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You’ll never fight with anyone as much as you’ll fight with your sister, but you’ll also never be as close to another human being. Whether you grew up with sibling rivalry or not, it’s time to honor your sister as one of the special figures in your life with a gift she’ll actually want.
Here at Reviewed, we’ve tested hundreds of products throughout the year from haircare to cooking gadgets, so we have a sense of what any sister would like this year. From Ugg slippers to an insanely popular hair drying brush, here are 40 of the best gifts to give your sister this year.
1. For the sister obsessed with her hair: Revlon One Step Hair Dryer
If your sister spends hours getting ready for a big date or presentation at work, you can shave off some time for her with the Revlon One Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer. This ingenious hair dryer brush has earned more than 80,000 reviews and a 4.4-star rating on Amazon for being able to blow dry and straighten har at the same time. Our beauty writer put it to the test and found that it made her curly hair pin straight in less than 30 minutes. That’s insane. The best part? It costs less than $50, so its right in most people’s budget.
2. For the sister who needs to chill out: Airomé Serenity Medium Diffuser
After testing essential oil diffusers, we found that the Airomé Serenity Medium Diffuser is perfect for the sister who wants to keep her home smelling good without lighting a candle. Oil diffusers have a scent for everything, whether you want to boost your creativity with jasmine or relax with lavender. It runs for up to six hours, is easy to take from room to room, and is available in a ton of styles.
3. For the sister with cold feet: Ugg Fluff Yeah Slippers
Having constantly freezing feet doesn’t mean your sister needs to subject herself to chunky moccasins. Enter: the Ugg Fluff Yeah Slipper, which is equally warm and fashionable. They’ve earned more than 4,700 reviews on Nordstrom because they’re made with Ugg’s classic genuine-shearling lining and are available in a ton of cool patterns like leopard, zebra, and hot pink. Seriously, they’re so stylish she’ll want to wear them in public.
4. For the sister who needs a new hair care routine: Hairstory New Wash
While we all know that sulfates and parabens aren’t great for our hair (they can totally dry it out), it can be hard to find a good alternative. Help your sister experiment with healthier hair by gifting her Hairstory New Wash, a “no-poo” alternative for washing hair. One of our editors has used it for years and loves that it gets her hair clean without stripping it of its natural oils. When your sister’s locks are soft and shiny, she’ll definitely will be thanking you.
5. For the sister who loves to sleep in: Moonlight Pajamas
If your sister’s the kind of person who rolls out of bed at noon (a.k.a. she loves her sleep), then she’ll love snuggling up in the Nordstrom Moonlight Pajamas. These uber soft jammies are a cult favorite on Nordstrom with 1,4000 reviews and a 4.6-star rating. I own a pair of the short pjs and can attest to their softness and comfort. Plus, they’re fashionable enough that she can wear them all day long—no judgement.
6. For the sister who loves smoothies: Ninja Fit Personal Blender
Named our winner for the best personal blender after a series of blender tests, the Ninja Fit is a good blend of speed and strength. While it’s great for fruit for a breakfast beverage, it can also be used for blending hot foods such as butternut squash soup when summer turns to fall. The Ninja Fit also includes 16-ounce portable containers with tight lids so your sister can take her smoothies to go.
7. For the sister obsessed with Disney: Disney+ subscription
You and your sister grew up watching Mulan, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast, so why not give her the gift of rewatching the classics together? You can easily do this by gifting her a subscription to Disney+, the ultimate streaming service for Disney lovers. Plus, she’ll get access to all the Marvel, Star Wars, and Disney Channel content she can dream of. Just purchase a one-year subscription and Disney+ will email instructions on how to redeem it to your sissy on the day you choose.
8. For the monogram fanatic: Anthropologie monogram necklace
Any gal who wants to display her namesake will love this block letter necklace from Anthropologie, which is a twist on the classic monogram. The bold gold lettering is timeless and is easy to layer with other thinner gold necklaces. I’ve given this exact necklace to my sister in the past and she absolutely loved it.
9. For the trendy sister: Spanx Faux Leather Leggings
The Spanx faux leather leggings sold out online in 72 hours for good reason—these leggings are the ultimate in comfort as well as tummy control. We give Spanx major kudos for the wide variety of sizing options as they run from XS to 3X and also come in short sizes for petite girls. They are versatile enough to be worn to the office with a conservative tunic or styled edgier for a night out, so your sister will love wearing them no matter what the occasion.
