B.Day gift ideas needed, for my sister who can buy whatever she wants.

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Posted: 9/18/2012 10:58:25 AM
My older sister lives alone in a beautiful condo in Chicago. She has particular taste in everything. Her birthday is next week and I'd really like to send her a gift, but my budget will only allow about $25-30 (plus if I spend more she'll be mad at me). With her particular taste, and the fact that she can afford to buy whatever her heart desires, I am stumped!

Does anyone have ideas for a unigue girly gift that can ship easily? She does love make up, and books, and she likes jewlery too - but again she is VERY particular about all of them.

ANY ideas are appreciated. Thanks!



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Posted: 9/18/2012 11:01:36 AM
If my sister sent me a gift set of nail polishes (I believe Zoya has some sets in that price range) I'd be thrilled. I know out of a set of 4, I certainly could fine a couple of colors I'd wear!

I'd be hesitant to buy jewelry though, as it is so taste specific.


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Posted: 9/18/2012 11:04:09 AM
If she's into make-up, how about a 3 month subscription to Birchbox


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What a book on the history of make up?
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Posted: 9/18/2012 11:25:54 AM
I've never heard of Birchbox...I'll have to check it out more later. Thanks for the ideas!


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Posted: 9/18/2012 1:04:31 PM
Chocolates? I would be thrilled to receive some Godiva - but I rarely splurge on it for myself.

Or Starbucks sells a coffee cup with a chalkboard finish that can be written on - you could get the cup, write Happy Birthday on it and insert a bag of coffee or some tea bags

Other ideas - a cute planner for 2013, some of those wonderful soft socks they sell at Bath & Body, handmade soaps, a new set of makeup brushes....




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Shutterfly photo book?


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Posted: 9/18/2012 1:17:22 PM
What did she like as a child?

How about something that will remind her of some favorite toy, or a teen star she had a crush on.

some crazy knick knack that your grandmother had in her kitchen?

Food that can only be found in your hometown?

Trinkets from a childhood vacation?

a friend of mine buys her sister matching jammies, but that is more a Christmas present. they have forty years of matching jammie photos.

start her a collection of something wacky. flamingos?




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Posted: 9/18/2012 1:20:17 PM
Have her set up an amazon universal wish list, then she can put things in it from any store online, and then her friends and family know exactly what to get her.




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Posted: 9/18/2012 1:23:49 PM
vintage/antique make-up cases/compacts?


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Here is one
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Posted: 9/18/2012 2:23:59 PM
I'd love a nice, framed photo of my sister.







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Posted: 9/18/2012 2:25:32 PM
If she enjoys makeup, would she like a Sephora gift card?

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Posted: 9/18/2012 2:34:08 PM
I am just like your sister when it comes to being picky. I'd love to get a nice card and a letter from my sister telling me what she loves about me, memories she has of special times we've spent together, etc. I hate for people to spend money on me and I feel guilty not using/liking the things they send. I'd much rather get a nice letter.


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Posted: 9/18/2012 2:46:22 PM
My sister bought a necklace for my bday with several darling charms, mostly words, like "sister" and "love". I tried to find a link to the necklace but couldn't find it.

Slight hijack: I did find an interesting-looking website called mysisterwifescloset. It had a ?? beside for safety, so I didn't bother clicking.

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Posted: 9/18/2012 4:03:28 PM
I like Kathy's idea. If I were you, I would save the $ and just send a nice, sentimental card. Tell her you'll treat her to dinner next time you see her or something like that.

She'd probably really like it and not feel like you are spending much on her.



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Posted: 9/18/2012 4:20:50 PM
What about a necklace like this: Love Between Sisters

It's $30 on etsy and there are a lot of others that may work for you.


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Posted: 9/18/2012 4:25:28 PM
Make her a set of handmade cards (everyone needs birthday/thank you/blank notes). She will love it, and it's uniquely you...


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Posted: 9/18/2012 4:35:02 PM
For someone like that, I would not give stuff. I would give something like a photo of the two of us together that was meaningful, blown up. Or maybe something that the two of us could do together. Or something that would mean something to her b/c it's between the two of you, like a GC to a place that you know she likes b/c you've been there together or something like that. But just things won't mean a lot. KWIM?


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Posted: 9/18/2012 4:37:24 PM
What about a Diamond Candle? I want one of those so bad, it is on my Christmas list, lol

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Posted: 9/18/2012 4:37:33 PM
Get her something she can't buy-I love the idea of the letter that Kathy suggested, if you can make it handwritten on beautiful stationary.

Make a small album (not a scrapbook) with one page already made. Title that page "I remember when..." and leave lines for journaling a memory you have of the both of you. Add a 4x6 photo to the top of the two of you and it's done. Then on your birthday she can send it back with another page done about her memory of the two of you, "I remember when..." just like yours. It could go back and forth for birthdays and other holidays with each of you adding a page. You can make something like this very simply. I would buy an 81/2x11 post bound scrapbook or smaller and then slide in the pages in the page protectors.

