Best holiday gifts for in-laws

Lizzy Briskin

Holiday gift ideas for your in-laws

Shopping for the perfect present for your in-laws can be a challenge. But this holiday season, it’s time to take the stress out of finding the perfect gift. 

This list includes thoughtful and practical presents every type of in-law will love. It includes items that both your mother- and father-in-law will appreciate and some they can even use together, from practical gear to fun and whimsical presents that will bring a smile to anyone’s face. 

Best holiday gifts for your in-laws

A countertop garden

If your in-laws have a green thumb, bring some of the joy of gardening indoors this winter with an indoor garden kit. The AeroGarden Bounty Elite Indoor Hydroponic Herb Garden grows luscious and fragrant edible herbs right on the kitchen countertop. It has a built-in grow light and a water indicator level that lets you know when your plants get thirsty. Your in-laws will think of you every time they pluck fresh basil leaves to top their pasta.

A pasta maker

Speaking of pasta, in-laws that have a passion for the culinary arts will love a handmade pasta machine. If they have a KitchenAid stand mixer, this stainless steel attachment hooks onto the front of the mixer. It rolls paper-thin sheets of pasta and slices perfectly uniform fettuccine or spaghetti. No mixer? No problem. This countertop pasta roller from Marcato is hand-operated and cranks out delicate sheets, fettuccine and tagliatelle. There are other pasta maker options to consider too. 

A wine subscription

If your parents-in-law love learning about and sampling new wines, a wine subscription is a perfect way to bring the fun of vineyard hopping home. Winc is a monthly subscription that sends boxes of wine curated according to each customer's personal taste preferences. From Merlot to Rosé, there’s a wide world of wines on the Winc site that your in-laws will have a blast working their way through. 

A brewing kit

On the other hand, if beer is more up your in-laws' alley, let them design their own brew with a brewing kit. This kit from Uncommon Goods includes everything they’ll need to make a hoppy west coast-style IPA. For something darker, try this Vermont maple porter brewing kit, complete with pure Vermont maple syrup.  


Winter is a great time for outdoor activities. But if your in-laws aren’t into whizzing down the slopes, they may get a kick out of snowshoeing. It’s a fun and invigorating way to explore the outdoors, especially after a powdery snowfall. This kit from Atlas Snowshoes includes everything your in-laws will need for a day on the trails, including comfortable lightweight shoes, a pair of adjustable poles and a protective carrying case. The shoes come in two sizes, which fit most people. 

A paddleboard

For in-laws who relish the warm weather, paddleboarding is a fun and relaxing water activity. Equip them to try the new sport with a sturdy and portable inflatable stand-up paddleboard like the Photon board from Star. It has a grippy non-slip surface for added stability and packs neatly into a bag for travel. Cannon Paddles makes a great lightweight adjustable aluminum paddle that can fit any height. And for added safety, don’t forget the lifejacket. The Ion Personal Floatation Device from NRS is a comfortable option that won’t get in the way but can be relied on to do its job well. 

A tea sampler 

Winter is the perfect time to indulge in an afternoon spot of tea. And a tea sampler is a fun way to explore new flavors from around the world. This gift set from Teabloom includes 24 unique blends that happen to be organic. From strong black tea to decaffeinated herbal tea, your in-laws will have fun finding their favorite blend. Add an adorable set of personalized mugs that portray your in-laws doing what they love most. 

A scrapbook

If your in-laws are avid travelers or have boxes of family photos with nowhere to display them, a homemade scrapbook is a perfect way to capture memories. For an added touch, you can even start the book before you give it to them by adding some of your favorite shared memories. Leave room for your in-laws to add to and together you can build a book of memories to revisit together. 

A virtual class

Give the gift of education and fun with a virtual class that taps into your in-law’s hobbies. If they love baking, they can learn how to make delicious and elegant chocolate truffles at home with this kit and class. The kit includes everything your in-laws will need to make truffles, then they just need to find a time to tune into the virtual class and get cooking! Or, if they’re more on the crafty side of things, perhaps they’ll love this behind-the-scenes look at how glassblowing is done. The class comes with a beautiful hand-blown wishing ball. 

A unique board game

Competitive or strategic-minded folks will get lost in a new board game. Codenames is a fun card game that the entire family can take part in. For a great two-player option, try Codenames: Duet

A puzzle

Puzzle masters will be amazed (and challenged) by this custom New York Times front-page puzzle. Select any day in history (perhaps your in-law’s wedding day?) and have a highly detailed 500-word puzzle of The New York Times front page from that day. This is a great way to pass the time on a chilly afternoon this winter. 


Whether your in-laws are into birdwatching or just love a great view, they’ll be amazed by how much more they can see with a high-quality set of binoculars. These HD binoculars from Adasian are lightweight and waterproof, so your in-laws can take them on a hike or paddle to get a closer look at the wildlife.

Lizzy Briskin is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

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