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Picky Mother-In-Law? No Problem. 10 Great Gift Ideas

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What to buy for our Mothers-in-law?

Have a Mother-In-Law to buy for and no great ideas? That’s how I feel every year. It’s hard to buy for someone who might be a little picky (or maybe a lot picky); I try very hard to find that perfect and uniquely special gift, sometimes with great success and other times not so much. I think a lot of you can probably relate. Below are a selection of gift items at various price points that were successful for me – I hope they are helpful to you in your search for the “right” gift this year!

10 great ideas for Mother-in-Law gifts 

Echo Show 8 — HD smart display with Alexa – stay connected with video calling

With an HD screen and stereo sound, Alexa helps manage your day at a glance! Made to fit your life – easily update to-do lists and calendars, cook along to step-by-step instructions for recipes, find the entertainment you want, display your favorite photos ,control your smart home and connect with video calling and messaging! You can call friends and family who either have the Alexa app or an Echo device with a screen. EASY to use and designed to protect your privacy! 

(If you prefer an Echo DOT – which shares many of the same functions, but without a screen, try the newest for only $59! Sleek new look and includes the time!)


SFERRA Celine 100% Cotton Throw Blanket

You can’t go wrong with a classic herringbone throw! I’ve heard from interior decorators that a herringbone throw is a perfect gift for people of all tastes. Perhaps not the most personal gift, but it’s both decorative and useful. Made in Portugal and 100% cotton in a neutral color , this gift works in every home! She’ll love it.

Swarovski Crystal Authentic White Light Pierced Earrings

Does your mother-in-law like glitz? Check out these authentic swarovski crystal while light pierced earrings! Brilliant, dazzling, sparkly and elegant, these beautiful earrings make a wonderful addition to any jewelry collection. This classic design goes well with a wide variety of outfits.

American Mah Jongg Set – 166 Premium White Tiles, 4 All-in-One Rack/Pushers 

Not all Mothers-in-Laws play Mah Jongg, but those that do generally are somewhat obsessed with it. Not only do they love the game, but often a group of players stay together for many years and become fast friends. The participants make it a priority to join the game weekly or monthly, however it’s set up, and enjoy the camaraderie and competition. Direct from New York, this set contains 166 premium tiles: 36 Dots, 36 Bams, 36 Cracks, 12 Dragons, 16 Winds, 16 Flowers, 10 Jokers, and 4 Blank Spares. Each tile measures1-3/16″ tall x 7/8″ wide x 1/2″ thick (30mm x 23mm x 13mm) Tiles are white, fully engraved, hand-painted, and made of durable melamine. All the pieces come in an attractive soft carrying case made of high quality canvas. Also included is a 4 all-in-one pusher and tile rack combo, 2 large dice and 100 money chips.

Bath and Body Works 3 Wick Scented Relax Aromatherapy Candle Lavender and Cedarwood  

Once you have this soy-wax candle, you will never want to use another brand! Topped with a decorative lid, The Bath and Body Works 3 wick candle measures 4″ wide, 3 1/2″ tall and 14.5 oz. It is made with heavenly natural essential oils; the lavender oil inspires tranquility and the cedarwood calms your mind. Not only does the candle fill your home with a wonderful aroma, it burns for approximately 25-45 hours. You may think a candle is a candle, but I promise you, this one is far better than the rest!

GoDonut Phone and Tablet Stand  

The sleek and fun GoDonut phone and tablet stand is not the most personal gift, but it is one of my absolute favorite items to give as a gift! It’s truly universal as it’s compatible with 99% of mobile devices, even those not yet on the market! With flexible built-in grooves, it fits all your hand-held electronics from small phones to massive tablets. Not only does it hold them, the grooves give you the option of placing your device 6 different ways to provide the best view possible no matter where you are or what you are doing!  Lightweight and durable, it’s sturdy enough to support even large tablets and best of all, requires no assembly. Made in the USA.

Harrison Convex Stainless Steel Insulated Wine Bottle Chiller 

With double walls for insulation and sturdy stainless steel construction, this angled and contoured chiller fits standard wine and champagne bottles. Showcase a vintage bottle with museum-worthy panache with this gleaming wine or champagne bottle holder. This unique and modern gift is a great way to show a loved one your appreciation.

This pure maple syrup is perfect for the mother-in-law who loves New England. Amber in color with a rich taste, this organic maple syrup is nature’s best sweetener. It’s perfect as a gift because it arrives ready to go in a premium glass bottle which both maintains the flavor indefinitely and allows you to see the beautiful color variation and quality in every bottle. In addition, Runamok maple syrups are certified organic and bird friendly through the National Audubon Society. Made in Vermont. Volume: 25.36 Fl Oz (750mL)

CALZURO Green with Upper Ventilation Holes  

An astonishingly comfortable and weirdly chic pair of Italian surgeon clogs beloved by the mother-in-law (or anyone else…nurses especially love these shoes!) who spends a lot of time on their feet! These Italian made shoes have a 1.5″ heel to reduce fatigue and a slip resistant sole. They are anti-static, eco-friendly, latex free, cruelty free and metal free! There are so many fun colors to choose from! Easily washed in the dishwasher or washing machine.

ROYAL CRAFT WOOD Luxury Bathtub Caddy Tray

This beautiful bamboo bathtub caddy tray is for the mother-in-law who is serious about her bath. Give her the gift of luxury and self-care! This one or two person bath and bed tray holds everything anyone would want – wine, snack, phone or book, she can use it to pamper herself any way she wants. Comes with a bonus free soap holder.

If none of these work for you, how about a food gift? This list of “Gifts for Your Favorite Foodie” contains items that are very popular with older adults. Have other ideas to share? Let us know in the comment section below!



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