Getting married is about two people joining their lives together – but it’s also about their families coming together, too. If you find yourself with a few people on your shopping list you don’t quite know what to get now that the knot has been tied, don’t worry – we’ve got you. Whether you don’t know your SIL that well (yet!), she’s notoriously tough to shop for, or you just forgot about it until the last minute (😬), we’ve got you covered with last minute birthday gifts any sister-in-law would be happy to receive.
Here’s a sneak peek at what’s on our list:
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What if you could text a thoughtful gift right to your SIL’s cellphone? With GiftYa, you can.
GiftYa is easy to send, easy for your sister-in-law to use, and best of all – it sends instantly, which means if you really wait until the last minute, you’ve still got a great gift option. Choose from thousands of national and local brands, then customize with a personal message and photo or video. It’s that easy.
There are plenty of options in the GiftYa catalog, but here are a few we recommend specifically for last minute birthday gifts for a sister in law.
Some birthday gifts are practical – a gift card to the local coffee shop, some pretty new office supplies – and others are fun. A gift card to ULTA Beauty is the best of both worlds. Known for their crazy spring sale and generous rewards program, ULTA has all of her beauty basics from her favorite drugstore shampoo to a new nail file when hers goes dull. But ULTA also has plenty of fun, high-end makeup products for her to splurge on, too.
Plus, ULTA has made commitments to diversity, inclusion, and sustainability, which means that you can feel good about supporting the brand.
You don’t need to be a fashion guru to help your sister-in-law update her wardrobe as a birthday gift. Stitch Fix is a monthly service that matches subscribers up with a personal stylist. As a member, your SIL will fill out a questionnaire about her style, lifestyle, and budget – and her personal stylist will do the rest.
A box full of hand-selected items will arrive at her doorstep. She can keep (and pay for) what she wants and send the rest back at no extra charge. For that reason, the actual cost of a Stitch Fix membership varies month to month depending on what she decides to keep. The monthly minimum is $20 – but if she keeps the merchandise, that fee is automatically applied toward the items she chooses.
Perfect for a sister in law celebrating a big life milestone – we also love this one as a fun graduation gift or gift to celebrate a promotion. But it’s also a great gift for anyone on the go, from busy professionals to busy moms.
Okay, so socks and underwear don’t scream amazing birthday present – or do they? We’re not talking about the thick, off-brand wool socks grandma used to send. We’re talking about the breathable, body-positive creations from Third Love.
Built around the ideas of comfort and inclusivity, Third Love is a viral lingerie, activewear, and lounge brand with 60+ sizes in stock. So no matter what your SIL is looking for – something strapless to go under a dress for an upcoming wedding, cute running leggings for her next 5k, or just something to wear when she sleeps in this weekend – she’s sure to find it here.
As a kid, birthdays are straight up exciting. They translate to parties, cake, pinatas, toys, friends. And while celebrating your birthday as an adult is also fun, it can also be a little anxiety-inducing to realize that you’re another year older and you’re still not quite sure what to do with your life. For those moments of worry – for sleepless nights, for trying to focus at work – there’s Calm.
Dubbed “the world’s happiest app,” Calm has won multiple best app awards over the years and has 1.5 million 5-star reviews and counting. With guided meditations, masterclasses taught by world-renowned mindfulness experts, and even lessons that help you relax through mindful movement, there’s something for everyone.
When it comes to birthday treats, few places do it better than Cold Stone Creamery. Sure, your SIL can stop in with her gift card to get a scoop anytime she wants. But she can also put the gift towards the granddaddy of all birthday cakes: the ice cream cake.
Cold Stone’s handcrafted cakes include layers of moist cake and rich ice cream, ensuring every bite is birthday confection perfection. She can choose from a selection of mouthwatering signature cakes or build her own with custom flavors and mix-ins. Either way, this is a birthday gift sure to make her melt.
If your sister-in-law is planning a night out with her best friends as a part of her birthday festivities, she’s probably already trying to figure out her transportation. Nobody wants to be the DD on a night out – especially if it’s their birthday. So make the arrangements easy when you text her a Lyft gift card.
Whether she calls a Lyft when the festivities wrap up or schedules a car in advance, you (and your S.O.) can rest assured that she’ll make it home safe at the end of the night.
Ask any reader what they want for a gift, and they’ll say books. Maybe they’ll take the practical approach (“I could really use a new set of book marks”) or maybe they’ll get creative (“I want you to get me your favorite book!”) – but either way, bookish gifts are the way to go.
Not only is B&N one of the biggest brick-and-mortar booksellers in the world with hundreds of locations across the country – they also have a huge online catalog. She can preorder the next installment of NYT Bestselling author Sarah J. Maas’s Crescent City series, snag a gorgeous book of glossy Italian countryside photos for her coffee table, or download the audiobook version of The Fellowship of the Ring narrated by none other than Andy Serkis himself.
If your sister-in-law is the outdoorsy type, she has probably already dropped the $30 on a lifetime membership to the co-op rewards program. Which means when you buy her a gift card to REI, each dollar will go even further thanks to the program’s awesome savings and rewards.
Whether she likes camping out under the stars, hitting the trails early for a sunrise hike, or scaling cliffsides Free Solo style, she’ll find all the gear for her next big adventure here. Not to mention, REI has been advocating for policies that protect the outdoors for everyone. So if you (or your SIL) cares about climate action, outdoor equity, and protecting public lands, this is a brand that should be at the top of your list!
Like any other busy person living in the 21st century, no two days look the same for your sister-in-law. Whether she’s at the office before sunup, running kids to sports practice, or squeezing in spin classes at every available opportunity, she needs clothes that move in all the ways she does. That’s where lululemon comes in.
Known for their buttery soft leggings and ultra comfy loungewear, Lululemon can get kind of pricey. It’s a treat yourself kind of purchase, which makes it the perfect candidate for a last-minute birthday gift. Your SIL can stock up on her favorite athleisure essentials, replace her ratty old sneakers with something new and on-trend, or sign up for expert-led fitness classes streamed right to her device with lululemon Studio.
Haven’t found the perfect gift for your sister-in-law’s birthday bash yet? You’ve still got some options. For the woman who has everything, a Visa gift card can make for a versatile and much-appreciated birthday gift.
What’s so great about a Visa gift card? Since they’re accepted anywhere that accepts Visa credit cards, a Visa gift card is as good as cash. She can use it on practically anything she wants, whether it’s stocking up on hand-crafted homegoods on Etsy or just filling up her gas tank tomorrow morning on the way to work.
There are plenty of benefits to using a Visa gift card – from convenience to security. But when you use Gift Card Granny’s gift card builder, it’s also easier than ever to put a personal touch on your gift. Choose from preset designs perfect for birthdays (maybe an ice cream design, or a puppy in a party hat?) or create your own with a photo of your family all together. You can also personalize the card with your sister-in-law’s name and a gift message to make it the ultimate practical, thoughtful birthday present.