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 a luxury pajama set might be more up her alley. Or does she love to host parties? 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.
To help you find the perfect gift for your mother-in-law, we've researched various options from trusted retailers–keeping functionality, thoughtfulness, durability, style, and budget in mind. For the mom who loves to cozy up at home, our favorite finds are the Gravity Modernist Weighted Robe and the Domain Organic Cotton Knit Throw Blanket. For something sweet and sentimental, you can't go wrong with the Gardens of Graces Personalized Jewelry Dish or the Opalhouse Stoneware Monogram Mug.
Read on for the best gifts for the mother of the groom.
Gardens of Graces Personalized Jewelry Dish
Personalize this sweet trinket dish with a heartfelt message to let your MIL know just how thankful you are to have her in your life. You can choose from one of the suggested messages or create your own, as long as it fits across the three inches of the tray. Choose a shape and color that best suits her personal style or your wedding color scheme.
Price at time of publish: $23
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, amethyst for February or Ruby Red for July, for a thoughtful and customized accent. The bracelet features an adjustable slide closure, making it work for nearly any wrist size.
Price at time of publish: $55
Opalhouse Stoneware Monogram Mug
Charming and cozy, this monogram mug will keep your mother-in-law warm on the coldest of days. Sporting a pretty wildflower motif, this is a piece she'll want to put on display to add some character to her kitchen or breakfast nook.
Price at time of publish: $7
Gravity Modernist Weighted Robe
If she's a fan of weighted blankets, she will absolutely 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. It's the ultimate gift for winding down after all the wedding festivities are done.
Price at time of publish: $130
Mark & Graham Everyday Italian Leather Tote
Whether your mother-in-law uses it as an everyday purse or a 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.
Price at time of publish: $199
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. It also helps keep skin smooth and less prone to creasing while sleeping. Just make sure she knows to hand-wash rather than toss it into the washer and dryer!
Price at time of publish: $88
Farmhouse Pottery Handcrafted Wood Bowls
This gift is perfect for the mom who loves to host or cook. Hand-carved from ash wood and tinted teak oil, these wooden bowls make for a stunning table centerpiece or a 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.
Price at time of publish: $65-$725
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 a glass of vino. While they’re dishwasher safe, hand-washing is recommended to keep the text from fading.
Price at time of publish: $38
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum
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 vibrant and feminine fragrance. It's perfect for everyday wear or special occasions like your wedding day!
Price at time of publish: $170
Fresh Travel Size Face Mask Trio Skincare Set
Give your mother-in-law the gift of an at-home spa day with this three-piece mini face mask set. It features some of Fresh's fan-favorite products, including the Rose Face Mask, Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask, and Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask. It's the perfect way to recover after the wedding celebrations!
Price at time of publish: $73
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!
Price at time of publish: $30
Woolzies 100% Pure & Natural Tranquil Essential Oil Set
We all need a little help to 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. It features sandalwood, sage, and lavender for better sleep; rosewood and chamomile to center the body and mind; and peppermint and eucalyptus for clarity and focus.
Price at time of publish: $17
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.
Price at time of publish: $825
Domain Organic Cotton Knit Throw Blanket
Your new mother-in-law will love cuddling up in this cozy throw. 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.
Price at time of publish: $138
November Fields Cashmere and Vanilla Candle
Candles are a classic go-to gift and for good reason. Who can say no to bringing a cozy ambiance into the home? With notes of amber, vanilla, pear, and bergamot, this vegan candle will light up—and warm up—any room.
Price at time of publish: $11
What to Look For in a Mother of the Groom Gift
Personal Taste and Hobbies
When searching for the perfect gift for your future mother-in-law, you'll first want to consider her interests and tastes. If you focus on finding something she'll actually use in her daily life, she's sure to absolutely love it! For instance, if she loves wine, you might consider gifting her custom wine glasses or her favorite bottle of vino.
You can also go the more sentimental route to show her how much she truly means to you, and how excited you are to grow your relationship even further as in-laws. In this case, look for a gift that can be personalized with her name, monogram, or another special sentiment. It's sure to pull on her heartstrings! 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.
Quality and Details
Once you've settled on the type of gift you want to get your mother-in-law, take a closer look at the details. Consider the materials used, the durability and overall quality, as well as the customer reviews. Shop from trusted retailers to ensure a long-lasting gift.
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 Gravity Modernist Weighted Robe or the Mulberry Silk Bundle. But no matter what you get her, she's sure to appreciate the gesture and feel closer to you on the big day.
What are some creative mother of the groom gift ideas?
While it's a nice gesture, you don’t necessarily need to buy the mother of the groom a physical gift to show her your gratitude and appreciation. Feel free to get creative and book an experience for the two of you instead—treat her to a fun spa day or wine tasting at a nearby 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 it's 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. It's also a nice gesture to invite her to join in on your wedding dress shopping or fitting.
Consult with her to see if there are any special readings or rituals she wants you to include 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.