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Gift Guide #2: Your Outdoorsy Twin Sister Who Tells The Best Stories and Gives Your Kids Sneaky Candy.

11 Gifts for Sisters

Fleece sweatshirt to keep her cozy this winter. (Bonus: It comes in four colors and is made from 32 recycled plastic water bottles.)

One of the year’s best books — like The Witches Are Coming, The Dutch House, Normal People and Grand Union — to start your own two-person book club.

Croissant lamp, which is made in Japan with a real croissant!

11 Gifts for Sisters

Pretty notecards to write each other letters.

11 Gifts for Sisters

A cheese candle because a cheese candle.

11 Gifts for Sisters

Skiing pajamas. (These are cute, too.)

11 Gifts for Sisters

Slippers for padding around at night. (And how insanely comfy do these look?)

11 Gifts for Sisters

A mug to make her smile every morning.

11 Gifts for Sisters

Chub hoops, which would dress up any outfit.

11 Gifts for Sisters

A great cookbook — including Nothing Fancy, Dinner for Everyone and Simple Cake — and time for dinner together.

11 Gifts for Sisters

A donation in her name to the Sierra Club.

P.S. Last year’s gift guide for sisters, and the full 2019 gift guide so far.

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  1. I love the Fleece sweatshirt most especially in this list. The cookbook would be nice too. Am gift hunting for my sister whose love for cooking and wearing sweaters is incomparable. Thanks for a great list.

  2. Brittany says...

    I’ve read Cup of Jo for my entire adult life — I was so excited to see the last gift idea because I work for the New Mexico Sierra Club! :) Thank you!!

  3. Chelsea says...

    I love the cookbook idea. I gave my mom Small Victories for her birthday last year. I originally discovered it here on COJ and loved cooking out of it, so I bought a copy for her then made notes throughout it about which recipes I liked or letting her know that I had made one dish for she and my nephews when they visited, or that I like to make a big batch of the meatballs and freeze them and that sort of thing. It’s a fun way to make a gift a little more personal and she loved looking through it and reading my notes.

  4. Mims says...

    Just a friendly headsup. Items made from recycled plastics as well as acrylic, polyester and nylon, etc. create more harm to the environment. They shed microparticles of plastic that end up in our waterways and ultimately in our oceans where they are incorporated into marine life. Since plastics are full of bisphenol A and other phthlates, they wreak havoc on immune and endocrine function. Scientists are seeing this plastic in the flesh of fish and shellfish..so we are eating it too! Seriously, what about buying a gently used cotton sweatshirt at the thrift? Our family made the switch to only regifted, repurposed and/or edible gifts like cookie mix in a mason jar. Everyone happier and less stress.

    • Laura says...

      THIS!

  5. Carolyn says...

    What a lovely set of gifts! One bonus gift to go along with the lovely recycled sweater could be a GuppyFriend which is a washing bag that helps keep micropastics out of the environment: https://en.guppyfriend.com/

    Also, v. obsessed with the croissant lamp <3

  6. Emily B says...

    Love the Everlane sweater! If you’re looking for one that is a little more affordable Old Navy has a very similar one. Type in ‘Mock Neck Raglan Sleeve Sherpa Sweater’. Unfortunately it’s not made from recycled water bottles though! love that.

  7. Nane says...

    It seems that I am that kind of sister. All these gifts are wonderful! Will forward the link to my brother even though he does “not believe in christmas”. Thanks!

  8. Justine says...

    The Dutch House is so good! I’m listening to it on audio thanks to a recommendation from the CoJ comment section. If you are that person – thank you! It’s an absolute joy to listen to. I want to give this book to everyone I love.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m so glad to hear that!

    • Katie says...

      I am also listening to The Dutch House and loving it. This reads like a true story, I can’t believe it is a novel. Tom Hanks is the narrator, he does a great job.

  9. c says...

    is it just me or do those earrings look like teeth?!

    • Bex says...

      I thought they were ear plugs!

  10. AP says...

    Maybe a post for non-profits or homemade gifts vs. more stuff. Please and thank you.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      We are hoping to do a mix through these guides including gifts that people will really use (mug, sweater, etc). Thank you so much!

