Is there anyone harder to buy for than your mother-in-law? Shopping for your husband's mom can turn the mall into nightmarish hellscape that fills you with a deep pit of fear and drenches your body in terrified perspiration. When your mother-in-law is a Judgy Judy, it's even worse. It feels like nothing you do is right, and any gift you give her will be scoffed at. No need to stress this year, though, because I've done the work for you and found some seriously impressive but affordable gifts for your judgmental mother-in-law, because you're sick and tired of side-eye over the Christmas ham.
Thankfully, we live in an era where no one needs to know what you paid for anything, and quality is always on the rise. It's not uncommon to find great stuff at retailers like Marshall's and Wayfair that are deeply discounted and still fantastic. And if your mother-in-law is sentimental, it makes things that much easier. Personalized gifts that hold meaning to her, or gifts that represent something nostalgic or historical can be deeply meaningful, and often, those aren't the most expensive gifts that you can buy.
However, if your mother-in-law is like some I know, complete with Amazon wish list and internet reminders, Godspeed. There just isn't much to be done in those instances. Let your partner take care of it. Otherwise, use the money you would on a gift for them and buy a few cocktails for yourself.
1Sterling Silver Initial Necklace
You could get your mother-in-law's initial, your partner's, your last and first initial, or one for each of your kids. The options are endless, and for 20 bucks and change? It's a great, inexpensive option.
Does your mother-in-law think she's super cool and up on all the trends? Get her this CBD lotion. Not only is it good for dry, cracked skin, but rumor has it that it relieves pain as well.
3Korres Greek Beauty Sleep Set
Korres is a cult-classic beauty brand, and it's one of my favorites. Their creams and serums are magical, and since vitamin C is a potent antioxidant (key in anti-aging and healing, noted the journal Nutrients), this duo packs a punch.
Does your mother-in-law take a ton of pictures with her phone and never print them out? This printer is perfect for her. Powered by bluetooth, this affordable picture printer makes getting those images on paper a snap. No need to rush to Walgreens, the printer is now at your fingertips.
5Ashley Black FaceBlaster Kit
Ashley Black's FaceBlaster™ can increase local blood circulation to the face, improving skin's appearance, and can help to reduce inflammation and tension (fans also use it for areas like the neck, head, feet, hands, and knees). The gift set includes four bottles of Pre-Blast Cleanse, FaceBlaster™ Oil, Post-Blast Cleanse, and After Blaster Creme.
This FaceBlaster may look like a strange medieval torture device, but alas, it's a massage tool for your face... and people rave about it! This gift kit includes Ashley Black's must-have potions and lotions as well, so it's guaranteed to be a hit.
6Wine Gift Set
When in doubt, drink it out. Isn't that everyone's motto when it comes to their mothers-in-law? Of course it is. This bottle opener is too cool not to like, and it also comes with a bottle preserver and key to remove the foil. And if she hates it, at least it's at her house when you need to use it.
7Greenlawn Cashmere Throw
There are two kinds of people in this world: people who believe you can never have enough blankets, and monsters who hate good things. Unless you live in an equatorial region, you should be grateful for being gifted such a lovely cashmere throw blanket.
This chocolate is the stuff that dreams are made of. I suggest buying one for your mother-in-law, and two for you. You deserve it for buying your partner's mother a gift, anyway.
Camel is the it color for mothers-in-law, and this oversized blanket scarf is perfect for warming up her cold, judgmental soul. Or at least her neck and shoulders.
These candles are utterly chic and smell fantastic. At only $27, they're also a steal. This could be her main gift, or a stacked stocking stuffer.
This first-time mom wants to have a home birth, but is she ready? Watch how a doula supports a military mom who's determined to have a home birth in Episode One of Romper's Doula Diaries, Season Two, below. Visit Bustle Digital Group's YouTube page for the next three episodes, launching Mondays in December.