Raksha Bandhan: Celebrate the Special Brother-Sister Relationship
The relationship between brothers and sisters is one of the most sacred ones. Beyond just family, the bond of being close friends and confidants - they offer rock-solid support for each other standing by through thick and thin. A rakhi brother is also someone close who you have chosen as your brother, and that relationship is equally special.
In Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi as it is commonly known, the sister ties a rakhi, the sacred thread, promising to pray for the prosperity and long life of her brother. The brother in turn pledges to protect his sister from all evil for life. A beautiful festival, Raksha Bandhan brings brothers and sisters closer and strengthens their bond to last a lifetime.
A Special Day For Siblings And Family Too!
Relive Cherished Memories:
Your brother and you have numerous shared memories - some funny, some sad, some joyous. As years pass, these memories may dim under daily stresses. Raksha Bandhan, gives you an opportunity to revive your fun moments together and also offers a wonderful chance to make fresh memories .
Come Together as a Family:
For many Indian families, Rakhi is an important festival which is celebrated with full fervour following all the traditional rituals associated with it. Although Rakhi is dedicated to brothers and sisters, it is also an occasion for the family to get together to rejoice the togetherness. Often siblings who don't live together travel to ensure they are together for Rakhi and celebrate the day with each other.
The Best Rakhi for Your Brother This Year
On Rakhi you want to give the best to your brother. Rakhis were initially simple silken threads but today incredibly beautiful and gorgeous designs are available online and at stores near you. Along with tying the rakhi, giving a wonderful gift expresses your love and makes the occasion memorable. If you are confused about finding the right Rakhi for your bro, we can help.
We have put together a list of different types of rakhis and rakhi gifts that you can give your brother on this auspicious day as well as some top choices to get you started off.
Personalised Rakhis For Your Brother
Give your brother a lovely personalised gift this Rakhi! Personalisation is the hottest trend and you can today even personalize the rakhi itself with a photo or an engraving.
Or you can give a personalised gift. Pick out one of your cherished photos with your brother and/or think up a message specially for him. And add it to mugs, photo frames, plaques or even clocks - the range is endless. Several online sites do it at very reasonable costing or you can also get it done at a local photo lab.
Personalised Photo Engraved Rakhi Thread
This is a uniquely personalised rakhi. Made of MDF wood, the rakhi has a laser-engraved image of your brother made based on a photo uploaded by you. A truly special rakhi that he will cherish for years. Available for Rs.349 from giftsmate.net.
Personalised Wooden Rakhi
Yet another best Rakhi to get for your brother is this engraved rakhi on wood. You can choose from seveal gorgeous design patterns for the rakhi. Though in black monochrome, these rakhis are an elegant option for a brother who loves simple and understated style. The rakhi is accompanied by a wooden greeting card too, where you can add your personal message.
Order it on WoodGeekStore for Rs. 499 only.
Yet another option is to get a message engraved onto the rakhi. Check out this option on Giftsmate where you can give a short message to be inscribed in the face of the rakhi. This custom rakhi costs Rs. 299
Customised Metal Rakhi
Make your rakhi stand out with this gleaming eye-catching metal rakhi. This standout rakhi has two rows of stones studded around the photo of your brother, surely something special isn't it? Just upload your photo and ask for a preview. The final rakhi will then reach you in a couple of days. Order it on here for Rs. 299
Precious Metal Rakhi with Customization
When nothing but the best is right for your brother you should indulge in buying silver or gold rakhis. Several jewellery shops today create personlaised rakhis that you can gift your brother.
One such is this silver rakhi that will spell out your brother;s name. Made of 999 pureity silver and weking approx 1.5 gms, this bracelet cum rakhi is something he will cherish for lige. The classy rakhi can be ordered on Augrav for Rs. 2,999.
