Not sure what gift to get your sister-in-law? Maybe you’re super close with your SIL and know her as well as you know your own sibling. Buuuut if that were the case, you probably wouldn’t be here. It’s okay if you need a little help figuring out what your sister-in-law might like for the holidays or for her birthday (at lease they’re not as tough as gifts for grandpa or gifts for your father-in-law). Generally, if you don’t know a person super well, but want to be thoughtful and creative, try to make sure the gift you give her is something just about any woman might like. (Not that all women like the same stuff — far from it. We just want to give you basic idea map to work with.)
Going with gifts like perfume, specific clothing or shoes, or books might be hard to nail, since you may not know what scents she likes, what size she prefers to wear, and what she has or hasn’t read. Don’t worry, you don’t have to get your sis-in-law a gift card to avoid getting her something she’ll end up not liking. Here are some creative gifts for your sister-in-law that will for sure delight her.
Best Christmas gifts for your sister-in-law:
Makeup usually involves some guess work (does she like lipstick? What shade does she prefer?), so sticking to skincare, which is more universal, might be the best way to go. Right now, Sephora has some decent deals on holiday sets, including this hydration kit from Fresh, which includes their iconic rose toner, hydrating moisturizer, soy makeup removing face wash, face mask, and tinted lip balm. Fresh’s rose scent isn’t cloying, and works for people with even the most sensitive of skin.
Sure, your sis-in-law probably owns a bunch of blankets. But does she own a blanket she can wear? Probs not. This blanket covers you neck-to-toe, keeping you cozy and warm while you catch up on your favorite Netflix shows. Made with premium plush microfiber, this blanket goes perfectly with a glass of wine or cup of hot chocolate.
If your sister-in-law loves tea (and if she doesn’t we’ll get to that next), get her this Numi tea set — you just can’t fail with it. Because not only does it feature some delicious flower teas, but the tea itself unfurls in hot water and becomes a flower. It’s Instagram-friendly, too.
Like we said, if your SIL is a coffee drinker, then she’ll likely appreciate this Bones Coffee World Tour Sample set of whole bean, single-origin eclectic coffee from Sumatra, Costa Rica, Colombia, Kenya, and Guatemala. Roasted in small batches, even if your SIL is a total coffee snob, she’ll love the richness in flavor this coffee brings.
A 12-pack of Jacques Torres famous chocolate chip cookies?! These giant chocolate chip cookies have a huge cult following in New York, and around the country by this point. If your SIL has a sweet tooth, give her an extraordinary cookie for the holidays.
First, make sure you know where your SIL is from (and if not, ask your sibling). Especially if your sister-in-law is visiting your family this year, she might be missing her own. These home map rocks glasses pay homage to her origins, and make really nice drinking glasses as well.
Another beauty buy she’ll most likely need? Haircare. This set tackles issues like dry, dull, frizzy hair that’s in need of some major hydration. This comes with a full-size Hair Perfector No. 3, a full-size No. 6 Bond Smoother, and a travel size No. 4 Bond Maintenance™ Shampoo as well as No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner, all formulated to repair and restore hair.
Pretty sure nobody in their right mind can say no to a Barefoot Dreams robe. (It’s also Chrissy Teigen-approved.) Made with the soften material known to humankind, this luxurious robe is something she may have been eyeing, but wouldn’t want to get herself. Surprise her his Christmas or Hanukkah with one of her own.
Candles can be personal, so we’re breaking our own rule here. But Nest’s holiday edition candle is so classic and so deliciously scented, that just about anyone can appreciate its luxe ambiance. Notes include pomegranate, mandarin orange, pine, cloves and cinnamon, with a hint of vanilla and amber.
If your SIL has Airpods, you’ve probably heard her grown about how gross the charging pod can get — and how easy it is to lose. Get her this pretty protective case that can be used as a keychain, so she protects her Pods and never loses them again.
If you sister-in-law loves baking but doesn’t have the time to make it to the store for all the ingredients, especially for something so precise like Madeleines, get her a kit with everything she’d need to bake them. If you want, you can accompany her on this French dessert mission.
Best gift ideas for your sister-in-law on her birthday:
Everyone drinks water. And most of us need a little reminder to drink more of it. Which is where this fruit infuser water bottle comes in. Just chuck some of your favorite fruits in the barrel, and it’ll infuse your plain old water with natural fruit flavor. It’s BPA-free, eco-friendly, recyclable, and shatter-proof.
If your sis-in-law is a wine drinker, then she’ll appreciate this handy tool of the 21st century. This electric wine opener can get even the fussiest of corks out without you breaking a sweat. This set also includes a wine pourer and wine stopper to keep that vino fresh.
Instead of getting customized jewelry that shows her how you feel, get her a jewelry tray instead. Same message, but this way she doesn’t feel like she *has* to wear jewelry you gave her (and hey, we all have different styles and that’s OK).
Odds are, your sister-in-law misses massages. Since it’ll be awhile until we can get them safely, she’ll appreciate this neck and back massager which has a heat feature that helps soothe tight and aching muscles while it works on those knots. It’s perfect for office chairs, or when she’s relaxing on the couch or in bed.
Everyone needs an oven mitt — and if your SIL is the saucy type (lol, pun intended), then she might appreciate this sassy oven mitt that tells guests that, bitch, she’s the secret ingredient. So take that. (It’s also just a very good, insulated oven mitt.)
If you have a sister-in-law whose kitchen is her happy place, she most likely will go wild for some new Le Creuset. Normally, this is a bit pricey for casual gifting, but as of publication, Amazon is having an epic Holiday Dash sales event, and this gorgeous cast iron sauteuese oven is on sale. It’s versatile, oven-safe, easy to take care, will last you forever, and it’s beyond gorgeous.
We promise, no matter what, your sister-in-law will love and treasure this hilarious mug forever. It’ll make her feel special and appreciated — something all of us need a reminder of from time to time. And it’s great that the message is coming from you.
Get her a personalized star map, and we promise it’ll be the most unique gift she’s ever been given.
This gorgeous amethyst roller helps with circulations, depuffs after a night of not sleeping, and makes skin plumper and brighter.
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