Gifts For Sister

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We know, it’s complicated. Maybe she was the one who pulled the curtain back on the big Santa hoax or spilled the beans to you about your secret adoption (real or imaginary). And maybe you cut the heads off all of her dolls in return. Or vice versa. Anyway, these are all bygones, and at the end of the day you still love your sister, even if you can’t explain why. So pick her out a nice gift that shows you still know her better than anybody. We’ve got some great ideas.

Spilled alcohol and broken glass simply don’t fit with the luxury life. Let the lowbrows balance their stemware on the wet, glossy surface of the tub like the hapless fools they are. Your friends and loved ones deserve better. Bring some peace of mind to their relaxation hour.

Nothing beats the comfort of lounging around the house, enveloped in something much larger than yourself, unless that something is a giant snake, the crushing anxiety of an ever-uncertain future, or a sense of guilt for that awful thing you said at last year’s family picnic. A giant knit blanket helps to smother any of these undesirable feelings, leaving one with a sense of warmth and security.

It’s official - the sky’s the limit. No more artificial limitations or imaginary stopping points, and no excuses. If your sister needs a little encouragement to go out and kick @$$, this is a subtle reminder she can wear around her neck at all times. And it’s a lot easier than carrying around one of those big posters with someone climbing a mountain in front of a sunset or skydiving through a rainbow. The world is her oyster, and don’t let her forget it.

If you’re following the same sequences every day, sometimes yoga practice can be a little repetitive. But making up your own sequence as you go can involve too much thinking, which messes up your flow. Every once in a while it’s nice to have some randomized guidance. Just roll these wooden yoga dice and let the universe decide which way you should bend yourself. The perfect gift for the yoga enthusiast (or beginner) who’s looking for a way to shake up their practice.

The Echo Look turns Alexa into their very own personal style assistant. The desktop camera connects with a smartphone and takes full body shots (and even short videos), allowing them to see what they look like from all angles. The Echo Look also uses machine learning to provide feedback based on body type and the recommendations of top designers. It’s like kidnapping a top fashion expert and tying them up in their bedroom, but way more ethical.

In classier quarters this might be called a “decanter.” But the built-in stupidity of a decanter is that it’s really just a big glass you’re not allowed to drink out of. You see, in the genteel world of wine, “classy” consists of adding unnecessary steps to what should be a simple process. Of course, bourgeois society has attached all kinds of stigma to drinking straight from the bottle, so some kind of compromise is necessary. And that compromise is right here.

Conventional cookbooks are a longstanding staple of old time kitchens. But accepted as they are, they have a fatal flaw: they were written by total strangers, and therefore deserve to be regarded cynically by sophisticated modern users. The Family Recipes cookbook solves this problem, giving the owner a template that can be filled in with delicious instructions for cookery straight from the hands and minds of trusted kinfolk. Don’t let someone you care about fall prey to the demented culinary whims of some deranged outsider.

So you’ve decided to get her a bomb kit? Scour the internet and you’ll find instructions for making the worst kind of gift imaginable. But instead of making one that blows up, why don’t you teach her how to make a bath bomb? No costly medical bills or long, drawn out criminal trials. Just an explosion of peace and relaxation.

As the old saying goes, nobody wants to see how the sausage is made. It’s different with candy bars, because only good things go in them, instead of old leftover horse parts or whatever. Not that you can’t add horse parts to your candy bars - nobody’s going to stop you. The point is you don’t have to. And in case you’re wondering, most people stick to the classics like nuts, mint chips, and stuff like that. This is definitely the ultimate DIY junk food gift.

The last thing they need is more stuff, and at the end of it all it’s really the experiences that they will cherish the most. Help them create some new memories to look back on by finding a fun activity to do locally. Be adventurous and choose something they’ve near done before. It’s a gift that will enrich their life and yours too.

Flowers don’t just look nice and fill the air with pleasant aromas, they also carry various levels of symbolism. Much like the zodiac, each month has its own flower variety, reflecting the character of everyone born therein. Or at least, that’s what someone decided a long time ago. And it sure is a nice idea. Regardless of whether the person you’re buying for really is a carnation at heart, or whether they’re more of a Venus fly trap, these earrings are going to look great on them.

