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

Finding the right present for the person you’re dating may be hard, but figuring out what to give his or her parents is an entirely next-level kind of a challenge. Whether you're meeting for the first time or they're already your in-laws, you'll want to land on something thoughtful and appropriate despite the inevitable shopping hurdles you'll have to launch yourself over to get there. To start, there's the generational gap that's sure to complicate things (you may be eyeing a new crystal kit, but that doesn't mean they are too). You also don't want to go too far over the top (step away from the luxury gifts) — their approval isn't for sale, after all. So when faced with the task of shopping for this VIP category of recipients, which route will lead you in the direction of gifting success?

Before you call in for backup, we're here to guide you towards the best gifting options that are guaranteed crowd-pleasers. We've scoured the web for the presents that will show just how much you care without going overboard. There’s premium olive oil for the devoted home cooks; an easy-to-use photo printer for the diehard shutterbugs; and thoughtful, shippable gift boxes if circumstances are keeping you apart this year. If the 19 options ahead could speak to the parents of your S.O., they'd say that you're a very cool human being with a keen eye for tasteful gifts — oh, and that you’re also a wonderful, loving partner to their child. Strike a balance between “trying” and “too hard” with any one of the products on this list and you can expect to knock it right out of the present park this season. 
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