From squabbling over that last scoop of ice-cream to celebrating your big promotions, our siblings stay with us through thick and thin. Celebrating this special bond, Raksha Bandhan is one of the most eagerly anticipated festivals of the year. Whether you are buying a gift for your sister, or brother, these cool gifts will stand out in a crowd of same old, same old presents.
Creativity journals are perfect for those who love to write, maintain diaries, or keep detailed notes. There are also wildly popular adult colouring books to pick from—painting isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but colouring is oodles of fun!
A smartwatch is on everyone’s lustlist, and it doesn’t always require an extravagant budget. This modern take on the classic timepiece scores on both functionality and style. For a more pocket-friendly take, try the Pebble Technology Corp Classic 301BL Smartwatch.
“Traditionally, brothers took the role of protecting their sisters, but we live in times when we protect ourselves. I think of Rakhi as a way to celebrate love and affection. One doesn’t need siblings to mark the day; good friends can also celebrate this occasion. Growing up, chocolates were a staple gift from my brothers. When I now receive chocolates on Raksha Bandhan, it reminds me of my childhood”
Swikriti Banerjee, graphic designer, élanstreet
A personal styling service is perfect for anyone who loves to dress well. Our pick—a curated for you package created by an expert stylist exclusively for the client. For older siblings who want to discover their personal style and build an enviable wardrobe, a personal stylist subscription is a thoughtful gift.
Looking for something quirky and memorable? A vintage-inspired camera makes for an adorable gift—make sure you start with a shot with your favourite sibling. In a mood to splurge? Gift an X-Box or a gaming computer from 25pc.com and your game junkie kin will thank you every day. Caution: Highly addictive. For bibliophiles, contributing writer Aditi Padiyar recommends, “An e-reader—for the love of reading, and the convenience of carrying thousands of books at once, it’s the best companion.”
Great gifts don’t just come in package. You can also consider gifting an experience. Think spa packages, a membership to the gym or an activity class, or even an all-expenses paid weekend getaway. Have a sibling who volunteers at a charity? Join them for the day and do some good. There’s so much you can do on this special day.
“With my brother living with me, this Raksha Bandhan is going to be very special and hopefully grand. He has already decided on his preferred rakhi design, his favourite sweets, and the clothes and gifts he wants. We plan to distribute rakhis and sweets in his school, which is an institution for special kids. As for me, I love to read and like every year, I expect to receive a lot of books.”
Lipi Prasoon, merchandising manager, élanstreet
For those taking the luxe route, classic accessories such as a perfume, watch or precious jewellery aren’t just gifts but also great investments.