There’s nothing more comforting to a pet owner than feeling the wet, slimy nose of their favorite companion pressed against their bare skin. Over and over again. While they’re watching TV, doing yoga, cooking, trying to take out the garbage, talking on the phone, or waking up in the morning. Pretty much anytime they’re not covered in clothing from the neck down. Since they can’t take their animal’s nose with them everywhere they go, here’s the next best thing.

Bury the hatchet … and a time capsule while you’re at it! This is a serious undertaking that requires teamwork, creativity and well-planned digging. Sisters are perfect for the task at hand. Tuck away memorable keepsakes that will surprise and delight future generations. Enclose secret passwords, keys to unlock that mysterious chest of drawers, or maybe just some touching photos and one-of-a-kind artwork. Dream big, but don’t forget to mark the spot!

Gone are the days of tripping over cords and accidentally sucking up Grandma’s lost earring. This powerful fella is about to change your sister’s life. The rewards of absentee vacuuming are beyond compare. We’re not just talking about spotless floors free of cat hair and breadcrumbs. Roomba transcends cleanliness by giving peace of mind and precious time—two things none of us has enough of. Treat her to the floor butler of dreams!

Renaissance thinkers saw humans as a microcosm, a miniature version of the universe. These handcrafted wood and resin rings represent an idealized sanctuary, a miniature model of a beautiful and peaceful place to escape from the not so awesome realities of everyday life. Peace of mind they can carry wherever they go.

Back in the days before society and political correctness and cell phones went and made everyone soft, you would smash an insect, rodent, or other small intruder with your bare hands, and if you were poor enough, you’d add it to whatever you were making for dinner, because it’s cheaper than buying fancy store seasonings. But that’s pretty old school, and we understand that most people have gotten off that bus. It’s a lot easier just to vacuum stuff up and be done with it.

According to research, a average woman spends 76 days looking for items in her handbag during her lifetime. That is downright silly. But you can help. She'll love this addition to her favorite accessory that will save her time finding keys, phones, and whatever else she squeezes into her cavernous purse.

Take a friend back to their glory days on the streets of Hong Kong with this authentic bubble waffle maker. All they have to do is fill this bad boy with their favorite waffle batter, close the lid, and within a few minutes they’ve got their very own homemade version of one of the world’s most iconic street foods. Add in a stockpile of cheap batter and a few cases of whipped cream, and this could literally keep them alive for years.

Here’s some art that really grows on you. A hanging garden that can be placed on any wall in the house, it can add a bit of unexpected life to an interior space. The frame comes decked out with easy-to-care-for succulents, so you don’t have to worry about giving this to someone with a brown thumb.

Variety, as they say, is the spice of life. So why would you try to force people into eating one kind of lasagna? That just seems brutal and barbaric. This three-part lasagna pan lets the family chef cater to everyone’s preferences — whether they're picky eaters, vegetarians, allergy sufferers, or just neurotic people with imaginary food sensitivities — helping to unite all eaters around a common dining table. Now that’s a cause we can get behind.

Fast track your sister to the breakfast of champions. This gargantuan coffee cup isn't for lightweights, just real serious caffeine lovers trying to stay awake and inspire a new generation of supersize consumers. Let go of the thermos and snuggle up to some XXL tableware. Make a statement and go big!

So what if your sister thinks she’s perfect? Give her more reasons to brag with this genius utensil and maybe she’ll even give you a little credit this time around! Moist, delectable perfection can dominate your sister’s kitchen, giving her more time to boast about what a good chef she is. This masterful culinary device will bring the bistro home and satisfy even the most discriminating taste buds.Check out our Guide to Sous Vide Cooking to learn more about this underutilized method of cooking.

Having to get out of bed to retrieve your favorite stuff is the deepest kind of bummer. And since not everyone has the money to afford a full-time servant, many people are forced to suffer the indignity of placing their bare feet upon the cold, hard floor. This bedside shelf is an ingenious answer to that problem, especially for top bunk dwellers and anyone else for whom a bedside table is not an option. An attractive, eco-friendly, and minimalist way to make sure they have all of their doo-dads, gadgets, and consumables within arm’s reach the moment they wake up.

