Gifts For Mother-in-Law: 33 Best Gift Ideas In 2020 That Show You Truly Care

  • BY Joe Palinsky
  • September 21, 2020
Gifts For Mother-in-Law: 33 Best Gift Ideas In 2020 That Show You Truly Care

Grabbing a gift for your mother-in-law on special occasions is NOT about earning brownie points.

The gesture should be about how deeply you care about your partner’s mom and how thankful you are for her presence in your life.

It seems like an impossible mission to get a MIL a gift she actually likes. But here, you can find a gift idea even for a mother-in-law who already has everything.

We just need you to do one more thing.

Find out what she likes.

Is she a pet lover? Does she love wine? Does she Netflix and chill? Or is she a green thumb gardener?

Dig deep and tap into her personal interests. Combined with our gift guide, you can surprise your mother-in-law on her birthday, the holiday season, Mother’s Day and beyond, and give her the TLC she deserves.

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Our Gift Guide for Mother-in-Law

Birthday Gifts For Mother-In-Law

A birthday can be a very special day for most people. To help your mother-in-law feel loved and appreciated, consider a personalized gift that captures her unique personality.

Birth Flower Necklace As A Birthday Gift For Mother-In-Law

Birth Flower Necklace

From $34.99

Every month is associated with a very specific flower. Show her a bit of love by gifting her a flower necklace that features the blossom of her birth month. A simple and touching way to show you care.


Birthstone Bracelet

From $14.43

Need an affordable gift for your mother-in-law? A birthstone bracelet is an inexpensive present yet meaningful. Simply select the correct birthstone and you’ve got yourself a gift she’s sure to adore.

September Birth Flower Earrings For Mother-In-Law

Birth Flower Teardrop Earrings


Exploring personalized gifts for mother-in-laws is an opportunity to consider some truly unique items, and these birth flower teardrop earrings are one of them.

The earrings feature the birth flower of your choice and are crafted from gorgeous, durable materials.

a birthday photo mug for mother-in-law with a quote

‘It Took Me Years To Look This Good’ Birthday Photo Mug


A funny gift is always a good idea when you want to keep the mood light. And this photo mug is an excellent way to wish your MIL a happy birthday.

Select a photo and watch her smile break out as she reads the humorous message on the mug.

READ MORE: The Top 40 Birthday Gift Ideas To Surprise Your Women In 2020

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas For Mother-In-Law

When Mother’s Day rolls around, your mother-in-law should be one of the top people on your mind for gifts. And this is a great opportunity to show her your gratitude and treat her as your second queen.

engraved jewelry box for mother-in-law on Mother's Day

Personalized Jewelry Box


A special woman deserves a gift that is just as unique. A personalized jewelry box is an ideal place for your mother-in-law to store all her rings and necklaces. Customize the box with a sentimental message and you’ve got a perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Plus Size Women's Satin Kimono Robe

Kimono Robe


Does your mother-in-law have an elegant sense of style? If so, this kimono robe is definitely a gift she’ll adore.

Pretty and delicate, this robe is ideal for sitting around the house and relaxing in a state of total comfort.

Personalized Cutting Board Gift For Mother-In-Law

Personalized Cutting Board


Plenty of mothers spend long hours in the kitchen prepping meals for the family. And this is a great angle to consider when selecting your gift. A personalized cutting board will be a gorgeous and practical addition to her kitchen.

personalized leather catchall tray with initial of mother-in-law

Personalized Leather Catchall Tray

From $18.00

There are plenty of items to remember to have on you before leaving the house. If she struggles with leaving important accessories behind, a catchall tray is a perfect gift. With this, she’ll have a centralized place to toss everything she needs.

Mother-in-Law Lotus Necklace As Mother's Day Gift

Mother-in-Law Lotus Necklace


Mother’s Day is a chance for you to say thank you to all of the women and moms who play significant parts in your life. This lotus necklace is ideal for your mother-in-law. Featuring a beautiful design, this gift easily shows your deep appreciation.

READ MORE: 60+ Sweetest Mother’s Day Gifts That She Will Surely Cherish

Christmas Gifts For Mother-In-Law

The holiday season is another time you may struggle finding the best gifts for your mother-in-law.

