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You'll never fight with anyone as much as you'll fight with your sister, but you'll also never be as close to another human being. Whether you grew up with sibling rivalry or not, it's time to honor your sister as one of the special figures in your life with a gift she'll actually want. Here are 20 of the best gifts to give your sister this year.
1. For the trendy sister: Spanx Faux Leather Leggings
The Spanx faux leather leggings sold out online in 72 hours for good reason—these leggings are the ultimate in comfort as well as tummy control. We give Spanx major kudos for the wide variety of sizing options as they run from XS to 3X and also come in short sizes for petite girls. They are versatile enough to be worn to the office with a conservative tunic or styled edgier for a night out, so your sister will love wearing them no matter what the occasion.
2. For the active sister: Allbirds Wool Runners
With 1 million sold to date, these wool shoes seem to be one everyone's feet these days. We tried out a pair recently and deemed them to be "supremely stylish and outrageously comfortable," as well as being good for the environment. Allbirds is also very customer friendly and took the too-large size 8 pair I ordered back no questions asked and sent me the size 7 for free.
3. For the sister who needs to gear up for winter: L.L. Bean Boots
There is nothing more classic than a pair of L.L. Bean Boots and since they were featured in Vogue several years back, you don't have to be a New Englander to wear them anymore. The 8-inch tumbled leather and chamois lined version are perfect for spring, fall, and winter with a pair of thick socks. Your sister will love them in the rain and snow even if she isn't from Maine.
4. For the sister who needs to relax: Gravity Blanket
We recently tested the 15-pound Gravity blanket that gained notoriety from its $5 million Kickstarter campaign and rave reviews from users who claim it can relax and help calm anxiety. During testing, we found the weight to be not too heavy, but just right, providing a comforting amount of pressure without feeling suffocating. Your sister can even use without turning up the A/C. Because the blanket isn't too thick, she won't get too hot while she's underneath it relaxing.
5. For the outdoorsy sister: The Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Jacket
This top-rated ultra-light down jacket has a water-repellent coating, making it a perfect layer for whatever adventures your sister may take. In the spring and fall, she can use it as her go-to coat, or she can layer it under thicker jackets in the winter. Plus, it comes in 10 different colors to choose from, everything from basic grey to bright raspberry pinks and corals. It is so thin and airy that you may even be able to slide it into her stocking for the ultimate surprise stuffer.
6. For the sister who loves smoothies: Ninja Fit Personal Blender
Named our winner for the best personal blender after a series of blender tests, the Ninja Fit is a good blend of speed and strength. While it's great for fruit for a breakfast beverage, it can also be used for blending hot foods such as butternut squash soup when summer turns to fall. The Ninja Fit also includes 16-ounce portable containers with tight lids so that your sister can take her smoothies to go.
7. For your sister who commutes: Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise Canceling Headphones
Noise-canceling headphones are essential when you're commuting to work on public transport. You may not be able to block out the sights (and smells) on the subway for your sister, but with our favorite pair, you can at least help her distance herself from the person screaming into their cellphone as the train goes underground. Even if she's not a commuter, she'll love finding a moment of quiet zen in her own home.
8. For the tea drinker: The Fred & Friends Manatea Tea Infuser
In a world of coffee shops, show your tea-drinking sister some love with this adorable Fred & Friends Manatea silicone tea infuser. It's more than just cute, it actually took the top spot in our testing of the best tea infusers. We found that when tipping the mug to get the last drops of tea, the little manatea holds on tight and doesn't spill. This tea infuser is also easy to clean and steeps evenly, making it the perfect present for a tea drinker.
9. For the one who loves to bake their cares away: The Rachael Ray Yum-o! Oven Lovin' Loaf Pan
The Rachael Ray Yum-o! Oven Lovin' Loaf Pan is perfect for your sister who loves all things banana bread. It landed in the top spot in our testing for a reason. With a nonstick surface, this pan will ensure that her sweet and savory dishes come out perfectly for family and friends. The firm handles with silicone inserts are easy to handle, and the pan is safe up to 500°F.
