’Tis the season to meet the parents! Whether or not you’re new on the scene, it never hurts to arrive at your significant other’s parents’ place with a gift in tow.
Here are some simple gift ideas for your partner’s parents:
Homemade — Or Something From Home
Your parents love homemade gifts, so why wouldn’t his? Give your famous gingerbread or shortbread. Tie a ribbon around a jar of spiced nuts. Crochet a throw blanket, knit dish cloths, or make a quilted potholder.
Or give a gift that says a little about where you’re from: local maple syrup, your family’s favourite board game, or a delicate blown-glass ornament made by your uncle.
You can’t go wrong with a bouquet of flowers or a potted plant. (Check with your significant other to make sure no one has any allergies.) If your boyfriend’s mother has a beautiful flower garden, consider giving her a perennial she can plant outdoors in the spring.
Note: If you can, give a vase with the bouquet so the gift-receivers don’t have to scramble to put the flowers in water after you arrive.
Gourmet holiday snacks won’t contribute to clutter — giving knickknacks is never recommended — and will probably be well-appreciated and quickly consumed. Chocolates, peppermint bark, nut trays, cheese and crackers, fair-trade coffee, preserves and a nice bottle of wine or whiskey are all great options.
They’re hosting you, aren’t they? Give a gift that helps with party-hosting: a wine decanter, cheese knives and board, linen cocktail napkins, barbecue tools, a beautiful serving tray or cake stand. (Bonus points if you arrive with a cake on that cake stand.)
A beautiful candle, picture frame, pottery mug, or coffee table book — relating to a topic you know they’re interested in — are always welcome additions to a home.
A simple, thoughtful gift goes a long way. What would you recommend giving a significant other’s parents for Christmas?