Love ‘em or hate ‘em, your siblings are yours for life. Let’s not forget our brothers, those annoying men in your life that you cannot do without sometimes. They’re the ones who scared off potential boyfriends, but also scared off the creep who would stare at you from across the street. So with his birthday coming up, what should you get them? Here are a few small suggestions:
Indulge His Sporting Obsessions
This will cost you but you will become his favourite afterwards. Buy him a memento of his favourite sports team or person. Is he a cycling fan? Get him the cycling team kits of his favourite team. Does he love his cricket? Get him an autographed ball or bat from his hero. Does he watch the FIFA world cup faithfully every four years? Buy him a stack of posters of his favourite team. Better yet, if they’ve ever won, get him the poster of the winning team shot with the cup and everything. Watch him indulge his sport obsession by trying on the cycling team kit or breaking a vase with the autographed bat. You will be a hero.
Buy Him an Experience He will cherish
Underneath the tough exterior, every brother is a kid who wants to do things he loves. For his birthday, buy him gift cards or tickets to attend something you know he will value. Get him tickets to the big game, whatever that is. Buy him a gym membership that he’s been craving but couldn’t afford. Pay for a round trip to a place he’s wanted to see forever (he’ll pay expenses). Get him the gear or the equipment he needs to do something he loves doing, like camping gear to go on a trek. Whatever it is, personalize or customize it so that he knows you put some thought into it and didn’t just order it off the internet in some alcohol- induced guilt- haze.
Get Him Something He Needs
Society is hard on the men and very few will openly ask for help in any way, especially from a younger sister or brother. So if you know your brother is having difficulty in some way, make this the opportunity to help out in a way that won’t bruise his ego. Do not hand him an envelope full of cash, but arrange a game or two so that he’ll win and make the gift something he’ll appreciate. It can be a voucher for buying books he needs for his college courses; it can be a 6- month apprenticeship that will help him pay the bills. It could be a gift certificate for a haircut and massage. Be subtle about it and know that your brother will appreciate it, even if he doesn’t openly acknowledge it.