Thoughtful, Unique Gifts to Get for Your Sister

Admit it: your sister is your BFF – she was probably your first bestie, and still the only consistent confidant in your life. Despite life’s ups and downs, your sis has always been there for you, through thick and thin.

Can you imagine your life without her? That’s why you don’t really need a special occasion to get your sister the most amazing gift ever. But just in case her graduation, anniversary, birthday or another milestone is around the corner, you need to bring out your A-game.

You’re perhaps the only person who knows her inside out, but in truth, it’s easy to draw a blank when trying to think of the best gifts for your sister, especially something she’s not already received. Worry not — we’ve put together a bunch of thoughtful, unique gifts for sisters in your life.

From hella cute phone skins and faux-fur jackets to cozy sweaters and to-die-for handbags, we’re sure there is something she’d love to unwrap here.

 

1: Kool8 Water Bottle for the Active, Tea Loving Sister

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You wish the best of everything for your sister, including robust health and well-being. This season show you truly appreciate her with Kool8, a stylish, beautifully sleek insulated water bottle.

This unique and innovative water bottle is designed for on-the-go hydration, making it a perfect gift for an active sister who wants to stay hydrated at home, at school, at work, or on the move. Whether she’s into gym fitness, hiking, running, yoga, dancing, or camping, Kool8 is tailor-made for an active lifestyle.

If your sister is a social- and eco-conscious person, this bottle will definitely tickle her fancy. Not only is Kool8 BPA-free and reusable, but they give 20% of profits towards providing clean, safe drinking water to underdeveloped regions of the world. No wonder it was voted “the best water bottle of the year” by CoolThingsChicago.

It also comes with a tea infuser, making it ideal for a tea-loving sister. With stainless steel construction and two-walled vacuum insulation, it’ll keep her tea warm for up to 12 hours and drinking water cool up to 24 hours.

 

2: HAUS LABORATORIES Liquid Eyeliner

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HAUS LABORATORIES by Lady Gaga: LIQUID EYE-LIE-NER, Deep Whiskey

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  • LIQUID EYE-LIE-NER in Whiskey is our longwearing, demi-matte deep whiskey eyeliner that brings any look to life. This quick-dry formula has a flexible felt-tip with a superfine point that gives you the versatility to create any look from subtle to bold— even the signature Lady Gaga wing—with a whiskey twist
  • Store liner upside-down for optimal ink flow. Lightly stamp the liner into your upper lash line. Create the base of your wing by drawing a line from your outer corner toward your hairline. Connect the tip of the wing to your upper lash line and fill in to complete the look
  • Our longwearing, demi-matte, deep whiskey formula easily glides onto the eye without tugging for a smooth application

Best choice for every sister

Every lady deserves an item from Lady Gaga’s Haus Laboratories in her makeup bag. This uber-sleek makeup pen from the cosmetic brand is as thoughtful as it gets. It’s a tried-and-true eyeliner poised to give her eyes some dimension and make them really pop.

With a deep whiskey formula, this long-wearing eyeliner is smudge-resistant and super easy to apply. Besides, it’s animal cruelty-free, 100% vegan, and comes with a precise and flexible felt-tip for an extra luster finish. Get it in either deep brown or matte black – there’s something to match any skin type.

 

3: QUMY Waterproof Dog Boots

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QUMY QUMY Dog Boots Waterproof Shoes for Large Dogs with Reflective Velcro Rugged Anti-Slip Sole Black 4PCS (Size 6: 2.9x2.5 Inch)

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  • Size 5: 2.7"x2.2"(L*W) for 40-55 lbs; size 6: 2.9"x2.5"(L*W) for 52-65 lbs; size 7: 3.1"x2.7"(L*W) for 63-75 lbs; size 8: 3.3"x2.9"(L*W) for 74-88 lbs).
  • SECURE and ADJUSTABLE: Easy to put on / off. These dog shoes expands with a wide split seam opening and two adjustable and reflective velcro straps to ensure a tight fit, also make your dog safe at night.
  • RUGGED: Tough anti-slip sole of dog boots provides stability and traction, protection from sharp thorns and hot pavement.
  • QUALITY: The dog boots have a rugged sole and high quality fabrics that are then sewn together to ensure they are ready for your adventure.
  • FASHIONABLE: QUMY dog boots are with cute pet paw embroidery, paws side is the outside, soft and hand washable.

Best choice for the dog parent

If your sister is a proud pet owner, this waterproof dog boots from Qumy will make her heart skip a beat. With heavy-duty rubber soles, cozy insoles and great stitching, she will be happy with the level of protection they offer and their snug fit thanks to Velcro straps.

