Make a Great First Impression With These Perfect Gifts for Meeting the Family

Meeting your significant other's family for the first time this holiday season? We've got you covered with thoughtful gift ideas guaranteed to make a great first impression.
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We all know the dos and don'ts of meeting a significant other's parents for the first time: don't argue about politics, don't talk with food in your mouth and, of course, do bring a gift. Especially during the holidays, a sincere, thoughtful gift tells his parents that you're invested in your relationship with their child and that you care about building one with his family. But if you're still struggling to find the perfect present, don't stress! We've compiled a list of great gifts to buy or DIY just in time for the big day. 

THE BEST DIY GIFTS:

Homemade Goodies

Cranberry Orange Linzer Cookies Recipe

Cranberry Orange Linzer Cookies Recipe

Volunteer to bring a delicious homemade dessert to the holiday gathering. They'll be super impressed by your thoughtfulness and, of course, your mad baking skills. 

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Coffee Cupcakes To-Go

Greeting Card Cookie

Cranberry Orange Linzer Cookies

Peppermint Bark Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate-Covered Peppermint Crispies

Holiday Breakfast Kit

Hazelnut Hot Cocoa

Cranberry Dacquoise

Coffee and Caramel Pep-Corn

Maple Nut Toffee

Tangy Citrus Marmalade

Walnut-Rosemary Olive Bread Recipe

Gooey Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Salted Caramel Bars

Homemade Baked Churros

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

Simple Homemade Fudge

Chocolate-Dipped Kettle Chips

Coconut Hot Chocolate Spoons

Herb-Infused Olive Oil

White Chocolate Truffles

Ale Pretzel Caramels

Make Fruit-Infused Gin or Vodka

Mincemeat Thumbprint Cookies

Marshmallow Treats

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Pear and Fig Tart in a Jar

Nougat Candy

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Tuxedo Cookies

Chocolate Stout Pudding

Pickled Vegetables

Tasty Pecan Tassies

Homemade Jam

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S'mores Kit

Brandied Fruit Cake

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Easy Dried Fruit Snacks

Chocolate Yule Log

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"Stained Glass" Christmas Cookies

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Preserved Lemons

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Herbal Tea Bags

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Mulled Wine Kit

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Low-Maintenance Greens

Glass Jar Terrarium with Orchid

Glass Jar Terrarium with Orchid

Photo by: Laurel LeMaistre

Laurel LeMaistre

For a gorgeous gift that won't require a lot of maintenance, choose easy-to-care-for plants and materials like orchids, river stones and birch bark. Arrange inside a glass terrarium for a chic look.

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Grow a Mushroom Garden

Lure Birds and Save the Planet

An Airport for Birds

Sitting Pretty Feeder

Seed Tree

This Snowman Won't Melt

Sunshine for Birds

The Holiday Goes to the Birds

Flower Power

Get Your Bloom On

Green Under Glass

Yard Art

Keep Your Best Friend Cozy

Winter Blooms

Honey-Do Lease

Herb in a Box

Gardening Go Guide

Garden Apron

Herbal Circle of Life

Flower Footsies

Mod Pod

Hipster Planters

Task Master

It's Ornamental

Making it Rain

Basket Case

Cooped-Up

Hot Off the Presses

Dairy Queen

Grow Up, Already

Bin Sprouts

Go Cart

DIY Rustic Bread Board

Rustic Handmade Bread Board

Rustic Handmade Bread Board

You don't need to spend a lot of money to give a beautiful, vintage-style gift. This rustic bread board is easy to make with just a few everyday tools and materials. Include a fresh loaf of delicious homemade walnut bread and you'll definitely be invited back next year.

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No-Knit Monogrammed Mittens

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Make This Rustic Bread Board

Craft a Handy Firewood Carrier

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Wow Wine Lovers

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Trendy Rhinestone Headband

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Cookbook or Tablet Stand

Whip Up These Tasty Dog Treats

Craft a Custom Tray

Photo By: H. Camille Smith

Practice Your Cursive

Photo By: Chelsea Faulkner

Personalize Your Pup's Bed

Make This Classic Board Game

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Don't Forget Your Furry Friend

Make a Custom Cutting Board

Easily Craft a Pretty Trinket Box

Photo By: H. Camille Smith

Homemade Lavender Bath Fizzies

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Monogrammed Doormat

Delight Your Favorite Foodie

Custom Smart Phone or Tablet Covers

Monogrammed Serving Tray

Make the Container Part of the Gift

Upcycle Old Sweaters Into a Stocking

Cozy Up Their Cocoa or Coffee

Upcycle a Frame Into a Cute Tray

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Handmade Woodland Necklace

Make a Pet Feeding Station

Kids' Craft: Birdseed Ornaments

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Rolling Storage Crate

Colorful Stocking Stuffers

Spread Holiday Cheer With a Wine Elf

Craft a Cute Canister

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Playful Preserve Their Memories

