If you’re a father- or mother-in-law just starting (or well into) your holiday gift shopping, one of the people you may be stumbling on is your daughter-in-law. After all, you’ve only known her for a handful of years (or maybe more) and might not know what she wants most for the holiday season, especially if she’s a mom. And, chances are, your son or daughter isn’t all that helpful in spilling the beans on what their significant other is super keen on receiving as a gift this year.
If your daughter-in-law has given you grandchildren, you really don’t want to f*ck this up. You’re going to want to put some serious thought into what to get this saint of a woman who is probably in desperate need of a spa day or some relaxing self-care gifts at least.
The good news: We’ve got your back. We’re rounding up some of the best gifts to for a daughter-in-law. Not only will she be extremely appreciative, because you knew just what she could use this year, but she may even be tempted to give you another grandchild if you keep this great gift giving up! (LOL, JK.)
Keep scrolling for a list of the best gift ideas for daughter-in-law.
Christmas gifts for daughter-in-law
This ultimate beauty pack comes with everything your daughter-in-law needs to style her hair—even if she only has 10 minutes to spare. It comes with ceramic floating plates, shampoo, leave-in treatment, iron guard spray and a paddle brush.
Who doesn’t appreciate a sophisticated-looking pair of pajamas? This set is super feminine yet it has a stylish interpretation of classic men’s pajamas. It’s made from super-soft Pima cotton sourced in Peru.
Designed by women for women, OGIO’s new comfortable (yet durable) backpack is great for any daughter-in-law who spends most of her day-to-day on the go or simply commuting to and from work. Features include a padded laptop pocket, hidden storage space for valuables, luggage pass-through and a comfy back pad designed specifically for a woman’s body.
This Boston-based knitwear company just launched on Nordstrom in the knick of time—so you can score a beanie for your daughter-in-law. Their products are high-quality—made from 100 percent sustainably-sourced merino wool that comes from Peru.
Finding clothes to wear for your constantly growing baby bump is tough stuff! As a soon-to-be grandmother, the least you can do is help your daughter-in-law out by gifting her this gorgeous maternity sweater that she can stay cozy in all winter long.
You can’t go wrong with a classic gift set, especially one that includes the self-care basics: a spray fragrance, roll-on fragrance and a firming body lotion.
If your DIL is struggling with dry weather messing with her skin all fall and winter long, Alchimie Forever Kantic+ Intensely Nourishing Cream deeply hydrates skin without clogging pores, and leaves your face radiant the next morning. It’s on the pricey side, but if your daughter-in-law is a skincare snob, she’ll love this moisturizer and will rely on it for months (plus, a little goes a long way). As a bonus, it smells divine.
Cool birthday gift for daughter-in-law
For the daughter-in-law who is an old soul, this three-speed record player has built-in speakers that yield incredible sound, as well as a built-in headphone jack so she can listen privately (in case your son-in-law is WFH).
Meet Google’s latest smart speaker, which would make a super thoughtful addition to your daughter-in-law’s home. It delivers full, clear and natural sound and is 75 percent louder, with 50 percent stronger of a bass, than the original Google Home. It’s also super homey looking—its soft curves were inspired by pillow fabric!
If your daughter-in-law is a winter sports fanatic, she’ll appreciate this high-quality fleece zipper-up. It has a fun, throw-back look without the mothball smell and would fit perfectly under a ski jacket.
Just because we’re heading into winter doesn’t mean your daughter-in-law won’t want to wear this sick pair of aviator sunglasses, which deliver UV protection in a chic rose gold finish.
If you know your daughter-in-law is big into skin care, this is a gift that will surely brighten her day. It includes three of Clinique’s signature products in both large and travel sizes.
If you’re a stylish mother-in-law, you can get gutsy with your gift choice and pick out stylish options you’ll know she’ll love like this sherpa jacket that’s completely reversible. It’s made out of faux fur and recycled polyfill from plastic bottles.
New daughter-in-law gifts
Whether or not she’s bore you any grandchildren, your daughter-in-law deserves a little TLC, which this luxe set provides. It comes with cupcake-scented soap, donut-scented soap, bubble scoops, bath bombs, sugar scrub and more.
Unsure of what to get your daughter-in-law? The best gift of all is to help her de-stress and ease that 2020 anxiety, which all of us have been feeling. Sagely uses the highest-quality broad spectrum CBD with essential oils like lavender and Roman chamomile so it’s effective and smells like a dream. Just roll some on your temples and wrists and feel soothed almost instantly.
Maybe your daughter-in-law mentioned to you how she’s been looking for a weighted blanket, or you know she suffers from insomnia or anxiety (two conditions weighted blankets have been shown to help with). Either way, she will appreciate this very thoughtful and generous gift—a super plush, weighted blanket that comes in one of nine colors.
For the daughter-in-law who appreciates a glass of (cold) bubbly, this triple-insulated container (with a very obvious champagne flute shape) would make a great gift. It has a drink-through, flip-top lid, and Brümate’s patented BevGuard technology that’ll keep your DIL’s beverages nice and cold for hours without going flat.
To go along with her champagne flute cooler, she’s going to need some actual bubbly! Gift her one of the world’s most beloved champagnes that goes with pretty much everything from appetizers to desserts.
For the daughter-in-law who you’ve rarely seen without a shiny sheen of gloss covering her lips, this is a great gift. Bonus points to you if she appreciates vegan and organic beauty! These glosses are not only EWG-verified, but enriched with organic ingredients.
If your daughter-in-law is a big entertainer, this gorgeous cutting board will become a staple of her gatherings. It’s hand carved and made from olive wood grain and comes in small, medium and large.
Have a daughter-in-law who’s a bit of a germaphobe (who can blame her these days)? She’ll appreciate this gift of plant-based products that are both pediatrician and dermatologist tested.
Funny daughter-in-law gifts
If your daughter-in-law is a wine lover, let her shout it loud and proud with these slippers. They can also serve as a “ahem” to your son or daughter who can be politely reminded that she’s ready for a refill.
Does your son or daughter snore and keep your daughter-in-law up all night? Here’s one solution for keeping them sleeping in the same bed. These noise-cancelling earbuds work impressively. They’re battery operated and sweat and weather-resistant with super easy-to-use controls.
If your daughter-in-aw is a big Star Wars fan, you can’t go wrong with this super funny and sweet mug that can fit an 11-ounce cup.
Check out our other gift guides for shopping inspiration this holiday season.