Want something for affordable? Check out this Personalised Name Rakhi in Metal on orosilber.com. Made of alloy, this simple rakhi just costs Rs. 1,260
Bonus: Handcrafted Rakhi
Handcrafted with care, this beautiful rakhi is more than just that. Its a gorgeous reminder of the bond you share. Made of sterling silver, this beauty is available on fabindia.com for a price of Rs. 590
Quirky Pick: Swag Wala Bhai Rakhi
Your brother is your hero. The person you talk to about your troubles, worries and joys. Who inspires you to do better and reach greater heights. Take the chance to tell your brother how much he means to you with this handcrafted Swag Wala Bhai emblazoned on a metal plate. This offbeat rakhi can be purchased from bigsmall.in for Rs.350.
Best Rakhi Gift Hamper Ideas
Rakhi with Sweets or Dry Fruits Combo
A traditional and safe choice is offering rakhi along with tray of sweets or dry fruits. Such gift sets are a superb choice for brothers who like simple celebrations in accordance with customs. It is also ideal for your married elder brother. Several sites offer attractive trays and boxes for the dry fruits making the gift look very appealing.
Bhaiya Bhabhi Rakhi Set
For an elder brother who is married it's a great idea to celebrate Rakhi with both your brother and your sister-in-law. Called Lumba, the bhabhi rakhi given to your sister-in-law acknowledges her importance as your brother’s better half. This practice has its origins in the Marwari community but has spread to other communities in recent years.
Gorgeous rakhi sets are available today having 2 rakhis styled similarly but with the lumba rakhi designed like a beautiful piece of jewellery, often with lot of embellishments. A lovely adornment for your bhabhi indeed. Make your gift one for the whole family by giving a hamper of goodies - sweets, dry fruits or chocolates along with the rakhis for your brother, bhabhi and also your nephews. Several sites such as IGP have a great selection of Rakhi sets like this Tree of Life rakhi
Rakhi with Flowers and Cake
For some brothers the best choice is giving flowers and cake along with the rakhi. If your brother gets bored of traditional sweets gifted on Rakhi, surprise him with his favourite cake and his favourite flowers. He will love that you took the time to get him the things he loves best. Chocolates are also a popular non-traditional gift. Consider this Bouquet with Chocolate cake option on Giftacrossindia for Rs. 1,810.
Rakhi with a Thoughtful Gift
Rakhi is an excellent occasion to gift your brother something thoughtful, particularly if he is younger. You can get him something he needs like a wallet, or items related to hobbies or just anything that will make his life better. The caring you show will make the gift cherished for life.
Simple Rakhi with Thali
If your brother is someone who doesn't like fancy stuff preferring simple but soulful celebrations, then opt for the simple rakhi with puja thali option. He will appreciate your good wishes and your affection more than any jazzy gift. If acceptable, add a simple statue of Lord Ganesh to bring joy and prosperity to your beloved brother.
Rakhi Gifts for Your Adored Elder Brother
Basket of Joy
If your brother loves chocolates, then this basket is a great idea. Featuring a stone studded Omkar Rakhi, this basket comes with 4 types of chocolate as well as roli and chawal. Priced at Rs.890, the site rakhibazaar.com offers free shipping worldwide.
Alluring Kundan Rakhi Gift Set
Go for an elegant kundan-style Rakhi if your brother is fashion-conscious yet traditional. The kundan rakhi can be optionally combined with sweets, chocolates or dry fruits. Prices vary as per chosen combo but starts at Rs.280. The website rakhiz.com does worldwide free delivery. If this is not your style, don't worry, there is an incredible range of rakhi types to choose from like designer rakhis, mauli rakhis, jewel rakhis etc.
Personalised Ceramic Mug
Make your Rakhi gift a unique one. This personalised wall clock featuring 6 Photos is a beautiful option that’ll bring back lovely memories of your time together. Available for Rs.799 from giftcart.com, this gift is ideal for an elder brother who lives apart. If you want something simpler then opt for a ceramic mug personalised with your favourite photo and a personal message. The mug is available at dezains.com for Rs.299.
Bhaiya Bhabhi Rakhi Hamper
Your sister-in-law has become an inseparable part of the family. Express your love and respect for her with a Lumba this year. This Rakhi Hamper from fnp.com comes with a beautiful lumba rakhi set along with a box of the ever-favourite Motichoor Ladoo. A perfect gift for your brother and his wife. If you would like to give a practical gift then get the rakhi with photo frame combo from the same site for Rs.749.
