Q: I don’t know what to get my big for Christmas. She’s really great and I’m glad she’s my big but we’re definitely different people and we haven’t totally clicked yet. I want to get her a really great gift but I have no idea what she’s interested in (and I know I could just ask) but I was wondering if you had any gift ideas that any sorority girl (or girl in general) would love?
A: if you want to make a good impression with your big at christmas i would start by doing a little research online! to discover more about her interests and tastes, check out her pinterest, instagram and facebook. by seeing what she posts and likes, you will get a feel for her style. it would be really nice to surprise her with a gift that is tailored to her personality. does she intern in a certain field? what’s her major? what style of fashions does she wear? does she play a sport? with some stealthy investigating on your part, you can certainly detect her interests ~ which leads directly to creative gift ideas.
also, LISTEN when you are with her. many times sisters will express what they like in normal conversation. for example, you pass someone on campus and she comments on the girl’s fabulous perfume or earrings. or, your big mentions a favorite movie, book or food she really likes. instant inspiration for gift certificates and gift baskets! a sister may also mention something she loved and lost like her favorite key fob or cell phone case. or, she may lament that something special just broke. your ears need to be open to these kind of announcements. your big’s roommate or close friend are also good resource for this kind of insider information.
additional gift-giving tips:
- COMBINE your sister’s interest with your sorority sugar. for example, if your big loves pearls, then craft a plaque encrusted with pearls, give her a pearl & sorority charm bracelet, or paint a canvas with pearls and your chapter motto.
- PAMPERING is always a good idea. when in doubt, if you give luxury items, you can’t go wrong. things like rich body lotion, fancy soaps, perfume, cosmetics, spa treatments, gourmet chocolates, etc. spoiling your big with girly goodies is sure to be appreciated.
- COPY ideas you have seen on sorority sugar or other sites. it’s ok to take inspiration from others and recreate the idea. paint a pillow, make a memo board, decoupage some coasters, or paint a set of wine glasses. cute decor crafts are something any sister would like for her dorm or apartment.
- GIVE OF YOURSELF! if you have a special talent, give your sister what you do best. for example, if you know how to knit, make her a pretty scarf. if you are a talented writer, create and frame a special big/little poem. take an artistic photograph and frame it attractively. perform a special song and record it for your big. make a big/little video. ANY talent that can be shared ~ your sister will love ~ because it comes from the heart! xoxo ;)