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    26 Gifts For The In-Laws You Don't Know Very Well

    Crowd-pleasing gifts that'll make a lasting impression (even if *you* don't).

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    1. Gorgeous drinking glasses etched with the city grid of your choice, because they've gotta drink out of something, so it might as well be something pretty and sentimental.

    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "I got these glasses for my brother who is incredibly hard to shop for. He's very...particular. I wouldn't have gotten him regular whiskey glasses as I'm sure he has some, but two of these are a set that he could have out for decoration even if he rarely used them. They're very well made. The etching is clear and the glass is thick and durable. Looking forward to seeing his reaction." —Overthinking Gifter

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $16 (available in 24 city options).

    2. An essential-oil diffuser so they can bring a little zen to their life by choosing precisely what scents bring them to their happy place.


    Features four timer settings, adjustable mist output, and seven colored lighting options.

    Promising review: "I'm not 100% sure how this little device functions, but it's a BEAST. I currently use this in our massive living room/dining room area, and within a few minutes most of our first floor can be flooded with any scent of our choosing. You can't beat what it does for this price — so inexpensive! Not only does it make any living space full of any aroma you'd like, it's also simply visually pleasing. The ability to change the LED color is awesome. I plan on picking up another one or two of these very soon for the rest of our home!" —Ernest A. Oporto III

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in two sizes and in black and woodgrain).

    3. A set of super-cute notebooks they'll want to keep on display, perfect for all their jotting-down needs.


    Promising review: "These notebooks are great! They are beautiful and so well made. With three different cover designs, the cover material is somewhat textured and the 'Notebook' font on the front is lightly embossed printed in gold ink. The inside cover is also printed in gold ink with a lovely pattern. In the inside it has lined pages with gold print. These are almost too beautiful to write in! They would make great gifts!" —Marcelay

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $10.91+ (available in seven designs).

    4. And a fancy pen to go along with it, because let's face it: There is no better small pleasure than the feel of a writing with a well-crafted pen.

    Hannah Wong / BuzzFeed Reviews

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    Promising review: "I've had one of these for about 10 years when the barrel started to keep slipping back from the finger grip. I saw that it had developed a small crack — not unreasonable after all that time and a fair bit of abuse and neglect. So, I bought this one for spare parts! I've rebuilt 'old faithful' and have a spare lid, finger grip, and ink refill in my drawer. I always keep this in my pants pocket as a 'just in case' pen, and I find I use it all the time. It packs down to a very small size but becomes a full-sized pen when the lid is put on the back of the barrel, making it very comfortable for me and my big hands to use. It's always ready to go — I never need to scribble to get the ink flowing — and it writes very smoothly." —BayouBrit

    Get it from Amazon for $19.84.

    5. A mug warmer that regulates the temperature of their coffee or tea so they can nurse their drink for hours without sipping an ice-cold beverage. Genius.


    Promising review: "I felt I really needed to give a shout-out to this little mug warmer. I drink a lot of coffee and tea, but I find when I'm working, I'll get sidetracked and next thing I know, I'm faced with a cold cup of whatever I'm drinking and that just makes me unhappy. I bought this hoping, but not expecting anything fantastic. I have now had this for a year and use it it every single day and it has been awesome. No more having to rewarm my drink in the microwave or just plain throw it out. I can't believe how long it's lasted. Like I said I use it everyday but it's also on for a good part of the day and works just as good as it did on the I bought it. —C21Kristin

    Get it from Amazon for $9.89.

    6. A portable massage cushion to ease the tension in their neck and shoulders after a long day, because all humans adore the gift of relaxation.


    Promising review: "I purchased my first Zyllion on 5/24/2014. My little friend of many years died tonight, 10/13/2018. This wonderful little gadget came to my aid multiple times a day, and never complained. I sat on it, dropped it, lay across it, stood on it — virtually lived on that thing. It's been my go-to pal when I was sore from surgery, from work, from a long day in the yard. Got one for my mom and brother I loved it so much. I have severe arthritis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, frozen shoulder, joint pain, tight calves, a replaced hip and shoulder. This modest little piece of equipment is phenomenal for loosening tight muscles and relieving pain. These guys are top notch, reliable little beasts. They should be distributed to everyone over 30. I think if used by enough people, they could end wars, mend marriages, and save humanity from itself." —white noise machine

    Get it from Amazon for $44.95.

