The 35 Best Son-in-Law Gifts for Any Occasion, Holidays and Birthdays Included

We've found something for every SIL—even the one who's hard to buy for.
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Updated Nov 17, 2023
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Want to impress your child's spouse with a thoughtful present? To help you out, we've put together this practical guide filled with great gifts for your son-in-law—future, new and long-established alike. Whatever his personality, interests or the gift-giving occasion, we've rounded up the best son-in-law gifts from a mother-in-law, father-in-law or both of you together. Whether you need a little inspiration to get started or you're completely stumped for ideas, we're here to guide you toward that perfect gift. Browse our top gift ideas for the grill master, sports fan, avid hiker, coffee connoisseur (and more) in your life, as well as meaningful presents to help you officially welcome him into the family. Sit back, relax and scroll through these editor-approved gift ideas for the holidays, his birthday or the wedding.

1. His Own Signature Hot Sauce

Hot sauce making kit gift for son in law
Photo: Uncommon Goods

This tasty gift is perfect for the son-in-law who spices up every meal—literally. This hot sauce kit has all the necessities (flavorful ingredients, six glass bottles and labels for creative sauce names) so he can mix up his own fiery condiments. While the kit comes with instructions, you can take it up a notch and pair it with a virtual live class so he can learn the art of chili sauce from an expert.

2. A Gadget to Keep His Beer Cold

Beverage heating and cooling pad with wireless phone charger gift for son-in-law
Photo: Sharper Image

Upgrade your son-in-law's side table with this clever device. Not only is it a wireless charger, but it's also a temperature-regulating coaster that will keep his drink hot or cool. Now he can kick back after work with a cold beer and his phone conveniently right next to him. Or he can keep it on his desk so his coffee is always warm—in fact, the gadget comes with a special mug for just that purpose.

3. The Chance to Learn a New Skill

Virtual class gift for son-in-law
Photo: Uncommon Goods

If you're shopping for a son-in-law who has everything, experiential gifts are an excellent idea. Uncommon Experiences has dozens of virtual classes, from mixology and cooking to painting lessons, so you're sure to find an option that appeals to his interests. It'll be unlike any gift he's received before, and he might even let you sit in on the class with him for some in-law bonding.

4. A High-Tech Leather Wallet

Ekster black leather smart wallet with quick card access gift for son-in-law
Photo: Ekster

How about something practical he can use when he's out and about? 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. Best of all, it has quick card access and will fan out his cards at the touch of a button. Bonus: It even has room for an optional tracking device to ensure he never loses his new favorite gift (or his license).

5. A Personalized Cast Iron Pan

Personalized Cast Iron Pan git for son in law
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Consider this personalized cast iron skillet if you're looking for an extra-special holiday, birthday or wedding gift for a son-in-law who loves to cook. The bronzed base of the pan features a tree of life motif, along with two lines of text, such as his name, his birthday or wedding details. Ironware is already made to last (just like his love for your daughter or son), but the emblem makes it really heirloom-worthy. Pair it with a secret family recipe passed down from generation to generation for a gift that really welcomes him to your crew.

6. A Personalized Catchall Tray

monogrammed suede leather tray
Photo: Mark & Graham

If you're looking for a small gift for your new son-in-law on the wedding day, snag this small leather tray personalized with his initials. It's a great place to keep the rings before the ceremony, plus he can continue using it at home after the big day to store his wedding band, watch or keys.

7. Speakers Designed for the Shower

Waterproof shower bluetooth speakers gift for son in law
Photo: Sharper Image

Has your daughter or son ever remarked on how long their husband spends in the shower? Make his happy place an even better escape by gifting him a set of Bluetooth speakers designed to be used in water. This set of two waterproof speakers will provide a surround-sound experience, with built-in suction cups that easily stick to the wall (but can still be removed whenever he needs to recharge them) and controls to skip, pause and reverse songs when required. Plus, the LED lights will really help to set the scene for some uninterrupted R&R.

8. A Self-Cleaning Water Bottle

Blue LARQ self cleaning water bottle gift for son in law
Photo: LARQ

If unique gifts for your son-in-law are what you're after, look no further than this clever reusable water bottle. It's insulated to keep his drink cold or hot all day and has a built-in LED light that acts as a water purifier and bottle cleaner, keeping every sip as fresh as the last. To top it all off, a percentage of all sales goes to nonprofit organizations dedicated to protecting the environment and providing safe drinking water to people worldwide.

