The day you and your S.O. tied the knot, your in-laws became a hugely important part of your life—your sister-in-law included. Buying a gift for your sister-in-law is a sweet way to show her just how much she means to you, and luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to do just that. Whether you're looking for a Christmas gift or shopping for another special occasion, we've got plenty of cute and creative ideas she's sure to love. But first, we're sharing a few pointers that'll help you score the perfect gift for your spouse's siblings.
Picking out a sister-in-law or brother-in-law gift doesn't have to be a challenge. Your first port of call should be to ask your S.O. about their sibling's interests—after all, they did grow up together. From there, you can hone in on presents that reflect their favorite things, whether that's cooking, traveling, or getting their self-care on.
If you're still feeling stuck after speaking with your partner, take their sibling's age and stage of life into consideration. Did they just start a new job? A desktop calendar or picture frame could be a great gift. Or, maybe they recently moved into a new house? A personalized serving board is always a winning housewarming present. If your brother- or sister-in-law is on the younger side (hello, Gen Z), a trendy item of clothing or piece of jewelry is a nice idea.
Beautiful Birthstone Ornament
These stunning ornaments are handblown from recycled glass by a small business with decades of experience. They're available in 12 unique colors to reflect each month's birthstone, meaning whichever you choose for your spouse's sis will have a personal meaning behind it. If your S.O.'s family celebrates the holidays, it'll make a lovely Christmas gift for your sister-in-law. Each year, she can hang it on the tree and be reminded of you.
Kitras Glass Art birthstone ornament, $26 each, The Grommet
Useful Wellness Journal
We've got plenty of creative gift ideas for your sister-in-law, like this pretty personalized journal. It's filled with pages she can use to track her sleep, mood, daily intentions, and more. There's also space to jot down her goals and wish lists. It's not pre-dated (so you don't have to worry about handing it over at a certain time of year), and there's room for 12 weeks of journaling in each notebook. One thing to keep in mind: Production time takes up to six days, so make sure you get your order in on time.
Papier Joy wellness journal, $33, Papier
Luxurious Cashmere Scarf
Everyone needs a good scarf to get them through the colder months of the year. If she doesn't already have one (or could do with an upgrade), consider this 100% cashmere scarf. This ultra-soft investment piece is available in six gorgeous colors that'll complement any outfit.
Gentle Herd simple pure cashmere scarf, $75, Gentle Herd
Cozy Thermal Sweatpants
Still wondering what to get your sister-in-law for the holidays or her birthday? You can't go wrong with a luxury pair of sweatpants. Lunya's waffle-knit joggers are ridiculously comfy and feature a snug high-rise waist and handy pockets. They're also available in three different colors: navy, green, and gray. Bonus: You can opt for gift packaging during checkout.
Lunya Restore thermal draped jogger, $138, Lunya
Custom Cheese Sculpture
Here's a unique gift to give your sister-in-law for the holidays: a block of cheese carved in her likeness. This completely edible present will be a welcome surprise for any cheese lover. It's exclusively on offer for the 2021 holiday season (but hurry, you'll need to get your order in by December 10th if you want it to arrive in time for Christmas).
Whisps custom cheese head, $200, Whisps
Stylish Plaid Shacket
If your sister-in-law is something of a fashionista, she needs one of these in her wardrobe. A plaid shirt jacket is a fall/winter staple that adds the perfect finishing touch to any casual ensemble. We love this pick from cool-girl brand Brunette The Label for its relaxed fit.
Brunette The Label The Plaid Jacket long, $190, Brunette The Label
Symbolic Flower Necklace
Birth flower jewelry is super trendy right now (so yes, a younger sis-in-law will appreciate this gift too). Each pendant contains a real flower associated with a specific month of the year, and each flower has its own special meaning. (Psst, you can give your sister-in-law this thoughtful necklace at any time of year—not just her birthday.)
Shari Dixon birth flower necklace, $48, Uncommon Goods
Clever Ponytail Hat
Anyone with long hair knows the struggle of wearing a beanie with a ponytail. With this ingenious hat, your S.O.'s sister will never have that problem again. It has three hidden openings she can seamlessly slide her ponytail through, comes in 23 different colors to suit her style, and has a cozy fleece-lined interior. Talk about a good gift for your sister-in-law!
PEEKABOOS Ponytail Hats original ponytail hat, $37, The Grommet
Monthly Coffee Subscription
As if a gourmet coffee subscription wasn't already a wonderful gift idea, this one gives back to dogs in need. Choose from ground or whole coffee beans depending on your sister-in-law's preferences, or, if she has a Nespresso machine, opt for single-serve pods. There are lots of different blends to choose from, including a decaf option for those who like their coffee without a side of the shakes. The best part? Every purchase helps to fund animal rescue organizations.
Grounds & Hounds gift subscription, from $17 per bag for 3 months, Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co.
Portable Facial Humidifier
This one's for the skincare-obsessed sister-in-law. This wireless humidifier can accompany her to work, in the car, around the house, or wherever for up to eight hours before recharging. It hydrates the skin with a cool mist that'll (almost) transport her to a breezy tropical beach. Plus, the ambient LED feature means it'll look good when it's not in use too.
Hey Dewy wireless facial humidifier, $50, Hey Dewy
Comical Coaster Set
Does she know the lyrics to pretty much every smash-hit song in existence? If so, your music-loving bonus sister will get a kick out of these cork coasters. Each one displays commonly misheard lyrics to a popular song. It's a funny gift for your sister-in-law that'll definitely start a few interesting conversations at the dinner table.