    7. Or an acupressure foot massage roller adored by over 2,000 Amazon reviewers that anyone's tired feet will appreciate.

    Promising review: "I love this foot roller. It does what you would expect only better, and is also way better quality than you'd expect. The wood is great, and it feels extremely sturdy even with all my weight on it. I got this because my feet started hurting. It turned out I just needed to throw away my favorite pair of shoes as they had gotten old and the sole was warped, but this thing is amazing and provided relief from the pain they caused. I'm going to get one for my aunt for Christmas because she has plantar fasciitis, and this would really give her some relief. I use it all the time even when my feet feel great; it's so stimulating and relaxing. I recommend this as a great gift for yourself or anyone!" —N. Carothers

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    8. A breakfast sandwich maker, because honestly, who doesn't want to be gifted a breakfast sandwich maker?


    Promising review: "Since receiving this, I have made a breakfast sandwich every day (for a couple of months now) and I LOVE it! My kids have opted a healthy breakfast sandwich over their usual choice of sugary cereals too much of the time so that’s a huge plus. SO much better tasting than the (albeit convenient) pre-made frozen ones you pop in the microwave. You control the ingredients (ex. whole grain English muffin, turkey sausage or ham, egg whites, or a low-fat cheese...etc). It takes literally five minutes to produce the breakfast sandwich of your choice from start to finish and the cleanup is a breeze — usually an easy wipe- down is all that’s needed. No lie, super easy. Whether you’re making the purposeful breakfast sandwich, or the occasional experimental pancake of sorts, this appliance is a handy tool in the kitchen. I’ve been very pleased with its daily performance." —Mom-of-five-kids

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    9. A Book of the Month Club subscription so they can think about what an awesome addition to the family you are every time they curl up with their new favorite read.

    Book of the Month Club

    The lucky recipient will get the option to choose from five new featured books for each month of their subscription — so they can get exactly what they prefer.

    Get it from Book of the Month Club starting at $49.99 for a three-month subscription (also available as six- and twelve-month subscriptions).

    10. An adjustable desk lamp with Bluetooth speakers that'll be a lovely addition to any corner of the home.


    The light that features three modes: sleeping, relaxing, or reading.

    Promising review: "I love everything about this product! It’s lightweight, lights up a good portion of the room even though it is rather small (I love that about it too!), the sound is surprisingly good! Like, really good! Syncs to Bluetooth with ease. I want to get another one for work! It’s perfect! It even came with a free gift, a little USB portable fan. It's a great gift for anyone." —Joanna C.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.90.

    11. A sleek, BPA-free stainless steel water bottle — because everyone needs to stay hydrated, so why not help them do it in style?

    BuzzFeed Reviews

    Bonus: This is also our BuzzFeed Reviews pick for best midpriced travel mug.

    Promising review: "I took this bottle with me on a trip to New York this winter so that I could carry hot tea around with me on my adventures through the city. My tea stayed very hot in this bottle for over 24 hours; I was and still am amazed. I've been using it since then and it has consistently kept hot drinks hot for an absurd length of time, and I have also never experienced any leaks. If you want things to stay hot for the maximum time in this bottle, you have to pre-heat it. That means fill it with boiling water, let it sit awhile, then pour out that water and fill with your tea/coffee/whatever. If you skip this step then your drink will still stay hot for many hours, but not AS many hours." —Shannon

    Get it from Amazon for $23.98+ (available in three sizes and 16 colors).

    12. A super-convenient magnetic wristband strong enough to hold up to one pound (!) of tools they'll want to have close at hand.


    Promising review: "I bought this as a Christmas gift for my father. It was better than I expected. Sees to be made of a nice durable canvas material. It will adjust to any wrist size. And what impressed me the most was the strong magnets. I stuck a cheap pair of large scissors to it and the held, then a large serving spoon and even a moderately heavy chef's knife and it held with no problem. You can’t use the magnet to tote heavy items, of course, but more than strong enough to hold large screws or nails. I have no doubt he will find this useful." —Kelly Collins

    Read our full review of this wristband.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.40+ (available in two colors).

    13. A bamboo cheese board for the in-laws who always seem to have company over — or who simply love fromage.

    Cheese is a universal crowd pleaser, don't @ me. (Yes, vegans included!)

