33 Gifts for Your Child's Girlfriend or Boyfriend for Any Occasion

Help your son or daughter's special someone feel like part of the family with one of these thoughtful picks.
Gift ideas for child's boyfriend, girlfriend or partner
Photos, from clockwise: RipplexLove, Uncommon Goods, Made by Mary, Birthdate Candles
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Updated Oct 27, 2023
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While they may not be your in-laws just yet, choosing great gifts for your daughter or son's girlfriend or boyfriend is a thoughtful way to show you care. Whether it's a new love or a long-term relationship, these creative presents will make them feel like they're already a part of the family. But what kind of gift can express so much sentiment? Remember, it's really the thought that counts, so you're halfway to handing over a great gift for your child's significant other already. As you shop, consider their interests and hobbies so they know you've taken a genuine interest in getting to know them. Whether they love hiking, cooking, watching movies or trying out new experiences, we've got plenty of gift ideas to inspire your shopping. If you're not super close yet, that's okay too—we've also rounded up practical and trendy picks anyone will love. From holiday gifts to birthday and graduation presents, you're sure to find something suitable for your child's partner on our list.

1. Birth Flower Necklace

Birth flower necklace for the ideal gift for your child's partner
Photo: Made by Mary

You don't need to know everything about your son or daughter's partner to pick out a meaningful present. Instead, take something you do know about them—like their birth month—and run with it. This dainty disc necklace is stamped with one of 12 different birth flowers for a cute and personalized accessory. Don't think this sentimental necklace has to be saved for their birthday, though—a jewelry gift this special can be an appropriate choice for any occasion, from the holidays to their graduation.

2. DIY Hot Sauce

Homemade hot sauce kit for the best gift
Photo: Uncommon Goods

If your child's boyfriend or girlfriend is interested in cooking (or just adores anything spicy), consider this hot sauce-making kit. It includes everything they'll need to make their very own condiments, from the fiery ingredients to glass bottles and custom labels. Whether you gift it to them for the holidays or their birthday, it'll make for an extra fun present at any time of the year.

3. Movie Bucket List Book

Scratch-off book with 100 must watch movies gift for child's boyfriend or girlfriend
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Looking for a great gift idea for a movie buff? This interactive book lists 100 must-watch films from a wide variety of genres, making it an excellent present for holidays and birthdays alike. Once they watch the movie, they get to scratch it off and fill out their experience with a star rating and pictures or ticket stubs. Your child's boyfriend or girlfriend will love working their way through this thoughtful gift, plus it will be a great conversation starter when you see them again.

4. Birthdate Candle

Birthdate candle for the best gift for your child's partner
Photo: Birthdate Candles

If you're still getting to know your child's significant other and are not totally sure what to get them as a gift, look no further than Birthdate Candles. The brand creates a unique candle for every single day of the year, with detailed labels on star signs, numerology and tarot to decipher the personalities of people born on that date. It's a super fun astrology gift that'll appeal to anyone who enjoys reading their weekly horoscopes or learning general trivia about their birthday.

5. Dinner Dates Book

Dinner Dates from The Adventure Challenge
Photo: The Adventure Challenge

Stumped on what to get your child's boyfriend or girlfriend for Christmas? Picking something they can enjoy together as a couple is a safe bet. The Adventure Challenge's Dinner Dates book is an excellent choice for anyone who enjoys cooking and is a surefire way to shake up their date nights. It's filled with scratch-off recipes they can reveal to help them decide what to make for dinner, along with fun activities to fill the time in-between prepping and eating. Use THEKNOT20 code to get 20% off your purchase.

6. Baseball-Themed Glasses

 Glass whiskey tumblers engraved with baseball stadium maps and team logos gift for child's partner
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Shopping for a baseball enthusiast just got a whole lot easier thanks to these cool glass tumblers from Uncommon Goods. This set of two features a map of a famous baseball stadium, like Fenway Park, Wrigley Field or Dodger Stadium, which is sure to impress any diehard sports fan. It's a really thoughtful gift for your daughter or son's girlfriend or boyfriend, especially if they enjoy drinking spirits.

7. Leather Charger Roll-Up

Personalized leather charger roll-up gift for daughter or son's girlfriend or boyfriend
Photo: Mark & Graham

Whether you're shopping for a graduation gift or something to celebrate their new job, this handy and sleek cord roller is an unexpected office accessory they'll love. It'll organize all their chargers, headphones, USBs and more, ensuring they'll never have to battle with a tangle of cords again. It can be made from seven different hues of leather and foil debossed with their monogram for a thoughtful touch. How's that for a practical and personal gift for your son or daughter's other half?

