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It is a sacred occasion that celebrates one of the most beautiful relationships in the world, wherein sisters tie rakhis on their brothers' wrists. The brothers in turn promise to protect them and shower them with love and gifts. This Hindu festival has historical connections as well. It is said that Rajput queens used to send rakhi threads to neighbouring rulers as a token of brotherhood. The festival falls on a full moon day during the Shravan month of the Hindu calendar. Some historians say that the festival got prominence after Rani Karnavati, the widowed Queen of Chittor, sent a rakhi to Mughal Emperor Humayun when she needed his help. As gifting is a big part of the day, here are some ideas...

Most precious of all
It's well known that diamonds (and most other precious baubles) are a girl's best friend. Brothers can buy jewellery, which is not only a great gifting option, but also serves as a safe investment. Sisters can purchase silver or gold rakhis with precious stones on them, which add a special touch to the gifts.
Handmade with love
For those who don't want to splurge on expensive gifts, why not make a personalised gift? These are simple and heartwarming as well. Handmade gifts are priceless. Sharpen your creative side and make imaginative cards, posters or little booklets.
Everything sweet
If you both have a sweet tooth, choose from a variety of chocolates, cakes, brownies, icecreams or traditional sweets, available in the market today. There are interesting cake jars, cupcakes and donuts too, that can be customised as per your requirements.
Distance no bar
The world is becoming smaller thanks to all the options available online. Gone are the days when you'd spend time looking for gifts at stores. Now, it is all just a click away and this helps tremendously when your brother or sister does not stay in the same town, state or country. There are a plethora of shopping websites that not only offer a wide variety of options, but great deals as well.
Gift green
Traditional gifting is passe — not everyone likes to emulate the crowd. Buy a bonsai or an indoor plant for your sister. This kind of gifting is not only environment friendly, but is also a timeless gift, reminding her of your love for her every day.
Pampering session
Gift your sibling a spa session that will take him or her by surprise. A relaxing massage, rejuvenating facial or an aromatherapy body wrap is a cool gifting option.
Sourse : Times of India

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