Nov 15, 2013

Christmas Shopping Tips: Great Gifts for Your Mother-in-Law

Finding the perfect Christmas gift for each member of the family is crazy enough, but trying to figure out what to get your mother-in-law can be downright migraine-inducing. You can probably forget receiving any meaningful input from your dear hubby. Chances are pretty good you probably know more about what his mother likes than he does! But if you're still left scratching your head over what to get her this year, you can now relax, sit back and enjoy a glass of Charles Shaw. Whether you're her first daughter-in-law or one of many, we've got you covered and soon you'll definitely be the favorite.

For Your New Mother-in-Law

If this is your first Christmas buying a gift for your mother-in-law, you'll want to get her something heartfelt that will impress. A photo of you and your husband in a "thank you for raising the man of my dreams" frame will let her know how much you love her son and how much you appreciate everything she's done for him. These frames are available in a variety of styles and sizes, and can be found online at JuxtaPost.com or Etsy.com for around $40.

If Your Mother-in-Law is a Grandma

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Grandmothers love keeping their grandchildren close. What better way to help your mother-in-law keep her grandchildren close at heart than with a beautiful pearl bracelet? Pearls by Laurel offers a gorgeous bracelet you can customize with pearls in the color of your children's birthstones. This is surprisingly affordable at only $29.95 at PearlsByLaurel.com.

For the Mother-in-Law Who Has Everything

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Some women have the good fortune to have everything — and these ladies are the toughest to buy for. That's where gift baskets come in. Buying Christmas gift baskets from FTD is a quick and easy solution. Just a few clicks and you're done. For about $70 at you can send your mother-in-law a gourmet basket of wine, chocolate and cheese sure to please the most discriminating palate.

For the Adventurous Mother-in-Law

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If you've ever wanted to tell your mother-in-law to jump off a cliff, now you can do just that. Give the gift of an experience such as bungee jumping or whitewater rafting. Companies like Cloud 9 Living specialize in gift experiences ranging from dinner cruises and spa packages to fighter pilot training and race car driving. Helping your mother-in-law check items off her bucket list can range anywhere from $115 for a massage to over $2,000 to play "Top Gun" in an authentic aircraft.

For the Mother-in-Law You Can't Stand

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Let's face it. More often than not our mother-in-law isn't at the top of our favorite-person list. This Christmas, kill her with kindness and get her something you know she will love. How? If you've known her long enough to not be able to stand her, you probably know more about her than you'd like to admit. Whatever she's into, take it up a notch with a gift that shows her you've been paying attention. Does she have a tiny dog she insists on taking everywhere? Give her a gift card to a fancy dog boutique. Does she have a creepy doll collection? Buy her the greatest creepy doll you can find. Is she a stickler for etiquette? Get her a vintage etiquette book; eBay has them starting at around $10.

Lisa Fischer
Lisa is a social media enthusiast from Honolulu.

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