Her beloved furry pal will love how comfy these boots feel, plus their tough anti-slip soles provide extra traction, stability and protection from hot pavements, extreme cold and sharp thorns during walks, hikes, etc. You can pick from a variety of sizes, from 5 to 8.

 

4: Jo Malone Rose & Magnolia Cologne

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JO MALONE Rose & magnolia cologne 100 ml Spray

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  • JO MALONE Rose & magnolia cologne 100 ml Spray
  • Rose & magnolia
  • 3.4 oz/ 100 ml
  • JO MALONE
  • sensual floral with a mysterious character. Some may even describe it as magic. Luminous magnolia and a duet of roses, blooming and enchanting. Alive under inky skies and the moon’s silver glow. A decadent heart of sweet and petaly Rose de Mai, warmed by the spicy opulence of Rose Damascena. Draped in sensuous patchouli and warm amber.

Best choice for the fragrance queen

A new fragrance can certainly add some flair and oomph to her life. This limited-edition cologne from fragrance guru Jo Malone might be pricey, but your sis is worth every penny. The feminine perfume combined two kinds of roses — warm amber (Rose Damascena) and earthy patchouli (Rose de Mai) — with lemon-infused magnolia. The concoction is something of beauty.

This floral infusion is sensual, enchanting, and blooming, sure to bring some charm into her routine. It comes in a beautifully-presented 100ml spray bottle.

 

5: Homesick Scented Candle

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Homesick Scented Candle, Illinois

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  • Packaging may vary from image shown
  • A fresh floral bouquet of honeysuckle, lavender, and violets. Hints of grain fields, light breezes, and a touch of vanilla and lemon.
  • Top Notes: Chocolate, Bergamot Mid Notes: Honeysuckle, Lavender Base Notes: Raspberry, Vanilla
  • 13.75 oz
  • 60-80 hour burn time

Best choice for the homesick sister

Not to be dramatic, but some people would die to get a whiff of their sweet home scent. If this sounds like your sis, buy this custom scented candle to help her beat homesick blues. There’s no better gift to remind your BFF that there’s nothing quite like home.

This 100% natural soy wax candle is made right here in the USA and will give you 60 to 80 hours of burn time. The beautiful part is that you get to choose the smell of a specific state. The Illinois candle, for example, features a floral infusion of violets, white flower, lavender and honeysuckle with notes of grain fields – I can smell home already!

 

6: Jane Austen: The Complete Works 7-Book Boxed Set

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Jane Austen: The Complete Works 7-Book Boxed Set: Classics hardcover boxed set (Penguin Clothbound Classics)

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  • Jane Austen The Complete Works Classics Hardcover Boxed Set

Best choice for an avid reader

Close to two and a half centuries since her birth, Jane Austen remains one of the most prolific, acclaimed and celebrated authors of all time. With spirited and vivacious heroines, her charming novels are still inspiring bestsellers in the age of Amazon kindle, with ardent fans across the world, from the US to Singapore.

If your sister loves a good read, she might be a fan too. That’s why we think this Jane Austen’s entire oeuvre will make her go crazy happy. The hardcover set is a perfect birthday gift for a sister thanks to its embossed motifs and brilliant cloth bindings.

 

7: V & H Makeup Pocket Mirror

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Makeup Pocket Mirror with 10x Magnification Glass Plus Plain Mirror (Black)

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  • 10X plus 1X Compact
  • 4" diameter and 1/2" thick
  • Black ABS case
  • Use for applying makeup or eyebrow tweezing
  • Great for travel or purse

Best choice for the selfie snapper

If your forever bestie likes to retouch her makeup on the go (who doesn’t, right?), then a cute pocket mirror might just be what the doc prescribed. This slick pocket mirror from beauty brand V & H will be her makeup BFF. It offers 10X magnification glass plus 1X compact flap so she won’t miss any spot.

This little gem is a perfect companion for travel. If your sis is a selfie addict, she can tuck this chic mirror into her purse or desk drawer to always be picture-perfect.

 

8: Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

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Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven With Stainless Steel Knob and Loop Handles, 6 Quart, Red

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  • One Lodge 6 Quart Red Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven
  • Features a stainless steel knob and loop handles for great control
  • Smooth glass surface won't react to ingredients
  • Unparalleled heat retention and even heating
  • Use to marinate, refrigerate, cook, and serve

Best choice for the family chef

Dutch ovens are a kitchen staple and one that your sister will appreciate more than you think. This cast-iron Dutch oven from titan brand Lodge is going to take her culinary game to a whole new and exhilarating level.

