Skip to main content

5 Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Mother-in-Law

Just when you thought she was impossible to buy for, we bring you five excellent ideas for mother-in-law gifts! Use these tips to help you choose the ideal gift that will make a lasting impression this year.

Before you head to the store, take time to consider what means the most to your mother-in-law. It might be her grandchildren, a special hobby, specialty food, or a certain collectible that she cherishes. Choose your gift based on that, and you can be sure she'll love it.

If no ideas are immediately coming to mind, consider these ones:

older woman smiling

1) Pictures

Fill a photo album, create a photo book, or customize a calendar with snapshots of family memories - maybe sneaking in a few shots she hasn't seen before. Load a digital picture frame with photos of the grandchildren, and she can enjoy a slideshow right on her wall. If there are no grandchildren, put together a collage of pictures of her loved ones.

2) Wine & Accessories

If your mother-in-law enjoys wine, choose a couple of nice bottles of her favorites. Add some special wine glasses, wine stoppers, openers, wine caddy, cheeses, and gourmet crackers. Choose a basket or container that she can reuse and you've got a great gift! You can also check out local wineries that might have great gift baskets all ready for you to purchase.

3) Candles

If your mother-in-law likes having candles to brighten and freshen up her home, pay attention to what scents she enjoys and put together a collection. Add special holders and accessories if you'd like. If you're unsure of what kind to get, don't be afraid to ask those close to her.

4) Hobby-Related

What does your mother-in-law do in her free time? Does she like to read, watch movies, golf, go to the gym, play tennis? Maybe she's into sewing, scrapbooking, knitting, cooking, or gardening. Get something you know she'll put to good use and appreciate.

5) Jewelry

A family birthstone ring is a nice gesture that she will cherish. You can have a ring designed with her children and/or grandchildren's birthstones and have it engraved with their names. If your mother-in-law is not into wearing rings try another type of jewelry, like earrings. Ask close family members about her favorites - like her favorite color - and if there's a piece of jewelry she has been interested in. Or, you could opt for a jewelry box or stand.

You can select one of the gift ideas above for your mother-in-law or consider the list a starting point for your own ideas. Either way, we hope to spark your imagination and help unstump you when it comes to deciding on a great gift idea for your mother-in-law. Best of luck!

See top local holiday gift ideas >>

<< Back to the Albany Holiday Guide