26 Gifts for Every Kind of Sister-in-Law
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a new group of relatives to shop for. All jokes aside, nuptials don't just unite two people—they unite two whole families. And a great way to nurture your relationship with your in-laws is to show them you care on special occasions. Searching for the best gift for your sister-in-law? Leave the rest of your research to us.
Gifts for sisters-in-law don't have to be extravagant. Instead, as they say, it's the thought that counts. If you know her well, prove it with a present that honors her hobbies, personality or interests. If you aren't super-close, ask your relatives for guidance or go with something anyone could use—as long as it still feels heartfelt. Below, find gift ideas for sisters-in-law of any sort, from a future SIL you really, really want to win over, to a longtime family member you consider a best friend. We've also found something for any celebration, be it Christmas or her birthday.
1. Grown-Up Friendship Bracelet
Love is what made you sisters, and that's what makes this accessory the perfect present for the SIL who happily wears her heart on her
sleeve wrist. Consider it an adult friendship bracelet—yep, that means you should order a matching one for yourself too.
Laurel Denise Sisters by Heart bracelet, $24, Etsy.com
2. Unique Heart-Shaped Succulent
Is the special lady a plant lady? This heart-shaped succulent is small enough not to overwhelm her, but unique enough that it's sure to delight.
The Sill Hoya Heart in Ezra Planter, $21, TheSill.com
3. Cute Scented Candle
Candles are classic gifts, but they can also feel overdone. Avoid that by personalizing your pick. This jar comes wrapped with a cute note: "Thank you for being my unbiological sister." You also get to choose the scent, so ask around to figure out her favorite.
Define Design Etc… Unbiological Sister candle gift, from $23, Etsy.com
4. Sentimental Custom Print
Surprise her after the "I do"s with a custom portrait commemorating the big day. This artist will illustrate you and her in your wedding outfits printed alongside a sentimental quote, like, "Because I have a sister, I will always have a friend." It's extra-meaningful if your new sister is your only sister—and already a very close confidant.
Jes Married custom personalized wedding gift, from $98, Etsy.com
5. Chic, Courteous Coasters
Win her over by showing her that what she cares about, you care about. And if that's keeping her furniture in tip-top shape, these stylish coasters are it.
West Elm mixed marble coasters, $39 for a set of 4, WestElm.com
6. Gorgeous Monogrammed Mug
Maybe she's a morning person and loves a leisurely cup of joe in the a.m. Or maybe, she's a total night owl and needs a little pick-me-up to coax her out of bed. Either way, a luxe mug will help her start each day on the right foot. If you'd like, you can pair it with a bag of coffee or tea.
Hand Lettering Laura marble personalized mug, $21, Etsy.com
7. Super-Soft Throw Blanket
Feeling stumped? You can't go wrong with an irresistibly comfy throw. Because who hates cozy time curled up on the couch? This woven blanket comes in versatile colors that won't clash with her decor. It's a classic hostess gift for the SIL having you over for the holidays.
Burrow The Essential throw, $79, Burrow.com
8. Flashy Phone Case
For the girl who's always on her phone hearting the latest trends on Instagram: a statement phone case ready to rake in lots and lots of compliments.
BaubleBar x Off My Case iPhone case, $78, BaubleBar.com
9. Sassy Tea Towel
Here's a gift for a sister-in-law with serious kitchen skills—and a sense of humor you can't get enough of. This "watch me whip" tea towel (with a hand-mixer print) is a baker's dream. And there are plenty of other funny tea towels on Amazon where that one came from.
Designing Moments funny kitchen towel in Watch Me Whip, $15, Amazon.com
10. Heartwarming "Bonus Sister" Necklace
This cute necklace comes attached to a card addressed to your "bonus sister." The linked rings represent your unique bond. But to passersby who don't know the backstory, they're just plain pretty. It's an excellent subtle-but-still-sentimental gesture.
Belle and Blush Bonus Sister gift, from $33, Etsy.com
11. Princess-Worthy Wine Glass
Gifting a diehard Disney fan is almost too easy. This cheeky Cinderella-inspired wine glass reads, "bibbidi bobbidi boozed."
Etchpress Yourself Bibbidi Bobbidi Boozed Disney princess-themed wine glass, $16, Amazon.com
12. Zodiac Sign Gift Box
Your sisterhood was written in the stars. This gift box was inspired by them. The horoscope fanatic will appreciate all the goodies that nod to her zodiac sign. Talk about a great birthday gift for your sister-in-law.
