Your sister means the world to you. Whether you’re buying a gift for her birthday, a holiday, or just because, you want to get her a gift that really shows how much you love her in ways that words just can’t. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when trying to think of a gift idea for someone as important as your sister, but don’t give up hope. If your inspiration has run dry, we’re here to help spark an idea for the perfect gift that your sister will cherish for years to come.
How to Find the Right Gift for Your Sister
You probably know your sister better than anyone else. Take inspiration from all the memories you’ve made together and think about the types of gifts that have brought her the most joy in the past. Is the perfect gift something sentimental that will touch her heart? Or is it something practical she can use every day? Or maybe it’s something luxurious that she’s had on her wish list for a while. Once you’ve decided on the tone you’re hoping to set, you can narrow down your list and pinpoint the perfect gift.
For more fabulous gift ideas your sister will absolutely love, we put out a call for ideas and curated responses below. (Note: Edible Arrangements® is not endorsing any of the companies or ideas discussed below, but we asked for suggestions to get some different perspectives.) Keep reading to find out what the contributors who responded to our query had to say about their favorite gift ideas for your sister.
Brian Connelly is the founder of MyOpenCountry.com.
“I spent hours trying to find the best gift for my sister this year. I’m sure I’m not the only one with this problem – especially in the run-up to Christmas. So after listening to my sister’s stories about healthy food and shakes, I decided to get her a Ninja Personal Blender for shakes, smoothies, food prep, and frozen blending.
Hopefully, she will enjoy quick, nutritious smoothies without the hassle. And I believe its small size will be ideal for her regular travels.”
Trond Nyland is the Founder and CEO at Cordless Drill Guide.
“I have one sister, in her late forties, who has always loved the idea of upcycling. One year while browsing for a gift idea I came across this artist who made clocks out of old records! I am based in Norway, and this artist is in Ireland. She was able to make a custom gift for my sister and post it over!
My sister also likes jazz, so I asked the artist to create a clock with a jazz musician walking above. It turned out wonderful!
I imagine there are artists in the U.S. who are also creating art out of old records. It is a great way to recycle by upcycling and to offer something that reminds someone of days gone by, by including a passion of theirs.”
Lauren Levy is the founder of AdensMom.com, an evidence-based blog for new parents. She’s an advocate of safe infant sleep and is on a mission to make safe sleep pretty. She’s also a loving big sister who enjoys treasure hunting for unique gifts.
“A great gift for your sister is one that caters to her quirks. Try to go as non-generic as possible by thinking about her living space, beauty habits, and anything you’ve seen her gravitate to.
Does she collect avocado paraphernalia? Get her a glass-blown avocado ornament, an avocado doormat, a baseball cap with an embroidered avocado, or some silly patterned socks.
Does she always complain that her nail polish is chipping? Buy her a DIY manicure kit, a cult-favorite top coat, or a new line of polishes to try.
Is she into non-toxic candles? Cruelty-free beauty products? Dainty gold-toned jewelry? Industrial home decor? Novelty salt and pepper shakers? Unique pots for her house plants? Wicker storage baskets? Chunky knit couch blankets? Show your sister some love by thinking about her own personal style!”
Cheryl is the founder and editor of Heal Nourish Grow. Her passion for helping others create Ultimate Wellness and live their best lives led her to create this site. She helps people develop the confidence and habits to create lasting change and greater health by sharing her wealth of knowledge and over 25 years of experience in fitness, yoga, health, and wellness.
“I have two sisters who both appreciate a great gift. The best ideas are ones that play off of something that’s both fun and that she can use often. I also like to try to think of something I know she would like but might not buy for herself. In the past, this has included things like handbags, makeup, or shoes.”
Kelly is the co-founder of Block Island Organics. She loves spreading the word about the importance of good skincare and sunscreen use every day. Prior to Block Island Organics, Kelly was an online media executive for over 15 years and received her MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and BA from New York University.
“Organic Revitalizing Night Cream is the perfect natural and organic pampering gift. It’s packed with antioxidants like vitamins C and E, helping to nourish and replenish skin. Vitamin C is known for its anti-aging properties, and a recent study by Yale University dermatologists suggests vitamin E protects against the effects of sun exposure long after sundown. Featuring gentle botanicals such as cocoa butter, calendula, rosehip, avocado, aloe vera, jojoba, blueberry, and more, it revitalizes all skin types.”
