30 Hostess Gifts for Your Mother-in-Law
If you're spending the upcoming holidays with your future in-laws, you don't want to show up empty-handed—especially if this is one of your earliest meetings. A thoughtful hostess gift can set the tone for a happy visit. Plus, it's a surefire way to make you look pretty great in the eyes of your new family. But what do you gift a woman who you may not know that well just yet?
Instead of the traditional bottle of wine, take things one step further with one of these creative, useful, and downright cool gifts. We've scoured our favorite sites and sources for presents any hostess would love to receive, and we specifically selected that options that are sure to please even the pickiest of mothers-in-law. What did we find? Pampering presents like candles and lotions are always a hit, so you'll see everything from fragrant pillars to the most luxurious soaps on the market. Any frequent entertainer knows the value of unexpected housewares and décor items, so we included must-haves like a cool cocktail shaker to the chicest cheese tools out there. If you were thinking of giving her a present that actually help her out when guests are in the house, we've got you covered, too. Tasty candy, an elevated party bucket, and an appetizer kit are just some of the many options we found that will ensure you end up in her good graces.
Whether you're just stopping by for dinner, or spending the entire holiday weekend at their house, we've got plenty of ideas for hostess gifts your mother-in-law (or any hostess you're visiting!) will love.
When guests are constantly coming to stay, a well-stocked linen closet is essential. Gift her a set of ultra-warm flannel sheets to help make holiday entertaining a little easier.
Shop Now: Riley Home Flannel Sheet Set, Queen, $219, bloomingdales.com.
Entertaining is so much easier when you have a beautiful bar cart to display drinks on. This one, with its antique gold finish, blends seamlessly with any style of home décor.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart "Lionel" Bar Cart, $319, wayfair.com.
Moscow Mule Gift Set
Want to make it even easier for her to serve delicious cocktails at her next gathering? Gift her this set. Complete with all the essentials for a classic Moscow Mule, this present is bound to be among her favorites this year.
Shop Now: Williams Sonoma Moscow Mule Gift Crate, $109.95, williams-sonoma.com.
Everyone loves displaying their holiday cards, but it always seems like there's no great way to do it. This real walnut wooden photo ledge (made in the USA!) will help your mother-in-law show off her favorite messages in a chic, clean way.
Shop Now: Artifact Uprising Wooden Photo Ledge, $49, artifactuprising.com.
Antipasto Gift Basket
Help her prepare for the inevitable last-minute guest. This gift basket it stocked with an antipasto spread so impressive that drop-ins will never know their arrival was unexpected.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart x iGourmet Antipasto Classics Gift Box, $84.99, igourment.com.
The holidays are the perfect opportunity to imbibe in a glass (or two!) of delicious bubbly. This limited-edition sparkling wine is exactly what your mother-in-law and her friends will be looking to drink this season.
Shop Now: Chandon Limited-Edition Brut, Winter 2019, $26, chandon.com.
Seasonal Diffuser Set
Not everyone likes the fussiness associated with lighting and blowing out candles. This diffuser delivers exceptional holiday fragrance throughout the season, and she'll never have to worry about lighting it ahead of her guests' arrival again.
Shop Now: Jo Malone Pine & Eucalyptus Diffuser, $102, jomalone.com.
What's not to love about this robe? Extra fluffy, the perfect length, and upgraded with a chic piped finish, she'll feel encouraged to come to the breakfast table in her pajamas whether or not guests are in the house.
Shop Now: Weezie Women's Long Robe, $175, weezie.com.
No unsightly plastic buckets at your mother-in-law's table! This antique brass party bucket will keep wine and beer ice cold without taking away from the overall aesthetics of her party.
Shop Now: Pottery Barn "Bleeker" Bar Party Bucket, $199, potterybarn.com.
If she's going to be cooking up a storm all season long, help her do it in style. This apron is so cute that she won't even want to take it off when party-goers arrive.
Shop Now: Molly Hatch "Good Cheer" Apron, $28, mollyhatch.com.
Upgraded Napkin Rings
Help your hostess set the ultimate table with these cool leather napkin rings. Who needs basic silver or acrylic rings when you can have something so much cooler?
Shop Now: Parachute Leather Napkin Rings, $19, parachutehome.com.
Whole Bean Coffee
When guests are staying over, there's nothing better than the aroma of freshly-ground whole bean coffee brewing in the morning. Keep your mother-in-law's kitchen stocked all season long with this delicious blend.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Coffee by Barrie's House "Martha's Blend," $9.99, amazon.com.
Ruffled Pie Dish
Dessert just looks better when served in this beautiful pie dish. But it's not just great for aesthetic purposes. Made from Burgundian clay, expect this pie dish to heat evenly for uniform baking and browning. In laymen's terms: It'll help her make a picture-perfect dessert.
