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20 Christmas Gifts for Your Mother in Law She'll Love

She'll love you as if she gave birth to you after receiving one of these brilliant gifts.

20 Christmas Gifts for Your Mother in Law She'll Love

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Mothers-in-law can be some of the hardest people to buy holiday gifts for—it can be like buying for your own mother but trickier. But if you really nail your mother-in-law's gift, it can be a thing of pure beauty. We sorted through hundreds of ideas to bring you the best gifts ideas for your mother-in-law ranging from affordable lounge clothing to swoon-worthy garden gear.

Here are the best Christmas gifts for mother-in-law and similar family connections for you to browse, with something for every type.

What to look for in the best Christmas gifts for mother-in-law

The best gift for your mother-in-law is going to be one that makes her smile. When looking for gifts, think about her taste and hobbies first. You can take context clues from her house, her own purchases for herself and previous gifts. Plus, you always have the option of consulting your spouse.

The best Christmas gifts for mothers-in-law 2023

Whether she's into items that help her sink into a good book, a cozy night at home or gifts for a dog mom because her kids have flown the coop—these mother-in-law gifts are sure to please. Just hurry up—the most popular sizes and colors tend to sell out FAST.

Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Heathered Adult Robe

Barefoot Dreams CozyChic robe Christmas gift for mother-in-law Merchant

Gift your mother-in-law the experience of being swaddled in Barefoot Dreams with this CozyChic robe. It comes in 10 colors and three sizes and is machine washable. It has Barefoot Dreams' signature soft, cozy feel, perfect for lounging around the house.

The woman who made the love of your life is sure to squeal when she receives this baby-soft lounge essential.

UGG Women's Coquette Slipper

UGG Coquette Slipper Christmas gift for mother in law Merchant

Let your mother-in-law slip into comfort with the popular UGG Coquette Slipper. It comes in 12 colors and sizes five to 12 and is comfy for around the house or running errands. It has over 13,000 reviews on Amazon, with reviewers shouting out how comfortable and well-made they are.

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Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash

aesop resurrection hand wash Christmas gift mother in law Merchant

Aesop's Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash smells uber fancy, with a mix of orange, rosemary and lavender. It's the perfect soap to leave out on a bathroom counter, and we guarantee your mother-in-law will love the rich, heady scent that's citrusy and woody.

If your mother-in-law is the type of person who loves nice things but wouldn't dream of spending money on a fancy soap, this is a nice little luxury to gift. She'll love displaying it in the guest bathroom on special occasions.

FRAMEO 10.1 Inch Smart WiFi Digital Photo Frame

FRAMEO 10.1 Inch Smart WiFi Digital Photo Frame Christmas gift mother in law Merchant

For sentimental ones, a FRAMEO 10.1 Inch Smart WiFi Digital Photo Frame is a good gift idea. It can hold hundreds of photos which can be uploaded through FRAMEO's app. It can be oriented horizontally or vertically and it has a touch screen to easily swipe through the photos. Grandparents will love this one, especially if you pre-load it with photos!

CHIVE ‘Caterpillar’ Bubble Bud Vase for Centerpieces

CHIVE ‘Caterpillar’ Bubble Bud Vase Christmas gift mother in law

If your mother-in-law loves flowers, this interesting caterpillar vase design will delight her. It holds six single buds in a row, with water flowing between the six so you don't have to fill each bud vase individually. If your mother-in-law loves to entertain, this is an easy way to add flowers to a tablescape without overthinking it. It comes in small, large and extra-large sizes.

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TOLOCO Massage Gun

TOLOCO Massage Gun Christmas gift mother in law

Take a unique spin on the classic massage gift and gift your MIL this TOLOCO Massage Gun. It will help relieve muscle fatigue and pain with an efficient and powerful little tool. It's chargeable via USB and can run for up to six hours before needing a charge. Ten different massage heads are included so she can find the right pressure for her.

Eberjey Women's Gisele Long PJ Set

Eberjey Gisele PJ Set Christmas gift mother in law Merchant

The Eberjey Gisele Long PJ Set comes in 15 colors and is a perfect gift for a mother-in-law who loves to be comfy and stylish. Made from a soft, stretchy fabric, these are pajamas she'll be thanking you for over and over. They're available in size 0 to 16, too.

It's one of the best mother-in-law Christmas gifts for cozy types and homebodies and is sure to please her year-round.

OSEA Bestsellers Set For Face + Body

OSEA Bestsellers for face and body Christmas gift mother in law Merchant

Beauty lovers will flip for this complete set from OSEA which includes small sizes of some of its most popular items for face and body. The set includes the Ocean Cleanser, Hyaluronic Sea Serum and Atmosphere Protection Cream, which contain good-for-your-skin ingredients like lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and seaweed. You might want to even pick up a set for yourself.

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Tory Burch Braided Leather Apple Watch Strap

Tory Burch Braided Leather Apple Watch Strap Christmas gift mother in law Merchant

This braided leather watch strap might be an upgrade your mother-in-law didn't know she wanted or needed, but she'll love it when she opens it. It adds a little bit of elegance to an Apple Watch, with two signature Tory Burch logo medallions on either side of the watch face.

