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It's always tough to find the right gifts for close friends and family, but your mother-in-law can sometimes be tricky. You want to gift her something that she'll love and will make a good impression. Maybe it's something that speaks to her hobbies and interests (hopefully, you've been paying attention!) or something special that she may not splurge on for herself. And if you're really looking to knock it out of the park, a personalized gift will show that you took the time to tailor something just for her.
Your mother-in-law would be hard-pressed not to love a customized cutting board to zhoosh up her kitchen decor or a personalized bracelet that will make her think of you every time she wears it. And a cozy throw or soft slippers will definitely bring a smile to her face. To help, we've gathered some great gift ideas that she'll be sure to love.
Read on for the best gifts for your mother-in-law.
Jo Malone Hand Cream Collection
Pamper your mother-in-law with a luxurious collection of creams by cult-favorite brand, Jo Malone. This collection features some of their most popular scents, including lime basil & mandarin, English pear & freesia, and peony & blush suede. Made with apricot kernel oil, these creams absorb quickly to deeply nourish the skin.
Compact Swivel Cheese Board with Knives
For the consummate entertainer, this swivel cheese board is everything she needs for her next get together. It folds up into a wedge for easy storage and expands out to a full-sized spread when needed. The board also comes with a set of cheese knives that conveniently fit into a hidden drawer.
Grace Personalized Handwriting Bracelet
It’s to find something more personalized than a custom, handwritten bracelet. Choose from sterling silver, gold vermeil, or rose gold vermeil and feature your own script or something from another loved one. Either way, this sentimental gift is truly one of a kind.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader
This lightweight digital reader might be just the ticket for your favorite bookworm. The Kindle Paperwhite has a glare-free display that mimics real paper, and the newest version is outfitted with Bluetooth tech and Audible so she can listen to her favorite books on it as well.
Nest Fragrances Velvet Pear Reed Diffuser
Everyone wants their home to smell warm and inviting. This reed diffuser features a unique fragrance blend of pear, crisp apple, and crushed lemon leaves, infused with hints of peony and amber. The sleek, striped bottle also makes a lovely addition to her decor.
Jack & Rose Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet
This essential oil bracelet is a charming way to help her get the benefits of aromatherapy on the go. It comes with eight interchangeable pads to match her mood or outfit, and all she needs to do is apply three to five drops of her favorite scent and breathe deeply.
Ugg Scuffette II Slipper
These slippers are lined in genuine shearling, so this will be a game-changer to her morning routine (and will guarantee that this her coziest winter to date). They're also water-resistant and available in eight different colors and patterns. Bonus: they'll keep her toes toasty warm without overheating.
Nomad Crafts Co. Vintage Leather Journal
This vintage leather journal is a sweet way to encourage your mother-in-law to record her musings and memories. Crafted out of soft buffalo leather, this bound journal is emblazoned with the tree of life on the front cover and features 200 pages of handcrafted paper.
If you really want to make an impression that shows you care, you can't go wrong with a custom gift like the Grace Personalized Handwriting Bracelet or Wall Things Co. Personalized Cutting Board. If she loves chocolate, Godiva's Chocolate Celebration Basket an indulgent present that she'll definitely appreciate. And self-care is always a good thing to remember—treat her to the Jo Malone Hand Cream Collection or the Jack and Rose Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelet.
What are some creative gift ideas for a mother-in-law?
An experiential gift can also go a long way when it comes to bonding with your MIL. Book a luxurious spa day, organize a trip to a nearby winery or meet for a special lunch at her favorite restaurant. A heartfelt card is also a simple—yet special—gift that she'll treasure.
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