No matter how close you and your sister are, keeping up with her ever-changing interests and finding a gift she’ll love can be tricky. But you, striving to be her favorite sibling, will not rest until you find something she can unwrap and enjoy. So, if you need some help coming up with an idea, we’ve streamlined the process with a list of meaningful and worthwhile gifts to treat your sister, no matter the occasion.
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Best gifts for sisters in 2023
To help you find the best gifts for your sister, we revisited expert-recommended items spanning categories like hair care, kitchen, tech and more, and rounded up ideas we think are worth considering. We also consulted our in-house shopping experts on staff — many of whom have sisters — to pull inspiration, and included some highly rated items we think Select readers (and their sisters) will love, too.
This expert-recommended lip mask is formulated with antioxidants and shea butter to help keep your favorite sister’s lips moisturized, which is especially great in the wintertime. It also comes in several flavors, like Pink Lemonade and Sweet Candy. Each pot comes with a tiny applicator so they don’t have to dip their finger into the jar.
The Vitruvi Stone Diffuser makes for a great relaxation tool, and it’s one that Select updates editor Mili Godio uses regularly to help her unwind with her favorite essential oil scents, like lavender and eucalyptus. The diffuser uses ultrasonic vibrations to disperse essential oils into the air as a cool mist, which means it doesn’t emit heat, according to Vitruvi. They can set it to run on a 4- or 8-hour schedule and adjust the brightness of its ambient LED light. The Stone Diffuser is also made of sleek ceramic and can scent rooms up to 500 square feet, according to the brand.
This indoor gardening system is perfect for anyone who doesn’t have the space or climate for an outdoor garden. The hydroponic system can grow up to six plants at a time, and its control panel alerts when it’s time to add more water or plant food and can automatically turn the LED grow lights on and off, according to the brand. It also comes with six seed pods to help them get started.
This portable speaker is a Select Giftable Tech Awards winner due to its portable size and great sound quality. The speaker provides 30 hours of playtime on a single charge and is dust- and water-resistant, which means your sister won’t have to worry about accidental splashes when listening poolside. It also connects to other Emberton II speakers for a surround-sound experience, according to the brand.
If your sister loves adding a touch of luxury to her sleep routine, the Blissy Silk Pillowcase is designed to be breathable, cooling and great for the skin. Godio recently invested in a few of these pillowcases and it easily became one of her favorite sleep products. Its soft 100% mulberry silk fabric made Godio's sensitive skin feel much less red and irritated in the morning, and it helps a hot sleeper like her at night thanks to the cooling fabric. It comes in a Standard, Queen and King size and is available in 44 colors, including pink, silver and black.
If your sister intentionally designs the ambiance in her space, these Select editor-favorite, color-changing smart bulbs are Wi-Fi-enabled and compatible with voice assistants like Google Home and Amazon Alexa. The globe-style light bulbs, which come in a pack of two, can be paired with the Cync app to set lighting schedules, turn the bulbs on and off, create color scenes and more.
For those who are preparing meals on a tight schedule, this air fryer and toaster oven combo from Our Place, which the brand launched earlier this year, is a favorite of Select associate updates editor Zoe Malin. “Our Place’s air fryer is perfect if you’re cooking for one to two people, and it’s adorable, so I want to leave it out in my kitchen all the time,” she says. “I actually use it more than my actual oven since I just cook for myself.” The Wonder Oven also has two racks to cook different types of food at once, as well as a crumb tray they can easily shake off, rinse and reinsert. It’s available in five vibrant colors to match their kitchen’s aesthetic, too.
If your sibling is the queen of game night, why not add a new board game to her collection? In Codenames, the resident spymaster must help their teammates avoid an assassin while figuring out which agents match which secret identities. The game accommodates any number of players, which also makes it great for a group.
To help your favorite sister relax after a long day, the Bearaby Hugget is a knot pillow that can activate pressure points and provide therapeutic stress relief, according to the brand. It comes in three sizes: The small size can fit in your palm and can serve as a stress ball, while the medium and large options are gently weighted and can help your sister squeeze away any tension. Select editorial operations manager Rebecca Rodriguez says she loves the large Hugget since it helps her feel more relaxed, fall asleep faster and wake up less throughout the night.
The Hey Dewy facial humidifier helps one Select contributor’s skin feel more hydrated and youthful. The humidifier is wireless and rechargeable, allowing your sis to enjoy the cool mist for up to 8 hours on a single charge, according to the brand. It’s also compact — standing at only 7 inches tall and 3 inches wide — so it won’t take up too much counter space.
If your sister has a pet she loves, this customizable book provides a “Where’s Waldo” experience starring their furry friend — instead of searching for Waldo in the crowd, they will be looking for an animated version of their dog or cat. Godio recently bought this as a present for a fellow dog lover and found it to be great quality for the price.
Another Select Wellness Awards winner, this massage gun is the smallest and most portable option from the brand, so your sister can take it on the go and store it comfortably in small spaces. It can run for up to 2.5 hours on a single charge, has three massaging speeds and comes with three head attachments, a soft case and a charging cable.
