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56 Gifts for Every Type of Mother-in-Law

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Similar to shopping for your actual mom, shopping for your mother-in-law might present some challenging questions. What is that one thing she doesn’t have but really wants? What is a gift that’s in your budget, but actually looks like it costs much more? What size do you get it in? And what color? Or maybe you got lucky and she’s super easy to shop for. Either way, you probably want to impress your mother-in-law with whatever you may give her, but that doesn’t mean you have to run all over town looking for the just-right thing. Below, we’ve rounded up gifts that will appeal to all kinds of mothers-in-law, from those who are easily pleased to those who love a good bath soak to those who are notoriously picky.

For the mother-in-law who always offers an aperitif

Areaware Table Tiles

These coasters are a must-have item on the owner of Mimi Cheng’s guide to entertaining accessories, and we think your host-with-the-most mother-in-law will appreciate them, too.

For the maximalist mother-in-law who always offers an aperitif

$54 for 4

If she doesn’t leave the house wearing less than three (tastefully) clashing patterns, this graphic set of coasters is for her.

For the mother-in-law who prefers offering an aperitif on a tray

There’s something stately about this robin’s-egg-blue acrylic tray, and the simple design will fit right in with plenty of decor styles.

For the mother-in-law who loves flowers

This cheery yellow vase would make a lovely receptacle for some red tulips.

For the mother-in-law whose cookies rival Tate’s

An on-sale kitchen stand (that comes highly recommended by enthusiastic Amazon reviewers) that’ll help her get her signature oatmeal raison cookies (or Alison Roman chocolate chunks, if that’s more her thing) to the table faster.

For the mother-in-law who’s bored at work


A soothing mini Zen garden that she can comb next time she’s on a long conference call.

For the mother-in-law with abundant trinkets

Three bright, vintage-y looking boxes to store away trinkets small, medium, and large.

For the mother-in-law who loves to spend the night

You may as well lean in to her habit and give her some nice-looking cozy pajamas.

For the mother-in-law who always sends a thank you note

She’ll appreciate this pack of pretty, cotton-based notecards.

For the mother-in-law who has a place for everything

Some elegant stacking boxes that will indulge her obsessive tendencies.

For the mother-in-law who refers to her plants as her “children”

A guide to help her make the most of her wild-and-keeps-getting-wilder houseplant menagerie.

For the mother-in-law who wants to show off her houseplants

A pair of pedestals that’ll elevate her monsteras, both literally and figuratively.

For the mother-in-law who wants to show off her houseplants

V&A Plant Pots

This set of pots from the V&A are printed with wallpaper designs by J. H. Dearle and William Morris, sourced from the museum’s archive.