It’s one week until the big holiday bash and you just found out that your boyfriend’s/girlfriend’s parents bought you a gift. Great timing, huh? Also, that your boyfriend/girlfriend doesn’t even know what they are buying them. If this sounds familiar, I might have some last-minute gift ideas to help ease your stress.
1. Gift cards: The cop out
Only go for gift cards as a last resort, unless you are meeting the parents for the first time at Christmas or if you have absolutely no idea what to buy them. Gift cards seem impersonal to most people and you probably want them to become your family (if you’re not already married) so you want to make a good impression with the first gift. If you do go for this option, do a little research to make it more personal, like their favorite restaurant. If you want one for each of them, try to find out what each of them like and get separate ones so it looks like you made an effort to get to know them.
2. For the partiers: Fun gifts a must!
If your partner’s parents are fun-loving party people, alcohol gift sets are perfection. Things like wine and chocolate or spirits that come with cool glasses let them know that you want to be a part of the fun. Coffee gifts can go in this section too. Gourmet coffee gift sets can make perfect presents, especially if they live in colder climates. Hot chocolate sets are great too. It brings a comfy, homey feel to the gift.
3. Sentimental stuff: If you know them well
If you’ve been around them all year and feel a part of the family, mom-in-laws-to-be love sentimental stuff. Homemade cards, scrapbooks, blankets, etc. will always get you a hug. If you and your partner don’t get to see them much, a digital photo frame with pics of you and your guy/girl are a great way of saying that you still want them thinking of you two when you’re not around.
Most mom-in-laws-to-be love bath stuff, so anything spa related is good, just don’t go for the cheap looking sets they have at the grocery stores. Moms are usually easy once you learn what they’re into.
4. Dad-in-law-to-be gifts: The hard part
Dads are always hard to buy for, but they generally are satisfied with the same type of things. Pajama pants, slippers and robes are always good. Sport stuff is usually good; just learn which sports or teams they like first. A coffee mug is always appreciated, especially if it has something written on it that makes him laugh. If he likes cooking, you could get him an apron with a funny slogan on it. If he’s the serious business type, fancy pen sets or paperweights can be very effective.
5. Thoughts that count: Think about it!
Whatever you and your partner decide on, make sure that you put thought into it. Chances are the folks bought you a gift because they like you and they wanted to. They probably don’t even expect anything back. Don’t stress out about it — look at it like you’re buying for your own family, because chances are, they will be one day. Relax and enjoy the holidays together!