Still haven’t found that perfect Raksha Bandhan present for your sibling? Fret not, because our guide enlisting some of the best rakhi gift ideas will be your saviour.
You and your sibling might keep fighting all throughout the year over the silliest things. But you never give up on each other and always look out for each other. This one day of the year is all about love, rejoicing in the auspicious essence of this occasion and sharing gifts. If you are wondering what to gift your sibling to make them feel special this year, we have it taken care of. With tons of rakhi gift ideas across categories, we have thoughtfully curated this ultimate Raksha Bandhan gifting guide. Everything you want for your sibling is just one click away.
Raksha Bandhan 2023 – Date and muhurat time
Raksha Bandhan, as per Drik Panchang, this year will begin on 30 August 2023 at 10:58 am and go on until 7:05 am on 31 August 2023, according to Purnima Tithi. The auspicious time for tying rakhi however starts after 9:01 pm on 30 August 2023.
Significance of Raksha Bandhan gifting
Raksha Bandhan honours the sacred bond of a brother and sister and the significance of giving a gift stems from the ritual itself.
The ritual involves the sister tying a rakhi on her brother’s wrist wishing for his health, prosperity and protection. The brother in return promises to protect her from any harm and gives her a gift as a token of love.
The ultimate Raksha Bandhan 2023 gifting guide
Glow All Day Set by LANEIGE
Known for its range of hydration-rich skincare products formulated with innovative water technology, LANEIGE is a popular Korean skincare brand. And if your sister swears by K-beauty, the Glow All Day Set will make for an ideal rakhi gift for her. It comprises their iconic Lip Treatment Balm that ensures nourished and visibly smooth lips and two bottles of the Glowy Makeup Serum that lends healthy skin with a dewy look. It is easy to carry when travelling owing to its compact size.
That Perfect fragrance for her by Marc Jacobs
Celebrating the power of florals with just the right intensity and freshness is the Marc Jacobs Perfect Eau De Toilette. A relatively recent launch by the brand, it is an uplifting and joyful fragrance that’s an intimate interpretation of the #PerfectAsIAm mantra.
It opens with the elegance of pink peppercorn and polygonum, slowly blending into the sweetness of white daffodil supported by the base notes of cedarwood. What further makes this a great rakhi gift for sister is the exquisite bottle designed with domed shoulders, gilded collar and crystal-cut topper embellished with a bunch of distinctive charms.
Rakhi Luxury Gift Box by Rad Living X Rishi & Vibhuti
Spoil your brother this Raksha Bandhan with this ultimate rakhi hamper by Rad Living curated in collaboration with clothing label Rishi & Vibhuti. Blending the charismatic character of their scented candles with the designer duo’s aesthetic prints, this gift box comprises all-things-beautiful enveloped in a blanket of love and warmth.
This box includes the Malli Scented Single-Wick Chandni Candle, a Sage and Lime Scented Reed Diffuser, five Reed Sticks, a pocket square, a cashew jar, two rakhis with tilak and rice and a hearty rakhi note. What further adds to the thoughtfulness and usefulness of this hamper is the reusability of the candle jar and the box for decor and storage purposes post the occasion.
Opium Eyewear sunglasses for that style queen
A premium eyewear brand offering an extensive range of voguish sunglasses and optical frames, Opium Eyewear has something for every sibling. And if you’re looking for an eclectic pair of sunglasses for your sister, this one will surely take her unmatched style a notch higher. While the design of these sunglasses is outstanding, its lenses feature the Advanced Vision System (AVS) technology making them scratch-resistant, water and oil-repelling and UV400 protected. The glasses are strong and durable and yet feel absolutely lightweight.
Makeup gift box by ETUDE HOUSE for the one who loves makeup
The ETUDE HOUSE Self Love Makeup Kit will make for a great addition to your sister’s makeup vanity. Comprising three of their bestsellers with two complementary gifts, this kit by the popular Korean beauty brand will surely leave her feeling happy.
The set includes— iconic, smudge-proof Fixing Tint (shade Ginger Milk Tea) with a velvet matte finish, the hydrating, multipurpose Dear Darling Water Gel Tint (shade OR205) that can be applied to lips, cheeks and eyes, long-lasting Drawing Eyebrow (shade 03 Brown) eyebrow pencil with a spoolie, a scrunchie and a pop socket.
Give the gift of wellness by Perfora’s Just For You box
Taking oral hygiene a notch higher one product at a time is the brand Perfora that offers a range of distinguished oral care products. Innovative, practical and easy-to-use, these products make oral care hassle-free and fun. If you’re looking for a rakhi gift for your sister or brother that’s not only thoughtful but also shows how much you care about them, then their Just For You gift box is an ideal pick.