8. Wooden Reading Valet

Wooden reading valet unique gift for child's partner
Photo: Uncommon Goods

If your son or daughter's significant other loves to read, we've found the perfect gift for them. This wooden valet is a practical present any bibliophile will love, with a tented shape that holds and saves their spot in whatever book they're currently reading. A handy tray provides plenty of space for them to stash their phone, cup of coffee or reading glasses (if they use them), instantly (and stylishly) organizing their designated reading nook.

9. Super-Soft Throw Blanket

Cozy throw blanket from Nordstrom
Photo: Nordstrom

There's no better time for cuddling than the holiday season, which is why we've chosen this super-soft throw blanket as a gift for your child's new girlfriend or boyfriend. It comes in a variety of colors—including navy, teal and gray—and will be a welcome addition to cozy movie marathons during the cold winter months. If you're still not sure, it has over 2,000 positive reviews raving about its coziness and its affordability.

10. Trendy Travel Cup

Stanley travel mug as the perfect gift
Photo: Stanley

If you're scratching your head over what makes a good gift for your son or daughter's partner, consider something practical, like this trendy travel cup from Stanley. Available in five sizes, this compact and lightweight mug is made from recycled stainless steel and features a splash-resistant straw opening for seamless sipping. It also has double-wall vacuum insulation to keep their drink cold for hours and a full-cover top to prevent spills, making it ideal for long commutes to college or the office. Choose from a variety of colors and customization options to suit their personal style.

11. Challenging Round Puzzle

A high-resolution 1000-piece moon puzzle from Blue Kazoo
Photo: Blue Kazoo

Is your son or daughter dating someone who loves all things space-related? This stunning, high-resolution NASA image of the moon is turned into a round, 1,000-piece puzzle, for a fun challenge they can complete with their partner or use to fill their downtime. Throw in some puzzle glue so they only have to complete it once for a display-worthy masterpiece they can frame and show off. If your kid's partner is a ray of sunshine, you can get the sun jigsaw puzzle instead.

12. Personalized Yearly Planner

A 2024 daily planner for your child's partner
Photo: Papier

If you're still unsure what to get them for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or the new year, how about a planner so they start 2024 feeling extra organized? This spiral-bound notebook is filled with 96 pages that offer space for monthly goals, to-do lists and new habits to help them prioritize their time. Bonus: The cover can be personalized with their name for that extra bespoke touch.

13. Campfire Poker Set

Poker set to play around the campfire
Photo: Gentlemen's Hardware

Here's a fun and interactive present for your child's outdoorsy partner or fiancé. This gift set includes a deck of playing cards and metal poker chips encased in a cute tin box, making it a really good gift for late-night game sessions around the campfire. And, since each item is waterproof and developed to withstand weather conditions, they won't need to worry too much about sheltering them from the elements.

14. Shower-Proof Speakers

Waterproof shower speakers for the best gift for your child's partner
Photo: Sharper Image

Has your child ever mentioned how much time their partner spends in the shower? Help them make the most of their me-time with this pair of waterproof Bluetooth speakers. They suction to the wall and have onboard controls so they won't need to step out of the hot stream to change the song. It's one of the best gift ideas for your son or daughter's significant other, and something they'll get a surprising amount of use out of.

15. Cozy Lounge Socks

Bare Necessities ultra-plush socks gifts for child's girlfriend
Photo: Bare Necessities

While a pair of socks might not sound like the most exciting gift to give, we beg to differ. These ultra-plush mid-calf socks from Bare Necessities feel like stepping onto a cloud, making them a great holiday gift for anyone who loves staying cozy during the winter. Pair them with some hot chocolate for a classic holiday present for your child's significant other.

16. Eco-Friendly Joggers

Comfortable sweatpants as the perfect gift for your child's partner
Photo: Coalatree

Shopping for your child's eco-conscious partner might seem like a big ask, but we've found something that'll impress anyone trying to live more sustainably. These lightweight joggers are made from a revolutionary fabric sourced from recycled coffee grounds—but that's not all we love about them. They're also moisture-wicking, UV protectant and super easy to pack in a small bag or suitcase. Choose from unisex sizes XS-XXL and five different colors for a practical and thoughtful gift they can wear anywhere.

