Whether you’re meeting your partner’s parents for the first time or you’ve been married for a decade, finding gifts for the people who brought your other half into the world can be super stressful. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to find something that says, “Happy holidays!” and, “I am worthy of your child’s love!” at the same time.
Lucky for you, we’ve got a few ideas that are the perfect combination of thoughtful and practical, so you can head into the holidays with confidence. Go get ’em, Tiger.
Say that five times fast. Lebkuchen (leyb-koo-kuhn), which is sort of a cousin to gingerbread, dates all the way back to 14th-century Germany, but our favorite spot to find these sweet and spicy cookies in the U.S. is Leckerlee in New York City. Leckerlee makes two versions: one that’s coated in sugar and another dipped in chocolate. While the cookies themselves are a unique gift, the beautiful tins they come in make them feel even more special. These babies sell out quickly, so jump on it.($25-35; leckerlee.com)
Sponsored by Personal WineGifting a bottle of wine is never a bad idea, but a personalized bottle of wine? That’s a winner every time. With Personal Wine you select your vino (we suggest this full-bodied cabernet or this refreshing blanc de blancs) then customize it with your very own label or engraving. You can even have it delivered in a hand-crafted wooden wine box etched with a message for extra brownie points. ($14-$1,000+; personalwine.com)
Get your S.O. to spill their parents’ favorite books and artist Jane Mount will turn them into an actual work of art. She has a list of 3,000 books she’s able to sketch (cue jaw drop), and with only a one- to two-week turnaround and a framing add-on, the process really couldn’t be easier.($95; idealbookshelf.com)
Ask any kid and they’ll tell you the best part of receiving a gift is getting to put it together. Grown-ups love getting crafty too—especially when the finished product involves booze. Gifting this DIY Bloody Mary set with a bottle of vodka is a surefire way to get the party started at any family gathering.($36; ggfieldshop.com)
Going the floral route? Nothing wrong with that. Farmgirl Flowers is the crème de la crème of flower-delivery services. It delivers to the lower 48 and sources only ethically grown flowers from American farms. Its Vase, Vase Baby arrangements come in gold-dipped vessels your recipient will actually want to keep, so unlike a mixed bouquet from the grocery store, it’s a gift that keeps on giving.($69-$109; farmgirlflowers.com)
This might seem like a tool your S.O.’s parents would use to lure their spawn back to their hometown, but sometimes all parents need to hear is, “I miss you too.” The folks at Homesick Candles take the best scents of a city or state and pour them into a natural, soy wax candle. Southern California smells like zesty oranges and sea breeze, and New York… well, they were generous with that one.($30; amazon.com)
Don’t let the name fool you—Just Coffee Cooperative is so much more than great quality java. It’s a worker-owned roasting company that makes sustainably sourced, organic coffee in a slew of unique blends. A three-month subscription sends two 12-ounce bags of the featured blend straight to your current/future in-laws’ door every 30 days.($70; justcoffee.coop)
Listen: We know opening a wine bottle isn’t the most difficult task, but this cordless wine opener from Cuisinart makes it a ton more fun. The gadget is both a great gift and an aesthetic upgrade from those French legs sitting in a drawer.($30; bedbathandbeyond.com)
Can you ever have too many cutting boards? Well, maybe—but this one from Etsy has your S.O.’s parents name on it, so it’s about to be their favorite. Plus, everyone knows the best thing about Etsy is you get to gift something handmade without having to suffer through your own failed creation attempts.($29-$57; etsy.com)
I have played this game, and it’s freaking hilarious. Think: Cards Against Humanity meets charades; add in accents and it’s Utter Nonsense. This is the family-friendly version, but if your S.O.’s mom isn’t like a regular mom, she’s a cool mom, you can spice things up with the OG.($22; amazon.com)
No gift wrap necessary for this marble wine cooler. This beauty serves double duty as a vase, so when the wine’s gone, it doesn’t have to live a sad life in the back of a cabinet.($25; crateandbarrel.com)
If you could package up warm fuzzies, it would be this herringbone throw blanket. It’s big enough to wrap up in like a burrito and stylish enough to toss over the couch. And because the more personalized the better, we suggest getting it monogrammed for an additional $10.($39; westelm.com)
Those of us who love the ritual of making coffee know the brewing process can be just as rewarding as actually drinking it. This sweet porcelain pour-over carafe set from Melitta is easy on the eyes and keeps coffee hot with an additional carafe lid.($40; target.com)
This idea isn’t new news, but it’s a tried-and-true gift that never fails to disappoint. Buying a gift card to a restaurant is a great way to take your S.O.’s parents out to dinner without having to actually take them out to dinner.(varies; opentable.com)
Still in search of the perfect present? We’ve got tons more gift ideas right here.
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