This classic is perfect for slow-cooking mouthwatering dishes, browning meat cuts, or whipping up her favorite casseroles. The beauty of it all is that this nifty kitchen tool moves from the oven seamlessly to the table. Pick from 5 sizes and 11 fabulous colors.

 

9: INSPIRING Floral Stainless Steel Tumbler

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30oz tumbler, stainless steel tumbler, floral tumbler, vacuum tumbler, tumbler with lid 30oz tumblers, insulated tumbler, insulated stainless steel tumbler

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  • ☆ Premium Quality - High quality 304 18/8 food grade stainless steel that the same with those leading brands, such as Yeti and Rtic.
  • ☆ Performance - The double wall vacuum insulation technology make it can keep beverage cold for up to 24 hrs and keep warm for up to 8 hrs. The leak proof lid seals the tumbler tightly and helps you avoid any leakage.
  • ☆ Safe Material - The tumbler is made of BPA-free material. Safe for you and your family.
  • ☆ Easy to Clean - It’s top-rack diswasher safe. The no sweat design makes your hands stay dry.

If your sister is like the best of us, then every day is her tumbler day. This INSPIRING stainless steel floral tumbler is the real deal. Whether it’s used as a wine glass, tea steeper or filled with her morning cup ó joe, this gorgeous tumbler will fit the bill.

Equipped with a BPA-free, smell-resistant and spill-proof lid, we love that this superbly-insulated tumbler keeps hot drinks warm for up to 6 hours, and cold drinks cool for up to 3 hours. Pick a 12 oz., 20 oz. or 24 oz. depending on her drinking habits.

 

10: W&P Porter To-Go Bowl/Lunch Container

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W&P Porter Plastic Bowl Lunch Container w/ Protective Non-slip Exterior, Tan 1 Liter | Lid & Snap-tight Silicone Strap | Food Storage, Bento Box, Meal Prep | BPA-Free Plastic

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  • PREMIUM, FOOD GRADE MATERIALS: Safety comes first. BPA-free plastic and silicone, the bowl is a lunch time game changer. The durable plastic snap-tight silicone strap secures the lid in place. Dimensions: 7.5" diameter, 2.875" tall, Capacity: 4 3/8 cups (1 liter)
  • SMART & STYLISH: The plastic Porter Bowl’s sleek minimalist design elevates the everyday so you can cut down on single-use plastics (and look good doing it). Featuring a nonslip silicone exterior, the bowl is lightweight yet sturdy so you can enjoy a proper meal
  • TAKE IT TO GO: Roomy, one-liter capacity packs everything from big salads and grain bowls to pasta and veggies. The unique dimensions make it ideal for commuting. Pro tip: Designed to be carried upright, the Porter Bowl is not leak-proof
  • EASY TO CLEAN: The Porter Bowl is designed to make meal prep and cleanup a breeze. Throw it in the microwave, then rinse it out or toss it in the dishwasher (just don’t put it in the oven)
  • DIG IN AND DO GOOD: We’re committed to reducing single-use packaging and waste. Each Porter Bowl purchase supports food education in public schools through W&P’s partnership with Edible Schoolyard NYC

Know a workaholic sister who loves to eat healthily? If yes, her work lunch and meal prep routine just got better thanks to these cute portable to-go bowls. With 1 liter capacity and protective non-slip exterior, she’ll never have to settle for fast food or cafeteria meals.

These pretty bowls come in either BPA-free plastic or ceramic with no-slip silicone sleeves. A small cut of every purchase goes to support food education programs in NYC schools, a fact your social-conscious sister will appreciate so she can “dig in and do good.” They are available in a range of color options, including green, pink blush, mint, cream, charcoal, navy, tan, black, red and slate.

 

11: Dyson V8 Animal  Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

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Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, Iron

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Features

  • Cord free; Hassle free; Powerful suction; Washable lifetime filter
  • Up to 40 minutes run time when using a non-motorized tool
  • Lightweight and versatile, for easy home cleaning; Instant release trigger means battery power is only used while it’s cleaning; Requires charging for 4 hours minimum before first use
  • Direct drive cleaner head; Up to 8 minutes of fade free power (in Max mode); Drives stiff nylon bristles into carpets to capture deep down dirt
  • Designed to deep clean homes with pets; Whole machine filtration captures allergens and expels cleaner air than the air you breathe; Up to 25 minutes of working time with motorized floor tool attached

Dyson is a vacuum cleaner brand that needs no introduction. We are sure your sis will flip over this cordless vacuum cleaner from Dyson. The V8 Animal Pro is specially designed for pet owners.

