Birthday Gifts for a Sister-in-Law

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Birthday Gifts for a Sister-in-Law
Birthday gifts are easy to find if you know what to look for. (celebration image by Albert Lozano from

Your sister-in-law can be a difficult person to shop for. It is helpful if you already have an idea of her interests and hobbies. If you do not, talk with your brother or husband and ask for pointers. Combine that knowledge with these ideas, and you'll have a great gift that she'll appreciate.

Go Out and About

If your sister-in-law loves to get out, she may enjoy being taken out to her favourite restaurant. If you know she's been wanting to see a new movie, take her to the cinema to enjoy the show. Depending on her interests, she may also enjoy receiving tickets to a concert or sporting event.

If she's mentioned any skills she's been working to improve, see if there is a way you can incorporate this into a gift. A budding chef may appreciate cooking classes. The woman who likes working with a needle and thread will enjoy sewing lessons. If she's been trying to grow a garden, she might want some gardening classes.

Consider arranging for the woman who loves being outdoors to go kayaking, rock climbing or horseback riding. If she prefers to stay indoors, she may enjoy a trip to a museum or play.

Relax and Unwind

Most women like being pampered and appreciate a trip to a spa. A gift token to a spa is the perfect way to present this gift. Your sister-in-law can choose her own treatment package and schedule the appointment when it is convenient for her. This is an especially good idea if you don't know her tastes in bath products and what scents she prefers.

If your sister-in-law prefers to pamper herself at home and you know what bath products she enjoys, make her a spa gift basket. Include bubble bath, bath salts, soap, lotion, candles and spray. Consider adding a bath robe, facial kit, eye mask and loofah for a finishing touch. If she likes to have her nails done, include a manicure and pedicure kit.

Plug It In

A common misconception is that electronic gifts are for men. Many women also enjoy receiving electronic gifts. There are plenty of ways to include her interests in this kind of gift. If your sister-in-law loves to read, she may want an e-reader. A digital camera is a great gift if she enjoys taking photos. If she needs a way to display her pictures, a digital photo frame is a good idea. Other popular electronic gifts include GPS systems, MP3 players, satellite radios and gaming systems.

Think about getting her an accessory for a gadget she already has. She might need a case for her laptop, MP3 player or e-reader. An updated map system will be appreciated for her GPS. Consider buying her a new game to go with her gaming system.

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