35 Trending Gifts for Your Daughter-in-Law in 2024
Some choices in life are easy, like your daughter-in-law's decision to marry your fantastic kiddo. Others can elicit cold feet, like finding the perfect gifts for your daughter-in-law come the holiday season or in celebration of a special milestone. Whether you've only met her a few times or she spends every Sunday at your house watching "Jeopardy" and helping with dinner, a sincere present picked with her interests, style and personality in mind will do wonders to cement your bond and make her thankful to be a part of your family.
Maybe you're wondering what to get a future or brand-new DIL. Or maybe, you're stumped when it comes to surprising the one that you've had for years. Fear not—we've got you covered for any situation and celebration (from the wedding day, to Christmas and Hanukkah, to everything in between). Also, we've only included gifts she'd actually covet based on our gifting expertise, featuring both classic favorites and trending must-haves.
1. For the Cooking Enthusiast Daughter-in-Law
Pass on your famous recipe for sugar cookies or French onion soup by having it etched on a cherry-wood chopping board. The recipe can even be transcribed in your own handwriting, making it all the more special. It's the cutest way to pass on your signature dish to the next generation we can think of. And if it's a holiday recipe, we love this as a Hanukkah or Christmas gift idea for your daughter-in-law.
2. For the Astrology-Obsessed Daughter-in-Law
Another winning gift from Birthdate Co., this personalized book is the ultimate present for anyone who strongly identifies with their zodiac sign and reads their horoscope on the regular. Sound familiar? If that's your DIL, consider your gift shopping done already. Each one-of-a-kind book is made to order and contains a beautifully illustrated birth chart and a detailed horoscope analysis. It's not just a good birthday gift for your daughter-in-law—we bet she'd appreciate this personal present any time of year.
3. For the Daughter-in-Law That Loves an Activity
Maybe your child's spouse has a get-up-and-go attitude. An Uncommon Experience is a great gift idea for the daughter-in-law who likes to learn new things or adores DIY projects. There are so many virtual classes to choose from, including flower-arranging, mixology, tarot-reading, painting, baking and more. Many of the virtual lessons also come with a physical component that'll be delivered to her door, from tools of the trade to cooking ingredients.
4. For the Luxurious Daughter-in-Law
There's nothing that feels fancier than a pair of silk pajamas, but washable silk? That's a whole new level. Surprise your daughter-in-law with a pair from our very favorite brand. This tank-and-short set is thermoregulating, so it'll keep her comfy-cozy through every season.
5. For the Plant Mom Daughter-in-Law
This vibrant green succulent is sure to spruce up her home or workspace. It doesn't need loads of extra care to flourish and it's pet-friendly, in case there are any fur babies to consider. A chic pot and miniature box of chocolates make it an extra-special gift idea for your daughter-in-law on her birthday, for the holidays, for Mother's Day or whenever. (Plus, you'll get 15% off your order with our exclusive code: THEKNOT15.)
6. For the Pretty-as-a-Flower Daughter-in-Law
This birth flower necklace is a favorite with our editors, featuring one to three delicate discs on a single chain, each engraved with a flower that corresponds with a certain month. It'll make a lovely birthday gift with one charm featuring her birth flower or, if she's a mom, a necklace strung with the birth flowers of her children would be a sweet tribute. Regardless, she's sure to wear this pretty piece every day.
7. For the New Daughter-in-Law During Christmas
Almost all the gifts on this list work as Christmas gifts for your daughter-in-law, but here's an especially festive pick: a custom ornament bearing illustrations of her, her spouse and any pets or children they have. It shows just how happy you are to see their family unit blossoming. It's especially meaningful in celebration of your first holiday season as her official in-laws.
8. For the Five-Star Daughter-in-Law
She's been a blessing from heaven since the moment she graced your lives, so give her something sweet and symbolic. Pair this stellar daughter-in-law jewelry gift with a note that says: "I'm thanking my lucky stars for you." We think it's a really cute gift from a mother-in-law to a daughter-in-law.
9. For the Daughter-in-Law Celebrating Herself
Semi-custom jewelry is always a winning gift idea and you can't get any cooler than these birth date necklaces. Available in a gold or silver hue, each circular pendant features a scatter of four pretty stones specifically selected with the wearer's birthday in mind to bring good energy. On the back, it's engraved with her zodiac symbol, initials and birth date. It's a stunning, astrological take on the classic birthstone necklace.
10. For the Homebody Daughter-in-Law
Okay yes, candles can sometimes feel like the easy way out when it comes to finding a useful and appreciated gift. But trust us, your daughter-in-law will adore this special option. This is Capri's iconic Blue Volcano candle (your DIL may recognize it for being the fragrance that wafts around the Anthropologie stores)—it smells like juicy, ripe fruit with light floral undertones. What's more: It's available in multiple sizes and packaged in a gorgeous ivory and gold-flecked vessel.
