Gift Ideas for Mother-in-Law (MIL) and Father-in-Law (FIL)
My mother-in-law, like my own mother, is easy to shop for because they are both became artists after they retired and are quite talented and even selling their work and/or getting commissions! Gifting around a hobby is always an easy option but … what if your in laws don’t have hobbies that lend themselves to gifts?
Last year, I rounded up all the gifts I typically send my mother-in-law and mother. I ALWAYS give them same gift! Do you do that too? Seems safer somehow and it’s easy when they like the same things. Capability:Mom has a popular post from last year on gifts for father-in-laws. She updates her post here.
Practical and Helpful Gifts to Solve Problems
A gadget to open sealed plastic packages. It would be helpful on Christmas day as well especially for toys!
I hate adding keys or plastic fobs to my key chain because it’s so difficult to open up the key ring. FreeKey solves that problem for up to 5 keys.
Another gizmo for the key chain is this nifty LED light that sticks on to your key to help you open your door when it’s dark.
We need humidifiers for the dry winter air in New England even though we have radiators in our house. One issue is where to put the unsightly humidifier that stays out all winter (5 months or more!). I like the Humio for its space efficient design and good looks. That it is also a night light is an added bonus!
Instant Digital Camera with a built in printer, $160
It’s pricey but perfect for moms or mother-in-laws that are technology challenged or just need a quick polaroid for a project.
Stocking Stuffers for Moms and Mother-in-Laws
My mom would love these pocket mirrors, $12, for her purse from Felix Doolittle. It would be a great stocking stuffer for her if she were at my house for the holidays!
American Apparel has lovely lightweight circle scarves in a variety of colors, $28.
Touch Screen Gloves, $19
Skin Care Sampler Kits
Celebrity facialist Ole Hendrikson’s Seven Skincare Sensations is a great way to try his line. 7 of his best-selling products for $50 (a $115 value!).
Clarins The It Kit is also nice! $50 (a $104 value).
Vintage Teacup Soy Candles
My blog friend Dagmar Bleasdale has lovely soy candles in vintage tea cups. Each one is unique and special!
This lovely trio is $36.
The vintage rose teacup, $20, would be perfect for my mom. Her name is Rose!
Book and A Movie
If you want to a do a book and movie combination, try The September Issue, a documentary about Vogue’s biggest issue ever with Anna Wintour, the lunatic in The Devil Wears Prada. The takeaway from this movie for me was her genius fashion editor, Grace Coddington, a flame haired ex-model who is the kind soul at Vogue as well as a creative styling genius.
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The 12 Days of Shopping
Monday, December 3: Personalized Gifts, Hers and Mine.
Sunday, December 9: Husband, Me (Our Own List), CapabilityMom’s List
BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 is a book that I created to highlight books written by authors who share the same marginalized identity as the characters in their books.