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Raksha Bandhan 2017: 8 Common Gifts You Should Avoid This Time

This Raksha Bandhan, we seize the opportunity to list the gifts that most of the sisters across India are utterly bored of.

Updated:August 7, 2017, 9:32 AM IST
Raksha Bandhan, a day when most of us pledge not to fight with our siblings no matter how much they pull our legs or how much they irritate us.

This ‘love-hate’ bond between a brother and sister is amongst the most cherished ones in our lives. Amidst the embarrassing nicknames and pillow fights, there is a bond that cannot be explained in words.

As for a sister, she might fight with you 24X7 but when the time comes, she won’t fail to take your back. However, no matter how much she loves you, the gifts you present her on Raksha Bandhan sets the mark for your fights for the following year.

This Raksha Bandhan, we seize the opportunity to list the gifts that most of the sisters across India are utterly bored of.

Chocolate bar/box

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Yes, that’s the first thing that strikes a brother when he sits down to think about what to gift. One of the most common ideas, this is completely overdone and overhyped. Yes, we love chocolates but not just the one offered by a popular brand. Try something else this time.


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No! We don’t want you to make us feel that we stink. Besides the fact that most of the girls have their specific choices of fragrances, these perfumes and deodorants are just way too boring.


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Since childhood we have been acclimatized to accept Kurtis, Tops,
T-shirts and other garments as gifts on special occasions. This time, we want you to think a little out of the box and come up with something other than plans to fill our wardrobe.

Coffee Mugs


It’s high time that brothers realise that we are grown ups and not kids we will be excited to get Barbie mugs. Besides, who wants to get utensils on Raksha Bandhan? (Vodka shot glasses might work)


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Majority of the girls aren’t into the typical ‘sajna-sawarna’ rituals. If your sister is one of them, jewellery might just spoil the day for her.


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This is a gift we totally detest. Had we been interested in decorating our houses with such art works, we would have visited high-end home shopping stores.



One thing that most of the sisters fail to understand is the reason behind being gifted office, college or school accessories. Such routinely gifts are even beyond the term ‘cliched’.

Sagan Ka Lifafa

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Talking about gifts that have bored us, how can we forget the National gift of India – Sagan ka lifafa. Not saying we hate what’s inside the envelope but, don’t you think it is a done-to-death concept?

So ‘broda’, we guess it’s time to break the wheels of monotony and gift your sisters ‘unique’ presents that will be remembered and also cherished for years. We aren’t concerned about the price tags, but the feelings and the thoughts that you put in these gifts. Even a self-made card or a sandwich cake is enough to get the smile on our faces if only you understood what a sister wants!

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