Do you/How often do you get your in-laws gifts?

posted 3 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Me & fi do combined gifts from both of us – we give gifts for his mom & dad, and sister. We give gifts for my parents, brother & his daughter and fiance.

We give gifts for christmas, mothers & fathers day.


Post # 4
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@sauerdragon:  my husband takes care of gifts for his family and I take care of gifts for mine. The only gifts I hVe bought my inlaws were thank you gifts for hosting my bridal and baby showers.

Post # 5
42157 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Combined gifts for birthdays,mother’s day (his Dad and both my parents are dead) and Christmas.

Cards for other occasions.

Post # 6
4483 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I do gifts for Mother’s Day/Father’s Day, birthdays, and Christmas. FFIL is very hard to shop for though!

Post # 7
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014


Yes.  I observe the gift giving culture in their family.  They exchange gifts – immediate family/grandma.  Birthdays, Christmas, mothers & Father’s Day.  It so happens that they do pretty much the sane as my family has always done so it was natural to add their gifts, it wasn’t hard to remember or anything.  Thankfully their family is more modest in gifts.  My family is sooooo over the top that it takes A LOT if time & thought just to cover my family.  FIL side don’t go so overboard & there are no neices & nephews (5 on my side) so shopping/buying for their side is a breeze by comparison.

Post # 8
6455 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

We do combined gifts for our families. I buy for my parents and siblings and he buys for his parents and siblings.

ETA: We send gifts for Christmas and birthdays. We would probably take them to dinner for smaller things like mothers day but we live a few states away so we usually just send a card and call them up.

Post # 9
1080 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@MrsBeck:  We do the same thing. Although some Christmases we will each buy specific presents for the other’s parents.

We also will frequently invite them over for a nice meal to celebrate something. Like, we almost always have his family and grandmother over for a mother’s day meal. I don’t think we do gifts then but we do try to make it special (i.e. nice wine/champagne, high quality steaks, assortment of sides). 

Post # 10
526 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

The past two years, I have gotten gifts for my siblings and put FI’s name on them for Christmas/birthdays. FI has does the same for his side of his family. We each get each other’s parents gifts for Christmas/birthdays, but that’s because we both tend to go in with our siblings on gifts for the ‘rents. This Christmas will be all joint gifts, because we’ll be married.

Post # 11
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Combined gift for all birthdays and holidays for both sides of our family 

Post # 12
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Beach

my FIL didn’t live in the same country for the past 5 years so i have never got him any presents. Me and MIL however are very close. We see eachother on a regular basis even if FI is not around. I get/got her the biggest gifts on her birthday like: bag, shoes,wallet,silver necklace. I always get her flowers on mother day and maybe a small cute gift. Also when Im travelling or so i get her a souvenir and chocolates. My sister in law’s got me a gift for my birthday seperatley so I do the same thing. He has 2 sisters so every year 2 presents 🙂 thats all. I know it maybe too much but i think it’s nice to gift someone on their birthday or mothers day even if it’s a small gift. My MIL always gets me those big gifts that im truley thankful for lol but i would also be very happy with a small gift 

Post # 13
1367 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We don’t do Christmas gifts but occasionally we’ll send surprises.  We just got my DH’s father a cookbook from his favorite restaurant in NYC and I sent them an album of all of their favorite shots from our wedding (lots of family shots.)

Post # 14
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@sauerdragon:  Not awkward at all; I buy his whole family gifts for Christmas and such. Same with fathers day/mothers day. But obviously its a gift from us as a couple, not just myself. Most natural thing in the world!

Post # 15
795 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My FI doesn’t give his parents gifts. They also don’t buy him any – they are just weird like that. No, they just buy everything they want all the time that once the holidays come they never like or appreciate what you get them so no one tries anymore. FI and I will probably go in together for my family. 



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