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Gifts for Mother in Laws (Day 4), 12 Days of Shopping

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

Zip-It, $22

A gadget to open sealed plastic packages. It would be helpful on Christmas day as well especially for toys!


FreeKey, $8.50

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.

KeyLite, $5

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.

Humio, $90

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!

pocket mirrorfelix doolittle pocket mirror

American Apparel has lovely lightweight circle scarves in a variety of colors, $28.

American Apparel scarves

Touch Screen Gloves, $19

touch screen gloves, iphone gloves, texting gloves for women



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!).

skin care gift for mother in law

Clarins The It Kit is also nice! $50 (a $104 value).

clarins skincare sampler


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.

dagmar bleasdale candles

The vintage rose teacup, $20, would be perfect for my mom. Her name is Rose!

vintage teacup candles

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

Saturday, December 1:  Make Your Own Gifts with granola two ways. Hers and Mine.

Sunday, December 2:  Kids Make Gifts Craft, Clove Fruit and Crafts.

Monday, December 3: Personalized Gifts, Hers and Mine.

Tuesday, December 4:  Father-in-Law/Dad and Mother-in-Law/Mom

Wednesday, December 5:  Tutors/Teachers

Thursday, December 6:  High Tech/Low Tech

Friday, December 7:  Hostess/Doing Good

Saturday, December 8:  Sanitation Engineers, Mail CarriersHairdresser, Delivery People, Babysitter, Cleaning People, Dog Walker/Dog Trainer

Sunday, December 9:  Husband, Me (Our Own  List), CapabilityMom’s List

Monday, December 10:  Cats/Dogs

Tuesday, December 11:  Quick Gifts from Whole Foods and Gourmet Food Store

Wednesday, December 12:  ’Cause I Am So Together,  Last Minute Home Made Gifts, Homemade Ornament Crafts for Kids and Capability:Mom’s Homemade Gift

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Gael@Inbound Marketing Agency

    Excellent post, I’m actually spending christmas at my girlfriend’s place and I think I’ll go with some of these suggestions. That was helpful

    A clueless guy 🙂
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  2. Nancy

    Love your gift ideas! The humidifier is a total find love the book and movie combo pack – great pics!

  3. Ann

    I like that humidifier! My husband likes to have one running for his instruments

    I think it would also be fun to have that camera, so would me daughter!
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  4. twisterfish

    I think that scarf is great, but when I went to the site it was $28, not $22. Did you have a promo code to get it at $22?

  5. The camera with a built in printer. That is a great gift!
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  6. Where was this post last week, when I was combing through Amazon reviews looking for a decent humidifier?
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  7. Dee

    I loved the sweet purse mirrors! Just ordered one for my mom!
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    • Hi Dee,
      Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! My daughter is interning at Felix Doolittle and it’s a tough business to compete against very large online stationary company that also do personalized gifts. I love Felix’s watercolor artwork and the products are such high quality. One of my daughter’s jobs is to pack up the orders very carefully. They believe in exquisite packaging. She’s loving learning about commercial art and also now has acquired present wrapping as a skill that I will put to good use this Christmas! Thanks again for supporting Felix Doolittle!! I’ll see if my daughter can’t be the one to pack your order and ship it to you!
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