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Birthday

For years, she's made sure that your special day was something spectacular - isn't it time you returned the favor? Celebrate your mother-in-law's birthday with a unique gift she's sure to treasure. Catalog her life in pictures and words, encourage relaxation and rejuvenation with a premium spa and wine gift basket, or appeal to her sporty side with hockey- and racing-themed items. Cake is delicious and balloons bring out everyone's inner child, but there isn't anything quite like a thoughtful present that reminds your mother or mother-in-law that today might be her birthday but you appreciate her year-round.


Mother's Day

Every May, we set aside a day to give mom her due. This year, ditch the slightly soggy breakfast in bed and set aside the wilted flowers in favor of something infinitely more exceptional. Our carefully chosen cache of Mother's Day gifts is ideal for your mother-in-law, mom, or even grandma. Find something that suits her style, introduce her to a fascinating new hobby, or surprise and delight with a present that's completely unexpected. She's done everything for you, including raising the love of your life - now you have dozens of memorable ways to give your mother-in-law the thanks she deserves.


Christmas

'Tis the season to change how you find your stocking stuffers and holly jolly surprises. You've never reveled in those boring boxes of socks you got for Christmas, and chances are your mother-in-law isn't exactly looking forward to something equally uninspired. Flip the script with a Santa-approved gift from this carefully curated stash of our holiday best. From foodie delights to wearable art, they're all elf-appreciated and reindeer-approved. Mistletoe and Christmas morning mimosas sold separately.


Gifts By Category

Unique

Kitten calendars, ironing boards, and scented candles - oh my! We've all accidentally achieved the bad gifting trifecta over the years. It's not that we don't care; it's that some gifts are just so terribly common. You want - no you need - so much more. Leave the bad and boring behind and turn over a new leaf with these unique gifts that are bound to inspire, entertain and enchant. Think your mother-in-law is hard to please? Shop outside-the-box and you'll be rewarded with miles of smiles.


Personalized

Nothing says "I got this just for you" quite like a personalized gift. Our selection of one-of-a-kind items gives you the opportunity to get a tailor-made present that's crafted with your mother-in-law's signature attributes in mind. You're honoring her kids, her favorite pastimes, unforgettable memories and her go-to style. It proves that you're paying attention and that you enjoy the little key characteristics and quirks that make her her. Kick dime-a-dozen gifts to the curb and honor everything that makes her so extraordinary.


Experience

Is your mother-in-law the kind of lady who's still talking about that family trip to Niagara Falls in 1992? Or maybe she's got a bucket list the size of her arm and a lingering desire to hit the road on a Harley. For adventure-seekers and nonstop dreamers, there isn't a present anywhere in the world that holds a candle to a pre-paid experience. Strap your mom into a stock car, introduce her to a dinner-of-the-month club, or send her off on a gasp-inducing helicopter tour. The options are almost as endless as the excitement!


Gifts By Interest

Cooking

You'll never be able to make your mother-in-law's lasagna or arroz con pollo quite like she does, but you can still be a culinary star when you wrap up kitchen and cooking gifts worthy of Julia Child herself. Gift boxes are a smart way to introduce fun new foods and exotic finds while cutting boards and aprons combine form and function into presents that are bound to get daily use. From utensils to throwback gadgets to DIY kits that churn out beyond-delectable bites, these culinary surprises would make both an Iron Chef and a home chef equally proud.


Wine

There's always room for merlot. Exceed your favorite oenophile's grape expectations with wine gifts that evoke Napa, Tuscany and Willamette Valley in cool and classy ways. There are service accessories she can use to entertain in style, personalized options that'll keep her cabernet out of the hands of thirsty interlopers, and wine-soaked treats that bring the flavors of chardonnay and pinot beyond the goblet and into the realms of breakfast, lunch and even dessert. As someone brilliant once said, "You can't buy happiness but you can buy wine - and that's kind of the same thing."


Tea

Tea for two, anyone? Your mother-in-law might not have an appointment with the queen for an afternoon of Earl Grey and crumpets anytime soon, but that doesn't mean she can't indulge in her own weekly ritual. Tea can be invigorating, soothing, warming or refreshing, and it never fails to satisfy. Discover a wide range of tea gifts, from loose leaf samplers to infusion bottles and cups. Whether she's known for downing Darjeeling on the go or savoring some oolong on a drizzly day, these gifts ensure that your most discerning-in-law will think of you and your generosity with every single sip.


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Gifts for the mother-in-law are a shopping challenge that can stump the best of us. She's got opinions, she's got style, and you really want to get the gift just right. Have no fear, we've thought about all the possibilities for what gift she would love. These gift ideas mix practical with beautiful, classic with charming, and check off all the high marks for a great gift for a mother-in-law.



Expert Tips

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Anxiety-Reducing Ways to Shop for Your Mother-in-Law

Whether she's meddling or crowned mother-in-law-of-the-century, your mother-in-law has been with your partner throughout life. Now what's on the gift-giving agenda includes finding Mother's Day gifts for your mother-in-law, gifts for her birthday, and gifts for your mother-in-law for Christmas. Ah! To add even more pressure, you know she's bound to have opinions. Here are 9 tricks to finding that perfect present for the woman you really want to impress - even if you would never admit it.

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Long Distance

In the realm of worse case scenarios, those presents for your mother-in-law for her birthday arriving after the big day — that’s high on the list. How to handle: be sure there are ample days left with processing and shipping so your package won’t be late. Or consider last-minute gift ideas.


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Mark Milestones

Ask your spouse for your mother-in-law’s full birthdate (month, day, year). Mark the date in your calendar, and plan ahead for the big milestones (like a 70th birthday coming up).


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Family Connections

Before committing to gifts for your mother-in-law, think about how she corresponds with you. Is she the fastest commenter to family pictures on Facebook? Then snoop around on her feed or enlist help by IMing another family member for ideas. Does she send you handwritten notes? Then a more traditional gift would be a good fit.


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Special Causes

While you’re snooping around her social media, see if she has a favorite cause that she’s involved in. Maybe she donates to a wildlife cause —  her love of animals can be gift inspiration.


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Picture Perfect

Mother's day gifts for a mother in law often include some kind of photo gift. Pick one that ties in with her style for displaying  family photos — does she have framed family photos on the wall? Is she a calendar person? Is the fridge bare or covered in magnets and snaps?


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Personal Preferences

Pampering presents for your mother-in-law need a little investigation. Talk to your spouse or father-in-law about what services she’s had done. Good questions to consider: Has she ever gotten a massage? Maybe not, because she’s uncomfortable with the idea. Are her nails typically polished when you see her? Is she loyal to one stylist for doing her hair?


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More Me-Time

Ask your mother-in-law: if you had a free day, what would you do? Maybe she’d take the free time to go for a hike or maybe she’s the gal who’d head straight to the craft store. Let her answer lead you to a great gift idea.


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Play Detective

Next time you’re at her home, notice how she has her powder room arranged for ideas on accessories she loves. Do you see fragrant candles and pretty guest towels and soaps all around?


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Make it Yourself

Homemade gifts for a mother-in-law who has everything are a sentimental way to go — the gift sincerely shows you put some thought and time into it. Check out Pinterest for cool ideas on what to make your mother-in-law.