Cotton shirt tailored to have a “feminine boy fit,” $168, for hikes and adventures. (This cheaper one is cute, too.)

Salted chocolate chip cookie mix, $14, for obvious reasons.

Gold temporary tattoo set, $18, to wear on date nights or just “for funsies,” as she would say.

A set of gold notecards, $18, so you can be penpals!

Organic cotton plant cozy, 22 Euro, to spruce up a boring pot and make her home feel cheery.

Funny mug, $16. To offer just enough encouragement.


An enchanting book of untranslatable words from other countries, $9.73.

West Coast necklace, $125, since she thinks it’s the best coast.

Cheeky San Francisco tote, $18. (Or this San Francisco candle, $16, that smells like fresh bay air.)

Portlandia Cookbook, $16, to make her laugh. (Bonus: It has serious recipes, too.)

Wood Sage and Sea Salt perfume, $60, an amazing scent that somehow captures her essence: “Waves breaking white, the air fresh with sea salt and spray. Alive with the mineral scent of the rugged cliffs. Mingling with the woody earthiness of sage. Lively, spirited and totally joyful.”

Back issues of New York Magazine, $6.99 each, for fascinating articles, genius covers and funny flashbacks.

Give an animal (like a goat, a cow, a pig or honeybees) in her name to a family in need, starting at $20.

P.S. More gifts for sisters, and the 2014 gift guide so far

(Portlandia Cookbook photos by The Kitchn. Perfume photo by Glazed Over Beauty)