11. For the Holiday-Loving Daughter-in-Law
If she's super into seasonal scents (and noshable holiday goodies), she'll want to light this sweet candle from Homesick as soon as she unwraps it. The notes of baked apple, pound cake and vanilla in the Latkes and Lights candle are sure to inspire nostalgia, making this one of the best Hanukkah gifts for daughters-in-law. FYI: Homesick also sells Christmas options, if you're wondering what to get your daughter-in-law for Christmas.
12. For the Sweet-Dreaming Daughter-in-Law
Sweet dreams are made of mulberry silk—that's why this sleep accessory is one of the best gifts for a daughter-in-law. A cooling silk eye mask is a little luxury that's sure to elevate your DIL's rest. It's also an ideal gift if she travels a lot (it'll make planes and trains a whole lot comfier). Plus, the elastic band ensures it stays on throughout the night without feeling uncomfortable.
13. For the Lounge Lady Daughter-in-Law
Give your daughter-in-law the gift of comfy Sunday mornings and she'll love you forever. From the amazingly cozy fabric to the slightly oversized fit, these staple sweatpants will bring her a world of comfort. They're the perfect accompaniment to low-key weekends filled with good food and bad movies.
14. For the Daughter-in-Law With Timeless Style
These gorgeous, minimalist earrings are a great daughter-in-law gift idea for the wedding day, Christmas, her birthday—you name it. That's because they're so effortlessly gorgeous and suited to a whole range of tastes. Bonus: They also come in rose gold, if that's more her style.
15. For the Number-One Harry Styles Fan Daughter-in-Law
If she's a Millennial (or a Gen Z for that matter), she probably loves Harry Styles. While your DIL likely already has a selection of Styles-themed Spotify playlists, we bet she doesn't have a book inspired by the singer. The coffee table-worthy tome details the fashion icon's most noteworthy outfits and the inspiration behind each of them.
16. For the Tea- or Coffee-Drinking Daughter-in-Law
A personalized gift for your daughter-in-law is the perfect way to prove you value her as an individual, not just as your child's partner. This cool, monogrammed mug looks way more expensive than it is, which is always a win in our book. It's bound to cheer her up on dreary mornings. Plus, if you're in the market for Christmas gift ideas for your daughter-in-law, there's a holiday version available, too.
17. For the "Gossip Girl" Fan Daughter-in-Law
Serena who? Let your daughter-in-law embrace her inner Blair Waldorf with this chic braided velvet headband (Millennial and Gen X girlies will get it). This smaller gift idea for your daughter-in-law will upgrade even the most casual of looks and it's soft and stretchy enough for her to wear all day long.
18. For the Trendy (and Hydrated) Daughter-in-Law
Stanley cups are all the rage with the kids on the internet these days. Surprise your daughter-in-law with one of the brand's iconic giant handled tumblers in one of these soft matte hues that look like pastel candies. Choose between 30-ounce and 40-ounce sizes.
19. For the Mom (Or Mom-to-Be) Daughter-in-Law
The best daughter-in-law gifts are actually useful, particularly when you're shopping for a new mom or mom-to-be. Diaper bags have had a serious makeover in the modern age. And if this Dagne Dover tote is an indication of the popular styles, we'd gladly add one to our everyday ensemble (kids or no kids). It's made to carry everything she needs in the most practical way possible. There's an insulated bottle holder, water-resistant washable zipper bag, mini travel changing mat and detachable leashes for keys and pacifiers. Plus, it comes with clips for attaching to a stroller and has a luggage sleeve that slides over a suitcase. It might just be the ultimate Mother's Day gift for daughters-in-law.
20. For the Jet-Setting Daughter-in-Law
This passport cover is made from pebbled leather, so she can look chic as she checks destinations off her travel bucket list. It's a really thoughtful gift for your daughter-in-law on the wedding day (so she can bring it on her honeymoon) or a sweet stocking stuffer. Plus, you can have it personalized with her initials in a bold, shadow-printed font.
21. For the Perfectly Polished Daughter-in-Law
If she loves having fresh nails, but can't always make it to the salon, your daughter-in-law will appreciate a gift set that has everything she needs to paint them at home. Inside, she'll find one or six polishes of your choice (depending on the set you select), nail polish remover, a clean-up brush, nail clippers, a nail file, a nail buffer, a custom top coat and a cuticle serum. Trust us, your daughter-in-law will love getting such a practical present.
22. For the Sweet-Toothed Daughter-in-Law
Looking for a "just because" gift to give to your daughter-in-law? Here's an option that's equal parts delicious and cute: A Sugarwish gift card lets her choose her own favorite treats from a selection of cookies, candies, savory snacks and even dog treats for any four-legged friends. You get to choose the size of the gift box and add an on-theme digital card to reflect the season or occasion. From there, you can email your gift, share it with your DIL via text or social media or print it at home.
