Whether you need nifty or thrifty ideas – or both – these gift ideas for sisters will help you find the perfect way to say Happy Birthday or Bon Voyage. These gift tips will help you figure out what your sister likes, so you can feel good about the gift you’re giving.
One of the best gifts my sister ever gave me was a bathrobe, similar to the Old Shanghai Women’s Silk Kimono Long Robe – Cherry Blossom White. The robe she gave me was terrycloth with embroidered butterflies – my sister gave me this gift more than 15 years ago, and it’s still one of my favorite things. The kimono robe pictured is silk and hand-painted. It’s a nifty gift idea for a sister who is elegant and exotic.
I think the best gift I ever gave my sister was a Micro Fleece Plush Blanket. Her kids actually stole it from her because they loved it so much. Winter or summer, a micro fleece blanket is one of those thrifty gift ideas that sisters love.
Nifty and Thrifty Gift Ideas for Sisters
These are the best gifts from a variety of articles I’ve written. I stole my best ideas and linked back to the original post, so you can let your fingers do the walking!
An inspirational art sign for a creative sister
Is your sister wilde at heart? Give her an Artissimo Designs “Your Life is Now” Sign – Printed Canvas Art sign for her bedroom, office, or writing space.
This is one of my favorite ideas in Creative Gifts for Writers, Authors, and Poets. Your sister doesn’t have to be a writer or poet to love this gift idea. For instance, I have a simple little wooden sign that says “Believe” for my office, and I love it. Why? Because it inspires me to live bigger and better.
When I feel discouraged or hopeless, I run my fingers over the words: “If you believe, all things are possible.”
A pretty pair of earrings
You can never go wrong with jewelry, especially earrings as pretty as Sterling Silver Turquoise with Diamond Accent Butterfly Drop Earrings.
The best gift ideas for sister are those that highlight her personality, tastes, and lifestyle. Even if you’d never wear those earrings or wrap yourself in a silk kimono, you need to ask yourself if your sister would. That’s how you know it’s a nifty gift for your sister!
Is your sister over 40? Read Thoughtful 40th Birthday Gift Ideas for Women.
A diamond sun necklace
The 10k Yellow Gold Diamond Sun Pendant is the most popular item in my list of gift ideas for sisters turning forty. It’s a beautiful burst of light and color – it’s one of those classy and light-hearted gifts that make people feel good.
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If you never see your sister wearing jewelry, don’t waste your money on earrings or pendants. Even if you think one of the easiest gift ideas for a sister is a pendant. avoid the temptation to do what’s easy!
If she loves to read, surprise her with Amazon’s Kindle Fire in Full Color. Or, gift her with a less expensive Kindle, and load it up with her favorite books – you can give her a dozen at a time. This is a lovely gift idea for a sister who loves to read – and who hasn’t tried a digital reader yet.
House cleaning services
Whether your sister lives alone or has a family, a few sessions of free house cleaning services would be amazing. It often feels weird at first to have someone come in and clean your house, but it is so NICE to have a clean house without having to lift a finger.
Be warned, though: this is one of those gift ideas for sister that may turn into a disaster. Some women feel worse than weird at the thought of being cleaned up after: they hate it. The last thing you want is for your sister’s gift to backfire, so tread with caution.
Gift treats for your sister’s dog
Bow wow! The Bake-A-Bone – The Original Dog Treat Maker is a thrifty gift idea for sister with dog. Buying dog treats gets expensive if you’re into organic and natural biscuits, and it’s not healthy if you buy the cheap stuff!
Making your own dog biscuits is a great way to save money and keep your dog healthy. If you want to bake Fido a batch of treats, I bet your sister would love it! I know I would – I have two dogs, and go through more dog treats than I ever thought possible.
You could also give your sister the Three Dog Bakery Cookbook: Over 50 Recipes for All-Natural Treats for Your Dog – with or without the Bake-A-Bone dog treat maker.
A creative gift idea for sister with a sweet tooth
I don’t know how old your sister is, but a cool gift is a retro candy gift box. Whether she’s in her 30s or her 70s, you could give her a gift box of candy from her childhood.
The 80’s Candy Time Capsule is a fun way to enjoy sweets from the past. Your sister doesn’t have to be elderly to savor the flavors of the days of yore! This particular time capsule contains a variety of over 55 pieces of candy from the past. It comes with a free hand written gift tag, and is shipped with free ice pack on warm weather days.
A vintage watch
A nifty gift idea for a sister who loves vintage and retro items is a watch. I recently bought my husband watch as a birthday gift; it wasn’t easy to buy because I wasn’t sure what his preferences were. A watch is fairly personal – some people like the date on the face of the watch, while others (like me) like a clean, simple watch.
The beauty of giving a Vintage brass watch pendant to your sister as a gift is that it’s both elegant and practical.
A magazine subscription
What magazine does your sister read? A One Year Subscription to O, The Oprah Magazine is one of the best gift ideas for a sister who wants to grow and pursue her dreams.
If your sister is a world traveler, get her National Geographic. It’s the number one bestselling magazine subscription on Amazon.
Coffees and teas
Every year, my mother-in-law asks me for gift ideas. Every year, I say Tim Horton’s coffee and specialty teas! It’s more important this year because we’re doing Christmas on a budget because of my husband’s layoff. We can afford to buy coffee, but it sure would be nice to be given some. I don’t know what your financial situation is, but thrifty gift ideas for sisters are always welcome in our family.
Coffees and teas are practical gift ideas for sister and her family – even if they don’t drink coffee or tea. Why? Because they serve coffee and tea to guests and visitors. Everybody needs a cup of coffee sometimes.
A good night’s sleep
Does your sister have trouble sleeping? SleepPhones – Wireless Sleep Headphones are a nifty gift idea.
SleepPhones are headphones built into a luxuriously soft headband made with hypoallergenic, machine-washable fabric. SleepPhones contain an ultra-thin, padded, and removable internal stereo headphone system, which is Bluetooth-enabled.
Those SleepPhones are highlighted in 10 Gifts for Insomniacs and People Who Can’t Sleep. If your sister is a light sleeper, help her get a good night’s rest. She’ll be so grateful.
What do you think about these gift ideas for a sister? I welcome your comments below…
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“Having a sister is like having a best friend you can’t get rid of. You know whatever you do, they’ll still be there.” – Amy Li.