There’s no other relationship quite like the bond that sisters share. She’ll freak out with you when that boy (or girl) you’ve been daydreaming about in algebra finally asks for your number. She’ll shove hate mail in his (or her) locker when they break your heart. You’ll fight over clothes. Good times.
It’s only fitting that when choosing a gift for your sister, you pick one that’s as amazing as she is. Or cheap as hell because you’re broke. Or both!
Those were the themes that inspired us when we went shopping for big sister and little sister-approved birthday gift ideas.
Birthday Gifts for Your Sister
What would we give our own sisters? Read our gift guide below for some great ideas for your sister’s birthday.
1. Wine Club Subscription
Yaaay, wine clubs! I’ve been a Winc subscriber for a couple of years now and have yet to be disappointed. They begin by administering a taste-preference test to estimate what kind of wine she’d like, then show her some options.
After she tries the wine, she can rate it so they can get an even better idea of what she likes. Before you know it, your sis will receive wines she’d never pick for herself but will become her new favorites. Wines she’ll share with you. Definitely.
Bottles average from $13-$30, depending on what she (or you) picks, and the average monthly membership is about $50. If you want the best value, set her up with four bottles and you’ll get free shipping. She can pause the subscription or cancel at any time.
2. Sister Definition Coffee Mug & Sisters Coffee
Well, jeez, this one’s a tear-jerker. In a good way, of course.
Guaranteed to get you hugs, it’ll serve as a daily reminder of how much she means to you every time she reaches for her warm beverage. Or whiskey. Whatever she likes to drink out of her mug – we don’t judge here.
It’s also microwave and dishwasher safe to cultivate her appreciation for how low-maintenance you are.
If you’re feeling extra nice, get her some Sisters Coffee to go with it!
3. Tea Set for One
If you spent hours playing tea party together when you were little, this neat teapot would make an extra special gift. And you guys, check it out! The teapot stacks neatly on top of the teacup! Maybe we’re just easily impressed, but that’s genius.
It’s made from sturdy ceramic, and the one-of-a-kind blooming floral pattern is so charming she’ll want to display it in the kitchen window in between uses. The teapot holds 15 fl oz. and the cup holds 8 oz. Handwashing is recommended.
4. Coffee Mug & Wine Glass Holder
She’ll get a ton of compliments on this wall-mounted piece of art. It’s made from solid wood finished in rich walnut, and the lettering is hand-painted so it looks fancy. It comes ready to hang for her convenience, too.
Pro-Sister Tip: Give it to her with the coffee mug from #2, and you’ll receive the sister of the year award. (Maybe. We can’t guarantee that.)
5. Bath Bombs Gift Set
The perfect gift for the sister who loves her a good soak in the tub. It comes with twelve handmade bath bombs in seven scents, and they’re infused with shea and cocoa butter blend to pamper her flawless skin. Not that you’ve ever been jealous of her flawless skin or anything. It’s fine.
6. Silk Pillowcase + Eye Mask
Everyone will get the do-not-disturb hint when the queen needs her sleep! The silk pillowcase and eye mask combo have rapidly become a fave among us here (no tangled rats nest when you wake up!), and we think your sister should have one too.
Comes in twelve feminine colors in king or queen sizes.
7. Big Sis/Little Sis Personalized Digital Art Print
This is such a cute personalized sister gift for your younger or older sister! You can design the characters to look like the two of you by specifying the print size and a cute quote if you’d like something more personal.
Select the appropriate skin tone, hair color and style, preference of jeans or a skirt, and which drink you’d like to hold in the drawing, and you’ve got a great piece of wall art made to look just like the two of you sashaying off into the sunset.
This is a JPEG digital download for you to print and frame how you wish.
8. Stamped Sister Bracelet
This delicate handmade bangle features the message “A Sister is God’s Way of Making Sure We Never Walk Alone.” stamped on the inside and a pretty leaf pattern stamped on the outside. (So sweet, right?)
The bracelet is available in gold, rose gold, or sterling silver and comes in a 6″ size, but since they’re made to order, the shop will adjust it for you as needed. You can also request a different quote on the inside if you like.
9. Raw Birthstone Gem Necklace
This is the perfect gift for sisters separated by too many miles. It comes in gold, rose gold, or silver, with a birthstone pendant and initial heart pendant. If you’d like to represent all of your family (or if you have a lot of sisters), you can order it with up to eight birthstones and heart pendants.
The gift box includes a sentimental quote to let her know that no matter what, you’re with her.
10. Sterling Silver Leaf Earrings
We predict these will soon become her never-take-them-off earrings. They’re tiny enough to stay comfortable all the time and sparkly enough to stay eye-catching every day. We especially love the subtle nature-inspired touch with the hand-stamped leaf. It’s just adorable.
Made with sterling silver and fastened with a lever-backed ear wire, they’re a really classy gift for a really classy sister.