Don’t worry.

Whether you opt for a gift that fits the mood of the holidays or you purchase a practical present, there are lots of great ideas. She is sure to adore finding any of these under her tree this December!

pajamas with the funny quote I long to be around you

‘I Long To Be Around You’ Pajamas

From $13.00

Christmas can be a cold day. Falling in the dead of winter, nights around this time can be chilly. Gifting your mother in law some pajamas is a great way to help her look cute and stay cozy through the season.

­RELATED: Heartwarming Gifts For Dog Moms

a custom blanket for mother-in-law with family name and the words Joy To The World

Custom Blanket With Family Name


A customized blanket is a wonderful present to consider for your lady. With a design that is unique to the name of the family, she can display this at home or snuggle up in the blanket on a chilly evening to ‘Netflix and Chill’.

ember temperature control smart mug - Christmas Gifts for Mother-In-Law

Temperature Control Smart Mug


While she is reading book, keeping a cup of coffee or tea hot can be a real chore, making a smart mug a perfect gift to give your mother-in-law this Christmas.

This temperature controlled mug is one of the best tech gifts that will keep beverages warm as she likes.

RELATED: 30 Best Tech Gifts For Women In 2020

Glass Terrarium Vase For Mother In Law

Glass Terrarium


Instead of the traditional ‘vase with flowers’ gifts, you can get your mother-in-law something truly unique and a glass terrarium is an absolutely gorgeous alternative. This clever Christmas gift is sure to impress her by how original it is.

Ultrasonic Diffuser & Humidifier

Smart Diffuser and Humidifier


Essential oils have a way of invigorating the way a home feels. A smart diffuser and humidifier is another tech gift that helps to keep your mother-in-law’s home fresh and welcoming. And it is a great gift for her home that works through the year.

Home Sweet Home Personalized Address Pillow

‘Home Sweet Home’ Personalized Address Pillow


Home is where the heart is. If you want to get sentimental with your present, consider a personalized address pillow. This is one of the better gifts for mother in law when you want to see some tears of joy.

mom's sewing room art print - gift for mother-in-law

Mother-In-Law’s Sewing Room Art Print

From $22.00

Is your partner’s mom someone who enjoys sewing or quilting? This art print is a perfect gift for women who are quilters or know how to work a needle and thread. She’ll love hanging in unique gift on the walls of her sewing room.

­RELATED: 55 Gifts For The Quilter You Love

Women's Comfy Faux Fur House Slipper

House Slipper

From $19.99

On a cold morning, walking around barefoot can be a challenge. So these house slippers are a great gift for your partner’s mother. Slipping on a pair of these can help to keep her feet nice and comfortable no matter how cold it gets.

Women's Cozy Chenille Sock As A Christmas Gift For Mother-In-Law

Women’s Cozy Chenille Sock


When it comes to gifts that are sure to please a lot of personalities, socks are a great fit. A pair of women’s cozy chenille socks will definitely work for your mother in law. Find a design she’ll like and you’ve got a practical and thoughtful gift.

Bathtub Caddy Tray

Bathtub Caddy Tray


Lounging around in the tub is a perfect way for a woman to relax, and this bathtub caddy tray can enhance the experience. Whether used to hold a glass of wine or a good book, this gift truly improves the time she spends in the bath.

Herbal Bath Oil Gift Set For Mother In Law

Herbal Bath Oil Gift Set


Want to help your mother in law experience the spa without leaving home? An herbal bath oil gift set is a lovely idea. A few drops will transform her home into a relaxing environment for self care.

Wine Coasters Set For Mother In Law

Coasters for Wine Lovers


For the woman who loves her wine, a funny gift is in order. These coasters are definitely going to make your mother in law crack a smile. Plus, coasters are always helpful to have around the house for when guests visit.

Woven Wine Tote with Glasses Gift For Mother In Law

Woven Wine Tote with Glasses


Another great fit when it comes to grabbing holiday gifts for wine aficionados is a wine tote. These woven wine totes are as practical as they are beautifully designed.

And you know what else you can do to make this gift way better? Slip a bottle in the tote and off you go.