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Lottery tickets are a great gift you can pick up at your local convenience store, that come with a serious upside. If they win big you may get a piece of the action. Lottery tickets are often things that people won't buy for themselves, believing that they never win anything, but who could help but get their hopes up when you present them with a dozen chances to strike it rich and travel the world in a super yacht?

Many scientists consider smell to be the strongest of the human senses, tied up so intimately as it is with emotions and memories. It’s also sometimes the most neglected aspect of the home. You know who we’re talking about. Help that person craft a more sensuous and pleasing atmosphere for everyone who steps inside.

Got a sister that likes to keep a tidy house? Or a sister that just likes practical presents in general? Hit both nails on the head with this built-in kitchen vacuum. It’s easy to use and powerful enough to get rid of all the frustrating bits of dirt that a dustpan just can’t get to. Plus, it’s so easy to install you won’t have to do it for her. Winner all around!

This is perfect for anyone who’s driven nuts by people leaving empty shells in the middle of a bowl of pistachios. If your sister is one of those people, then make her day with a gift that makes pistachio eating stress free…until she finds one that she can’t get the shell off.

With a memory jar, you don’t have to be famous or historically memorable to have the mundane moments of your life recorded for posterity. Just fill out the little slips of paper included with the pen that’s also included, and drop those little snippets into the glass jar for future perusal. It’s not only a great way to remember happy moments that occurred months or years previous, it’s also gives you the evidence necessary to settle arguments over who did what to who.

Anyone who tells you that you can’t look classy drinking straight out of the bottle simply lacks imagination. And they clearly haven’t seen one of these. The best thing about using the Guzzle Buddy is the total lack of pretension. This is the perfect gift for that person who always talks about having ONE glass but never seems to achieve that level of self-control. This is a great way to say, “You don’t have to pretend. We want you to be who you are. We just want you to look better doing it.”

Most disagreements can be smoothed over with little lasting effect. Others have the potential to create internal family warfare that can rift a clan in two and and cause lingering animosity for generations. The Split Decision Pie Pan is an attempt to avert the disaster that can ensue from dessert arguments, especially during the holidays and other important celebrations. No longer must we choose between apple pie and our own children. Instead, let harmony reign over the land.

Generally speaking, the last person in the room who needs more wine is the person who’s already gone feet up. But as long as that posture signals relaxation and not unconsciousness, it’s probably fine. There may be a moral grey area, but that’s not your problem. This is the perfect gift for the most shameless wino you know.

Got a sister who doesn’t like getting her hands dirty? This is the gift she’s been waiting for. No more having to get the whole roll of paper towels wet when she’s drying her hands, or even worse, getting the whole roll dirty. It’s easy to install and easy to use, and a present she definitely won’t be washing her hands of anytime soon.

Back when old people were kids, shadow puppeteering was accepted as a legitimate skill. That meant holding your hands in front of a light to create rudimentary animal shapes on the wall, because there was no internet. These candleholders are a serious step up. Just try making a mature cedar with your hands. Ok, stop. It’s not going to happen.

Treat your green fingered sister to a bit of comfortable cultivating. If she spends a lot of time tending to her garden she’ll love this practical stool and tool bag. It’ll give her plenty of pockets to keep all the things she needs to make sure her plants are perfect and somewhere to sit as she does it. It's hardwearing yet lightweight and rugged yet versatile, as the stool and tool bag can be detached and used separately.

If your sister spends all day on her feet, she’s guaranteed to love this present that will relieve tension and soothe her soles. A trip to the salon is a thing of the past as this portable massager will provide her with some much needed relaxation from the comfort of her own home. She can sit back and unwind as the massager rejuvenates tired muscles after a busy day of running around.

For the frugal homemaker, there can never be too many ways to save space and eliminate unnecessary appliances, utensils, and the like. So a single stove-top skillet that allows you to fire up a full three-course meal in one go? You bet your sweet pork chop, corn, and baked beans that’s gonna find a place in lots of kitchens. And consider that it’s stain resistant, built to last, and safe for the oven and dishwasher, and it’s clear someone had their thinkin’ cap on at the old pots and pans factory.

