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33 Winning Gift Ideas for Any Daughter-in-Law

We've found pleasing presents for Christmas, her birthday, the wedding and more.
Daughter-in-law gift ideas
The Knot
by The Knot
Updated Oct 21, 2020
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Your child has found their partner in life—now how do you best welcome her into yours? While material things obviously aren't everything, giving her thoughtful daughter-in-law gifts on special occasions still means a lot. It tells her that you've put effort into getting to know her; it also shows that you want to include her in your family traditions. 

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, because we have you covered in any situation. That goes for any celebration too—from the wedding day to Christmas and everything in between. Rest assured that no matter who she is, how close you are or how long you've known her, there's a present that she'll actually want on this list.

1. For the Zodiac-Obsessed: A Constellation Necklace

zodiac necklace daughter in law jewelry

She strongly identifies with her astrological sign and reads her horoscope on the regular. So gift this everyday necklace inspired by her zodiac constellation. The personalized jewelry makes an excellent birthday gift for daughters-in-law.

Minthologie Studio zodiac constellation necklace, from $19, Etsy.com 

2. For the Avid Traveler: A Keepsake Passport Cover

cross stitch passport cover

Talk about a unique daughter-in-law gift! This genius passport cover comes with colorful thread so she can stitch her way around the globe pattern as she checks destinations off her bucket list. It's a really thoughtful gift for a daughter-in-law on the wedding day that she can bring on the honeymoon.

Chasing Threads Stitch-Your-Travels leather passport cover, $35, TheGrommet.com

3. For the Modern Vino Drinker: A Portable Wine Glass

portable stemless wine glass

These cute little cups keep wine (or anything else) at the ideal temperature for hours on end. They're also way more durable than the crystal glasses she may have gotten from her registry.

Corkcicle stemless insulated wine glass in Unicorn, $28, Nordstrom.com 

4. For the Passionate Hostess: The Coolest Wine Cooler

wine cooler lamp

This one-of-a-kind product is a speaker, a cooler and a stylish lamp all in one. Basically, it's any frequent entertainer's new best friend. Better yet, it comes in multiple sizes and the hollow compartment can be used for storage when it's not chilling vino. If it's a gift for a future daughter-in-law, don't be surprised if she shows it off at her bachelorette party.

Kooduu Bluetooth speaker & wine cooler lamp, from $159, TheGrommet.com

5. For the Soonlywed: A Bridal Gift Box

bride-to-be stress relief box

On the hunt for a great gift for your daughter-in-law's bridal shower? While you're welcome to buy something on the couple's registry, you can also save that gift for the wedding and treat her to something just for her this time around. How about this luxurious set curated specifically for brides? Everything in the box helps with relaxation and stress relief, from the lavender eye pillow to the heart-shaped bath bomb. There's even a small card that you can customize with a message—how's that for personal?

Pillar Box Gifts bride-to-be stress relief care package, $45, Etsy.com 

6. For the Classy Lady: A Monogrammed Mug

floral monogram mug

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 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.

Rifle Paper Co. Garden Party monogram mug, $14, RiflePaperCo.com

7. For Her First Married Christmas: A Couple's Portrait Ornament

couple Christmas ornament gift for daughter in law

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 Christmas 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.

Shelby Wanders custom portrait personalized wooden ornament, from $20, Etsy.com

8. For the Perfect DIL: A Symbolic Bracelet

star bracelet daughter in law jewelry

She's been a blessing 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." It's a really cute gift from a mother-in-law to a daughter-in-law. 

Gorjana Super Star bracelet, $45, Gorjana.com 

9. For the Plant Mom: A Colorful House Plant

colorful house plant

This eye-catching pink anthurium plant is sure to spruce up her home or workspace. It doesn't need loads of extra care to flourish, and it's rarely without its cool, waxy flowers.

The Sill Pink Anthurium plant, $68, TheSill.com 

10. For the Real Mom: A Tote That Means Business

cooler tote Mother's Day gift for daughter in law

The best daughter-in-law gifts are useful daughter-in-law gifts. And if she's known to frequent the farmer's market, take her kids to the beach and park, go on family road trips or all of the above, this waterproof tote is a total lifesaver. It's big but still easy to carry and can store all the food and drinks she brings with. Thank you, Hydro Flask, for the ultimate Mother's Day gift for daughters-in-law.

Hydro Flask 20-liter insulated tote bag, $65, UrbanOutfitters.com

11. For the DIL Who's Perfectly Polished: An At-Home Manicure Kit

manicure set with nail polish

If she loves having freshly done nails but she 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. In it, she'll find six polishes of your choice, nail polish remover, a clean-up brush, nail clippers, a nail file, a nail buffer, a custom top coat and cuticle serum too. Your daughter-in-law will love getting such a practical gift.