10. For the tea drinker: The Fred & Friends Manatea Tea Infuser
In a world of coffee addicts, show your tea-drinking sister some love with this adorable Fred & Friends Manatea silicone tea infuser. It’s more than just cute, it actually took the top spot in our testing of the best tea infusers. We found that when tipping the mug to get the last drops of tea, the little manatee holds on tight and doesn’t spill. This tea infuser is also easy to clean and steeps evenly, making it the perfect present for a tea drinker.
11. For the active sister: Allbirds Wool Runners
With 1 million sold to date, these wool shoes seem to be one everyone’s feet these days. We tried out a pair recently and deemed them to be “supremely stylish and outrageously comfortable,” as well as being good for the environment. Allbirds is also very customer friendly and took the too-large size 8 pair I ordered back no questions asked and sent me the size 7 for free.
12. For the sister who lounges in style: A tie dye sweat set
Tie dye is huge right now. And with most of us not leaving the house because of quarantine tie dye sweat sets were extremely popular. If your sister hasn’t gotten a set yet, gifting her one is a great idea, especially now that more of us are hanging inside now that the weather is chilly. People love this matching set from BP. (our Director of Shopping owns this set and is obsessed with it), which comes in a variety of patterns other than tie dye, so you can opt for a different look if it isn’t her style.
13. For the sister who needs to relax: Gravity Blanket
We tested the 15-pound Gravity blanket that gained notoriety from its $5 million Kickstarter campaign and rave reviews from users who claim it can relax and help calm anxiety. During testing, we found the weight to be not too heavy, but just right, providing a comforting amount of pressure without feeling suffocating. Your sister can even use without turning up the A/C. Because the blanket isn’t too thick, she won’t get too hot while she’s underneath it relaxing.
14. For the outdoorsy sister: Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Jacket
This top-rated ultra-light down jacket has a water-repellent coating, making it a perfect layer for whatever adventures your sister may take. In the spring and fall, she can use it as her go-to coat, or she can layer it under thicker jackets in the winter. Plus, it comes in 10 different colors to choose from, everything from basic grey to bright raspberry pinks and corals. It is so thin and airy that you may even be able to slide it into her stocking for the ultimate surprise stuffer.
15. For your sister who’s WFH: Sony WH-1000XM4 Noise Canceling Headphones
Noise-canceling headphones are essential when you’re trying to work in a home full of noisy relatives. While you can’t give your sister her own personal office, with our favorite pair, you can at least help her distance herself from the TikTok dance challenges happening in the next room. Plus, when she can commute again, she’ll be able to use these headphones for solace on the train.
16. For the one who loves to bake: Rachael Ray Yum-o! Oven Lovin’ Loaf Pan
The Rachael Ray Yum-o! Oven Lovin’ Loaf Pan is perfect for your sister who loves all things banana bread. It landed in the top spot in our testing for a reason. With a nonstick surface, this pan will ensure that her sweet and savory dishes come out perfectly for family and friends. The firm handles with silicone inserts are easy to handle, and the pan is safe up to 500°F.
17. For the sister who likes to feel cozy: Patagonia Re-Tool Snap-T Pullover
This Patagonia fleece is soft, comfortable, and as good for hanging around at a coffee shop as it is around a campfire. The Snap-T fleece is versatile for any activity and it comes in several different colors. Ideal for early spring and late fall, your sister who loves to camp will thank you for this purchase.
18. For the sister who needs to gear up for winter: L.L. Bean Boots
There is nothing more classic than a pair of L.L. Bean Boots, you don’t have to be a New Englander to wear them anymore. The 8-inch tumbled leather and shearling-lined version are perfect for winter with a pair of thick socks. Your sister will love them in the rain and snow—even if she isn’t from Maine.
19. For the sister who loves yoga: Lululemon the Reversible Mat
There is something to be said about new gym clothes inspiring you to build up your exercise game and the same can apply to yoga mats. This Lululemon version, which was our favorite in yoga mat testing, features a completely flat, non-stick surface for a no-slip yoga practice that’s perfect for beginners and pros alike.