You can count on this compact monster to zap 99.97% of pet dander, dust, allergens, and other small particles. It will get her place looking impeccably clean in no time, including all the hard-to-reach nooks & crannies in her car.

 

12: YnM Weighted Blanket

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YnM Weighted Blanket — Heavy 100% Oeko-Tex Certified Cotton Material with Premium Glass Beads (Navy, 48''x72'' 15lbs), Suit for One Person(~140lb) Use on Twin/Full Bed

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  • The original YnM weighted blanket offers a natural way to help calm your body for a restful night of sleep; great calming sensory blanket for adults and children to help decompress and provide comfort
  • Made with multiple layers and smaller compartments (4.7''x4.7'') for maximum comfort that contours to the shape of your body
  • Our unique 7-layer structure is designed to keep you comfortable and cool, allowing the glass beads to provide temperature control
  • To choose a size for 1 adult, take 10% of your body weight, then add 1 lb; For sharing, please choose from KING 80''x87'' weighted blanket
  • Breathable cotton duvet cover, cooling bamboo duvet cover or cozy minky duvet cover are available in YnM. From YnM you can find a perfect duvet for you and for protection of your weighted blanket

This gift will go perfectly well with Jane Austen’s book set. This weighted blanket is made from 100% Oeko-Tex cotton for those chilly times you can’t give your sister a hug. With a steaming hot cup of cocoa in hand, you can snuggle up in this blanket for hours watching Netflix or catching up with your reading list.

Her winter months will never be the same again with this gift of warmth. And with close to 10,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, YnM must have done something right with this blanket available in 20 cool colors.

 

13: Knock Knock “What I Love About You, Sister” Fill in the Love Book

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Knock Knock What I Love about You, Sister Fill in the Love Book Fill-in-the-Blank Gift Journal

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  • Knock Knock

Sure, your sis knows that you adore and appreciate her, but it doesn’t hurt to remind her from time to time. This “What I Love About You, Sister” Fill in the Love Book from Knock Knock allows you to put together a scrap journal of all the cutest moments and best memories you have shared together.

This is a truly thoughtful, personal and unique gift that will get you to the top of her favorites list. Make it as silly, sassy or fun as you see fit.

 

14: Apple AirPods with Charging Case

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Apple AirPods with Wired Charging Case

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  • Automatically on, automatically connected
  • Easy setup for all your Apple devices
  • Quick access to Siri by saying “Hey Siri”
  • Double-tap to play or skip forward
  • New Apple H1 headphone chip delivers faster wireless connection to your devices

If your little or big sister has a thing for tech, she probably owns the latest Apple gizmos. That’s why the newest Apple AirPods with charging case will blow her mind, that’s if she doesn’t already own a pair.

This nifty paid allows seamlessly switching between iPhones, iPads, and other Apple devices. They connect automatically and will provide her with over 24 hours of uninterrupted listening between charges. The pair is effortless to set up too.

 

15: Roselyboutique Natural Jade Roller

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Jade Roller and Gua Sha Set for Beautiful Skin Detox - Facial Body Eyes Neck Massager Tool Reduce Wrinkles Aging - Original Natural Jade Stone

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  • Essential Beauty Set - a facial skin massager roller for face, body, eyes, neck will cool, tighten, relax.
  • Handcraft Real Natural Jade - Genuine stone with ultra-smooth surface texture. Smooth touch, Long lasting, super easy to care.
  • Jade Roller - size approx 20x140x50mm. Can be used with your favorite face cream can help the cream to be absorbed more effectively
  • Guasha Scraper - size approx 50x80x5mm, a simple and efficient healing technique tool with immediately visible results.
  • Your Smile is Our Happiness - We know you'll love our products as much as we love making them for you. Send us a message for any reason that makes you not satisfied.

You’d go to the end of the world for your sister, so why not give her the gift of a youthful-looking, radiant skin face? This natural jade roller is an awesome anti-aging magical wand that will take care of those puffiness and dark circles under her eyes.

This slick-looking roller stimulates lymphatic drainage and blood flow in the neck, face, and body, not to mention it looks stunning beside your makeup paraphernalia on a bathroom tray or vanity. Above it all, the handy tool does its magic without any irritants or chemicals.