Olive & June The Everything Box manicure system, $80, OliveandJune.com

12. For the Trendsetter: Fancy Scrunchies

silk scrunchies

Is your DIL a '90s kid? Chances are she has fond memories of childhood scrunchies. Well now, the hair accessories are back, so surprise her with a blast from the past. These skinny hair ties are grown-up versions, and since they're made of silk, they'll protect her hair too.

Slip skinny silk hair ties, $39 for a set of 6, NET-A-PORTER.com

13. For the Sentimental DIL: A Custom Photo Book

custom photo book

Is she always asking to see childhood pictures of her (future) spouse? Compile a photo timeline of your child's life so far—including special moments with your DIL and the rest of the family. It'll help your daughter-in-law get to know her partner and her relatives even better. Some of our favorite photo books come from Artifact Uprising—the brand sells a wide range of pretty designs to choose from.

Artifact Uprising Everyday photo book, from $59, ArtifactUprising.com

14. For the DIL With Timeless Style: Go-with-Everything Earrings

gold stud earrings

These gorgeous, minimalist earrings are great daughter-in-law gifts 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.

Blue Nile open circle studs in 14k Yellow Gold, $200, BlueNile.com

15. For the Lady Who Lounges: Cozy Sweatpants

cozy sweatpants

Give your daughter-in-law the gift of comfy Sunday mornings and she'll love you forever. From the amazingly cozy fabric (that really is "beautifully soft") to the drawstring waist, everything about these affordable pants is perfect for lazy weekends. They're only 20 bucks, but they feel way nicer.

Stars Above Beautifully Soft fleece lounge jogger pants, $20, Target.com 

16. For the Beauty Queen: A New Makeup Bag

velvet monogram makeup bag

Toiletries can get out of hand fast, so chances are if she has a lot of products, she'll appreciate a new makeup bag. Our very own The Knot Shop carries a few different styles, including this luxe faux-velvet bag. It can be monogrammed, which makes it a good personalized gift for your daughter-in-law.

The Knot Shop small personalized velvet quilted makeup bag for women, $11, TheKnotShop.com 

17. For the Seasonal Decorator: A Scented Candle

Hanukkah themed scented candle

If she's super-into seasonal scents, flavors and motifs, she'll want to light one of these sweet candles from Homesick Candles as soon as she unwraps it. The notes of baked apple, pound cake and vanilla are sure to inspire nostalgia, making this one of the best Hanukkah gifts for daughters-in-law. FYI: Homesick also sells Christmas options.

Homesick Candles Latkes and Lights candle, $34, HomesickCandles.com 

18. For the Self-Care Lover: A New Coloring Book

coloring book

Searching for smaller gift ideas for your daughter-in-law? This delightful market-inspired coloring book will give her hours of fun "me time." If you're looking for Christmas gifts for your daughter-in-law, it makes a great stocking stuffer.

Marvelous Market coloring book by Louise Neumann, $10, UrbanOutfitters.com 

19. For the Candy Lover: A Sweet Care Package

Sugarfina candy care package

Looking for a "just because" gift to give to your daughter-in-law? Here's an option that's equal parts delicious and cute! The sweet parcel-style box is chock-full of Sugarfina's trendy candy. On the inside of the lid, you'll find a postcard to write a personal note to your DIL about how much you appreciate her. 

Sugarfina Candy Care Package tasting box, $22, Bloomingdales.com 

20. For the Glamorous DIL: Instagrammable Skincare

rose quartz facial tool

What exactly is this, you ask? The beauty product she never knew she needed. Or maybe she knows exactly what it is—courtesy of her favorite beauty bloggers—and has been dying to get her hands on one. Either way, the heart-shaped stone is called a "facial sculptor." It's made from rose quartz, which is said to promote happiness, and when she massages it over her face with her favorite facial oil or serum, it promises a bunch of beauty benefits too.  

KORA Organics rose quartz heart facial sculptor, $58, Verishop.com 

21. For the Uber-Organized DIL: A Stylish Notepad

striped hard cover journal

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 chic notepad. It can help her keep track of her to-dos, grocery lists and more.

Rifle Paper Co. fabric journal in Cabana, $24, RiflePaperCo.com 

22. For the Flower Fan: Real Roses That Don't Die

blush eternity roses

Bouquets of flowers will never go out of style, but that doesn't mean you can't swap the classic daughter-in-law gift for a contemporary upgrade. Believe it or not, these treated blooms last for up to a whole year. Heck, you're set with daughter-in-law gifts for an eternity—just replace them every Christmas.

