15 Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Son In Law

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Finding the right gifts for our adult children can be a challenge. When you are trying to find a gift for your new or future son in law, the task can be even more difficult. Even if your son in law has been a part of your family for a long time, knowing what to get can be tricky.

We’ve gathered up this list of some of the best Christmas gift ideas for your son in law this holiday season. Thankfully these gifts also work for other occasions so you can use these ideas for a birthday gift and Father’s day too.

Your child’s spouse is going to be impressed with any thoughtful gift from this list of Christmas gift ideas for son in law.

What Makes a Great Gift

The son in law / parent in law relationship is a tricky one and choosing the right gift can be hard. Here are some tips:

  1. Don’t give a gift that is actually a criticism of his lifestyle. Don’t give ties if you think he dresses slouchy or a tool set if you don’t think he is handy enough.
  2. Give experiences. Experiences that your son in law can enjoy with your child and grandchildren are always thoughtful.
  3. Don’t be flashy. Practical gifts will be better received than flashy gifts that he may not want.
  4. Include a receipt. Gift giving is very personal but don’t be offended if it’s not the perfect fit. Including a receipt lets the recipient quietly exchange it if it’s not 100% right.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Son In Law

Son In Law Mug

This stainless steel mug is the perfect small gift for your coffee loving son in law. The simple message shows him that you care about him without spending a ton of money or going overboard.

Good Book

A good book is always a great gift, especially if he is an avid reader. Amazon has tons of great books for men but you can also opt for an Amazon gift card so he can download a few of his favorites to his Kindle eReader.

Craft Beers

Heading out for a great beer is a good idea but crafting your own beer at home is totally cool. When your son in law brings out his own home craft beer he will be the envy of all of his friends. Getting started is easy with a craft beer kit.

Apple Watch

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An Apple Watch is the perfect gift for a technology loving son in law. He’ll never miss an important call or message and he’ll be able to track his heart rate and all of his fitness and health goals to get healthy in the new year.

Whisky Stones

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Using whisky stones (or whiskey stones) is the perfect way to chill your favorite drink with out compromising the flavor with melting ice. They are the ideal gift for anyone who enjoys Bourbon, scotch, whiskey, alcohol, vodka, wine, and more, and are the perfect addition to his home bar.

Cutting Board

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A personalized cutting board is a special gift for the son-in-law who loves to cook up some good food. This bamboo cutting board is easy on knives so they won’t dull as quickly. It’s perfect for prep work, chopping and presentation, and the personal touch of his name will let him know you went the extra mile to get the perfect present this year.


Photo via GoPro

If your son in law loves adventure, get him a Go Pro video camera. He can capture photos and videos of all of his coolest adventures to easily upload to social media and YouTube. This high quality camera is water resistant and is sure to go everywhere he does. You’ll be the best mother or father-in-law ever with this great gift idea!

Meat Thermometer

Photo via Meater Store

Meater + is the ultimate meat thermometer for guys who love grilling. This probe style thermometer inserts into the meat so you achieve the perfect temperature no matter what you are cooking. The digital app lets you monitor the food from up tp 165ft. This is a great way to ensure he is in charge of the Thanksgiving turkey next year!

Digital Frame

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Your son in law will love adding this digital frame to his desk. Load it full of pictures of him and his family so he has a bit of home with him every time he’s away.


Photo via Berkey

The Travel Berkey water filtration system will purify up to 6000 gallons of water with no electricity needed. It’s perfect for the campground, hunting camp or having fresh, clean water at home.


Photo via Dockers

Give the gift of comfort when you give your son in law a warm comfortable pair of slippers he can slip into when he comes home from work each day. Set the tone for a relaxing evening with these cushioned moccasin slippers with rubber soles. I’m not sure there’s a more classic holiday gift than this, but it’s one that never goes out of style! Your awesome son in law will agree that a good pair of slippers is always a great idea.

Beer Flight Set

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Help your son in law create his own custom beer flights at home with this sampling set that includes 4-6 oz. pilsner glasses and labels. Add in a few 6 packs or growlers of some local brews to really take this gift to the next level.

Weighted Blanket

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A weighted blanket is a great gift for the guy that seems to have it all. A weighted blanket will calm you and give you one of the best nights of sleep ever. The blanket weighs 20 pounds and has a cozy fleece lining that’s perfect for cold winter nights.


A thick, warm pair of gloves are perfect for cold mornings and playing in the snow. These Carhartt gloves have a waterproof insert and moisture wicking technology.


Photo via Buffway

A wallet is a practical yet thoughtful gift. A minimalist wallet will help your son in law to reduce clutter so the wallet is comfortable and easy to carry. The Buffway wallet has a compact design, RFID blocking and comes in a variety of colors.

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