11. Custom Yoga Mat
This is a great gift idea for your yoga-loving sister! Or pilates, barre, whatever body-mind centering thing she likes to do.
It comes in a bunch of really cute colors and patterns, and you can personalize it with her name and a line of text, especially from you.
It’s a quality-made non-slip mat, but like other mats made from PVC (so pretty much all of them), they’re not suitable for hot yoga. No one wants a melted yoga mat.
12. Personalized Photo Collage Art
Take an afternoon and sift through your old picture shoebox or scroll through your phone. Now pick four of your favorite photos of you and your sister, send them in the form of a digital file to the JRDecal shop, and they’ll create a keepsake for her that’s utterly smile-inducing.
There are three sizes to choose from and plenty of framing options. All you have to do is choose your favorites, and she’ll have a beautiful gift for her wall or bookshelf just from you.
13. How Sisters Swear Coloring Book
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Chances are, your sister was the first person you practiced swearing with to sound cool in front of the other kids at school. Either that, or she was the first person to tell on you for swearing.
Whatever the case, she’ll get a kick out of this hilarious coloring book! It takes the relaxation of coloring to a new level – there’s just something so therapeutic about a well-timed f-bomb. As long as the parents aren’t around.
14. Posh Candle
Nine out of ten sisters love a fancypants candle. It’s a fact, and we’ve found that Anthropologie elevates the candle game like no other.
Well, except the Oscars-gift-bag-worthy luxury candles you get with a Wickbox subscription. But for those of us on a budget, that may be a bit much. Unless she’s THAT candle-obsessed, in which case it may be worth it. But I digress.
Also, Oscars-gift-bag-worthy, these candles are all from the roses collection, which smells divine regardless of which one you choose. They also come hand-poured in a display-worthy embossed jar.
15. Sister Definition Throw Pillow
This linen pillow is a thoughtful gift she’ll be proud to display on her sofa, favorite chair, or as a cute throw for her perfectly made bed. (Unless she was always the messy one.)
It comes in oatmeal and ivory, with your choice of two sizes. If you want to switch up the “definition” printed on the pillow, the shop will gladly accommodate. It comes pre-stuffed with a synthetic down insert.
16. Home Spa Gift Set
The perfect birthday gift for at-home spa nights! This gift set includes just about everything she’ll need: a lavender soy wax candle, rose petal and orange bath bombs, and a natural lavender Castile body bar. It also comes with a luxe lip balm and an engraved wooden heart keepsake printed with a personal message for her.
If you like, you can add a double-circle gold necklace to the gift set, too.
17. Spa Day Gift Card
If she’s not a DIY spa type of girl, a gift card is always appreciated. Enter her favorite spa or wellness center, how much you’d like to contribute toward her day of pampering, et voila! You’ve got a great gift – especially when tucked inside a heartfelt hand-written card.
18. What I Love About You Book
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If you want to get really sentimental, this is a delightful gift that any sister would love. Each page contains a prompt where you’ll fill in the blank appropriately (or sometimes inappropriately) with your answer.
Things like “I love laughing about the time we (fill in the blank here) with (fill in blank here).” See? It could be appropriate, could be totally inappropriate. Whatever the case, it’ll make her laugh, cry, and be eternally glad that you’re her sister.
19. Best Sister Ever Sweatshirt
You haven’t done your duty as a sister if you don’t get her at least one thing with the “Best Sister” label on it, and this sweatshirt is a perfect choice.
It comes in heather gray in sizes S to XXL. It’s made from a soft poly-cotton blend that’ll look great no matter how many times she washes it.
She’ll wear this sweatshirt and display her title as the best sister with pride. Especially at family reunions.
20. Glazed Ceramic Trinket Dish
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If your sister doesn’t do spas, doesn’t like candles, doesn’t wear jewelry, or refuses to hang stuff on her walls, she’s probably pretty tough to shop for.
Well, we think a pretty trinket dish might just do the trick. Everyone has little stuff that needs somewhere to go, right? Loose change, keys, lip balm – all that stuff that ends up in the inside zippered pocket of your purse.
This trinket dish is practical, sure, but the sentimental message on it makes it much more. It’s a meaningful keepsake she’ll actually love. Perfect.
21. What do you Meme? Party Game
Do you and your sister send each other hilarious memes and GIFS all day? If so, she’ll appreciate this fun gift on a level that others may not quite understand. Once you all get together to play, they’ll get it. And you’ll dominate.
This is the core pack for the game; additional expansion packs are available. You’ll definitely want to play it with people aged 17+. It’s a grownup game best played with three or more players.
Unique Gift Ideas for a Special Occasion
Hopefully, we’ve helped you find a great gift idea for the best sister ever. Upon presentation, there should be lots of laughter, tears, and/or hugs.
If we’ve done our job right, you’ll get a mix of at least two of the three, and you’ll claim the title of favorite sister (if you’re not her only sister, that is).
Take THAT, other siblings. The bar is set.
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