 

16: 1928 Jewelry Brass Antique Inspired Oval Drop Earrings

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1928 Jewelry Brass Antique Inspired Oval Drop Earrings

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  • Domestic

She probably has many pairs of stud earrings, but these antique-inspired drop earrings will surely upgrade her jewelry collection. The brass finish will make them stand out from rest.

From the 1928 Jewelry’s bold lady label, this drop pair of earrings will certainly look and feel chic on any occasion and under any circumstance. They are a conversation starter too.

 

17: Smeg 2-Slice Toaster

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Smeg 2-Slice Toaster-Pink

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  • Extra Wide Slots
  • Self-centering Racks
  • Automatic Slice Pop Up
  • 6 Browning Levels | 3 Pre‐set Programs

Retro finish. Extra-wide slots. Self-centering racks. Six bread browning levels for the perfect toasts. And three pre-set programs — what more could you ask for in a toaster? Your sister will never make avocado toast the same way again.

This cool, retro-style two-slice toaster from Smeg is a décor face-lift her kitchen countertop needs right now. You can get it in a variety of chic and stylish colors, including vibrant pink, cool pastel blue, sizzling red, pastel green, charming black, chrome, and neutral cream. Talk about choice!

 

18: Keepsake Runaway Dress

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Keepsake Women's Runaway Dress, Black Hydrangea, XX-Small

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  • Shell: 50% cotton/50% polyester
  • Lining: 96% polyester/4% elastane
  • Fabric: Mid-weight, non-stretch poplin
  • Hand wash
  • Elastic off-shoulder neckline with ruffle trim , Short puff sleeves with ties at cuffs

With temp rising every day, that can only mean one thing: summer is around the corner. If everything goes well, sun-kissed skin and unlimited beach time are in the offing, which is why this runaway sundress from Keepsake is one of the best gifts for your sister.

Every lady would appreciate getting such a chic, stylish dress. We love the funky floral pattern, puff sleeves, and off-the-shoulder neckline; they make the dress quite eye-catching. Trust me; she will get lots of compliments for the dress.

 

19: ECOWISH Fuzzy Faux Shearling Zipper Jacket

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ECOWISH Women's Coat Casual Lapel Fleece Fuzzy Faux Shearling Zipper Warm Winter Oversized Outwear Jackets Blue M

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  • Material-This fashion coat is made of Polyester&Spandex,Soft material,Skin-friendly and comfortable to wear.
  • Design-Long sleeve, solid color, Lapel, Zipper closure, Two side pockets, Faux shearling Jacket. Perfect with skinnly jeans,leggings, t-shirts, tops, shirts. ect.
  • Occasion - Suit for Daily wear, School, Vacation, Work, Club, Party, Street, great for Office or Outdoor. You will fall in love with this trendy fleece coat!!
  • Size & Washing Care - Please select the size by ECOWISH measurement chart. Hand Wash Cold, Lay Flat to Dry or Dry Clean, Do Not Twist or Wring.
  • Attention - Please Make Sure you choose our Women Jacket "sold by ECOWISH" before the order.

Got a fashion-forward sister in your hands? This casual lapel fleece from Ecowish is perfect for the spring weather. She will definitely treasure this cozy & warm oversized coat in fuzzy faux-shearling fabric.

It comes in thirteen color styles, including blue, brown, black, camel, coffee, cream, green, pink, khaki, red, and white, all of which are well-priced. No matter your choice, the jacket will go nicely with her leggings, skinny jeans, tees, tops, and shirts.

 

20: Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i Wireless Headphones

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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i Wireless Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones with Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode and Microphone – Black - 1645026

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  • EASY LISTENING: Adjust the volume, change tracks and take calls with on-device touch controls. Enjoy added convenience with the proximity sensor that pauses playback when headphones are removed and resumes when placed back on.
  • Frequency response - 20-20,000Hz and Impedance - 16 Ohms
  • Lithium-Ion Battery Capacity: 770 mAh

The best part about these monochrome wireless Bluetooth headphones (besides their sleek design and on-device touch controls)? They are incredibly good at tuning out noise and surrounding sounds, so your sister can block out the rest of the world in style.