Cats And Wine Make Everything Fine Custom Photo Collage Mug

‘Cats And Wine Make Everything Fine’ Photo Mug


Does your mother-in-law have a furry friend at home? If she is usually accompanied by her cat, she will definitely love this photo collage mug. The ‘cat lover‘ in her will love the design and the ‘wine lover’ in her will be happy to fill up the cup!

­RELATED: 50 Gifts That Are Just Purrfect for Cat Lovers

elle workout clothes subscription box gift for mother in law

Workout Clothes Subscription Box

$49.95 for 5 items

For the woman who is fitness oriented, workout clothes are a useful gift. A subscription box is even better, allowing your mother in law to experience new outfits on a regular basis.

Massagers for Neck and Back with Heat

Massagers for Neck and Back with Heat


Need thoughtful gifts for mother-in-law that she’ll be able to put to good use? A neck and back massager is definitely a perfect fit. After a long day, using a massager on sore muscles is a wonderful way to unwind and feel relief.

Blue Light Blocking Glasses Gift For Mother-In-Law

Blue Light Blocking Glasses


Does she spend a lot of time in front of a computer? If so, glasses designed to block the blue light put off by devices can be a fantastic gift. Help your mother in law protect her vision and enhance clarity with this affordable and stylish eyewear.

Jade Roller Skin Massager For Mother In Law On Christmas

Jade Roller


Personal care products are always wonderful presents to consider. After applying a serum or an oil, a jade roller can help her spread out the product evenly across the face. This helps the excess oils get absorbed quicker and deliver exceptional results to her skin.

L'Occitane Hand Cream Classics Trio Gift Set

Hand Cream Gift Set


Some gifts are all about living the life of luxury. A hand cream gift set is a perfect way to show your mother-in-law a bit of decadence. Help her keep her hands hydrated and healthy with this lovely gift idea.

diamond teapot - christmas gifts for mother-in-law

Diamond Teapot


Few gifts are as classic and as practical as a teapot. The woman who enjoys starting or ending her day with a cup of tea will adore this present. Plus, it makes for a lovely piece of decor to display on her shelf.

Measuring Cups and Spoons Set

Measuring Cups and Spoons Set


For the baker in the family, a set of measuring cups and spoons is a gift that can’t be beat. Your mother-in-law will definitely love having these handy when she’s whipping up some confections. The simple style also makes this set pleasing to the eyes.

RELATED: 40 Best Gifts for Bakers That Level Up Their Baking Skill

Live by Faith – Grow in Grace – Walk in Love Canvas Sign

‘Live by Faith, Grow in Grace, Walk in Love’ Canvas Sign


Need Christmas gifts for the mother-in-law who has everything? A canvas sign featuring a meaningful message is definitely worth your while. This religious piece of art will look amazing hanging in her home.

Click and Grow Smart Garden - A Gift For Mother In Law

Click and Grow Smart Garden


These days, everything has gone digital. If she is a fan of gardening, a click and grow smart garden may be one of the best gifts for your in-law. A great way to encourage her green thumb all throughout the year.

Garden Kneeler And Seat

Garden Kneeler and Seat


Just think about it. Spending long hours outside in the garden can have a toll on the back and knees. Therefore, a garden kneeler and seat is a practical gift for this problem, allowing your mother-in-law to simply take a load off whenever she needs to relax.

Starry Night Solar Stake - Gifts For Mother-In-Law

Starry Night Solar Stake


Unique gifts for your mother-in-law are always a good option to go with. Starry night solar stakes are an outdoor accessory meant to add some life to her garden after dark. Simply stake it into the ground, wait for dusk, and see how the world lights up.

Starry Night Solar Stake In A Garden


There are all kinds of options available to you when you need gifts for a mother-in-law.

From the sweet and sentimental to the practical and affordable, you can easily discover the perfect fit with a little research into the personality of your partner’s mom and her interests or hobbies.

After all, as the woman responsible for raising your significant other, your mother-in-law deserves all of the love and attention on special occasions, just like your own mom does.

­READ MORE: 65 Unique Gifts For Her: The Ultimate Gift Guide for Women (2020)



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