This gift guide for parents, in-laws, and other couples is the most requested every year! Scroll through my favorite couple gifts, plus additional gift ideas specifically for your mom/mother-in-law AND your dad/father-in law!
This week is a BIG week of gift guides and I thought I’d kick it off with the most requested topic: gift guide for parents, in-laws and other couples! This is always a hot topic, so I went a little bit farther with it this year. As you can see, we’re starting with couple gifts – but keep scrolling to get more ideas for your Mom and/or Mother-in-Law as well as your Dad and/or Father-in-Law too!
2022 Gift Guide For Parents, In-Laws, and other couples
We got this digital picture frame for my Nana a few years ago and she LOVES it. The frame rotates through a slideshow of photos whenever it’s turned on, so it makes a great gift from all of the siblings, grandchildren or even the whole family. The best part is that you can email photos directly to the frame, so the recipient doesn’t have to do anything in order to see new pictures. After any family gathering or cute photoshoot with your kids (or dog if you’re like Adam and I), just send any photos they’d like to see to the frame, and they’ll start seeing it in the slideshow!
Hatch Restore – Gift Guide For Parents
I got a Hatch Restore last year and it’s awesome. Especially if the couple you’re shopping for struggles with the shorter days we endure throughout the winter, this is a really useful gift. You create all of your own settings for both bedtime and wake up in their app, depending on what works best for you. I have a 30 minute “wind down” at night and then their “sunrise” takes 15 minutes to gradually light up fully as it plays soft wind chimes. It’s such a nice way to wake up, I never want to go back to my jarring phone alarm ever again.
When in doubt, get personalized gifts for parents. Photo calendars or a puzzle of their grandchildren are sure bets every time 😂 On a more unique note, I love the idea of gifting them this hand painted home portrait – and this custom bobblehead cracks me UP. Or if they only like practical gifts, my brother and sister-in-law got us this return address stamp that we use all the time!
Want to just go in on a big group gift and call it a day? The Frame TV is definitely a hot item right now – I honestly wish we needed a new TV right now so we could get one, too! If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a tv that displays art when the tv isn’t on… so it looks like a framed piece of artwork instead of a big tv in your living room. It’s so cool! Other fun group gift ideas are a nespresso, Peloton bike, or walking pad!
Food gifts are a great idea for couples who don’t like stuff. I was just talking to someone about how good Harry & David pears are – truly so delicious. I also love the idea of picking out something they love on Goldbelly! I put Stan’s Donuts in the collage but they have a HUGE variety of options and it’s such a fun way to send some nostalgia to someone you love while supporting a restaurant you love while you’re at it!
Gifts for Game Night
We discovered Chronology on a friend’s trip over the summer and we have been telling everyone we know about it since! It’s such a fun dinner party game, so round out the gift with a nice bottle of wine and this wine chiller and you’re good to go!
Gifts for Mom/Mother-In-Law
Rollneck Sweater (this fabric is SO SOFT and it’s on sale!) | Kindle Paperwhite (literally the reason I read as much as I do) | Dana Rebecca Designs Necklace (Chicago-based female-founded brand!) | Augustinus Bader Rich Cream Set (up to 20% off ends today, 11/7!)
Simplified Planner (the best physical planners!) | LAKE Robe (one of my favorite gifts for new Moms – and a favorite of my own Mom, too!) | Nespresso Aeroccino (best milk frother!) | Perfect Pot (my go-to for making soups and sauces because it’s so pretty and lightweight!)
When in doubt, get her something COZY. J.Crew’s supersoft yarn has been a personal favorite of mine for years – I don’t have any current styles but you really can’t go wrong with that fabric. And speaking of soft, this Barefoot Dreams blanket is still on major sale in 6 colors. If you want to treat her a little bit more, I highly recommend anything from LAKE, but specifically a robe or relax set for winter. I am also swooning over these Rothy’s slippers too – they look so comfy!!!
Speaking of treating her, let’s take it up a notch, shall we?! Dana Rebecca Designs is a female founded company based right here in Chicago and her stuff is GORGEOUS. She also sells some of her pieces, like this beautiful necklace at Nordstrom if you prefer to shop there. And if she’s a skincare lover, Augustinus Bader is supposed to be the best of the best and you can now get it in this gift set for the holidays!
Yes, this frother is on every gift guide every year and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon! My friends got it for us as an engagement gift and it’s the best. All you do is add your milk (I think Nutpods, oat, dairy or coconut milk froths the best!), press one of 4 buttons, and you have perfectly frothy milk to add to your coffee! And I know Ember mugs are really popular, but this cup and warmer set is so pretty and fun. Love all of the color options!
The Our Place Always Pan was definitely a hot gift last year, and I’m willing to bet that their new Perfect Pot will be a really popular gift this year. I usually mention my Le Creuset Dutch Oven as a great splurge gift each year, but I love that Our Place’s pot is a FRACTION of that cost. Like the pan, it’s non-toxic, non-stick, and SUPER easy to clean – but unlike the pan, this pot can go in the oven! It’s also really lightweight… like, surprisingly lightweight. And it comes with a roasting/steaming rack and notched spoon that rests perfectly on the pot. All in all, it’s awesome. Definitely recommend, especially for soup season!
If your Mom loves baths, get her a bath caddy! It’s such a silly thing that they probably wouldn’t buy for themselves, but could make the bath experience even better. If you need to round out the gift, I love the idea of adding a Kindle Paperwhite, CBD bath salts, and/or a Hotel Lobby candle (all of which are major favorites of mine!).
Gifts for Father/Father-In-Law
Just like moms, dads like cozy things too! Luckily Rothy’s and LAKE also make men’s items, so you can get him a pair of slippers and/or a robe too. I also recently discovered Vuori and not only is their stuff crazy comfy, but they’re also a really cool company. I think their joggers are a home run gift this year.
I feel like Hypervolts and Therabodys were the “it” gift a few years ago, but we still use our Hypervolt all the time so I’m including it again this year. If your dad and/or father-in-law likes to work out or just has stiff muscles, these percussion massagers are so nice to have at home. I also recently saw someone rave about this heated neck wrap and had to include it here, too. Looks so nice for a sore neck/shoulders!
As soon as I saw this personalized framed record on Etsy, I immedietly thought it would be a cute gift to give your Dad with the lyrics to the song you did your Father/Daughter dance to at your wedding. So sweet, right?! Also, if you two are big college football fans, get this college stadium frame and put a picture of you two at a game in it. I wish they had these for Chicago sports, because I’d tell my sister to get a Blackhawks one and put a picture of our Dad with her kids at a game in it!
My parents have this cell phone sanitizer and it’s seems silly at first, but it’s also kind of genius. You can even charge it while it cleans! I also got a few people Courant chargers last year, and I can confirm that this leather charging accessory tray is really beautiful in real life. And lastly, I love the idea of getting him an Apple Airtag and a holder to go with it. So useful for someone who travels a lot!
Hope that helps! Shop even more gifts for parents, in-laws and other couples below!