23. For the Entertainer Daughter-in-Law
Cathryn here, the writer of this article. I'm breaking the fourth wall to say I own this set of six champagne coupes in the Blush Pink colorway and they are my very favorite set of glasses to break out during dinners I host (or even for a date night in, when I'm feeling fancy). Each glass in this set of six is made in Poland by an expert artisan and feels so high-quality and delicate in-hand. Choose your daughter-in-law's favorite color and watch her gasp with joy when she opens the box.
24. For the Dairy Queen Daughter-in-Law
Murray's Cheese is a beloved spot in NYC, but their expertise is world-renowned. With the store's Cheese Explorer Club subscription, your daughter-in-law will get two half-pound wedges of the good stuff monthly to nibble on as well as one special surprise item. Plus, the cheesemonger lessons, tips and fun facts included will ensure she knows what's going on behind the rind.
25. For the Classically Cool Daughter-in-Law
A signet ring is a classic accessory that still looks as chic now as it ever did. We love this one by Brook & York. It's reasonably priced, yet high-quality, and plated in 14K yellow gold. Plus, it comes engraved with her name in the prettiest script.
26. For the Makeup Minimalist Daughter-in-Law
When it comes to beauty products, Glossier has something for everyone. The brand's makeup and skincare has a dedicated following, and it's easy to see why. A daughter-in-law who loves a "no makeup makeup" look will appreciate this gift set that includes everything she needs to enhance her eyes and give her cheeks a splash of color. (Also, this set includes the cult-favorite Boy Brow eyebrow gel—that alone is enough to make her jump for joy).
27. For the Daughter-in-Law Who Deserves Some Downtime
Is she always running around making sure everyone else is looked after? Get a daughter-in-law gift that encourages her to take a step back and enjoy some me-time. Bath bombs are a classic for a reason. Honestly, who doesn't want a soak in the tub after a long day? This gift set includes five slow-release bath bombs that are 30 percent larger than typical bath bombs. Add this one to the list of unbeatable Hanukkah or Christmas gift ideas for your daughter-in-law.
28. For the Beauty Queen Daughter-in-Law
Toiletries can get out of hand fast, so chances are—if she has a lot of products—she'll appreciate a new makeup bag. This one is extra-large and extra-durable, and available in every pretty color you can think of. If you're feeling like adding some extra pizazz, choose a patch or two to adorn the pouch—select from all sorts of sparkly initial letters to cute icons that could hint to her hobbies.
29. For the Comfort Queen Daughter-in-Law
Can you think of a more luxurious gift for your daughter-in-law than soft wool and suede slippers? Getting out of bed on chilly winter mornings will be so much easier when she can step right into this cozy footwear. The outsoles are made from durable rubber, making them extra-practical for wearing around the house. What's not to love?
30. For the Sentimental Daughter-in-Law
Is she always asking to see childhood pictures of her spouse? Compile a photo timeline of your child's life so far featuring special moments with your DIL and the rest of the family. It'll help her get to know her partner and her relatives even better. Some of our favorite photo books come from Artifact Uprising—they truly couldn't be lovelier.
31. For the Caffeine-Craving Daughter-in-Law
If she has a coffee-drinking habit, she'll smile at this creative daughter-in-law gift. The box includes three bags of ground or whole-bean coffee curated by Trade's in-house coffee experts. But that's not all: Once she receives the gift set, she can take an online quiz to redeem a fourth bag of delicious coffee tailored to her unique tastes.
32. For the Soonlywed Daughter-in-Law
On the hunt for a sentimental gift for your future daughter-in-law? Whether it's an engagement gift, a gift for her bridal shower, a birthday present or something special for the holidays, any bride-to-be would be over the moon with a Maeven gift box. The brand's luxury bridal boxes are thoughtfully curated and beautifully presented. This one includes a rose gold tumbler, a chic white lace kimono, rose gold balloons, and a "Miss to Mrs." cake topper. It'll let her know just how excited you are for her to join your family.
33. For the Always-Accessorized Daughter-in-Law
How adorable is this tiny ceramic dog ring holder? Instead of picking up yet another piece of jewelry for the daughter-in-law who already has plenty, consider giving her somewhere to store it all. This funny ring holder will add a playful element to her nightstand or dresser. Shopping for your daughter-in-law-to-be? It's the perfect place to keep her engagement ring safe.
34. For the Uber-Organized Daughter-in-Law
Paper goods are go-to gifts for future daughters-in-law planning their weddings. But even if she's long been married, she'll thank you for this stunning floral, embroidered journal. It can help her keep track of her to-dos, grocery lists and more.
35. For the Daughter-in-Law Who Should Be Celebrated
Searching for a small celebratory token for your daughter-in-law? Whether it's her first-ever Mother's Day or a graduation celebration for her master's degree, Greetabl has you covered. Choose your favorite design for the gift box, then customize the inside with photos and a message of appreciation for all her hard work.