It fits Series 1 through 6 Apple Watches and has a sophisticated buckle closure and is a wear-it-all-day gift she'll treasure for years to come.

Morden MS Gardening Tote With Pockets Canvas

Garden tool bag Christmas gift mother in law Merchant

If your MIL keeps forgetting to upgrade her gardening tote, she'll love this sleek yet functional style. Made from canvas, it can hold almost four gallons' worth of stuff. It's easy to clean and has tons of pockets for organizing everything from spades and shovels to seed packets to gloves. It can also double as a pool tote, grocery bag and car organizer.

Every day feels like a celebrate-your-mother-day (or mother-in-law!) with this clever gardening accessory.

Americanflat 10x12.5 Kids Artwork Picture Frame

Americanflat 10x12.5 Kids Artwork Picture Frame Christmas gift mother in law Merchant

Mothers-in-law who are also grandparents will love this multi-work art picture frame, where you can store multiple pieces of art behind one display piece. The frame opens up to reveal hidden straps inside so that you can easily swap out art. It comes in a variety of frame colors and can be used with or without the included mat.

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Dofira Butcher Block Cutting Board

Dofira Butcher Block Cutting Board Christmas gift mother in law Merchant

Your gifting ideas won't be on the chopping block if you hand over this stylish butcher block cutting board. Made from rubber and acacia wood, it has an interesting geometric pattern. The wood is naturally non-toxic and moisture resistant and the board measures a large 14 by 11 inches in size. It comes with silicone pads to keep it in place, too.

HP Sprocket Studio Plus WiFi Printer

HP Sprocket Studio Plus WiFi Printer Christmas gift mother in law Merchant

If your MIL is a scrapbooker or is just photo-obsessed, this portable photo printer makes an awesome holiday gift. It can print four-by-six photos in an instant and it's Wi-Fi compatible. It's tiny at only five inches by eight inches, so it can easily fit in a closet or stay out on a countertop. Set it up for her and she'll love you forever.

Back to the Roots Hydroponic Grow Kit

Back to the Roots Hydroponic Grow Kit Christmas gift mother in law Merchant

Mothers-in-law who live in small spaces or who love cooking will appreciate this Back to the Roots Hydroponic Grow Kit. It includes everything you need to grow herbs indoors. It self-waters and comes with an automatic LED light, poles, grow medium, domes and plant food. It's even made from recycled plastic.

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Aera Diffuser

Aera diffuser, Christmas gift mother in law Merchant

For MILs who love a good-smelling home, the Aera Diffuser will be a home run gift. You can adjust it manually or through the Aera app, where you can also create schedules. There are adjustable settings for medium- to large-sized rooms, and you can pick from dozens of fragrances, such as Forest Therapy, Sandalwood or Bitter Orange.

Via Citrus Calamondin Citrus Plant

Via Citrus Calamondin plant Christmas gift mother in law Merchant

If she's always dreamed of having a citrus tree, this tabletop calamondin plant from Via Citrus will delight her. The plants ship at about 15 to 22 inches tall, so she'll have a head start on getting calamondin fruit. Calamondin is a hybrid fruit, similar to a mandarin orange and a kumquat. They're sweet and sour and perfect year-round to add to bakery items, juices and smoothies.

Saatva Waffle Knit Blanket

Saatva waffle knit blanket Christmas gift mother in law Merchant

Movie nights at your in-laws will get an upgrade with Saatva's Waffle Knit Blanket. Soft and cozy, this cotton blanket is perfect for the end of the bed or the side of the couch. It's naturally moisture-wicking and breathable, meaning she won't get too hot, and it can be machine washed. It comes in three colors, white, taupe and carbon, which can match just about any decor.

The brand also makes one of our favorite toddler mattress and the best crib mattress options on the market, so you know it's good.

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Breville Espresso Machine

Breville The Barista Impress Express, Christmas gift mother in law Merchant

Feeling extra fancy and ready to impress an espresso-loving mother-in-law? Then the Barista Impress Express should be on your list for the ultimate caffeine lover. It's user-friendly and allows for the perfect dose and measurement each time. It has 25 grind settings, as well as a whole bunch of technology to make sure that every single espresso pull is exact.

There's also a steam wand for steaming milk, and the set comes with a stainless steel portafilter, stainless steel milk jug, one and two single and dual wall filter baskets, a water filter holder with filter, precision tool and cleaning tablets. She'll up be up and running in no time.

Schmidt Brothers Bonded Ash 7-Piece Kitchen Knife Set

Schmidt Brothers - Bonded Ash 7-Piece Kitchen Knife Set Christmas gift mother in law Merchant

When was the last time you upgraded your knives? The same probably holds true for your mother-in-law, so a knife set would be a perfect gift for any cook. This seven-piece set includes a bread knife, slicer knife, chef knife, utility knife, santoku knife and paring knife, as well as a magnetic knife block. It's acrylic and wood, so the knives become part of the kitchen decor.

The knives are high-quality and made from 100% German stainless steel, and the block is made from imported, sustainable German wood.

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