It's not easy to shop for a brother-in-law, especially if you haven't known him for too long. Don't worry: We can help. Whether your brother-in-law is the quiet guy hovering at the bar cart or grill at every family gathering, or the loudmouth who loves regaling his audience with tales about his latest home improvement project or golf course outing, we've got you covered.
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- Best gifts $50 and under for your brother-in-law
- Best holiday gifts for your brother-in-law
- Best funny (but useful!) gifts for your brother-in-law
- Best gifts for your brother-in-law's birthday
- Best outdoorsy gifts for your brother-in-law
- Best personalized gifts for your brother in-law
- Best eco-friendly gifts for your brother-in-law
Best gifts $50 and under for your brother-in-law
Rather than try and fit everything in their pockets, this pack from Carhartt can hold everything they need from a grocery run to a day trip. This pack sits comfortably at the waist or can be adjusted to wear across the chest. While it looks small, reviewers love this accessory because of its "very large pockets" and the "great quality" of it.
If their magazines are scattered across their apartment or you'd like to give them an upgrade from living on their coffee tables, gift them with this modern magazine holder. Made out of leather and metal, this holder offers an elevated look to any room it's placed in. Reviewers love it because it's "sturdy," "stylish" and "a great price."
Got a brother-in-law who is always up early with his kids, getting them ready for school? This Yeti Rambler is ideal for coffee on the run. We also love that it comes in 24 colors and keeps liquids very hot or very cold.
Easy to use and easier to clean, this water bottle from Takeya can be thrown in the top rack of his dishwasher hassle-free. Available in three sizes and several colorways, it's also leak-proof, durable and has a removable, protective bumper that works to prevent any dings on the bottom of the bottle.
Whether he’s rocking a beard, goatee or a fun mustache, this trimmer from King C. Gillette can help your brother-in-law maintain his look flawlessly. It includes one trimmer and three interchangeable combs to create any style he desires.
Add a bit of oomph to his cooking with FreshJax's grilling spice gift set. Featuring five delightful spice blends, foodies agree that the set is versatile in ways that go beyond the traditional protein. (One reviewer in particular likes to use the seasonings as popcorn toppers!)
Men care about grooming and body hygiene, too! You may know Manscaped for its "below the groin" grooming and skin care products, but luckily, the brand now has a "safe for work" skin and hair care kit for "beyond the groin" (aka, care from hair to toe). This set packs a lot for under $50, including the brand's 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, body wash and non-greasy, quick-drying hydrating body spray (which has one of Shop TODAY's oft-touted moisturizing ingredients, hyaluronic acid)!
Is your bonus bro a coffee lover, particularly of the pour-over persuasion? This kit by AAPI- and woman-owned Nguyen Supply would be a great addition to his morning routine or his coffee rotation when traveling. It includes both the reusable stainless steel Phin filter (no paper filters needed!) as well as a bag of your choice from three blends of Vietnamese coffee, either whole bean or ground. Want more proof? Shop TODAY associate editor Fran Sales gifted this to her coffee-obsessed brother-in-law, and he used the included grounds for both pour over and his usual morning drip coffee!
Want more gifts for the coffee lover in your life? We've got the guide for you.
If baseball caps are a staple in his wardrobe, he'll like this luxe version of the classic accessory — and just in time for winter. Quince is known for its relatively affordable but high-quality cashmere, and this cap doesn't disappoint, say reviewers. One who bought this as a present raved, "The quality is outstanding, and I especially like the leather adjuster in the back. I tried it on myself before I wrapped it, and I might just need one for myself."
Looks like maximum coziness and warmth is the theme, and Dick's Sporting Good's fleece hoodie for men fits the bill. The pullover is made of super soft cotton fleece that may be a little challenging to take off due to how comfortable and warm it is. The adjustable hood and kangaroo pocket are key if he practically lives in hoodies. The best part: He won't be able to tell you got it for half off!
Perhaps you may never understand his obsession with golf, but you just might develop an unexpected bond when you gift him these soft golf balls by For Wellness. For starters, the company was founded by Hall of Fame golfer Phil Mickelson. If that's not enough for him to geek out over, these golf balls are designed for high launch and low spin, thanks to the brand's proprietary Triple Track Technology. Plus, they're built to be durable and soft, hence the name.
