The 24 best gifts for your in-laws, whether you're meeting them for the first time or have known them for years

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  • Gifts for in-laws can be tricky, whether it's your first meeting or you've known them for years.
  • We rounded up 24 of the best gift ideas for your in-laws, from small thank yous to grander gestures.
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Depending on your relationship, their tastes, and a host of other factors, getting a thoughtful gift for in-laws can be pretty high pressure. Whether you're meeting them for the first time or have known them for years and just want to show some appreciation, the right gift can go a long way. 

You don't have to go overboard, and there are plenty of unique gift ideas for in-laws that show you care about them. To ease your mind, we curated some great gifts that are sure to please any mother-in-law and father-in-law. We picked gifts that cover a wide range of prices, tastes and functions. Whether it's a small gift like a lotus-shaped serving board or a bigger one like a tech gadget, what these all have in common is that your in-laws will love them.

Here are 24 of the best gifts for in-laws:

Gifts under $50
A salt block that'll up their grilling game
Himalayan Salt Plate - gifts for in laws


Himalayan Salt Plate, available at Wayfair, $7.52

This is more than just a pretty pink plate, it's actually a block of Himalayan salt. Not only can it be used to serve food, but it can actually be used to cook food too. Cooking and serving with a salt slab will up the ante on plenty of their family-favorite meals.

Note: Item ordered may arrive after Christmas. 

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Audible Membership, available at Amazon, from $15/month

The amazon audible is great for entertaining the in-law who loves absorbing new information wherever they go. They can listen to anything they want from thousands of audiobooks, podcasts, documentaries, sleep programs, and more.

A coffee table book for book lovers
Bibliophile book - gifts for in laws


"Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany," available at Amazon, $15.19

If your in-laws love to read, they'll enjoy this book from illustrator Jane Mount, who is known for the colorful book spines of notable works. Inside, they'll find tours of the world's best bookstores, quizzes to test book knowledge, and samplings of famous fictional meals — all illustrated in Mount's fun and whimsical style. You can find more coffee table books for gifting here.

A photo book of fond memories with your in-laws
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Softcover Photo Book, available at Artifact Uprising, from $17

If you've spent holidays or vacations in the past with your in-laws, a sweet photo book to bring back good memories can be a great gift and way to show you appreciate family time with them. Artifact Uprising makes it easy with custom options at affordable prices. Or you can customize thoughtful cards for as little as $1.90 per card. You can also create a set of prints for $9.

A new cookbook to add to their repertoire
cookbook collection - gifts for in laws


"Cook Like a Pro" by Ina Garten, available at Amazon, $17.21

Ina Garten's latest release is a great addition to any home chef's cookbook collection. They'll learn plenty of new recipes and cooking techniques — and you might even get to taste the fruits of their labor one day. 

A coffee subscription box for trying new beans
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Blue Bottle Coffee

Whole Bean Subscription, available at Blue Bottle Coffee, from $22/month

If they love coffee, they'll love getting the chance to try a bunch of new brews every month. Blue Bottle's beans are high quality, packaged at peak flavor, and come in a range of unique blends.

A smart speaker to help them get started on a smart home
Nest Mini - gifts for in laws

Best Buy

Google Nest Mini, available at Best Buy, $24.99

If your in-laws are not really the techie types, start them out with this small smart speaker. Nest Mini is a subtle introduction to smart technology — plus they'll get a kick out of communicating with Google Assistant. 

Read our full review of the Google Nest Mini here.

A charging hub so they don’t have to fight for the open outlet
electronics charging hub - gifts for in laws


elago 3-in-1 Charging Hub, available at Amazon, from $28.99

If they're always fighting for the last free outlet to charge their Apple products, or if they're both big Apple fans, this hub will charge all their devices at once.

Note: Item ordered may arrive after Christmas. 

A fun way to show off their cork collection
wine cork map - gifts for in laws

Uncommon Goods

State Map Wine Cork Trap, available at Uncommon Goods, $35

For the bunch with a bunch of state pride, give them a fun way to use their leftover wine corks and show off their favorite place. This birch-wood display makes a nice piece of wall art that's sure to start a conversation. 

A modern vase to brighten up any space
West elm vases - gifts for in laws

West Elm

Barro Vases, available at West Elm, from $36

These cute vases look great in any space and come in subtle but fun yellows and blues to add a pop of color.  If you want to go that extra mile, you could put some florals or dried plants in it too.

A monthly sampling of some of the tastiest products from around the country
international food subscription - gifts for in laws


Best of Mouth Subscription, available at Mouth, from $54/month

Foodies will love the chance to test small-batch, locally made products from around the country. Mouth sources and curates subscription boxes of their favorites, which they'll receive each month.

An elevated serving board for your in-laws next dinner party
serving tray - gifts for in laws

Uncommon Goods

Bamboo Lotus Serving Board, available at Uncommon Goods, $48

If your in-laws like to do a lot of hosting, this lotus-shaped serving tray will elevate their next dinner party. It has built-in spots for dips, crackers, cheese, veggies, and more.