We know that siblings can have a bit of a rocky relationship, but if you’re hunting for the perfect gift for your sister we reckon you must have at least a little bit of a soft spot for her. This rug may be the answer and will raise a smile when you tell her why you thought it’d make a great gift. It’s also super stylish and a focal point for any room that she puts it in.

If your sister is a lover of home grown foods and healthy eating, here’s a gift that will help her get a bit more organized with her organics. This planter tower is perfect for anyone who has limited space to grow their own vegetables or as an addition to a larger garden. It’s an efficient way to put food waste to work and with any luck, you’ll get some fresh fruit and vegetables for yourself too.

There’s nothing better than getting cozy on the couch on a crisp winter’s evening with your favorite blanket and a cup of hot cocoa. Well, we’ve found your new favorite blanket. The only downside? You’ll have to part with it to give it as a gift to your sister.

You’ve probably spent most of your life trying to emphasize to the world, to yourself, and to each other how different you are, but here’s a nice low-key, symbolic way to communicate that you know how much you have in common. Made from a combination of sterling silver and jade gemstones, this is a unique take on the traditional companionship locket. Though your real link is your DNA, shared memories, love, and lifelong grievances, it’s nice to have a visual and tactile reminder of your bond as well.

Are you being watched as you read this? Is your every move being documented for later use against you in the form of blackmail or worse? Probably. And that paranoid friend who’s always going on and on about being watched? They’re most likely right too. But now there’s something they can do about it. With a hidden camera detector, they can foil the plans of even the most ingenious spies, rapscallions, government agents, and other invaders of privacy. A necessary weapon in the modern digital jungle.

This hi-tech gadget might put the local Kingdom Hall out of business, but it sure beats peepholes and scary lion claw knockers. Give your sister the freedom to answer the door when and how often she pleases. Gift her with the security of knowing who’s crossing the welcome mat. No more lost sleep over missing packages. Relax and just survey the footage. Homeownership just got a whole lot easier!

Vineyard-hopping can be loads of fun, but it’s not exactly the safest activity for a lazy summer afternoon. Give your sister a ticket to the finer things in life, in the comfort of her own home! She’ll be cranking out custom pinot noirs and zesty chardonnays in no time! Every family needs its own resident sommelier and your sister is just the right candidate for the task. Bottoms up! Handcrafted refreshments are where it’s at.

Plastic plants should be restricted to windowless conference rooms and your podiatrist’s office, not your sister’s entryway! Give those African violets a lift and add some contemporary swagger to her interior design. These stylish planters not only inject some well-needed greenery and oxygen to even the tiniest dwellings, they free up extra counter space and defy the laws of gravity.

It’s time to unzip that vinyl mattress cover and go to town with this top-of-the-line germ-blasting general. Indiscernible stains and menacing microbes will be wiped out in a jiffy once your sister gets her paws on this miracle machine. Bedtime doesn’t have to be a scary, life-threatening experience. Reclaim the pillow-top, tame that tempurpedic and join the hygienic sleep surface brigade.

Humans aren’t the only members of the animal kingdom to practice the ancient spiritual and physical art of yoga, and we’ve got the visual propaganda to prove it — in the form of calendars, picture books, statues, coloring books, postcards, and more. And of all the non-human members of the yoga community, cats hold a special place at the front of the movement. Naturally flexible, nimble, self-motivated, and introspective, cats have done much to further the age-old practice of yoga. It’s time we gave them the recognition they deserve.

Great art doesn’t always take the form you’re expecting. Twitter gives everyone with a phone and an opinion to spare the chance to reach millions of people with a single ill-conceived utterance. With all that verbal garbage coursing through the airwaves, bizarre gems are certain to arise. Lest they drift away and go to waste, someone had the brilliant idea to start framing them. Move over Picasso, it’s time to make room for the real modern art.

If you’ve ever suspected that you can’t trust your tongue, here’s proof. Adding volatile scents to these specialized forks completely changes the experience of eating, as your brain processes much more information through your nose than your tastebuds. Give this as a gift and help them have the weirdest, most surreal dinner parties in the neighborhood.

