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Ah, the in-laws. Sometimes it seems like it’s the national pastime to share a sarcastic disregard for our mother-in-law and father-in-law, but there’s another side to that coin. These are your new family members and, in all likelihood, thoroughly beloved by your significant other. Why not tap into some of that sentiment when it comes to gifting them something that says you truly care?
In some ways, buying gifts for your in-laws is no easy task. The desire to make a good impression, while finding a meaningful (and practical) gift for people you may not know that well yet can be stressful. But have no fear—we’ve done the legwork on gifting for you. These presents will not only help you build stronger relationships with these important—and often overlooked—people in your life but will spotlight you as the thoughtful son or daughter-in-law that you are.
Whether your aim is to give thanks, spread holiday cheer, or surprise them "just because," we've got you covered with 34 practical yet heartfelt gifts that are guaranteed to be a home run.
Stonewall Kitchen Morning Favorites Gift Basket
Food is always a direct pathway to the heart, so consider giving this basket full of breakfast favorites from Stonewall Kitchen. You’ll be bonding over blueberry waffles in no time.
SHOP NOW: Stonewall Kitchen, $69.95
Parachute Cashmere Blend Robe
Who can say “no” to a cozy robe? Parachute Home’s cashmere blend robe makes the perfect gift for anyone who likes to snuggle up with coffee in the morning and ice cream in the evening.
SHOP NOW: Parachute, $249
Waterford Classic Lead Crystal Picture Frame
Fill this sleek frame with a shot from your wedding or a vacation you went on with your in-laws. Not only will they appreciate the sentiment, but they'll have a timeless accent for their home.
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $80
Sur La Table In-Store Cooking Classes
From one-pan weeknight dinners to pasta making and macaron baking, Sur La Table offers intimate, hands-on courses in all sorts of culinary topics. For an extra sweet touch, consider joining your in-laws in a cooking class of their choice.
SHOP NOW: Sur La Table, price upon request
Brooklinen Throw Blanket
This lamb’s wool throw comes in a variety of colors. Match your in-laws’ home décor or pick their favorite hues for a his-and-her winter blanket set.
SHOP NOW: Brooklinen, $189
Antique Brass Taper Candle Holder
Make a statement with this antique brass candelabra. It’s a touch of vintage, wholly modern, and definitely an impressive gift.
SHOP NOW: CB2, $59.95
Amazon Echo Show
In-laws don’t always have the latest home tech, which is why the Amazon Show makes a great gift. Not only will it showcase both recipes and sports scores, but they’ll both love that they can video chat with you through the device.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $229.99
Dom Perignon 2008 Vintage Champagne
For a special occasion—or to make a really great impression—grab a bottle of Dom Perignon’s vintage sparkling wine from Champagne, France. It comes in a sleek gift box, too.
SHOP NOW: Wine.com, $189.97
Avonnie Studio Custom Couple Portrait Mug
Mugs may seem like a standard gift, but it's not every day you receive a personalized couple portrait mug set. The reaction on your in-laws' faces will be priceless. Throw in a pound of their favorite specialty coffee beans and they'll be ready to brew.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $124
Oniva Gardener Folding Seat With Tools
If your in-laws happen to have green thumbs and love botanicals, then this handy gardening set (tote and tools included) will be the ultimate gift. Plus, it includes a convenient folding seat.
SHOP NOW: Zola, $68.99 from $75.99
Crown Sporting Goods Bocce Ball Set & Carry Case
Break out the aperitivos! You can easily play with this four-person bocce ball kit and still hold a glass in hand. Plus, outdoor enthusiasts will be overjoyed to add another lawn game to the collection.
SHOP NOW: Walmart, $49.99
Cuisinart Reserve Series Freestanding Wine Cooler
This stainless steel wine refrigerator not only looks great stashed on a countertop but it makes reaching for your beloved red, white, and rosé wines a cinch. Additionally, it can hold up to eight bottles at the appropriate wine storage temperature.
SHOP NOW: Wayfair, $168.06 from $299
Soothe Massage Gift Card
Thinking your in-laws might need some R&R? Gift the pair a couple’s massage through Soothe, an on-demand, in-home massage service that’s available in cities across the country.
SHOP NOW: Soothe, price upon request
Concourse 2-in-1 Cosmetics Case
Frequent travelers won't be able to thank you enough for this versatile 2-in-1 cosmetics case which includes a self-storing pouch. Made from vegan leather, it can even be personalized with a foil-debossed monogram.
