo Pajama Set
  12. L’Occitane Hand Cream Trio
  13. Alexa
  14. Custom Recipe Cutting Board
  15. Ring Video Doorbell
  16. Wood Bathtub Caddy
  17. Mason Tea for Two Set
  18. Mother of Pearl Picture Frame
  19. Cashmere-Lined Napa Leather Gloves
  20. Tiffany & Co. Mini Hoop Earrings
  21. Junior’s Cheesecake
  22. Coach Town Tote

Jessica Heston

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