Exchanging Gifts is Inextricably Linked to Diwali
The festival of lights has a lot of emotions and traditions involved in it. The rituals of Lakshmi Puja; deep-cleaning households; decorating homes with diyas, lanterns, and rangolis. The process of exchanging gifts is not only followed religiously but also with a modern touch.
Gifts Make Relationships Stronger: The idea of gift exchange on festivals, birthdays, special occasions, or parties is to love, respect, and pass on one’s warm wishes. Diwali is one of the major festivals of India, and so it the perfect time to greet people in our social and professional circle. This thoughtful gesture also builds bonds and enriches the relationship.
Like everything gifting during Diwali has also changed. Here are few top ways in which new trends are taking over!
- New Ideas Mixing With Traditional Ones:
Traditionally, silver and gold coins, religious idols, torans or diyas and home or kitchen utility gifts are the accepted and most common Diwali gift choices. Modern trends have led to a change in gifting patterns. Fancy, decorative torans, floating or scented candles, LED fairy lights, candle holders, and lanterns are some new ideas. Newer kinds of electric goods, exclusive decorative items or serving ware has also come into fashion in recent years.
- Gift Hampers Remain Favourite, But Content Has Changed:
Demand for traditional sweets and dry fruits remains evergreen options. However customised gift hampers with various assorted handmade chocolates, gourmet food, tea, coffee etc. are starting to replace traditional sweet and dry fruit boxes. These are especially popular amongst the youth, people watching their weight and those who are on a diet.
- Relationship Matters The Most Now:
Selection of gifts depends on the budget and the relationship you share with the person receiving the gift. Diwali gifts can include electronic items, kitchenware, crockery, fashion accessories, greeting cards, air fragrances, gift vouchers, and anything else that you want - just think of the person and what they would appreciate!
Top Trending Gift Ideas for Diwali 2019: 10 Options to Choose From
Candles And Candle Holders
Floating candles look beautiful in water and make a good Diwali gift. They are useful for decoration when inviting guests at house parties. These floating candles are available at a reasonable price of Rs.279. Shaped like stars and decorated with glitter; these are beautiful look at and are designed to burn bright and last long. These beautifully shaped floating candles last up to 4 hours and each piece is about 8 cms in length. Buy them on Amazon.
Candle and Tea-Light Holder
The market today has dozens of options by way of candle holders. Available in different materials, there are great gifts for Diwali as they add an elegant and festive touch to homes. Check out this charming and colourful Hosley Metallic Red Glass Candle/Tealight Holder available on Snapdeal for Rs. 310. Made of glass, this set of 3 holders is a great gift for business associates and family too. The product incldues 6 tea lights free, making it a really great deal!
Chocolates and Gourmet Products
Exotic Artisanal Chocolate
Chocolates are disliked by none. Therefore, a box of chocolates can never go wrong as a gift. But the trend now is towards handmade and exotic artisanal chocolates are a world apart from the usual boxes. Look for local chocolatiers or exclusive gourmet shops where you can order boxes of unique flavour chocolate. There are several options online as well such as Fantasie where you can order boxes of different chocolate types. Consider this box of assorted chocolates - you can pick from four sizes ranging from 75gm to 300gm. Available at prices between Rs. 234 to Rs. 782.
Gourmet Gift Hamper
Make your Diwali food gift a healthy one! Instead of boring sweets, gift your loved ones healthy gourmet baskets. You can give tea or coffee gift sets, fruit baskets, snacks gift set or even themed gift sets like a Mexican hamper. We have picked a 'sweet' hamper from thegourmetbox.in for Rs. 1,630. It contains various unqiue snacks like Caramel Stroopwaffle, Flavored Health Bars, Honey Twigs, and Flavored Millet Cookies.
Trendy Collectibles And Knic-Knacks
Gold Plated Playing Cards Deck
Diwali is also known for its card parties. Therefore, to have a different Diwali party at home consider this fancy deck of cards available at Excitinglives.This luxurious playing cards deck is plated with gold and will definitely add life to a party. The gift is priced at just Rs.249, making it a cool and affordable option.
Feng Shui Metal Tortoise On Glass Plate
A trendy Diwali gift is giving Feng Shui good luck charms! The Tortoise is supposed bring prosperity and peace under Feng Shui and so give your loved one this charm on Diwali so it ushers in a wonderful period of happiness. Available on PepperFry this collectible comes with a metal tortoise that has been gold painted seated on a glass plate. Order it for Rs.499 on on the site .
Religious Gifts For Divinity
Gajmukh Ganesha Wall Hanging
A metallic artwork of Lord Ganesh as a wall hanging is a perfect traditional gift for Diwali. This wall hanging is an auspicious gift for the home. It measures 4 x 4 inches (width x height) and is available for Rs.150 on Igp.com website.
Lakshmi Ganesha Statue with Candle Holder
Give the gift of divine atmosphere this Diwali with a beautiful Lakshmi Ganesh showpiece. This metal collectable comes with a diya as well, that can be lit on the auspicious day. The statue has dimentsions of 6.5 x 2.5 x 4.5 Inches and is priced at Rs. 849. Buy this on PepperFry Online.
