The Best Gifts for Any Son-in-Law (And Any Occasion Too)
On a quest to impress your child's spouse with an awesome present? That's exactly why we've put together this practical gift guide for future, new and long-established sons-in-law alike. You'll find lots of good gifts for your SIL below, from unique virtual experiences to the coolest tech accessories he didn't even know he needed. Whether you just want a little inspiration to get started or you're at a total loss, we've done all of the hard work for you (you're welcome). All you have to do is sit back, relax and scroll through 33 editor-approved ideas that make the perfect gift from a mother-in-law, father-in-law or both. These gifts will work for your son-in-law's birthday, the holidays or even the wedding day.
1. Seriously Cool Stadium Art
Shopping for a sports fanatic? This seller makes beautiful laser-cut maps of stadiums around the country—national and college teams included. If he has a man cave, this will make the perfect addition. Simply choose his favorite team's home stadium and you've got a great holiday or birthday gift for your son-in-law.
2. A Global Coffee Experience
Whether you're on the hunt for Christmas gifts for your son-in-law or something sweet for Father's Day, you can't go wrong with gourmet coffee. Take it up a notch by signing him up for a subscription. Your SIL will get to taste blends from across the globe, and he'll fully appreciate the practical side of this unique gift. You can choose from whole or ground beans depending on how he makes his coffee.
3. Glassware That Honors a Cherished Hobby
Shopping for a runner? Show him you've been listening—and that you're proud of him—with this special pint glass. It comes etched with a map of his latest marathon route! FYI: Uncommon Goods sells tons of other stuff decorated with meaningful maps. If he's a bourbon or scotch drinker, we're also pretty fond of these whiskey tumblers.
4. An Indoor Herb Garden
If he loves cooking with fresh ingredients, consider this smart herb garden. The creative gift lets him grow anything—from cilantro to chili peppers—no matter his living situation. The compact device automates plant care, which means he barely has to lift a finger. It'll help him save money on groceries, plus it's just plain fun to watch in action.
5. A Weather-Resistant Jacket
If you're shopping for the outdoorsy type, consider this versatile jacket that's equal parts functional and fashionable. There's a reason this bad boy is a best seller. In addition to its undeniably trendy design, the jacket also boasts hard-wearing waxed sailcloth, a soft interior lining and plenty of handy pockets. Trust us, a jacket this good is a welcome present all year round, from his birthday to Father's Day.
6. Speakers Specifically for the Shower
Make his happy place the perfect escape by gifting him a set of waterproof Bluetooth speakers that stick to the wall of the shower. Built-in suction cups make them easy to install (and remove again whenever he needs to recharge). It's also possible to skip, pause and reverse songs right from the speaker. LED lights help set the mood for some uninterrupted R&R. (That said, if he does happen to be interrupted, he can answer phone calls right in the shower thanks to the built-in microphone.)
7. The Chance to Learn a New Skill
If you're shopping for the SIL who has everything, both experiential and personalized gifts are excellent ideas. Not sure how to go about gifting an experience? Luckily, Uncommon Goods has made it pretty simple. The site now offers a range of awesome online classes, from mixology to tarot reading. The icing on the cake? Most experiences include everything he'll need to take part.
8. An Elevated Phone Charger
This sleek phone charger will give his work station serious desk appeal. The compact design saves precious tabletop space, while clever Qi-certified technology offers fast, wireless charging. It's covered with high-quality Italian leather and can be personalized with his monogram in silver or gold.
9. A Custom Decanter Set
This thoughtful gift for your son-in-law will certainly make him feel special. It's a personalized decanter, which can be purchased on its own or with matching glasses. Pick from a few different label options, all of which you can customize with his name or initials. To really go the extra mile, pair it with a bottle of whiskey you can sip in each other's company for some quality in-law time. It'll make a great for the son-in-law you want to welcome to the family.