One of Marlowe's taglines is "no nonsense skin care for men," and that's reflected in the products included in this skin care kit. It's got the essentials your no-fuss brother-in-law will need to care for his skin day to day — essentials that happen to be Marlowe's top three bestsellers. The bundle includes the brand's No. 121 lightweight daily facial cleanser with green tea extract, No. 102 body scrubbing soap bar for exfoliation, and the No. 123 non-greasy facial moisturizer that's suitable for all skin types.
Normally, Sales is leery when it comes to snacks being heralded as "addictive," but she (and her roommates!) can attest to how easy it was to keep coming back for more of these unique sweet-and-savory snacks. (Her favorite is the Churro flavor; her roommates were partial to The Everything.) If your extra brother is a snacking fiend like them, this'll be the perfect gift. The snacks are a unique combo of toffee and chocolate-covered crackers. The bundle also includes the OG and Surprise Party flavors and is packaged in a brightly colored box.
Best holiday gifts for your brother-in-law
For cozy and comfortable days padding around the cabin or cuddling up with hot cocoa and a movie, these Boston Clogs are not only trending, but can provide relief for the feet that have been snowboarding or trekking through the snow all day. Plus, a pair of comfy socks make for a great addition to this gift.
Your well-traveled foodie or "Top Chef"-loving brother-in-law is probably going to love this bundle of Fly By Jing's Sichuan flavors. It's got both the brand's original and its Xtra Spicy Sichuan Chili Crisp, the flavor-packed Mala Spice Mix, the sweet-and-umami Zhong Sauce, and the brand's newest item (and a favorite condiment of hot sauce-loving Sales): the tangy and spicy Chili Crisp Vinaigrette.
Any brother-in-law who knows his way around the kitchen knows the importance of a good set of knives (properly sharpened, of course!). Specifically, a set that includes the big three: a chef's knife, a serrated knife and a paring knife. And Material Kitchen's Trio of Knives, now in a limited-edition pretty Sage green color, doesn't disappoint, as both Sales and Jess Bender, Shop TODAY's senior editor, can attest to. They're lightweight but well-balanced, comfortable to grip and (arguably most important) — the bread knife cuts through bread and tomatoes like butter.
Who doesn't want a big, warm blanket that's big enough to snuggle with your loved ones, especially this coming winter? Enter: this 10 x 10-inch ultra-warm blanket by Big Blanket Co., aka a blanket that's big enough for Netflix binges, cozy story times and even outdoor stargazing, if you wish. It's touted as temperature-regulating due to the company's proprietary polyester and spandex fabric blend.
Keep his ears warm and head toasty with this super soft, ribbed cashmere beanie from Theory. It comes in one size, five colors and should last through many seasons, according to the brand.
For the brother-in-law who loves fun, bold colors, this color-blocked fleece from Vineyard Vines will be a hit. It’s incredibly soft, made from a 30 percent recycled fabric blend and has plenty of pockets for all the things.
Who doesn’t love a great sheet set? This pick from Casper includes 100 percent brushed cotton with one flat and fitted sheet, two pillowcases and a duvet cover.
Best funny (but useful!) gifts for your brother-in-law
We all know the struggle of those darned pistachio shells and the matter of where to put 'em (or peanut shells, edamame shells...the list goes on). Gift this ingenious gadget to your bonus brother and he'll never step on a stray shell or find one in his pocket ever again. This two-tiered pistachio pedestal not only has a fun name, but it's functional and stylish, too. It's made of hand-sanded and teak oil-finished maple wood, and the smaller tier, which holds 8 ounces, is accented with a pistachio green (what else?) rim. Best part: They come apart to make clean-up easy.
The only thing funny about this pick is its psychedelic color (which, if your brother-in-law is into tie-dye, is a good thing!). We've covered at Shop TODAY how Crocs have become one of our favorite quarantine shoes, how they're a constant Amazon bestseller, and even how they're one of nurses' most beloved shoes. This time around, Crocs and Zappos Adaptive have teamed up and, based on feedback from customers with disabilities, created a version of the Classic Clogs that also has an adjustable and removable heel strap with user-friendly textured pull tabs, as well as a non-slip outsole, to make them even more comfortable and secure.
Forget about the dude wipes. Maybe even forget the toilet paper. The concept of a bidet might still make some people laugh, but to that we say: Don’t knock it till you try it! The bidet is still as easy to install as ever (8 to 15 minutes, tops), but Tushy has also updated their bestselling booty cleaner to make it slimmer and easier to operate. Plus, there's now a SmartWash feature that cleans the nozzle before and after each use. Your brother-in-law will love this useful, eco-friendly and money-saving attachment to his throne.
