It's your sister's special day and you want to give her a gift that's a bit more personal and memorable than something from her registry. Give your sister a wedding present that celebrates your history together while looking towards her future as a married woman. If you have other siblings, go in with them on a group gift that your bride-to-be sister will love and cherish.
You and your sister have a long history together. Chronicle that history by creating a sisters scrapbook or photo album. Start back at the beginning and collect pictures from when the two of you were toddlers and babies and work your way up to the present. Include photographs from family vacations, end-of-the-school-year festivities, birthdays and any other memorable event during your lives. Be sure to put in photographs of her and her partner and leave a few blank pages at the end of the book for memories yet to be made.
Let your sister make use of a skill you have by presenting her with a coupon book. If you love to cook and bake, include coupons for a gourmet meal, fresh-baked loaf of bread or homemade cake. If cleaning and organising is more your thing, give her coupons that will help her get her new house in order. Other coupon ideas include a framed portrait of her and her new spouse, painted by you or a special girl's night out coupon.
Collect recipes from family members for dishes you and your sister have enjoyed at holiday dinners throughout the years. Type up the recipes on decorative paper or on 3-by-5 inch cards. Give each recipe a name that identifies who it came from, such as "Aunt Jane's Broccoli Casserole (The One With Real Cheese)" or "Mom's Quick Biscuits." Slide each recipe into a protective plastic sleeve and gather into a binder, sorted by type, or collect the recipe cards into a small card box.
Make use of any sewing skills you have by making your sister extra-special textiles, such as monogrammed tea towels, napkins embroidered with the date of her wedding or a quilt made from memorable fabric scraps, such as old T-shirts, her favourite old blanket and a napkin from her wedding. Try stitching his-and-her pillowcases with your sister's and her spouse's initials embroidered on one side of each pillowcase.
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