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The 50 Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Sister-In-Law This Holiday

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The holidays can be stressful – whether it’s because you’re hosting the entire extended family at your house, you’re trying to decide what side to bring to Christmas dinner, or if you’re like me, you want to find everyone the most perfect present that they’ve ever received. This can be an overwhelming task to think of great ideas for everyone on your list! There are so many options out there thanks to online shopping, which is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, your options are near limitless. But on the other hand, you may find yourself with decision paralysis.

One way that I deal with the pressure of finding the best gifts for everyone on my list is by searching out gift guides. Whether I’m looking for my best friend, husband, parents, or bonus sister, finding a gift guide is my favorite place to start my search for inspiration! It’s always a good idea to start early when thinking about your gifts, so that’s why I’ve created a list of the 50 best Christmas gift ideas for your sister-in-law. Read on for a gift guide for sister-in-law gifts, with selections for the wine lovers, the coffee lovers, the avid travelers, and the home stylists.

Best Christmas Gift Ideas for the Sister-In-Law Who Loves Staying In

10 best Christmas gifts for your sister-in-law who loves staying in

1. Stemmed Wine Glasses

I love this set of wine glasses for their beautiful shape, and so will your sister-in-law while she’s unwinding with a glass of wine, or her favorite mocktail. Even if she is one who appreciates staying in more than going out, if she’s hosting a small gathering, this set of six glasses will look amazing on her coffee table while she’s entertaining.

2. Diptyque 5-Mini Candle Set

Diptyque’s limited edition 5-mini candle set is a great assembly of five of their most iconic scents. It includes scents of Berries, Roses, 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Amber, and Tuberose. Each candle has an average of a 10-hour burn time. This is also a great idea for a 2-part gift – if she lets you know that she especially loves one of the scents, you could gift her a full-size version of the scented candle for her birthday or the following Christmas!

3. Spa Robe

Who hasn’t been tempted to sneak the hotel robe into your luggage after vacation? Instead of resorting to petty theft, luckily there are great options out there to bring that same luxury to your own home. For the sister-in-law who loves a spa day, this is a great gift. It comes in three colors, although classic white is always a safe bet. The terrycloth robe is lined with plush Hydrocotton terry cloth, making it extra soft and comfortable to wear for a home spa day. For an extra personal touch, for a minimal additional cost, the robe can be personalized with her initials. Personalization is one of my favorite ways to elevate a gift because it shows that you put that much extra thought into making it unique to them. The robe is one of Pottery Barn’s best-sellers, and will surely be loved by your sister-in-law.

4. La Mer Holiday Mini Cream Collection

The La Mer Holiday Mini Cream Collection is a big luxury in a little package. This is the perfect trial set of La Mer products for your sister-in-law to try. The set of four products is ideal for winter as it contains moisturizing products. First, there is the Treatment Lotion, a silky hydrator that energizes and preps. Next, the Renewal Oil softens and infuses skin with soothing hydration. Third, the Concentrate is a multifaceted oil that softens and infuses skin with soothing hydration. Finally, the set contains Crème de la Mer, an ultrarich moisturizing cream.

5. SKIMS Loungewear Set

A nice loungewear set is essential for a sister-in-law who loves spending her free time cozied up at home. The ribbed stretch materials of this set from SKIMS will provide a flattering yet super comfortable wear and a great gift for the chilly holiday season.

6. UGG Waffle Slipper

This slipper from UGG is the perfect balance of softness and luxury. The waffle knit exterior comes in three shades and is lined with sumptuous shearling trim around the edges and inside of the slipper. Once she slides these on, she won’t want to take them off! Plus, this version does have a sole as well, so she won’t have to switch them out for actual shoes if she runs outside to grab the mail, or sneak Christmas presents inside from off the porch.

7. Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Rib Throw Blanket

Barefoot Dreams’ CozyChic Rib Throw Blanket is a slightly elevated look to their most well-known throw. The rib pattern offers a bit more dimension and visual interest, and comes in four colors so that you can choose the version that would compliment her living room furniture. It’s the perfect throw for a luxurious take on a movie night at home.

8. Le Creuset Mugs

Who doesn’t love curling up with a steaming cup of coffee or hot chocolate during the holiday season? The mugs by the famous cookware brand Le Creuset would be the perfect addition to a gift set or basket. To add a personalized touch, you could throw in a few packets of her favorite hot tea, local chocolates, or maybe some baked goods. Plus, the best thing about these mugs is that her drink won’t cool off too quickly when she uses one – they’re actually temperature-regulating!

9. Everlane Alpaca Patterned Scarf

Everlane’s Alpaca Patterned Scarf is the neutral, cozy scarf that will go with everything, from loungewear to a nice outfit for date night. It comes in two color variations, and on either choice, the opposite side is the reverse of the front plaid pattern – meaning it’s pretty much reversible, and gives you two slightly different looks depending on which she prefers that day.

10. Silk Pillowcase

Who doesn’t want to protect their hair and skin, by doing something as easy as sleeping? This silk pillowcase is 100% mulberry silk, and has 4.7/5 stars on Amazon, with almost 3,000 positive reviews. It comes in a wide array of colors and helps your body retain the moisture and gentleness your hair and skin need – especially in the dry, harsh winter months. Plus, it’s allergen-resistant, so if your sister-in-law has pets, this is another added bonus. This would also be a great addition to a spa gift box. Just add essential oils and a sleep mask!

Gifts for the Sister-In-Law On the Go

10 best Christmas gifts for your sister-in-law always on the go

1. Stanley Water Bottle

Hydration is key, even in the winter, and your active sister-in-law will love the Stanley water bottle. There are good reasons why these are so popular right now – they are easy to carry thanks to the handle, the small base fits into any cup holder, and they’re dishwasher safe. Plus, the simple design is very aesthetically pleasing and there are plenty of colors to choose from. This was an easy choice to add to the list of best Christmas gift ideas for your sister-in-law.

2. New Balance 574 Sneaker

For the best gift for your active sister-in-law, look no further than New Balance’s 574 sneaker. The vintage running shoe design meets street sneaker in this New Balance shoe. It’s perfect for the sister-in-law always on the go, who wants to elevate her street style with a shoe that’s still comfortable.

3. Béis Mini Weekender Travel Bag

The Béis weekend bag is perfect for the sister-in-law who’s always traveling. It offers lots of storage and organization with plenty of pockets, with a sturdy base so that it can stand on its own. The base is also a great solution to store an extra pair of shoes! Another perk is the handle on the back of the bag, intended to be used to slide through the handle of another bag of luggage, like a rolling carry-on or larger suitcase for hands-free transport.

4. Mark & Graham Signature Luggage Tag

For a unique present with a personal touch, look no further than a personalized luggage tag. Not only is it practical, but this one from Mark & Graham in genuine leather comes in six shades, and can be personalized with a name, date, or initials – up to 14 characters.

5. Everlane’s Cozy Stretch-Long Cardigan

Whether she’s traveling for work, attending her kids’ sports games, or meeting up with friends for brunch, a cozy cardigan like this one from Everlane is a great way to layer, with a style that’s easy to take on and off.

6. Jo Malone London Cologne Collection

All Jo Malone colognes are meant to be unisex and come with various notes and undertones. Choosing a perfume for someone else however can be difficult, as it’s such a personal decision! A great way to avoid making this commitment for someone else is to choose a sampler pack, like this one, to offer your sister-in-law a variety of scents to try out.

7. Barefoot Dreams Travel Set

If your sister-in-law travels often, she’ll love this set by Barefoot Dreams. The set includes a small carrying case, an eye mask, a scrunchie, and socks. This would be a great companion on a long flight, or a must-have once she checks into her hotel for the night after a long day traveling to her destination.

