33 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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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.)
Custom PupSocks Custom PupSocks – Blue, $29.99 Buy
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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"?
Hearth & Hand House Lantern Small - Black - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia, $19.98 Buy
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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.
Claus Porto Gift Box, $60.00 Buy
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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.
Oxo Clarity Cordless Glass Electric Kettle, $79.99 Buy
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Make “a pinch of salt” possible with this wheel-thrown (yet still dishwasher-safe) piece of pottery.
Sawyer Ceramics Salt Cellar, $30.00 Buy
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Bonus points for popping pictures into these matryoshkas before you stuff them in stockings.
MoMA Nesting Doll Photo Frames, $13.50 Buy
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Nothing says “I definitely didn’t find this in the clearance section of a home-goods store” like Diptyque.
Diptyque Cinnamon Scented Candle, $62.00 Buy
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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).
Pendleton Glacier Park Knit Throw, $149.00 Buy
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These cut-crystal tumblers have an impressive heft that makes throwing one back feel purposeful, not pathetic.
Riedel Highland Tumbler Reseda, $19.90 Buy
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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.
Ample Hills Creamery Classic 5-pack, $45.00 Buy
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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.
Copypastry Custom Cookie Cutter, $50.00 Buy
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Feel like your relationship is a little rocky? Extend a literal olive branch — with a gift that keeps on giving.
Williams Sonoma Arbequina Olive Crate, $99.95 Buy
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Pre-save the day by preventing misplaced-jewelry panic with this handsome porcelain cone.
Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. Ceramic Ring Holder, $20.00 Buy
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This eco-friendly mill lets you hand-grind beans for everything from espresso to French press coffee.
Hario Ceramic Coffee Grinder, $49.95 Buy
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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.
Grovemade Maple iPhone Dock, $99.00 Buy
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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.
Snowe Chef’s Towel, $18.00 Buy
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These nesting measuring cups will appeal to cooks, neat freaks, and anyone who loved chemistry in high school.
Chef’n Beaker set, $29.99 Buy
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Know exactly who cut the cheese with a customized maple board handmade in Maryland by a husband-and-wife team.
Uncommon Goods Personalized Cutting Board, $159.00 Buy
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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.
Heath Ceramics Bud Vase, $43.00 Buy
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Each of these slim cookbooks focuses on a single ingredient and is hand-stitched with baker’s twine.
Short Stack Short Stack Trio, $38.00 Buy
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Encourage good health sans preachiness with a slim tracker that works in the pool (great news for water aerobics aficionados).
Fitbit Learn how Flex 2 notifications work., $59.95 Buy
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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.
Uncommon Goods The Lucky Gardener DIY Terrarium Kit, $85.00 Buy
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Coasters are why people can have nice things. These laser-cut ones are functional and fun to look at.
Light & Paper Doodle Bamboo Coasters, $29.00 Buy
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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.
Quin Candy Is Magic Gift Box, $16.00 Buy
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Halfway between fuzzy fleece bathrobe and waffle-weave kimono lies this just-right, 100%-cotton wrap.
Kassatex Fouta Striped Robe, $69.99 Buy
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A breathable sheepskin lining means these moccasins make feet toasty, not sweaty.
Emu Moonah Slippers, $79.95 Buy
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Like a 40, but minus eight ounces, refillable, insulated, ceramic, and initialed by an artist.
Portland Growler Co. The Loop Growler, $58.50 Buy
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100% cashmere gloves with a roll-up cuff are 100% covetable.
Amazon Fishers Finery Women's 100% Pure Cashmere Gloves, Cable Knit Design [Gray], $34.99 Buy
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Sophisticated travel-size toiletries mean never having to hoard hotel shampoo again.
Sephora Favorites The Ultimate Travel Bag, $128.00 $40.00, Buy
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For the parental with a sweet tooth and a sense of humor as wicked as your own.
Fishs Eddy Pussy Bowl, $18.95 Buy
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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.
Anthropologie Best In Show Cheese Board, $88.00 Buy
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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.
Amazon Your Room is Ready: A Set of Fictional Hotel Notepads from Film, Books & TV, $24.19 Buy