Gift ideas for your mother-in-law with great taste who's always the hardest person to shop for


Each year, this is one of our most popular categories, and each year, we’re back with more fabulous mother-in-law gift ideas for you. While our entire guide is filled with great gifts for any woman on your list. But hopefully these gift ideas are a perfect place to start. 

Oh, and of course you might find the very perfect gift here for your own mom, grandmother, stepmother, or best girlfriend too.

Gift ideas for your mother-in-law with great taste who’s always the hardest person to shop for




All gifts have been editorially determined by our staff. There has been no compensation for inclusion. (We know that's rare.)

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All prices accurate at time of publication but subject to change.

Be sure to visit our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide posts and our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide posts for even more fabulous gift ideas
including 50+ cool gifts for kids and teens, all under $15





Scandinavian Christmas cookie tin

Almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

$78, Dean & Deluca


Limited edition weighted blanket

Warning: cuddle up under this, she may never come out.

$395, nordstrom


Tea from around the world gift set +
Engraved “sweater weather” spoon

 Either is a great mother-in-law gift, but together? Wonderful!

Teas $55, Uncommon Goods, Spoon $21 Milk & Honey Luxuries


$ 20 on sale, Love Cortnie

Use code COOLMOM for 10% off of everything sitewide including sale items PLUS free ship with two or more items


$13.15, Amazon


Olive and Thistle Wreath By Creekside Farms

Perfect in rustic homes, perfect in modern homes

$ 65, Food 52 Shop


UGG fleece-lined slipper socks

You know you want them for yourself, right?

$49.50, Nordstrom


Monogram journal

Love finding perfect gifts under $20

$18, Anthropologie


Vogue Collection bouquet and vase

A collection all curated by the editors and team at Vogue. 
Shown here: The Negar arrangement curated by Vogue’s Negar Mohammadi .

$138, Urban Stems; other arrangements available for less


Spanish Mamá interlocking circle necklace

Yo también estoy llorando.

$34.99, Dear Ava Jewelry


Beauty suite artisan gift box

Featuring Urb Apothecary bath milk, Dandelion chocolate, and a Tulsi wrap.

$145, Bestowe Gifting


Empowered women empower the world mug

Mothers-in-law can be badass empowered women too, of course!

$15, Polished Prints

Use code MERRY for 10% off site wide


$ 99 on sale, Sur La Table


Murray’s Cheese holiday feast gift box

Stilton and Gruyere and Jam, oh my.

$95, Murray’s Cheese


Capri Blue Fir and Firewood Jar Candle

It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas.

$30, Anthropologie


Naughty or Nice soap trio

We make no judgments as to which she is. Today.

$40, AHA Life


Winter candy bento box

Gingerbread cookie bites? Champagne bubble candies? Oh yes, please.

$65, Sugarfina


Barbara Streisand ornament

For the right  mother-in-law, this will be the most beautiful thing in her entire house.

$60, Broadway Cares

 Be sure to visit our 2020 Small Business Holiday Gift Guide
which helps support dozens of indie shops, makers and artists with the best gifts for everyone on your list.

See our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide here

And don't miss our guide to 50+ of the coolest gifts for kids under $50.