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It’s hard enough to find the right gift for the special man in your life, whether it’s your husband, brother or father. But the brother-in-law can be even trickier: he’s just as important, but you might not know him as well (especially if you’re just married).
It’s always a good idea to have your spouse weigh in, says event planner Stephanie Teague. “Your partner may have grown up with his brother all his life, but you don’t come into the game until much later,” she says. “Your partner should have a good idea of his brother’s personality, hobbies and things he likes.”
To help you out, we’ve rounded up some of the best gift ideas for in-laws on the web. For the guy you’re still getting to know, there are simple gifts that are both practical and thoughtful, like a set of flavored coffee sachets, a leather wallet, or personalized golf balls. If you’re already close with your brother-in-law and looking to splurge a little more, keep an eye out for the personalized barbecue apron, a chronograph watch, and a pair of cute kicks. But he’s a sports fan or a tech guy, your brother-in-law will surely appreciate the thought that goes into the gift you get for him.
Read on for the best brother-in-law gifts.
What to look for when buying a gift for a brother-in-law
You’ll want to give your brother-in-law a gift that recognizes part of his personality and part of your relationship. Is he an outdoor enthusiast and the first time you logged on was on a family camping trip? Get him equipment that he can use in the future that recalls the memory. Do you both share a love for music? Consider a new speaker, streaming service gift card, or personalized music-themed artwork.
If you can’t think of a gift that reflects your relationship, that’s okay. Any gift that shows you understand their interests will be appreciated. And be sure to get your spouse to weigh in! Chances are they know it better than anyone and can add useful information.
If you’re looking for something a little different, Teague always recommends experiential gifts. Spending the day together helps you get to know each other better, which she says is important for developing a meaningful relationship.
For out-of-the-box giveaways, she suggests wine tastings, ax throwing sessions, or breaking the code in an escape room. Or choose something you’ll know they’ll love and turn it into a fun activity to share together. “Find out their favorite baseball or football team, then buy tickets so you can all attend,” Teague says.
It goes without saying that holidays and birthdays are the most important times to invest in a gift for your brother-in-law. But don’t forget to bring a more general gift if you come to visit at another time of the year. It’s always a good idea to show up with something for your host, whether it’s a bottle of their favorite spirit or an edible gift to share with others while entertaining.
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