It comprises India’s slimmest electric toothbrush that elevates the everyday brushing experience, a probiotic mouthwash, a teeth whitening powder that aims at reducing teeth yellowness and a toothpaste that’s made with clean ingredients.
The opulence of leather accessories by Tiger Marrón
If your sibling enjoys the understated luxe appeal of leather goods then fashion and home accessories by luxury design house Tiger Marrón should be on your list. The brand offers a wide range of leather items such as belts, wallets, laptop sleeves, luggage tags, mobile covers, notebooks and desk accessories that are a fusion of timelessness and contemporary design. Fashioned with expert craftsmanship and finesse, these products will definitely leave them swooned. Moreover, their collection also includes vegan leather items.
The goodness of moringa for hair by The Body Shop
Much like body care and skincare kits, haircare sets too can be gifted to your siblings this Raksha Bandhan, and the Sparkle & Shine Moringa Set by The Body Shop is an ideal pick. Known for lending a healthy, lustrous appeal to the mane, the products in the set are formulated with Community Fair Trade moringa seed extract from Rwanda.
While the shampoo and conditioner duo are made with Vegan Silk Protein and more than 93 per cent natural origin ingredients, the hair mist helps in bringing back dull hair to life between washes. The mini bamboo hair brush can also be carried in the bag when out-and-about.
An indo-western clutch by Fabindia
Perfect for the sister who loves splurging on statement-making bags, this white clutch bag by Fabindia is quite a show-stealer. Crafted in a silk blend, the front flap features embroidered geometric florals with a matching beaded border offering that unmatched finesse to the design. It also comes with a detachable metal string that allows it to be carried as a sling as well. It’s a versatile design and can be styled easily with ethnic and indo-western wear.
Relaxed loungewear t-shirts by XYXX for the one who works from home
If your brother works from home, there’s nothing better than gifting him comfortable loungewear. And offering a range of stylish and understated pieces such as t-shirts, track pants and shorts is the brand XYXX. Which is why this pack of four Supima cotton t-shirts in green, pink, yellow and blue hues will be absolutely ideal. Not to forget this bundle will also be extremely useful for him. They are made with super light and breathable fabric that feels soft on the skin.
Fragrant body care sets by Bath & Body Works
Bath & Body Works is a popular beauty brand that has the world obsessed with its range of divine-smelling products such as body washes, body lotions, body mists and perfumes, hand creams, hand soaps and the top-selling three-wick candles. Amid all the fragrances, A Thousand Wishes is one of the cult-favourites and hence, gifting your sibling a body care set in this fragrance will be a great choice. The gift box set includes shower gel, Daily Nourishing Body Lotion and the iconic Fine Fragrance Mist.
The fragrance is a heartwarming and sweet celebration of pink prosecco, crystal peonies, sparkling quince, gilded amber and amaretto crème.
A statement crossbody bag by ALDO for the fashion-forward brother
Crossbody or messenger bags are a total hit in the men’s fashion landscape and if your sibling always has his style on point then this piece by ALDO should already be in your shopping cart. Its design is resplendent in white and brown hues accentuated by gold-toned zipper fastening and buckles lending it a classy look. It’s spacious enough to hold all the essentials and can be styled in versatile ways with all their casual and streetwear looks.
Environment-friendly Rakhis by Gargee Designers
Gargee Designers has come up with uniquely designed, plastic free and recycled denim rakhis and lumbas. A brilliant idea, doing their part to protect, love, and be there for our environment with their organic rakhis and lumbas, which are fully made from organic and denim fabric from their apparel line. What else makes this even better? These are part of the Mood Indigo Collection. They are reasonably priced, washable, and available in light denim and midnight blue denim.
Go from looking blah to looking dapper with Bacca Bucci accessories
The Men’s Casual Jeans Belt with genuine grain leather is made of exquisite workmanship and quality leather. Enclosed in an elegant wooden gift-box, this combo can be an excellent gift for your brother. You can also check out the Bacca Bucci Men Canvas Belt Military Belt with Double D-Ring Buckle, The Bacca Bucci RFID blocking bifold in soft genuine vintage leather in tea green colour and more.
Beautiful rakhis by IGP.com to make Raksha Bandhan special
Celebrating any festival as a family makes it that much more special. So get this set of rakhi and lumba. It features kundan and meenakari art set in gold-toned moulds. While the rakhi is surrounded by intricate pearl work, the lumba features cascading guttapusalu work that further sets it apart. You can also get their Quirky Rakhi which comes with semi-precious stones and creative designs. They also have a Pearl Rakhi, Seed Rakhi, Kundan Velvet Rakhis and much more.
