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Timeless bond

Chocolates and CDs always make for great rakhi gifts. But if you’re feeling a little more generous this year, how about gifting your sister a sparkling watch? Swarovski India has a special range of watches this Rakhsha Bandhan that blend functionality with jewellery design.

Take your pick from two lines —Elis and Piazza — that have watches priced between Rs 25,800 and Rs 34,300. Here’s what you can expect: the trendy Elis Rubber Prune, in shades of violet and with eight hand-applied crystals on the dial and another eight amethyst crystals on the strap and the classic Piazza Crystal Mesh Silver with 44 hand-applied crystals on the dial. Head for a Swarovski store nearest you to check out the collection.

Skin deep

Another way to pamper your sister is by gifting her cosmetic products that are natural, hand-made and rich with essential oils. Lush offers Lush Legends, a gift hamper that’s brimming with exotic products. There’s the Free Trade Foot Lotion with spearmint, peppermint, cocoa butter, sea salt and almond oil and American Cream, a double strength hair conditioner with vanilla pods, fresh oranges and strawberry. Available at Lush stores across the country, this hamper will lighten your purse by nearly Rs 10,000. A small price to pay, surely, for that smile on your sister’s face.

Ties that bind

Since rakhis often double up as bracelets for the days post-festival, here are some special ones for your brothers. Check out Episode’s range of silver rakhis that come in geometrical and floral designs and are also embellished with semi-precious stones. Priced between Rs 350 to Rs 1,900, the rakhis are available at Prana Lifestyle store.

Homely nature

And here’s something out-of-the-box — and for your sister’s personal space. Plage Sa, the French brand specialising in wallpaper, is offering a range of 3-D wall-stickers. Since the designs celebrate Art in Nature, you can present her with decorative stickers that flaunt fluttering butterflies, flowers and more. What’s more, these stickers are easy to apply on walls and just as easy to remove (provided the wall is smooth). The stickers, available at Stellar Carpets in Calcutta, cost between Rs 1,500 and Rs 3,800 for sizes between 40cm and 210cm.

Eye candy

You can never go wrong with a pair of sunglasses especially if they are cutting-edge designerwear. Fossil’s collection of Crystal Sunglasses come in cool shades like jet black, snow white, rich chocolate brown and brown and in shapes that go from square to oval. Embedded with glittering crystals, these are priced between Rs 2,995 and Rs 3,495 and are available at Shoppers Stop and Lifestyle stores across the country.

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