    Promising review: "The bamboo is a very solid piece of wood, beautiful in color and function — I've rarely seen a cheeseboard that has specially designated sections for crackers which saves you from cluttering up your table with extra dishes. The size is perfect, large enough to serve several kinds of cheese without crowding. Can't wait to use it for upcoming holidays!" —BookBabe

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in two sizes).

    14. And if you really want to step it up a notch: a personalized cutting board they'll want to keep on their counter all the time.


    This handmade cutting board is made from richly grained maple and can be personalized with up to 12 characters.

    Promising review: "Amazing gift! The quality is unbelievable! The board is extremely high-quality for any type of cooking. I love that they can use it as a decoration too." —Kayla

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $159+.

    15. An Aerogarden, perfect for any home chef (or anyone who loves to eat, really), whose ultimate dream is to grow their own herbs year-round.


    Make their dreams come true with this seriously awesome countertop garden that reminds you when to water and add plant food! Each one comes with Genovese basil, curly parsley, dill, mint, thyme, Thai basil and Miracle-Gro plant food. Read our full review of it here.

    Promising review: "I love to cook, so the thought of having fresh herbs and veggies right on my kitchen counter was exciting. However, I had never had much success gardening. This new Goodful AeroGarden changed that for me. I made the best Caprese salad I have ever eaten last week with some fresh basil from my garden. My kids actually enjoy helping me harvest and eat something green. It is freezing outside right now, but we still have fresh produce growing in our home! I can't believe it works this well. If you enjoy cooking or gardening, I would highly recommend." —FreshMom

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $189.99 (available in black and sage).

    16. A subscription that'll send them a monthly goodie personalized with their pet's image on them, because unless they're a complete monster, no one — no one! — will ever tire of seeing their sweet furball's face plastered everywhere in their home.

    PETure Perfect / Cratejoy

    Choose from PETure Perfect's "Photo Club" or "Pawtrait Club" options to receive one item a month with either a photo or hand-drawn illustration of your pet. Each box contains a main item featuring your pet, plus a pet milestone card and treat recipe card. Illustrations are created by artist with over 20 years' experience, and you can change your picture every three months to switch things up a bit!

    Promising review: "I got the cat portrait box and I couldn't be more pleased. I received a wooden snack/drink coaster with a drawn portrait of my furbaby, some clothespins with her name engraved on them, a cat treat recipe, and a card marking the month and year for photographing my cat. The portrait was amazing! The artist captured her expression perfectly. It's not just a generic cat. It's my cat! Beautiful work! And the clothespins were a nice touch put in to close bags of homemade treats. I live in the US and I received my box from England in under a week for an awesome shipping price. I will definitely be continuing my subscription & telling my friends." —Jesse

    Get it from Cratejoy for $13.99+/month.

    17. A birth-month flower kit so they can enjoy a pretty, personalized bloom no matter the weather.

    Uncommon Goods

    Includes growing glass, cork (which doubles as a coaster), seeds, and OMRI soil.

    Promising review: "The perfect gift! I got the Red Zinnia (December) for my friend for her birthday. We have been friends for 20 years, so I'm always trying to find not-ordinary gifts. She was so happy to receive it! And the very best part was this: She has it on her kitchen window ledge, and as it began to sprout and grow, she sent pics to me. Let me tell you, seeing beautiful green plants growing in late December and early January was just the thing our souls needed during that long, cold, snowy winter we are just coming out of. So the gift I got her ended up gifting me as well!" —Kristie

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $34.

    18. A super-soft throw blanket — because have you ever heard of such a thing as having too many cozy blankets?


    Promising review: "You could say I have a bit of a cozy throw addiction. I've purchased them from all sorts of vendors for all sorts of prices. I throw them in the car in case of 'cozy emergencies,' I leave them as gifts after visiting, and I have them scattered throughout my home so there is always one nearby when I have a hankering. I purchased two of these from this vendor (black and ivory) and they are superb, comfortable blankets of pure buttery-soft joy. The price makes them an unbelievable deal, but the quality and softness makes them my go-to blanky. I have had no issues with shedding (the throw, that is), they smell fine out of the box and I can find no fault with them. I will likely be buying a few more." —S. Murray

    Get it from Amazon for $26.98+ (available in four sizes and 13 colors).

