Shopping for gifts for people you don’t know well can be challenging, but with a little imagination and inspiration, it can be worthwhile, and personally rewarding. When your sister’s boyfriend is coming over for the holidays or you got invited to his happy hour birthday gathering, naturally you want to honor your sister’s relationship by giving the boyfriend a gift from the heart.
Selecting the right gifts for your sister’s boyfriend may take a little extra thought. First things first, ask yourself how serious is this relationship? How long have they been dating? Does your sister love him? Will there be an engagement soon? Does he treat her well? Assuming you have answered positively to all of these questions, then let’s carry on. Any gesture will be treasured by him and your sister. She’ll know that you care.
Another factor to consider is how much do you want to spend. This is the time to reflect on your sister’s relationship. The longer they have been together, likely you and the family have gotten to know him. Also, take into consideration his hobbies. You don’t have to spend a lot of money but if you can capture the essence of his favorite sport to play or way to relax, for example, you can seek out a gift that fits into his lifestyle and that also compliments your wallet. Here are unique gift ideas for your sister’s boyfriend when you might be stumped.
Christmas Gifts for Sister’s Boyfriend
- Brother in Law Tee Shirt
- Best Brother in Law Ever Mug
- Cool Running Shoes
- Weekend Watch
- Wahl Professional Cordless Magic Clip
- Levi’s Men’s Trucker Jacket
- Costa Farms ZZ Plant (Garden Lover)
- 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker (Coffee Lover)
- Sea to Summit Lightweight 4L Dry Sack (For the outdoorsy brother)
- Bluetooth Shower Speaker (Camping, Boating, or Cyclist)
1. Cross necklace
A cross is a suitable Christmas gift for your sister’s boyfriend especially if he is a man of faith. Gifting a cross is something he can cherish on holidays and throughout the years ahead. This cross necklace is elegant but can be worn every day.
Available in a 14k white gold finish over stainless steel, the cross charm (1.3” height) hangs from a luxury adjustable snake chain which can be adjusted for length (18” to 22”). The chain features a handy lobster clasp ensuring that the necklace stays secure. Make it extra thoughtful by selecting a personal verse to enclose with the cross, or use the pre-written “To My Bonus Brother” insert. Select a regular gift box or upgrade your gift to be delivered in a mahogany keepsake box.
2. Personalized Keychain
Make him feel like family with a personalized “brother” keychain. This particular keychain is offered in four different options. Stainless steel, stainless steel and engraved, 18k gold finish or 18k gold finish and engraved.
This company utilizes high-quality surgical steel and a liquid glass coating that is shatterproof and an 18k gold finish option. On the front side of the dog tag style keychain pendant, a cross graphic design is depicted accompanied by a beautiful message “To My Brother.” What makes this keychain a bit more extraordinary is the personalization you can opt for on the backside of the keychain. Choose your sister’s boyfriend’s name or up to 40 characters, which will be hand engraved by trained working moms in the United States. He will appreciate the instant family sentiments.
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3. Brother in Law Tee Shirt
Welcome him into the family officially by gifting him a fun tee shirt for this birthday. You’ll get into his good graces when he opens up the present to find his new favorite t-shirt. This campy fun shirt is printed with the words “My Favorite Sister In Law Gave Me This Shirt.” Never let him forget how special you are to him.
The tee is a lightweight shirt that features a classic fit. Choose from five different color options: black, navy, cranberry, dark heather grey, or heather blue. These shirts tend to run on the small side, according to the reviews. It is best to size up and to start telling your brother-in-law what to do including laundry instructions so he doesn’t shrink the tee shirt.
4. Best Brother In Law Ever Mug
Don’t let him forget how much you adore him, and treat him with a “Best Brother In Law. Ever.” mug. It’s an ideal gift for the brother-in-law who is a big fan of coffee and/or tea. Each morning he reaches into his cupboard for a mug, he’ll be reminded how much he is appreciated and loved. When you don’t live in the same city as one another, you can certainly show your feelings by sending off this mug to him.
Manufactured in the U.S., this mug features the “Best Brother In Law. Ever” print on both sides. It is made of ceramic. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to say I love you. This mug is an affordable and touching display of family love.
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5. Cool Running Shoes
Marathon athlete, gentle jogger, or daily walker? If your sister’s boyfriend falls into any of these personas, a new set of running shoes is a great gift idea. Most runners have a closet full of running shoes that get rotated throughout their training.
The men’s Fresh Foam Cruz V1 runners by New Balance are both functional and cool, and he’ll for sure like them. The shoe features a new cushioning foam technology that blends breathability with a synthetic midfoot saddle. This gives the runner and his feet both support and extra comfort for long runs or daily outings. New Balance recommends going up a ½ size bigger than his typical New Balance sneaker size. These shoes are available in different cool color schemes including black, burgundy, vintage indigo, silver and black, and military urban grey to name a few. This gift is a little more on the expensive side.
6. Weekend Watch
Giving the gift of time is always appreciated. Your sister’s boyfriend can hopefully ease into his weekend without meeting or deadline demands especially with a relaxed-style watch from Timex. Inspire his out of the office personal style with the Weekender 38mm watch.
It’s water-resistant, which will withstand 10 ATM or approximately the pressure of 100 meters deep. Don’t go swimming or deep diving with this one, but a quick splash in the pool or washing dishes won’t be a problem. The Weekender comes in a silver-tone finish with full Arabic numerals, 24-hour military time, and Indiglo backlight, a signature Timex feature that illuminates the watch dial. The watch bands are available in multiple color combos including blue and gray stripe, black and cream, blue and red stripe, and navy and gray stripe.