Foxblossom Co. zodiac gift box, $97, Foxblossom.com
13. Trendy, Beauty-Themed Chocolates
Whether she's a makeup maven or just loves gourmet chocolate, this fancy gift will speak to her. Literally—it says, "Hello gorgeous."
Maggie Louise Confections Hello, Gorgeous chocolates, $32 for a set of 6, Nordstrom.com
14. Ultra-Personalized Stationery
Upgrade her stationery collection with a custom notepad for jotting down grocery lists or work to-dos. If she's obsessed with her cat or dog, these pet-inspired paper goods will win you major brownie points. Choose the print that best resembles her furry BFF.
Yours Truly Dog Love notepad, $15, Shutterfly.com
15. Confidence-Boosting Pencil Set
When in doubt, pay her a compliment. These fun, encouraging pencils—which say things like, "You're a total champ"—make great stocking stuffers for Christmas. They also make adorable back-to-school gifts for a younger SIL.
Ban.do women's compliment pencil set, $10, Amazon.com
16. Keepsake Wedding Handkerchief
Looking for a wedding thank-you gift for your sister-in-law? A personalized hankie is a popular choice. It serves as a keepsake, but it also comes in clutch for wiping away happy tears during the ceremony. This one says, "Through marriage we became family, through love and caring we became friends." Heck, she might need to dry her eyes as soon as she reads the message!
Larkspur and Linen future in law handkerchief, $20, Etsy.com
17. Large, Classic Tote Bag
We're of the opinion you can never have too many tote bags. This classy canvas bag has cool contrast straps and the monogram shows you went the extra mile. That's what makes it a foolproof Christmas gift for your sister-in-law.
The Knot Shop personalized large Annie stripe canvas fabric tote bag, $20, TheKnotShop.com
18. Tear-Jerking Trinket Dish
If you're both super-mushy, embrace it! This beautiful trinket dish is printed with the words, "You will always be... the sister of my soul, the friend of my heart." She'll smile whenever she sees it on her dresser.
Natural Life Sister of My Soul Giving trinket bowl, $12, NaturalLife.com
19. Cool Initial Necklace
Shopping for a style-savvy SIL can be ultra-intimidating. But we're certain this initial necklace would make any modern fashionista happy.
Meressie personalized initial necklace, $25, Etsy.com
20. Luxe Sleep Mask
Treat her to something she can use to treat herself. This silk sleep mask will make her feel like a movie star whenever she slips it on. Better yet, it comes in tons of fancy colors and prints.
Slip for Beauty Sleep Slipsilk pure silk sleep mask, $50, Nordstrom.com
21. Bracelet with a Secret Message
From the outside, this looks like your standard cuff. On the inside, it's stamped with a hidden message: "Sisters by marriage, friends by choice." Choose the hammered metal she'll like best—it comes in silver-hued aluminum, rosy copper and gold-toned brass.
Salted by Jen sister-in-law gift stamped cuff, from $22, Etsy.com
22. Multipurpose Phone Charger
It's a compact mirror. No, it's a phone charger. Actually, it's both. It's also an uber-useful gift for the sister-in-law always on the go.
MoMA Design Store Pearl compact mirror and charger, $30, Store.MoMA.org
23. Unapologetically Cheesy Pint Glass
This playful "I can't even without you" pint glass is cheesy in the best way. She can use it to sip on her favorite craft beer—or water, or juice or whatever. It's another awesome pick for a wedding thank-you gift.
The Knot Shop personalized can shaped drinking glass in I Can't Even Without You print, $8, TheKnotShop.com
24. Rustic Picture Frame
This go-to gift is part buy, part DIY. Choose a picture frame that suits her taste (this wooden one is rustic-chic) and fill it with your favorite snapshot of you two. One from the wedding day, perhaps?
Southern Cottage sister-in-law wedding thank you frame, $31, Etsy.com
25. Fresh Desk Set
This one's for the girl with the prettiest desk. The pen holder resembles a garden flower bed—how wonderfully whimsical.
MoMA Design Store desktop pen garden, $30, Store.MoMA.org
26. Magical Mimosa Cubes
Give her the gift of an awesome party trick. These sugar cubes turn a plain glass of champagne into a mimosa or bellini—ta-da! It's a memorable Christmas gift idea for the sister-in-law who considers brunching a hobby.
Allison DeVane Minute Mimosa sugar cube trio, $30, UncommonGoods.com
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Published September 2019