A mother-in-law can often be a tricky person to buy for. While you might be able to quiz your significant other on their tastes, it might be tricky to find out exactly what size she is, or what she really needs in the house on a day-to-day basis. Moreover, most of us want to impress our mother-in-law, and a gift is a great opportunity to do so; thus the pressure really is on to get it right!
Let’s see if we can provide a little inspiration in the form of a few suggestions!
If your mother in law is a keen gardener, then a few tools to make the job easier are sure to go down well. Gardening gloves eventually wear out, and a substantial replacement pair is sure to come in handy at some point. The same goes for knee-protectors, which will spare your mother-in-law considerable knee pain in the long-term.
Handbags, purses and other convenient accessories aren’t just a way of carrying objects from one place to another: they’re also tremendously stylish. If you’re going for a bag, then you can go down one of two routes: either a big heavy-duty rucksack for the keen rambler, or a small and chic handbag for day-to-day use, preferably from a premium brand like Radley. Whichever you plump for, don’t skimp on quality!
A set of aromatic candles will help to make time spent around the home that little bit more enjoyable. What’s more, they eventually run out, so you can rest assured that your gift will eventually get used.
A well-judged potted plant is just the thing to spruce up an ailing patio. Look for something that doesn’t require much maintenance, and that’s lightweight enough to be easily shifted from one place to another. If you don’t want to go for flowers, then you can go with herbs – they’ll sit nicely on the kitchen windowsill, and make it easy to eat well.
Most kitchen cupboards are stuffed to bursting with mugs. But if you find something with the right message on it, you’ll provide your mother-in-law with a reminder of your existence every time she goes to make a fresh brew.
Just as you can never really have too many pairs of socks, an extra pair of slippers will make life around the house considerably comfier. Look for something that can be washed without falling apart.
A hand-woven blanket will add a little bit of warmth to any interior, but they fit especially well with modern, super-stark ones (where softening the edges can work wonders). Of course, blankets also serve a practical purpose – they’re great for snuggling up on the sofa, and adding a few extra togs to a duvet.