Looking for the perfect gift idea for your daughter-in-law? A thoughtful gift from a mother-in-law on special occasions will be greatly appreciated. From budget picks to splurges, we’ve identified 31 creative ideas she’s sure to love.
If you’re looking for a unique idea to brighten her day, consider a flowering bonsai tree. Bonsai Boy, a well-regarded specialist nursery, has hundreds of great options on their website linked below. Next-day shipping is available Monday through Thursday for an extra charge. Ships within the USA only. You have the option to include extras such as a meter to measure when it needs watering.
Give your daughter-in-law a fun surprise she’ll look forward to each month. We’ve linked to a collection of over 30 self-care themed boxes including the Sweet Escape, which includes a novel of your genre choice and handmade bath products. Or try the Bath Bevy, featuring all kinds of fun spa-oriented goodies.
If you’re looking for a gift to inspire your daughter-in-law, consider a Master Class subscription. Master Class has recruited masters at their craft to share their secrets and educate. How about a lesson from David Sedaris on humor and story telling? Or a course from Anna Wintour on creativity and leadership? While subscriptions are a little pricey at $180 for a full access to all classes, you get access to two passes (a limited time offer at time this was published). That way, both you and your daughter-in-law can enjoy the classes together! A great way to strengthen your bond.
Give your charming daughter-in-law a special bracelet with a cute message from her mother-in-law: “Marriage made you family, love made you my daughter.” The bangle bracelet also includes a feather and two different heart charms.
These delightful tree globes symbolize your shared family bond. Handmade in Canada from recycled glass, they are sold individually in six different styles including “family.”
Give her a taste of the finest chocolate in the world with a wide selection of Godiva Chocolates! The 70-piece box has a variety of Godiva’s most sought-after sweets, including open oysters, which are difficult to find and impossible to get individually.
Gift your daughter-in-law some stylish sunglasses she can take anywhere. Full rim coverage protects her beautiful eyes, while the classic celebrity style will make her feel chic – and think of you – every time she wears them out.
Your daughter-in-law deserves a timeless handbag that’s big enough to hold all her daily items but classic enough to survive any fashion trend. The beloved Longchamp brand will make it a daily wardrobe staple, and the neutral black and luxurious leather straps will be something she treasures for years to come.
She’ll love this versatile clutch from Fossil made of the finest leather. A snap closure keeps everything safe and sound inside while the zip-top wallet will make it easy to get at her change. Also included are card slots and an ID window to help keep her organized.
A cozy blanket scarf that feels as soft as cashmere, but is a less high-maintenance easy-wash acrylic, is the perfect gift for any daughter-in-law. This versatile scarf can go wherever she goes, from hiking and picnics to road trips or long walks in cool weather. A great accessory that can double as a throw.
Looking for a gift for your soon to be daughter in law? This lovely little necklace includes two pendants — a small tree and heart. Comes in a box with the following message: “Daughter to be — can’t wait for you to be a branch on the family tree.” Handmade in Tennessee.
Take the frustration out of trying to nap with earphones! This bluetooth eye mask allows her to block out light while drifting off to her favourite music, meditation, or ambient melody without disturbing those around her. Perfect for daughter-in-laws who have to suffer through loud hotel rooms or long travel hours.
Offer your daughter-in-law a pampering selection of organic products that are easy to take on the go! From face and lips to hands and feet, Burt’s Bees has her covered, using all-natural ingredients that nourish even the most sensitive skin.
Help your daughter-in-law unwind after a stressful day with a gift set of bath bombs. Each of the 12 uniquely designed bombs are handmade in the USA that fizz with fun colors guaranteed not to stain the tub. Bombs are all therapeutic, moisturizing, and formulated for normal to dry skin.
This sweet journal is a place for your daughter-in-law to chronicle life events, notes, family recipes – whatever suites her fancy. The important thing is its message — you care about her and want her to express herself. 100 pages with select inspirational quotes through it.
If she loves her manicures, she’s going to love creating her own nail art! The set comes with everything your daughter-in-law needs to design her beautiful nails, from a variety of colored rhinestones to 45 sheets of nail art. With all supplies provided of the highest quality, friends will be asking her where she got her nails done.
