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How to Get a Little Revenge This Mother's Day--Gifts for Your Mother-In-Law

Updated on July 6, 2011

Does your Mother In Law drive you crazy?  Is she always putting 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….aarrgghhhhh!

This year use Mother’s Day as a revenge tool.  Here are some perfect gifts for your imperfect Mother In Law.


Mirror, Mirror

This item was a favorite of Snow White's stepmother. If your Mother-In-Law is making you feel like a stepchild, this may be the gift to give her. Among her exclamations of happiness, you can intersperse 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.

Clean House

Does your Mother-In-Law make snide comments about the state of your home?  Does she always remind you that when she had children, they knew how to pick up after themselves?  Here is your chance to give back that happy feeling.

You can say things like:

  • I know you are so busy with your social life, you will love this!  It will clean your house when 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!

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."  

You won't need any comments with this one!  Just smile and enjoy the thought of her putting on that 10 pounds.  :D

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!"

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    • Triplet Mom profile image

      Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

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

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 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

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      k@ri 8 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      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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      Shalini Kagal 8 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 :)

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      k@ri 8 years ago from Sunny Southern California

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

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      Feline Prophet 8 years ago from India

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

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      SweetiePie 8 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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      Anna Marie Bowman 8 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!!

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      Sheila 8 years ago from The Other Bangor

      Hilarious. These are delightfully evil ideas.

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      Frieda Babbley 8 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!

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      Cris A 8 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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      Elena. 8 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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      k@ri 8 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      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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      Hawkesdream 8 years ago from Cornwall

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

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      K.D. Clement 8 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.

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      k@ri 8 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      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!

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      LelahKimball 8 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!

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      shamelabboush 8 years ago

      Very Funny. Great ideas :)

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      k@ri 8 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      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!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

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

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      tony0724 8 years ago from san diego calif

      k@ri that video was killer !

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      k@ri 8 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      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!

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      Nanny J.O.A.T. 7 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!

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

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

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      albc 6 years ago

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

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      Rut@ 4 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.

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      k@ri 2 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      I'm so sorry

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