Exchanging gifts during Diwali is no longer the boring formality it used to be. You simply cannot carry that box of mithais, those fancy namkeen-biscuit or dry fruit hampers, or forward the crockery set you received last time anymore. (Not unless you want them to be recycled back to you again at some point.)
It doesn’t matter whether you’re at the giving or the receiving end, everyone likes gifts that have a bit of thought put into them. People like to believe that you spent time and effort in choosing their Diwali gift; and did not simply pick it off the shelves or log into Flipkart at the last minute.
We’re talking sophisticated and creative ideas like cupcakes, cakepops, Swiss rolls or donut hampers that are specially customized for a Diwali Party.
According to Anjali Giri of Bake Affair, such hampers strike a balance between the contemporary and the traditional, and are a huge hit among houses with children as well as corporates. You can place your orders at home-grown bakeries, such as Sweet Magique in Delhi through Facebook. Check out the the ultimate party solutions boxes by Bake Affair here .
Tea Box hampers with handpicked teas from the plantations of Assam, Darjeeling, Nilgiris and Nepal in flavors like Marigold, Rose and Kesar will make an excellent treat for tea lovers. Paper Boat too has packed up nostalgic drinks that take you back to your childhood in some quirky retro gift boxes.
Apart from crackers, you could also bid goodbye to chemicals this Diwali with gifts that are useful as well as organic. Show that you care with a range of herbal personal care products like face washes, moisturizers and sunscreens from Biobloom and Vedic Line.
A personal favorite is the idea of customizing a fragrance for your dear ones using 100% natural and non-toxic scented candles from Niana.
This one gifting idea will, well, never go out of fashion. But you could give those heavy silk sarees a break and opt for ethnic wear with unique designs by artists from various parts of India. EthnicShack is one such brand that works with tribal and handicraft artists to create distinct designs and patterns for you. You can find their products on Flipkart.
If organic fashion is what you are looking for, check out the festive range produced using natural ingredients and herbal dyes at Bhusattva here .
Gifts for a Cause
This Diwali you could spread a lot more smiles, warmth and love by buying through NGOs to support their causes and beneficiaries. Karmayog is one such platform that connects NGOs with media, corporate and government organizations to sell home décor, exotic plants, herbal products, etc.
Atulyakala is a unique lifestyle brand that sells products like bags, wallets, notebooks and fridge magnets designed and made by deaf artists. Anchal Bansal, the business head, says, “Atulyakala was born out of the need to bridge the gap between hearing and deaf communities. We believe in the capabilities of deaf people and want to share their art with the world.”
In a first of its kind, Amazon.in came up with the ‘Gift A Smile’ initiative that lets you send ‘useful gifts’ to the marginalized, as per their requirement through NGOs, thus helping them avoid the piles of ‘unwanted’ charity they usually end up with.
Quirky and kitschy gifts are in vogue because they include fun, original products that can match the receiver’s personality. You could get wall art, coasters, lamps, key hangers and planters customized through online portals like Sugarbox and Kavi – the Poetry Art Project.