It can be hard to know what to get your mother-in-law as a gift, especially if you're new to the family and don't know her well yet. Whether you're looking for a gift to give her at the wedding, or her birthday is coming up, a thoughtful gift can help you win a place in her heart. Talk to your spouse about your mother-in-law's interests and likes, and shop together for something she'll love.
At the Wedding Gifts
While you're not required to give your new mother-in-law a gift at the wedding, giving her a token of your willingness to commit to a healthy relationship with her can give you a solid start to your friendship. An intricate photo frame allows her to display a picture of herself with the two of you at your wedding. A nice piece of jewelry that complements her wedding ensemble is another thoughtful gift idea. Find out what color your mother-in-law's dress is and choose a necklace or pair of earrings to match. Make sure you find something that isn't too large or gaudy, which she may not like and probably wouldn't wear again.
Mother's Day Gifts
When Mother's Day rolls around, it can be hard to come up with meaningful gifts that properly acknowledge your feelings toward your mother-in-law. If your wedding occurs near Mother's Day, finding the right gift can feel even more important than it normally would. A nice set of fancy, monogrammed stationery allows your mother-in-law to write handwritten notes in style. Scented candles or lotions are another option that most women enjoy burning or wearing. Choose a subtle scent that won't overwhelm or your mother-in-law might never use the gift.
The first time your new mother-in-law's birthday comes after you get married can be daunting. You probably want to find just the right gift that's both thoughtful and useful. The latest bestseller or a subscription to a cooking or gardening magazine are ideal choices if she enjoys reading, baking or working in her yard. If not, choose books or magazines that mesh with her interests. If your mother-in-law has a specific hobby, such as knitting or photography, a gift certificate for new gear or supplies is sure to please.
When the Christmas or Hanukkah holiday comes around, your new mother-in-law likely tops your list of gift recipients. For the woman who has everything, donating money to a charity or cause she's passionate about is a thoughtful way to let her know you're thinking of her without giving her another useless item. A photo album filled with recent pictures of your wedding and other family get-togethers is sure to be cherished for years to come. Or, try a bottle of wine or subscription to a wine of the month club for a mother-in-law who is a vino enthusiast.