10. A Versatile Backpack
Some of the best gifts for sons-in-law are the most practical ones. This stylish backpack is designed to hold all his necessities, whether he's commuting to work or heading out on a hike. There are separate compartments for his laptop, valuables like his phone or sunglasses, and a handy loop for latching his keys to. If that's not enough, it's also designed to feel sturdy and comfortable all day long. A good backpack is something he might never think to splurge on for himself, but it'll come in clutch regularly.
11. A Self-Cleaning Water Bottle
If clever gifts for your son-in-law are what you're after, look no further than this genius reusable water bottle. A built-in UV-C LED light acts as a water purifier and bottle cleaner in one, keeping every sip as fresh as the last. To top it all off, a percentage of all sales goes to 1% for the Planet, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the environment.
12. A Bottle Opener That Doubles as Sports Memorabilia
This handy bottle opener has a truly one-of-a-kind handle: It's made from a game-used NHL hockey stick! He'll light up instantly when he realizes just how special this gift is, and whenever he gets to show it off. Simply select his favorite team and you've got a bespoke, authenticated gift.
13. A Seriously Cozy Sweater
Looking for a good Christmas gift for your son-in-law? Stop your search here. This sweater will keep him warm into spring and well beyond. Even better, it's made sustainably with 100% cashmere sourced from the lush pastures of Inner Mongolia. Thanks to the high-quality material, this knitwear is breathable as well as ultra-soft. Just wait and see, it'll be his go-to for many holidays to come.
14. An On-the-Go Massage Gun
If you came here looking for tech gifts for your son-in-law, prepare to be blown away (or at the very least, pleasantly surprised). This mini version of the Theragun is the perfect size for on-the-go use, making it a great present for amateur athletes and fitness enthusiasts. The splurge-worthy gadget has three different speed settings, an impressive 150-minute battery life between charges and an unusually quiet motor.
15. A Minimalist Wallet
Here's a gift for the son-in-law who values practicality. This premium leather wallet fits all the essentials while still maintaining a low profile. It's slim enough to fit in his pocket, durable enough for daily use and handsome enough for his spouse to approve of. Plus, it features a clever little button that'll instantly fan out his cards for easy access.
16. An Upgraded Apple Watch Strap
Thinking of things to get your son-in-law for Christmas, his birthday or really any occasion doesn't have to be a challenge. Spend a few minutes considering his interests. What does he like to do? What does he like to wear? There's bound to be a clue somewhere that leads you to the perfect present. Anyone who wears an Apple watch will appreciate one of these sleek stainless steel straps. It'll instantly elevate his arm candy without the need for a whole new timepiece.
17. A Handy Insulated Tumbler
If your son-in-law is always exploring the outdoors (or even just commuting to the office), he'll get plenty of use out of a YETI. This clever drinkware is insulated to keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cool for longer. The lowball design makes it the perfect travel whiskey tumbler or coffee mug, meaning it's a practical companion both morning and night.
18. His Own Signature Hot Sauce
This one's for the SIL who spices up every meal. Why not encourage him to make his very own hot sauce? This DIY kit comes with all the necessities, including spices, glass bottles, gloves and, of course, instructions. The icing on the cake? He can name his creations whatever he wants afterward with blank stick-on labels.
19. Toothpicks That'll Make Him Feel Fancy
What's a good gift for a son-in-law when you just don't know what to buy? Something surprising. These aren't just any toothpicks—they're infused with fine scotch. To unleash the flavor, all he has to do is gently bite. Pleased reviewers call it an "unusual but fun gift," "a perfect stocking stuffer" and an excellent default for "when you have no idea what to get for a man." Hey, if he always has a toothpick in his mouth anyway, it might as well be a fancy one.
20. A Pair of Personalized Cuff Links
These dapper leather cuff links make for meaningful gifts for your future son-in-law on the wedding day—especially if he chooses to wear them down the aisle. Each one comes stamped with a single letter. Turn it into an extra-sweet gesture and get one with his first initial and the other with his partner's. It'll show him how happy you are that they're together. (Psst, they also make a thoughtful gift for a wedding anniversary, if you're in the market.)
