One of the most awaited Hindu festivals of the year, Raksha Bandhan, is around the corner. Rakhi bracelets come in a variety of colors and characters and have made their way into the Indian supermarkets in the U.S. Last weekend when I visited the local Indian grocery store in San Diego, I chuckled with delight when I saw a rakhi with a bal hanuman–a popular cartoon character, originally from Hindu mythology. Also Read - War on 'Love Jihad'? Yogi Govt Likely to Bring Ordinance To Restrict Religious Conversion in UP

While buying your brother a unique rakhi from the grocery store is an option, I recently discovered an online store, Forever Rakhi, which sells fashion-forward, chic rakhis your brother can wear year long. Also Read - Muslim Man’s Hand Allegedly Chopped Off With Chainsaw After Attackers Spot '786' Tattooed on His Arm

Raksha Bandhan—once a ritual performed by women when men in the village were going off to war—has evolved into a sweet festival in which sisters tie rakhi bracelets on their brothers, symbolizing the bond of protection that brothers and sisters share. Also Read - Outrage on Twitter After Canadian-Iranian Activist Calls Hindu Goddesses 'Sexy'; Kangana Ranaut Slams Him & Says 'Depicts Your Suppressed Sexuality'

These days, however, this festival is beyond a simple ritual. Sisters tie the rakhis but also treat their brothers to gifts that make them feel extra special. Raksha Bandhan is a great occasion to strengthen the sibling relationship and bond together as a family. As our modern lives have become busier and on-the-go, occasions like these give us a great reason to sit together and spend time with family.

Here are some ideas for gifts you can give your brother this Raksha Bandhan (our Raksha Bandhan gift ideas for brothers): 

1. Chocolates

The relationship between a brother and sister is like a box of chocolates—filled with surprises, and you never know what you will get! Chocolates may sound like a simple gift idea for your brother, but you can make it interesting and unique with traditional decor on the box, such as a golden wrapper, zardosi (golden threads), and beads of different colors.

Be creative when hand picking your brother’s favorite chocolates with a variety of fillings. Let each chocolate remind you of the times you spent together either fighting over the last candy in the box or sharing even a teeny-tiny, leftover piece of fudge.

2. Perfumes

There cannot be a better gift for your brother than a perfume. Men simply adore perfumes as gifts, no matter how many they have in their collection. You can pick a rejuvenating and refreshing smell, as we are also in the peak of summer—when it might be of the most use for him. You can even make your gift look really classy by choosing a perfume bottle in an attractive shape or color.

3. Homemade laddoos and other sweets

There is no match to foods that are made at home with fresh ingredients. If you want to make gift-giving a cherishable experience in itself, then unleash your inner cook and make your brother’s favorite traditional sweet.

This gift will be a special one because it has a unique element–it is made with love and care. Some laddoos that are simple to make are besan laddoo, coconut laddoo and sooji laddoo. You can also try making barfis like kaju and badam barfis. The taste of delectable homemade sweets will linger in your brother’s memories forever.

4. Watch

This is a great gift to honor one of your first bonds in life. Alongside the fragile thread of rakhi symbolizing a deep abiding relationship, a watch expresses priceless emotions which are not bound by time, for eternity. There are watches available in affordable price ranges, particularly within brands like Citizen, Fossil, Nixon, Casio, Apple, Gucci and Versace. You will find even watches of different styles such as sport, luxury, classic and others.

5. Host a family dinner 

If your brother is a mama’s boy, then he will love this gift. Arrange for a surprise family get together with a close circle of family members, and cook a delicious meal of his choice with a menu consisting of all his favorite dishes. You can also cut a cake and make this day memorable for both of you! Alongside a musical playlist of all his favorite songs playing during dinner, the laughter and joy of family members will add a melodious touch to the gathering.