She is the one who stole laddoos from your plate, who probably filled your shoes with sand, fought with you on innumerable occasions and complained to your mother about you. In later years, you realized that she is actually your mother-in-disguise, partner-in-crime, sounding board, friend, philosopher and guide – all rolled into one. Didn’t you cry on her shoulders when you broke up with your girlfriend?
As adults, you both may have gone down different professional paths. One of you may even have moved to another town. Still, she is there by your side whenever you need her. In fact, when you are in trouble, she has this uncanny ability to realize it and appear like a genie.
Come to think of it, she was your first and truest chaddi buddy. She is your Sister.
On August 18, you will get a chance to show her how much you love her, how much she means to you. Raksha Bandhan is just round the corner, you see? On this day, a brother is meant to renew his vow to protect his sister. At least, that is how it all started. In these times of course, your sister could very well know karate and you could be the one who really needs to be protected. Still, the sentiment is more about ‘love for your sibling’. You can imply to her that you will be there for her too – forever.
But the question really is, what will you Gift her on this special day? Not that you need a specific day to declare your affection for her. Still, imagine how she will feel when you give her something thoughtful and totally unforgettable.
We have five lovely gifting ideas for you. Take some time out and pick one of these for her
1. Pamper her at a spa or a salon
She might not let on, but deep down, every girl loves a session at a spa or salon. A visit to a salon or a spa will help her with that. Be it sometime in the sauna, a whole body massage, or a simple facial or foot massage, there is nothing like lying back for an hour or two and getting pampered. You will see her gratitude on her face when she comes out all fresh and aglow.
2. Treat her to brunch this Raksha Bandhan
Haven’t been able to have a proper conversation with her in a long time? How about taking her to a restaurant for a superb brunch? That way, you can kill two birds with one stone: both of you will get the chance to catch up with each other while gorging on a large and delectable spread. Continental, North Indian, South Indian, Gujarati, Bengali, all-American or Tex-Mex, you are sure to find the right brunching place in town. And if she loves wine, go ahead and add that to the package.
3. Enrol her in a course or workshop
Your sister must be having a hobby. All of us have. Only that many of lose touch with it when life gets too hectic. Your sister may not be actively pursuing a hobby now, but deep at heart, she would definitely want to get back to it sooner than later. Or, perhaps she wants to learn a new skill. It could be photography, pottery, theatre acting, dancing, kick boxing, candle-making, whatever. Choose from the range of classes and workshops available in town and gift her a
4. Take her someplace totally unexpected
This year, don’t celebrate Raksha Bandhan at home. Take her to a lovely place she hasn’t been to. If she is the kind that loves to be close to nature, you could go to a hill resort, a homestay or a farmstay. If she is the adventurous kind, you can take her far above terra firma on a hot air balloon. If she hasn’t hit the road in a long time, just take her on a long drive.
5. Gift her good health
Given that most of us are stuck with busy but monotonous lives, there is a good chance that your sister is not able to take care of herself as much as she should. Health has probably taken a back seat due to work commitments and household chores. Which is why, you could gift her good health. You could take out a membership at a fitness club or Zumba studio. That would nudge her into a proper fitness routine. Or, you could put her through a comprehensive health check-up tailored exclusively for women.
Any way you look at it, good health is the most thoughtful and long-lasting gift you can ever give her.
So, there you are. Get the right gift, call your sister right away and tell her to block August 18 on her calendar. Just remember to keep the gift a surprise.
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