21. A Digital Picture Frame
Shopping for a sentimental SIL? Photo gifts are the way forward. What better way to show him he's truly part of the family than with a digital photo frame pre-loaded with pics of you all together? Aura's frames are sleek, easy to use and come in a pretty blue gift box. In fact, we tested the frame ourselves and it made it into The Knot Registry Awards! It's a great Hanukkah or Christmas gift for your son-in-law that'll make him feel oh-so-special.
22. The Ultimate Skincare Set
It's 2022 and skincare is for everyone. Encourage your son-in-law to get his self-care on with this gift set of cleansing and rejuvenating heroes including a cleanser, face mask, scrub, moisturizer and repairing eye cream. It's one of our favorite holiday or Christmas gifts for any son-in-law because he can start the new year feeling fresh as a daisy.
23. An Indoor S'mores Kit
Bring the best part of a night under the stars to the comfort of his living room. This unique set contains everything he'll need to successfully make s'mores, including a handy glass votive, stainless steel skewers and a cute mini fire pit. Consider a gift for your hard-to-buy-for son-in-law sorted.
24. An Artisanal Pair of Slippers
Encourage him to leave his shoes at the door with this pair of oh-so-comfy slippers, which are made with sustainability in mind. Featuring a cozy wool footbed, fluffy lining and eco-friendly outsoles, it's pretty much the perfect house shoe. Need a little more convincing? They also have built-in arch support and shock-absorbing insoles—now that's a gift-worthy pair of slippers.
25. Cards Inspired By His Favorite Film
These stunning playing cards are inspired by the iconic Star Wars franchise and come in two different editions: Light Side and Dark Side. The Light Side deck is a vibrant shade of blue and features Luke Skywalker's lightsaber, R2-D2 and fighters from the Rebel Fleet. Everything about these unique playing cards is heirloom-worthy, from the stunning foil packaging to the character-adorned cards themselves.
26. A Virtual Travel Experience
Amazon Explore has great gifts for the son-in-law who loves to travel and expand his cultural horizons. This unique virtual experience will take him on a live tour of Tokyo right from his computer. The tour is enhanced by a physical experience kit including a slew of Japan-themed items that'll make him feel like he's really there. During the session, the host suggests when to open each item for the ultimate experience.
27. A DIY Cocktail Kit
Here's another fitting gift for the son-in-law who has everything. Buy him a set of syrups and juices made for mixing delicious cocktails. This clever combination of flavors can be used to create over 50 different concoctions. Add a bottle of his favorite booze or give it as a solo gift—it's up to you.
28. A Tailored Subscription Box
Running out of birthday or Christmas gift ideas for your son-in-law? Show him you know him well with a subscription box tailored to his tastes. Choose the categories he's most interested in, from bar tools and cookware to grooming accessories and camping supplies. Every month, he'll receive a box of goodies that reflect his favorite hobbies.
29. A Vintage-Style Dopp Kit
Any son-in-law with a classic sense of style will appreciate a fancy leather dopp kit for storing all his toiletries and grooming essentials. This gorgeous bag is available in black or brown leather and can be adorned with his name or monogram in an ornate gold frame.
30. A Gadget to Keep His Beer Cold
This awesome device has a different setting for keeping drinks hot and cold—ideal for enjoying a relaxing beer at home and coffee in the office. Plus, not only will it control the temperature of his drink, it's also a wireless phone charger. Talk about a good gift for your son-in-law!
31. A Golf-Themed Candle
This sweet, scented candle will make a great "welcome to the family" gift for your son-in-law, especially if your family is big into golfing. It's all the more meaningful if you invite him to play a game with you sometime. The candle comes in a choice of six golf-inspired fragrances, from Sand Trap to Club House.
32. A Monogrammed Lighter
Having a spare lighter never hurts, and this one looks surprisingly elegant. It's gold-plated and engraved with his initials. We like it as a small but thoughtful gift for your new son-in-law on the wedding day.
33. A Funny Grooming Non-Essential
Last but not least, here's one more lighthearted pick. This funny gift for a son-in-law attaches to his cup to protect his mustache from getting wet! If he's particularly proud of his facial hair (and has a good sense of humor), this one will make him crack up.