  11. Valeria says...

    4 of my girlfriends and I share a tradition since maybe 15 years. Every year we chose a theme and we have to find each other a low budget (5-8€) gift on that theme. It’s a quite challenging research but we have the best fun and laughters brainstorming about what theme, looking for gifts and buying them (tipically on Christmas Eve) and then unwrapping them in a children free night all for us 5 after Christmas, with wine and mountains of chocolate and sweets. We have had 5 senses year, summertime year, forever young year, monochrome year, proverbs year, 7 deadly sins year… But the most unforgettable theme has been: initial letter. You had to find for the others a gift with the same initial letter of each one’s name. Just to mention one of the absurd gifts, from my friend Marta (who always makes us laugh so hard with her finds) I received a V(!)agon lit, hand made by her from a cardboard box, with a bottle of wine (vino in italian) inside. I know it could be wiser to save money and time and not to buy almost useless objects, but through good and bad times (and some of us had really hard times), this tradition with them means Christmas to me. Why did I write this here? Because I don’t have proper sisters, and they are.

    • Amanda says...

      This is great. Knowing your friends are thinking of you along with a real good laugh is the best gift ever.

    • Bethany Dodson says...

      Lovely!

  12. Darlene says...

    My niece and her husband own a bread bakery and also had a baby earlier this month. I’m thinking that croissant lamp would make a good nursery lamp for late-night feedings!

  13. Allie says...

    Was this written for me? Just sent to my twin brother. Hoping he takes action!

  14. Abby says...

    Hooray for twin sisters! Can’t wait for my “kayak-toting twin sister who knits the coziest sweaters and drinks day old coffee” and I to inevitably gift each other something from this list :) My guess: the cheese candle (because hello Wisconsin childhood)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love that description!

  15. Jenny says...

    Gift Guide: Your wildly extroverted older sister who always has a house full of people and elaborate nail art
    A hot pink vintage coat with giant shoulder pads
    Earrings made our of your childhood favorite plastic dinosaurs that she organized into a labor union when she was 7
    A gift certificate to her hair salon for a party up-do
    A large tin full of the freakiest tidbits you’ve assembled over a year of flea market finds

  16. Naomi says...

    If your gift recipient prefers audiobooks, Tom Hanks reads “The Dutch House”, and it is simply wonderful.

  17. amy says...

    Cup of Jo gift guides are the bomb!

    • Rachel Elizabeth says...

      Agreed! I look forward to them every year!

  18. Gwen says...

    I need to know, and neither the post nor the seller’s site mentions it, does the cheese candle smell like cheese?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      no, it doesn’t really have a scent. but it looks so cool!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      PS would be amazing if it smelled like stinky cheese, though! :)

    • Gwen says...

      Agreed! My favorite cheeses are the ones that stink up the whole fridge, so I’m a bit disappointed that the candle is unscented.

  19. Hali says...

    Your sister description made me smile! Mine would be “For your indoorsy older sister who does the best impersonations and gives your cat sneaky treats.” or “For your outdoorsy little sister who makes the funniest faces and has the best signature dance moves.”

    The heart in these guides is so apparent! I love the “no gifts on christmas” sentiment in theory but a sweet and thoughtful gift is pretty precious. Thanks for always getting it right. Can’t wait to hug my sisters in just over a month!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      what a sweet note! your sisters sound wonderful :)

  20. liz says...

    croissant lamp, canoli lamp, cheese candle… I’m sensing a theme this winter haha

    • Anonygirl says...

      It’s just the right amount of hygge.

  21. Taylor says...

    ha! I love the croissant lamp but am more partial to the cannoli candle on catbird! All of my girlfriends are receiving a cannoli candle this year for the holidays, it’s a near perfect gift

    • Alice says...

      OH. MY. GOD!! I wishhhhhh I could get one of these easily in the UK- my boyfriend and I took a trip to Sicily earlier this year, and ate SO MANY CANNOLI!! I’m building him an advent calendar and this would literally be perfect for it, but $25 for international shipping seems a bit much for a funny candle. Sob sob sob!! (Catbird pleeeeeease open a London store!)