Have a Little Revenge This Mother's Day- 4 Perfect Gifts for Your Picky Mother-in-Law

Updated on December 30, 2017
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Kari was an operating room nurse for 25 years before she retired. Uplifting quotes are always wanted and Kari collects them.


Does your Mother-In-Law continuously put you down? Does she constantly remind you of your husband’s wonderful ex-girlfriend? Does she make snide comments about your cooking, your housecleaning, your clothes, your hair….aarrgghhh!!!

I feel one way to increase your Mother-In-Law's acceptance of you is to show her patience and love. One way to do this is to buy her a gift she will love and appreciate. Some of this love is sure to pass over to you.

Here are some gifts suggestions for that lady. And if you need, some snide comments of your own. Snide comments are a petty revenge, but sometimes that's just what we need.

Mirror, Mirror

This item was a favorite of Snow White's stepmother. If your Mother-In-Law is making you feel like a stepchild, you may want to get her a lighted makeup mirror with magnification. I bet she will love it so much that it will delay the poisoned apple.

Mirror, Mirror


Why a Makeup Mirror?

Once we are over 50 our vision becomes worse. It seems to be a fact of life. First come the reading glasses, then the trip to the optometrist, then the bifocals. Wearing glasses is not hard, but have you ever tried to put on makeup with them on?

Eye makeup is near impossible to put on with glasses in the way. What can we do? Lighted makeup mirrors are great. Especially with magnification. As our eyes get worse, light helps the focus. Many written items you can't see in the shadows are visible in good lighting.

Magnification is key! Try putting on eye-liner in a blurry mirror and you will see what us older folks have to put up with every day. Usually a 5X magnification is sufficient, however some prefer a 10X.

Bad Makeup Day


Why a 3-Fold Mirror?

Many of us have limited space in our bathrooms. This makes a large mirror impractical. However impractical, we still want to be able to see our whole face while putting on make-up. I find a three-fold mirror helps me do just this. It allows me to see my entire face and reflects the lights preventing any shadows.

I want my side mirrors to stay put. The side mirrors on some have a tendency to wander slowly down. You leave it focused on your eyes only to find it now on your cheeks. Constant readjustment is frustrating!

Folding mirrors also store well. This prevents that cluttered look on the counters in the bathroom, or where ever you put on your makeup. Some mirrors fold flat making it simple to take on trips with you. Whether traveling for business or for pleasure, we all want to look our best.

Mirror with Electrical Cord versus Batteries

I prefer a mirror with an electrical cord versus a mirror that runs on batteries. I feel the corded mirrors are brighter. I also appreciate never having to find batteries at the last moment. The last time I had a battery mirror I was late to an important appointment knowing I didn't look my best. I learned my lesson!

Some corded mirrors have a power outlet on the front base. This is extremely handy for styling your hair. It also gives you a place to charge your phone on those days that the calls never end.

Snide Remarks

If you Mother-In-Law does not have a makeup mirror, or has an old one, she will love this gift! Within a week she will wonder how she ever lived without it. Among her exclamations of happiness for this marvelous gift you can get some small revenge by interspersing comments such as:

  • We know how hard it gets to see clearly as one gets older.
  • We thought it would help you see better when you are putting on all that makeup.
  • We know how much you adore to look at yourself.

It's a small revenge for the comments she has made to you, but sometimes small is all it takes to make us feel better.

Clean House

Is your Mother-In-Law always complaining of housework? Does she complain of pet hair and dirt after you bring the kids and dog to visit? Does she detest housework, but wants a clean place. Or, is she just to lazy to clean. Get her the gift of clean.

Rosie from the Jetsons would be wonderful, but until a "Rosie" comes on the market how about a robotic vacuum? It can't cook, but it can get in the corners.

I wish I had a "Rosie"!

Robotic Vacuum

I own an iRobot Roomba 650 robotic vacuum cleaner. It is so convenient...just turn it on and away it goes. When I first purchased my Roomba I would watch it clean, mesmerized. Roomba doesn't seem to have any plan. It goes, it bumps into something, it goes another way, seemingly without rhyme or reason. However, there must be some plan because when it finishes everything is clean. It even gets against the walls and in the corners.

Dreaded Dust Bunnies


Gets Under Furniture

One of the best features, I think, is Roomba's ability to go under most furniture.I have a dog and the hair she sheds always seems to accumulate under things. I no longer need to move the furniture or get down on my hands and knees to get all those annoying dust bunnies. Just run Roomba and they are gone. I had hurt my back and was having a great deal of difficulty cleaning. Still, to this day, I think that the Roomba 650 was one of the best purchases of my life.

