The Ultimate In-Law Christmas Gift Guide for 2020

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If you’re anything like me, shopping for gifts for people can be a painful process. I tend to overthink things when it comes to gift buying. That’s because I want to make sure I’m getting something that the person definitely needs or will absolutely appreciate. This is the right thing to have in mind.

However, sometimes letting go and hoping they know it’s the thought that counts is what really matters. Christmas is the time of year that I need to remind myself of that the most. I’m always looking out for some sort of Christmas gift guide to make things easier. I’ve found it especially tricky to find a lot on In-law Christmas gift guides. If you’ve had this difficulty too, this one’s for you!

Holiday gifts are fun but Christmas day gifts are extra special. I have personally only gone down the music, cosmetic/perfumery and baked goods road with my in-laws. However, I’ve always been interested to see what other people think up. Of course, these things get easier the longer you’ve known a person and the better you know them. So take heart! Hopefully it shouldn’t be too tough later in the future!

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I asked for suggestions from some mom friends and asked Mr. Google too.

Below is a list of good Christmas gift ideas that are likely to go down well with your in-laws.

You’re sure to score on at least one thing here regardless of your budget! A lot of these gifts will even work for in-laws who seem to have everything.

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  1. Kristen at suggests a cake mixer
in-law gift guide

2. Budget-friendly marbled nail polish mugs via Strength & Sunshine. This is such a thoughtful gift. It’s suitable for both men and women. Therefore you can gift it to both your mother and father in law.

3. A mini fridge

4. DIY Candles – find two guides here and here. They’re the perfect gift for your parents-in-law if you’re thinking of something for their home. Find some scents like vanilla and lavender that are not too overpowering.

5. Gratitude Journals – find the one that I use HERE


6. Travel coffee maker

7. DIY Brunch gift box

If you can find some uncommon goods that are difficult to find where your in-laws live, for example, it makes it even more special.

in-laws christmas gift guide

8. Sugar-free homemade white chocolate. Click through the link to see how to make vegan chocolates as gifts for your in-laws. This is a sweet as it’s got the personal touch. It’s also literally sweet to taste!

In-Law Christmas Gift
Photo courtesy of WholesomeYum

9. Air Fryer – Recipe This recommends the Philips’ brand!

10. Eco-friendly Beard brush & comb set. The men in the family are not to be neglected!

11. Coach satchel bag

If you can afford a higher price tag, a fancy hand bag like this is good value for the well-placed zipped compartments and amazing design. Go through THIS LINK to sign up with Coach and get 10% off your first purchase.

12. Cultured pearl earrings

13. A high end Cologne

Your mom-in-law and sister-in-law will always appreciate anything that smells good. So will your father-in-law and brother-in-law. Special fragrances make awesome gifts for any in-law.

14. L’Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate

This is one of those great Christmas presents for your mother-in-law that will always work . Really, which woman doesn’t like a luxurious moisturiser that doesn’t have an overpowering scent?

15. Framed family photos

This is a special one that works even if you’re on a budget. On the same note, creating a photo book is also a cost-effective but very thoughtful idea. It’s a great gift that shows that you put in some effort.

16. Bath bomb cubes

bath bomb gifts In-Law Christmas Gift

Your in-laws will love the idea of you taking time to make these cute bath bombs for them.

17. DIY Christmas potpurri in a jar (pictured below)

potpourri christmas gift

18. DIY Etched glasses. Find a guide HERE.

19. Shelley from Taming Frenzy suggests an electric footwarmer. That’s something anyone would appreciate as an In-Law Christmas gift around the holidays!

20. Three bean chili mix bean jar

Angela from Marathons & Motivations has the ingredients laid out HERE (photo below)

chili mix jar In-Law Christmas Gift

21. DIY Leather Keychain

22. Personalised snow globe

23. Homemade vegan chocolate

This is one of the best gifts for in-laws particularly if you do not know them very well yet. It shows that you put some effort into it. It’s also not too personal but something that they can enjoy. It also works if they’ve got certain dietary restrictions.

24. Easy tote bag. Find the super straightforward sewing tutorial HERE

25. Flossie’s DIY Spa treatment

26. Homemade Sugar skin scrub

27. Ferrero Rocher Decorative Pyramid

28. A Grooming Kit for a gentleman. Get a good quality one like this and it’s always a winner with the men in your family!

29. A dash cam

30. Vinyl record player

31. Outdoor security camera

32. Personalised Stainless steel cutlery set

33. A personalised cutting board

34. Mother-in-law cushion cover

In-Law Christmas Gift burlap cushion cover

This in-law Christmas gift idea is so sweet. A cute burlap cushion cover with a message specifically for your mother-in-law. I love the idea of it because it’s fairly uncommon and will fit into almost any home decor. It’s extra special if your mother-in-law knows you mean the words on it.

35. Funny Coffee Mug

Inject some humour into your Christmas morning with this funny in-law gift. This coffee mug will give your sister-in-law a little giggle every time she uses it.

36. Smart Temperature Control Mug

If you’re feeling very generous, this is such a cool gift! It’s seasonal, of course, as it’s got your hot drinks covered during these chilly days but it’s also great if the person you’re getting it for is a big coffee or tea drinker all-year round. It is a battery and bluetooth operated temperature control smart mug. It’s one that everyone will appreciate both for its novelty and its usefulness.

In-Law Christmas Gift mug

Depending on how big your budget is, you could also put two of these gifts together to make a gift set for your in-law.

It’s not easy to settle on a gift when you’re not certain your in-law will love it. When all else fails, a gift card is your best bet! Just remember that an actual gift for your in-law shows that you put some effort into it. Go back over that list and see if there’s anything you may have missed!

What interesting or unique gift ideas have you had that were a hit with your in-laws?

In-Law Christmas Gift
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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Lauren Stepek

    ooo I love the Christmas morning gift box idea! I always struggle with getting gifts for the in laws! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Sherry M Lee

    These are great ideas! My in-laws can be tough to buy for! I love those nail polish mugs. I think my kids will be making some of these soon! 😀

  3. Amy Gougler

    These are some great ideas! I really love the marbled mugs and brunch gift box. My in laws would love those!

  4. Trish

    This is a fun and good list ? I definitely want the stand mixer for myself lol

  5. Janeane M Davis

    This is a great gift list. There seems to be something for almost every personality type.

  6. Audrey

    These are great. I really loved the chili in a jar with the beans, how cool.

  7. Kinzy

    You have a lot of great ideas here! I’m thinking of trying some fun DIY gifts this year.

  8. Rella

    I always struggle with in-law gifts! Totally using this for this holiday season!

  9. Holly

    What a great list for the in-laws! PINNED! Thank you for including my DIY soap. My heart is full of gratitude. Hugs, Holly

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