When it's complete you can easily scan the pages and print them out so you both have copies.

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Posted: 9/18/2012 4:43:57 PM
Do you have any good vintage/antique stores in your area? I would take a walk around and try to find a pretty vintage vanity/hand mirror or an old functioning perfume pump, the fancy ones with the crystal base and the fabric pump.


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Posted: 9/18/2012 6:33:08 PM
If she likes to read, you could give her a couple good books and tell her you're going to read them too and that you guys should have a sister book club. There is a new Junot Diaz book out that's a good read. Also, the Paris Wife is one you would both probably enjoy. Anna Quindlen's book "Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake" could trigger some good conversations on aging and life.

The BirchBox subscription is a cool idea.

I love getting magazine subscriptions as gifts.

There is a chocolate store in Portland called Alma Chocolates that has the most amazing chocolates you'll ever eat. I love to gift them to people and they never fail to be delighted. Things like Thai Peanut Butter Cups, Salted Caramels, Ginger Truffles, etc, etc. They also feel cool icons made out of chocolate and gilded in gold dust. So if your sister has ever wanted a chocolate Buddha, Alma Chocolates is your place. Google them. They sell online and ship.


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Posted: 9/18/2012 7:23:56 PM
I love the Birchbox idea! I may steal that one for my sister!


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Posted: 9/18/2012 7:25:17 PM
I'm with Batya:

For someone like that, I would not give stuff. I would give something like a photo of the two of us together that was meaningful, blown up. Or maybe something that the two of us could do together. Or something that would mean something to her b/c it's between the two of you, like a GC to a place that you know she likes b/c you've been there together or something like that. But just things won't mean a lot. KWIM?


and this idea is great:

If she likes to read, you could give her a couple good books and tell her you're going to read them too and that you guys should have a sister book club. There is a new Junot Diaz book out that's a good read. Also, the Paris Wife is one you would both probably enjoy. Anna Quindlen's book "Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake" could trigger some good conversations on aging and life.


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Posted: 9/19/2012 3:15:18 AM
I want Birchbox in the UK!!!!!

OP - good luck with finding something nice for your sister. I was reading becasue I have a close SIL and she's in the same situation. Some nice ideas here!



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Posted: 9/19/2012 2:44:02 PM

Make a small album (not a scrapbook) with one page already made. Title that page "I remember when..." and leave lines for journaling a memory you have of the both of you. Add a 4x6 photo to the top of the two of you and it's done. Then on your birthday she can send it back with another page done about her memory of the two of you, "I remember when..." just like yours. It could go back and forth for birthdays and other holidays with each of you adding a page. You can make something like this very simply. I would buy an 81/2x11 post bound scrapbook or smaller and then slide in the pages in the page protectors.



I love birukitty's (Debbie in MD) idea!


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Posted: 10/1/2012 5:33:37 AM
Bracelet!!
you can gift her beautiful stainless steel bracelet.. jewelry is often a first priority of every girl.... you can go with this idea.... i have purchased a beautiful bracelet recently from TR jewelry that i gifted to my mother.. It was a quite stylish and affordable jewelry piece.....

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Posted: 10/1/2012 6:23:32 AM
I'm a lot like your sister. I would not buy her stuff, including jewelry. I would go the letter or picture route or do an experience alone or together-pedicure, movie tickets, play, etc. I wouldn't even want a book as I would get it for my ereader, from the library or download an audio book.


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Posted: 10/1/2012 12:14:14 PM
Well, I ended up making her a nice card (which she always loves), and wrote a very nice sentiment inside. And that was it. In the end I did not want to get something just to have something to give her, kwim?

There have been some GREAT ideas on here though, and I will definitely keep them in mind for Christmas!


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Posted: 10/1/2012 12:36:56 PM
My SIL is just like you described. I ended up getting her diamond measuring spoons
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stilleto spoon rest

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Posted: 10/1/2012 4:05:36 PM
Thanks Suesume. It's not my original idea. I got the idea from a company called "Exposures" that sells albums, scrapbooks and so on. 22 years ago they offered an album and a kit called, "I Remember When" that has the pages and big envelopes to mail them out to family and friends to put together an album. Sadly they don't sell it anymore.

Anyway I made up my own version for my father's 50th birthday. He loved it!

So I have to give "Exposures" the credit for that idea.

Debbie in MD.

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Posted: 10/1/2012 11:26:42 PM
Flowers. Send her flowers! She doesn't need anything else and the bouquet will only last a week or so.


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Posted: 10/1/2012 11:27:49 PM
Saaaayyy ... I'm an older sister... And I live in Chicago in a condo... And my birthday is next week....!!!

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