Eager as you might to go out already and soak in the festive feels, it's highly recommended that you stay at home and have a safe Diwali. After all, we are in the middle of a pandemic and a safe Diwali is exactly what should be called a happy one too. That said, don't cut on your celebrations. In fact, might we suggest making them grander this time around? And while meeting your loved ones might not be a great idea, you can still send festive greetings to them through gifts.
That said, we are all for homegrown brands this year and suggest that you explore them too. Where to start you wonder? From edibles to wearable presents, here's our curation of amazing gifts, all from homegrown brands that are sure to bring a smile to your loved one's face. Scroll down:
This festive season, ditch the cliched chocolate box and give your loved ones the gift of personalised, handcrafted edibles from homegrown brands. Here’s what POPxo recommends:
Celeb chef Sanjana Patel is finally offering online gifting options and any one who knows her knows that each one of her festive boxes is going to be A+. Here’s our favourite pick:
Go to Aaamra’s website and you’d be lost in their world of delectable pickles, chutneys, sauces, and dips. From pickle sets to mini sauce kits, they have it all in their festive gifting kitty, and here’s what we recommend:
When the three-time winner of the best baking blog offers you Diwali goodies and gifting hampers you better give in and order everything in twos, one for your loved ones and one for you! This year, Pastry Chef Shalini Digvijay of Baketitude is especially working on pure desi ghee baklavas. The Delectable Turkish sweet has been made with pure desi ghee, and pishori pistachios, super fine filo pastry and a honey, sugar syrup to soak the baklava in. You can order a box of these delectable treats alone or can order it as part of Baketitude’s Diwali hampers which happen to be the perfect balance of sweet and savory. Whatever you choose, don't miss out on these gorgeous treats!
Price for a box of 12 baklavas: INR 650 + shipping
Call/Text on 7696518800 to place the order
How about giving your loved ones the gift of guilt-free Diwali this festive season? With a thoughtful curation of cacao & pistachio truffles, Sequel granola, mixed seed and chocolate florentines, smoked apple chutney, Gondhraj lemon and vanilla madeleines, Sequel trail mix, six pieces of essential oil-infused, soy-wax diyas and, in keeping with current times, a bottle of natural, alcohol-free sanitiser, Sequel has just the Diwali hamper that you are looking for.
Price INR: 3500
Call 7506677710 to place your order (Mumbai Only)
Rest assured most of us will be having a ghar wali Diwali this year. And while you might already be planning a movie marathon to have some quality time with the family, might we suggest some gourmet popcorn to add to the fun?
With salon trips cut down to depressing numbers and the never-ending stress, this has been a tough year for beauty enthusiasts. And this is exactly why we suggest that you invest in a nice beauty kit to tell your loved ones that they are, in fact, cared for:
Honestly we were sold when we found out that Indulgeo is a homegrown label, led by a mother-daughter duo. Oh, btw it is also organic and vegan. The Shine Bright Giftset from the brand is a curation of some of their cult favourites. The set contains Rose Gold Oil (15mL), Poreless Face Pack and Pore Minimiser Toning Mist and is just perfect to prep the skin before you start with the festive makeup:
Diwali grooming is going to be a herculean affair this year, all thanks to the pandemic and the mortal dread of doing anything that is not essential right now. This is exactly when you swoop in as the hero that your gal pals need and surprise them with Diwali for Her Kit which offers the festive grooming experience with the complete sensitive shaving combo powered by superfoods like Witch Hazel and Aloe Vera for smooth and soft skin:
Shampoo bars are kinda going big right now and this is exactly why your beauty enthusiast friend would surely love the “blue-tea-ful haircare bundle” by The Switch Fix. The kit contains a shampoo bar, deep conditioner and hair oil bundle that takes care of all your scalp and hair blues. Now who wouldn’t want that?
As the mercury begins to drop, the changing weather is certainly wrecking on our hair and skin. That’s is exactly why your loved ones would really, really cherish when you present them with The Earth Collective’s Moisture Blend Kit for luminous and extremely manageable locks:
The Manish Malhotra It Eye Kits are fashion's new best friend and this has to be the perfect Diwali gift for your makeup enthusiast BFF:
This Diwali, give your loved ones the blissful experience of Ayurveda with Nourish Mantra’s luxurious range of clay masks:
‘I finally have enough of CTM essentials’ said no beauty enthusiast ever and that’s exactly why The CTM Essentials by Conscious Chemist is the perfect choice for every skincare enthusiast out there:
Aren't wearable gifts just the best? Of course, they are! Here's our curation of fashion picks that would be perfect for the festive season:
Done in the most festive shades of all times, this silk kurta set by True Browns has been on our fashion radar for the festive season and would be an amazing gift for your sister:
Love To Bag, a bag brand loved by your favourite celebs and influencers and this soft beige pouch is sure to be a great gift given its versatile hue and gorgeous design:
This has been a tough year and no amount of healing crystals would be too much to balance your chakras this year. That's why we totally suggest that you add at least one more to their arsenal:
Here's a pair of earrings that's as statement as it gets and we suggest you quickly get it for your loved ones before the sale ends:
Celebrating your first Diwali with your partner? How about we help you add a dash of sparkle to her festive look with ORRA’s beautifully crafted diamond jewellery. Here's something that we have our eyes on:
Looking for the perfect gift for your soon to be sister-in-law? This Needledust juttis packed to perfect by Rani Pink would be a great pick:
For most Indians, a major part of Diwali comprises of making the home squeaky clean and then decorating it channelise some solid festive feels. How about you helo your peeps with the task this year by gifting them some home decor essentials? Here are our recommendations:
This Kutch print cushion by Ritu Kumar Homes can add a lot of character and vibrance to the living room:
Crafted by hand-patting clay, this unglazed pieces by Ikai Asai is a Manipuri pottery marvel, carries great historical significance, and would be a great gift for someone who loves to collect crockery:
Putting a brass urli, some rose petals and a couple of diyas is perhaps the best recipe for instant festive vibes. Send this to a loved one who is away from home this Diwali.
Hanging lights and Diwali is a match made in heaven and there's no way your friends would fail to love you a little more after you gift them this gorgeous votive holder:
This glorious candle holder is all the table decor that your loved ones would need this Diwali:
So fam, did you decide upon a Diwali gift for your loved ones yet?
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