27 Holiday Gift Ideas for Your New In-Laws

The perfect sentiments for your new set of 'rents

Updated 12/09/18
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Who knew that when you said "I do" your holiday shopping list would get SO. MUCH. LONGER?! And out of all the loved ones on your gift list, it's no surprise that you're most worried about scoring the the perfect gifts for your in-laws. We don't blame you: Shopping for your in-laws (or future in-laws) can definitely be tricky business. After all, what on earth do you get that says "Thanks for hosting Christmas dinner...and also for welcoming me into your family...and for raising such an amazing person...and for not adding everyone you know to our wedding guest list." It's a lot of pressure, okay?! But before you completely descend into a total panic, know that we've got you covered. We've rounded up 2018's top holiday gift ideas for your in-laws, and they're about to score you MAJOR points.

Whether you're a newlywed, newly engaged, or have been married for years, you obviously want to gift something meaningful to your sweetheart's parents. And if that wasn't hard enough, if you throw wedding planning on top of it all, you've got yourself a super stressful holiday season. But with the fab finds below, you can exchange that stress for some much-deserved holiday cheer. With a wide array of price points (seriously, we found amazing options starting at only $12!) and a huge variety of styles, there's something for everyone. Consider that daughter-in-law of the year award yours.

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Chanel La Creme Main Texture Riche Hand Cream

Courtesy of Chanel

The pressure's on to gift your MIL, no matter how discerning, the best of the best this holiday season—that's where Chanel comes in. Per the practical route, stuff her stocking with a long-lasting hand cream that she'll relish all winter.

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $50

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Five Two Double-Sided Cutting Board

Courtesy of Food52

This double-sided, top-of-the-line cutting board has truly thought of everything...and more. Curated with the help of 10,000 cooks and feedback from Food52 customers, it's far from lacking in the credibility department. As for functionality, the tool boasts a laundry list of key details—a solid American maple base, cell phone slot, deep groove to contain any liquid overflow, and separate sides dedicated to carving or chopping, just to name a few. If we may be so bold, you're looking at a true kitchen work of art that your in-laws will more than appreciate.

SHOP NOW: Food52, $99

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Large Round Acacia Wood Serving Tray

Courtesy of Nordstrom at Home

Does your mother-in-law take party hosting as seriously as an Olympic sport, vigorously whipping up new batches of cocktails and assembling cheese platters left and right? In that case, go for gold in the gifting department and upgrade her serving ware. No matter her style, a round, wood combo is a safe bet for housing drinks or appetizers.

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, was $69, now $41.40

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Mina Cheese Knives, Set of 3

Courtesy of Anthropologie

While you're at it, take the holiday hosting spirit to the max through new cheese knives, decked out in brass and mother of pearl. Get the scoop from your spouse on favorite cheeses, then toss in a few to take some of the work off their hands.

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $38

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The Duo: Quarterly Subscription

Courtesy of Brightland

For the duo that continually inspires you to up the ante on your cooking game, we've got just the subscription package they need. Two distinct olive oil flavors—AWAKE and ALIVE—will arrive on their doorstep quarterly for the upcoming year. The former makes a welcome addition to cozy comfort foods, like pasta, bread, potatoes, and roasted vegetables. On the other hand, the latter packs an energizing punch to healthy fare such as salad (level up any kale concoctions), hummus, and dressings.

SHOP NOW: Brightland, $65

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Hawkins New York Modern Candlesticks (Set of 2)

Courtesy of Food52

Christmas always equates to cozy candlesticks, so add some versatility to your in-laws' dinner table this year. Mix and match with short or tall heights, as well as copper, brass, or black finishes, then light up the night with your favorite colored tapers.

SHOP NOW: Food52, $70-$96

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Rodin Crema Luxury Hand Cream

Courtesy of Need Supply Co.

Introduce the 'rents to a not-so-well-known-yet-still-fully-effective cosmetic brand—Rodin, the brainchild of beauty guru Linda Rodin. Known for its use of moisturizing essential oils, the collection totes a stellar non-greasy hand cream made from aloe, shea butter, argan oil, and more natural ingredients. Plus, the fact that the salve comes free of sulfate, paraben, phthalate, and silicone makes it all the more trustworthy to gift your in-laws.

SHOP NOW: Need Supply Co., $80

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Nambé 'Tilt' Wine Chiller

Courtesy of Nambé

Every host or hostess can benefit from a wine chiller. And this one is so sleek, it won't look out-of-place displayed on a countertop or bar cart.

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $100

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SunnyLife Malibu 4 in 1 Board Game

Courtesy of Shopbop

Kill two birds with one stone and become the holiday gifting champion—surprise your partner's parents with a set of four travel-sized games that can also pave the way for a new holiday tradition. Throw on a claymation Christmas flick and gather round the board to incorporate some fun, friendly competition into your family gathering. And, let's get real—we all tend to get a little stir crazy cooped up with our nearest and dearest during the holidays, so this present doubles as a saving grace.

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $16

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36 Hours: Europe

Courtesy of Need Supply Co.

In-laws by day, world travelers by night. From 36 Hours, a feature in The New York Times, the hardcover comes with 125 separate travel itineraries for destinations in Europe, paired with beautiful imagery to further ignite their travel itch. Tell them to have their passports and luggage at the ready!

SHOP NOW: Need Supply Co., $40

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Fire Road Modern Edge Domino Set

Courtesy of Food52

Or, ditch the book route and revamp your in-laws' coffee table entirely with dominoes that just look too stinkin' pretty to be stored away. Game night has truly never felt cooler thanks to laser-engraved blocks with a sleek black outline. Goes to show you're never too old for stacking tile creations.

