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Your soon-to-be mother-in-law has gone above and beyond to help you with the big day, and now it’s time to show her just how special she is. The right gift will do just that, and she'll appreciate your thoughtfulness as you build your relationship together.
When picking out a gift for the mother of the groom, consider her taste and personality. Would she most appreciate something personal? Try something that you can customize with her monogram or with a sweet message of gratitude. Does she love the finer things in life? A sparkling pair of earrings or luxury pajama set might be more up her alley. Or is she more of a hostess? In that case, you might want to go with something functional that she'll use over and over again—think a statement serving bowl or whimsical wine glasses.
Read on for the best gifts for the mother of the groom.
Kendra Scott Elaina Birthstone Bracelet
This lightweight 14-karat gold plated bracelet will look dainty and eye-catching on your mother-in-law’s wrist. Select her birthstone, whether it’s amethyst for February or Ruby Red for July, to tailor it with a thoughtful, customized accent. The bracelet features an adjustable slide closure, making it work for nearly any wrist size.
Mark & Graham Everyday Italian Leather Tote
Whether your mother-in-law uses it as an everyday purse or light weekend bag, this Italian leather tote is sure to get a lot of action. A foot high and 19 inches wide at the top, there’s plenty of room for everything from a laptop to a monthly planner. Choose from six colors and a foil debossed monogram for a personal touch.
Uncommon Goods Phenomenal Woman Wine Glasses
A pair of stemless wine glasses featuring the full text of Maya Angelou’s poem, “Phenomenal Woman,” will give your mother-in-law a dose of inspiration and strength every time she drinks out of them. While they’re dishwasher safe, hand-washing is recommended to keep the text from fading.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Fragrance Spray
There’s nothing like a good scent, and the floral notes in Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb will appeal to all. Infused with cattleya orchid, freesia, rose, and sambac jasmine, along with a hint of warm vanilla, it’s a perfectly lively and feminine fragrance.
Skin Cashmere Ballet Flats
Slippers are so yesterday. Why not gift her a pair of cashmere ballet flats instead? These flats are like floating on a cloud—they're as luxurious and stylish as they are comfortable. They come in four different colors and a matching silk bag to keep them in pristine condition.
Arctic Penguin Pashmina Scarf
A pashmina scarf will help her stay warm during an autumn or winter wedding, but it's also a versatile gift that will be used long after the big day. Available in a range of colors, this wrap feels super soft and luxurious.
Fresh Mini Loves Mini Mask Set
Give your mother-in-law the gift of an at-home spa day with this six-piece mini face mask set. From a black tea overnight mask to a clay purifying mask and vitamin nectar vibrancy boosting mask, there’s something to aid every skin concern, whether the skin is dehydrated or needs a refresh.
Brooklinen Mulberry Silk Bundle
This mulberry silk pillowcase and matching eye mask is a self-care duo that she'll truly appreciate. Together, they’ll help keep hair soft and silky, preventing it from breaking during the night, and help keep skin smooth and less prone to creasing while sleeping. Just make sure they get hand-washed rather than tossed into the washer and dryer.
Gravity Modernist Weighted Robe
If you’re a fan of weighted blankets, you’ll love this fleece robe, which infuses the best qualities of the Gravity Blanket. Inside the collar is a three-pound weighted wrap with pressure points that helps reduce stress. It can be removed via a zipper for times when a lighter touch is needed.
Lula's Garden Bliss Garden
For the mother-in-law with a green thumb, this sweet succulent is a beautiful addition to her indoor garden. Hand-planted in a planter gift box, it’s ready to go as soon as the lid comes off. You can even personalize the occasion on the outside of the box!
Farmhouse Pottery Handcrafted Wood Bowls
Hand-carved from ash wood and tinted teak oil, these wooden bowls make for a stunning table centerpiece or beautiful serving dish. Grab a set of four, or buy them individually at nine, 12, 15, and 17 inches each. There’s one fitting for all types of foods and occasions, from large lunch salads to guacamole dip.
Woolzies 100% Pure & Natural Tranquil Essential Oil Set
We all need a little help zen-out sometimes, and essential oils are one of our favorite ways to do so. This set is focused on tranquility, featuring three blends meant to invoke calmness: sandalwood, sage, and lavender for better sleep; rosewood and chamomile to center the body and mind; and peppermint and eucalyptus for clarity and focus.
dan-yell Oko Diamond Earrings
Diamond earrings get an edgy twist with this drop set. Set into an ellipse-like shape for a sleek design, these handcrafted earrings come in sterling silver or 10-karat yellow gold. Either one will look dazzling paired with her special mother of the groom gown on the big day.
Domain Organic Cotton Knit Throw Blanket
Made of organic cotton, this throw blanket is both sustainable and incredibly soft. At 50 inches long and 60 inches wide, the blanket is knitted and ends with a playful tassel in each corner. It’s available in neutral white or charcoal, which means it’ll look good on any couch or bed.
If you want to gift the mother of the groom a custom gift, we’d recommend the Gardens of Graces Personalized Jewelry Dish or the Mark and Graham Everyday Italian Tote. If you’re looking to splurge on a luxurious thank you (that she'll use for some much-needed self-care), you can’t go wrong with the Papinelle Silk Pajamas or Mulberry Silk Bundle for a good night’s sleep.
What are some creative mother of the groom gift ideas?
While it's a nice gesture, don’t necessarily need to buy the mother of the groom a physical gift to show her your gratitude and appreciation. Book an experience for the two of you—think a fun spa day or wine tasting at a vineyard—as a way to bond and spend time together.
What are the mother of the groom duties?
The mother of the groom’s involvement is traditionally more limited than those of the mother of the bride, and up to the couple’s discretion. You can invite her to come to a meeting with the caterer or florist, and she’ll help you collect names and addresses for guests on the groom’s side of the family.
Consult with her to see if there are any special readings or rituals she wants to be included in the ceremony. She may offer to host the rehearsal dinner, and one of her major responsibilities is to help round up and seat family and friends on the big day.
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Brides contributor Hillary Hoffower has over six years of experience writing for the wedding industry, covering everything from bridal fashion trends to wedding decor. She believes part of the perfect gift is wrapping it prettily. Her go-to gift is a candle for nearly any occasion.