8. Madewell Magazine Tote Bag

This bag is made from smooth, genuine leather. It’s perfect for the sister-in-law who leans toward a more minimalist style, but who still needs room in her bag to hold her laptop, wallet, and keys. It also features an interior pocket for additional organization and would be the perfect bag for the office.

9. Lululemon Belt Bag

The Lululemon belt bag is perfect for running errands, walking the dog, or being out and about for the day when you just don’t want to worry about carrying a purse! It’s also a great gift if your sister-in-law loves concerts, as now many concert venues restrict the size of the bag that you’re allowed to bring in with you.

10. Madewell’s Organic Broken-In Baseball Cap

I love a good baseball cap for adding a fun, casual element to an otherwise elevated look – it pairs well with a trench coat, a long overcoat, or a puffer vest. It’s the perfect fall accessory, especially if you’re not having a great hair day! This can be a fun, unexpected gift that your active sister-in-law will probably end up wearing more than she expected.

Best Christmas Gift Ideas for the Sister-In-Law Who Loves Interior Design

Gifts your sister-in-law who loves interior design

1. Architectural Design Coffee Table Book

The Architectural Design coffee table book is just as inspiring on the inside as it is beautiful on the outside. Its minimalist but detailed construction adds a gorgeous, textured element to any home. Your sister-in-law who loves classic and elevated interior design will be sure to love displaying this on her coffee table.

2. Pottery Barn Stewart Plaid Champagne Flutes

The holiday season is full of toasting opportunities, and this set of four champagne flutes is the perfect gift in preparation for New Year’s Eve. Not only is it timely, but it’s a beautiful set that will soon become part of special memories, whenever a toast is called for. They’re also at a great price point – only $48 for a set of four.

3. Hatch Restore 2

The Hatch Restore 2 will not only look great on your sister-in-law’s nightstand, but will be one of the best Christmas gifts for the real present it will offer her – a better night’s sleep! This alarm clock features a sunrise wake-up call that mimics the natural rising sun, a white-noise machine, and a sound machine. All of the features are designed to help encourage a quality night’s rest, naturally.

4. UPWEST Throw Blanket

UPWEST offers this cozy throw blanket that not only is great for snuggling up with a good book, but will also look good folded across the back of a sofa. The blanket is offered in four colors, and if your sister-in-law likes a pop of color, it comes in a beautiful dark green shade! After all, the best Christmas gift ideas for your sister-in-law are not only beautiful, but also useful.

5. Ralph Lauren x Burleigh Garden Vine Teacup & Saucer

For the sister-in-law who always hosts with an immaculately set table, she’ll love this tea set from Ralph Lauren with a classic blue and white patterned china. It’s not only a beautiful display for guests, but will also look gorgeous displayed in a china cabinet, or maybe open shelving in her kitchen.

6. Pleat Vase

A beautiful vase is a gift that will keep on giving! Each time your sister-in-law receives a bouquet, she’ll have a go-to vase that will not only look beautiful, but will also remind her of you. This one is the perfect size for most bouquets and one that will be instrumental in the memory of each special occasion when she receives flowers.

7. Pottery Barn Chateau Handcrafted Acacia Wood Cheese & Charcuterie Boards

You can never go wrong with gifting a cheese board, especially made with the quality of this one by Pottery Barn. It’s also not only useful for hosting, but a beautiful display piece for your sister-in-law’s counter. This board is handmade, using solid acacia. If you wanted to personalize it further, you could also consider taking it somewhere to be engraved with her initials, a sweet message, or even a family recipe.

8. Candlestick Holders

Home decor can be tricky to gift unless you know someone’s interior decorating style very well, but candlestick holders are one of those pieces that are almost universally loved! They’re small and easy to divide among multiple rooms. They can be used seasonally, or year-round. Plus, there is a wide variety to choose from, whether gold, matte black, or silver would be up your sister-in-law’s alley.

9. MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check Teakettle

This is one of those pieces that you’ll never forget once you see it! This kettle is as much an everyday staple as it is a work of art. And just like great design, it’s beautiful, yet also functional. The stainless steel and wood handle allows smooth transport and easy pouring. The exterior design is also hand-painted and comes in a lighter-colored version as well.

10. Winter White Mercury Glass Candle

As I always say, you can never have too many candles! Especially when they’re as beautiful as this one, in a mercury glass holder. Candles are always thoughtful gift ideas, as they indicate that the gifter put time and thought into choosing a scent that the giftee would enjoy. Plus, this one features notes of evergreen and frosted cypress with notes of amber and cardamom – the perfect accessory to a cozy Christmas.

Best Christmas Gift Ideas for the Sister-In-Law Who Loves Fashion

10 Christmas gift ideas for your sister-in-law who loves fashion

1. Gold Statement Earrings from Madewell

For the sister-in-law who loves jewelry, these statement earrings from Madewell are a great gift idea. They feature a beautiful organic shape, and even though they’re called statement earrings, they could easily be worn day to day and incorporated into your sister-in-law’s daily jewelry rotation. Plus, if she prefers silver, Madewell has plenty of sterling silver options as well.

2. J.Crew Cashmere Scarf

This cashmere piece is somewhere between a scarf and a wrap. It’s a beautiful, soft layer that can be worn underneath a winter coat, or more traditionally as a beautiful accessory. Your sister-in-law who loves fashion will truly appreciate this gift idea, and love the quality of cashmere!

3. J.Crew Oversized Cabana Sunglasses

The need for a great pair of sunglasses certainly doesn’t end when the temperature starts to drop! This pair from J.Crew is the perfect amount of oversized and features a classic tortoiseshell pattern that goes with nearly everything. They have a subtle cat eye shape, for a little extra added drama!

4. Everlane Alpaca Beanie

Everlane’s alpaca beanie features the perfect blend of airy alpaca and RWS-certified wool. It’s the finishing touch to a cozy winter look, plus, provides a great amount of warmth! It comes in five colors, and reviews say it’s the perfect weight.

5. Veja Campo Sneaker

The Veja sneaker is definitely having a moment right now! From the Royal Family to Paris to street style in the United States, the sneaker is part of elevated looks everywhere. The minimalist and comfortable design makes it the perfect shoe for both men and women who want to wear a sneaker that adds a chic element to their more casual outfits.

A sneaker like this is also the perfect addition to a capsule wardrobe! If you need more capsule wardrobe inspiration for gift ideas, My Chic Obsession has a free shopping guide that you can download for free here.

6. Mango Mini Shopper Bag

The Mango Mini Shopper Bag is the perfect size for daily wear! Your sister-in-law will love the chic, black leather exterior, accented by a small gold padlock. It’s versatile enough that it will pair well with both casual outfits and holiday wear alike. Plus, this classic bag will never go out of style.

7. Oversized Knitted Coat

This oversized knitted coat from Mango features an oversized fit, and two patch pockets on the front. Your sister-in-law will love layering this in the warmer months, or underneath a top coat in the coldest ones. It’s an elegant but cozy piece that will blend in seamlessly with a capsule wardrobe.

8. Wool Scarf

If your sister-in-law likes a little pop of color in her winter outfits, this colorful wool scarf would be a great gift for her! The pastel colors blend beautifully from shade to shade and would pair well with a light-colored coat as a statement piece. It will brighten up the dark winter days!

9. J.Crew Marled Camp Socks

A pair of J.Crew’s Marled Camp Socks would be the perfect stocking stuffer for your sister-in-law! They’re great for wearing around the house, or underneath boots. Plus, the neutral pattern elevates the style as a finishing touch for her outfit if she likes to layer them as a visible part of her look.

