Raksha Bandhan is a popular Hindu festival, celebrated in India, Nepal and other parts of the Indian subcontinent, and among people around the world influenced by Hindu culture.
On this day, sisters of all ages tie a talisman, or amulet, called the Rakhi, around the wrists of their brothers, symbolically protecting them, receiving a gift in return, and traditionally investing the brothers with a share of the responsibility of their potential care.
The expression “Raksha Bandhan,” Sanskrit, literally, “the bond of protection, obligation, or care,” is now principally applied to this ritual.
The ceremony involves the sister tying a Rakhi on her brother’s wrist, putting a Teeka (a spot or mark), with Sindoor (or vermilion), and then feeding him some sweets, which is considered as a practice for good luck, in Hindu Culture. Sweets are a symbol of happiness, joy, luck and positivity in the culture. The sister, in turn gets gifts, money, etc.
This Raksha Bandhan, gift your sibling with a personalized gift!
Surprise them, make them feel special, with these gift ideas:
DIY Coffee Mug:
If your sibling loves a good cup of coffee/tea or any other beverage, on a cold, nippy winter evening or if they liked a cold, iced beverage to cool down, on a midsummer afternoon, this would be the perfect gift for them!
- A ceramic coffee mug (preferably black/white, but up to you)
- Acrylic paints or permanent marker (marker might not work well with darker colors)
- Glue and sparkles (optional).
How to make:
- Take your mug, and clean the surface properly.
- Think of a message, and trace it on with a thin tip marker (especially if you’re not artistic).
- Paint it on (or write with marker)
- Add glue and sparkles, if you want.
Your beautiful mug is ready! (you can add a clear coat, to make it glossy and to last longer)
A Hamper Pack:
You can buy these online too, but we suggest that you make them on your own, for a special, personalized touch.
Just take a mason jar or a cute basket, add in whatever they likes: scented candles, chocolates, coffee, candies, along with a personalized message.
Yes, a bit eccentric, but this would be a great gift. Whether it’s a succulent or a fake plant, it would make a great decoration item, and would definitely add a pop of color to her room. You can paint and decorate the pot, according to your requirements too.
Are you the artistic sibling? Even if not, you can try drawing a caricature or a cute comic strip of yourself and your sibling. Add some funny dialogues, maybe reminiscent of an old memory.
This would be a super fun and personalized gift!
Collect a bunch of pictures, and print them out like polaroid’s. Then, you can do multiple things with it! If you’re together, at this time, you can put up fairy lights in their room, and clip the pictures onto it.
If not, just get a cute box/jar, write a cute message on each picture and mail it to them, with some chocolates or any other treats.
These are trying times, and many siblings might not be together at this time. But it’s okay! Video call them, talk to them, mail them these gifts, and share old, reminiscent memories!
Afterall, Raksha Bandhan is about the sibling bond, and their deep sense of love and care for each other. Siblings play a unique role in one another’s lives that simulates the companionship of parents as well as the influence and assistance of friends. Because siblings often grow up in the same household, they have a large amount of exposure to one another, like other members of the immediate family. Raksha Bandhan celebrates this special bond with personalized gift.