    19. A scratch-off world map poster so the jet-setting in-laws can keep track of their travels in a really fun way.


    Promising review: "I did not buy this product for itself alone but a chance for my 88-year-old father to enjoy the memories of two careers (the Air Force and a small business jet manufacturer) with extensive travel. When I first gave it to him, he related how he and his fellow pilot had made 19 stops to deliver a small business jet from Wichita, Kansas, to a Japanese client in the '70s. We traveled those miles island by island with stories of eccentric clients, tiny airport refuelings, and numerous colorful cultural and business oddities of international travel while he and I sat at the dining room table in his home in Kansas. His truly amazing long-term memory, charisma, and storytelling skills recreate these experiences for his audience to enjoy. Dad showed me Mom's favorite island (Madeira) but found his favorite, Santorini, too small to plot. The map provided the perfect partner for these memories. It was a beautiful experience that will be repeated over and over again as we enjoy his map together in the years to come." —Zoe

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in two sizes).

    20. An essential-oil stick that makes for a thoughtful add-on gift for anyone who's ever gotten a headache.

    Katy Herman / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "OMG, finally something that works! I've had tension and migraine headaches for around 20 years. I've tried everything: over-the-counter medication, prescription medication, pain injections, going to the chiropractor, etc. This topical oil has given me relief for nearly six weeks now. I've only had two or three headaches in that time and they were mild. I've already ordered more so I have some in my car and at home, and I bought some for two of my friends who suffer from chronic migraines. I would recommend this product to anyone with migraines — it's phenomenal." —Mary D.

    Read our full review of this essential oil stick.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    21. Some comfy-as-heck wool slippers they'll wonder how they ever survived winter without.

    BuzzFeed Reviews

    Bonus: These are also our BuzzFeed Reviews pick for best affordable slippers!

    Promising review: "I've lost count of how many pairs of these scuffs I have purchased over the years. They wear like iron and they are so comfortable, I would wear them to work if I could." —JakeCapeCodder

    Get them from L.L. Bean for $39.95 for the men's design and (available in gray and navy and sizes 7–14) $49.95 for the women's design (available in gray, navy, and sienna and in sizes 6–11).

    22. A handy-dandy reusable notebook that's a gift for them and the environment.


    The 36-page dotted grid notebook can be wiped clean with a damp washcloth, and your notes can be uploaded to email and cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, iCloud, and more. Includes pen and cloth.

    Promising review: "This is notebook is better than I expected. I have already had other coworkers order it after they tried it. As an IT professional I use many devices, but for quick notes on the go that I can immediately upload and share with others, this is the solution. Side notes: The Rocketbook application works perfectly on both iPhone and Android. Also make sure you get the correct type of pens required for the notebook — they are also nice can be used on regular paper and come with a handy eraser on the end." —Jovi

    Get it from Amazon for $21+ (available in two sizes and nine colors).

    23. A gourmet oil-dipping spice kit so they can enjoy an array of flavors with dinner.

    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "We enjoy wine and cheese and dipping. This is the perfect gift to add to a bottle of wine when going to a party for the host or as a gift for birthdays. (Or even Christmas.)" —Dawn

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $38.

    24. A quirky, futuristic word clock that'll make for an eye-catching piece of decor in their home or office.


    Promising review: "100% one of the best buys I’ve made on Amazon this year. I get so many compliments and comments on this clock it’s become the main conversation piece in my office. Only complaint I have is it sometimes runs a little bit slow or fast, but overall it seems to catch up one where the other. I would buy again." —Heidi G

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in black and copper).

    25. A fun party game, Doubles, for the in-laws who love hosting people — or who just love game nights at home.


    Players compete to fill out as many words as possible on the category sheet before their opponents can roll doubles and steal the board (and it's family-friendly, at ages 12+).

    Promising review: "Such a fun game! My family had been looking for a new game night game and this one was a home run. Great game, making great memories!" —Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    26. And, of course, socks, because everyone, everywhere, always appreciates a brand-new pair of cozy socks.


    Includes five pairs of socks that fit women's shoe sizes 5–9.

    Promising review:" It's hard to tell from the picture, but these socks do have knitted heels and toes in a slightly tighter stitch than the rest of the sock. The ribbed tops are a wide double layer of elastic yarn that keeps them from slipping and bunching. I wanted something lightweight, but warm, to wear around the house with slippers or sneakers. These socks are definitely warm without the wool scratchiness and aren't too bulky to wear with other casual shoes." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in eight varieties).

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