Once upon a time Raksha Bandhan, the celebration of sibling-bond was all about a plain coloured thread tied to the brother’s wrist. Well, no more. From jewelled rakhis to high-end gifting, Raksha Bandhan today is much more than just brother-sister love. With sisters and brothers demanding opulent gifts, gifting could sure be a challenge. Our advice: Put away those 1000 bucks which you usually dish out and look beyond the ordinary for making the occasion memorable. And after the exchange of gifts, don’t forget the customary Raksha Bandhan selfie with your brother.
Here’s looking at sparkly jewels worth gifting:
For the college going chic sister
If your sister loves to crush on pop-musicians Katy Perry and Taylor Swift’s chokers, look no further than stylish chokers. From classic velvet to ornate ones, thin or broad, the craze for the easy-to-wear cool accessory is at an all-time high. Given its appeal today, invest in a powerful statement piece and we bet your sister will be over the moon.
Shop for these monsoon staples:
Yellow Fabric Choker Necklace – Wear an animal printed yellow choker with any basic casual outfit to make it look interesting.
Velvet Choker Necklace – A perfect add on to any outfit is a velvet choker with fringes. Pair it with jeans, dresses or skirts.
For the dapper brother
If your brother is a stylish rule-breaker, invest in a pendant neckpiece. Pendants can be anything – from tribal to animal motif to stone and even personalised ones. Give him a trendy pendant which he can pair it with a casual T-shirt.
If your brother is spiritual, gift him this trendy Gayatri mantra engraved khanjar design pendant with chain. Wear it with a casual tee.
Stylish Gold Toned ‘S’ Shape Alphabet Pendant – A dazzling alphabet pendant is a perfect accessory that can go with your daily wear.
For the minimalist dresser
Every minimalist girl loves lariats and minimal chains that can be worn with a dress. If ‘more is not more’ for your sister, gift her dainty unconventional studs which she can wear to college or office.
Sometimes austerity makes for a powerful statement. Gift your sister this simple yet gorgeous Oddball beaten gold crescent earrings with yellow gold plating which she can match it with her office-wear.
This dainty birds and apples illusion necklace is a perfect gift to someone who loves a clean look with minimal pieces.
For a tailored look
First impressions count and the world judges you by the outward show. For your brother who loves to step out in tailored look for serious business, a pair of smart cufflinks is just ideal. If he is old school and doesn’t love too much bling, it’s a present that will impress him.
From smart days in the office to formal events, gift your brother this gold Ottoman cufflink with yellow gold plating for a stylish edge.
For the ethnic dresser
What’s a festival without some sparkle? Nothing quite does the trick like the glamour of danglers. With maximalism in full swing, gift her shoulder-grazing dangler earrings to add drama to her sari or lehenga.
Help your sister proudly flaunt this Rajasthani culture inspired danglers with off-shoulder or strapless neckline.
For the desi dude
Keep it cool and casual with beaded bracelets which your brother can flaunt with a shirt or a kurta. Pick one based on how he dresses up. Get him either a Rudraksha bracelet or a heavy metal kada.
Striking and edgy this copper fitted bracelet goes well even with a black suit.
For the Nawabi look
You can help channel his inner Nawab in a fashionable way. Sharp achkan or Nawabi jacket accessorised with a classic brooch and small ear studs will add some class to his persona.
If your young brother is a follower of Virat Kohli, this trendy ‘Kohli’ brooch will help him stand apart. Put it casually on a white kurta for his friends to notice.
For earring-loving brother who loves to flaunt one earring, consider buying these silver glittery ball earrings to add sparkle to his ear.
For lover of vintage
For sisters who love sparkly baubles evocative of bygone eras, invest in regal neckpieces. You need not gift her ‘Naulakha Haar,’ but a heavy-duty statement piece which she can pair it with her LBD, maxi dress or a sari.
Match this raining blue embellished necklace with a see through shirt and a white top.
(Guest Post by Sushmita Biswas
Author Bio: Sushmita Biswas is an independent journalist and loves meeting new people and doing creative things. She is someone who likes to see the funny side of life and appreciate the people who make life worth living. She is a go-getter and a firm believer in the mantra: ‘Never say Never.’ When she is not decoding lifestyle trends, she keeps a tab on Bollywood and interviews well-known personalities.)