Gift Ideas for In-Laws


Sure, the word, "Mother-in-law" might conjure up an image of a haughty, domineering, bossy, bitter old lady with whom you have little to nothing in common.

Dealing with the in-laws can be the foundation of colossal marital conflict.

Then there's the choosing the gifts for the inlaws. If they like you, choosing something shouldn't be too testing, but if your relationship's rocky and your parents in law can't stand you, it can be nothing short of a challenge. When one said "I do" to their spouse, they also said "I do" to their entire family. They are, in essence, just as bound to these people as they are to their significant other.

Save yourself going down the repackaged-wedding-gifts-and-new-socks route. Whatever your budget or your in-laws' preferences, you can choose thoughtful, useful birthday, anniversary or Christmas gifts for inlaws that'll be treasured and enjoyed (even if you aren't).

Gifts for the Mother-In-Law

If your mother in law's in need of some pampering, consider giving her the gift of relaxation and luxury. Purchase a personalised pamper hamper complete with a selection of bath accessories plus a bottle of personalised wine. These make superb gift ideas for inlaws - well, mums in-laws anyway! Alternatively, if she has a sweet tooth, treat her to a jar of personalised retro sweets or a luxury box of chocolates.

Numerous online retailers supply yummy sweetie jars complete with her name on the label, not forgetting boxes of scrumptious personalised chocolates displaying her name on the beautifully presented gift box. Yum, yum! You could go one step further. Indulge her with a luxury food hamper filled with a selection of delicious delights, from fabulous fudge to magnificent marmalades.

Gifts for the Father-In-Law

Sure, gadgets and gizmos make great gifts for inlaws. And if he's handy around the house, he won't be disappointed with an all-in-one pocket knife or a toolkit. Nor would he be disappointed with a magazine subscription to a car mag - if he's a motorhead, that is - or if he's sporty, then perhaps a men's health mag.

But why not think outside the box? If he enjoys a tipple, the best gifts for inlaws would be a bottle of personalised beer, whisky, wine or cider customised with his name and a message on the bottle label. If he's a football fanatic, bestow him with a footie book featuring articles surrounding his rich team's history.

Gifts for them

Whether you're seeking birthday, thank-you or even Christmas presents for in-laws, why not take care of two gifts in one? If you have kids, consider a photography gift. Put photos of your little ones in a lovely frame, personalised with the names of your parents in law.

As far as Xmas gifts for inlaws go, how about investing in a luxury food hamper filled with all their favourites, from biscuits, coffee, tea or hot chocolate? Treat them both to a variety of delicious treats designed for the happy couple.