Monday, October 28, 2013

4 Holiday Gifts to Melt the Hearts of Mothers-in-Law

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Whether your mother-in-law is your closest gal pal or arch rival, you're obligated to give her a nice Christmas gift. Your responsibility to your husband is to shop for a gift that helps strengthen the bond between his two favorite women. Release your inner creativity, put in some thoughtfulness and use pretty wrapping paper to make this year's present a success. Make your mother-in-law smile with any of the following holiday gift ideas.

Photographic Memories

Celebrate your husband's family and childhood by creating a photo collage that highlights family photos from childhood to present day. Gather baby, school, sports, holiday, vacation, and college pictures and print them onto a quilt or frame them in an elegant over-the-door scroll frame. Scroll frames can be found online at Bed, Bath and Beyond for $29.99. Print pictures in black and white for a nostalgic feel or upload them to a digital frame that she can keep on her kitchen counter or bedside table.

Vera Wang Floral Arrangement

1116_ftd_flowersIf your mother-in-law is like most women, receiving flowers warms her heart, soul and home. Adorn her home with an extravagant holiday bouquet by Vera Wang. You'll impress her with this stunning bouquet of red roses, white Asiatic Lilies and rich greens that will complement her beautiful and vintage Christmas decor. The FTD Grand Occasion bouquet by Vera Wang starts at $129.99.

Lavish Dinner

Cook a three-course holiday meal for your family in honor of the matriarch herself. Ask your husband for a favorite family recipe, share one of your own or cook a recipe you've always wanted to try. Delicious holiday fare ideas include pumpkin cornbread stuffing, country sausage and sage, honey mustard and pecan-crusted lamb chops, or pumpkin macaroni and cheese with amoretti crust. For a memorable encore, serve Christmas cookies or red velvet cheesecake in a gorgeous serving tray, such as the Corelle Melamine Service Tray — Pretty Pink, available online at Target for $12.99.

Gift of the Month Clubs

Think about your mother-in-law's personality and favorite indulgences. If she's a culinary expert who loves to cook a savory brunch every Sunday, give her the Bacon of the Month Club or Bacon of the Season Club for $49.95 a month. Give a caffeine addict the Coffee of the Month Club for $24.95 a month with 3 to 12 month options, or if she has a sweet tooth, a Cupcake of the Month Club will deliver 12 gourmet cupcakes each month for $39.95 a month with a 3 to 12 month option. Check out more gourmet gifts at AmazingClubs.com.

As you thoughtfully shop for a meaningful gift wrapped and given with love, you can count on a grateful and happy mother-in-law during this holiday season.

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Patti Campbell is a stay-at-home mom of three from Hawaii who runs a small ecommerce business out of her basement.