9. A Versatile Overnight Backpack

Clever black backpack gift for son-in-law
Photo: Bellroy

This stylish backpack is designed to hold all your son-in-law's necessities, whether he's commuting to work or hopping on a plane. There are two zippered compartments to separate his laptop and tech stuff from other valuables, along with internal pockets for his wallet, keys, water bottle and more. If that's not enough to convince you, it has padded back panels with lumbar support and contoured, rolled-edge shoulder straps for all-day comfort. If you're feeling extra generous, you can even fill it with his favorite snacks or a new notebook for the office.

10. A Weather-Resistant Jacket

Black Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket gift for son in law
Photo: Huckberry

If you're shopping for the outdoorsy type, consider this bestselling jacket that's equal parts functional and fashionable. It has a waxy, sailcloth exterior to protect him against the elements and a soft flannel lining for extra warmth and coziness. Trust us, a jacket this good is a welcome present for your son-in-law all year round, from the holidays to his birthday to Father's Day.

11. An Indoor Herb Garden

Click and Grow smart indoor garden gift for son-in-law
Photo: Click & Grow

If your son-in-law loves cooking with fresh ingredients, consider this smart indoor herb garden for your next gifting occasion. The creative present lets him grow fresh ingredients—like basil or chili peppers—at home by automating plant care (from light to water) so 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.

12. A Craft Beer Subscription

Craft beer subscription gift for son in law
Photo: Original Craft Beer Club

How about a beer subscription for your zythophile son-in-law? Original Craft Beer Club will send him a monthly or quarterly delivery of delicious brews from the country's best independent brewers. Each box includes 12 or 24 beers from different regions in the US, along with background info about the breweries, tasting notes and pairing recipes. It's a refreshing holiday or birthday gift for your son-in-law that will help get the party started.

13. Hockey Stick Grilling Utensils

Hockey stick grilling utensils gift set for son in law
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Each of these grilling utensils has a one-of-a-kind handle: It's made from a repurposed hockey stick! The set includes a spatula fork, a bottle opener and a pair of tongs—basically everything your SIL needs to get his grill on at the next family gathering. He'll be really impressed with just how cool this gift is, whether you give it to him for Christmas, his birthday or another special occasion.

14. A Push Pin Travel Map

Push pin travel map gift for son in law
Photo: Canvas Vows

If your son-in-law and his spouse are always jetting off to new places, this personalized travel map makes for a great holiday or birthday gift. It comes with a set of push pins so he can easily mark the countries he's already visited (and the ones still on this bucket list) and can be customized with a personal message for a thoughtful touch. The display-ready canvas is available in four different sizes, so you can easily find one to suit his home office or man cave.

15. An Indoor Mini Fireplace

Personal concrete fireplace gift for son-in-law
Photo: Rocky Luten & Julia Gartland

If you're not sure what to get your son-in-law for Christmas or Hanukkah, how about a gift that brings the ambiance of the holidays right into his home? This personal-sized concrete fireplace can be used indoors or outside to create a warm flame with just rubbing alcohol and a match. It's also food-safe, meaning he (and his spouse) can make s'mores anywhere. It's easily one of the best unique gifts for your son-in-law he can use during the holiday season and beyond.

16. A Cool Stadium Model

NFL Football Stadium Model Gift for son in law
Photo: FOCO

Are you shopping for a sports fanatic? Whether he loves football, baseball or basketball, FOCO has sets to build almost any arena out of LEGO. These building blocks aren't just for children, though—with over 900 pieces, this replica of Arrowhead Stadium (home to the Kansas City Chiefs) is a puzzle he can spend hours putting together. Simply choose his favorite team's home stadium for a great holiday or birthday gift for your son-in-law.

17. Cards Inspired by His Favorite Film

A Dark Side Star Wars deck of playing cards with silver illustrations from Walmart
Photo: Walmart

Need a stocking stuffer for your son-in-law? These stunning playing cards are inspired by the iconic Star Wars franchise and come in two different editions: Light Side and Dark Side. The blue Light Side deck features Luke Skywalker's lightsaber, R2-D2 and fighters from the Rebel Fleet, while the black-colored Dark Side deck has Darth Vader's lightsaber, the Death Star and the Empire's fleet of starships. Everything about this unique gift is made for showing off, from the stunning foil packaging to the character-adorned cards.