A book is more than just a collection of words and ideas. It’s a frozen piece of time — the intersection of one person’s (or sometimes multiple peoples’) thoughts and experiences with the moment in which they were recorded. So sometimes a 50th reprint of To Kill a Mockingbird just doesn’t seem to carry the same weight that it should. Serious book lovers love first editions, because they’re a tangible piece of cultural history.

Cushion those tired, aching feet with some plush pleasure. Deluxe and cozy, these carpeted inserts will spoil your sister’s instep and add a touch of warmth to any favorite footwear. Your sister will feel like she’s re-entering the womb every time she tucks her toes into these yummy crème puffs. Outfit those loafers and ballet flats with year-round luxury and pamper those cracking heels no matter what the occasion!

Sure, it will be strange when you have to get that cheek swab from them without them knowing what you’re up to, but it will all make sense when you reveal this custom portrait that showcases their unique DNA. Or you could just give them the DNA collection kit as the gift if that’s easier. Or just swab your dog. They’ll never know the difference.

Feisty and user-friendly, this modern-day bodyguard is the perfect addition to your sister’s handbag or fanny pack. No need for ammunition, just a steady hand, good aim and some good old-fashioned adrenaline. This pocket-size enforcer will give her back her freedom and instill her with the confidence to brave even the diciest evening encounters.

There are lots of monthly and weekly meal subscriptions to choose from, but not so much for the people who like the meals in between meals the best. Look, grass-fed steak with organic heirloom carrots and Arabian saffron roasted potatoes is great, but some people would genuinely prefer a handful of edamame or a blueberry lemon oat bar instead. We’re not here to judge, and you shouldn’t be either. The Graze monthly snack subscription provides healthy alternatives that allow the recipient to indulge in their love of snacking without paying the junk food tax.

Since nobody seems to be interested enough to invent an ever-lasting battery, it looks like we’re all stuck charging our phones every day for the foreseeable future. But before you throw you hands up in disgust and ask how it could possibly get worse, there is some good news. The same lazy, inconsiderate tech “geniuses” who refuse to make forever batteries have at least found the decency to create a little pad that charges smartphones without having to plug them in. And really, it’s the least they could do.

Try as they might, those frozen cocktails they’re always making in the blender never quite come out right. It’s not because they got the recipe wrong (although by the fourth batch, that’s a good bet too) - it’s because the’ve been using the wrong tools. You wouldn’t let them try to cross a lake in their car, would you? So why are you letting them try to make frozen drinks in a blender? Making a proper beach cocktail first and foremost requires using the right contraption: a specialized frozen drink maker. It’s a small investment for the gallons of glorious delight it will produce.

Chocolates used to (and perhaps still do) come from factories run by shady recluses and populated by obese midget slaves. Or at least that’s what the video evidence suggests. But it doesn’t have to be that way anymore. Stick it to big business by giving someone this home chocolate making kit and help them join the artisan revolution. A whole new way to make chocolate “guilt free”.

Surf’s up, Sista’! Pop some bubbly with this pop-up plaything and feel the worries just melt away… Your sister won’t be able to stop smiling once she slides into this portable jacuzzi. Cleanse her pores, soothe those aching joints and add a splash of fun to her routine. Indulge her senses and take her on an effervescent escape every season of the year.

Reminiscent of the days of communal eating and groovy togetherness, this culinary symbol of the ‘70s is making a comeback! The Swiss got it right when they wrote the rulebook on this shared meal. Color-coded forks and double-dipping penalties will encourage proper etiquette around the bowl. There’s nothing quite like the unifying power of melted cheese to get a dinner party moving in the right direction. Intimate and satisfying, fondue is the wave of the future.

The DJI Osmo Pocket takes handheld personal videos to a whole new level. Sure, smartphones have always included video capabilities. But in case you haven’t noticed, the videos are so terrible as to be basically unusable. The Osmo Pocket’s main feature is its revolutionary stabilizing system, which allows even the clumsiest, shakiest, or drunkest person to create professional-quality videos. The only drawback? Whoever you buy this for is definitely going to think they’re Steven Freaking Spielberg, so get ready.

A great introduction to cooking, this kitchen staple will get the kids involved in meal prep and teach them something about measurements and portion control! If seconds or thirds are commonplace in your sister’s household, scoop up three or four of these space-saving utensils and watch the forks start swirling. Maybe you’ll get invited to the next spaghetti and meatballs night. Mangia mangia!

