Every time you turn around, it seems like a new “holiday” has been invented. There is National Chocolate Chip Day, Fortune Cookie Day and even Dictionary Day. Who knew? Some of them I couldn’t make up if I tried, but I am thankful for all the creativity in the world!
Any holiday is a good excuse to celebrate, and at Daughter-in-Law Diaries we are especially excited to commemorate Mother-in-Law Day on October 28th. We all cherish Mother’s Day in May, and now six months later we have the opportunity to dedicate a special day to our MILs as well.
This is where the old saying, “a little bit goes a long way” is really true. Your MIL will feel incredibly special if you carve a small amount of time out of your day to celebrate her, and your relationship. This isn’t because you have to, and it isn’t because your husband needs to see his own mother on Mother’s Day. This is about bettering the daughter-in-law/mother-in-law relationship…what this whole website is about!
If you enjoy a positive and fulfilling relationship with your MIL already, you may have a list of activities you enjoy together. If your relationship needs a little TLC, we have some fresh suggestions of ways you can bond.
For the Bookworm:
If both you and your MIL like to read, choose a book you think she will enjoy. Buy a copy for each of you, and make a plan to relish in your favorite characters and plot twists over a cup of coffee after you both finish. A great suggestion that appeals to a wide audience is The Kitchen House. I couldn’t put it down!
For an MIL on the quieter side:
If you have already checked out our Girl Gab topics, and you STILL have a hard time communicating with your MIL, suggest seeing a movie together. Show that you value quality time, while lessening the pressure of an overabundance of time for conversation. Pick something your husband would never agree to see! Some current suggestions are:
War of the Buttons is a great choice if you like period pieces and subtitles. This WWII drama looks emotional and thought provoking.
The Paperboy hails a star-studded cast and is based on a true story.
Won’t Back Down is an inspiring story based on true events that delves deep into the problems in our public educational system today. Could be a great conversation starter!
For the Foodie:
Choose a restaurant to try that is new to both of you. Find menu options that are appealing to share!
For the MIL that likes to primp:
Treat your MIL to a mani or pedi. Being in a salon sets the tone for a relaxing experience every time, and many salons even offer a complimentary glass of wine while you receive your service. They may have private rooms for two that can be booked in advance. You never know what family gossip will come out!
For the MIL that enjoys baking:
Invite your MIL over to start some holiday baking. A fun apron like this one from getgoretro.com or a fun kitchen gadget awaiting her would be a great choice.
For the Workout Enthusiast:
Suggest a brisk walk at the park or perhaps book a private pilates or yoga class to share. Treating your MIL to a healthy juice or smoothie afterward is the perfect way to top off your workout!
For the Babysitter Extraordinaire:
I am lucky to say that my MIL babysits for me pretty much whenever I ask her to. I try not to abuse these acts of kindness, but she ends up pitching in a few times a month, allowing me to accept invitations to events and girls’ nights out even if my husband can’t be home. This is a huge favor, not to mention a money saver for sure. I like to occasionally treat my MIL to an unexpected thank you gift, which makes it just that much more special.
I always find something at Elaine Turner that she will love. The styles and designs span the generations, so I know I am buying quality, and can keep my fingers crossed that I am granted permission to borrow it anytime I want!
This year I have my eye on the Champagne Leather Zip Wallet for my MIL. I know she will love it.
If a gift card is more your style, attach a card, and wrap it in a way that shows how much you care. This gift card guide from It’s Overflowing has amazing and creative ideas for wrapping gift cards so they look incredibly personal.
Now it is time to plan your celebration. Remember, there is no gesture too small. Inviting your MIL for a cup of tea shows that you care. It isn’t about how much money you spend, it is the thought, and spending time together that matters.
What are you planning for MIL Day?