When you’re searching for a gift for your sister, you want to get something that she can’t believe she lived all these years without it! After all, she’s your sister and you’ve undoubtedly been through tribulations and adventures in childhood, teenage life, and now adulthood.
Some may find it easy to choose a great present. Maybe she’s been dropping hints for months in the lead up to her birthday. Or, she just always makes gift-giving easy peasy on you.
On the other hand, if you’re not sure where to start the gift search, I’ve curated the very best gifts including those for a sister who is a wine lover, beauty addict, exercise fiend, fashionista, or one who loves to cozy up at night. There’s a gift on this list with her name on it — sometimes literally, when it’s personalized!
Gift Ideas for Your Sister
There’s a gift on this list for every personality like the mindful minimalist, the extravagant globetrotter, or the Type A go-getter that needs a little less stress in her life. Continue reading for my top gift ideas your sister is sure to love.
I’ve taken into account that some sisters are practical (let’s face it, it’s usually the big sisters that are), while others are a bit more dreamy. Keep reading for lots of sister gift inspo!
1. A Subscription Box
I absolutely love subscription boxes, and I know I’m not alone. The concept is brilliant: every month (or other time interval), you receive a box in the mail filled with a curated selection of goodies tailored to your interests, tastes, or passion. It’s truly the gift that keeps on giving. And if your sister loves surprises, she’s going to adore a thoughtfully-selected subscription box.
There are loads of subscription boxes to choose from so you’ll first want to narrow down the options by choosing something your sister is passionate about.
If she’s really into tea, she’ll treasure a monthly box of curated teas from Sips By. The options are really unlimited, so do some searching and find a box that’s perfectly suited to your sister.
You really can’t go wrong with a candle gift. Whether your sister is a true romantic who loves to fill her home with aromatic scents or on the practical side, she’ll surely appreciate a beautiful candle to create ambiance or serve as a light source during the next power outage!
3. Personalized Morse Code Necklace
by CA Souls
You don’t need to be a Morse code expert to love the idea behind this fun, custom necklace. Gift your sister this unique piece of jewelry that features a word or message of up to 9 characters.
Whatever word or message you choose will be translated into Morse code to create a necklace that only you and your sister and a few Morse code nerds will understand the true meaning.
And you know what phrase is less than nine characters?
I love you!
4. Sister Sweatshirt
Cuddly. Cozy. Warm. If your sister loves all things leisurely and snuggly, she’s going to go gaga for this sweatshirt from GagaKidz.
Sometimes a word says it all and what better way to celebrate sisterhood than with a simple nod to the word ‘Sister’.
5. Weighted Blanket
Does your sis lead a stress-filled life or have insomnia? A weighted blanket may help her get a better night’s sleep and relax – and what better gift could one ask for?
Weighted blankets (also known as gravity blankets) have been used in therapuetic applications for many years. They typically weigh between 5 and 30 pounds and work by simulating deep pressure stimulation. Research has found that they can help with anxiety, insomnia and a number of other conditions. In recent years, weighted blankets have gone mainstream and are enjoyed by many who simply love the sensation the blanket provides.
It’s a thoughtful, practical gift that will remind your sister how much you love her every time she wraps it around her.
6. Leather Journal
If your sister kept a diary as a teenager or she has a penchant for writing, she’ll love this gorgeous leather-bound journal. It’s the perfect place to keep track of life’s adventures, trials and inspirations. Or who knows? Maybe it’s where she’ll begin penning her best-selling novel. And when she’s a published author, she’ll have you to thank for encouraging her to pursue her writing.
Whatever the outcome, I love the promise a blank journal’s pages offer and no doubt your sister will too. Best of all, you can get her journal personalized with her initials for an extra special touch.
7. Composite Agate Serving Platter
I can’t get enough of this gorgeous, hand-hewn platter made with colorful gemstones and electroplated with metallic gold.
If your sister loves to entertain and is aesthetically-driven, she’ll fall head over heels for this unique, elegant tray. It’s big enough to hold plenty of cheeses, charcuterie, nuts and other nibbles for her next get together. Of course, you’ll be on the VIP invitee list.
8. Sugar Lip Balms
One of my dear friends, who I like to think of as a sister from another mister, is a sugar addict. She also has big, beautiful lips that she’s constantly applying lip balm to. I already know what I’ll be getting her for her birthday – these decadent sugar lip balms and lip treatments that come in delicious ‘flavors’ such as Sugar Caramel, Sugar Honey, and Sugar Spice.
