On my quest to find a gift as lovely as its recipient, I’ve done the rounds of the virtual office to find out what our editors love to buy for others.
I’ve also trawled the likes of Oliver Bonas, Net-A-Porter and Jo Malone. The result? An edit of perfect gifts for sisters – whether she’s a beauty junkie, a fashionista, a foodie or a gin buff.
Controversial opinion: I find my sister more difficult to buy for than anyone else. More difficult than my dad, male friends or any boyfriend of the past. Which is strange, considering she’s the person I’ve grown up alongside.
It’s not because she’s not appreciative, and it’s certainly not because I don’t know her taste – she’s just seriously hard to impress. She knows exactly what she likes (and exactly what she doesn’t). She’s clued-up on skincare – and has a very precise (not to be strayed from) skincare routine to prove it – and she has repurchased the same makeup products for years. Tbf, she looks great for it.
I can’t be the only one who struggles to find perfect gifts for sisters. Whether your sis is prone to secret returns or you just can’t seem to find anything she doesn’t already own, there’s one sure-fire way to guarantee she’ll love the next gift you present her with. Nope, it’s not mind reading… it’s to simply leave the shopping to us.
There’s a birthday hamper from Bloom Wild (why not add a gorgeous bouquet of letterbox flowers while you’re at it?), a set of wine glasses to elevate her at-home bar and an essential oil diffuser to calm her Coronavirus-induced nerves. If she’s a veteran beauty sleuth, gift her a set of Rihanna’s newly-launched Fenty Skincare products (they’re insane – proof here) or a set of stackable makeup products from the one and only Trinny London that she can take on holiday.
There’s also a 2021 planner to help her look forward to a fresh new year, a leather Saint Laurent wallet if the occasion is special and a personalised initial necklace from jewellery designer Roxanna Assoulin (don’t be put off by her credentials – it’s only £50).