These Top-Rated Holiday Gifts Will Actually Please Your Mother-in-Law

These Top-Rated Holiday Gifts Will Actually Please Your Mother-in-Law

You know exactly what your mom would like for the holidays, and you know your grandmother will appreciate anything — even a card. But your mother-in-law? Well, she's a little trickier. Even if you're close, there's still a tiiiny part of you that wants to impress her all in one. Great news: You're in the right place! These gift ideas are budget-friendly, all from buzzy brands. Just gift, smile, and say, "Oh, it was no trouble at all!"



Amazon Deep Cleaning Service


Yes, Amazon will come to your mother-in-law's door (or yours!) and clean the whole thing from top to bottom. The "deep" in deep cleaning covers the bathrooms, kitchen, mopping, window washing, and even dusting of the blinds and light fixtures. 

2 Monogram Washed Canvas Tote



Everyone loves a monogrammed canvas tote. This one is made with trendy washed canvas with a beautiful leather strap. 



Bose SoundSport, Wireless Workout Earbuds, (Sweatproof Bluetooth Headphones for Running), Aqua Bose


A winner of Prevention's 2019 Walking Awards, Bose's SoundSport earbuds are the best way to get quality sound without the hefty price tag of over-ear headphones (often twice the price). This model These has a built-in heart rate sensor and a battery life of up to five hours. 

4 Claus Porto Guest Soap Gift Box

Claus Porto Anthropologie


Fact: Moms love to have special soap for guests, and their husbands will never understand it. But this set, inspired by macaroons, is quite possibly the chicest gift you can hope to give. 

5 Cashmere & Silk Wrap



Nordstrom's luxurious cashmere wrap goes with just about everything, and becomes the coziest blanket during air travel. Choose from six rich colors (including pink plumier, shown) and she'll know you have excellent taste. 

6 Kate Spade Apple Watch Strap



She already has the Apple Watch, now you get to swoop in with the cutest strap ever. This neutral design with scalloped trim (made for the 38 mm models) is subtle yet stylish. 



Whiteout Run Glove Athleta


Keep mom active this winter (even when she's just walking to and from the grocery store) with these sleek athletic gloves from Athleta. The silicone grip will keep things steady in her hand and there's even a small pocket at the wrist for keys or chapstick.  

8 The Weekender Canvas Duffle



There's nothing she wants more than to visit her grandkids on the regular. Away's carry-on friendly canvas duffle will make trips back and forth totally seamless (and she'll look totally chic). 



Stay In and Chill Out Set CLINIQUE


The next night she needs some "me" time, she'll be able to whip out this sweet kit from Clinique and think of you. It features a moisturizer, body exfoliator, an overnight mask and a sleep mask! 



Skylety Double-Insulated Stemless Glass Tumbler


The one thing every mother- and daughter-in-law can agree on: wine. These cups are insulated with stainless steel to keep "beverages" warm or cold, and there are tons of colors to choose from if rose gold isn't your jam. Gift one tumbler with an inexpensive bottle and keep the other for yourself. 



Fishers Finery 19mm 100% Pure Silk Pillowcase

$33 and up 

A silk pillowcase has serious payoffs: It can help decrease fine lines and wrinkles and even makes your hair less frizzy. I am not joking! Fishers Finery makes the best of the best. Please email me immediately if you find that the white standard pillowcase is in stock. 


12 UGG Women's Blanche Robe


Keep your MIL cozy in this warm-weather friendly cotton robe. It's got pockets and comes in eight snazzy colors.

13 Allbirds Women's Wool Runners


Allbirds claims to make "the world's most comfortable shoe," and every editor I know who's tried them says it's true. The wool runners are the perfect starter pair, available in five neutral color combos and 12 limited-edition patterns. 



Dainty Triple Name Necklace


She can't dislike a gift if her grandkids' names are on it! You can include up to four names on this necklace, and choose between silver, gold, and rose gold finishes. This Etsy shop owner even offers eight different chain lengths from 15-22 inches. 



Kumi Mixed Material Stud Earrings


Hand-crafted by Kenyan artisans, these gorgeous brass hoop earrings can be worn to everything from a summer picnic (t-shirt and jeans) to a charity gala (long black dress). They're so cool, they're even sold by the highly curated MoMa store in New York City. 

16 Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker



She's got her weekday coffee routine down pat, but her weekend situation could probably use an upgrade. Opt for a French press coffee maker in trendy rose gold, and pair it with a no-frills Krups coffee bean grinder if you're feeling extra generous. 

17 Floral Embrace Bouquet


Here's another fact: I love sending people flowers, so I've tried a lot of flower delivery services. 1-800-Flowers consistently wins me over because their bouquets are always true to what I choose online, and always arrive on time. Skip the trendy boutiques and stick with one of its bestselling bouquets like this one. 



Josie Maran 3-Step Argan Makeup Prep


Josie Maran is another hot ticket brand in skin care right now, and this gift set features travel-size products that are loaded with argan oil (a.k.a. hydrating vitamin E and essential fatty acids). She'll start with the face butter, then the oil, finishing balm ... and Netflix in her hotel room to finish?! 



Morse Code Cuff


The initial letter jewelry trend is coming to a close. BaubleBar thinks morse code could be next: Mix and match the letters I-Q-U for a secret message only you and your mother-in-law will know. 



Dog Portrait Custom Stamp


You know who's the coolest of cool? Your mother-in-law's dog. Put Fido or Fidette on a stamp (add an ink pad if you desire) and you're officially the favorite daughter-in-law. 

Devin is's executive editor and her writing has been nominated for a Hearst Excellence Award three years in a row.

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