Your One-Stop Holiday Gift Guide: Parents & In-Laws
There's no one like Mom or Dad, which is why their holiday gifts should be as unique as they are. Though it's easy to scoop up their favorites year after year—a simple-enough task when you know your mother's go-to bottle of red or your father's signature cologne—we'd encourage you to think beyond that realm when curating your parents' (and in-laws') presents this time around. To help you do just that, we've rounded up several ideas that they likely won't expect, which only adds to the fun.
From unique ceramic pitchers that they'll actually use (and not just when you're visiting!) to a sweater shaver for both of their cable-knits, there are so many thoughtful, personal options ahead. We absolutely love the idea of gifting parents items that they'll pull out each and every day, especially since they'll think of you whenever they do. Consider adding a small clock to their nightstand (a reminder that you'll always have time for them, no matter what); alternatively, add colorful drinking tumblers or a new tea set to their china cabinet (along with a gift box full of the best black, green, and herbal blends!). Want to get a little more personal? A tag necklace for mom—with circles featuring each of her children's first initials—will become her new favorite piece.
Whatever you decide to gift your parents and in-laws this year, let it be from the heart; speak to their love of coffee with a fresh blend from Martha's own collection or keep your mother-in-law cozy and warm in our founder's ultimate layering piece, a short-sleeve puffer jacket (she'll feel like you're hugging her all day long!). Ahead, more of our favorite holiday gift ideas for Mom and Dad.
Art direction by Laura Lutz; Prop Styling by Tanya Graff; Soft Styling by Claire Tedaldi at Halley Resources.
Short-Sleeved Puffer Jacket
If your mom's cold-weather aesthetic is more style-on than pile-on, she’ll love layering this short-sleeve down jacket, designed by Martha herself, over everything during the colder months.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Quilted Down Short Sleeve Puffer Jacket in Navy, $85, qvc.com.
These paraben-free suds are scented with pine, woodland lily of the valley, musk, and aged leather—and are just masculine enough for Dad's sink.
Shop Now: Skandinavisk Skog Forest Hand Wash, $28, amazon.com.
These Bauhaus-inspired pitchers are handcrafted in India, but we found them at the intersection of pretty and practical.
Shop Now: Bloomist "Novah" Pitchers, $55 for large; $35 for small, bloomist.com.
Black, green, herbal, or masala? Suit someone's fancy with these boxed sets of farmer-direct Indian blends.
Shop Now: Vahdam Tea Gift Boxes, from $25, vahdamteas.com.
If you can't whisk your parents or in-laws off to a leisurely lunch in Venice (maybe next year!), these tumblers bring that dolce vita vibe to any table. Mix up the sunny, sophisticated colors, or give a matched set.
Shop Now: Sir | Madam "The Rialto" Tumblers, $27 each, sirmadam.com.
The latest from Ngoc Ming Ngo and Umbero Pasti, this book offers readers a beautifully photographed tour of Pasti's world-famous garden, Rohuna, where thousands of plants—transplanted from local constructions sites—currently thrive.
Shop Now: Eden Revisited: A Garden in Northern Morocco, $39.99, amazon.com.
A Year of Wine
If your parents or in-laws are wine connoisseurs, gift them a year of Martha's all-time favorite wines, along with exclusive suggestions for serving, pairing, and entertaining.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Wine Co. A Year of Wine, from $225, marthastewartwine.com.
Show you'll always give Mom the time of day with these American-made, colorful (and quiet) desk clocks.
Shop Now: Tait Design Desk Clock, $75 each, taitdesignco.com.
A sweater shaver can feel like a gamble: Will it nix pills, or shred your mother-in-law's favorite cardigan? This handy gadget erases any doubt. Its blades are ultra-precise, yet gentle enough for cashmere, merino, and alpaca. And its powerful engine charges via USB cord, meaning there's no need for batteries. Skim it over lumps and lint, and bingo—you've hit the knit-care jackpot.
Shop Now: Steamery Pilo Sweater Shaver, $50, steamery.com.
Martha Stewart Tea Set
Gift them this classic set and watch you frequently you get invited over for afternoon tea.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Collection Royal Blush Tea Set, $150, macys.com.
Help your mom keep her children close to her heart with one of these personalized circle necklaces—add a tag for each of her kids.
Shop Now: Tiny Tags Circle Tag Necklace, from $425, tinytags.com.
As eye-catching as they are functional, these limited-edition pressed-plywood trays come in a veritable garden of botanical prints that make a grilled cheese on the coffee table feel like a picnic en plein air.
Shop Now: Utopia Goods Limited-Edition Trays, from $89 each, utopiagoods.com.
Shake or stir your way into a teetotaler's heart with these spicy, herbal, or citrusy nonalcoholic "spirits."
Shop Now: Seedlip Nonalcoholic Spirits, $36 each, seedlipdrinks-us.com.
Martha Stewart Coffee
Start your day with Martha's favorite organic, fair-trade beans; they brew nuanced, full-bodied coffee with a deep, rich finish.
Shop Now: Martha Stewart Coffee "Martha's Blend" by Barrie House, from $8.99, amazon.com.
Gifting slippers for mom is a holiday must, but gifting cashmere ones keeps her very happy. And when mom is happy, so is everyone else.
Shop Now: Vince Cashmere "Cadie" Slippers, $98, vince.com.
These gorgeous hand-made confections come packaged in a sweet storybook box. Your book (and chocolate!) loving mom will be delighted.
Shop Now: Stick with Me 12 Piece Bonbon Box, $49, swmsweets.com.
Want to know the secret to the fluffiest rice? In restaurants across Japan, they use the donabe rice cooker, "Kamado-san." For us, it's the perfect gift pick for the family's foodie.
Shop Now: Kamado-San Danabe Rice Cooker, $180, toirokitchen.com.
Give Dad another reason to pamper himself in the mornings with this all-star, five-blade razor and sandalwood shaving cream. The cream's rich and foamy lather make for a luxuriously smooth shave while the razor's micro-engraved patterns give it an extra comfortable grip.
Alpaca Blanket Wrap
Made from the softest baby alpaca and available in a trio of festive colors, this oh-so-cozy wrap will keep them warm all winter long.
Shop Now: Garnet Hill Alpaca Blanket Wrap, $129, garnethill.com.
Children's Custom Art Prints
Turn grandchildren's mini doodled masterpieces into a framed print (or three!) to cherish forever with Minted's custom art.
Shop Now: Minted Kids' Drawn Art, prices vary, minted.com.
Mindful living is about to get a lot more fun with this "water-drawing" board. Simply dip the brush into water, paint or write to your heart's desire, and watch your creation come to life before evaporating back into a blank state.
Shop Now: Buddha Board Water Painting Set, $34.95, amazon.com.