A cozy gift for your mother-in-law to keep her feet warm
herbal warming slippers - gifts for in laws

Uncommon Goods

Ballerina Herbal Warming Slippers, available at Uncommon Goods, $48

Pamper your mother-in-law with these fuzzy slippers featuring removable insoles filled with aromatic lavender buds and thermally conductive flax seeds. In the winter she can heat them up in the microwave for extra warmth, and in the summer she can throw them in the fridge for a refreshing cool down.

A leather catchall for their keys
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Mark & Graham

Rustic Leather Catchall Tray, available at Mark & Graham, from $49

Your in-laws will love this chic catchall tray for staying organized. Place on a desk, nightstand, or entryway table to hold keys, wallets, headphones, and more. You can even get it monogrammed for an extra personal touch. Choose from small, medium, large, or opt for a set of all three.

Note: Item ordered may arrive after Christmas. 

A trio of unique condiments to spice up their meals
Bushwick Kitchen sauces - gifts for in laws


Bushwick Kitchen Threes Knees Trio, available at Bushwick Kitchen, $49.99

Adventurous eaters and hot sauce lovers will definitely enjoy using this trio of spicy condiments. A spicy honey, spicy maple, and gochujang sriracha give them all sorts of new ways to spice up their favorite foods.

Note: Item ordered may arrive after Christmas. 

Gifts under $100
winc wine subscription - gift for in-laws


Winc Gift Card, available at Winc, from $60

A wine subscription service makes their favorite pastime easier for them as they can handpick wine from around the world. They can spend time wine tasting at home with exclusive choices that match their unique palate. We also ranked it as the best wine subscription overall.

A nice candle with a reusable vessel
Lafco candle - gifts for in laws


Lafco Library Candle, available at Bluemercury, $65

A nice candle is always a welcomed gift. These ones are made to embody the scents of common places, including rooms in the house. The best part of these candles, though, is that they'll be able to reuse the hand-blown glass vessel once the candle has burned down. All they have to do is put it in the freezer when the wax runs down, pop it out with a knife, and run it through the dishwasher. Our editor uses hers for everything from cotton swabs to serving snacks.

An e-reader for their love of books
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - gifts for in laws


Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, available at Amazon, $139.99

E-readers make flipping pages easier than ever. If your in-laws inhabit the library and bookstore pretty much all the time, get them this Kindle. It's water-resistant, can be read in the sunlight, and has a long battery life. 

Read our full review of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite here

An indoor garden for urban dwellers and herb lovers
smart garden - gifts for in laws


Click & Grow Smart Garden, available at Amazon, $84.95

Anyone who spends time in the kitchen or garden knows how much fresh herbs can upgrade a dish. While not all climates or spaces can sustain a full herb garden, this little indoor gardening kit can, so they can top every last dish with their favorite fresh herbs.

An Airbnb gift card for in-laws who love to travel
airbnb gift card - gifts for in laws

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Airbnb Gift Card, available at Zola, from $100

A tangible gift is great, but so is the gift of an unforgettable experience. For the jet-setting duo, bring them one step closer to their next vacation (as soon as vacations are safe again) with an Airbnb gift card so they can explore someplace new together. You can find more hotel and Airbnb gift card options here.

A decanter and matching glasses with an elegant touch
Decanter and four Double Old-Fashioned Glasses - gifts for in laws

Williams Sonoma

Everyday Cut Decanter & Double Old-Fashioned Glasses Set of 4, available at Williams Sonoma, $89.95

Show them you mean business with this sophisticated decanter and set of four double old-fashioned glasses. The vintage-inspired, diamond-cut design is even more pleasing to admire as they sip on their favorite liquor. 

A digital picture frame for all their favorite memories
Aura frame with family photos in it


Aura Carver Digital Picture Frame, available at Aura, $169

In-laws can be sentinmental people, so there's no better personal gift than a digital photo frame. They can view loads of family memories from a single device. As long as the frame is hooked up to WiFi, your in-laws can enjoy the photos you've carefully curated, all day long. You can hear about our experience with another Aura frame, here.

A pizza maker for home cooks and pizza aficionados
pizza maker - gifts for in laws

Williams Sonoma

Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker, available at Williams Sonoma, $179.95

Some might call this one life-changing. If they love cooking together, gift them a countertop pizza maker so they can enjoy homemade pies with the toppings of their choice in less than 10 minutes.

Note: Item ordered may arrive after Christmas.

A gift for the father-in-law who's a major baseball fan
baseball blueprint - gifts for in laws

Uncommon Goods

Baseball Stadium Blueprints, available at Uncommon Goods, $185

A little bit of history, a little bit of architecture, and a whole lot of team spirit — whether you support their favorite team or not, they'll appreciate this thoughtful print that'll quickly find a home on one of their walls.

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The 24 best gifts for your in-laws, whether you're meeting them for the first time or have known them for years