Venus ET Fleur Eternity De Venus Le Petite Square eternity roses, $139, SaksFifthAvenue.com

23. For the Impressive DIL: An Equally Impressive Book

remarkable women throughout history book

If she's constantly inspiring you, it's time to let her know. Present her with this motivational and empowering anthology of great women. Then, in your card, tell her why it reminded you of her: because she's such a great woman herself.  

Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World by Ann Shen, $20, UrbanOutfitters.com

24. For the Craft Enthusiast: A DIY Ice Cream Kit

DIY mochi ice cream kit

Satisfy her sweet tooth—and give her something fun to do—with this DIY mochi ice cream kit. It contains everything she'll need to make delicious mochi at home. All she has to do is add the ice cream!

Carley Sheehy DIY mochi ice cream kit, $32, UncommonGoods.com 

25. For the Sleepyhead: A Luxe Sleep Mask

silk eye mask gift for daughter in law

Some of the best gifts for a daughter-in-law are ones that solve a problem she doesn't even know she has. A cooling silk eye mask is a little luxury that's sure to elevate your DIL's sleep schedule. It's also an ideal gift if she travels a lot, and will make planes and trains comfier. The elastic band makes sure it stays on throughout the night without feeling uncomfortable. If you want to go a step further, opt for an eye mask and silk pillowcase set for a daughter-in-law gift she'll thank you for.

Brooklinen Mulberry silk eyemask, from $29, Brooklinen.com 

26. For the Always-Accessorized DIL: A Personalized Bracelet

bracelet with initial charm

A bracelet that's simple enough to go with everything is a great gift, and if it's personalized, too? A guaranteed winner. Customize this BaubleBar bauble with your daughter-in-law's initial, which will be made out of on-trend acrylic. Our favorite color? The tortoise shell for a vintage touch.

BaubleBar modern acrylic initial bracelet, $38, BaubleBar.com 

27. For the Queen of Comfort: A Pair of Snuggly Slippers

cashmere mule slippers

Can you think of a more decadent gift for your daughter-in-law than cashmere slippers? It'll make getting out of bed on chilly winter mornings so much easier when she can step right into this cozy footwear. The soles are padded, making them even comfier for lounging in. What's not to love?

Naked Cashmere mule slipper, $95, NakedCashmere.com

28. For the Caffeine Craver: A Creative Coffee Service

coffee delivery service

If she has a coffee-drinking habit, she'll smile at this creative daughter-in-law gift. Every month, she'll be treated to a new bag of freshly roasted coffee, along with a postcard from the beans' country of origin and some tips for brewing. 

Atlas Coffee Club three-month gift subscription, $60, AtlasCoffeeClub.com  

29. For Mother's Day: An Uber-Personalized Gift 

Greetabl personalized daughter-in-law gift

Searching for a Mother's Day gift for your daughter-in-law? 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. A card calling her the "Best Mom Ever" is the perfect finishing touch.

Greetabl gift with personalized box, from $13, Greetabl.com 

30. For the Gossip Girl Fan: A Velvet Headband

velvet braided headband

Serena who? Let your daughter-in-law embrace her inner Blair Waldorf with this chic braided velvet headband. It's sure to upgrade even the most casual of looks, and is soft and stretchy enough for her to wear all day long. 

Bardot Bow Gallery luxe braided velvet headband, $25, Etsy.com  

31. For the Home Chef: A Custom Recipe Board

custom recipe chopping board

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.

Uncommon Goods personalized family recipe board, $100, UncommonGoods.com 

32. For the Rosé Lover: A Funny Bell

novelty ring for rosé bell

Funny gifts for your daughter-in-law can be trickier to find, but we think this novelty bell is a winner. Whenever your daughter-in-law fancies a glass of wine, all she has to do is give it a ring. Bonus points if you pair it with a nice bottle of rosé for a cool birthday gift for your daughter-in-law!

Oliver Bonas Ring for Rosé novelty bell, $8, OliverBonas.com 

33. For the DIL Who Wants Good Vibes Only: A Crystal Energy Candle  

scented candle with crystals

With citrine, clear quartz and green jade, this energy candle is an unusually awesome gift for daughters-in-law. The blend of crystals is intended to cleanse her environment and make it perfect for productivity—ideal for an at-home office. The uplifting scent has notes of lemon, sandalwood and pineapple for an experience that'll soothe her senses. 

Home of Chiji Abundance crystal energy candle with citrine, $50, HomeofChiji.com

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