Bond of gold
This beautiful rakhi crafted in 22 k gold, is from Ahmedabad based jewellery powerhouse, Harit Zaveri Jewellers. The rakhi is adorned with beads, carries a swastika inscription, and comes with a detachable chain. It can be worn by your brother as a men’s bracelet as well. Price: on request.Rakhi by HARIT ZAVERI JEWELLERS in 22 k gold
This adorable elephant-motif rakhi is crafted in 22 k gold, and is from Ahmedabad based jeweller Harit Zaveri Jewellers. Price: on request.Red and White Jin Happy Pocket Wallet by Coal
Red & White
This Jin Happy Pocket Wallet by Indian fashion maison Coal is handcrafted crafted to hold your sister’s precious cards and cash. Available in five colours. Price: Rs 3,000.Hexagonal earrings by Tara Sri
Six sided sparkle
These uniquely designed hexagonal earrings from the jeweller to the Nizam of Hyderabad – Tara Sri by Tibarumal Gems & Jewels – are made in 18 k gold with 3.86 ct diamonds. They are from the Crimson Bride collection, and their design is a perfect blend of ancient and modern, fused into one piece. They will be perfect for the lady who loves a touch of tradition. Price: Rs 335,000 approx.Bangle from Shahi Darbar Collection by Tara Sri
This stunning bangle in 18 k gold by Hyderabad’s Tara Sri by Tibarumal Gems & Jewels is the perfect present for your sister’s growing jewellery collection. It’s encrusted with 3.51 ct flat diamonds (polki), and 17 ct red rubies and 23 ct of emerald beads, and is from the Shahi Darbar collection. A perfect complement for both Indian and Western outfits Price: Rs 525,000 approx.Skincare gift hamper from Kiehl's
A case for good skin
This gift box from iconic US skincare brand Kiehl’s is a lovely starter kit for great skin. It features an Ultra Facial cleanser which cleanses without over-drying or stripping the skin, Ultra Facial Toner that hydrates, comforts and tones the skin, Ultra Facial Cream which provides 24-hour hydration for soft, smooth and healthy-looking skin. It also includes the Ultra Light Daily UV daily Defence that helps protect skin from environmental aggressors that cause signs of ageing. This gift pack also includes the best-selling Creamy Eye Treatment with avocado that gently moisturizes the delicate under-eye area. Price: on request.Six sided Estoile glass tray by Heimars
Centre of attention
This gold-coated metal and glass Estoile tray by Heimars rises up to form a hedron, and will be the star of your sibling’s coffee table. Price: Rs 3,073Fossil's Carlie Automatic Black Stainless Steel Mesh women's watch Fossil's Townsman Automatic Black Stainless Steel Mesh men's watch
Twinning with time
This year, why not gift each other with matching watches? It’s easy, with Fossil’s Carlie (35 mm) and Townsman (48 mm) Automatic Black Stainless Steel Mesh watches. These watches go from work to home; from video meetings to family dinners, with perfect ease. These beauties have automatic movement features, like a built-in rotor that is powered by the motion of one’s wrist. The energy transfers into moving the rotor and winding the mainspring, which serves as the energy headquarters. The exhibition case back provides a view into the inner workings of the watch while the jewels reduce friction and improve accuracy. Prices: Carlie (35 mm) Rs 14,995; Townsman (48 mm) Rs 19,995.Meisterstück Le Petit Prince Solitaire LeGrand Rollerball Flourish of fancy
If you want a gift that will be passed on to the next generation, there’s nothing that is more evocative of the spirit of Raksha Bandhan than a Montblanc pen. This Montblanc Meisterstück Le Petit Prince Solitaire LeGrand Rollerball with a burgundy wood cap is linked to the star aesthetic. The three platinum-coated rings feature the Montblanc brand name and the clip is embellished with a yellow lacquered star. Price: on request.Bowmore 12 Year Old by Beam Suntory
A tipple to tradition
If your sibling is a single malt fan, why not choose Bowmore’s Aged 12 Years Islay Single Malt, from Beam Suntory? Bowmore is Islay’s oldest distillery and home to the world’s oldest whisky maturation warehouse, the No. 1 Vaults. The warehouse has the legacy of master distillers meticulously maturing Bowmore whisky for nearly 240 years. Bowmore Aged 12 Years Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is an award-winning Whisky (Gold at San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018 and International Spirits Challenge 2017) that reflects the essence of the place of its birth – Bowmore – thrashing waves, windswept landscapes, and generations of tradition. Price: on request. A bracelet from Swarovski's Evil Eye collection
This Raksha Bandhan, give your sister an ancient symbol to ward off negative energy. Fulfil your promise to protect and cherish each other with this bracelet from the Swarovski EVIL EYE collection. It’s the perfect, stylish gift to strengthen that sibling bond even further. Price: on request.Grey and Orange Kalmte Tote by Coal
The Kalmte Tote by Coal is handcrafted with love for a woman who likes space in a bag, as well as style and functionality. Available in two attractive colours to match her outfit. Price: Rs 10,300.The Body Shop Petalsoft British Rose Premium Collection
A whiff of British Rose
If oceans or cities separate you, send a sibling some love via a warm and caring gift hamper from The Body Shop. Choose from fascinating and beautifully crafted gift hampers comprising of collections and ingredients from around the world! From delicate British Rose (shown, Rs 3,295) or nourishing Almond Milk and Honey, delectable Strawberry or caring Shea Butter, soothing Satsuma or refreshing Moringa, these are just a few of the hamper options available. Price: Rs 695 – Rs 4,190.This bracelet from Swarovski's Power Collection doubles up as a choker
Chuffed about the cuff
For all the brothers who want to shower their siblings with some love – and bling – dial up the glamour quotient with bracelets from Swarovski’s Power Collection. Add festive sparkle to any outfit with this versatile Swarovski design that doubles up as a choker for more formal occasions. Price: on request.Jim Beam Black by Beam Suntory
A toast to Ol’ Jim
Here’s something for the sibling who loves good ol’ American bourbon. Jim Beam owns the distinguished title of being the World’s No.1 American Bourbon. The bourbon is aged for four years in a newly charred American white oak barrel which gives it an elegant, smooth and refined taste. This Jim Beam Black (brought to you by Beam Suntory) was awarded the Bourbon Trophy at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2016. Price: on request.Montblanc's Summit 2 Titanium Sport Edition smartwatch
Sporty and smart
This one’s for the sibling who has everything. The Montblanc Summit 2 Titanium Sport Edition smartwatch combines Montblanc's classic watchmaking design with wearable technology and offers her a connected timepiece reflecting her luxury lifestyle. Based on WearOS by Google, the Montblanc Summit 2 smartwatch offers a broad blend of features such as jetlag app Timeshifter, fitness apps, and the large variety of the Google Playstore apps to Android and iOS users. The multi-functional companion builds a bridge between Montblanc watchmaking and technology. Price: on request.
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