Depending where you were in the birth order, your relationship with your sister as you grew up may have been an interesting one in many different ways. Forgetting the squabbles you will have had with over the years, focus on finding the perfect gift that you know she will love. Here we look at just a few options to help you get started.
Symbolic and meaningful
A gift of stationery is something special, it acts as a reminder of the days when we sent encrypted letters that we believed our parents couldn’t read, or when we shared all our thoughts in letters after we first left home. Luxury personalised stationery will be a rare gift. You could choose a Jane Austen inspired notebook with one of her quotes, such as One Cannot Have Too Large A Party or with a funny or sweet quote such as A Sister Is Both Your Mirror – And Your Opposite from Elizabeth Fishel, the author of Sisters.
Another idea for a meaningful gift is a book, or two. Whether a kindle download or a hardcopy from a store, gift an invitation into some fascinating dialogue. Help her think big and strong with any of these books to start off some interesting conversations. These books are good for all sisters whether she’s a teenager or a grandmother:
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (dystopian literary sci-fi at its best)
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (powerful coming-of-age)
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (mind-blowing feminist novel)
- Sula by Toni Morrison (epic novel about female friendships)
- A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor (masterful short stories)
- The Earthsea books by Ursula K. LeGuin (fantastic fantasy)
- The Portable Dorothy Parker (taking sassy to another level)
- The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman Perkins (a very eerie short story)
Jewellery Xmas Presents
Jewellery is a great present at any time of year and for any woman, including your sister. One of the most recent popular items is a Mexican folk art bracelet with images of painter Frida Kahlo set in special thin foil and decorated with delicate impressions. This piece is both remarkably eye-catching and lightweight.
At the other end of the style spectrum are very modern pink opal oval hoop earrings where the light pink opal gemstone spheres appear to balance in oval shaped hoops of 18 carat rose gold plated silver. The earrings have barrel back fastenings and an elegant drop of 32mm.
For unique and elegant jewellery that will last a lifetime, gift a pair of beautiful white glazed rose earrings crafted from real rose petals and pure gold. Styled in the company’s classic gold leaf theme, each rose is presented in a velvet pouch. Each piece has been expertly plated, glazed and trimmed and with a range of colours, you’ll find the perfect fit. For a more classical look, you can also purchase earrings with synthetic diamond-studded ringlets.
Wherever sisters are in the world, they are always close to our hearts. Remind your sister of this with a framed art work with a floral background that has the quote Life Takes You To Unexpected Places, Love Brings You Home. This offers a beautifully simple way to enhance the home, combining style and sophistication as much as warmth and open-heartedness. Alternatively, add humour with a wall hanging containing a private joke or something you know will make her smile. One example is: “You and I are sisters. Always remember that if you fall I will pick you up… After I finish laughing.”
If floral décor in the home isn’t her style, a circa-90s print from the archives of her favourite boot-makers might just be the perfect Xmas gift. If she missed out the first time around, these boots are great for women who love tough femininity, but footwear of any style with rich, multi-coloured blooms against a black leather background are in vogue.
Hobby gift ideas
If your sister likes to cook, a piece of enamelled cast iron cookware will be a very desirable piece. A classic casserole dish in a range of colours including the iconic ‘volcanic’ orange looks good in any kitchen. There may be a cookware range she loves already that you can add to or upgrade.
If you sister is more interested in Arts & Crafts or keen with DIY, a cordless glue gun will help her any time she’s getting creative with wood, leather, plastic, fabric metal, ceramics, paper and other porous and non- porous materials.
Help her write love letters with a gift of fountain inks with a light fragrance, examples include orange ink scented with amber, blue ink scented with lavender and violet scented with violets.