20. For the sister obsessed with fitness classes: Alo Leggings
While fitness classes may look a little different in 2020 (a.k.a. they’re all online), your sister still attends them regularly. And for squat-proof leggings, she’s going to want a pair from Alo Yoga. Fitness enthusiasts (and celebrities) swear by them for their high-quality, comfort, and the fact that they’re not see-through when you bend over. After trying some of Alo’s most popular pairs, one of our editors recommends the Airlift leggings for most gym-goers and they come in a ton of fun colors.
21. For the sister who’s trying to be healthier: Philips Airfryer XXL
Despite being big, heavy, and noisy, we found the Philips Airfryer XXL to be the top air fryer on the market, making great air-fried food. The Philips is easy to use and requires no pre-heating, and it includes a cookbook full of recipe ideas so your sister can start making all of her favorite fried foods right away.
22. For the sister with the green thumb: Showa Atlas 370 Gloves
Gardening has been hot in 2020 thanks to quarantine, and if you have a sister who has picked up the hobby, the affordable Showa Atlas 370 gloves are a great choice so she can tend to her beds. We found them to be the best gardening gloves on the market after putting them through the ringer during a rainy New England spring. These gloves come in multiple sizes and colors so you’ll be able to find the perfect fit for your sister’s green thumb.
23. For the houseplant-loving sister: A plant from The Sill
Plants just make everything better. They add some life to a space, can clean the air, and make your sister feel a sense of accomplishment as she watches it grow. Here at Reviewed, we love ordering plants from The Sill as they come carefully wrapped, pre-potted, and with expert care instructions so you can make sure your plant thrives. If your sister is prone to killing most houseplants, we recommend getting her a ZZ plant, which is very low maintenance.
24. For the eco-conscious sister: FinalStraw
Like the name implies, the FinalStraw may be the last straw your sister ever needs. It conveniently folds up into a container that attaches to a keyring—a.k.a. she’ll never be without her reusable straw. For this reason, we named it the best reusable straw on the market, and any sister who’s passionate about the state of the environment will appreciate it.
25. For the sister who commutes in style: Fjall Raven Mini Water Resistant Backpack
Originally created for Swedish school children, the Fjall Raven backpacks have exploded in popularity among kids and adults alike in recent years. While the 15-inch version took home our award for the best backpack for casual use, this mini backpack is perfect for carrying smaller items. Plus, it’s water-resistant. It’s a versatile and comfortable option for your sister to wear wherever she’s heading.
26. For the sister who loves napping: Nidra Deep Rest Eye Mask
If your sister loves to catch those mid-day ZZZs, she could use a sleep mask to block out light (and her family she’s quarantined with). After testing it, our editor said the Nidra Deep Rest Eye Mask is “like having personal blackout curtains for your eyes,” which is why we named it the best contoured sleep mask we’ve ever tested. Because it’s contoured, absolutely no light will sneak in, meaning she’ll have sweet dreams no matter the time of day.
27. For the sister who needs her iced coffee fix: Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Let’s face it: Iced coffee is better than regular coffee. It’s just a fact. And if you’re sister is wasting money each day buying a cold brew from Starbucks, then she’ll love the ability to make it at home for cheap. The Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker is the best iced coffee maker we’ve ever tested, is easy to use, and will turn her into a cold brew connoisseur.
28. For the sister who loves to snuggle: Barefoot Dreams Throw Blanket
If your sister’s ideal evening involves a steaming cup of tea, a good book, and a cozy throw blanket, then you need to get her the iconic Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Throw Blanket. Celebrities like Chrissy Teigen, The Kardashians, and Selena Gomez rave about it and its earned hundreds of reviews on Nordstrom for being soft and cozy. It’s always a hot item, so order it sooner than later before the popular patterns (like animal print) sell out.
29. For the sister who loves make-up: Wet-n-Wild Liquid Catsuit Lipstick and CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara
Matte lipsticks are all the rage for glam girls, but Reviewed found that you don’t have to break the bank to rock the style. If your sister loves make-up, the Wet-n-Wild Liquid Catsuit Lipstick held up as tops in our testing and was under $5 to boot. We tested the bargain brand out and found it to be a smooth lip color that comfortably lasts all day. Pair with the Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara to stay within your holiday budget while gifting your sister with a mascara that will give her incredible volume.