Shop Now: Emilie Henry Artisan Deep Ruffled Pie Dish, $29.95, williamssonoma.com.
A Year of Wine
If there's one gift every frequent entertainer would love to receive, it's a consistent supply of wine. Ensure she's always ready for guests with this vino subscription, curated by Martha Stewart herself. Each shipment also comes with entertaining and food pairing ideas.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Wine Co. Year of Wine, starting at $225, marthastewartwine.com.
Conversational Party Game
Gain new perspectives and spark meaningful conversations across 30 compelling topics with this question-centric game. It's the perfect post-dinner activity she'll break out party after every party.
Shop Now: Convers(ate) Game, $35, amazon.com.
If there are two gifts hostesses receive most often, they're candles and Champagne. Put those two ideas together by gifting her a bubbly-scented candle. This one looks as good as it smells.
Shop Now: Nest Fragrances "Sparkling Cassis" Candle, $42, saksfifthavenue.com.
Help her stock the guest bathroom (it's your benefit, after all!) by gifting your hostess a few luxurious bars of soaps. You can't go wrong with the combo of cocoa-mint, but there are other options, too.
Shop Now: Simper Goods Cocoa and Mint Soap Gem, $14, simpergoods.com.
As any hostess knows, candles are essential for creating a beautiful ambience during a party. That's why a set of flameless candles that look just like the real thing are bound to well-received. We like that these have a five-hour on, nineteen-hour off timer.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Flameless Smooth Wax Pillar Candles, $54 for set of two, qvc.com.
One of the nicest things you can do for a hostess is take some of the work off her plate. Arrive with these beautiful petit fours and we're certain you'll be in her good graces.
Shop Now: Bon Vivant New York Petit Fours, $53.50 for 16, bonvivantnewyork.com.
Hammered Cocktail Shaker
Help her shake (not stir) signature drinks in style with this sleek brass cocktail shaker.
Shop Now: Restoration Hardware Hammered Brass Cocktail Shaker, $80, restorationhardware.com.
Slow Cooker Cookbook
For the MIL who doesn't have time to pour over holiday meals, gift her some free time in the form of a slow cooker cookbook. These foolproof recipes are as easy to make as they are delicious to eat.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker: 110 Recipes for Flavorful, Foolproof Dishes (Including Desserts!), Plus Test-Kitchen Tips and Strategies, $14.89, amazon.com.
Cheese Knife Set
Is your future mother-in-law the ultimate hostess? Not without a set of beautiful cheese knives, she's not! Made from durable stainless steel and with cool rounded handles, her appetizer game just got a whole lot cooler.
Shop Now: Terrain Loop Handle Cheese Knife Set, $32, shopterrain.com.
Every hostess should have a stockpile of games for guests to play in between meals or events. Help your MIL upgrade hers with this super sleek take on a classic.
Shop Now: Restoration Hardware Marble Tic-Tac-Toe Game, $205, restorationhardware.com.
Cocktail Recipe Book
Every hostess knows that a signature cocktail is a dinner party must-have, but no one wants to stock their bar with countless spirits or be asked to whip up time-consuming drinks. Packed from cover to cover with cocktail recipes that require just one type of alcohol, it's basically required reading for any entertainer.
Shop Now: The One-Bottle Cocktail: More than 80 Recipes with Fresh Ingredients and a Single Spirit, $17.18, amazon.com.
Whether she uses them to serve appetizers or as a catch-all for trinkets, we promise this adorable tray set will be put to good use in her home.
Shop Now: Slash Objects Ceramic Nesting Trays, $250, slashobjects.com.
French Oven Cookbook
What speaks to the holiday season more than a timeless, filling French meal? With 80 incredible recipes, all dreamed up to be made in beloved Le Creuset cookware, your hostess will be a culinary master in no time.
Shop Now: Le Creuset Cookbook, $34.95, amazon.com.
Cheery Recipe Box
Help your mother-in-law keep all of her go-to holiday recipes organized with this cute recipe card tin.
Shop Now: Rifle Paper Co. Kitchen Recipe Box, $38, anthropologie.com.
Give her something fun and fresh for her holiday table. These mix-and-match linen napkin sets boast beautiful patterns made by independent designers.
Shop Now: Minted Napkin Sets, 6 for $48, minted.com.
"Celebrate Everything" Book
Your MIL is obviously into entertaining if she's hosting Thanksgiving. Give her the ultimate guide to all-things party-related, from our very own Editor-at-Large and event-planning extraordinaire, Darcy Miller.
Shop Now: Celebrate Everything!: Fun Ideas to Bring Your Parties to Life, $18.99, amazon.com.
Who doesn't love great penmanship? Encourage her to tap into her artistic side with this beginner calligraphy set. Better yet, get two and get started practicing for the wedding envelopes together!
Shop Now: Belle Calligraphy Kit: Materials and Instruction for Modern Script, $22.96, amazon.com.