17. Luxury Shower Gel Set

Luxury shower gel set for the perfect gift
Photo: Rituals

Whatever the occasion, shopping for your child's partner is an excellent opportunity to treat them to something they might not buy for themselves. This luxury shower gel set will help them up their grooming routine and make daily washing feel like a spa-like experience. It includes a foaming shower gel, 2-in-1 shampoo and body wash, a small bottle of cologne and hydrating body lotion, each infused with scents of cedar wood, Japanese mint and bamboo.

18. Festive Plaid Pajamas

Cozy plaid pyjamas for your child's partner
Photo: Nordstrom

If your family likes to spend the festive season chilling in your PJs, make your child's significant other feel included with this gorgeous set of flannels. Made from 100% cotton, these classic button-down pajamas come in a plaid pattern that's perfect for lounging during the holidays. If you're shopping for another occasion, like their birthday, you can always opt for a more muted design (there are five to choose from) that they can wear even when the holidays are over.

19. Heated Drink Coaster

Heated drink coaster for your child's partner
Photo: Amazon

We can't think of anyone who wouldn't appreciate this ultra-useful heated drink coaster. It has a built-in gravity induction switch that's activated by the weight of their mug, so they won't have to contend with a manual on/off button. Not only that, but it also has a waterproof design that can withstand the occasional spill or two. It's a practical gift your son or daughter's boyfriend or girlfriend will get tons of use out of, whether they're writing a college assignment, working in the office or chilling on the sofa.

20. Engraved Graduation Pen Set

Engraved personalized pen set
Photo: Personalization Mall

If you're searching for a graduation gift for your child's girlfriend or boyfriend, this elegant pen set will make them feel all grown up. The matching ballpoint pen and mechanical pencil are made from brass with chrome and rose gold plating and come beautifully presented in a grey wooden gift box. You can have them engraved with a thoughtful message to wish them well in their endeavors after college.

21. Virtual Mixology Class

Alcoholic beverage mixology class
Photo: Uncommon Goods

One of the best gift ideas for your daughter or son's significant other is an experience based on their interests and hobbies. If they're always the first to whip up a drink at parties, they'll love taking part in this virtual mixology class. The tutorial is led by a professional bartender who will show them how to make three different craft cocktails, including a Cucumber Chili Margarita, a Left Hand and a Gimlet. They'll also get a simple syrup set in the mail before the class, but they'll have to source the alcohol themselves.

22. Coffee Sampler Set

Grounds & Hounds coffee subscription set
Photo: Grounds & Hounds

How about some quality coffee for the caffeine enthusiast in your son or daughter's life? This sampler gift set is a great way to help them switch up their morning routine and try something different from their usual brew. It includes three bags of organic blends in a choice of grounds, whole beans or single-serve pods, so you can pick the type they like best. Bonus: Grounds & Hounds donates a portion of every sale to animal rescue organizations that provide safe havens for dogs between homes.

23. Personalized Tree Ornament

Name-based personalized Christmas tree ornament
Photo: Uncommon Goods

If you're wondering what to get your son or daughter's boyfriend or girlfriend for Christmas, keeping things simple is often the best way to go. This personalized tree ornament is a lovely token to give and works equally well for new and long-term partners alike. Their name is hidden in the intricate wooden snowflake, for a unique one-of-a-kind keepsake they can hang up for every holiday season.

24. Golf Putting Green

Toy golf putting green is the best gift
Photo: Amazon

Want to really impress your child's significant other? Show them you've been paying attention to their favorite sport with this golf putting green. It's made from smooth resin and comes in two different designs—par three or par three-plus—so they can test out their putting skills from the comfort of home. Best of all, it comes with a sandtrap cutout to catch missed shots, so they won't have to spend ages looking for any lost balls.

25. Hot Chocolate Gift Set

Tasty and cozy hot chocolate set
Photo: Harry & David

There's something so comforting about a big mug of hot cocoa, especially during winter holidays. Whether your child's S.O. celebrates Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa, they'll love this hot chocolate gift set. It includes four flavored mixes—Belgian white chocolate, peppermint, caramel and milk chocolate—all presented in cute, display-worthy tins. Once they've worked their way through each of these, they can reuse the tins to store small items, like craft supplies or candies.