Elie Seroussi and his daughter Natacha are the co-founders of LaFlore Paris, a French accessories brand focused on making vegan, eco-friendly handbags that are also chic and functional.
“Our bobobark handbag makes a perfect gift for the sister in your life who is looking for a vegan, sustainable bag that doesn’t sacrifice style.
Our handmade, designer handbag can be worn as a shoulder bag (tote style), as a backpack, or as a briefcase. Inside the bag is a padded laptop compartment, accessible both from inside and outside of the bag, an easy-access phone pocket, and a port built into the pocket for a cable so you can keep your gadgets charged while on the go. It’s made from 100% sustainable and vegan cork harvested in a zero-waste cycle and backed by our Eco-Friendly Promise. Cork leather is durable, waterproof, and three times lighter than leather.”
Stacy Caprio works with Renuw Skincare.
“The best gift ideas for any sister are personalized photos from your childhood or a fun experience you had together, printed professionally and framed. This is a great gift because it doesn’t cost a lot of money but has so much meaning. It’s something your sister will always cherish and put on display, even if you are far away physically from her.”
Jackie is the Owner/Content Creator at Hudson Valley Explored.
“I have found the best gift ideas for my sister were ones that she would normally not buy herself. She has enjoyed Groupon vouchers to restaurants, gift certificates for spa services, and food gifts (such as chocolate covered fruit).”
Paige Arnof-Fenn is the founder & CEO of global marketing and branding firm Mavens & Moguls based in Cambridge, MA. Her clients include Microsoft, Virgin, The New York Times Company, Colgate, and venture-backed startups, as well as non-profit organizations.
“My sister loves to knit so I often get her kits to make items or a gift certificate to pick out her own yarn and pattern.
She is also a foodie, so I sometimes send her special treats like lobster rolls or high-end chocolates she would not splurge on for herself. She teaches and has three kids, so as someone who is always giving to others she really deserves great gifts!”
Mika Kujapelto is the CEO & Founder at LaptopUnboxed.
“If you have a sister who loves watching movies or TV shows on streaming services, you can get her an Amazon Firestick to improve her movie night experience. She won’t have to rely on streaming it on her laptop. She might also love having some of her favorite chocolates, popcorn, or other treats to make the movie experience even better.
When you have a sister who’s a coffee lover, you can’t go wrong with a steel tumbler to keep her coffee, latte, or other hot drinks warm for a lot longer. She can use it at work and won’t have to drink cold coffee while working at the computer or taking calls.
A laptop tote or bag might also help your sister keep her laptop safe from damage when she’s traveling with it. Personalizing it a bit more can also ensure she likes it. For instance, knowing her favorite color or getting one with several pockets when she needs the space can show her how much effort you took to select a gift she not only needs but also likes.”
Lianne Sanders is a Content Editor and Licensed Yoga Instructor at Total Shape.
“A journaling kit. Nothing beats something that can be personalized and still bring the adult and classy feel as you open the gift. This is something your sister can utilize when she feels like doodling or keeping notes of her day’s highlights. It’s also useful to someone who’s interested in writing or can actually be a good motivator for someone to write.
What’s even better about this journal notebook is that it’s eco-friendly and comes either in line, grid, dot, or plain format. It’s available in different colors to showcase or highlight your personality.”
Steve is the owner of BootMoodFoot, a website dedicated to all things shoes and footwear.
“My best suggestions for gift ideas for a sister are something that holds sentimental value with a unique touch.
I would consider giving any jewelry (bracelet, ring, necklace) with her name engraved on it. However, we know some girls do not really like wearing jewels, so my other idea would be a print on demand stuff, which is one of the trends now. I would go on her IG/FB account and see what she’s up to these days to get an idea of what to have on a t-shirt, throw pillow, or a mug I’ll give her.”
Phil Watson is the founder of Barbecue Grill Review and has been featured on BuzzFeed, Business Insider, and CNET.
“Both my sister and I are getting on in age, so we tend to have everything we need and are pretty hard to buy for.
At our age, gifts need to be thoughtful and something that will enrich our lives. Amazon Alexa is one of the best gifts for my sister. It makes life easier and means that you can do almost anything with just a voice command.”
Israel Gaudette is the Founder of Link Tracker Pro.
“Having a sister was the most memorable part not only of my childhood but of my journey growing up as well.