7. Wahl Professional Cordless Magic Clip
A proper hair clipper is essential in any man’s bathroom. It’s one of those items he may never splurge on for himself. This is the perfect way to celebrate him during the holidays or on his birthday. Used by the professional barbering industry, the Wahl Professional 5-Star Cord/Cordless Magic clipper is designed to remove bulk hair or create hard and soft line fading on facial hair, all while withstanding the normal wear and tear of a salon.
The appliance has adjustable blades including a high-precision stagger tooth blade to blend and create texture. The cordless quality gives men the ability to use the clipper with ease and agility. The clipper set is accompanied by 8 attachment comb cutting guides, a recharging transformer, a cleaning brush and clipper blade oil, and a red blade guard.
8. Levi’s Men’s Trucker Jacket
Is your sister secretly telling you her boyfriend needs a fashion update? Then, you can thank her for the tip because he will love the look of his new denim jacket.
The Levi’s Men’s Trucker Jacket is a wardrobe staple. It will give him an effortless look for when he goes to the game, out for a casual Sunday brunch, or running weekend errands. Made of 100% cotton denim, the original Levi’s jean jacket hits at his waist. Many guys wear true to size for a more fitted chic look or they choose the next size up for a looser relaxed fitting. The two deep pockets on the inside of the Trucker Jacket are convenient placeholders for his phone, keys, and wallet. This is the type of jacket that just gets better over time. Some guys keep the natural fading, stains, and holes to show off its age.
Gifts by Hobby
9. Costa Farms ZZ Plant (Garden Lover)
The Costa Farms ZZ ZamioculcasZamiifolia live indoor plant is for the green thumb guy in your sister’s life. This plant species is the easiest to grow and care for – it’s a survivor.
If he is new to houseplants, the ZZ plant is exceptional for a beginner. Coming fresh from Costa Farms, the 10-inch ZZ is directly shipped in a well-rooted grower pot to him. Costa Farms does not ship to AK, AZ, CA, GU, or HI. The ZZ is known for its drought-tolerant qualities. Place the plant pretty much anywhere at home in any room with any type of lighting including fluorescent. When the soil feels dry, he can water it, or even every few weeks. You’re not gifting him a puppy or kitty, which may end up on the shoulders of your sister. It’s a plant, and plants brighten up anyone’s living spaces.
10. 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker (Coffee Lover)
Coffee lovers do love the Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker. The stainless steel and chrome appliance is an unforgettable gift your sister’s boyfriend will remember forever.
Bonavita has an excellent brand reputation for its coffee maker. This product has a hanging filter basket and thermal carafe making up to 8 cups of coffee in about 6 minutes. One simple touch of the button puts the machine into action with its powerful 1500-watt heater to reach an optimal brewing temperature of 195-degrees to 205-degrees F.
The built-in showerhead mimics the popular pour-over coffee process. The thermal carafe uses improved technology from older models to retain the heat and to provide a better pouring mechanism. The good news is that the carafe lid, filter basket, and showerhead components are BPA-free plastic and are dishwasher-friendly and safe. Serious coffee drinkers use the Bonavita Connoisseur for convenience, but also an elevated brewed cup of coffee.
11. Sea to Summit Lightweight 4L Dry Sack (For the outdoorsy brother)
The outdoor adventurer is always up for tools and resources to keep and maintain his personals clean and dry from the outdoor elements. When your sister’s boyfriend is out there backpacking and hiking, water paddling, river rafting, or heli-skiing, an all-purpose sack to keep his stuff dry and safe is an excellent gift idea.
The Sea to Summit Lightweight Dry Sack is super affordable, excellently manufactured, and something this outdoorsy guy can use. This particular soft lightweight nylon bag is oval-shaped, pliable, and coated with a waterproof Polyurethane for an easy take-along on his next adventure. The size specifications are 5.9 x 13 inches and a weight of 2.1 ounces.
The Hypalon material or chlorosulfonated polyethylene rubber roll-top closure, squeeze buckle closure and non-rolling bottom makes it dependable on all sorts of adventure tips. Depending on what his favorite color is the Sea to Summit Dry Sack is available in Pacific blue, apple green, black, red, or yellow.
12. Bluetooth Shower Speaker (Camper, Boater, or Cyclist)
When he is on a campsite, on a boat, or taking a bicycle ride (or the shower!) the iFox Bluetooth shower speaker is a great portable companion for that outdoorsy guy. It is a wireless accessory that pairs with all of his Bluetooth devices: phone, tablet, computer, and even the radio.
This model is fully waterproof (IPX7 Waterproof rating). So, if for some reason the speaker is dropped in 3 feet of water, your sister’s boyfriend hasn’t ruined this very practical gift. Built with a high-quality sound, the iFox Bluetooth speaker has a 33-foot range and can pair to any of his devices in less than 6 seconds. Take a phone call on it, blast his favorite tunes, and enjoy it for up to 10 hours without having to charge.
The speaker can easily be clipped with a carabiner to his bike or kayak. When the season of gifting can feel overwhelming consulting a gift guide is always helpful. In this case, keep in mind what your sister’s boyfriend’s interests are and go from there. You don’t need to buy him anything grandiose. You want to make him feel welcome and appreciated.
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