18. A Trendy Tumbler for Traveling

Light gray Stanley travel tumbler gift for son in law
Photo: Stanley

On the lookout for a personalized gift for your son-in-law? Stanley offers a range of trendy tumblers that can be customized with everything from photos and graphics to text and monograms, so you can easily tailor your pick to his personality and interests. It's a thoughtful (and practical) present that's ideal for traveling or just reminding him to keep his hydration levels up throughout the day.

19. A Multi-Purpose Tool

Multi-purpose stainless steel tool gift for son in law
Photo: Leatherman

Whether your son-in-law is an avid backpacker or the neighborhood handyman, this stainless steel multi-tool will ensure he's equipped for almost any scenario—even if it's just opening a bottle. Available in six colors, it hides seven tools, including pliers, wire cutters, a combo knife, a carabiner and a large bit driver. You can even customize the knife blade with an image, text or a fun pattern for a practical and personalized son-in-law gift.

20. Beer History Pint Glasses

Beer History Pint Glasses gift for son in law
Photo: Uncommon Goods

Thinking of what to buy your son-in-law for Christmas, his birthday or really any occasion doesn't have to be a challenge. Our advice? Spend a few minutes considering his favorite things. If the first thing that comes to mind is beer, these unique pint glasses will be a fitting gift. They can be purchased individually or as a set of four, with each featuring facts on popular beer styles, including IPAs, pale ales, pilsners and lagers. Every beer shared will now also be a trivia lesson.

21. An Upgraded Apple Watch Strap

Black metal apple watch strap gift for son in law

Any SIL who wears an Apple watch will appreciate one of these sleek stainless steel straps. While it looks luxe, it's water- and scratch-resistant, so even if he wears it every day, everywhere (which you know he does), it'll hold up beautifully. It's available in four versatile colorways and even comes with a link removal tool so he can adjust it to his wrist for a perfect fit. He'll be making the swap right away.

22. A Cozy Loungewear Set

Green loungewear gift set for son in law
Photo: Eberjey

Does your family wear matching Christmas pajamas each year? Don't let your son-in-law miss out on the fun! This stylish loungewear set is made from luxuriously soft and eco-friendly modal fabric and comes in festive shades of crimson and forest green. The henley top and relaxed jogger-style pants are super comfy (and stylish) and can be worn even once the holidays are over.

23. A Coffee Set for Early Mornings

Grounds & Hounds coffee gift set for son in law
Photo: Grounds & Hounds

Searching for a holiday or birthday gift for your son-in-law? If he starts every day with a cup of coffee (or two, depending on his work schedule), you can't go wrong with this coffee gift set from Grounds & Hounds. Not only does it include three blends of organic coffee, but it also comes with a funky mug and a branded tote bag. Bonus: A percentage from every sale goes toward an animal welfare charity.

24. A Cool Polaroid Camera

Black polaroid camera gift for son in law
Photo: Amazon

If you're wondering what makes a good gift for your son-in-law, consider something practical he can use at every family gathering. This retro-style Polaroid camera is perfect for capturing special moments spent with loved ones, like the holidays, his birthday or another event. It even comes with a double pack of color film and a handy self-timer so he can easily capture those all-important group photos.

25. A Historic Recipes Subscription

Recipes By Mail Subscription gift for son in law
Photo: Uncommon Goods

If your SIL is passionate about cooking, here's an idea that's a bit more creative than a new recipe book. This unique subscription will allow him to switch up his menu options and dive into history at the same time. Every month, he'll receive a cool replica of a handwritten recipe made by a well-known historical figure, like George Washington or Emily Dickinson. Choose the subscription length (six months or yearly) for a fun holiday, birthday or wedding gift for your son-in-law.

26. A Comfy Henley Shirt

henley gift for son-in-law
Photo: UNTUCKit

Looking for a good Hanukkah or Christmas gift for your son-in-law? Your search stops here. This cotton henley shirt is soft, comfy and breathable, making it the perfect layerable piece for the holiday season and beyond. Choose from three colorways and various sizes to suit his style and shape.