Often, I send her gifts not only during holidays or on her birthday but every time I feel like sending one. Here’s a gift idea every sister would love: Atlas 370 Gloves. For a green-thumbed sister of yours, this is the perfect one. Along with lockdown and home quarantine, gardening became a top hobby this year. And if your sister is one of those who picked it, this is the best gardening glove for her. With these gloves, she will no longer find her hands full of dirt and mud. It fits very well, and you can’t find any annoying loose tips in your fingers at all. And the best part is, you’ll feel like they’re just a second skin and are as good as bare hands when you’re wearing them. And one more thing – they’ll last almost forever.
Generally, there’s no one perfect gift that fits all. It all depends on you and the bond you’ve made with her. The best thing to do is to dig deeper into the memories you’ve shared in the past. Then assess those small things that brought her the most joy. From there, narrow down the ideas you have in mind to come up with the best gift for her.”
Monica Davis is the Editor-in-Chief at MyStraightener. She is a professional women’s hairstylist and a success coach. She’s also blogging about new styling tools, hair products, and the latest trends in hairdressing.
“All girls love styling their hair, so gifting them with products that will help them do so effectively is usually a great idea.
Some of the products I use and recommend:
- Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo – this shampoo is enriched with silk proteins to conserve natural hair moisture and keep curly hair smooth all day long.
- Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo – the best professional-grade shampoo for keeping dyed hair strong and healthy.
- HiBar Solid Shampoo – a totally green solid shampoo without a plastic bottle. Various effects are available.
- By Gina Excel Infrared Curling Iron – Kendal Dorsey’s favorite curling iron that doesn’t damage hair as much as any other iron.
- Tangle Teezer The Original – the iconic detangling brush every girl needs and wants.
- Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer – probably the most expensive hairdryer, but it’s like a magic wand for styling and soft drying.
- Inforcer Brush Proof Anti-Breakage Detangling Spray – makes detangling almost effortless.
- Kerasilk Control Rich Protective Oil – provides a day-long anti-frizz effect.
- Sports Research Collagen Peptides Powder – a powerful supplement for hair growth.
- Maxsoft Hair Scalp Massager Shampoo Brush – makes scalp massage easy and effective.”
Tara Lusk is the beauty-obsessed founder of the Australian blog Beauty Space. She established the blog in 2018 and writes about all things beauty, body, and hair. She is always looking to get her hands on the next product to review for her readers.
“A reliable and well-received gift idea for sisters is skincare products from The Ordinary. More and more women are realizing the importance of caring for and protecting their skin but are not sure where to start. The products from The Ordinary are a great introduction to skincare that your sisters will love. The brand offers something for every skin type and concern, are very affordable (if your sisters want to keep using them), and most importantly – they work!”
David Tooke is the founder of CampingFunZone.com, a travel blog that is all about adventure in the outdoors, games, watersports, archery, survival, fishing, hiking, camping in tents and RVs, and having fun.
“Here are some of the ideal gift ideas to give to your sister.
A classic pair of jeans cropped at the ankle is wardrobe essential for every woman, no matter the age.
The Duchess of Sussex introduced this fresh and contemporary style with a pair of Veja sneakers. She is known to wear them.
A colorful wallet is an ideal gift for women as it is both pretty and makes it easy to find her things.”
Allan Borch is the founder of Dotcom Dollar. He started his own online business and quit his job in 2015 to travel the world. This was achieved through e-commerce sales and affiliate SEO. He started Dotcom Dollar to help aspiring entrepreneurs create a successful online business while avoiding crucial mistakes along the way.
“I have an 18-year old sister who celebrated her birthday last November 28th. I gave her a scrapbook with all the memorable photos of our family, and I must say that she was very appreciative of it.
I think what makes the gift very valuable for her was the fact that it possessed a great sentimental concept for her. So, if you are looking for the best gift idea for your sister, I say a scrapbook or something that would hit her emotionally. According to studies, women prefer gifts that have great relevance to their emotions.”
Shelly Peel is one of the founders of SocialMum.com, a lifestyle blog that explores social media.
“The best gift ideas I would give to my sisters are things that she could often use, such as a customized bag, a personalized mug, a statement t-shirt, or trendy hair accessories. It will remind her of me, as someone who loves and cares. I like giving gifts that would last for years. I think that’s more practical, too.”