SHOP NOW: Food52, starting at $99

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Terrazo Wine Rack

Courtesy of Anthropologie

It truly wouldn't be the holidays without a bit of vino involved, but you can do better than a bottle of wine. Instead, turn to a gift for your in-laws that can hold up to five or their favorite reds or whites. Plus, with brass beams and a marble base, this structure is hardly an eyesore.

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $118

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Jo Malone London Pine & Eucalyptus Diffuser

Courtesy of Jo Malone London

For a holiday gift idea for your in-laws that errs on the festive side, hit the nail on the head with a pine and eucalyptus scented diffuser that's designed to invoke all the glorious seasonal smells, Christmas tree and all. The bathroom may be prime real estate for this sweet-smelling gift, but it can also take the forefront in their bedroom or kitchen.

SHOP NOW: Saks Fifth Avenue, $100

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Courtesy of Need Supply Co.

W&P Tonic Cocktail Syrup

Gin and tonics, anyone? Intended to make stirring up cocktails as easy as pouring and drinking (a real dream come true), this magical concoction features a blend of citrus, cane sugar, and quinine for your in-laws to mix with their favorite booze.

SHOP NOW: Need Supply Co., $12

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Teroforma 1pt Liquor Infusion Set

Courtesy of Food52

Blown away by this immaculate spread? Your in-laws will undoubtedly feel the same. Pick their poison, whether it be whiskey or even mulled wine, and they'll be equipped with all the goods to blend their own alcoholic concoctions at home. There's everything from a tasting straw to a reusable bottle to store their creations to seven different pre-made infusions, so you can bet your bottom dollar that this year's holiday cocktails will be on fire.

SHOP NOW: Food52, $30-$170

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Throw Blanket

Courtesy of Brooklinen

No home is fully winter-fied without a trusty throw blanket on-hand to curl up with at a moment's notice. Made from 100% pure wool, this neutral number earns holiday lounging MVP status.

SHOP NOW: Brooklinen, $189

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Claus Porto Floral Bar Soap Gift Box

Courtesy of Anthropologie

Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't indulge your in-laws in a little flower power, minus the blooms. Three shea oil-infused soaps exude floral fragrances inspired by the countryside in Portugal. The Banho blends' notes of vanilla, basil, lemon, and verbena all mirror a garden ambience. Ilyra transports hand-washers to a field of wildflowers with honeysuckle, lemon, and jasmine. Last but not least, Madrigal smells like a combo of rose and lilac. Is it spring yet?

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $60

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Areaware Table Tiles in Black/Beige

Courtesy of Need Supply Co.

Nothing diminishes the holiday spirit faster than your mother-in-law venting about drink rings on the table. Enter six veneer and cork geometric coasters that can also be arranged into a modular trivet. Win-win!

SHOP NOW: Need Supply Co., $18

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Kinto Color-Dipped Japanese Mugs (Set of 2)

Courtesy of Food52

For the in-laws who can't be bothered before their morning cups of coffee, indulge their caffeine addictions in the chicest way possible. Two-toned ceramic not only rivals any other coffee mug looks-wise, but it manages to keep every cup of joe warmer for longer. This is the stuff of coffee-lover dreams.

SHOP NOW: Food52, $50

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Griggio Striped Picture Frame

Courtesy of Shopbop

Let's be honest—a picture frame may not initially come across as the most, well, exciting gift, per se. But, if you're recently married or engaged, toss in your favorite shot from your wedding or engagement photos to up the sentiment. Trust us, parents love these things.

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $40

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Warmest Wishes Cocoa Gift Set

Courtesy of Anthropologie

Nothing can firmly fixate your placement on your in-laws' good sides (as if you weren't there already...) quite like a cocoa kit. A hot chocolate mug and mix are givens, but this gift goes above and beyond with a cocoa-scented candle (yep, that's a thing), matches, and a gold-foil gift box. Deck the halls with cozy chocolate scents.

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $36

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Grown Alchemist Hand Wash in Sandalwood/Ylang Ylang

Courtesy of Need Supply Co.

Soft, smooth hands = happy in-laws! Plant-derived ingredients equate to a deep, fully moisturized clean, on top of an overall stress-reducing scent created by a sandalwood and ylang ylang combo.

SHOP NOW: Need Supply Co., $37

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Marble Wine Valet

Courtesy of Anthropologie

Storing all their vino essentials in one place, bottle of wine included, means they'll hardly have to lift a finger to pop open the good stuff. Package with a pretty corkscrew for the finishing touch.

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $38

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Painted Ornaments — Set of 8

Courtesy of Moglea

Bring something out of the ordinary to balance out their surplus of nutcracker and snowman ornaments. Each decoration features an eccentric blend of gold foil and multicolored paint strokes.

SHOP NOW: Of a Kind, $24

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Hawkins New York Copper and Brass Louise Trays

Courtesy of Food52

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas with a few shimmery additions to their hosting repertoire. Mix and match sizes and an assortment of copper and brass finishes, or just stick to one large platter for the main holiday party focal point.

SHOP NOW: Food52, $50-$120

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Monogram Dish Towel + Oven Mitt Set

Courtesy of Anthropologie

Even if your mother-in-law has dish towels overflowing from the kitchen cabinets, this is the one she'll want front and center on display, especially with the matching oven mitt in tow.

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, was $34, now $24.95

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"Katherine Carter for Homepolish” Throw Pillow

Courtesy of Katherine Carter for Homepolish

For the decor junkies, modernize their collection with a cozy marble-printed addition. Designed exclusively through Homepolish's collaboration with The Inside, the 20" square couch accessories add a unique design element to any room.

SHOP NOW: The Inside, $49

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