28 Gifts Your Brother-in-Law Will Honestly Think Are Cool

These clever presents are made to impress.
Gifts for brother-in-law
Naoimh O'Hare the knot
by Naoimh O'Hare
Naoimh O'Hare the knot
Naoimh O'Hare
Assistant E-Commerce Editor
  • Naoimh writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in shoppable roundups from gift guides to wedding fashion
  • Before working on editorial content, Naoimh wrote storefront descriptions for some of The Knot Worldwide's many wedding vendors
  • Naoimh studied creative writing at college and lives in Galway, Ireland
Updated Oct 28, 2021
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Buying a gift for your brother-in-law might feel a little intimidating, especially if you haven't had a ton of time to bond yet. Lucky for you, coming up with an awesome present is actually a really great opportunity to try and understand him better. By taking the time to consider his style, hobbies and interests, you'll have a stronger relationship before you even deliver your gift—score.

Of course, if you need a little help getting started, that's okay. We've made things easy by rounding up all the best gifts for your brother-in-law, jiju, brother from another mother or whatever you like to call him. You'll find lots of clever and unique ideas for every kind of BIL right here, whether he's tech-obsessed, loves the outdoors or is always down for a craft brew. We've even thought of gift ideas for the brother-in-law who has everything, so you're pretty much guaranteed to find a fitting present for the holidays, his birthday and beyond.

1. Glasses That Make Whiskey Taste Even Better

Oak whiskey tumbler gift for brother-in-law

This ultra-unique tumbler makes a thoughtful gift for the brother-in-law who prides himself on his home bar. Made from carefully aged solid oak, this one-of-a-kind cup is lined with honey wax to bring out the complex flavors of his favorite whiskey. The base is wide to help the aromas expand for an unforgettable experience. Plus, it comes with some extra honey wax to prolong the impact.

2. A Place to Track His (Beer) Travels

US state beer cap map gift for brother-in-law

Add some flair to the wall of his man cave with this interactive holiday or birthday gift for your brother-in-law. The wooden "map" has slots for him to store beer caps from all over a particular state. It's a clever present for a craft beer connoisseur who's always sipping new brews.

3. A Truly Reliable, Versatile Mug

YETI coffee mug gift for brother-in-law

How about gifts for your brother-in-law that can solve life's little inconveniences? Stop his morning coffee getting cold minutes after pouring with this insulated YETI mug. The kitchen-grade stainless steel is puncture-resistant, so it'll stay looking sharp no matter what he puts it through. Plus, it has double-layered walls so that he won't feel the heat (or cold!) on the outside. It's ideal for campers, but as we mentioned, it's also good for everyday a.m. use. Oh, and it's dishwasher-safe, because like we said, convenience is key.

4. Delicious Home-Cooked Dinners, Minus the Hassle

Delicious cooked meal gift for brother-in-law

He likes cooking and discovering new recipes, but he doesn't like all the time it takes. Give him the gift of easy meal prep with a Blue Apron gift card. He can use it to get everything he needs for a delicious dinner (or two) shipped right to his door. The service provides easy-to-follow recipes and perfectly portioned ingredients. FYI, Blue Apron also offers a wine subscription, so if tasting new vino is more up his alley, there's that option too.

5. The Perfect Everyday Crewneck

Merino wool crewneck gift for brother-in-law

Your brother-in-law might not splurge on a high-quality wool sweater for himself, but that's not to say he won't appreciate one as a gift. This versatile navy crewneck is made from 100% merino wool, meaning it's warm and sustainable. It'll be a comfy addition to his fall and winter wardrobe.

6. The Most Satisfying Stress Ball Ever

Funny stress ball gift for brother-in-law

The humble stress ball got an upgrade, and the result is this adorable gadget from Speks. The soft silicone shape will fit snugly in the palm of his hand for hours of squeezable satisfaction. Available in three intriguing designs (splotch, slammer or splatter), it's a great birthday or Christmas gift for brothers-in-law who could do with a little stress (or boredom) relief.

7. A Wallet for Serious Sports Fans

NFL uniform wallet gift for brother-in-law

If he stans his favorite pro football players, he'll obsess over this awesome wallet. The inside pockets are lined with pieces of a real, game-worn jersey from the team he follows. (Seriously—it's authorized by the NFL.) Meanwhile, the outside comes debossed with the team name. The wallet also has a sticker your BIL can use to look up who wore the jersey and when. Better yet, it's gift-wrapped with an authentication card.

