Ideas for Gifts for Parents In-law

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Ideas for Gifts for Parents In-law
Gifts for in-laws should incorporate their personality. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

It is common to want to impress your in-laws and garner their acceptance. Thus finding the perfect gift to give them for Christmas, birthdays or other celebrations can seem like a daunting task. However, thinking of a thoughtful gift for your in-laws is fairly easy when you take into consideration their unique personalities and interests. It may also help to consult your spouse to make sure the gift suits your in-laws well. When deciding on a gift for your in-laws, it is important to choose something that interests both your mother- and father in-law.

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Activity or Event Presents

Treat your mother- and father in-law to an activity or event that you think they will be interested in. Give them a gift token to take a cooking class, give them tickets for a Broadway show or give them tickets to an upcoming sporting event. Choose an event or activity that both of them can enjoy. For example, if they share an interest in a particular comedian, get them tickets to see the comedian live.

Hobby Presents

Base your gift around a hobby that both your mother- and father in-law enjoy. Hobby presents show your in-laws that you know them on more than a mere surface level. For example, if the couple enjoys golfing, give them his and her golf bags or a set of personalised golf balls. Books that relate to the couple's favourite hobby also make thoughtful gifts. For example, if the couple enjoys gardening, give them a book on gardening. If they enjoy cooking, give them a recipe book.

Home Presents

Give your in-laws something for their home or yard that you think matches their taste. Ask your spouse to help you pick out something that your in-laws need or have always wanted. For example, if your in-laws enjoy spending time outside, they may enjoy a garden swing for the backyard or a set of lawn furniture. If your in-laws collect a certain style of artwork for their home, give them a piece of art that fits with their collection.

Photo Presents

Show your in-laws how much you value your time spent with them by giving them photo presents. Enlarge and frame a photo of them and your family that they can feature in their home. Or, consult an online photo printing website such as Snapfish, Kodak Gallery or Costco Photo Center to create photo gifts. Create photo calendars, jigsaw puzzles, mugs, blankets, canvases or books that feature special memories you have shared with your in-laws.

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