Post # 1
I’m in need of some Christmas gift ideas for my BFs parents. We have been dating for 2.5 years and will be getting engaged within the next 6 months. I have a fairly close relationship with his mom in particular (we text occasionally), but I am completely at a loss at what I should get his parents for Christmas. Boyfriend or Best Friend has told me that they have purchased a gift for me and I do not want to show up Christmas Eve empty handed. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 2
impatientbee: Do you know where they like to go to coffee or out for dinner? A gift card may not seem personal but most people love being able to go out to dinner on someone else.
Do they have a yard and like to garden? – a gift card for their favorite garden center.
Post # 3
impatientbee: I get my in laws gifts like warm blankets, ornaments, cozy socks or slippers, candles from bath and body, or sweatshirts. And if all else fails a fruit basket or something home baked is always nice too.
Post # 4
I like to do theme gifts for people I don’t know what to buy for such as popcorn, candy, a blanket, and a movie basket, or a date night type gift with a gift card for dinner and a gift card for the movies. One year I gave fiance’s parents photo ornaments I made of him and his sister when they were little. Last year I got them a candle from bath and body works and something else I don’t remember (a picture frame??). This year we are buying together and getting his mom a nice tablecloth with matching napkins and napkin rings, and a nice bottle of liquor for his dad.
Post # 5
I’m making my BF’s mom a cedar wreath 🙂 Maybe a gift card too.
Post # 6
What is your budget? Is mom a wine drinker? Or dad a whiskey or bourbon drinker? A nice bottle of booze is always welcome with my in-laws. The first Christmas I was dating my husband, I gave his mom a large seasonal Yankee candle, a really nice bottle of wine, and a card. I felt like it was appropriate and well-received. For the next couple Christmases after she always had that candle burning in the kitchen whenever I came over.
I LOVE receiving gift cards, they are totally practical and I can get exactly what I want with it, but I dislike gifting them to people I really know. They feel a little impersonal to me, but if you have trouble thinking of something else, a gift card is always a good back-up. Just try to personalize it to their favorite store/restaurant/hobby instead of going with a plain visa gift card.
Post # 8
- Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI
I’m making Mother-In-Law a blanket with one side that has dog paws on it and the other side an angel (Her favorite things). I make them by getting two yards for each side of fleece and sewing the sides. You can make them without seeing by making an inch and a half cuts and tying them too.
No clue what to get Father-In-Law or SIL
Post # 9
I got my Mother-In-Law a nice wind chime. I don’t know what to get Father-In-Law. SIL will be getting a pair of handmade earrings made by my friend. We like to keep it simple.
Post # 10
Are you crafty at all? I knit my Mother-In-Law a blanket the first Christmas that Darling Husband and I were together and she still has it proudly sitting on her couch, 8 years later! 🙂 I think homemade gifts mean a lot. And of course, you can’t go wrong with wine/crystal wine glasses.
Post # 11
we (aka me since I do all the shopping) usually get Darling Husband parents a gourmet food basket – it sort of started as a joke because as a child his parents had a “grown up maple syrup” (real VT syrup) and a kid one (Aunt Jemima or something like that) as well as a few other food items so it was originally a joke that now that he was an adult he could use the “good” syrup/ketchup/etc and so I got them a Stonewall kitchen basket full of that type of stuff
Then last year we didn’t want to do the same thing for the 3x so I got them fancy gourmet burgers since I know they like to grill …. it was like 4 different types of meat (turkey, short ribs, blend etc) and 4 burgers each – they seemed very happy with it and called every time they ate them to say how delicious they were (and we have also used this service – Pat LaFrieda and they are amazing! just got 5lbs of meat from them for Darling Husband burger party this weekend actually)
I have also gotten them nice cashmere type blankets and cute “jogging” suit type sweat pants/ comfy house clothes since I noticed that his mom often wears a really beat up old set with rips all over them (but that hasn’t changed… I guess that is just her old favorite and she doens’t want to throw it out)
this year I have been thinking about getting theater tickets for the 4 of us (them and Darling Husband and I) in NYC (where we live) and have them down for a weekend to go out…. but Darling Husband isn’t sure what show and I feel like it might end up being more coordinating than I am up for (not to mention theater tickets usually start at $150 so $150 x 4 = a lot more than we usually spend)