27. A Personalized Golf Cooler

Personalized golf cooler gift for son in law
Photo: themanregistry

When it comes to picking out presents for your son-in-law, his favorite hobby or sport is a great place to start. If he's a regular on the golf course, this personalized cooler bag is something he'll use every time he hits the green. Fill it with his favorite sips and snacks and have the outside embroidered with his name for an especially thoughtful Christmas or birthday gift.

28. A Stylish BBQ Apron

Personalized vegan leather bbq apron gift for son in law
Photo: Swanky Badger

If your son-in-law takes cooking or grilling seriously, this is the ultimate gift for his birthday, Christmas or Father's Day. This trendy apron is made from heavy waxed canvas and boasts premium vegan leather pockets for all his kitchen tools, making it a stylish (and practical) present he'll use a lot. Have it personalized with his name or initials for an extra thoughtful touch.

29. A Shaving Essentials Kit

Shaving essential travel kit for son in law
Photo: Sephora

Encourage your son-in-law to get his self-care on with this gift set of skincare and shaving essentials, including a glycolic facial cleanser, a creamy shave lather and a hydrating moisturizer with built-in SPF. It's a winning holiday gift for your son-in-law that'll allow him to start the new year feeling as fresh as a daisy. Bonus points for the affordable price tag.

30. A Personalized Whiskey Dispenser

Personalized whiskey dispenser gift for son in law
Photo: BKGift

This thoughtful son-in-law wedding gift will certainly make him feel special, especially if he likes toasting big moments with a glass of whiskey. The wooden drink dispenser can be personalized with any details—like his name (and his spouse's), their wedding date or a funny message—for a practical present that'll elevate his home bar to the next level. Want to really impress him? Pair it with a bottle of bourbon you can sip together on the big day to welcome him into the family.

31. An Outdoor Supplies Kit

Outdoor supplies kit gift for son in law
Photo: VSSL

Surprise your adventurous, outdoorsy SIL with this handy winter supplies kit. It's filled with essential tools to repair gear and outerwear, including zip ties, a sewing kit, baling wire, a ski strap, a fire starter, an LED lantern and so much more. Whether he's into hiking, fishing or nature trips, this practical gift will help him prepare for his next escapade.

32. A Novelty Pizza Maker

gifts for son-in-law
Photo: Amazon

Is your son-in-law a big kid at heart? If his favorite movie is Toy Story, he'll be thrilled with this novelty pizza maker inspired by Andy's favorite food outlet, Pizza Planet. This handy little gadget heats up much quicker than a conventional oven and doesn't need to be preheated, so he'll be chowing down on his favorite snack in no time. It's one of the best funny gifts for your son-in-law, whether it's for Christmas, Father's Day or his birthday.

33. A Cleaning Kit for His Sneakers

Sneaker cleaning kit gift for son in law
Photo: Gentlemen's Hardware

If your son-in-law rarely leaves the house without his favorite pair of sneakers on, he'll love this useful gift. The cleaning kit includes a bottle of solution he can use to remove stains from his kicks, along with a brush and a cloth, all presented in a retro tin box. It makes for a great stocking stuffer or a small token of appreciation at any time of the year.

34. A Puzzle He Can Build

Vintage Car Model Kit gift for son in law
Photo: Amazon

A puzzle is a great gift idea for your son-in-law, especially if he likes making things with his hands. This model vintage car is made from wood and can be assembled without special tools or glue. It's a lovely present for the holidays or his birthday and is guaranteed to challenge him (but in a good way). The best part? Once he's completed his masterpiece, he can use the wind-up key to take it for a spin outdoors or on the living room floor.

35. A Personalized Wine Accessory Set

Personalized Wine Accessory Gift Set for son in law
Photo: Personalization Mall

Here's a gift idea for the son-in-law who doubles as the family bartender: A wine accessory set shaped like an actual bottle of vino. This clever and fun present hides five essential pieces—including a corkscrew, wine collar, pourer, foil cutter and bottle stopper—and can be printed with two lines of text for a personalized touch. Pair it with a bottle of bubbly for a practical holiday, birthday or wedding-day gift that really pops.

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