Stylish watches from Casio so that your sibling never runs late
Siblings are your first friend, secret keeper, supporter, protector and everything else. Building on this sentiment, this year, Casio urges bringing a smile to your sibling’s face and remembering those memorable times spent with them by gifting them chic, metallic, bold yet beautifully designed watches from Casio India. A token of appreciation with a thank you for always being the no. 1 supporter for you.
All Things Chocolate gift hamper by SMOOR for the one with a sweet tooth
Is your sibling fond of chocolates and candies? If yes then it’s time to give them the gift of sweet indulgence with the SMOOR All Things Chocolate hamper that combines different delectables. The box includes a hazelnut spread, flavoursome dried coffee, two stir-it-up, chocolate bites, a tin of dragees, nougat bars, nine-piece couverture boxes, an Indian-origin bar and chilli sable cookies. No matter what the occasion or festivity it is, you can never go wrong with such a hamper.
These chic Jaipur Garden Gladiator Sandals from Zouk
These are proudly Indian and 100% PETA-approved Vegan Gladiator Sandals with Pink Floral pattern. This timeless classic can add character to your personality. Comfortable and stylish, this footwear will add a lot of style and vibe to your look. Made for utmost comfort, these are crafted with a specially chosen soft insole and breathable lining to absorb maximum sweat. The strap of the sandal has an elastic to give you the perfect fit. Pair it with a casual sunny day western, party wear or business casual with the same ease.
Combine the power of power of AI and Ayurveda with Vedix
Vedix is a D2C beauty tech brand which leverages the power of AI and Ayurveda to design hyper customised hair and skincare regime to deliver the maximum benefit for all your skin and hair problems. Check out their Aloe Luxe Hair Care kit, Ayurvedic Hair Spa Kit and the Vit C Skindulgence kit this Rakshan Bandhan.
Stylish Sneakers from 7-10
If you’re looking for some cool rakhi gift ideas for your sibling this year, look no further than 7-10. The stylish, homegrown sneaker brand that offers cutting-edge design and extreme comfort, will have something for everyone on your Raksha Bandhan gifting list this year. For the sister who is cool yet chic, choose the light pink Draped Sneaker which blends femininity with high fashion. If you’re looking for something funky, pick the White Pink Holographic PVC Chunky Sneaker, with a lavishly paneled design that features a mix of holographic and translucent PVC for a multi-dimensional feel, and speckled laces. For sisters who like to keep it low-key, consider the White Red Low-Top Sneaker, the timeless tennis sneaker from the 1980’s with a retro-modern design twist.
Sony Headphones for the sibling for whom music is an experience
If they enjoy listening to music then a pair of wireless, bluetooth headphones makes for one of the best rakhi gift ideas especially ideal for the one who’s always on-the-go. The Sony WH-CH520 On-Ear Headphones with Mic features a 50-hour battery life on a quick charge which is more than enough to last the entire day. While the EQ Custom on Sony Headphones Connect app allows one to customise the sound quality as per their preference, the brand’s DSEE technology helps in boosting the quality of compressed music files. It is lightweight and comfortable enough to be worn all day.
Make-up tools from Proarte
Always a step ahead of changing trends, Proarte has now launched a fresh array of makeup tools that promise world class quality and deliver on the style quotient too! With over 219 products to choose from, the vast assortment covers every aspect of our makeup needs. It’s the best gift you can give to the people you love and remember all of the wonderful times you’ve shared together! With Raksha Bandhan around the corner, a lot of us fret over what could serve as the best rakhi gift idea for our sisters. Luckily, the hunt for that perfect present ends here.
Thoughtful gifting ideas for every type of sibling
Are you tired of buying the same chocolate bar year after year? Choose the perfect rakhi gift to show your sibling how much you care! Don’t worry; we’ve collected a list of one-of-a-kind gifts for brothers and sisters. We chose these present boxes with care for your brother or sister – after all, who better to protect us from mom’s scolding and dad’s frigid stares than sisters? And who, if not brothers, would tear down entire villages if we were mentioned? They have a Rakhi Classic for Sister, Rakhi Classic for Brother, and mini gift hampers.
Aura collection by Tribe Amrapali
Just in time for Rakhi, add a touch of sophistication and sparkle to your sister’s look. These minimal chic pieces are lovingly crafted by hand and feature gold plated designs with a modern touch. Studded with coloured glass, the Aura collection by Tribe Amrapali moves effortlessly from boardroom to bar, and AM to PM. Their pieces makes for some of the best rakhi gift ideas that your sister will surely adore.