The Leatherman Curl Multitool is perfect for a brother-in-law who appreciates a good DIY project. 15 tools in one, this pick can be used for anything and everything from fixing a leak, building the dreaded IKEA furniture and so much more.
Best gifts for your brother-in-law's birthday
So it's your brother-in-law's birthday, and he fancies himself a mixologist? Gift him this cocktail set that's the result of a team-up between a world champion bartender and a home dining specialist brand. The kit includes everything he'll need: a Boston shaker, a Hawthorne strainer, a jigger and a muddler (the first three are stainless steel and dishwasher-safe). If he's already a master mixologist (aka owns almost every cocktail tool there is), try gifting him this fancy cocktail smoking box by Crafthouse and Fortessa instead.
If he's always in between meetings or work trips or has a jam-packed schedule that's got him going through constant (physical and emotional) stress, gift him this all-in-one portable essential oil kit by Saje. It's got five of the brand's roll-on essential oils, including a soothing belly massage oil to help calm his gut and a stress release oil blend to support his rest and relaxation. We like the handy and sustainable canvas pouch, too.
Ideal for the brother-in-law who is always doing some sort of home improvement project whenever you come over to visit, the Black + Decker Drill & Home Tool Kit is everything he ever needed and more. It comes with 68 pieces, features a super powerful drill and can all fit into the handy case it comes with.
This is a splurge, but it'll save him trips to the barbershop (which we guarantee add up). This all-metal outlining trimmer is just like what the pros use to crisp up those hairlines and beard edges, according to the brand (and according to reviewers who asked their barbers). The upscale-looking trimmer has an exposed T-blade with 360-degree views, comes with a zero-gap tool, and includes a lithium battery that's said to last up to two hours.
A beautifully crafted leather bag, this pick from Parker Clay is perfect for the brother-in-law who wants to travel in style. Created with premium, full-grain leather from Ethiopia, the Omo Overnight Bag comes in four colors and can be carried by its handles or worn as a backpack.
Highly rated on Amazon (seriously, who can argue with 4,100+ verified five-star ratings?), this bathrobe from Nautica comes in nine different prints, two sizes accommodating bodies up to XL and a comfy 100 percent cotton material.
This is a great gift if you’re not entirely sure what to get your brother-in-law — after all, you really can’t go wrong with a classic watch! This option from Fossil is beautifully crafted, timeless and can really put a whole outfit together, too.
For the brother-in-law who is always smelling so good, add this YSL fragrance gift set to his collection. This two-piece set features the full-size eau de toilette, as well as a travel-size spray for any traveling he may do.
For the caffeine connoisseur, this single-serve espresso machine from illy makes delicious java without a hitch. Plus, we love how slim it is, which makes it easy to slide anywhere on your kitchen counter.
Best outdoorsy gifts for your brother-in-law
If they haven't joined the hype surrounding Stanley's Quencher tumbler yet, gift them with one that is sure to keep him hydrated while embarking in the great outdoors or while going about his daily life. Available in 14-, 20-, 30- and 40-ounce options, grab whichever one will be the lightest to tote around while hiking, biking or camping!
After years of being cooped up, many these days try as much as they can to spend time in nature, whether it's hiking or climbing, especially if they're already outdoorsy by nature. What better time to get him durable hiking boots that can keep up with his umpteenth venture up the mountaintop? These ones have a leather and mesh upper, as well as a slip-resistant sole and heel-targeted cushioning.
If their favorite mornings include waking up in a tent to cook breakfast by a fire, this portable coffee maker will make the wake up call even more enjoyable. Simply pour water into the included mug, add coffee grounds to the Pour-Over attachment, pour water through it, then you have fresh coffee to enjoy in a mug-no buttons or filters to mess with. Dishwasher-safe, packing light just became easier with this handy set.
Is there a shoe that screams the classic "outdoors" look more than these classic L.L. Bean Duck Boots? Maybe, maybe not, but Fran Sales' boyfriend was extremely excited to receive a pair to match his selection of fleece vests. There are plenty of reasons why these Maine-crafted boots stand the test of time: They're made of waterproof full-grain leather, sport the signature triple stitching that is said to help the shoes last, and of course, feature the chain-tread outsole for trustworthy traction.
There's a reason these are called "Everywear" pants — it's like your brother-in-law will have multiple pairs of pants in one. These are lightweight, with a poly-spandex fabric that's designed with "four-way stretch," which means it'll move with him throughout the day, whether he's running to and from meetings or catching a long-haul flight. It's also got a water-resistant coating in case he's running through the rain or hiking on fthe trails.
