She’s naughty, or maybe too strict- an irritating creature, or your quiet emotional pillar- she’s your first friend- the lady you cannot do without- your sister! In India, there are quite a few festivals that are celebrated to strengthen the bond between brothers and sisters. One of the sibling rituals followed in the Hindu religion is Raksha Bandhan, while the other one is Bhai Dooj, which usually falls on the second day after Diwali. For Bhai Bij or the Bhai Tika ceremony- the sister applies tilak on her brother’s forehead and performs a short puja. According to Hindu mythology, this festival is believed to have originated during the life of Lord Krishna. The Lord was given a warm welcome by his sister Subhadra with a tika and a shower of flower petals.

Gift Ideas for Bhaidooj

Bhai Dooj celebrations across different states

Pink Banarasi Silk Saree with Zari Woven Floral Jaal

With such cultural diversity, the festival has different versions across the Indian subcontinent. Since the tilak ritual is mandatory for the Haryanvi community, women who do not have a brother must worship the moon. Bhai Phonta is the East-Indian version of this festival- in the region of West-Bengal. For the Maharashtrian community, the day is incomplete without their special delicacy- basundi poori. Gujarat and Goa are some of the other places where people show a lot of enthusiasm for this festival. The celebrations extend beyond national boundaries as well; in Nepal, this festival is called Bhaitihar.

Following the cultural legacy, women prefer traditional attire for the occasion- a day when siblings tend to create and capture beautiful memories! Silk sarees in bright colors and with the shimmer of zari buttas, printed lehenga cholis, and fluid-looking floor-length suits are suitable if, festivities are on a larger scale. While if the ceremony is a closely held event, then women prefer simpler outfits like cotton suits and printed georgette sarees. Indo-western Kurtis and palazzo suits are trending silhouettes among the younger lot, for the occasion.

Gifting your sister on Bhai Bij

Blue Art Silk Lehenga Choli with Zari Embroidery

Religious rituals have their significance, but there’s one thing which, as a loving brother, you cannot omit, and that is- gifting your sister! Above all, she would surely be expecting a bag of goodies after the tilak. This is the chance, to put an end to those petty fights, to revive old memories, and to reinforce the bond that you share with her. Well, to get that emotional connect right, you need to pump-up your efforts and pick something of her choice, to show her how much she means to you. And now is the time to get her smile a little wider, and brighter!

Cream Muslin Designer Palazzo Suit with All Over Embroidered Jacket

Understanding a woman’s choice can be a complex task, but this time, we suggest that you go through the grind for your sibling’s delight. Having known your sister for all these years, we assume you at least have a faint idea about her choices, including her wardrobe. Does she prefer wearing traditional sarees or modern silhouettes like jacket suits and tunics, softer tones or captivating palettes? If you’re confused, you can sneak into her room and check out her closet. Inputs from your mother or her close friends could be equally helpful. And with all the necessary information, the next step would be- choosing the best Bhai Dooj gift for your dear sister.

Here’s a guide full of fabulous choices, so- start scrolling!

1. A Class Apart

Wine Purple Lycra Designer Saree with Embroidered Brooch

Outfits with captivating details make the perfect gift for sisters who love being in the spotlight! Get her a printed or plain saree with ruffles or a dazzling pre-stitched saree- some of the coolest trends of the season.

2. Classic Staple

Wine Purple Art Silk Woven Saree with Contrast Border and Pallu

This one is for the elderly group, and also, the ones who live by traditions. While a handwoven silk saree will make an excellently luxurious gift, the ones with a budget constraint can opt for art silk sarees adorned with the timeless allure of metallic woven designs.

3. Fusion Fervor

Navy Blue Satin Silk Designer Flared Embroidered Gown

Does your sister like blended styles? Is she the one who prefers modern ensembles, something like traditional-wear with a Bohemian touch? Then she may be a fusion-wear patron! Dhoti suits, Anarkali gowns, peplum kurtis- are some of the trending fusion-wear styles. And well, we hope you know her favorite colors- gifting an outfit in colors that she loves will elevate its value.

4. Casually Gorgeous

Pista Green Chanderi Printed Floor Length Kurti with High Neck

An undisputed staple full of contemporary grace, kurtis can be found in almost every Indian woman’s closet. A designer Kurti- Anarkali style or a peplum tunic can instantly uplift her mood, but if you’re skeptical about her choice, then a plain straight-cut Kurti, a basic one, will work quite well. You can add a few goodies- like jewelry and perfume- a hamper of gifts will surely multiply her happiness!

5. Delightful Layers

Sky Blue Cotton Kurti with Embroidered Jacket

How about helping your sister with her wardrobe experiments by gifting a chic versatile outfit! You can get her a layered outfit like a jacket suit or a cape ensemble that she can style in multiple ways.

These were some fabulously personalized gifting ideas for the occasion of Bhai-Dooj. Pick the best outfits- the one that she will most probably like. It’s the occasion to show your sister that she’s special!

Have a joyous festival ahead!