Rakhi with Designer Tray of Dry fruits
Another traditional option is gifting your brother a sumptuous designer tray filled with 4 kinds of dry fruits. This gift hamper comes with a designer rakhi that features a studded American diamond. It is available for Rs.1,599 from rakhi.in.
Symbol of Well Being Rakhi Gift Set
How about gifting your brother something very different that expresses your good wishes for his bright future This Feng Shui based gift set features a Golden Standing Buddha statue for good luck and a Yin-Yang medallion rakhi. An ideal gift if your brother has recently started a job or has started living on his own. Available for Rs. 759 from bookmyflowers.com.
Rakhi Gifts for Younger Brother
Super Rocking Brother Gift Hamper
Younger brothers will love this bright and cheerful gift. The Gift Hamper comes with a cute teddy bear, a LED rakhi and a back for Monster gems A fantastic option for the little brother you adore. This gift combo is available for Rs.299 from saugatonline.com.
Black Accessories Gift Set
Be a thoughtful sister and get your bro a Rakhi gift that he will find useful in his life. This sipper with a cute message is perfect for a brother who goes to college or is working. Available from Amazon for Rs.389. Made of high quality aluminium metal the bottle comes with a clip for easy attachment to bags or backpacks.
Rakhi Photo Chocolate Cake
The photo cake is a fantastic personalised rakhi gift that will delight your brother. Rather than boring sweets or chocolates the cake featuring your favourite image of him will be an unforgettable surprise for your younger brother. Available for Rs.1,799 from floweraura.com this 1 kg Photo Chocolate Cake will be decorated with a reproduction of a photo provided by you.
Doraemon and Ferrero Kid Brother Rakhi Hamper
Get your kid brother a fun cartoon themed rakhi that he will love to flaunt! This gift hamper from flowertree.com contains a Doraemon Rakhi, 1 elephant soft toy and a small box of Ferrero Rocher Chocolates. Available for Rs.795, this hamper is sure to delight your brother.
If Doraemon is not his favourite character, no worries, there is an entire range of cartoon themes available - Minions, Chota Bheem, Angry Birds – just pick out the character most adored by your brother. An example, the Minion themed rakhi hamper, Sibling's Delight, available at floweraura.com for Rs.799 will be loved by the brother who loves the character.
Living Far Apart? Rakhi Can Still Be Amazing
It can be a little painful when you realise that your brother is miles away from you on this festive occasion. Don't let that affect you. You can still have an awesome rakhi if your spend a little time planning for it
Don't Wait Till the Last Moment
Start planning well ahead of time to avoid last minute rushing. If you can go for a visit, then make arrangements for it. Else think about the rakhi you want to send as well as the gift. If your bro is married, then the gift set must have something for your bhabhi (and nieces or nephews if you have them) as well. As postal and courier logistics can be unpredictable, be sure to factor in some buffer so it reaches your brother at the right time.
Pick Gifts From Reputable Sites
Ordering rakhi and rakhi gifts online is a boon during busy times. Large variety in rakhis, innovative gift hampers and combo offers make it an enticing option. But be sure to order from a site that has a track record of being reliable – look for clear policies regarding delivery, shipping cost and delivery methods. You don't want to find that after trusting a site, they have failed to send your rakhi gift on time. How disappointing that would be for you and your brother!
Don't Forget to Call
Sending a rakhi is a good way to mark the festival. But actually calling your brother and wishing him makes it more emotional and touching. Set aside time to call or video chat so that you can connect on this special day. Rakhi will not be the same for him or for you if you don't call.
You can even ask him
There must have been plenty of times that you put in a special request for what you want for Raksha Bandhan, and your brother more often then not would be obliging you by giving you exactly what you want. How about returning the favour? A younger brother may sometimes tell you what he would like, but how about asking, even if he is an elder brother. He may be hesitant to tell you, or say he wants nothing, but this is where you work your sister charm and worm an answer out of him! The exchange can be fun and he will be touched by your consideration.