15 Best Gifts for In-Laws

Find unique and thoughtful gifts for the bonus relatives on your list.

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November 18, 2021

Let's be honest: Families are complicated. Factor in a father-in-law, mother-in-law, brother-in-law or sister-in-law (or all of the above), and you might feel totally lost when it comes to holiday shopping. Maybe you have a general idea of who they are and what they like, but you're not sure what type of gift is appropriate.

We get it. And to help, we've found 15 thoughtful, failproof gifts that are sure to delight every type of in-law. Scroll on to see those and make one positive impression.

Best Gifts for In-Laws

A sentimental gift goes a long way. Give them a behind-the-scenes look at this year's biggest moments (like your baby's first steps or a trip that you and your partner took together) by converting your camera roll into a custom photo album. This hardcover book from Artifact Uprising is our first pick for its premium fabric binding, display-worthy dust jacket, crisp layouts and reasonable price point.

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Skip the usual pleasantries and tug right at their heartstrings with this personalized pillow cover. The fabric is crafted from 100-percent cotton, so it's soft to the touch, while the stacked text is available in three fonts. If it were up to us, we'd customize the pillow cover with all of their kids' or grandkids' (or grandpets') names according to birth order.

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We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Puzzles are great screen-free activities for couples. Promote some intentional family bonding this holiday season by treating your in-laws to a custom puzzle. We suggest choosing your most recent group photo and then working on the 252-piece design together.

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Best Gifts for Father-in-Law


What man doesn't want to know how the world's top entrepreneurs built their empires? Pique his interest (and create common ground on popular apps, snacks, shoes and more) with this book based on NPR's acclaimed podcast. It's a must-read for anyone who secretly dreams of starting a business or who wonders how the pros did it.

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Draw inspiration from his favorite lake, bay or fishing river, and gift your father-in-law a custom topography map. Each piece comes laser-cut and hand-assembled to showcase water depth and surrounding roads, towns and landmarks. Simply choose the size you want, and the artist will take care of the rest.

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Keep your father-in-law company while he works in the garage or weeds the yard by handing him a portable Bluetooth speaker. This Anker device has a 24-hour battery life and a waterproof finish, plus a sturdy profile he can set up on any surface.

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Best Gifts for Mother-in-Law

Delight your mother-in-law (AKA, the Hostest With The Mostest) with this dashing wine bottle holder. The festive piece is crafted sturdy cast aluminum and depicts a hare skiing downhill. To sweeten the delivery, make sure the bunny is towing her favorite bottle of white or red.

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If she's the sentimental type, then give your mother-in-law a dedicated spot for all of her holiday cards. This beautiful linen-bound book makes one precious keepsake and offers 40 pages for stationery. She can tape or paste cards to the inside and (finally!) hold onto them for as long as she likes.

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Whether she's business-savvy, stylish or trying to be more organized, she'll love this faux-leather laptop case. The exterior shines with golden flecks, so it's easy to spot the case on the sofa or kitchen counter, while the interior boasts separate pockets for papers, a pen and her computer.

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Best Gifts for Brother-in-Law

Pay tribute to your brother-in-law's alma mater (or favorite team) with a college stadium picture frame. You can choose from 16 state schools, and then impress him with a 3-D replica of his home field. A 4x6-inch photo slot on the left allows him to relive a particularly special game.

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You don't have to understand everything about his job to know that your worker bee of a brother-in-law could use another USB drive. Our advice? Opt for this handy two-in-one keychain. He can clip the carabiner to his briefcase or backpack and save or upload files at a moment's notice.

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If the way to his heart is through his stomach, then your brother-in-law is bound to swoon over this Breville Panini Maker. (We're also pretty sure he doesn't already have one.) Authentic stainless steel grill plates ensure an even toasting and melting every time, while rubberized grip feet keep the appliance stable on the counter.

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Best Gifts for Sister-in-Law

Complement your sister-in-law's shining personality with a glittering Zodiac-themed necklace. The gold chain and celestial pendant will dress up any outfit, while the cubic zirconia stars will honor her birthday. She'll look radiant and have you to thank!

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If she's crafty or always down to try something new, then surprise your sister-in-law with a "Budding Artistry" flower arranging class. She'll pick the day and time that works best for her, and then she'll join floral artist Nsombi Woodson (virtually) for a 90-minute lesson. Meanwhile, Nsombi will share her floral-care tips and professional techniques for preparing a vase.

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If she just married into the family, then hand her a copy of The Newlywed Table. This gorgeous, gold-foiled book will make a thoughtful addition to her kitchen and provide 100 new recipes that she and your sibling can try together. It's sweet and probably wasn't on her registry.

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