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31 Gifts for Every Type of Mother-in-Law (That You Can Buy on Amazon)

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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. Conveniently, they’re all on Amazon, which means you (and she) won’t have to wait long for any of them, either.

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 mother-in-law who loves flowers

Bloomingville Tall White Ceramic Fluted Vase

Bonus points if you include a bouquet.

For the mother-in-law who hosts Christmas

Hamilton Beach Electric Stand Mixer

Something to speed up the process of baking all of those cookies (it comes highly recommended by enthusiastic Amazon reviewers).

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

Eberjey Gisele Two-Piece Long Sleeve Pajama Set

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

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

Now House by Jonathan Adler Decorative Accessories Stacking Boxes

Some elegant stacking boxes that will indulge her obsessive tendencies.

For the mother-in-law who loves HGTV

May I Come In? Discovering the World in Other People’s Houses, by Wendy Goodman

Another way for her to peek inside other people’s houses from the comfort of her own.

For the mother-in-law who is into astrology

The Rider Tarot Deck

Give her the gift of a tarot reading.

For the mother-in-law who hosts game night

American Mah Jongg Set

She can whip this out when she wants things to get more competitive than Scrabble.

For the mother-in-law who prefers outdoor games

Trademark Global Croquet Set With Carrying Case

If something that you can play outside is more her speed.

For the mother-in-law who always talks about her trip to Tuscany

Frankies Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (16.9 oz.)

Give her something that will help her re-create that Italian cooking class.

For the mother-in-law who spends all summer on her porch

Woodstock Amazing Grace Chime

A nice pair of wind chimes will make her favorite relaxation spot much more pleasant.

For the mother-in-law who spends the summer by the water

Byer of Maine Pangean Glider Chair

This easy-to-carry foldable glider chair is a surprisingly elegant option.

For the mother-in-law from New England

The New England Trading Company New England Pancake & Maine Maple Syrup Gift Box

She’ll appreciate a thoughtful nod to her home region.

For the minimalist mother-in-law who always offers you a cup of tea

Fellow Stagg Pour Over Kettle, Matte Black

We’re big fans of this stylish kettle and think your mother-in-law who stocks up on Harney’s will be, too.

For the eccentric mother-in-law who always offers you a cup of tea

Calypso Basics by Reston Lloyd Whistling Teakettle, 2-Quart, Orange Marble

If she’s the kind of mother-in-law who loves vintage-inspired kitchen goods, we can picture this splatterware enamel kettle on her stovetop.

For the mother-in-law whose food is never flavorful enough

Atlas Copper Pepper Mill

This handmade pepper mill is always a hit at one Strategist writer’s dinner parties, and we think it’ll be a hit with your mother-in-law, too.

For the mother-in-law who subscribes to the Goop newsletter

Kishu Binchotan Charcoal Sticks

If she’s forwarding you emails about gut microbes, gift her some water-purifying charcoals.

For the mother-in-law who always sets the table before dinner

Sferra Festival Place Mats, Set of Four

Linen place mats are a classic and can be adapted into many a stunning table arrangement.

For the mother-in-law who needs a massage

Zyllion Rechargable Shiatsu Back Neck Massager

This shiatsu massager is the rechargeable version of the reviewer-adored (and Strategist reader-approved) electric back massager from Zyllion, and we think your mother-in-law would appreciate it after a long day of holiday entertaining.

For the mother-in-law who appreciates a good spread

John Boos Maple Wood Edge Grain Reversible Cutting Board

Antipasto, cheeses, breads — this board will fit it all.

For the mother-in-law who enjoys a good soak

Herbivore Botanicals Natural Soaking Bath Salts

Some calming bath salts to make bath time even more blissful.

For the mother-in-law who enjoys a good scrub

Herbivore Botanicals All Natural Coco Rose Body Polish Sugar Scrub

If she prefers to exfoliate her stress away.

For the mother-in-law who enjoys a good face mask

Fresh Rose Face Mask

No matter her skin type, this rose mask from Fresh will rejuvenate and soothe. Plus, it smells like a rose garden.

For the mother-in-law who’s also an aspiring artist

Kuretake Water Color Set

A lovely Japanese watercolor set to take on her next plein air excursion.

For the mother-in-law who knows a fancy candle when she sees one