It’s that time of year! Time to watch all your favorite holiday movies on TV, party in your best ugly Christmas sweater, and eat decadent holiday treats (because everyone knows calories don’t count until January 1).
But it’s not all fun and games. The holidays are also the best time of year to impress your in-laws, or soon-to-be in-laws (you hope). Follow these easy steps and you’ll be the favorite child in no time, blood-related or not.
Bring a small gift.
Find out their favorite kind of wine or what movie they’ve been dying to see and bring it with you when you visit. Even something as simple as flowers will show you thought of them.
Lavish them with praise.
From your mother-in-law’s new haircut to the fresh coat of paint on the house, make sure nothing is safe from your compliments.
Help out around the house.
The holidays are hectic, especially if your in-laws are hosting a lot of relatives and friends. The fastest way to get in their good graces is to vacuum, lend a hand with dinner, put the dishes in the dishwasher, and make the bed in the morning. You know, all the things you never do at your own parents’ house.
Cook a meal.
Go above and beyond just helping out and offer to tackle dinner one night or make a big breakfast. Make your “specialty” dish! When they’re sitting on the couch with a glass of wine/mimosa, I promise they will love you more than any of their own children.
Talk about their lives.
You might think you have the most interesting job in the world or the funniest stories, but you won’t make a good impression talking about yourself. Instead, ask your father-in-law about golf or what book your mother-in-law is reading. Look at old pictures around the house, and ask them to tell the stories behind them!
Bond with the whole family.
Parents might be the most important family members to impress, but building relationships with everyone in the family will not only win you brownie points, it can also be a lot of fun. You never know which cousin you’ll click with until you get to know them all.
Keep in touch.
While it’s easiest to make a good impression on everyone when you’re all in the same house together, the most impressive spouses stay in touch all year long. Little things like sending your mother-in-law your cute couple photos or asking for updates about your brother-in-law’s new puppy will give everyone warm and fuzzy feelings about you all year long.