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Tasty Dog Treats

Make a Cat Spinner Wand

Superhero Cape

Recycled Sweater Scarf

Kids' Craft: Ruffled Rose Headband

Make It Easy for Them to Stash Their Stuff

Stitch Up a Custom Pet Collar

Whip Up an Easy-to-Sew Tote Bag

Craft a Fashion-Forward Keychain

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Make Mobile Toy Crates

Easy-to-Create Bottle Cap Necklace

Keep Their Gadgets Cozy

Make This Upcycled Jewelry Box

Photo By: H. Camille Smith

Kicky Wallpaper-Lined Trays

Photo By: Mary Britton Senseney

Easy Kids' Play Kitchen

Felted Sweater Vases and Candleholders

Easy-to-Create Dog Stocking

Kids' Adventure-Ready Backpack

Capture Their Silhouette

Turn an Old Drawer Into a Chic Jewelry Organizer

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Homemade S'mores Kit

Monogrammed Men's Leather Valet

Kids' Craft: Make an Outdoorsy Frame for Dad

Create Custom Coasters or Trivets

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Found Object Bottle Stoppers

Potted Bulbs

Cozy Felt Slippers

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Rough-and-Tumble Bar Set

Leather Christmas Stockings

Willow Wigwam Garden Support

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Seed-Starting Kit

Faux Leather-Lined Tray

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Embellished Hair Combs

Glossy Lip Balm

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Geek-Chic Belt Buckle

Text Speak Accessories

Coffee Bag Gift Tote

Canvas Photo Art

Decoupage Tin

Flavor-Infused Spirits

Infused Liquor Party Favors

Infused Liquor Party Favors

These DIY flavored liquors are great conversation starters and make much more unique gifts than the standard bottle of wine or whiskey. Tip: Check that the family has no religious or moral objections before gifting liquor. You definitely don't want to offend!

THE BEST ALL-IN-ONE GIFTS:

Vintage Hostess Gifts

Silver Ice Bucket

Silver Ice Bucket

Go on the hunt for a sweet vintage piece you can fill with inexpensive treasures for the host or hostess. A silver-plate champagne bucket can usually be found for around $20 at most antique stores or yard sales and is the perfect vessel for unique glassware, whiskey stones and, of course, champagne! No need to wrap, just tie with a bow and seasonal greenery for a pretty presentation.

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Sugar Jars

Wooden Crates

Canning Jars

Bread Board

Teacups

Wooden Totes and Caddies

Silver Champagne or Ice Bucket

Casserole Dishes

Buckets

Trinket Box

Metal Tins

Hardback Books

Chamber Pots

Wire File Baskets

Bundt Pans and Molds

For Coffee Lovers

Coffee Lover's Gift Basket

Coffee Lover's Gift Basket

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Flynnside Out Productions

If you know his parents adore coffee, impress them with a beautifully-packaged woven basket filled with their favorite gourmet brew, mugs, biscotti and a french press.

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For the Chef

For the DIYer

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For the Baker

For the Entertainer

For the Film Buff

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  3. movie

For the Tea Enthusiast

For the Creatives

For the Wine Connoisseur

For Cheese Lovers

A Holiday Culinary Gift Basket

A Holiday Culinary Gift Basket

Photo by: Buff Strickland ©Buff Strickland

Buff Strickland, Buff Strickland

Skip the store-bought baskets and hand-select a delicious blend of artisanal cheeses, chutney, almonds, gourmet crackers, a slate cheese board and spreading knives. And don't forget to include a menu!

Gourmet Gift Ideas and DIY Food Baskets

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Cheese, Nuts and Crackers

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The Most Important Meal of the Day

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Infused Simple Syrups

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Spice Gift Basket

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Flavored Popcorn

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Homemade Breads

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Teatime

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THE BEST STORE-BOUGHT GIFTS:

You Can't Go Wrong With Fresh Flowers

Floral Centerpiece With Greenery

Floral Centerpiece With Greenery

A medium-sized bouquet of fresh, seasonal flowers is always a welcome gift. For an extra-special touch, handpick a one-of-a-kind vase that can be used again long after the flowers are gone.

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Hypericum Berries

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Ranunculus and Juniper

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Parrot Tulips

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Birch Branches

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Potted Evergreens

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Red Tulips and Juniper

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Alstroemeria

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Snapdragons, Dusty Miller and Pansies

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Red Roses and Wax Flower

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Camellia

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Better-Than-Average Candle

Photo by: Anthropologie

Anthropologie

As a rule of thumb, choose a candle that's beautifully packaged and costs a little more than your run-of-the-mill glass jar variety. Include a box of designer matches and wrap in cellophane or with a pretty bow for a polished, thoughtful presentation. Tip: Do your research. Ask your significant other what types of scents his family prefers. Florals? Vanillas? Also, soy candles are a great choice as they are non-toxic, burn longer and produce a stronger aroma.

Our Product Pick: Snowflora Balsam & Cedar Soy Candle, Anthropologie, $18

Family-Friendly Games

Photo by: Walmart

Walmart

Break the ice and get to know the family with the gift of a fun, all-inclusive, after-dinner game. A word of caution: a little friendly competition is fine but try not to trash talk Aunt Martha when the stakes get high.

Our Product Pick: The Game of Things, Walmart, $28

Warm and Cozy Throw

Photo by: Overstock.com

Overstock.com

Who doesn't love curling up with a warm blanket on cold winter nights? Wrap this cozy gift in a pretty box with a few jars of rich hazelnut hot cocoa

Our Product Pick: Faux Fur Throw, Overstock.com, $18

Coffee Table Book

Photo by: Amazon

Amazon

Pick a book with an enticing cover that also pertains to the recipient's interests. Tip: Thumb through before gifting to make sure there isn't any unsavory content.

Our Product Pick: Humans of New York, Amazon, $17

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