Sophisticated silk luxury from Sunday Forever
Sunday Forever is a brand that provides you with the best in class silk products that take care of your skin and hair needs. All you need to do is sleep. The aim is to provide a quality product in a way that is more accessible because beauty should be accessible to all. This Raksha Bandhan, Sunday Forever has the perfect rakhi gift idea for sisters. For someone who loves luxury, Sunday Forever is the perfect pick. The products are designed to promote smoother skin and hair (since sleeping on silk leads to less frizz and hair breakage). Choose from decadent silk sheets and pillowcases, plush eye masks, silk hair bands and scrunchies (in three sizes) and even silk cami night suits, perfect for lounging around and for bed time.
Life happens around Furnmill
Beautiful pieces and impeccable craftsmanship, Furnmill renders modern yet functional home decor which is absolutely versatile and sensibly priced. Minimal, sleek and contemporary pieces to add a beautiful ‘accent’ to your sibling union. Happiness is sharing a room with your sibling and what’s better than decorating your ‘adda’ with comfortable and durable accessories.
Light it up with Lumic
Moulded from the finest wax and lead-free wicks, Lumic is a lifestyle and homecare brand launched in June 2022 offering affordable yet premium quality scented candles at the moment. Just like the sweet and salty connection between siblings, their one-of-a- kind candles are available in complex notes consisting of a bunch of emotions in one. From fresh, floral to gourmand scents that’re an exquisite replica of your sibling’s favourite breakfast treats like Belgian Waffles, Cinnamon Roll, French Vanilla Cupcake, Peach Iced Tea and many more, Lumic candles are a ‘lit’ gift to ‘light up’ and ‘de-stress’ your bond.
Planters from Decor de Maison for the plant parents
This light yet durable Visionary Face Gold Aluminium Planter gives a very minimalistic and elegant look to the house. This planter by Decor de Maison can perk up any corner of the house and is ideal to gift to your sibling who enjoys a plush and earthy toned aesthetic.
CaratLane’s Raksha Bandhan curation
CaratLane’s Raksha Bandhan curation makes sure there is a special gift for every unique sibling bond. It’s an amazing jewellery brand that’s accessible, affordable and forever wearable, making it a perfect everyday gift one can give their loved ones. If fine jewellery is what you’re looking for your sister, a piece by this brand would make for the best rakhi gift idea.
Handcrafted bags and clutches from The Bag Tales
As Raksha Bandhan is just around the corner, brothers are all in a fix on what to gift their dear sis! The Bag Tales is a homegrown label of handcrafted bags and clutches that has a plethora of exquisite, classy & cost-effective clutches and handbags that would put a full stop to all the gifting dilemmas. Their Signature Wooden Collection made of pure Sheesham Wood is an apt fit for both traditional and western outfits. The unique grain pattern of the wood makes each clutch stand out.
A sweet surprise by The Binge
This Raksha Bandhan, skip the boring and up your gifting game with a sweet surprise from The Binge. Known for crafting stellar curations and delicacies the brand has introduced various decadent hampers that make for an absolute ingenious gift perfect for your siblings. Choose the best gift for your siblings from the options – The Jashn E Bahar Box, The Paradise Box, The Luxe Edit Box, The Grandeur Box, and more from these rakhi gift ideas.
Gender-neutral skincare products from Botnal
Skincare doesn’t have to be just for women; men need to pamper themselves too! So, whether you are looking for a rakhi gift idea for your sister or your brother, a hamper of skincare products from Botnal would be your best bet. It will not only show just how much you love your sibling but is also a good way of telling them that you care (without actually having to say it). Products such as On The Rocks Detox Serum, Berry Booster Re-Texturising Essence and Gumica Cleansing Butter are definitely going to make your sibling smile wide this Rakhi, and are going to keep them looking bright and luminous for a long time.
Croma Coffee Maker for the coffee aficionado
Enjoy a steaming cup of coffee whenever one desires in now easy with this coffee maker by Croma. With a sufficient storage capacity of 0.6 litres, one can brew five cups of 100 ml coffee with this manual coffee maker. The nylon detachable filters are easy to clean and assures a long-lasting coffee maker life making it a great rakhi gift idea for sister or brother.
Personal skincare range from Personal Touch Skincare
This Raksha Bandhan give your sibling a wholesome gift that shows them the love they deserve with Personal Touch Skincare’s specially curated hamper. Pamper them with a skincare set, consisting of products that are non-greasy and non-sticky, which is ideal for this Monsoon season.
