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It’s hard enough finding the right gift for the special guy in your life, whether it's your husband, your brother, or your dad. But the brother-in-law can be even trickier: He’s just as meaningful, but you may not know him quite as well (especially if you’re newly 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 their brother for their whole life, but you're coming into the game much later,” she says. “Your partner should have some great insight into their brother’s personality, hobbies, and the things they love.”
To help, we’ve rounded up some of the best brother-in-law gift ideas across 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 bags, 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 customized barbecue apron, a chronograph watch, and a pair of sweet kicks. Whether he's a sports lover 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.
Mark & Graham Personalized Waxed Canvas and Leather BBQ Apron
Every grill master needs an apron to protect them from the heat, sizzle, and splatters. Made of waxed cotton canvas with leather trim for durability, this apron will do just the trick. Choose from black or khaki and customize it with your brother-in-law’s name for a special touch. Bonus: The two handy front pockets can be used to hold all the essentials, from spatulas to a can of his favorite beer.
Kappstudio Custom Golf Balls
To stand out on the green, all your brother-in-law needs are some custom golf balls (and maybe a good swing, too!). Customize these to your heart’s content, with his name next to a message that says “Best Brother by Par.” You can even customize the photo and text on the gift box for an extra-personalized effect.
Uncommon Goods Football Greatest Plays Coasters
Finally, a set of coasters that guys will not only remember to use—they'll be excited to bring them out for their friends. Select your brother-in-law’s favorite NFL team—each coaster boasts a laser-etched play of a big moment in the team’s history. Crafted out of slate, it’s a modern take on a sports gift that's not overly kitschy—and it won't clash with the rest of the table decor!
Victoria Cast Iron Cast Iron Grill Press
Once your brother-in-law is introduced to this grill press, he won’t be able to live without it. The wooden handle stays cool while cooking and provides a nice grip to press the sizzling cast iron base onto a nice piece of rib-eye. The best part: It comes pre-seasoned, so it's ready to go as soon as it's out of the box.
Anker Wireless Charger
A must-have tech gadget that he didn't know he needed, this wireless charger will quickly juice up a phone or earbud battery—even through a protective case up to five millimeters thick. It comes with a USB cable to charge up the pad itself, plus an 18-month warranty in case something goes awry down the road.
West Coast Jewelry Crucible Stainless Steel Black Inlay and Black Racing Stripe Cufflinks
Sleek cufflinks feature a sporty double-black racing stripe set against stainless steel. It’s a handsome, stylish look that will pair well with nearly any color shirt, given its classic monochromatic palette. The best part about them is that they look way more expensive than they are.
MOKOQI Magnetic Levitating Globe with LED Light
For the tech guy who loves to travel, this levitating globe is sure to impress. The sideways U-shaped frame holds an electronically controlled magnetic system, which helps the globe float in mid-air. It spins for up to 25 minutes with the push of a finger and features a colorful LED light, which makes an even bigger statement in the dark.
Jillmo Whiskey Decanter Set
This whiskey decanter set comes with a wooden holder and spigot, making pouring whiskey easier than ever. Also included is a glass stopper that helps retain flavor and two old-fashioned whiskey glasses to enjoy it all. The decanter is made of lead-free crystal glass for durability, but it also comes with a two-year free warranty just in case.
Made Leather Co “Larry” Men’s Wallet
Sometimes, the best products are simply made with an understated quality. That’s the case for the “Larry” wallet, which is handcrafted from Moroccan vegetable-tanned leather and features eight card pockets for all your credit cards and two ID pass cases. It’s available in cognac and noire, and you can personalize it with your brother-in-law’s monogram.
Tissot Supersport Chronograph Leather Strap Watch
This chronograph sports watch is truly all you could ask for in a watch. Featuring a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face, buckle closure, Swiss quartz movement, and water-resistant capabilities up to 100 meters, it has a lot going for it. Made of stainless steel and leather, it also boasts a sharp, modern design in three different color sets: black and rose gold, black and silver, and brown and silver.
Levenger Leather Ballparks Coffee Table Book
Encased in a leather cover, this isn’t just any ordinary coffee table book. Inside is a photographic journey of every Major League baseball park, from Wrigley Field to Fenway. Vibrant pictures accompanied by detailed text will take baseball lovers back in history to learn about some of their favorite stadiums.
Uncommon Goods Whiskey Enhancing Oak Tumblr
A tumbler specifically designed to heighten the flavor of whiskey? Say no more. Featuring carefully aged solid and a honey wax-lined interior, it's both durable and helps to enhance flavor of his favorite spirit. The widened base also helps to expand aromas, making it the perfect vessel for any whiskey pour.
Yeti Crossroads Packing Cubes
Trust us—a suitcase is so much easier to zip close when you’ve put everything in packing cubes. Help your brother-in-law out by gifting him Yeti’s version. They come in three different sizes—small for boxers and socks, medium for t-shirts, and large for jeans. Each bag features an expansion zipper for when extra space is needed.
Nike Blazer Low ‘77 Sneaker
A Nike classic, the Blazer’s low-top and lace-up style looks sharp anywhere from the street to the basketball court. A raw-edged foam tongue, leather upper, and rubber sole pay tribute to a vintage design. If your brother-in-law has a sneaker collection, he’ll want to add these to the mix.
Benchmade 535BK-4 Bugout Pocket Knife
A perfect gift for the outdoorsman, this pocket knife can do it all. An aluminum handle and red-anodized spacers and studs give it a good grip, while a 3.24-inch M390 blade can cut anything from twine to bait. It’s sturdy but lightweight, so it won't weigh down his camping pack.
What to look for when buying a gift for a brother-in-law
You’ll want to get your brother-in-law a gift that acknowledges part of his personality and part of your relationship. Is he an outdoorsman, and the first time you connected was on a family camping trip? Get him some gear he can use in the future that nods to the memory. Do you both share a love for music? Consider a new speaker, a streaming service gift card or a 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 his interests will be appreciated. And make sure to have your spouse weigh in! Chances are, they'll know him better than anyone and will be able to add in some useful insight.
What are some other gift ideas for a brother-in-law?
If you're looking for something a little different, Teague always recommends experiential gifts. Spending the day together helps you get to know one another better, which she says is important to developing a meaningful relationship.
For out-of-the-box gifts, she suggests wine tastings, axe throwing sessions, or breaking the code in an escape room. Or choose something you'll know they'll love and make it a fun activity to share together. “Find out their favorite baseball or football team and then buy tickets for all of you to attend," says Teague.
When should I give a gift to my brother-in-law?
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're coming 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 his favorite spirit or an edible gift to share with others while entertaining.
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