Importance of Diwali
Diwali, the most-awaited and biggest festival of India is celebrated every year with enthusiasm, joy, and happiness. A lot of shopping related to clothes, jewelry, home appliances, gadgets, and utensils, etc, is done by people according to customs; sweets, and snacks being prepared, and gifts are exchanged between friends and families. Diwali is a celebration of lights and gives an opportunity to strengthen your relations, friendship, and bonds. People visit each other’s homes during Diwali and present gifts and sweets to their friends and relatives. Gifting sweets, dry fruit, etc, are customary and considered auspicious during the festival of Diwali.
Diwali and Gifts: An Essential Feature
Diwali is a six-day long festival which starts with Dhanteras when purchasing gold, ornaments, utensils, vehicles and household articles are considered auspicious, followed by Narak Chaturdasi or Choti Diwali when people take a holy bath in rivers, wear new clothes and visit their friends and relatives, then comes the main festival Diwali in which Laxmi Puja and Kali Pooja is performed, diyas, rangoli, sweets, firecrackers, lights, and delicacies are in an important part of this day. Padva or Pareva falls the next day and Govardhan Pooja is performed and shops and businesses remain closed on this day. Next is Bhai Dooj when sisters pray for the long life of their brothers and the last day of these celebrations is known as Devotthan Ekadashi and Tulsi Vivah. All the six days are considered auspicious thus this biggest festival of Hindus is a good time for gifts and presents.
Tips for Buying Diwali Gifts for Friends
Before buying a Diwali gift for friends you should consider a few important points which can help you to choose the right gift item for your friends. Being a friend you are well aware of the habits and taste of your close friends, so choose a gift that matches their interest and style. For example, for a friend interested in singing you can gift a karaoke speaker with a microphone. If you are planning to gift a family friend then traditional gift ideas are a safe bet as they never go out of style.
Diwali Traditional Gift Ideas for Friends
For ages gifting clothes, utensils, gold, currency, jewelry, idols, sweets, and dry fruit, on Diwali has been the norm and to date, people consider gifting these articles as auspicious and to bring good luck to the recipient. So, we have picked a few traditional gifts which can be presented to your friends and these gifts can surely bring a smile to your friends face during this festive season.
Designer Brass Puja Thali
This designer brass puja thali is the perfect gift for your friend this Diwali as the thali can be used for Ma Laxmi pooja and later on for daily pooja rituals and evening aarti, etc. The heart-shape carved in the thali and a small inbuilt bowl for keeping roli, or chandan, give it an elegant and premium look. The brass puja thali has a diameter of 9 inches thus having enough space to keep a diya, bell, incense stick stand, and flowers while performing puja. The shiny designer thali can be ordered for Rs. 1,225 from igp.com.
Indian Art Villa Pure Copper Bottle with 2 Glasses
A traditional gift item which is good for health as well and your health-conscious friend would like this beautiful gift on Diwali. The copper bottle is leak proof and comes with 2 copper glasses in a large and attractive box. The copper bottle is available in three sizes, 750 ml, 900 ml, and 1000 ml and the glasses have a capacity of 300 ml each. Both the bottle and the glasses have intricate designs along with the brand name of Indian Art Villa embossed on them which looks classy and elegant. You also get a copper cleaning powder and care instruction booklet in the box and this copper bottle and glass set can be purchased from amazon.in.
Laxmi Ganesh Murti
Diwali is incomplete without worshipping Laxmi and Ganesh, and this puja is believed to bring prosperity and wealth. The Lakshmi Ganesh Murti Decorative Showpiece is an excellent gift for your friend this Diwali as this idol also serves as an attractive showpiece. The 19 cm x 8 cm x 23 cm idol can be easily kept on your study table or work desk or car dashboard and you can seek the blessings of these deities. The gold plated idol is made of aluminum and the handcrafted antique finish looks quite charming. This exclusive Laxmi Ganesh murti can be ordered from flipkart.com for Rs. 699.
Handcrafted Lotus T-Light Candle Holder
Handcrafted and beautiful Lotus shaped T-Light candle holder will add the much-required shine and decoration to your room during festivals, especially during Diwali. The lotus-shaped petals are carved from an iron sheet and are painted in shiny golden colour, so when you light a candle or diya between the lotus, the reflection creates a shiny aura in the room. You can keep it in a pooja room, living room, or any corner of your house and it sits as a nice showpiece. This amazing candle holder is listed on mypoojabox.in for Rs. 999.
Haldiram's Nagpur Dry Fruit Ladoo
Gifting a sweet box to your friend who is fond of sweets is a wise idea when it comes to choosing a Diwali gift. The dry fruit laddoo is packed with the goodness of almonds, cashews, cucumber seeds, and pistachios, and is made from 100% natural ingredients with no preservatives added. The dry fruit laddoo has a shelf life of four months and must be kept in a refrigerator. The ½ kg pack of Haldiram's Nagpur Dry Fruit Ladoo is available for Rs. 295 on amazon.in.
Diwali Gift Ideas for Friends (Him)
boAt Airdopes 201 True Wireless Earbuds
A useful gift for that friend who is a gadget freak and loves to listen to music too, the boAt Airdopes are true wireless earbuds that come with features like secure-fit ear hooks, immersive audio, IPX4 water resistance, and BT V5 technology. These airdopes have a playback time of up to 3 hours and you can charge it 4 times with the charging case thus providing a total playback time of up to 15 hours. The earbuds have an ergonomic design and get 100% charged in just 1.5 hours. You also get an additional pair of earmuffs and a USB charging cable in the box. This item comes with a 1-year warranty and can be ordered from amazon.in for Rs. 2,290.