Eve Trester-Wilson and Kristen von Minden mistaken lyrics coasters, from $25, Uncommon Goods
Cocktail Subscription Box
Treat her to the gift of a delicious cocktail-making experience each month with a subscription to Shaker & Spoon. Each gift box is crafted around one spirit and includes the recipe cards and ingredients (except for the alcohol) to make uh-mazing cocktails. It's a great gift for your sister-in-law to enjoy by herself or with a partner on date night.
Shaker & Spoon gift subscription, from $50 for 1 month, Shaker & Spoon
Statement Charm Bracelet
As the quintessential symbol of friendship, a bracelet is a great sister-in-law gift. Let her know she's earned best friend status with this whimsical hand-beaded jewelry. You can choose to add up to three unique charms that reflect her style and personality.
BONBONWHIMS custom pearl drops bracelet, from $68, BONBONWHIMS
Engraved Cutting Board
Shopping for the best home cook you know? If your sister-in-law would be a shoe-in for star baker, she'll love having a custom chopping board (or serving board, or cheese board…) engraved with one of her favorite recipes. It's one of the best birthday or holiday gift ideas for the sister-in-law whose happy place is the kitchen.
Uncommon Goods personalized family recipe board, $100, Uncommon Goods
Reversible Bucket Hat
Here's another cute gift for your trendsetting sister-in-law. Bucket hats are back in a big way, but this ‘90s-inspired accessory is most often associated with summer fashion—until now! This super-soft hat features faux suede on one side and shearling on the other to give it a wintry update. It'll keep her ears warm and cozy without detracting from a carefully styled 'fit.
Hat Attack New York reversible faux shearling bucket hat, $97, Hat Attack
Leather Jewelry Case
A jewelry box is nice to have, but it can be a pain to carry around while traveling (not to mention, it takes up precious luggage space). Any avid traveler who loves their bling needs a compact jewelry case like this one to store their earrings, necklaces, and other small accessories. It's made with high-quality Italian leather with a soft suede interior lining. Plus, you can make it a personalized gift for your sister-in-law by opting for a monogram. It's also a fitting engagement gift for sisters-in-law who just said yes.
Cuyana travel jewelry case, from $85, Cuyana
Delicious Ice Cream
Searching for an awesome birthday gift for your sister-in-law? Two words: ice cream. Salt & Straw's birthday gift set includes five unbelievably tasty pints of ice cream, fun sprinkles, colorful candles, and an ice cream-themed card to top it all off. We can't decide which is more exciting—the chocolate brownie flavor or the birthday cake and blackberry flavor. (Psst, if you're looking for a last-minute holiday gift for your sister-in-law, they also have a subscription service!)
Salt & Straw Happy Birthday ice cream gift pack, $98, Salt & Straw
Thoughtful Care Package
Who doesn't love receiving a delightfully scented candle? Choose from 11 different fragrances, including fireside embers, mulled cider, and sea salt sage. The icing on the cake? It's paired with an assortment of fluffy, handcrafted marshmallows. It's a nice gift for a future or new sister-in-law who you don't know that well (yet!).
Noted Sweet Treat care package, $38, Noted Candles
Personalized Coffee Mug
Make her morning coffee an Insta-worthy experience with this glass mug personalized with her name in the color of your choice. It'd make a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift for your sister-in-law since it's pretty, practical, and budget friendly.
Sunny's Soiree Co custom glass mug, from $15, Etsy
Incredibly Cozy Slippers
A luxe pair of slippers is a necessity in anyone's wardrobe, but it's an especially great gift for busy moms in need of some R&R. These cozy UGGs are the perfect way to show her she deserves some me-time. While they'll certainly be appreciated at any time of year, they're an extra-thoughtful Mother's Day gift for your sister-in-law.
UGG Scuffette II Slipper, from $90, Nordstrom
Artistic Jigsaw Puzzle
We've still got some creative gift ideas for your sister-in-law to come, like this seriously beautiful puzzle designed by illustrator and surface designer Corinne Lent. This bright and playful scene will be tons of fun to put together, and it comes with a tube of puzzle glue so she can put it on display afterward. The puzzle also comes in a reusable glass jar—sustainable and practical.
Jiggy Desert Dreams puzzle by Corinne Lent, $49, Jiggy
Display-Worthy Art Print
Speaking of putting things on display, why not surprise your sister-in-law with a custom illustration in her likeness? This one-of-a-kind keepsake is a lovely gesture no matter the occasion. The artist can even recreate wedding portraits if you're in the market for a wedding gift for your sister-in-law. One thing to note before you settle on this gift idea: The Etsy seller has a waiting list, so make sure you get your order in ASAP. Alternatively, you can shop around on Etsy to check out other artists' styles.
Little Spider Monkey custom illustrated portrait, from $103, Etsy
Relaxing Shower Steamers
Shower steamers are the perfect present for anyone who loves bath bombs but doesn't always have time for a soak in the tub. These steamers are hand made with aromatherapy essential oils inspired by the 12 birth flowers. Simply pick whichever month your sister-in-law was born in and you've got a meaningful and relaxing gift to hand over.
Mazzi and Erez Peled birth month flower shower steamers, $20 for a set of 4, Uncommon Goods
Pampering Gift Set
Last but not least in our handy gift guide: a beautiful gift box designed especially for sisters-in-law. This sentimental box is printed with a heartfelt message that reads: "The only thing better than having you as a sister-in-law is having you as a friend." (Awwh!) The spa box includes a lavender soy wax candle, peppermint-shea lip balm, lavender-scented soap, and two bath bombs. You can also add in a symbolic necklace with interlocking circles for a small additional fee. It's a lovely wedding or "welcome to the family" gift for your sister-in-law.
Dear Ava Gifts sister-in-law gift box, from $60, Etsy