Spoil your sister this Raksha Bandhan with alluring handbags from Forever New
Forever New with their effortlessly wearable pieces has always attained perfection by curating pieces that have always celebrated modern feminity. The latest collection by Forever New brings a combination of contemporary silhouettes, playful fabrics, and a unique blend of floral and elegant prints, available across various bag styles including totes and handbags making them one of the best rakhi gift ideas for sisters.
The Instax Mini 11
This magnificent gem helps you to capture travel moments and precious memories of your loved ones with just one click. And when it comes to its features, you’ll love it all. It has automatic exposure that makes sure no one gets lost in the background and it makes your selfie game strong with its ‘selfie mode’. You can even customize it with straps and jewels. Who doesn’t love pastel colors and subtle tones? It is available in five colors Blush Pink, Sky Blue, Charcoal Gray, Ice White and Lilac Purple colors.
Planters and Rattan Lamps from Studio Palasa
Popular Bangalore-based handcrafted planters studio, Palasa has got you covered with their range of planters and lamps that celebrate the raw and textural elements of concrete. Design is at the forefront of their design with a focus on technique and materials with earthy and muted tones being the pinnacle features.
Besides their remarkable planters, the team at Studio Palasa also offers their recently launched range of Rattan Lamp called ‘Ortus’. The artistic collection of lamps will effortlessly exude tranquility and serenity into any space thereby making them one of the best rakhi gift ideas. Palasa’s Rattan and Bamboo lights are crafted by highly-skilled artisans; each lamp filters a different kind of pattern through the Rattan slats onto the flooring creating a soft illumination and glow in your home. And if such a vibe resonates with your sibling, then you must check out their collection.
DIY Kits from The Aesthete Project
The Aesthete Project, kickstarted in March 2021, specialises in all things artsy, handcrafted and customized DIY boxes for every occasion. The Aesthete Project is all about bringing creativity right to your doorstep by providing everything you need to create a masterpiece. The kits range from concepts like Sip & Paint, Tie & Dye, The Baby Box and The Edible Art Box which are thoughtfully curated & suitable for an intimate gathering, team bonding event or corporate gifting. The Aesthete Project encourages you to explore this concept from the comfort of your home.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
– Can I give personalised gifts on Rakhi?
Personalised gifts make for great presents irrespective of the occasion and festivity. For that matter, even customised rakhis and lumbas have been a big trend for years.
– Can I gift experiences instead of physical presents on Rakhi?
Yes, gifting experiences will make for an amazing way to surprise your sibling this Raksha Bandhan. From taking them out to their favourite place, enjoying hobby sessions (such as dancing, baking, horse riding, pottery making) together and treating them to experiential dining to doing adventure activities (such as rock climbing, bungee, rafting, paragliding) and weekend getaways, the options are endless.
– What if I’m on a tight budget? Are there affordable Rakhi gift ideas?
Yes, there are plenty of affordable rakhi gift ideas available both online and offline. Some of the best ones include a box of chocolates, a gift card, a basic makeup or skincare kit, scented candles, body mist or fragrance, snack hamper, books, jewellery organiser, wallet or passport cover, apparel or fashion accessories.
– How can I choose a Rakhi gift if I’m unsure about my sibling’s preferences?
If you’re unsure about your sibling’s taste and preferences, you can take the old school route and give them cash or a gift card from online platforms such as Amazon and Myntra so that they can buy something for themselves as per their needs.
– Can I order Rakhi gifts online and have them delivered to my sibling’s location?
Yes, all online platforms allow you to get products delivered to any address of your preference (sometimes even worldwide). You can always change the delivery address while checking out and placing the order on all shopping websites.
– What are the top five gifts for Rakhi?
The top five gifts for Raksha Bandhan include hampers (such as beauty, food, personalised), tech accessories (such as headphones, airpods, phone covers), fashion accessories, jewellery and luxury products.
– Why do we give gifts on Rakhi?
Gifting is an essential part of the Raksha Bandhan tradition. It symbolises a sibling’s bond and their love for each other in a tangible way. Gifts are given as a token of love and the promises made.
– What are the best gift hampers for Rakhi?
Some of the best gift hampers for Rakhi are beauty hampers (skincare, makeup, body care or haircare), food hampers (healthy snacks, chocolates and candies or gourmet snacks), luxury hampers (filled with luxury items), wine or spirits hampers and customised hampers.
– What can I put in a rakhi hamper?
While you can also buy ready-made hampers for your sibling, if you wish to add a personalised touch you can get one customised or DIY one yourself. Apart from thoughtful presents you can also add some sweets, chocolates, accessories, scented candles or other food items such as nuts and trail mixes, coffee or herbal tea, cupcakes or personalised gift items.
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