8. The Perfect Accessory for His Bloody Marys

Bloody Mary cocktail branch gift for brother-in-law

If he's all about a good Sunday Bloody Mary, he'll smile when he opens this one. The cocktail branches hold all the fixin's for the ultimate beverage—we're talking pickles, peppers and celery. He can whip them out for everything from at-home brunch to a TV sports marathon.

9. A Pair of High-Tech Sunglasses

Bose speaker sunglasses gift for brother-in-law

These on-trend sunglasses are already cool before you even factor in the hidden sound system. Bose has built in its famous speakers so he can easily listen to his favorite music and podcasts on the move. But that's not all, there's also an integrated Bluetooth microphone that he can connect to Siri, Google Assistant and the Bose app. If you're not sure about the fit, the frames also come in a smaller size.

10. A Decorative World Map

Wooden world map gift for brother-in-law

It's impossible not to admire the breathtaking craftsmanship of this wooden world map. It comes with all the necessary pieces (boats, planes and compass included), as well as double-sided sticky tape and instructions for easy assembly. You can choose from five different finishes (multicolor, oak, dark walnut, terra and light) and four sizes, as well as the option to include country names or leave the pieces blank. Consider it a unique gift for your brother-in-law to decorate his home and inspire his future travels.

11. Craft Beer Delivered Right to His Door

Three pints of beer
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Does your spouse's brother enjoy trying new things? Help expand his horizons with a monthly, bimonthly or quarterly delivery of delicious craft beer. This cool subscription includes 12 beers per month, with each box showcasing breweries from different regions in the US. He'll also receive background info about the breweries, tasting notes and pairing recipes—sign us up!

12. An Adventurer's New Favorite Backpack

Green hiking backpack gift for brother-in-law

Looking for gift ideas for a brother-in-law who's always out and about? Hikers, frequent beachgoers and all-around adventurers will get tons of use out of this backpack. It has a dedicated laptop pocket if he likes to bring a backpack to work, as well as 360-degree reflectivity if he's out at night. Want even more good news? This backpack is endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association and features a padded back panel and lumbar panel, making it super comfortable for your brother-in-law to use.

13. A Case That'll Actually Protect His Phone

Durable phone case gift for brother-in-law

If your brother-in-law is known for having a permanently shattered screen on his cell, it's time to upgrade his phone case. This durable pick is designed with clever technology that'll cushion his precious tech whenever it collides with the ground. (And practicality aside, it's pretty darn attractive too.) If he's not an iPhone user, no worries. Urban Armor Gear has cases for a whole host of other phones from Samsung, LG, Google and more.

14. A Vest That Goes With Everything

Trendy vest gift for brother-in-law

As far as cool gifts for your brother-in-law go, this one has to win him over. A versatile vest is a wardrobe staple for anyone, but it's especially appreciated by the adventurous and outdoorsy types. With this warm and durable outerwear, he'll be ready for anything. The super-lightweight construction makes it easy to wear and pack, while graphene-infused nylon promotes thermoregulation and odor-resistance.

15. A Multipurpose Tool Without Any of the Bulk

Wallet Ninja handy tool gift for brother-in-law

He'll never feel unprepared again with the help of this wallet-sized tool. The steel card is actually 18 (yes 18!) things in one, including a ruler, fruit peeler, can opener, phone stand and screwdriver. It slips right into the pocket of his card case and it won't rust or bend, even with regular use. How's that for a useful gift idea for your brother-in-law?

16. No More Neck Pain

Neck pillow gift for brother-in-law

Here's another handy gadget that makes a great gift for the brother-in-law who spends a lot of time at his desk. This weighted neck pillow can be heated in the microwave and placed over his shoulders for instant relief. It's designed to reduce tension in the neck and shoulders with gentle heat and pressure.

17. Fuel for a Midnight Feast

Food hamper gift for brother-in-law

If you're looking for an edible gift for your brother-in-law that isn't overdone, this is it. This gift box from Mouth is ideal for anyone with a sweet tooth. It contains cooler versions of his favorite childhood candy, from gummy worms to marshmallows.