We've recommended Ghost 13 and Ghost 14 on Shop TODAY, and we now recommend this latest iteration of the bestseller, for the same reasons many serious runners and athletes rave about them: Their air mesh upper makes the shoes extremely lightweight and breathable, they fit securely and provide stability, and they've got the extra cushioning to soften your landings, according to the brand.
Remember Sales' vested boyfriend who raved about L.L. Bean's classic duck boots? She can attest that this particular vest is one of the favorites in his rotation. He highlighted its quilted pattern and how it gives just the right amount of warmth for those chilly fall or not-quite-winter days. This splurge pick looks like quality because it was designed to be: This vest is designed to be water- and wind-resistant, and the interior is lined with warm fleece. And don't get us started on the six functional pockets. Just note, however, that you may need to size up according to some reviews.
Best personalized gifts for your brother-in-law
Spruce up their kitchen while still keeping it game-day-ready with this marble and wood cutting board, which can be customized to display their alma mater's logo on the wooden portion.
This stylish yet functional cross-back apron, a Williams Sonoma exclusive, will be helpful whether your brother-in-law is multi-tasking in the kitchen, manning the grill or gardening. He'll like the adjustable cross-back ties, the sturdy (and sustainably sourced) cotton construction, and the roomy reinforced pockets to store his tools or phone. Plus, for an extra $15, you can monogram his name on it with the font of your choice. The 28- by 29-inch apron is machine-washable.
The brother-in-law who takes his whiskey tasting seriously will have only praises to sing for this elegant-looking whiskey glass and stone set. It looks like it costs more than it does and, according to reviewers, they feel that way too. "The glass was heavy and [of] great quality. The stones were in a nice storage box. The etching on the glass was very nice," said one reviewer. Both the Buckman-style glasses (one of Home Wet Bar's bestsellers) and the wooden box are customizable, and it comes with nine stones that won't dilute his drink.
What if you were the one to help your bonus brother score brownie points with your sis (thus securing your spot as his favorite family member)? Look no further than this romantic, customizable scavenger hunt by The Scavenger Box. The kit includes clue cards, various puzzles and various tools he'll need to create their perfect date night adventure: These include decoder glasses, a heart-shaped balloon, faux rose petals and more.
Best eco-friendly gifts for your brother-in-law
Who says that sustainable can't be stylish and functional, too? Welly's water bottle, made of both high-quality stainless steel and sustainable natural bamboo, is all three. Its triple-walled vacuum insulation keeps hot drinks hot for up to 8 hours and cold drinks cold for up to 24, says the brand. Plus, it's got a removable tea infuser and a slip-proof bottom! Best of all: A portion of the sales go to clean water projects across the globe.
Add these soft and cozy Dream Bigger pajamas by Pact to his sustainable collection of sleepwear (or, as one reviewer described them, "absolutely adorable ... in a manly way"). The PJ set has a pull-on waistband and rib cuffs, and it comes in four winter-themed colors like Snowflakes and North Pole stripe — which means he'll be able to match with the rest of the family for photos (they're available in matching sets)! These are made of 100 percent, GOTS-certified cotton that is said to be very breathable, and it's produced in a certified Fair Trade factory.
This unisex baseball cap, by sustainable fashion company Happy Earth Apparel, will make your brother-in-law as happy as the company's name when he unwraps it. For a simple hat, it's surprisingly stylish and full of cool little details: the deep forest-green color, the neat-looking cork patch accent, and the fact that it's specially washed to give it that comfy, broken-in feel, the brand's site says. (Note: The secure fit and cozy feel are things that Sales, who wears one of these hats, can attest to.) Plus, it can be adjusted using a unique metal-clasp that helps keep it secure. This is made from 100 percent GOTS-certified organic cotton and produced in ethically certified factories, according to the brand.
Let's face it: Buying a takeout lunch every day adds up in both dollars and plastic. And odds are, if he's into the environment, he's also into cutting down on plastic use (and clutter). Enter bakeware specialist Pyrex's new food storage solution. Available in two-packs of 16-ounce or 32-ounce containers, the Beyond Jars Whether containers will make prepping and transporting your lunch that much easier. "I have both sizes, and the interchangeable lids twist on tightly and don't leak," Shop TODAY's Sales said. Her favorite part are the inner cups, which can hold dressing or sauces so her salad leaves or noodles don't get soggy. Plus, they have a modular design so they can stack and store easily.