After you've finally pegged the perfect present for your groom on your big day, you still have a few more wedding-related shopping trips to cover, including finding mother of the groom gifts for your future mother-in-law. If you're keeping in line with the tradition of gifting dear old mom and dad thank you presents at your wedding, it's also a common courtesy to extend the same treatment to the mother of your soon-to-be-spouse (just when you finally thought you were done hunting for gifts...).
If finding the best way to pay tribute to your parents on your special day is proving to be more of a toughy than narrowing down your bridesmaids, wait until you start browsing for your groom's mother. As you probably already know, the pressure's on to set the tone for a meaningful mother and daughter-in-law relationship for the duration of your marriage with a gift that's both practical and meaningful. And while the running "monster-in-law" stereotype dates back long before Jennifer Lopez popularized the term, you're still obligated to show love and gratitude for being welcomed into the groom's fam, all jokes aside.
We sorted through the plethora of presents emblazoned with the "Thank you for raising the man of my dreams" expression to find 10 mother of the groom gifts that get the point across not quite so literally. From subscription flower services to a pendant with the groom's birthstone, these presents will prove your appreciation for your new mother-in-law (and that her son is in good hands) on the wedding day and beyond. Once you cross the MIL gift off your list, you can get back to stressing over other crucial wedding matters, like where to seat your estranged second cousin at the reception.
Hand-Carved Heart Serving Spoon
Nothing spreads the love quite like a heart-shaped serving utensil, which is bound to solidify your mother-in-law's title as VIP party host.
SHOP NOW: Uncommon Goods, $20
Lexie Stud Earrings
No matter your MIL's taste, you can't go wrong with a pair of elegant, minimalist earrings. She can sport them on the wedding day, or add these jewels to her collection for later wear.
SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $40
Maison Francis Kurkdjian For Her Fragrance Wardrobe
Don't know your MIL's signature scent? No problem. Upgrade her perfume collection with not one, but eight luxe new fragrances for her to test-run. She can even spritz on one of these equally enticing choices before the ceremony.
SHOP NOW: Neiman Marcus, $275
Kendra Scott Elisa Birthstone Pendant Necklace
Hit the mother-in-law gifting jackpot with a jewel that errs on the sentimental side—choose between 12 center stones for the gem that corresponds with the groom's birth month to complete this pretty pendant.
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $50
5" x 7" Mercury Glass Frame
For a truly picture-perfect mother-of-the-groom gift, this decorative frame wouldn't be complete without a photo of the two of you.
SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $28
Indulge her sweet tooth with 24 milk and dark chocolates (all made in France!) that taste as good as they look.
SHOP NOW: Chapon, $32
Jo Malone London 'English Pear & Freesia' Home Candle
Since she helped raise the light of your life (not to get too sappy), say thank you with an extravagant votive that can sit pretty in her home, even when not in use.
SHOP NOW: Orchard Mile, $67