30. For the sister who needs to hydrate: Brita Filtering Water Bottle
Whether your sister is an athlete or just loves sweating it out at the gym, she should have the best water bottle to keep her hydrated. We found the Brita Filtering Water Bottle to be portable, versatile, durable, and well-designed. The straw is also fitted with a filter that reduces chlorine and keeps your water fresh for up to two months.
31. For the sister with the perfect playlist: Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker
Is your sister always trying to take over the aux to play her latest playlist? Although it’s annoying for her to flaunt her “superior” music taste, give her the ability to jam out wherever she goes with a portable Bluetooth speaker. This one from Anker is our favorite affordable one because offered great sound and playtime for a reasonable price. It’s also available in a wide color selection, so you can match your sister’s vibe.
32. For the sister who has it all: Masterclass subscription
If you sister seemingly has everything, why not give her the gift of a new skill taught by her favorite celebrities? Plus, it won’t cost you a fortune thanks to Masterclass, which offers streamable lessons of a variety of topics taught by the experts. She can learn acting from Natalie Portman, television writing from Shonda Rhimes, or interior design from Kelly Wearstler. Our editor-in-chief has used MasterClass himself and says the classes are inspiring, interesting, and, most importantly, self-paced, so they can do it whenever they have free time.
33. For the active sister: Fitbit Charge 4
We could all use some extra motivation to get out of our seats and go for a walk, and the Fitbit Charge 4 will do just that. It can encourage your sister with daily goals, hourly step challenges, and tons of data to look back at. It’s so good that we crowned it our new favorite fitness tracker, dethroning its predecesor, the Charge 3. It’d make a great gift for anyone who is obsessed with crushing new fitness goals.
34. For the sister who wants to trace her roots: AncestryDNA Kit
Is your sister interested in learning more about her roots? AncestryDNA is also great for uncovering family heritage that goes beyond the stories that have been passed down. The kit was also recently updated with new features that will trace your sister’s genes and health down to the smallest percentage so that you can know exactly where she came from and the overall wellness of your family tree. Plus, it’s technically a gift to yourself—as long as you have the same bloodline.
35. For the sister who loves reading: Kindle Paperwhite
Is your sister always recommend books or is nose-deep in a thriller? Give her the gift of an unlimited library with a Kindle, so she’ll always have access to the next book on her TBR list. The Kindle Paperwhite is the best e-reader we’ve ever tested as it’s waterproof, has massive storage, and a super long battery life. Plus, it’s easier to tote around than a physical book and she won’t have to wait for her next read to ship ever again.
36. For the sister who still doesn’t have AirPods: Apple AirPods
If your sister is still walking like a peasant with wired headphones, it might be time to finally upgrade her to the land of the living with Apple AirPods. They will seriously upgrade her life as they have great sound quality, connect seamlessly to Apple products, and have a long battery quality. We we’re seriously impressed with them in our testing and you know she’s been eyeing a pair for years now. So what are you waiting for?
37. For the sister who’s always asking for a charger: Anker PowerCore+ Mini
While scrolling through Instagram, texting her favorite sibling (you), and crushing Candy Crush, your sister drains her battery fast—which is why she’s always asking if you have a spare charger. Save her the trouble with a portable battery pack, so she’ll always have some juice. She’ll love this one from Anker, which is lipstick size and can fit in her smallest clutch as well as offer a full charge to her iPhone before needing to be recharged itself.
38. For the sister who loves candles: Capri Blue Volcano Candle
A calming blue candle from Anthropologie can help your busy sister when she chooses to slow down for the day and take some time for herself. The Capri Blue number from Anthropologie is among their best-selling candles and will create a relaxing atmosphere for anyone.
39. For the sister who loves vineyards: Winc subscription
Does your sister look forward to your weekly Bachelor wine nights? If so, she’ll love getting a Winc subscription, which will deliver new bottles for her to try based on her taste preferences. After trying Winc, we quickly became obsessed with the service, finding that it consistently delivered high-quality wines and recommendations throughout the months. She’ll be a novice sommelier in no time.
40. For the coffee drinking sister: Technivorm Moccamaster KB
If your sister is a serious coffee drinker, she’ll love the Technivorm Moccamaster KB, a favorite among our best coffee maker roundup. It’s not cheap, but we think it’s worth the price tag since it’s able to brew a complex and smooth pot of coffee that tastes excellent. This machine also fills a pot quickly, which is necessary on busy mornings.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published, but may change over time.
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