Diwali Celebrations and Gifts: An Important Tradition
Gifting and Diwali are inextricably linked. The festival of lights gives us a fabulous opportunity to reconnect with our closest relationships as we exchange wishes and gifts with them on the auspicious occasion. Friends, relatives, business partners, clients, colleagues - there are so many important people in our lives who we need to greet on Diwali! No wonder, along with new clothes, sweets and fireworks, Diwali gifts tops our shopping list when the festival comes around.
Gift packs have remained an ever-popular gifting option for Diwali visits, or for sending long-distance greetings. They are handy and convenient - particularly so if you are looking for something not too personal. That however does not mean they can’t be used to make an impression!
4 Tips to Pick Out the Right Diwali Gift Pack for Greeting People You Know
Giving hampers as a gift is often considered to be a shortcut and not a thoughtful or unique gift. It doesn't have to be so - your Diwali gift pack will be equally appreciated and remembered if you put some thought into it. We offer four tips that’ll help you spot the right gift pack to share the joy this Diwali.
Consider Their Lifestyle and Interests
Everyone knows the safe Diwali gift for our extended circle is a box of sweets or dry fruits! While there is no harm in sticking to such choices, it can seem a little unimaginative if you keep giving the same thing year on year.
To get something different from the usual, start by considering what you know of the person or family. Do they like trying exotic treats? Then look for gift sets from specialist gourmet shops. Is anyone in the family diabetic? Then perhaps a gift pack filled with healthy snacks can be a good choice instead of sweets. Perhaps, the person loves chocolate. In this case, it is an easy choice to go with artisanal chocolate. Maybe they prefer savoury snacks, in that case look for interesting gift packs from well-known brands like Bikano.
Consider the Relationship
The kind of gift pack you pick depends a lot on the nature of relationship you share. What you choose for a business partner will differ from what you may like to give your aunt and uncle.
Close friends, family, important business relationships will naturally require you to look for gift packs are a little bit more exclusive and tailored to their personalities. After all, you will be able to pick something far more personalised for your friend's family as you may know more about them, than in the case of clients.
Look for Variety
There is no dearth of choice today in gift packs because come Diwali, everyone - be it bakeries, gourmet shops or retail stores - starts stocking a wide variety of gift hampers. Try to keep an eye out for unique combinations, brands that give a mix of their top products, custom hamper offers etc. You also explore fresh ideas like opting for cupcakes instead of plain sweets.
One important aspect to keep in mind is ensuring you have enough time to do your gift shopping. If you leave it to the last moment you may be forced to pick whatever is available in your nearest store. So start well in time and hunt around for something that will make this Diwali memorable for people in your network.
Consider How it Will Be Delivered
A key factor to keep in mind while picking out gift packs is how you intend for it to be delivered. Will you be handing it over personally, or will you get it delivered by someone? Or will you be couriering it as they live in another city/country? These questions will tell you the right kind of gift to buy, the kind of packaging you need to consider as well as the arrangements needed while ordering.
Bonus: Add a Personal Note
So you have picked out the perfect gift pack to be given on Diwali, great!
A quick way to make your gift a little more special, is adding a personalised note. Just pen a few words sharing your good wishes on the joyous occasion of Diwali. You can also add a bouquet of flowers if you want to make the gift stand out more. Such a gesture is sure to make it that much more appreciated!
11 Ideas for Diwali Gift Packs that are Sure to Delight
Traditional Gift Packs for Diwali
In many cases, people actually prefer giving and receiving traditional gifts for Diwali. For such giftees, we have gathered classic Diwali favourites that you can consider. From sweets to chocolates, you have a wide choice.
Haldiram Festive Delight
A sweet or dry fruit set from Haldiram's is often considered the gold standard in Diwali gift packs! Very popular in particularly northern parts of India, the Haldiram' brand offers an enormous variety in Diwali Gift packs, prices for which start at Rs.100 and go up to Rs.1,500. Sweets, chocolates, dry fruits, as well as popular savoury items are available separately and in combo versions.
This particular gift set, Festive Delight, offers a collection of its top hits - one packet of Bhujia (a savoury delight), and 3 classic sweets. Available at local retail stores and online for Rs. 210. Buy it here
Sweets not your first choice? Then consider biscuit packs. Top brands like Britannia or Unibic typically offer a variety of biscuit packs including sugar-free ones that you can buy as an interesting alternative.
Chocolate Bucket with Candle
Chocolates are yet another well-liked gifting option. You can either opt for regular brands like Cadbury’s which usually put out awesome gift packs for the season, or you can go with specially-crafted chocolate. An example is the Chocolate Bucket from zoroy.com which is small but an elegant gift option for people in your business network.
Zoroy is a luxury chocolatier which offers a whole range of exotic chocolates to choose from. You can also order custom packs in bulk from the site. The Chocolate Bucket has 6 assorted chocolates packed inside a chic transparent box as well as a candle. Available at the site for Rs.675.
