Your One-Stop Holiday Gift Guide: Parents and In-Laws
They're some of the most important people on your holiday shopping list.
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. This is especially important this year. After all, your parents have spent the last six months at home, where they likely picked up a new hobby or two, so try to cater to these newfound interests this winter. 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 sleek wine glasses that they'll actually use (and not just when you're visiting!) to an updated fisherman sweater (and 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 sleek 18th-century inspired stemware or a new tea set (we love the lettuceware iteration, ahead) 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 set your father-in-law, an avid birdwatcher, up with the best binoculars on the market. Ahead, more of our favorite holiday gift ideas for Mom and Dad.
Colorful Mixing Bowls
Whether they are chefs or bakers, they will always appreciate a new set of mixing bowls (especially when they look like this!). This stackable set is perfect for whipping up their latest muffin recipe or heating up leftovers.
Shop Now: Mepal Deep Mixing Bowls in Pine, $70 for set of four, bespokepost.com.
Gardening Seat and Kit
Cabernet Sauvignon Glasses
Your favorite Cab lovers will appreciate this glass, which is made especially for full-bodied, complex red wines that are high in tannins.
Shop Now: Riedel Winewings Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Glass, $35, target.com.
Lettuceware is back in a big way, so set your mom or mother-in-law up with a kitschy, whimsical tea set to make sure they're ahead of the trend.
Shop Now: Tory Burch Lettuce Ware Teapot, $250, toryburch.com.
iPhone 12 Pro
Upgrade your family FaceTime calls by gifting your parents the new iPhone 12 Pro. Not only will they appreciate the refined design, but they'll also love the new camera, which will make capturing all of those family portraits and videos even easier.
Shop Now: iPhone 12 Pro, from $999, apple.com.
Picnic Basket for Two
Their date nights have been happening at home in their dining room for months—so help them stay creative. Gift them this picnic basket for two and encourage them to spread a blanket out in their backyard for a welcome change of venue.
Shop Now: Pottery Barn Picnic Basket for Two, $99, potterybarn.com.
Give both Mom and Dad a pair of these breathable cotton house slippers, which were woven on Japanese looms. They're unisex.
Shop Now: Kontex Lana Room Shoes, $80, verishop.com.
Upgrade their bar with this sleek decanter. Its amber hue works across multiple décor schemes and color palettes.
Shop Now: Estelle Decanter, $150, estellecoloredglass.com.
They've never seen a room diffuser quite like this. The first of its kind, this touch-activated iteration from Diptyque plugs into the wall and fills the room with one of the fragrance house's signature scents with a single tap.
Shop Now: Diptyque Electric Wall Diffuser, $120, diptyqueparis.com.
Martha Stewart Coffee
Written by psychosomatic therapist, flower essence practitioner, and registered herbalist Heidi Smith, this book, full of recipes and rituals for all of life's ups and downs, is a flower essence guide to cosmic balance.
Shop Now: "The Bloom Book" by Heidi Smith, $23.99, at.land.
A colander she'll never want to put away—who would have thought?
Shop Now: Land of Belle Radish Colander, $62, landofbelle.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.
Hand-poured in New York, these inky black candles are made from beeswax and offer hours of light. They look pretty cool on a coffee table, too.
Shop Now: Green Tree Home Ruby Gemstone Candle in Black, $40, at.land.
Together, there's nothing they can't do—finishing an incredible amount of 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles during quarantine, included. Present them with their newest challenge, which depicts one of Monet's most iconic paintings upon completion.
Shop Now: The Met Monet Bridge and Lilies Puzzle, $19.95, store.metmuseum.com.
A wool fisherman sweater is a classic gift. We love this feminine cardigan-style take on the staple, featuring a sweet collar and pockets—and your mom will, too.
Shop Now: Frances Valentine Wool Fisherman Sweater, $398, francesvalentine.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.
Roman and Williams Guild just debuted their first line of stemware, which was inspired by glassware produced in the 18th-century. With a myriad of styles, they're designed to be mixed and matched, perfect for parents who enjoy an after-dinner drink.
Shop Now: RW Guild Hand-Blown Stemware, from $180, rwguild.com.
This bandana-style tablecloth is casual enough for everyday dining, but unique enough for more formal occasions, like holidays and birthdays. They'll look forward to pulling it out when those types of celebrations are possible again.
Shop Now: Zsuzsanna Nyul Hand-Dyed Indigo "Bandana" Tablecloth, $395, cutterbrooks.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.
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.
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.
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 and pairing.
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.
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.
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.
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.