What to Give the Mother-In-Law: The Best Mother's Day Gift Ideas for 2019

It's better to give her a gift than take her out for a nice meal. (You can save that for her birthday.)

Each year, Mother's Day comes around on the second Sunday of May. And each time, it manages to sneak up on you, leaving you scrambling at the last-minute for the best Mother's Day gift ideas.

If you think you don't need to get your mother-in-law a gift, think again. It's always a good idea to give her a gift she'll treasure for a long time (brownie points in the bank, so she can pick on the other son-in-law instead). It's also better to buy her something that will impress her instead of having to sit through yet another meal listening to her litany of health problems or complaints about her household help.

There are many ways to gain love, trust, and support from your mother-in-law. Being a loving partner to her offspring is no doubt the easiest way, but giving a thoughtful gift is always a plus. Before you settle for an underwhelming phone greeting, consider these options that will surely impress her:

1| Bi-Fold Wallet

Furla, price upon request 


Yes, wallets are a typical gift—with reason. You don't need much information about a person to choose one. And by that, we mean you don't need sizes. Even if she's not particularly fond of the style you pick, chances are she'll be grateful because... it'll go to her regifting pile. 

2| Flower Bouquet

Fiori di Marghi, P7,500


Flowers are a safe bet, and safe is where you need to be when it comes to your mother-in-law. If you want a sure win, you can't go wrong with Fiori di Marghi's arrangements. Consider this bouquet of yellow Ecuadorian roses with eucalyptus leaves, wild green berries, white Queen Anne's lace, and vines.

3| Eyeglasses


Gucci, price upon request


Get your mother-in-law something she'll actually need... such as a pair of eyeglasses. Bonus points if you do a bit of sleuthing and have lenses with her grade already put in. Not only will she appreciate the gesture, she'll also (hopefully) remember you each time she wears them.

4| Camera

IMAGE: Leica

A tech-centric gift will truly stand out during Mother's Day. If photography is a hobby for her, then she'll appreciate Leica's newest CL. Equipped with a high-resolution sensor, a Maestro II series processor, and fast autofocus, this holy grail of a camera can guarantee maximum picture quality in various photographic situations such as a selfie.

5| Crossbody Bag

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Bally, price upon request

Shopping for your mother isn't that much different from shopping for your mother-in-law. You have to think about her daily routine. Any woman needs a bag she can carry all day, and a crossbody bag will always be better than those with top handles. Not to mention, it also makes for the perfect travel bag.

6| Canvas Tote

Tory Burch, price upon request

No woman (or man) can have one too many canvas tote bags. It's a handy companion for just about anything that happens to do with travel and summer. For your mother-in-law, don't just get any canvas tote. Get one that's a little more luxurious such as this one.

7| Dress

Lotus, P2,950


Take a risk, buy a dress. Sometimes, risks pay off in the end. You'll probably seek the help of your wife, but even then, remember to buy something that isn't form-fitting or too wild.

8| Mule Flat

Aquazzura, P34,500


Buying shoes isn't for the inexperienced. If you've exhausted all the Hallmark cards, bouquets, and what have you, it may be time to go for something more unexpected. When in doubt, choose a pair of flats.

9| Silk Scarf


Tory Burch, price upon request

Aside from clothing, shoes, and leather goods, there are plenty of accessories you can choose for your mother-in-law. Something she'll definitely use is a silk scarf. It will come in handy when she travels, when it's cold, when she needs to hide her face, and many other occasions.

10| Luxury Candle

Jo Malone London, Price upon request

Get your mother-in-law something that will relax her. Jo Malone makes candles that do just that, and this one, with fruity pomegranate and raspberry mixed with the floral note of Casablanca lily and guiac wood and amber, seeks to transform any space into a fragrant haven.

11| Moisturizing Cream

La Mer, from P10,200


Be the best son-in-law ever by gifting her the fountain of youth. This miracle cream is said to be so intensely rejuvenating and hydrating that it'll leave everything soft, smooth, and radiant in the beautiful complexion of a mother-in-law.

12| Vase

Lalique, price upon request

If clothes are way out of your comfort zone, maybe something for the home might be a little more  your speed. Go for the classics: Baccarat, Lalique, and Christofle. The Flora Bella vase changes color depending on the light, from pale blue to iridescent purple, and will make for the perfect home accessory.


13| Cashmere Blanket

Hermès, price upon request

In the world of luxury, nothing quite impresses like cashmere. And in blankets, the Hermès Avalon throw will always top wish lists. The cashmere blanket makes for an excellent statement piece at home while actually being functional—something a mother will never fail to overlook.

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Paolo Chua
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Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor at Esquire Philippines, where he writes about fashion and grooming. Before joining Esquire Philippines, he was a writer at Town & Country Philippines.
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