There’s always at least one person on every Christmas list for whom it is tough to come up with a sure win gift. Mothers-in-law often occupy this spot on the list. She may not be the person you have trouble shopping for, but if she is here are a few suggestions for the perfect Christmas gift for your mother-in-law:
- Make a Memory for Her
Just about any mother-in-law will melt into tears of joy to find that you’ve scheduled a family photograph session. It could be with a professional photographer or it could be with a friend of the family who’s pretty good behind the lens, but if you do all the arranging, she will be thrilled. Select the time, the place, the clothing or color scheme so all she has to do is show up. This is a winner.
- Make Her Feel Beautiful
If your mother-in-law is a woman who likes to feel in step with the latest trends and fashions then that is a clue as to what will really make her smile on Christmas morning. Look for the newest beauty product or beauty gadget. Maybe there is a new craze in nail polish, lipstick or bronzing – buy it for her and keep her on the cutting edge where she wants to be. Tuck in a copy of Proverbs 31 and let her know that you think she has that sort of beauty too.
- Make Some Kitchen Fun
If your mother-in-law loves the Food Network or bakes lots of meals and treats for people anyway – give her something that will make it even more fun. Stroll through the fancy kitchen stores and look for things she might never spend money on for herself. Wrap them up in a cookie sheet liner, a terrific apron or a few thirsty dish towels.
- Make a Working Woman Image
When your other mom is a working woman, help her look her best behind the desk. Get her a really fabulous scarf, an understated necklace, or a beautiful pen. Or…treat her to a mani-pedi or a massage at the spa. In her gift box, list some of the hard-working women in the Bible – Deborah, Miriam, Lydia, Phoebe, Priscilla – put her name on the list too. Christian gifts can be anything given with a spiritual intent.
- Make a Date (or several) on a Calendar
Why not give her a new Christian calendar in which you’ve already penned in several family get-togethers and events? It could be Sunday dinners or a weekend away at the lake or a day at the zoo. It really depends on how close you live – the idea is to have set aside several times in the coming year to be with her. Include a line from Ecclesiastes about there being a time for everything under heaven.
- Make Her Reader’s Heart Happy
Some moms are avid readers. Among the many Christian gifts you could give her, don’t overlook the gift of edifying reading. Choose a couple of books you know she’ll enjoy and tuck a pretty bookmark in each one. If you are crafty – make a bookmark and have the grandkids sign it!
The Printery House offers many gifts that would be make a perfect gift for your mother-in-law. Mothers-in-law are part of the glue that holds families together. Celebrate yours this Christmas with a gift that is fun and commends her as a woman of faith at the same time.