Kristen Bolig is the founder of SecurityNerd, a home security advice website that’s been featured on U.S. World & News Report, Reader’s Digest, and NBC Better.
“You can give your sister the gift of functionality with the Amazon Smart Plug. The Amazon Smart Plug allows users to easily schedule and control their smart devices with nothing more than the sound of their voice.
This ultra-convenient smart plug lets you take control of your home gadgets. You can schedule fans, lights, appliances, and more with this pocket-sized plug. You can activate devices, put them on a timer, or set them to a recurring schedule.
The best part? You don’t need to be an advanced techie to use it. The Amazon Smart Plug comes with such easy installation that even the most clueless of consumers can activate it without worry. It’s the perfect gift for anyone that needs more convenience and less stress in their daily lives.”
Brent is the CEO of Wicksly. He is a software engineer and founder that builds and grows digital businesses. He is a generalist that balances his time between writing code and supporting the growth of his ventures. He previously served as Operating Partner at Builders VC a 200M venture fund based in SF.
“Candles make perfect gifts for your sister. From teens to the elderly, women often love the aromas and atmosphere candles provide for their homes. Not only are candles highly favored, but they are really diverse and easy to find. You can splurge for really elegant and clean handmade candles from online retailers, or you even find luxurious candles at the dollar store. Either way, candles are simple and affordable gifts your sister is bound to love.”
Top 10 Gift Ideas for Your Sister
Still feeling stuck? Check out our top ten list of gift ideas that are sure to delight anyone’s sister.
We’ve narrowed down the top ten gifts that’ll WOW your sister. Whether she’s looking for something practical or luxurious, you can’t go wrong picking something from this list that your sister will love. Plus, these suggestions might even be the inspiration you need to come up with an idea that’s completely your own.
If your sister loves yummy fresh fruit, look no further than the Delicious Daisy® fruit arrangement. It includes a delectable selection of pineapple, cantaloupe, grapes, honeydew, and strawberries, all beautifully arranged to look like a bouquet of flowers.
The Sisters Forever necklace features two sterling silver rings with colored Swarovski crystals representing each sister’s birthstone. The sentimental design signifies that sisters are always and forever connected, even when they’re apart.
A cosmetic case is a must-have for travel, day trips, and nights out with the girls. The LeSportSac XL is bold, fashionable, and big enough to fit all your sister’s essentials. It’s perfect for a sister who loves practicality with a touch of style.
If your sister loves coffee, then she knows it doesn’t get any better than a freshly brewed cup made right at home. The Chemex coffeemaker features a timeless design that’s easy to use and tailor to your own tastes. It delivers a delicious, clean cup of pour over coffee every time, and it looks pretty great while doing it.
Does your sister love the spa? Gift her a spa experience she can enjoy in the comfort of her own home. The Farm Fresh tin includes hand-crafted spa products like milk bath tea made from goat’s milk, lavender, and shea butter, as well as a “hint of mint” lip balm, all encased in a rustic metal tin.
For the practical sister, the Hydroflask makes drinking enough water throughout the day a breeze. It’s BPA-free and made of durable 18/8 pro-grade stainless steel construction to keep ice water cold all day. Plus, it’s super cute to toss in a tote or stash in her car for refreshment on the go!
This hand-made photo frame features an adorable poem that sums up your relationship with your sister. You may not be perfect, and you may sometimes make fools of yourselves, but doing it together is what really counts. With room for a 4 by 6-inch photo, it’s a great gift for a sentimental sister.
For the sister who loves filling her home (or her office) with pleasant scents, this pack of four Voluspa candles are the perfect addition to her décor. The scents include linden and dark moss, jasmine and amaranth, Yuzu rose, and sake lemon flower. Each candle burns approximately 25 hours.
If your sister is a fitness fanatic, look no further than the Manduka Eko Lite yoga mat. It’s made of durable, eco-friendly tree rubber that provides a naturally grippy surface. It’s also light and easily portable to the yoga studio and back.
This diffuser is a great gift for your sister who wants to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere in the home with essential oils. The Aromacube is sleek and compact, making it perfect for small spaces in her home office, kitchen, or living room.
Your sister deserves the very best. Choose one of these great gift ideas or use them as inspiration for a unique, one-of-a-kind gift that will really make your sister smile. Either way, she’ll appreciate the kind gesture!