While you can't choose your family — and there may be some ups and downs in your relationship — your sister will always be your sister. Hopefully, you stay close and maintain a strong family bond, even if life takes you far apart. If it's been a minute since you reached out, why not set something up for National Sister Day.

A special day for sisters

Like many days of national recognition, National Sister Day is designated to celebrate sisterhood and the important role sisters play in family and friendship. Every year on the first Sunday of August, this day reminds people around the world to express gratitude for their siblings.

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The importance of sisters

Though history and literature contain countless examples of the significance of sisters, this national day has gained popularity just in the past decade as a 24-hour period akin to Mother's and Father's day that is dedicated to singing the praises of this particular family member. A sister can be a built-in best friend, confidante, and someone you can learn from and look up to. They can also be a pain in the butt, but over time many of us come to appreciate the good times and the bad and all the irreplaceable memories we've formed.


Quality time

While there are plenty of ways to get involved in National Sister Day, one of the best options, of course, is to spend some quality time with your sister. If she's close by, think back on some of your favorite activities and how you two could reignite some old memories or make some new ones, whether it be a relaxing day at home or a girls' night out. Putting a bit of effort in will show your sister you care.


Social shoutouts

In addition to quality time, showing your sister a bit of love on social media is big these days, especially if she's far away. If you're an avid poster and your sister is comfortable with it, consider sharing a few photos or videos that highlight your relationship. Pick a few of your favorite shots and write a thoughtful caption that celebrates your connection. Including an inside joke or two will make this shoutout extra meaningful.


Beach trip

National Sister Day is a great excuse to get out of the house and head to the beach before summer is over. Take your floaties or beach chairs and pack a picnic of all the foods she loved growing up. Maybe margaritas make an appearance, or you could organize a game of beach volleyball or just play cards and chat. Ice cream is another essential part of any beach day.



Another lovely sign of sister appreciation is a fresh bouquet. Choose her favorite flowers and have them delivered to her door if you're cities away, or bring them by yourself when you pick her up for your plans. Roses, tulips, daisies, and lilies are just a few possibilities for a floral arrangement that will bring a smile to her face and let her know you're thinking of her.



If your sister likes wine, then National Sister Day is the perfect time to give her a bottle and raise a toast to your family and friendship. Pick out her favorite or take the opportunity to introduce her to something new you're sure she'll enjoy. Whether it's a rich shiraz or a fruity prosecco, suggest a cheers to all the years you've already had together, and the many more you have ahead.


Personalized gifts

You don't need a big budget or even a lot of time to send your sister a personalized gift. While a monogrammed travel bag or special jewelry is sure to be appreciated, something as outwardly simple as a box of the cookies you fought over as children will warm her heart and show her she's a big part of your life. If you're drawing a blank on something meaningful from the past, consider reaching out to your parents for ideas.


Manicures and pedicures

If your sibling is into spa days, National Sisters Day is a great opportunity to book a mani-pedi. This is a great way to feel pampered while still giving you lots of time to chat and gossip about what's new in your lives and your memories of way back when. Self-care is one of the best ways to celebrate someone, and this option can be especially meaningful if your sister has young kids at home or other high-stress events going on in her life.


Dinner and drinks

Meeting up for dinner and drinks will give you and your sister a chance to reconnect. Regardless of whether you see each other once a week or once a year, family time is important, and enjoying a delicious meal is a great excuse. It doesn't matter if it's burgers and beer or sushi and sake, share your latest news, and don't forget to say Happy National Sister Day.


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