Help your daughter-in-law prop up all of her books with these durable elephant bookends. The reinforced feet ensure books don’t fall over due to their weight and help keep things neat and tidy. These bookends are not only elegant and fun, they’re suitable for various parts of the house. She can use them in her kitchen to keep her cookbooks organized, at her office, or in the living room to showcase her book collection in a stylish way.
This luxurious briefcase offers everything from an adjustable shoulder strap and protectively padded laptop compartment, to a special velvet lined jewelry pouch. There’s event a built in key ring so she’ll have everything she needs on hand to take on the day.
Available in a multitude of colors to fit her existing home decor, this microfiber throw is super soft flannel on one side and ultra thermal plush sherpa on the other. A great addition to Netflix nights on the couch, and for keeping warm when the temperature drops.
A high quality vegan leather journal lets your daughter-in-law pen her thoughts in a stylish way. The ribbon bookmark helps her keep her place, and the sewn binding lays flat without help to make for easy writing. The best part is the journal is refillable, so she’ll be using this sophisticated and detailed cover for years to come.
This incredibly smooth fountain pen is refillable (works with both standard disposable cartridges and all bottle ink) so it will remain in your daughter-in-law’s hands for years to come. The fine design and detailing makes everyday note taking a pleasure. It even comes in its own box that makes for elegant gifting.
Help your daughter-in-law organize all her delicious recipes in a fresh new way with a Kate Spade recipe book. The book includes 7 sections for easy organization, 20 recipe spreads, 10 clear sleeves and has an elastic closure for secure storage. A unique gift that can be passed down and shared with friends and family.
Charm bracelets are a thoughtful edition to any jewelry collection! Add your own charm or two to personalize the gift further, and give your daughter-in-law a thoughtful piece she can continue to add to over time, collecting memories she’ll treasure forever.
Give your active daughter-in-law a water bottle that will keep up with her lifestyle. The sleek design makes for the ultimate travel companion, so she can stay hydrated on the go. A specially designed cap makes for a leak-free experience, even if it ends up at the bottom of a bag after a long day.
This unique cosmetics bag is both waterproof and shockproof – protecting her delicate makeup from scratches, dust, or impact. The interior has multiple separate pockets for easy organization and the fun design will make her want to show it off!
Give your daughter-in-law something comfortable to slip into when she gets home. With suede bottoms, memory foam soles, and pink fleece uppers, these are a fun take on cartoonish bunny slippers that are as soft on her feet as they are on the floor.
This 100% cotton robe is super soft on the skin and highly absorbent as well. Elegant and lightweight, with a V-neck design and ¾ sleeves, your daughter-in-law will love getting comfy in this as she kicks off her morning routine.
Help your daughter-in-law take her yoga game up a level with this eco-friendly mat designed with nature in mind. All materials are non-toxic and the mat is extra thick for added support. The jute is non-slip, reversible and memory-foam like, and comes with a handy strap for easy carry and storage.
Your daughter-in-law is sure to feel re-centered with this thoughtful gift. The lava stones absorb essential oils so that she can take aromatherapy on the go. Designed to celebrate the chakras, she can mix and match scents to feel as relaxed or energized as she likes, depending on her mood. Easily adjustable to fit any wrist!
Make her weekend errand run that much easier with this fashionable tote! A synthetic leather strap and cotton canvas material make it extra durable, while the inside offers special pouches for her cards and cell phone. The simple design makes for lots of room to slip in all her finds during any shopping excursions.
Encourage your daughter-in-law’s green thumb with a garden tool kit that works double time as an organizer and storage container. All the essentials are included – including rust-free tools and gardening gloves to protect her hands. The included caddy makes it easy to carry everything she needs during interior or exterior gardening sessions.
Make growing fresh herbs easy and accessible with a counter top indoor garden kit. Your daughter-in-law can have fresh herbs and veggies year-round. 6 plants can be grown at a time, with LED lighting to make sure they’re getting just the right amount of light. The control panel even alerts her to when the plants need more water.
What should you avoid giving your daughter-in-law?
1. Form-fitting clothes. Avoid shirts, dresses, etc., that may not fit her as she prefers.
2. Kitchen equipment. This could be interpreted as a passive aggressive hint she needs to cook better for her husband.
3. Fitness gifts. The implication is that she needs it, not a good message to send.
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