Choosing holiday presents for your in-laws can be tough, especially
you’ve had to set boundaries with them in the past (or just straight up don’t get along). But it is possible to find a gift that is lovely, useful, and thoughtful for your in-laws without shelling out big bucks. We've dug into the deep corners of the internet to find these Christmas gifts for your in-laws that won't blow your budget, but will show that you care nonetheless.
From a floral photo frame to noise-cancelling headphones, one of the most important aspects of choosing a present for someone is to think about what their hobbies and interests are, and let that give you direction. Even if a gift is small or on the lower end of the cost spectrum, it can be a huge hit if it shows that you put in some thought about what they might enjoy. Even if choosing a Christmas gift for your in-laws is always the hardest task of the holidays, choosing a high-end staple for the home, like a fragrant candle or cozy throw blanket, will always be well-received.
When in doubt, look to the grandkids to give a personalized touch to a present for your in-laws. What grandparent doesn't want more photos of their grandkids to gaze at throughout the year?
1 A Christmas gift for in-laws that benefits you too
Want to up the towel game in the guest room when you visit your in-laws? Gift them with a
Cozy Earth Premium Plush Bundle, which includes two bath towels, two hand towels, and four wash cloths. They’re made with bamboo viscose so they’re ultra soft and absorbent. Cozy Earth’s fabrics are designed to hold up longer than your average towel or bedsheet, and survive more machine washes without pilling or feeling rough. Not into the towel idea? If you happen to know their bathroom is on the small side, maybe you can find the right space-saving bathroom product to make their lives easier. 2 A luxury candle
If your in-laws always have candles around the house, why not add a high-end one to their collection to burn in the new year? Voluspa’s 16 oz.
Japonica Jar Candle comes in six alluring scents: baltic amber, floral mokara, goji tarocco orange, French cade and lavender, Panjore lychee, and Santiago huckleberry. They’re made with 100% coconut wax, and guarantee 100 hours of burn time. If you really want to impress, choose the scent of your candle by room in the house. 3 Luxe-feeling sheets for less
How do some bed sheets get so pricey? This king-sized
Classic Sheet Set from PeachSkin Sheets feels like they should cost a lot more than they do, and they’re designed to. The fabric mimics a 1,500-thread count sheet set and wicks away moisture while helping to balance body temperature. They’re also available in every size you can imagine, including fitted sheets for split head beds, like Sleep Numbers. 4 The softest comforter ever
You can never have too many blankets, and the
Snug Comforter from Sunday Citizen is a nice way to splurge on a gift for your in-laws they might not buy for themselves otherwise. The brand describes this bedding as “ethereally soft,” which any recipient will appreciate. It’s also machine washable, and the filling is made from recycled plastic pulled from the ocean. 5 A floral picture frame
Whether your in-laws have a huge collection of framed family photos or a few special ones here and there, chances are they’ll always appreciate a new pic of their grandbabies. Print one they’ll love and add it to a frame that fits their decor perfectly. This hydrangea-patterned
4x6 Picture Frame from Rifle Paper Co. is eye-catching, but not too bright. 6 A little love story for every morning
Tiny Love Stories Page-A-Day Calendar is the perfect gift if to look up to your parents-in-laws’ relationship, or if they just love reading viral stories online or checking the NYT’s Modern Love. Each day, your loved ones will rip off yesterday’s sheet to reveal a new short story or poem. Each day’s writings tell the story of love, whether it’s for a partner, child, sibling, or pet. 7 Beautiful barware
For the in-laws that enjoy cocktail hour, consider gifting them with some really pretty barware. The
Estelle Colored Decanter, for example, is unique, beautiful, and will look significantly better sitting out on a table than a bottle of liquor would. If they aren’t in need of a decanter, then you always have the option of some stemless wine glasses, a stylish ice bucket, some pretty champagne flutes, whiskey glasses, or even a statement bar cart. 8 A lovely place to put a drink
On the surface, a set of coasters may seem like a pretty lame Christmas gift for your in-laws, but that’s only if you go for something generic and boring. Instead, look for a more modern and unique design that will fit in well with their home’s aesthetic. These
Charcoal Concrete Coasters by MadeByRheal on Etsy are a great example. They are made from hand-poured concrete and feature metallic gold details to style them up a bit as well as a cork bottom to ensure they don’t scratch up any tables or other surfaces. Each set is made to order and will definitely add some style to your in-law’s house. 9 A Christmas gift for in-laws that like cozying up
Who doesn’t love a warm, fuzzy blanket in the wintertime (or anytime, really)? Throw blankets make for excellent gifts, especially if you take some time to find one that’s made from a high-quality fabric, sized right, and works with your in-law’s style. The
Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Throws have a cult following for a reason — the colors are on-trend, and they’re unbelievably soft. 10 Smart home tech
If your in-laws are tech savvy, then some form of smart home technology may be a great gift option for them. There are so many different things out there from thermometers, smoke detectors, hubs with video screens, speakers, doorbells, garage door openers, lights, and more. The
Google Nest Hub Max acts as a smart speaker, can make video calls, will sync with your Google calendar and reminders, and more. 11 Something for game night
As fun as family game night is, board and card games can get kind of stale after a while, so a few new options to add to their collection would make for a great gift for your in-laws. What you choose depends entirely on what they like and their personalities (Cards Against Humanity isn’t for everyone).