This three-piece gift set is what I like to call ‘affordable luxury’, because it won’t break the bank, but will add a little bit of luxury to your sister’s daily life.
9. Water Bottle
OK, I know a water bottle may seem like an odd gift, especially for someone as close as your sister, but hear me out.
If your sister is an exercise fiend, eco-conscious, or always on the move, this high-quality water bottle could become her favourite functional accessory. And if she’s down-to-earth and likes practical gifts, she’ll appreciate this gift and the fact that you know her so well.
10. Personalized Birth Flower Scarf
I love scarves as much as some people love shoes. If you have sister like me, she’s going to looooove this personalized birth flower pashmina.
To be honest, before I discovered this beautiful gift idea, I didn’t even know what my birth flower was. Turns out it’s marigold, which I simply love!
Besides personalizing the flower on her soon-to-be-favorite scarf, you can also choose to have your sister’s name or initials embroidered on the scarf. I can’t think of a better birthday gift for the sister in your life that loves accessorizing her look and staying warm.
11. Bamboo Sheets
Here’s another practical-yet-luxurious gift idea that your sister will love. Made from 100% bamboo, these sheets are soft, light and anti-piling.
What I love most about bamboo fabric is that it’s thermoregulating. When it’s cold, the sheets are warm and when it’s warm, the sheets stay cool. If your sister lives in a climate with four seasons she’ll surely appreciate this feature!
12. Magazine Subscription
Celebrity gossip, photography, cooking, politics, cycling, or basically any other activity/topic has a magazine dedicated it.
No, really. There are so many speciailized magazines out there, it’s mind-boggling. As with subscription boxes, the monthly arrival of a magazine in the mail is akin to receiving a surprise gift over and over again. Find the perfect magazine subscription to suit your sister and give her the gift of knowledge and inspiration!
13. Leather Tote
A quality leather tote is timeless. This gorgeous bag from Madewell features vegetable-tanned leather in one of three classic colors – True Black, Craft Blue or English Saddle. I love everything about this bag, and it’s one of those very special occassion gifts your sister will undoubtedly use for years.
14. DNA Test
by 23 and Me
Tracing one’s family roots through genetic testing has become all the rage, but did you know you can also get health predisposition reports from some providers like 23andMe?
If your sister is obsessed with the family’s history or being healthy, this unique gift could be informative and fu. As an added bonus, you’ll get to learn about your family history as well!
15. Cocktail Garden Kit
You mean you can plant seeds and cocktails will start growing out of the soil?!
OK, that’s not quite the idea here. However, if your sister likes making her own cocktails and has a green thumb, this garden kit was made for her.
Carefully-crafted by an award-winning mixologist, this kit includes everything you need to start growing a cockatil herb garden including:
- Plant markers
- Biodegradable pots
- All-important seeds
Which herbs can your sister grow using this kit? It includes seed packets for cucamelon, blue borage, lime basil, mint, lemon balm and more. The best herbs to create fresh, delicious cocktails any night of the week!
16. Wine Flask and Tumblers
By Hydro Flask
I love that flasks have evolved to accommodate wine-drinkers, not just those that want to take a tipple of gin or whisky. While it may not be as easy to conceal as a classic flask, this travel-friendly, insulated alternative from Hyrdo Flask is the ideal way to carry wine without fear of breaking a bottle.
This flask is perfect for the wine-drinking sister who likes to combine camping, hiking, and other activities with her favorite vintage. It holds 25 ounces of wine, which is the equivalent of one standard bottle of wine.
This gift also pairs well with Hydro Flask’s durable stainless steel wine tumblers. Designed to hold 10 ounces, you and your sister will get through that flask in no time. Perhaps it’s wise to invest in a flask for yourself while you’re at it!
17. Gourmet Chocolates
At first blush, a box of chocolates may seem a bit of an impersonal or hurried last-minute gift, but that’s not always the case. If your sister adores chocolate this big box of Godiva chocolates will be a welcome treat.
With 32 different chocolates, she can look forward to a different indulgence every day for over a month. Or, you could pair the gift with a bottle of her favourite wine and encourage her to enjoy a luxurious night of treating herself to the good things in life.
Now that you’ve got loads of gift ideas for your sister, I encourage you to scroll through the list again and perhaps put a few on your own list. If you’re anything like me, you were eyeing up a number of them and wishing your birthday was just around the corner!