Transform your sister’s bathroom into Studio 54 with some guided mood lighting. That dreary, antiseptic apparatus needs a facelift because potty time should feel like “party time”! She’ll no longer dread those 3am trips to the porcelain throne since fun returned to the restroom. Forgetting to put the seat down is no longer an option with this handy spotlight on the scene.

Breastfeeding just took on a whole new meaning. Discreet and practical, this strategic drink holder is perfect for tailgating, cocktail parties and all those ladies on the go. Hands-free consumption made easy, your sister can savor that merlot at peak temperature and look like a million bucks in the process. Grapes are in season, so pop a cork and fill ’er up!

Extend the shelf life of those fruits and veggies with some smart, breathable storage. Soggy strawberries, gooey lettuce and shriveled mushrooms will have to take a backseat to this fresh solution. Cost-effective and tidy, this gift will save your sister bushels of time and money. Bring order to the fridge and enjoy the crispy, succulent, sweet goodness of what nature has to offer!

If you can’t afford to splurge on a Tiffany tennis bracelet, spoil her with some modern technology that will rejuvenate her finest gems and jewels. Leave the polishing to the guys at the car wash. This sensible system makes jewelry care effortless and fun, easily lifting years of tarnish and returning finishes to their original luster.

If Crisco is the only oil occupying the shelves of your sister’s pantry, it’s prime time to introduce a splash of undeniable flavor to the mix. The health benefits of Mediterranean cuisines are indisputable, and this first-class EVOO has the capacity to transform any ordinary dish into an extraordinary, full-bodied feast. Trade in those over-processed oils for this high-grade immunity booster and get a taste of the good life!

This is the real farm-to-table dream your sister has been waiting for! Forget farmers’ markets and Whole Foods outings, this nutrient-packed gift box will keep on delivering wholesome goodness while your sister files her nails and catches up on soaps. Say goodbye to the weekly shopping cart and hello to this super food carton that will nourish her from head to toe.

Polaroids may be dead, but the people who like to use them aren’t. Not all of them anyway. There’s something especially gratifying about holding a tangible photograph, especially in a world dominated by virtual commodities where everything is becoming digital. Having an instant printer on hand means they don’t have to wait for a photo printing company to print their photos from the cloud and mail them by horseback or whatever. And we all know that nobody has time to wait for a horse these days. Oh, and we should also mention: these look way better than Polaroids.

These king-sized treats just might be the perfect gift to match their insatiable sweet tooth. This level of candy debauchery might be frowned upon by overeaters anonymous, but life is too short for sugar shaming. No need to wrap these monstrous munchies, the wrapper alone is half the fun and can be used later on as one-of-a-kind wall art to commemorate their gastronomical feat.

The perfect way to chill out on those steamy summer days, this ingenious popsicle novelty will become the most-used appliance in your sister’s home. Compact and foolproof, even the kids can help out with this snack time winner. Reduce waste and let the crafty people in the world control the popsicle stick supply. Nutritious, delicious and a soothing distraction for teething little ones, this frozen dessert king will hit the spot every time.

The classic party game where everyone either reveals reputation-demolishing secrets about their past or shamelessly lies to save face. Depending on the temperament of the various participants, it can make for an hour or so of good-natured ribbing, or it can devolve into closet doors being flung open to reveal hideous skeletons beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. In other words, it’s rip-roaring fun. But depending on your own personal history, you may want to sit this one out.

Bingo the clown might be out of a job once these shiny show dogs start flying off the shelves. Balloon animals never cease to entertain, especially ones that last forever! These quirky, colorful pups will add a splash of fun and optimism to tired spaces, making any room “pop” with excitement. Once your sister catches a glimpse of her goofy smile in its reflection, she’ll be hooked for good.

If there’s anything that can make wine taste better, it’s a little frustration. If you think life in our rapid-delivery consumer culture is just a bit too easy, then teach your sister a valuable lesson by making her work more than she anticipated for her reward. You’re not only giving the world’s oldest artisan beverage, you’re helping develop life skills.