Good Luck Bamboo Gift Set
As we all are pledging for eco-friendly ways to reduce pollution. Giving plants as a gift could be an excellent idea. A two-layer lucky bamboo plant from the tropical rainforests of South-east Asia and Africa. The Positive effect of the Lucky Bamboo plant differs with the number of Lucky Bamboo stalks! Two-layered Lucky Bamboo is an expression of love and is said to double your luck. The lucky bamboo plant is up to 5 inches in height and is placed in melamine white square vase of 2.5 x 3 inches. This plant available on Fnp also gives a set of four ceramic baby Buddha set. The vase can be reused later as a decorative item. It is an indoor plant and very easy to maintain. Add fresh, clean water to your bamboo plant two or three times each week. It is important to keep several inches of water in the container, making sure to keep the roots of the plant wet. Changing the water every 7-10 days keeps your lucky bamboo in top condition.
Terrarium For Healthy Air
To avoid the pollution outside from entering your home, bring in green plants for healthier air. Besides the gorgeous bouquets and gift combinations, Ferns n’ Petals has a great collection of unique gifts such as this terrarium for healthy air. It is available for Rs.1049 in a round glass vase of about 6 inches. The terrarium arrangement of Syngonium, Jade, and Sansevieria is an ideal go-green item for your home, office, or as a gift for a near one! Both the Syngonium Golden Plant and MILT Sansevieria Plant are 3 inches in height approximately. The third variety, Jade /Crassula Ovata Plant grows up to a height of 4 inches approximately.
Electronics Accessories As Gifts
Humidifier, Purifier & Aroma Diffuser
A handy electrical gadget in today's time of stress and pollution is having a humidifier cum aroma diffuser. This gadget is very useful to make the quality of air inside a room better by increasing the moisture level. This reduces eye and nose irritation and also fatigue. What's more you can even make the room fragrant with the addition of essential oils. Consider this cute looking air diffuser , purifier and humidifiers. This electric gadget looks elegant and works super quiet so it fits into any room. Order it on Amazon for Rs. 499. To complete the gift you can add a few bottles of essential oils like lavender or rose.
Portronics Wireless Charger
Mobile phones are an essential accessory for each of us. How about gifting something super useful in which case? Yes this wireless charger is a fantastic option for your colleagues or your boss. The Portonics Toucharge-X model can support a wide range of phones, in fact all Android and iOS devices that are Qi enabled devices. It has a wireless charging distance of of up to 8mm and gives out an Output of 10W/7.5W/5W. It features a LED light that indicates the charging status. Buy it on Amazon India for Rs. 999.
Ethnic Home Decor And Utlitity Gifts
The wall scone available at Excitinglives is a fantastic wall piece. It will bring warmth and light in your room as it has four shelves to hold tea lights. Spread radiance in the homes of your loved ones this Diwali by gifting them this wall sconce. After all, Diwali is the perfect occasion to illuminate and change the ambience of your abode. This metal wall hanging has a handcrafted finish to it, and its size is 16.5 x 5.5 x 2.5 inches. It is priced at Rs.599.
Ceramic Coaster Set
Homeware gifts are a tradition during Diwali, especially between families. You can give cookware sets, serveware or even appliance. If you looking for something simple yet of outstanding beauty consider giving an ethnic gift. This set of 6 ceramic coasters featuring original Jaipur blue pottery work is a vibrant gift that is also useful. The coasters are made of ceramic tiles and backed with velvet paper. The dimensions of each coaster is 3.5 x 3.5 inches. Order it for Rs. 590 on itokri.com.
Silver Engraved Box
This keepsake box is an ideal Diwali gift for your acquaintances. Made of brass with a silver plated lid, the box has dimensions of 15cm x 11.2cm x 6.2cm. It weighs 299 gms. You fill the box with dry fruits or chocolates to make the best every Diwali gift. Order it on Jaypore for Rs. 2,015
Decorative Door Hanging Toran
The first impression is long lasting, they say. This festive season decorate your door and leave a positive impact on your guests. A beautiful handmade toran is a handicraft that can be a perfect Diwali gift. Measuring 20 inches in length with a width of 43.5 inches, this features patchwork fabrics, mixed decorations like beads, mirrors and. This charming and colourful toran is available on itokri for Rs.999..
Emerging Gifting Solutions for Diwali
The concept of gifting has gone to another level with the rise in decorative products in the market, not leaving behind the importance given to stylized gift-wrapping. Extravagant wrapping of the gifts with different papers and ribbons in festive colours may be considered. Moreover, many corporate entities choose to customise gifts with their names as a marketing and advertising strategy.
Corporate gifts include personalised pens, diaries, mouse pads, pen drives, and other products with company logos for employees and clients. Even small merchants have adopted the same idea of gifting instead of just a box of sweets and dry fruits. Not only gifting but also invitations these days have become very trendy. Unique message invitations such as GIF or animated videos and collages made using social media apps are a rising trend. Moreover, each festive season, may e-stores offer a new range of greeting cards with traditional as well as contemporary illustrations. You can use these as invitations for the card parties you have organized or as thank-you notes that you can hand out when the guests leave the house. These simple gestures go a long way in adding a personal touch to your gifts.
Buy Your Gift in Advance
Do not leave your shopping until the last moment. Buy your Diwali gifts well in advance so that you have enough time for returns and exchanges. You will also have enough time to wrap your gifts individually and write a personal note or festive message for each.