Finding the right present for the person you’re dating is hard. Figuring out what to give his or her parents is next–level.
For one thing, your partner’s parents are likely not in your demographic, so you can’t just buy them the crystal kit you’ve been eyeing. And if you go with something grand, it can be misconstrued as desperate. Give something small, and it can seem stingy, like you don’t care enough to make a good impression.
Lucky for you, we scoured the web for the gifts that will show just how much you care without going overboard. From cashmere gloves to portable chargers, these will send the right signals to your partner’s parents — you know, that you’re an awesome human being with a keen eye for tasteful gifts. Oh, and you’re also a wonderful, loving partner to their child.
Strike a balance between “trying” and “too hard” with any one of the gifts on this list.
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The only thing your in-laws love more than your partner is their family dog, so they'll be touched by these custom printed socks. Upload a clear photo of their pup, and they'll cut out the face and create a print. While they might seem a little pricey for a pair of socks, part of the proceeds go toward animals in need. (These are just a rendering of what a pair looks like, but check out their Instagram for examples.)
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This house-shaped lantern from Chip and Joanna Gaines's Target line is the perfect accessory to spruce up boring pillar candles. Dare we call it a "fixer upper"?
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This eco-friendly mill lets you hand-grind beans for everything from espresso to French press coffee.
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Kits aren’t just for kids. This one comes from Brooklyn (duh) with soil, stones, moss, animal figurines, and detailed instructions for putting them all together.
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A new way for the parentals to connect with their favorite movies: By scribbling shopping lists, reminders, and love notes on pads cribbed from the screen.
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