By Elly Leavitt and Jessica Dailey

Published on October 30, 2018

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Sisters are hard to shop for. Either you find things that you end up wanting to buy for yourself, or you have no idea where to start because her mood changes like the wind and it’s anyone’s guess whether she’ll love what you found or return it immediately.

It’s easy to default to candles or gift cards, but that’s not going to be you this this holiday season. Give your sister something that’s a little more thoughtful. We found the best gifts for every type of sister—whether she’s just starting college or moving into the corner office—at every price point.

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Stonewashed Linen Pillowcases, The Citizenry, $55

Give the gift of more luxurious sleep with crisp linen pillowcases. The pale pink colorway is particularly dreamy, but the brand offers more neutral tones if your sister is a strict no-color minimalist.

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Ball Incense Holder, Hoppe Shoppe, $14

If your sister is big on crafting a zen, meditative space out of her home, buy her this. The sleek brass holder is also the perfect minimalist accent piece. Gift her this item along with a packet of incense sticks—try Bodha’s colorful set or Oribe’s artisanal Japanese variety.

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The Joshua Tree Box, Teak & Twine, $136

For the sister who has it all, give a bit of everything. Gift boxes are a great way to offer samplings of tons of cool products, and almost nowhere does it better than Teak & Twine; each of their expertly curated boxes comes beautifully packaged and thoughtfully arranged with a specific theme in mind. Their “Joshua Tree” collection is the ultimate pampering kit. Complete with artisanal tea and a pink Himalayan shot glass (depending on which route to relaxation your sister feels more aligned with), it’s self care in a box.

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N ͦ 44 Lucite Buckle Mini, Imago-A, $295

The noughties are back, baby. This tiny moss green bag is essentially the bag of Carrie Bradshaw’s dreams—a fun way to add a pop of color to any outfit, and a necessary addition to your sister’s closet.

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CBD 500mg, Lily CBD, $99

If 2018 has had any (small) merit, it’s that chic weed beauty products are officially a thing. Well, sort of: more specifically, CBD-infused products—from lotions to lip balms—are everywhere, and getting your fix via a multi-use oil is a great way to tip toe into this wellness trend. Lily CBD offers all the benefits of the concentrated oil—better sleep, stress relief, anti-inflammation—in a stylish little bottle. The perfect giftable.

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Changing Clutch, Fawn Design, $39.99

Everyone needs a catch-all, to keep bags organized and have all the daily necessities within easy reach. Fawn Design has seven beautiful colorways in a buttery faux leather material, so functional organization has never been more fashionable. If your sister is always on the go, this is the ideal present.

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Stone Hoops, Kurt Lyle, $128

‘Tis the epoch of the sculptural statement earring, so it’s best to capitalize on this trend ASAP while there are tons of gifted craftspeople and designers churning out gorgeous pieces in this style all over the place. Kurt Lyle is great for this, offering a tight edit of statement earrings that each emphasize quality and attention to detail. This pair of brass hoops is both bold and timelessly elegant.

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Clarity Iridescent Wine Glass, CB2, $5.95

Upgrade your little sister’s drinkware with these slightly rainbow-tinted wine glasses. They’re super affordable—a set of four will cost less than $26—so throw in a nice bottle of red and invite yourself over for happy hour.

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Crest Bottle Opener, Fort Standard, $48

Look, it’s time to teach your fresh-out-of-college sister that you don’t need to slam your bottles against the counter to open them. Give her a bottle opener so chic she’ll want to string it on a chain and wear it as a necklace.

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Rose Quartz Facial Roller, Herbivore Botanicals, $40

Not only is this rose quartz roller gorgeous, and perfect for your beauty queen sister’s vanity, it will make her skin look so much better, with very little effort—but it may not be for the easily offended.

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Mirror Mask, Areaware, $64

Give your sister a reason to smile everyday with this quirky mirror. At 10.2 inches small, it’s compact enough to fit in her locker, or she can stash it away in her desk drawer to pull out when she’s having a bad day.

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Teak Stirrers, November 19 Market, $20

Confession: We can’t resist tiny spoons. And there is no way your sister will be able to resist these teak beauties, perfect for tea time, her morning coffee, or serving condiments during next year’s Oscars party.

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Mini Light Box, Ban.do, $30

You may think that a light box would only appeal to Gen Z-aged women, but I bet your Gen X boss lady sister would love to liven up her desk with a message that means business.

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Slide Lighter, Tetra, $20

A fuel-free, flame-free, rechargeable lighter? Yes, please. This sleek slide lighter uses the same heated-coil mechanism as old car lighters—simply slide the top panel down to reveal and heat up the electric coil. It’s so cool even your non-smoking sisters will want to find a use for it.

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Jewelry Box, Menu, $119.95

As the name implies, this mirror-equipped box is ideal for organizing your sister’s favorite jewels, but it’s small size also makes it easily portable and packable so she can take it on her next trip.

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