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What to Get Your Mother-in-Law

Picking out the "perfect" gift for your mother-in-law can be a daunting task, especially for those who are newly married. If there is one thing we've learned over the years, it's that it really is the thought that counts! Think carefully about what it is your mother-in-law likes. Putting in a little extra thought can make all the difference.

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You don't have to break the bank to get the perfect gift. Gifts that speak to the heart or prove that you have really been paying attention to her likes and dislikes will be sure to get a smile from your mother-in-law this season.

Consider the following ideas - or, use them as jumping off points to form your own plan for a gift.

Photo Album

Even though there's a good chance your mother-in-law is on Facebook we'd bet she'd still appreciate an old fashioned photo album - particularly if there are grandkids in the picture! If not, have you ever taken a trip, gone out to dinner, or done something fun with your spouse and in-laws? Your mother-in-law would probably really appreciate some memories from that day put together.


Don't discount electronics! Many middle-aged and elderly people are quite savvy with their smartphones, laptops, and e-readers. Does your mother-in-law devour Danielle Steel and Nora Roberts books? Consider getting her a Nook or Kindle for a Christmas gift - it's the gift that keeps on giving!

Trip to a Winery

A bottle of wine is an easy - and a perfectly acceptable gift - but what if you took it a step further and bought her a gift certificate to a local winery or craft beverage place? Maybe you'll get lucky and she'll invite you along for a tasting!

Specialty Coffee or Tea

Not looking to go all out but just need something nice to give to her? Or, maybe you have the main gift but you'd like a little something extra. Specialty coffee or tea can be a great gift - consider picking some up or giving a gift card to a Saratoga coffee shop.

Decor for the Home

If you know your mother-in-law's tastes well enough, you could purchase a unique home decor item she'll treasure for years to come. Does she love rustic, Adirondack-themed home decor? Does she go crazy for fragrant, country-style candles? Maybe your mom-in-law needs a festive, hand-painted sign for her house.

Whether you choose one of the ideas above or use them to jump start your own ideas, we hope to spark your imagination and help "unstump" you when it comes to coming up with a great gift idea for your mother-in-law. Have a great holiday!

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