Roller skating is undoubtedly making a comeback: To help your sister get in on the fun, consider this highly rated pair from Australian brand Impala. The roller skates are made with PVC heels and soles, aluminum alloy trucks and baseplates and nylon core urethane wheels, according to the brand.
If your sister prefers an at-home manicure over going to the nail salon, The Mani System from Olive & June provides all of their essentials. The set comes with your choice of one or six polishes (there’s a higher price point for multiple polishes), as well as a cuticle serum, clean-up brush, polish remover pot, nail clipper and buffer, nail file and top coat.
Dipping fresh bread into delicious olive oil may be one of a foodie’s greatest joys. This collection of herbs and spices can help take it to the next level. The kit comes with 15 different spices, including rosemary, air-dried tomatoes, smoked paprika and thyme. There are also recipes and suggested bread pairings.
If your sister is a Nintendo Switch fan, a new game can be a fun gift. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the most current iteration of the popular racing game from Nintendo, features 42 characters and 48 race courses. Players can drift and use item boxes to gain an advantage, or they can throw a distraction — like a banana peel — in the way of other drivers.
This expert-recommended Hot Tools curling iron heats up to 430 degrees Fahrenheit and does so evenly for uniform curls, according to the brand. It comes in eight barrel sizes from 3/8 of an inch for tighter curls, to 2 inches. The curling iron is easy to use and its even heat distribution allows for faster styling, experts previously told us in our guide to the best curling irons.
These pull-on style leather Rometty Chelsea Boots stack an extra heel on the Dr. Martens classic platform sole, giving the boot a little more than 2 inches of extra height, according to the brand. The boots are designed to be easy to pull on and feature Dr. Martens’ signature yellow stitching and heel loop.
Fly By Jing is one of our favorite AAPI-owned food brands, and this bestselling trio of spicy Sichuan sauces are great for the sister who likes to add some heat to their meals. The set includes Fly By Jing’s savory Sichuan Chili Crisp, sweet and tangy Zhong Sauce and Mala Spice Mix, which is a sweet mix of herbs and spices.
Help your sister head to work in style with this Select staff-favorite work tote from Beis. It has a large zip closure, multiple pockets, a trolley sleeve to slip onto a suitcase and a padded laptop sleeve that measures 12.5 inches wide. Not only is this work tote functional for the office, it’s also stylish enough for them to take it to a post-work happy hour.
This ambient light from Smoko is shaped like an adorable little potato character. It turns on and off with a tap and offers three brightness settings. The light is also rechargeable and made of soft PVC material. The potato is just one of the fun ambient lights that Smoko offers — other options include a dumpling, a sunflower and a Boba tea.
For the sister who is always snapping pictures, consider this instant-print camera. The Instax Square SQ1 uses Instax’s square film, which the brand says can develop in 90 seconds. The camera offers automatic and selfie modes, as well as a small reflective mirror on the front to aid in taking selfies with friends.
If your music-loving sibling is a fan of vinyl, experts recommend the Audio Technica AT-LP120XUSB record player for its user-friendly design. The record player can connect to a computer or home stereo system, and because it’s a manual model, your sister can drop the needle onto the spinning record herself, old-school style.
The latest iteration of Lululemon’s Chargefeel sneaker, this shoe is a cross between a running shoe and a trainer, according to the brand. The sneaker mimics the bounce and forward motion of a running shoe while providing the stabilizing side-to-side motion of a trainer. Godio uses these as her main walking shoes because they provide enough stability to keep my feet feeling comfortable even while moving long distances. The Chargefeel’s outsole also provides traction and flexibility while you’re working out, according to Lululemon, and is available in a mid-top design.
Ana Luisa jewelry is a favorite on social media, and former production coordinator Gabriella DePinho's sister has and loves these mini gold hoops with a tiny, dangling pearl. The earrings are lightweight and hypoallergenic, and they come with a 365-day warranty, according to the brand.
This oversized down jacket from Orolay, which some call “the Amazon coat” after it first went viral for its chic look and affordable price on the site, is made of 100% polyester with a 90% duck down and 10% duck feather filling. It has a fleece-lined hood and six large pockets. The brand says the jacket is wind- and water-resistant and Select associate updates editor Zoe Malin, who wore the jacket in Chicago blizzards, confirms this is true.
If your sister is looking for a cozy addition to their room decor, you might want to consider a bean bag chair. Our staff has two of these faux-fur bean bag chairs in our 30 Rock office — and DePinho found these chairs to be comfortable and soft, while still providing adequate support. The faux-fur chair includes a removable cover made from 100% polyester, and you can choose to buy just the cover or include the insert (filled with partially recyclable polystyrene material), according to the brand. It comes in both a medium (36-inch diameter) and large size (41-inch diameter).
Why trust Select?
Mili Godio is an updates editor at Select who has crafted gift guides across shopping categories and giftees since 2021. She has covered the best gifts for dads, music-lovers, teachers and more. For this gift guide, Godio included her personal go-to gifts for loved ones, Select staff favorites and highly rated items that will delight sisters.