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She may not be your mom, but mothers-in-law are a vital part to any family dynamic. Whether it's a special occasion or her birthday, a perfect present for your in-law is thoughtful and truly takes her personality into account.
Here are the best gifts for mothers-in-law.
Best Sentimental: Nixplay Seed Wi-Fi Photo Frame
Mothers-in-law will go gaga for this digital picture frame, especially if they have grandchildren. Not only can they upload their own favorite pics and proudly display the selection, but relatives and friends can also send pictures to the frame directly via a free app. They never know just what new pictures might pop up on a daily basis. It’s a fun way to keep in touch and give them a peek at the day-to-day lives of their children, grandchildren, and other loved ones. It can also be connected to any Alexa-enabled device.
Best Beauty: Klei Citrus Peels & Rose Uplift Floral Facial Steam
Spa-loving women will appreciate this facial steam from Klei. Made with 100 percent natural ingredients, the citrus peels and floral steamer can be added to hot water and create a soothing experience that not only feels great, but opens pores and can clear up congestion. This tiny jar of beauty goodness is like bringing the spa directly to her or just blessing her with a few moments of self care.
Best Personalized: Delezhen Personalized Family Tree Necklace
This personalized necklace is something your mother-in-law will cherish and can hold close to her heart. Each birthstone on the necklace represents her children and/or grandchildren. The stones can also include a small gold leaf that can be left blank or engraved with an initial. Also, the actual chain itself ranges from 16, 18, or 20 inches and you can select gold or silver. This is truly a necklace that can be customized from start to finish and hold great meaning to the recipient.
Best for Cooks: Prepdeck All-in-One Hub
If your mother-in-law likes to cook, there’s a chance she probably has a ton of kitchen appliances. But why not gift her an item that will make prepping meals easier and more organized? The Prepdeck station has containers that chefs can store chopped ingredients in, a storage drawer so scraps can be discarded easily, and a magnetic cutting board that comes in 8 different patterns. Also, the tool drawer contains necessary items like a zester, juicer, garlic crusher, and more.
Best Bag: Lo & Sons The Catalina Deluxe
Whether your mother-in-law is a jetsetter or heads to the gym regularly, she’ll get a lot of use out of this Lo & Sons tote. It’s great for, well, pretty much anything. As a carry-on or weekend bag, it’s an ideal personal item that fits a lot of gear and there’s even a separate shoe compartment at the bottom. This can also be great for heading to the gym. The straps are adjustable and padded and you can choose between a variety of fabrics and color.
Best Wine Gift: Oster Silver Electric Wine Opener
Your mother-in-law will raise a glass to you for giving her this electric wine opener from Oster. It makes opening her favorite bottle quick and easy. With just the touch of a button, wine bottles are uncorked in mere seconds, with no twisting, pulling, or annoying broken corks. It also has a foil cutter, so it’s really the only tool you need to open and enjoy a glass of the good stuff. The cordless corkscrew comes with a base where she can store and recharge it, so it’s always ready.
Best Fitness: Hidrate Spark 3 Smart Water Bottle & Free Hydration Tracker App
Before you roll your eyes at the thought of a boring water bottle as a gift, this one’s pretty different. Apple’s Hidrate Spark 3 is actually a smart water bottle that calculates hydration. A sensor on the inside can detect how much water a person has consumed, which can be recorded on the app and synced across Apple Health, the Apple Watch, and most other fitness apps. For the person who doesn’t consume enough H20, the bottle will emit a light glow, which signals it’s time to take a sip.
Best for Readers: Kindle Unlimited
For women who like nothing better than to curl up with a good book or reading in bed, Kindle Unlimited is a dream come true. It gives them access to more than 1 million books and audio books with just a few simple clicks. You provide the gift subscription, and all they need to do to start reading is to download the free app on their electronic device or Kindle reader. You can choose from a six, 12 or 24-month subscription. Once you purchase, a notice will be sent to the recipient on the day of your choice along with instructions on how to use it.
Best Subscription: Eucalyptus Farms Monthly Subscription
A totally fun, and unique subscription to gift anyone has to be from Eucalyptus Farms. And as the name suggests, every month the recipient gets a bundle of fresh eucalyptus from a farm in California. Each bouquet includes seasonal eucalyptus, which can include silver dollar, willow, baby blue, or a mix of the above. They smell absolutely amazing, especially when used in the shower, and once they dry out they can be used as decor.
Best Decor: Grit & Grace Decoupage Oyster Shell Dish: Tropical Collection
For a little something fun for her home or office, gift your mother-in-law one (or a few!) of these Grit & Grace decoupage dishes. The vibrant designs can range from leopard to hibiscus to a banana leaf. All of the designs on the oyster shells are limited edition so it’s like gifting your MIL something as special as she is. The dishes can be used for jewelry, little knick knacks, or just displayed as is.
Best for Coffee Drinkers: Ember Mug²
Have you ever witnessed your mother-in-law reheating her coffee several times because it got cold as she was tending to other things or just forgot about the cup of brew? This Ember mug will absolutely change that for her. The mug and its accompanying charging coaster keeps coffee or tea at the perfect temperature. She can control the heat using the app so her hot beverage is just the right temperature, even an hour later. The cup can hold 10 ounces and remains cool to the touch.
Best for Travelers: The New York Times 36 Hours. World. 150 Cities from Abu Dhabi to Zurich
Travelers will dive into this book from The New York Times. “36 Hours: World” includes the what to do and where to go details for 150 cities on six continents. Though 36 hours isn’t a long time to spend in any single destination, the book highlights the best of the best for those abbreviated trips that are sure to make memories. The cities are big, small, and everything in between. A traveler, or someone who wants to travel, will absolutely be inspired with every turn of the page.
Best Jewelry: Gorjana Bespoke Bracelet (Rose Gold)
For the mom who appreciates jewelry but wants something more understated, Gorjana’s rose gold bracelet is sure to make her eyes sparkle. The sliding adjustable bead means the bracelet is easy to put on and secure. The bracelet can be bought as is, but the center bar can actually be engraved. Add the person’s name, initials, or a short phrase that has special meaning.
Best Tech: Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen)
Your mother-in-law might not think she needs a voice-enabled assistant but once she (or you) sets up the Alexa-enabled Echo Dot, she won't know how she lived without it. Even the least tech-savvy person will find it easy to check the weather, listen to their favorite music (radio included), ask questions like "who was that actor in that movie?”, and much more. If she really digs this system you can continue to add on other smart-enabled devices that she can sync together like her television, light bulbs, and doorbell.