Post # 1
Stumped on what to get my Future Mother-In-Law. She mentioned wanting to get me a new bag for channukah, super sweet of her. I’m thinking i’d like to budget something around $150.
She’s very down to earth and doesn’t really feel comfortable receiving anything too extravagant. Right now i’m thinking of gifting some sort of experience like a massage, or hair appt, or gift cert to her favorite nail salon but not sure, doesn’t seem thoughtful enough.
What are you all doing?
Post # 2
My fsmil keeps saying how she wants a homemade blanket for her camper and has offered to pay, so I’m making her one for Christmas. I actually ordered the yarn today on a Black Friday deal.
Fmil wants lunch with Fi and I so we are doing lunch and paying for it.
Post # 3
Every year I just mail a box of goodies for everyone. This year I’ll actually be there so I’m making it a nice basket instead and trying to branch out from just sweets. All homemade but nothing she needs to find space to store. Except I’ll probably include a framed picture of her new grandson.
not to be nitpicky but how is spending $150 not extravagant? That’s more than I’ve spent on anyone! Still an experience seems like a good option… my sis and I do that with my mother yearly and she really enjoys spending the day with us. Maybe Mother-In-Law would like that too, rather than something to do alone. (ETA: as far as ideas go, we usually do a house or garden tour and lunch)
Post # 4
skunktastic : hehe well i mean things that don’t APPEAR too extravagant. he has a small family, so she’s the only one getting a nice gifty-gift. everyone else on his side (small nuclear family and an aunt) is getting mailed a card and sweets.
she’s done a lot for us and she’s aweome, and with our birthdays both in January we kind of do chanukah/bday gifts as a two for one anyway. 🙂
i found something kind of cool on uncommon goods, its a birthday book that has front page news from the new york times every year on your birthday since birth, and the name engraved on the front, under budget. i’ll see what the man thinks, but i like it best so far. she’s from ny.
Post # 5
My Mother-In-Law loves anything personalized. This year we are ordering her a calendar where each month is a different family picture. It’s not expensive but she loves that kind of thing.
Post # 6
This is such a good question. I never got my boyfriend’s mother anything because I’m still in college but we got really close this year and Im graduating in December. I want to get her a little something but nothing to much. Im interested to see what people say!
Post # 7
Welp, she’s non-existent so…there’s that.
Hmmm…does she like to cook? If so, you could get her some sort of nice kitchen set.
You could get her a book she may like, a gift card, some jewelry, or a gift card to her favorite restaurant.
Post # 8
Fi and his mom aren’t close, but I always insist we get her something. Last year we got her a hand bag, Vera Bradley, so not overly expensive. This year, he has told me that he doesn’t even want to do a gift, but I stock up on the Vera Bradley travel blankets that fold into a pillow for gift giving, so we will probably give her one of those and a something else that is useful but small.
Post # 9
I’m not sure what we’re getting Mother-In-Law yet as we’re on a tight budget this year, but if I could spend $150 or so I’d get her some kind of experience gift. Probably I’d take her to lunch and have a girls spa day or find something she’s wanted to do for a while and go with her. She hates not being able to get out of the house enough since she’s blind and Father-In-Law has to drive her everywhere but he’s a homebody lol What about a massage or nail salon gift card combined with a spa basket of her favorite tea/coffee, chocolate, and maybe a candle or some lotion or whatever she likes best? Or maybe tickets to a play that she would like, or if she likes doing stuff with you and/or Fiance find an experience that you can take her on yourself. The birthday book sounds cute too if she’s into that sort of thing.
Post # 10
My Mother-In-Law is super into fine china so I’m thinking something extra from the Spode Blue Italian collection… And she’s obsessed with cashmere everything so maybe a really nice cashmere wrap.
Maybe your Mother-In-Law would like a spa day?
Post # 11
hikingbride : where are you ordering the calendar from, if you don’t mind me asking?
Post # 12
- Wedding: April 2017 - backyard
I’m giving my Mother-In-Law a photobook of our wedding pictures since we got married earlier this year at their house and they’ve mentioned how much they really want to print all the pictures from our wedding. I like your idea of getting her a massage appointment or nail salon gift card! Maybe you could gift her a spa day and include several services.
Post # 13
My Mother-In-Law loves cooking and wants some Pioneer Woman dishes/baking dishes, so that’s what I’ll be getting her. She usually always says “you don’t have to get me anything”, so the fact that she actually had a gift idea this year means she really wants it lol.
Post # 14
Well- what can I get for $12.57- my new budget?
my fmil ate my thanksgiving leftovers I took home from my aunts last night- grrrrr 😭😤 I was looking fwd to those.
Im thinking a couple black and white cookies and a bottle of two buck chuck!
maybe after my stomach forgives her the budget will return 🤣
Post # 15
My Future Mother-In-Law is the crazy cat lady LOL, so I got her some pajamas with cats on them. I also got her a little trivet tile from the canyon that she and my Future Father-In-Law just spent their 40th wedding anniversary. I unexpectedly was there a month after so took up the perfect gift opp! I’m still looking for some other gift ideas for her.