26. Craft Beer Subscription

Craft beer subscription for the perfect gift
Photo: Craft Beer Club

This gift is just for the 21-plus set. If your child's significant other is a craft beer aficionado, this subscription service is a gift that keeps on giving. Every month, they'll receive 12 bottles of small-production craft beers from breweries all over the US, along with tasting notes and info about each type. Simply choose the duration of the subscription (monthly or every three months) and grab their address details for the delivery.

26. Pretty Crystal Suncatcher

Crystal starcatcher for the perfect gift
Photo: RipplexLove

If your son or daughter's girlfriend or boyfriend likes to embrace their spiritual side, here's a meaningful gift they'll treasure. This pretty handmade suncatcher is made from shimmering crystals and natural chakra gemstones (like rose quartz, amethyst and aquamarine) that scatter streams of color when the sun's rays pass through them. It'll make a really cool addition to their dorm room, living space or anywhere else with a natural light source. Leave a note on your order to have it gift-wrapped for an extra thoughtful presentation.

27. Monopoly Card Game

Monopoly card game for a gift on the go
Photo: Amazon

Whether you're looking for a stocking stuffer for your child's significant other or a small budget-friendly gift, we've got you covered with this pick. Monopoly Deal is a quicker alternative to the iconic board game that they can play in as little as 15 minutes (which is a lot shorter than the original version). It's a fun and inexpensive gift they can play at parties, on long-haul flights or even with the whole family over the holiday season.

28. Funny Wall Calendar

A funny wall calendar as the perfect gift
Photo: Calendars.com

A funny gift for your son or daughter's boyfriend or girlfriend is a great way to break the ice, especially if you don't know them that well. This brightly illustrated calendar is filled with comedic sketches of dogs and is guaranteed to give them the giggles as they pencil in plans. It's a playful and practical gift that'll help them get the new year off to a great start (and hopefully your relationship with them too).

29. Silk Sleep Mask

Silk sleep mask for the best present for your child's partner
Photo: Lunya

Is your child's boyfriend or girlfriend a bit of a sleepyhead? Help them have an even more restful night's sleep with this silk eye mask from Lunya. The naturally moisturizing silk feels soft and soothing on the eyes, and can even help relieve eye strain and muscle tension. It will become their new favorite way to disconnect and relax—which you may joke is necessary when they're dating your son or daughter. Bonus points for the handy storage pouch and very giftable box.

30. Elegant Crystal Earrings

Chrystal earrings are the perfect gift
Photo: Gorjana

No matter how much time has passed, a pair of elegant earrings will never go out of style. If you're unsure of what to get your son or daughter's S.O. for their birthday or Christmas, these dainty huggies are a classic option they'll definitely appreciate. They're made from 18K gold-plated brass and feature tiny square crystals with shimmering chains that hug the ears for an edgy finish. Subtle yet stylish, these pretty baubles are sure to become a firm favorite in their jewelry collection.

31. Candle-Making Kit

Candle making kit from UrbanKangaroo on Etsy
Photo: UrbanKangaroo

If your daughter or son's partner has a creative side, they'll love this crafty gift. It includes everything they need to make their very own soy candles, including wax, fragrance oils, a reusable mason jar, lead-free wicks, golden candle tins and a set of step-by-step instructions. Everything is pre-measured, so they won't have to waste time figuring out quantities, leaving them more time for the fun stuff. The kit also comes with natural crystals they can use to decorate their handiwork.

32. Cozy Wool Beanie

Warm wool beanie from Huckberry
Photo: Huckberry

A great gift from parents to their child's significant other doesn't have to be complicated. This fisherman beanie is a lovely present for the holidays, their birthday or any other special occasion and will appeal to stylish and practical types alike. It's made from textured Donegal wool that's naturally thermo-regulating and odor-resistant and will keep them warm when temperatures drop. Choose from three colors (olive green, navy blue and heather gray) to suit their personality and style.

33. Vegan Beauty Box

Vegan beauty box for the best gift
Photo: Cratejoy

If your son or daughter's partner takes their beauty regime pretty seriously, we've found just the gift for them. This monthly subscription box of vegan beauty products is sure to wow them, especially if they're conscious about using natural, plant-based brands. Each item is cruelty- and paraben-free and made without any harsh chemicals, so they can rest assured that their goodies are, er, good. Choose the subscription duration (three or six months) or opt for a one-off delivery if you don't want to commit.

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