Easy and Effective

My Roomba is very easy to use. There is a large button on top that says "Start". Just press it and away Roomba goes. You can also program this one for up to 7 times a week. I program it to vacuum while I'm away. I leave the house with dog hair and come home to a freshly vacuumed house. It is wonderful.

Roomba works splendidly of all types of floors and all types of carpet. It even cleans area rugs. When I was thinking about buying one, I read that she has counter-rotating brushes with powerful suction that allows it to pick up dust, hair and larger debris like small cereal. I'm always amazed when I empty the dust bin. I wonder, "where did she find all this?!". And yes, I think of my Roomba as a she, lol. She takes her time and gets the job done right. I named her Sally because she sallies forth to conquer the dust bunnies.

I once experimented by running my Dyson first. Then I let Sally do her stuff. Sally found an incredible amount of hair, even though I had just vacuumed.

I lent Sally to my neighbor for a day. When she returned it she agreed it was a time-saving device. She bought herself a new model 980 the next day. She loves it.

Sally even brings itself back to the charging station when it is done. Sally usually runs about 2 hours to get the main floor of my house. I read that it will run up to 4 hours.

While you are explaining the Roomba's features and how it works, you can add in little jabs such as:

  • I know you are so busy with your social life, you will love this! It will clean your house since you don't have the time.
  • You can finally get rid of all those dust bunnies under the furniture!
  • Now you can clean while you sit on the sofa watching your soaps.

In her excitement over her new "toy" your Mother-In-Law may never realize you had insulted her. Now, when she comes home to that freshly vacuumed house, she will think of you. It is almost like you vacuumed for her.

Who can resist cream puffs?


Fat Head

She may be thin, but she surely is a fat head! Either she is fishing for compliments, asking, "does this make me look fat?", or, she is putting you down saying, "You had better watch what you eat, (your spouse's name here) doesn't like fat women/men."

This Mother's Day buy her her favorite dessert. We all have a favorite, and some of us like chocolate and other candy. But doesn't need to be candy. It can be cookies, cake or pie also. Just as long as it is irresistible and fattening.

My downfall are chocolate chip cookie (the chewy ones) and chocolate covered pretzals. Well, really, anything chocolate covered. I must take a few and put the rest in an inconvenient place or I will eat them all in one sitting.

You won't need any comments with this one! Just smile and enjoy the thought of her putting on that 10 pounds. However, you may enjoy being the one saying, "tsk, tsk, tsk! I guess I should have known better than to buy you that (your gift here)".

Can Miracles Happen?

The jar says it all. "Hope in a jar...philosophy: Where there is hope there can be faith, where there is faith miracles can occur." Just smile sweetly and tell her, "I thought of you as soon as I saw this!"

However, be careful what you want because this little jar just may really work miracles. It will improve skin tone and radiance in a way that will make her look 10 years younger. This gift may just make you the favorite daughter-in-law.

I find it absorbs quickly with out leaving that greasy feel you can get with so many moisturizers. I also love the clean, fresh scent. Just a warning, when reading reviews I discovered many people find it too medicinal for their flavor.

Philosophy donates 1% of all USA net product sales to support the community. They specialize in support of community-based mental health and wellness promotion, and prevention and treatment of related issues. A perfect gift and giving back!

Tell me what you think

Which gift would your Mother-In-Law like best?

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      • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

        Kari Poulsen 

        5 years ago from Ohio

        I'm so sorry

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        6 years ago

        Haha, I would have totally gave this to my ex-bf's mother. Unfortunately or I guess I should say fortunately she made his son end his 6 years relationship with me before we could get married. She made me feel low on all aspect of life and her son was blind in her love that he didn't see her trueself.

      • albc profile image


        9 years ago

        hehe how about give her a hug, afterall it is free..

      • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

        Kari Poulsen 

        10 years ago from Ohio

        Nanny, Just send her a little "Hope in a Jar", it is my favorite! LOL :)

      • Nanny J.O.A.T. profile image

        Nanny J.O.A.T. 

        10 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

        Bad Girl - Really Bad Girl!!!!! ROFLMAO -I have the perfect ex-mother in law to give ALL of these gifts to! Thanks for reminding me of one of the reasons I am divorced!

      • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

        Kari Poulsen 

        10 years ago from Ohio

        Peggy, I'm glad you liked them...I should probably try to come up with a nicer Mother's Day hub, but it seemed everything else has already been covered. :D

        tony, It makes me laugh every time I watch it...I love the guy..."Help". I can relate in a way!

