Holidays mean food-comas, drunken family members, and sometimes meeting your significant other’s family. For those of you who will be making a trip to visit your potential in-laws, let me just add to your panic – first impressions are very important. My mother always taught me that not only should I look my best at all times (though I’m sorry to say that is not always the case), but that I should also never show up to someone’s house empty handed. Now, this does not mean just grab a bottle of wine that looks expensive and present it to the host/hostess upon greeting. No, this means showing thought, taste, and maturity. I don’t care how many times you are told not to bring something, BRING SOMETHING.
Now since I have gotten you all worked up about meeting the parents, it’s only fair that I provide you with some potential housewarming gifts that will show all of the previously stated characteristics. First impression: check!
1. Throw Blankets
This gift may not be what you first think of when you think housewarming, but let me just tell you that this was one of the best gifts I ever gave my ex’s family. It was my first time meeting his whole family (mom, dad, and three brothers), and I was terrified. However, my mom had pointed me in the direction of these beautiful and utterly delicious throw blankets that weren’t terribly expensive. When I gave it to his mother, she gushed over it, and the boys all fought over who got to use it. Needless to say, it remains a favorite in that house.
2. Fragrance Diffusors
These are the absolute best. Fragrance diffusors are perfect for bathrooms, guest bedrooms, and kitchens and don’t attack people with an overwhelming scent. Rather than be concerned about a candle, these diffusors last forever (not literally, but it certainly seems like it), and give off a gentle and refreshing scent. Even better, they’re affordable!
3. Himalayan Salt Plate
Now I know this seems strange, but trust me when I say this is a great gift. Its name pretty much speaks for itself, but the salt plate is the ideal way to serve meet platters or other hors d’oeuvres. The salt provides a clean surface for your tomatoes and mozzarella, and a bacteria-free platter (did you know that bacteria can’t grow on it? so cool.) Over time, the block will wear down, and keep in mind that no food should be left on it for too long because the salt is absorbed by the food. A friend of mine has had her’s for over a year!
4. Stemless Wine Glasses
Though I warned you against showing up with any old wine that happened to catch your eye, wine is not off the list of appropriate gift ideas. In fact, sometimes asking your significant other what wine is a favorite of his or her parents can give you a leg up. However, pairing that bottle of wine with these adorable, stemless wine glasses, or any decorative glasses like these, makes for a fantastic gift!
5. Coffee Table Books
Now here is where you might have to spend a tad bit more than you’re used to, but trust me it pays off. A good coffee table book is hardcover, filled with exquisite photography, and attractive as both a piece of decoration and something to spark conversation. Ask your significant other what his or her parents enjoy, be it architectural design, horses, flowers, history, and use those things to guide you in your search for the right book. Not only does this show consideration for the parents and their lives, but it also shows great taste and intellect when you are able to engage in discussion with them on the book itself.