10. For the sister who wants her home to smell like a spa: The InnoGear Upgraded 250ml Diffuser
We found that the InnoGear upgraded 250ml Diffuser is perfect for the sister who wants to keep her home smelling good. Oil diffusers have a scent for everything, whether you want to boost your creativity with jasmine or relax with lavender. With a lock-in base that makes it easy to move around the house without messy spills, the built-in light rotators can move between different colors or stay on her favorite one.
11. For the sister who loves fried food: The Philips Airfryer XXL
Despite being big, heavy, and noisy, we found the Philips Airfryer XXL to be the top air fryer on the market, making great air-fried food. The Philips is easy to use and requires no pre-heating, and it includes a cookbook full of recipe ideas so your sister can start making all of her favorite fried foods right away.
12. For the sister with the green thumb: Showa Atlas 370 Gloves
If you have a sister who loves tending to her garden, the affordable Showa Atlas 370 gloves are a perfect choice. We found them to be the best gardening gloves on the market after putting them through the ringer during a rainy New England spring. These gloves come in multiple sizes and colors so you'll be able to find the perfect fit for your sister's green thumb.
13. For the stylish sister: The Fjall Raven Mini Water Resistant Backpack
Originally created for Swedish school children, the Fjall Raven backpacks have exploded in popularity among kids and adults alike in recent years. While the 15-inch version took home our award for the best backpack for casual use, this mini backpack is perfect for carrying smaller items. Plus, it's water-resistant. It's a versatile and comfortable option for your sister to wear whether she's walking around the mall or heading to class.
14. For the sister who likes to feel cozy: Patagonia Re-Tool Snap-T Pullover
This Patagonia fleece is soft, comfortable, and as good for hanging around at a coffee shop as it is around a campfire. The Snap-T fleece is versatile for any activity and it comes in several different colors. Ideal for early spring and late fall, your sister who loves to camp will thank you for this purchase.
15. For the sister who loves make-up: Wet-n-Wild Liquid Catsuit Lipstick and CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara
Matte lipsticks are all the rage for glam girls, but Reviewed found that you don't have to break the bank to rock the style. If your sister loves make-up, the Wet-n-Wild Liquid Catsuit Lipstick held up as tops in our testing and was under $5 to boot. We tested the bargain brand out and found it to be smooth lip color that comfortably lasts all day. Pair with the Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara to stay within your holiday budget while gifting your sister with a mascara that will give her incredible volume.
- Get the Wet-n-Wild Liquid Catsuit Lipstick at Amazon for $3.19
- Get the Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Mascara at Amazon for $5.22
16. For the athletic sister: The Hydro Flask Standard Mouth Water Bottle with Flex Cap
Whether your sister is an athlete or just loves sweating it out at the gym, she should have the best water bottle to keep her hydrated. We found the Hydro Flask to be portable, versatile, durable, and well-designed, and it also stood up during our temperature tests that found it can keep ice from melting overnight. Opt for a cute color like mint, blueberry, flamingo, tangelo, graphite, plum, and more.
17. For the coffee drinker: The Technivorm Moccamaster KB
If your sister is a serious coffee drinker, she'll love the Technivorm Moccamaster KB, a favorite among our best coffee maker roundup. It's not cheap, but we think it's worth the price tag since it's able to brew a complex and smooth pot of coffee that tastes excellent. This machine also fills a pot quickly, which is necessary on busy mornings.
18. For the sister who loves yoga: Lululemon the Reversible Mat
There is something to be said about new gym clothes inspiring you to build up your exercise game and the same can apply to yoga mats. This Lululemon version, which was our favorite in yoga mat testing, features a completely flat, non-stick surface for a no-slip yoga practice that's perfect for beginners and pros alike.
19. For the sister who wants to trace her roots: Ancestry DNA Kit
Is your sister interested in learning more about her roots? Ancestry DNA is also great for uncovering family heritage that goes beyond the stories that have been passed down. The kit was also recently updated with new features that will trace your sister's genes down to the smallest percentage so that you can know exactly where she came from.
20. For the sister who loves candles: Capri Blue Volcano Candle
A calming blue candle from Anthropologie can help your busy sister when she chooses to slow down for the day and take some time for herself. The Capri Blue number from Anthropologie is among their best-selling candles and will create a relaxing atmosphere for anyone.
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