30 Gifts For Your Partner's Parents That Will Show You Care (Without Going Overboard)

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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These nine soaps from a nearly 130-year-old beauty brand are packaged in miniature works of art prettier than any gift wrap.
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Tea and hot chocolate are lovely; a hissing teapot is not. Thanks to an auto shutoff, this kettle is meant to be seen, not heard.
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Make “a pinch of salt” possible with this wheel-thrown (yet still dishwasher-safe) piece of pottery.
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Bonus points for popping pictures into these matryoshkas before you stuff them in stockings.
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Nothing says “I definitely didn’t find this in the clearance section of a home-goods store” like Diptyque.
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It’s soft, it’s warm, it’s been around for nearly 100 years (seriously: the number of stripes used to indicate the blanket’s value).
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These cut-crystal tumblers have an impressive heft that makes throwing one back feel purposeful, not pathetic.
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These pints of what is arguably the best ice cream in the country say “frozen custard” because they have TOO MANY EGG YOLKS to be called "ice cream." No one will complain.
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Your partner’s parents probably said, “You’re so cute, I could just eat your face,” to your boo all the time as a kid. Make it a reality with a personalized cookie cutter.
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Feel like your relationship is a little rocky? Extend a literal olive branch — with a gift that keeps on giving.
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Pre-save the day by preventing misplaced-jewelry panic with this handsome porcelain cone.
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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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KonMari an unsightly cord situation with a sturdy docking station that's hand-sanded and oiled in a former auto-repair shop.
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For the parental with a sweet tooth and a sense of humor as wicked as your own.
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A good chef’s towel — absorbent, soft, and made to last — is a thing of beauty. This one doubles as an apron.
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These nesting measuring cups will appeal to cooks, neat freaks, and anyone who loved chemistry in high school.
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Know exactly who cut the cheese with a customized maple board handmade in Maryland by a husband-and-wife team.
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A giant vase is a lot of pressure, but this tiny one can fit almost anywhere, and it won’t look sad with just a stem or two.
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Each of these slim cookbooks focuses on a single ingredient and is hand-stitched with baker’s twine.
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Encourage good health sans preachiness with a slim tracker that works in the pool (great news for water aerobics aficionados).
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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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Coasters are why people can have nice things. These laser-cut ones are functional and fun to look at.
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Most parents have received a box of chocolates a bazillion times. Give two dozen pieces of caramels, fruit chews, and other artisanal candy instead.
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Halfway between fuzzy fleece bathrobe and waffle-weave kimono lies this just-right, 100%-cotton wrap.
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A breathable sheepskin lining means these moccasins make feet toasty, not sweaty.
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For the cheese lover in your life who’s also a dog lover, a wood-marble mash-up with brass accents.
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Like a 40, but minus eight ounces, refillable, insulated, ceramic, and initialed by an artist.
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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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Sophisticated travel-size toiletries made with organic botanicals mean never having to hoard hotel shampoo again.
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100% cashmere gloves with a roll-up cuff are 100% covetable. And because the online-only company doesn't have brick-and-mortar costs, you can actually afford them.
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