Remember the good ol’ days when birthdays and anniversaries were celebrated with a card, a teddy bear, or a box of chocolates? The adventurous ones would opt for printed mugs and keychains, and that was the extent of our imagination for gifting.
But as millennials, we no longer believe in the ordinary; we’re always looking for something different — something that makes a statement. In keeping with this demand, gift shops have now evolved to include unique and quirky knick knacks in their collections.
Catering to Pune’s young audience, these 5 shops have the coolest gifts on offer:
1. Either Or
Either Or is almost synonymous with Pune! For decades, this store has been the one stop shop for adorable, thoughtful gifts.
Long before the trend of ‘quirky gifting’ caught on, Either Or was stocked with colourful bangles, ethnic clothes and bags, cheeky keychains, exquisite jewellery, and so much more.
Today, one can walk in and choose from a variety of accessories, clothes, furnishings and paintings for that perfect gift.
Where: 24, Sohrab Hall (opposite Jehangir hospital), Sassoon Road
Hours: 10.30 am to 8 pm
2. Pyjama Party
From being a store for parents to pick return gifts to now being frequented by millennials who’re looking for pranks and cheeky curios, Pyjama Party has come a long way.
This humble establishment located in a quaint residential area has customers who walk in for party supplies, and leave with quirky gifts like shocks gums, slimy snakes, and other prank items.
Their jungle and pirate themed supplies remain a favourite till date. Wish to customise a gift? They’ll do it for you.
Where: Shop No 41, Sacred Heart Town, Wanowrie
Hours: 11 am to 8.30 pm
3. The Bombay Store
What started as an establishment to promote India-made products has now blossomed into a beautiful shop for unique gifts.
From ethnic jewellery, cufflinks, and silk scarves to home decor and stationery, The Bombay Store has something for everybody. A few designer collaborations have brought together some wonderful products in contemporary prints and patterns.
Where: The Bombay Store, 322, MG Road
Hours: 10 am to 9 pm
4. Art Etc
If eco-friendly gifting is on your mind, Art Etc is your best bet. This humble kiosk located in one of the busiest parts of the city sells gifts like bed lamps, coasters, vases, and containers.
Not only are these items old-school and charming, they’re all environment-friendly, in that they use natural materials such as vegetable dyes, marble, and terracotta.
Where: Rahul Park, Near Chitale Bandhu Mithaiwale, Gaekwad Nagar, Aundh
Hours: 10.30 am to 9 pm
5. Sheep Stop
If there’s one word that comes to mind when we look at the products at this store, it’s gotta be ‘drama’! Sheep Stop has just the things you’d need to put together a cool gift bag this festive season.
From colourful posters and photo frames to dramatic magnets, mugs and badges, pick up funky gifts for your loved ones.
Where: StyleBuds, 987 A-10, Laxmi Society, Senapati Bapat Road, Shivaji Nagar
Hours: 12 noon to 8 pm
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