      • tony0724 profile image


        10 years ago from san diego calif

        k@ri that video was killer !

      • Peggy W profile image

        Peggy Woods 

        10 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Mine is now gone but these are devilishly wonderful ideas! LOL

      • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

        Kari Poulsen 

        10 years ago from Ohio

        Lelah, I'm glad you had a laugh! And yes, mothers can be that way too, can't they?

        Hi shamelabboush, Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you liked it!

      • shamelabboush profile image


        10 years ago

        Very Funny. Great ideas :)

      • LelahKimball profile image


        10 years ago from USA

        I'm laughing. Of course, you didn't cover my mother-in-law, but I certainly enjoyed this. They'd be good for my mother!

      • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

        Kari Poulsen 

        10 years ago from Ohio

        Hawkesdream, I'll try to hide it, but I wouldn't mind the chocolate!

        KD, They also have something called "When Hope is not Enough", although the "Hope in a jar" is more subtle! She may be as speechless as you were to get the gloves. LOL!

      • K.D. Clement profile image

        K.D. Clement 

        10 years ago from USA

        Love this!!!  Made me laugh out loud.  Great hub. 

        My mother-in-law always gives me the best gifts. One year she gave me some old gloves of hers she found lying around. We have done the chocolate before-but not the hope in a jar.

      • Hawkesdream profile image


        10 years ago from Cornwall

        Heck, I hope my daughter in law don't see this, lol

      • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

        Kari Poulsen 

        10 years ago from Ohio

        Feline Prophet, I hope not, or I am doubly wicked to have written it! :)

        Sweetie Pie, I don't think it silly, I would agree, I think they are cute also. I would love to see what my pets thought of one!

        Anna Marie, I see you are one of the lucky ones! I'm glad you liked it!

        Teresa, How's the arm? Evil and fun!

        Thanks Frieda! I love the video, also :) The news feeds tell what people want to read about, I guess. All I entered was mother-in-law, and I had to laugh over what appeared! Worked in perfectly with this hub.

        Cris, Sweetest when served with a sweet smile and a loving attitude, the same that is given with all the lovely "advice". LOL! I hope I have at least a few years before becoming one!

        Elena, "Hope in a jar" is my favorite! I could not believe when I found it. I laughed so hard :D

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        10 years ago from Madrid

        K@ri, you are devious! That "hope in a jar" is priceless! I totally fell for this twist on the hubmob topic, greatly done!

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        Cris A 

        10 years ago from Manila, Philippines

        You are good with suggesting gifts kari. Revenge is sweet when best served on mother's (in-law) day!

        Btw, when will you become one? :D

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        Frieda Babbley 

        10 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

        Fan-frickin-tastic!  I looooooove that video too.  Far out. And the news feed after the comments is pulling up some great stuff!

      • Teresa McGurk profile image


        10 years ago from The Other Bangor

        Hilarious. These are delightfully evil ideas.

      • Anna Marie Bowman profile image

        Anna Marie Bowman 

        10 years ago from Florida

        This is great!!! Thankfully, I don't have a mother-in-law, but my boyfriend's mom is great!! We get along well!!

      • SweetiePie profile image


        10 years ago from Southern California, USA

        I must be silly, but I have always wanted a roomba. I would never pay the exorbirant price for it, but if I won one I would love it. I think they are cute.

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        Feline Prophet 

        10 years ago

        Hahaha...am I truly wicked to have enjoyed this hub? :P

      • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

        Kari Poulsen 

        10 years ago from Ohio

        Shalini, I'm glad to hear you have a wonderful mother-in-law. And I'm glad to know you enjoyed this!! :D

      • Shalini Kagal profile image

        Shalini Kagal 

        10 years ago from India

        Oh wow k@ri - hilarious! I'm going to pass on the link to some who might need this!

        Fortunately, I had a wonderful mother-in-law :)

      • k@ri profile imageAUTHOR

        Kari Poulsen 

        10 years ago from Ohio

        Triplet Mom, Glad I could help with some ideas! My favorite is the "Hope" :D

        G-Ma, I don't have one at the moment, but I have a friend who is constantly hounded by hers. I will have to pray I don't become this nightmare when my children are older! Hugs back!

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        Merle Ann Johnson 

        10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

        Very tactfully done my dear...Loved it, should help someone out with so many ideas...G-Ma :O) Hugs

      • Triplet Mom profile image

        Triplet Mom 

        10 years ago from West Coast

        Wow great ideas lol. No comment about my MIL but you gave me some ideas.


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