VGR V-055 Professional Hair Trimmer
The professional hair trimmer by VGR is a perfect Diwali gift for that cool friend who always wants to flaunt his style. This stainless steel trimmer is meant for beard and mustache trimming, sideburns, goatees, stubble, body hair, and hair clipping, etc, and the 4 length settings range from 0.5 – 12 mm. The run time of the lithium battery is up to 120 minutes and it produces noise of less than 50 dB. You also get 4 guide combs (3mm, 6 mm, 9 mm, and 12 mm) which help in getting different hair and beard styles. The cordless trimmer also has a LED indicator that shows the charging level and remaining power level. The VGR professional hair trimmer can be easily charged with a USB cable with a power consumption of 10W, and a full charge time of 1.5 hours and can be purchased from flipkart.com for Rs. 795.
Fastrack Reflex 2.0 Smart Band
The REFLEX 2.0 Smartband by Fastrack is an activity tracker that can be a nice gift for a fitness freak friend. The TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) strap is equipped with distance, steps, and calorie tracker, and has an OLED display. Other features include sleep tracker, call and SMS alert, IPX6 water-resistant, vibration alarm, and 10 days power reserve, etc. You can also use this smart band as a remote control to click selfies from your smartphone and the phone finder features ensure that your phone is never out of your reach. This smart band is available for Rs. 1,495 at fastrack.in.
Bombay Shaving Company De-tan Charcoal Kit for Face & Body
The De-tan Charcoal Kit for Face & Body by Bombay Shaving is for men who are concerned about their looks and skin and love to look their best. The gift set includes four exquisite products which are – Charcoal Face Wash (45 grams) enriched with organic bamboo charcoal which refreshes, nourishes, and purifies your skin; Charcoal Peel Off Mask (60 grams) is packed with the power of activated charcoal which removes blackheads and the tea tree oil cleanses and de-tans the skin; Exfoliating Bath Soap Charcoal (100 grams) and Deep Clean Charcoal Face and Body Wash (200 ml). You can order this product for Rs. 868 from nykaa.com.
Stainless Steel Espresso Coffee Maker
An excellent present for your coffee lover friend, this stainless steel espresso coffee maker by Dhuli can make 6 cups of coffee at a time. This coffee maker can make espresso as well as south Indian filter coffee in just a few minutes. Equipped with a stylish handle and lid, the machine is easy to use and clean and is available on flipkart.com for Rs. 599.
Diwali Gift Ideas for Friends (Her)
Personalised Festive Cushion
This personalized cushion is made of canvas poly duck material and has recron filling inside. You can get your friend’s beautiful portrait mode photo or a selfie of both of you printed on this cushion. All you have to do is share a photo of your choice between 100 KB – 10 MB and upload in JPG, JPEG, or PNG format. This festive special personalized cushion by ferns n petals is available for Rs. 349 (including delivery charges) at fnp.com.
Personalised All Occasion Chocolate Gift Pack
Girls love chocolate, and what better a gift when chocolate box is personalized by her selfie pic! The chocolate personalized gift pack by Cadbury has 5 items of the panned confectionery, which are Cadbury Dairy Milk Silk 60g, Silk Hazelnut 58g, Silk Roast Almond 58g, Cadbury Dairy Milk 50g and Cadbury Dairy Milk Crackle 36g. You can personalize this beautiful pack with the name of the recipient, a photograph of size up to 4 MB, and a message of up to 50 characters. This premium chocolate box can be ordered from cadburygifting.in for Rs. 650.
Gold-Plated & White Pearl-Embellished Jewellery Set
The gold-plated and white pearl-embellished jewelry set by Rubans has an embellished necklace and matching pair of earrings (jhumkas). The necklace and earrings are made of alloy, gold-toned, and studded with white stones. The jhumkas also have beautiful intricate engravings and has a post and back closure. The necklace length is 53.3 cm and the earrings are 4.4 cm long. The gold plated jewelry set is available on myntra.com for Rs. 699.
Duchess Women's Clutch (Multi-Gold)
This stunning clutch by DUCHESS in multi-gold and pink colour comes with a shoulder strap which is 60 inches long and the clutch has dimensions 7 inches by 4 inches. The clutch has a clasp type closure and enough space to keep your essential items. You can carry this lightweight clutch as a cross-body sling bag, wedding purse, shoulder purse, evening party clutch, or handbag as per the occasion. This stylish and classy purse looks great with a saree, salwar suit, or even with a fusion dress. This clutch by DUCHESS weighs just 245 grams and can be ordered from Amazon for Rs. 699.
Philips 1200 Watt Foldable Hair Dryer (Pink)
Gift your friend this foldable hairdryer by Philips and let her flaunt her curls in style. This hair dryer is foldable hence easy to carry along and the light pink colour gives it a very feminine look. It has a cool air setting as well while the 1200 W motor provides the warm air as per your requirement. You can adjust the air temperature with the soft button and it also has three pre-selected settings for drying your hair. This excellent machine by Philips is available for Rs. 999 at reliancedigital.in.
Gifting is one of the Diwali traditions. Before you start spending on Diwali gifts, it’s very important that you decide how much you are looking forward to spending. Preparing a proper budget is very important as it can immediately help you narrow down your choices.
Moreover, it is a thoughtful gesture to send love and heartwarming wishes of the festive season to your partner-in-crime. Under this huge list of Diwali gifts for friends, you are bound to find something to bring joy in their life on a festive day. Happy shopping!!