There’s no one harder to buy presents for than the parents of the girl you’re dating. First off, you’ve probably have only met them a handful of times, and you aren’t sure about their tastes, desires, or needs. Secondly, this is a group of people you really need to impress if you want to keep dating your girlfriend and make family visits run smoothly from now on (or at least till next Christmas). Needless to say, the pressure is on.

The best gift for your potential future in-laws has to be just right— memorable but not too wacky; thoughtful but not over-the-top; cute but not weird. It’s a delicate balance. A Yankee Candle from your local drugstore really won’t do the trick. 

Instead of more anonymous stuff, we recommend gifting your girl's mom and dad an experience, like a cooking class or tickets to a show. Spending time together is more important than filling up their basements for most parents anyway. Bonus points if you buy a ticket for their daughter, too.

If the girl you love’s parents are homebodies, another way to make a gift memorable is to customize it, like with monograms. Or, think of things they would never get themselves but may want—like a pricey dog bed for the family poodle. Once your girl moved out, the dog probably became their center of attention anyway.

In the past, we had your back with ideas from our gift guides for your most creative friends, the fashionable men in your life, and all the sneakerheads on your shopping list. This year you might be totally at loss for what to get for your girl’s parents, and luckily we’ve got you covered there, too.