 

21: Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Iron/Fuchsia

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Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, Iron/Fuchsia, 1200W

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  • Helps prevent extreme heat damage to protect natural shine; Air temperature is measured 20 times every second, keeping the temperature under control
  • Ultra fast drying; For fast drying you need controlled, high velocity airflow. Rated power 1600watts
  • Includes: Magnetic attachments Dyson smoothing noozle, styling concentrator, and diffuser
  • Lightweight and balanced; We've turned convention on its head and put the motor in the handle
  • Acoustically tuned; The powerful motor is tuned to produce one inaudible frequency

An iron and fuchsia combo, the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer is the gift her hair calls for right now. It will effortlessly protect her locks from extreme heat damage to retain that natural luster. Customers rave about the fact that this dryer takes nearly all types of hair from wet to dry in fewer than 10 minutes. Impressive!

 

Tips on Buying the Best Gifts for Sisters

Your sister is the real one, and you can rest assured she thinks the world of you. For all she has done for you, your sister deserves all the love in the world, or at the very minimum, a fantastic present.

Not sure what to get her? Lucky for you, we have rounded up 7 failsafe (and unexpectedly easy) tips you can follow to find a gift that will make your big or little sister feel truly loved and treasured.

Tip #1: Mirror your “True Self”

I know what you are thinking: the gift is for your sister, so why the heck does it have to be about you? This is where science comes to your rescue. The act of giving a gift is actually more about the giver than the recipient, would you believe it!

That’s right; according to an interesting study appearing in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, investigators discovered that the recipient feels a greater sense of friendship/appreciation after getting a gift that mirrors the giver’s true self. In other words, give a present that reflects who you are — your dislikes and likes.

Gift-giving, in light of this, isn’t just about demonstrating how much you know about the recipient. It’s also about giving a “piece of you”, something that means a lot to you.

This is good news is that your sister may be one of the only few people who genuinely knows and cares about your truest and peculiar interests. So, if you’re into purple stuff, don’t be afraid to get her a purple sweater (assuming she loves sweaters, of course).

Tip #2: Don’t be afraid to just ask: Give her what she wants!

While it might sound unorthodox, sometimes you can take the guesswork out of gift-shopping by simply asking your sister what she actually wants. In fact, a series of five studies conducted by scientists at Harvard and Stanford found that people are more appreciative of presents they explicitly asked for than the other way around.

They found this to be true for money gifts and wedding gifts, as well as friendship and holiday presents. This is not always a great idea, though, particularly if she forked out for a nice surprise for you. Some people fancy the element of surprise.

Tip #3: Think about what she needs

She has been dropping clues all over the place. Maybe she has been hinting about getting a new phone, kitchen appliance, eyeglass frame, and so on. Think hard and long about what she might want, and don’t hesitate to look back to the past.

We live in the age of social media, so don’t be afraid to check out what she has been raving about on her Instagram, Facebook or Twitter page. Has she been talking about a particular coat, baking item or makeup product?

Pinterest is another underrated source of gift inspiration. If your sister has a Pinterest, there’s a good chance that she has pinned lots of items in her wish-list. Scoping that out would definitely be a clever move.

Tip #4: Take a closer look at her hobbies, collections, and interests

Maybe your sister loves to collect nice china, and you can score a few to add to her collection. She’ll love you more for that.

For a gym rat who enjoys working out, give her a practical gym bag to lug her stuff around or a gorgeous water bottle. Is she really into new tech and gizmos? A new pair of AirPods will definitely earn you more sis points (and lots of hugs).

Tip #5: Jokes aside, seriously

Yes, your sister may be the comedian of the family, the jokes extraordinaire if you will, but giving a gift is a serious endeavor. The last thing you want is to give her a joke gift, so do it at your own peril!

Giving her a box of onions disguised as chocolate as a birthday gift for your sister is much akin to starting a psychological war. And don’t forget the whole joke can take the cheer out of her birthday.

The same goes for buying your sister a scale or deodorant. No matter how expensive or fancy it might seem, it’s gutless, unacceptable and tactless. The jokes should be preserved for your speech during her wedding or anniversary.

Tip #6: An experiential gift can go a long way

The thought, as they say, is what counts, but some presents are more meaningful than others when it comes to strengthening that sibling bond. One recent study found that gift recipients prefer to get a gift of experience than a material present.

With that in mind, you might be better off giving a ticket to an upcoming play or an Amazon gift card rather than forking out top dollar for the latest LED TV or a flashy handbag.

Tip #7: Steer clear of gift bundles

If you’re drawing a blank, the chances are you will tend to bundle several gifts hoping that at least one of them will steal the show. Big mistake. Research published in the Journal of Consumer Research noted that people often “average out” the value of bundled gifts.

In other words, the cheaper gift will diminish the value of the prized present. So, if you have snagged the cutest Patek Philippe watch, don’t accompany it with a cheap bottle of perfume.

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