SHOP NOW: Mark & Graham, $119
Faux Fur Ombre Throw
Dress up the sofa and keep your in-laws cozy with this faux fur throw. It'll add a little luxury to everyday life.
SHOP NOW: West Elm, $99-$199
Antique Silver Party Bucket
Big-time entertainers will appreciate this antique silver party bucket. Not only is it stainless steel and engravable, but its vintage design means it has the potential to become the newest heirloom.
SHOP NOW: Pottery Barn, $169
Mini Grid Gallery Wall
Design a gallery wall for your in-laws with the help of Framebridge, a custom framing company. This mini grid—consisting of nine Instagram Mini frames—will fit above a console table, along the wall in a foyer, or by a dresser. Simply select the digital photos you want to be framed, and Framebridge will take care of the rest.
SHOP NOW: Framebridge, $349
Staub Cast Iron Fry Pan
Chances are, your in-laws’ cast iron pans have seen better days. Upgrade them with a shiny new one from this expert French brand.
SHOP NOW: Verishop, $130 from $243
Mark & Graham Italian Washed Linen Coasters
These elegant linen coasters are the perfect accompaniment to their next wine and cheese party. Choose from seven rich, stonewashed hues. For a personal touch, add an embroidered monogram.
SHOP NOW: Mark & Graham, $35
My Family Cookbook
Capture (and pass on) all the secret family recipes by giving your mother-in-law this customizable recipe book. It contains 80 pages, so get ready for plenty of good eats.
SHOP NOW: UncommonGoods, $30
Jonathan Adler Lacquer Backgammon Set
Boardgame fanatics will be all about this playful lacquer backgammon set. The graphic design and bright colors will liven up their coffee table.
SHOP NOW: Jonathan Adler, $395
Smeg ‘50s Retro Style Variable Temperature Electric Kettle
Tea lovers will appreciate the kitschy look of this 1950s-style electric kettle. The fast boiling time means their morning brew will be ready in a snap.
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $199.95
Audio Pro T3 Wireless Speaker
Not only is this wireless speaker easy on the eyes (your in-laws will adore the throwback style), but it can even be used on-the-go. Thanks to the rechargeable battery, they'll be able to use it from the patio to the park—plus, it'll connect to any Bluetooth device.
SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $199
Coravin Model Two Wine System
For serious oenophiles, consider the popular Coravin system. It helps preserve precious bottles of wine by allowing you to sip a tasting pour or a full glass without removing the cork.
SHOP NOW: Zola, $299.99
Custom Lake Art Cribbage Board
If your board game-loving in-laws happen to have a lake house or a special lake they like to visit, this is the gift for them. Choose from over 4,000 lakes to customize this cherrywood board and turn it into a family heirloom.
SHOP NOW: UncommonGoods, $69
Personalized Doormat with Plaid Border
This welcome mat is the perfect hostess or housewarming gift, especially if your in-laws recently moved. The biodegradable coconut husk bristles will keep their entryway clean when guests (like you) arrive.
SHOP NOW: Mark & Graham, $89
Big Nose Work Bubble Gum Llama Acrylic Tray
Independent artists design the illustrations found on the base of these acrylic trays, so you can shop for a vibe or an image that best speaks to your in-laws’ sense of humor. Whether used for a dinner party or as a decorative tray in the living room, it's a win-win.
SHOP NOW: Society6, $31.50 from $42
L.L. Bean Personal Organizer Toiletry Bag
If your in-laws are about to embark on a big vacation (or just love the great outdoors), gift them a pair of these durable toiletry organizers. The surplus of pockets and compartments will make their gear easy to find.
SHOP NOW: L.L. Bean, $29.95
Mark & Graham Personalized Nylon Flag
Surprise your in-laws with a custom nylon flag made just for them. The nautical-themed design will look charming on their front porch or flying from a sailboat.
SHOP NOW: Mark & Graham, $89-$199
L.L. Bean Dura-Tough Standing Log Carrier
This sturdy canvas log carrier is a practical gift that they'll truly appreciate come winter. Add their monogram to it for an extra personalized touch, and make sure to visit when they have a cozy fire going.
SHOP NOW: L.L. Bean, $39.99-$44.95
Have a father-in-law who likes to put his feet up? Ottoman, it is! Gifting home décor can be a challenge, but pretty much everything matches these knit poufs.
SHOP NOW: Wayfair, $64.99 from $164