From sentimental gifts like a personalized throw pillow inscribed with her kiddos' names to an indoor basil and thyme herb garden to wine (a gift that always keeps on giving), these 29 best mother-in-law gifts are sure to make even the toughest critic feel special.
Make sure your MIL's sleep routine is all the more Zen. It'll be easy with the Dodow metronome, which lights up for 8 or 20 minute increments to sync up with your breathing, helping you drift off even faster.
Peepers by PeeperSpecs Women's Bravado Blue Light Filtering Reading Glasses
As much as your MIL loves to online shop or comment on your social media pics, it's not helping her eyes. Order her a pair of blue light filtering glasses to block the glow from screens and prevent headaches and sleep disruption. (Bonus, these are super sassy looking and Oprah-approved!)
Maybe she's not known for her green thumb...or, she lives in a chillier climate and would like to cook with fresh herbs all winter. We'll go with the second one to be safe. This indoor herb kit comes with two different kinds basil, parsley, dill, thyme, and mint, and also tells you exactly when to add water.
She'll be the most tech-savvy MIL with one hub for all her electronic devices. This one fits the iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch, and charges them all in one spot, so she'll never miss a FaceTime from you again.
Joyaria Ladies Comfy Fall Button Bamboo Pajama Set
To pair with the cloud-like slippers you picked out, get her a super soft pair of pajamas. The fabric is comfy and eco-friendly because it's bamboo, and also really light and moisture-wicking. Also, it comes in 24 different colors and patterns that you can choose from.
This yoga mat lays perfectly flat on the ground (no stuck-up edges messing with her flow) and actually rolls itself up when you're done using it. It also pairs with an Amazon Alexa Skill from Women's Health that'll talk her through sequences, so she can keep up her yoga habit at home.
Your MIL can transform her desk or kitchen into a little garden sanctuary—these hand-poured candles come in pine and vanilla scent (the cactus one) or jasmine and white tea (the poppy one). Either way, you can't go wrong with your pick.
Gift her with a keepsake representing all the most important people in her life: either her own children (including your partner—you'll get bonus points there) or your children, if she's a proud grandma.
If your MIL is super into everything the stars have to say, bond with her over astrology, of course. You can select a constellation for this cubic zirconium necklace based on her birth date (and it's a solid way to never forget her birthday, too!).
Got a mother-in-law who can’t get enough of the royals? Rumor has it Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are both huge fans of Jo Malone candles (Kate apparently scented Westminster Abbey with them for her wedding). The Lime Basil & Mandarin scent is a huge fan favorite, so your MIL will seriously dig it.
This crewneck sweater is comfy enough for your MIL to wear running weekend errands but effortlessly chic enough to don for holiday parties, too. Best part? The classic look—which comes in black and light gray, too—means she'll get tons of use out of it, year after year.
Your mother-in-law can stash these lightweight packing cubes in her suitcase for her next vacay and fill 'em up with souvenirs to bring home. Plus, they come in both matte and glossy styles, ranging from $48 to $70.
Aged in old, charred oak barrels to give it a subtle bourbon flavor, this delicious California wine has hints of blackberry and vanilla. Pair it with two Crate & Barrel wine glasses, and you've got a classy gift at the ready.
Give your mother-in-law a little taste of what it’s like to walk a mile in a duchess' shoes. Kate Middleton has a classic style moms love—and she’s been regularly spotted in these simple sneaks.
Mara SantilliMara is a freelance writer and editor specializing in culture, politics, wellness, and the intersection between them, whose print and digital work has appeared in Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, Airbnb Mag, Prevention, and more.
Korin MillerKorin Miller is a freelance writer specializing in general wellness, sexual health and relationships, and lifestyle trends, with work appearing in Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Self, Glamour, and more.