18. Backyard BBQ Entertainment

Mini cornhole game gift for brother-in-law

Swap your usual offering of drinks or sides and bring this handy tabletop cornhole game to his birthday barbecue. It comes with adjustable launchers, eight bean bags, four score pegs and is sure to be a hit with your brother-in-law.

19. Slippers He Won't Be Embarrassed to Wear

Moccasin slippers gift for brother-in-law

Cozy items are foolproof Hanukkah or Christmas gifts for brothers-in-law, and these beloved moccasins are just that: ultra-cozy. He'll wear them all winter (and maybe all spring…and all fall…you get the gist). That's because the memory-foam footbeds are so darn comfortable. Plus, the durable soles can withstand outdoor use, so they're perfect for casual strolls around the neighborhood.

20. A Warm Wool Hat

Cashmere beanie gift for brother-in-law

Stumped on what to get your brother-in-law for the holidays? Help him dress for chilly winter walks with a must-have woolen beanie. This ribbed cashmere option comes in nine gorgeous colors and is surprisingly affordable, making it a great Secret Santa gift or stocking stuffer. Bonus: The folded cuff is adjustable, so he can fine-tune it for his comfort.

21. A Tasty Coffee Sampler

Grounds & Hounds coffee sampler gift for brother-in-law

Anything edible or drinkable is a good gift for the brother-in-law who has everything. It's something he can immediately get enjoyment out of, but it won't clutter his home indefinitely. If his favorite kitchen appliance is his coffee machine, surprise your BIL with this delicious sampler set from Grounds & Hounds. It features three of the brand's most popular blends: Morning Walk, Paper & Slippers and Alpha Blend. Choose from whole beans, ground coffee and single-serve pods to suit his machine.

22. Something for the Writer

Custom notebook gift for brother-in-law

Does your BIL always have a notebook on hand for recording his thoughts? Help him stay organized with these vintage-inspired faux leather journals. Choose a topic and color for his notebook, whether he's an aspiring travel writer or likes to come up with new recipes.

23. A Key Chain for the Computer Guy

Computer chip key chain gift for brother-in-law

The best gifts for brothers-in-law are those that honor their hobbies, interests or your special relationship. If your BIL is a major techhead—or the first call you make for computer problems—here's a thoughtful gift idea for him. This Etsy seller makes key chains from real, recycled circuit boards. Bonus: There are multiple colors to choose from. Whichever one you pick, it's bound to become a talking piece, especially if his friends or coworkers are into tech too.

24. Socks That Combine Luxury and Style

Merino wool sock gift set for brother-in-law

Believe it or not, there are people who love receiving socks as a gift (this editor included). If your BIL appreciates the ultra-soft feel of a spanking new pair, we've got the perfect gift idea. The socks in this luxe gift set are made from soft and breathable merino wool. They also feature six eye-catching designs that'll add a breath of fresh air to any outfit.

25. A Bag for Much-Needed Toiletry Organization

Monogrammed toiletry bag gift for brother-in-law

Give his razor and other grooming essentials a nice new home with the help of this gift for your brother-in-law. These dopp kits are made from strong, beautifully stained leather and come in a range of sizes. It's another quality item you can personalize—get one hot-stamped with his name or initials. He can pack it up for travel or just use it to keep his bathroom organized.

26. A Virtual Trip to Venice

Beautiful Venice street

Here's a thoughtful gift idea for the brother-in-law who wants to see the world. While he saves up for plane tickets to see Venice IRL, he can enjoy a virtual sneak peek of the famous city through Amazon Explore. Each 60-minute session includes a live tour of the city's most iconic landmarks in the form of a fun interactive experience.

27. A Really Nice Key Fob

Personalized leather key chain gift for brother-in-law

This leather fob is super useful—it'll help him easily locate his keys in his stuffed coat pocket, work bag or weekend backpack. It also looks extra-thoughtful, thanks to the monogrammed detail. All in all, it's an affordable option that's perfect for birthdays, the holidays or just because.

28. A Mug to Brighten Up His Mornings

Funny coffee mug gift for brother-in-law

If he's always making jokes, you can't go wrong with a funny gift for your brother-in-law. Even the guy who has everything will appreciate such a useful gift, especially one with a fun, personal twist. Add a bag of his favorite coffee beans or cookies if you want to sweeten the deal. Either way, it's great for Secret Santa, stocking stuffers and any other holiday gift exchanges.

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