There are few festivals as grandiose as Diwali. The day is often an occasion for nostalgia, bringing back fond memories of childhood—of colourful rangoli patterns traced on a background of red mud, of the air thick with an aroma of chaklis and karanjis, of fireworks that dazzle the night sky, and even more fondly, of gifts exchanged. While we continue to practice most of these age-old traditions, our ideas of gifting have long transcended the ordinary. Whether it is your little sister, spouse or a close friend, you now pay close attention to their needs, likes and dislikes, and zero in on a present after considerable thought. From customised food hampers to gift cards and beauty kits, here’s a sneak peek at the latest offerings in the lifestyle circuit.
Premium Gourmet Chocolates from Choko la
Ditch the regular chocolate hampers and opt for a sophisticated range of delicious soft-centred bonbons, traditional mouth-melting truffles and an assortment of milk mendiants, dark chocolate honey comb, rochers, coffee crunchettes, and chocolates in exotic Indian flavours, lovingly handcrafted, using premium ingredients.
Price: Rs 395 onwards; Available across Choko la boutiques in Delhi NCR as well as Mumbai besides the online portal www.chokola.in.
Be it your father, brother or husband, buying a gift for your man is a daunting task. And yes, we all are bored of gifting them perfume bottles year after year. Come Diwali, gift your man a box that includes a pocket square, tie and cufflinks from Blackberrys. Why? Because you can never go wrong with presents that spell sophistication.
Price: Rs 3,295; Available at Blackberrys stores across India.
Think luxury and a whole lot of love when you gift this extravagant box of Argan treats. Complete with luxurious Wild Argan Oil Body Scrub, Wild Argan Oil Body Butter, Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel and Wild Argan Oil Massage Soap, this delectable hamper is sure to pamper your loved ones.
Price on request; Available at The Body Shop outlets across India.
Healthy Indulgence with Sustenance
Handmade, without the use of industrialised methods, the artisan food trend is fast gaining popularity. And if you’re looking for a unique edible gift tailored to individual tastes, look no further. Sustenance marks a departure from the traditional idea of gifting chocolate, dry fruits or sweets. From sinfully decadent chocolate hazelnut granolas and wholegrain mustard infused with honey and whiskey to sweet figs paired with rum to create a fruity jam, the brand caters to people who love to give or receive gifts that are healthy, delicious and elegant at the same time.
Price: Rs 400 onwards; Order online on www.sustenancefood.com, drop an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9987888441/9820011132 to create a personalised gift box.
If you’re in a mood to sip on your childhood memories with your best friends, get your hands on a multi-coloured gift box that captures fond memories of Diwali. Encased in a timeless sandook, the traditional concoctions from Paper Boat are sure to liven up the atmosphere at home.
Price: Rs 99 for a pack of three Paper Boat and Rs 220 for a pack of six Paper Boat; Paper Boat’s gift packs are available across modern trade stores and exclusively on amazon.in.
A gift of wellness at Myrah spa
Choosing Diwali gifts for a copious bunch of cousins can be unnerving, also because they come in different shapes, sizes and age groups. And if they’re mostly women, they’ll end up playing the ‘who-got-what’ game. Wondering how to make everyone happy? Gift them an experience instead of cash. Let them get the much needed relaxation they deserve, leaving them feeling refreshed and rejuvenated with specially crafted facials, body treatments and massages at a tranquil urban retreat. The spa offers e-vouchers that one can buy or book for gifting.
Price: Depends on the treatment; Book your e-voucher on www.myrahspa.com
Cocktail cushions in pretty patterns. Chunky bracelets. Baby Owl Tealights. Doe Eyed Fox Mugs. Bobbleheads featuring super-cute characters: visit Chumbak, India’s most loved and cherished lifestyle store to grab these vibrant offerings.
Price: Rs 295 onwards; Availability: Swing by a Chumbak store in your town or visit www.chumbak.com to order online.
Amidst all the merry-making and binging on sweets and fried food, you’re bound to feel exhausted, sometimes guilty, especially after the festive high wears off. It’s a good idea to gift yourself and your dear ones a detox package that will not only purify your body, but also help it bounce back with energy. A deliciously crafted hamper of cold-pressed juices like MyGreens will instantly cleanse your body and help flush the toxins out. What’s more, these juices also provide significant amount of nutrition, minerals and enzymes.
Price: Rs 1,300 onwards depending upon the duration and types of cleanse; Availability: The package has 3 types of cleanses — beginners, intermediate and advanced and can be ordered at www.mygreens.com.