CultureTags is certainly worth adding to the game night rotation, if for no other reason than because it is sure to have you all laughing...and feeling old when you are forced to guess what all of these acronyms mean. 12 An assortment of chocolates
Sure, some might call chocolate an easy-out kind of Christmas gift, but the reason it’s so easy is because most people love the sweet treat, so you can be fairly confident the recipient will be happy with their present. Since this is a gift for your in-laws, though, consider taking things up a notch and getting them an assortment of gourmet options, like the
Bedré Spiral Gift Box. 13 A streaming subscription
This is an especially fantastic Christmas gift for your in-laws if they’re retired, because chances are high they spend a bit of time watching TV and movies. You probably already know that there are a lot of platforms out there, whether they want to watch sports, movies, live TV, originals, or a mix of it all.
HBO Max happens to have plenty of kid- and family-friendly options for when your kids hang at their house. 14 Meaningful piece of art
A piece of custom art would make for a fantastic present for any loved one. The options here are pretty much endless, too. This
Custom House Portrait is a great example — it’s stylish, meaningful, and something that would work in any room in the house. You can also purchase just the digital file for less, if you’d like to print it yourself. Other options include a map of somewhere that’s special to them, a matted portrait of them with their grandkids, or framed sheet music to one of their favorite songs. 15 Pretty holiday decor
It’s always fun to add new pieces to your collection of holiday decor, so pick something up for your in-laws while you’re out shopping for yourself. This is an especially great gift idea if you are celebrating with the in-laws early, because then they can enjoy the piece throughout the rest of the season before packing it up until next year. Or, you can opt for something like this
Love Snow Globe that works year-round in a home with the right decor style. 16 A custom photo puzzle
So many photo and print companies can create a custom puzzle with photos you provide, so you can have one made for your in-laws for a gift that is meaningful
and a fun activity. This Holiday Film Strip Puzzle from Minted has three piece-number options, so you can make it super easy for them to do with younger grandkids, or give them a puzzle with more than 200 pieces for a little bit more of a challenge. Either way, if your in-laws seem to already have everything they could ever need, then something like this would definitely give them a smile (especially if it features pictures of them with the grandkids). 17 A new, local coffee to try
You could wrap up some coffee grounds from a local roaster in your area for your java-loving in-laws. If you don’t have anywhere nearby that sells good coffee, consider something like
The Original Vietnamese Coffee Trio. With this gift set, your in-laws will get three different bags of coffee to try, each of which is made with Vietnamese coffee beans that are shipped to the company’s New York location straight from farmers in Vietnam. 18 Noise-cancelling ear buds for travel
Samsung Galaxy Buds are a thoughtful gift idea for in-laws who travel often and could use portable noise-cancelling headphones. The battery lasts for about six hours, which should get them through the average flight or weekend road trip, and they come in two colors (the red would be helpful for finding them in a full carry-on). Share some of your best audiobook and podcast recommendations in the card. 19 A quick & easy meal
You already know how awesome air fryers are, so if your in-laws don’t already have one of their own, Christmas is a great excuse to get one for them. The
Ninja Foodi has two baskets for cooking larger meals with multiple foods and temperatures needed. Its smart technology even times each side so that they’re done at the same time for a family dinner.
Shopping for Christmas gifts for your in-laws doesn’t have to be stressful, so stop putting so much pressure on yourself to get it right. As long as the gift fits their style in some way, whether it’s their decor or their sentimental style, your gift will be very much appreciated.
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This article was originally published on
Dec. 7, 2017