It’s always an exciting time when a new son or daughter in law joins your family. Giving them a heartfelt gift will show them how much you welcome them to the tribe. Here are some ideas on what to give.
A Book of Favorite Recipes
Handing down recipes is one way to share your family’s legacy. If your son or daughter has a favorite meal you make, why not share it with their spouse? This will give you and the new member of the family something to bond over as you talk about the memories behind the recipe.
Something They Collect
Another way to welcome them is to acknowledge their preferences and tastes. If they’re a collector, you have the perfect idea for a gift they’ll love. Ask your son or daughter to help you pick out exactly the right thing that goes with the items they already collect.
Giving them an item they can add to their collection helps you show that you’re interested in them as an individual, and are willing to get to know them on a personal level. In other words, you’re not asking them to change for your family, but you’re embracing the unique contribution they will add to your family.
Well, hello, I think I know an artist that might have something for your new loved one. (It’s me, ya’ll.) I’ve got a shop here with originals and prints and totes, and very often people buy things from me in order to give to a new family member. Choose something you really love and think they’ll love, too.
Share your family’s history with some old photographs. A good way to share these is to put them in a book and take the family member to lunch to give them the stories behind the photos. This helps the new person feel closer to your family and more a part of its legacy.
Something Nostalgic From Their Past
Ask your son or daughter to help you find out a cherish memory from the new person’s past. If they had a favorite toy or gift as a kid, for example, see if you can find something that relates to it today.
Doing this will help show them that even though they weren’t raised in your family, you respect their upbringing and welcome them with open arms.