10. Chanel Coffee Table Book

For the fashion-loving sister-in-law, the Chanel coffee table books will be sure to be a hit! According to its description, the book features “a comprehensive and captivating overview of all of Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel collections, showcasing his creations through original catwalk photography.” Plus, it’s a beautiful display item and conversation starter for her home.

Best Christmas Gift Ideas for the Sister-In-Law Who Loves Beauty

Gifts for the sister-in-law who loves beauty

1. Hourglass Ambient® Lighting Edit Unlocked: Leopard

For the sister-in-law who loves trying out new beauty products, this palette has a multitude of positive reviews and features luminous shades of powders, bronzer, and blush. It’s all housed in a luxurious compact with a chic, classic design that will fit easily in her purse.

2. Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Colour

Chanel lipsticks are classic for a reason! They are known for their staying power and vivid color. The iconic brand truly knows how to create beautiful shades of red that are perfect for the holiday season. For the sister-in-law who loves a bit of luxury, this Chanel lipstick is a meaningful gift, at an affordable price. Well worth it, in my opinion!

3. Jo Malone English Pear and Sweet Pea Cologne

The Jo Malone English Pear and Sweet Pea Cologne have been extremely popular in the last few years and are well-loved on social media. It features a garden-fresh light floral scent inspired by green pears and pastel sweet peas. It’s the perfect scent to bring your sister-in-law a little bit of spring in the cold winter months.

4. L’Occitane Shea 5-Piece Holiday Gift Set

Moisturizing is key during the dry winter months, and your sister-in-law will surely appreciate this gift set from the well-known Parisian brand. The set features best-selling shea skin-care products that instantly nourish skin. Plus, it’s already in a festive holiday box that will save you time on wrapping.

5. Laura Mercier Setting Powder and Puff

Holiday gatherings mean lots of food, drinks… and photos! Translucent powder from Laura Mercier is the perfect gift to prevent flashback from photos taken at night. Your sister-in-law will appreciate the quality of this powder – Laura Mercier is one of the most popular powders on the market right now.

6. Baccarat Rouge 540 Perfume

The iconic Baccarat Rouge 540 is also available in smaller travel vials. Although still a luxurious gift, these smaller bottles are at a lower price point than the full-size, in the iconic scent. It features notes of jasmine, saffron, and fresh-cut cedar. This is a great gift that would surely impress!

7. Gucci Nail Polish

The Gucci shade “25 Goldie Red” is the perfect holiday color. Your sister-in-law will love the luxury packaging that Gucci provides, and the vibrant color that provides the perfect chic pop of color for Christmas and the New Year.

8. Home Gel Manicure Set

If your sister-in-law loves getting her nails done but would also love the convenience of having them done at home, she will love this home gel manicure set. It features everything you need for the perfect salon-quality gel manicure from the comfort of your home.

9. Dior Addict Lip Glow Balm

Dior’s lip balm features 97% natural-origin ingredients that help awaken the natural color of your lips with a custom glow and hydration. For the sister-in-law who prefers a more natural make-up look, this gift is the perfect solution.

10. Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Palette

This eyeshadow palette is the perfect holiday selection. It offers a balance of matte and shimmer shades, and a great blend of day-to-night looks. The more dramatic colors are ideal for evening parties and socials. Your sister-in-law will love trying new looks with these nine shadows.

Set Forth, and Shop!

Shopping for your sister-in-law doesn’t have to be hard, and you don’t have to default to buying a gift card when Christmas comes around. Even if you don’t find a perfect gift for her on the list above, hopefully reading this will have sparked some inspiration for another direction! And if part of the difficulty is that she is just one of those women who have everything already, read on for additional ideas.

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Hi, I'm Cassie! My husband and I have a full house with three furbabies, and when I'm not spending time with them, I'm loving all things fashion, travel, and romanticizing life's little moments. I'm also a self-described book nerd, and am always on the hunt for my newest read.