Indian Celebration Gift Basket
A thoughtful well-packed gift leaves a fantastic impression. The Indian Celebration gift pack from Nature's Basket contains a range of classical Indian goodies packed into a gorgeous gold box. The gift pack contains kaju katli, samosas, soan papdi as well as dates and almonds. Available for Rs.1,589 from naturesbasket.co.in
Another option is combining flowers and a box of sweets. The Art of Gifting pack from giftalove.com contains a lovely bouquet of 20 pink roses, a Diwali greeting card and a packet of soan papdi. This is an ideal gift to send someone who lives away.
Ghasitaram Gifts Dry Fruit in Tealight Holder
Yet another conventional gift but with an elegant add-on. The Ghasitaram Gifts Dry Fruits Hamper contains 200 gm each of almonds and cashewnuts packed inside 2 reusable golden metal jars. These patterned jars can be either used as containers or as t-light holders. This gift is a great choice for extended family members or for that very important client of yours. Available for Rs.1,259 from amazon.in.
Gourmet and Luxury Gift Packs
Some relationships demand that you pick out extremely exclusive gifts. Indeed, many regard gifts as a measure of how much you value the relationship. For such cases, we present a selection of top luxe options you can consider this Diwali.
Bahar 24K Gold Plated Gift Set with Assam Flaming Hue Tea
This opulent gift is sure to make an unforgettable impression! Offered by the well-known tea brand Taj Mahal this set features a gorgeous tea ware set of 2 bone china cups carrying an elegant floral print and 24-karat gold plating on its rims and handle. Accompanying these cups is a cute tin packed with the highest grade Assam tea.The gift can be ordered at tajmahalteahouse.com for Rs.3,499.
If this seems too pricey, you have other choices on the site. For instance, the Spice Delight Milk Tea Gift Box which costs Rs.1,849 offers 3 kinds of spice teas: Parsi mint tea, royal saffron tea, and bold spices tea.
If the giftee is more of a coffee fan, then check out the 4 Coffee Gift Pack at bluetokaicoffee.com. This gift set offers a selection of 4 coffee types from top estates of India along with a ceramic pour over. Available for Rs.2,650 at the site.
Collective Nine Gourmet Chocolate Hamper
Yes we have already seen how chocolate can be an awesome gift. But If you are looking to bowl over someone with your gift then Chokola's Collective Nine is the way to go. This premium chocolate set contains nine different types of chocolates that includes exciting varieties like Orange peel minis and bonbons. You can order this sumptuous gift for Rs.4,000 from chokola.in.
Gourmet Snack Hamper
A perfect gift for a large family, this gourmet snack basket contains an array of super cool goodies to munch on. There are 12 different snacks packed into it including unusual ones like organic pretzels, tortilla chips, ragi cookies and kale chips. The gift set is delivered in a beautiful box decorated with a ribbon and also comes with a gift tag which can be personalized with a message from you. Available at thegourmetbox.in for Rs.2,900
Silver Gift Set with Ganesh-Diya Combo
Gifting silver is considered auspicious during Diwali. That’s why this classy silver gift set is an ideal choice for elders in your family or perhaps your boss. Available at the jewellery website velvetcase.in, the set contains a Ganesha statue and one diya or candle holder, both of 1k silver. Priced Rs.2,360, it comes packed inside a beautiful gift box.
Pair this set with a box of sweets and you will have given a gift that will be a definite hit.
Offbeat Gift Hampers for 2018
Make a statement by picking out a gift pack that stands out from the sea of sweet or dry fruit boxes. Such offbeat gifts are perfect for close friends or relatives who you know will love to try out new ideas. Take a look at our quirky picks to get started on finding that perfect gift box that’ll be welcomed .
The Happiness Box - Handmade Exotic Jams
Handmade goodies are always a little more special than regular stuff. This Diwali, give a gift pack from The Gourmet Jar which offers delicious handmade condiments like jams, spreads from fruits, nuts etc made from natural ingredients.
Their Diwali gift pack contains one preserve, a jar of honey, and one relish, the flavours of which you can choose from available options which range from strawberry to mango jalapeno. All products from this brand are handmade using fresh organic produce, with very low amounts of sugar and no preservatives.
This gift set is a really great idea if you looking for a healthy option this Diwali. Purchase it from thegourmetjar.com for Rs.1,100.
Maggi Festive Flavors Gift Pack with Greeting Card
Who says gifts need to follow rules?! Maggi noodles are something almost universally loved so why to give a quirky gift themed on it.
The Maggi Festive Flavors Gift Pack is a marvellous option to gift a friend with whom you have memories of sharing Maggi, or a family with kids who adore Maggi! This gift pack contains 7 packs of Maggi noodles, 1 masala pasta, a packet of sauce and a packet of barbeque sauce. An absolute riot of favourite flavours! The pack even comes with a greeting card you can use to give your personalised greetings. Buy the pack for approx. Rs.200 on Amazon or at local stores.
A similar option is the Tropicana Delight Fruit Juice Gift box that contains 3 different types of their popular juices and is priced around Rs.320, also on Amazon.
I Say Organic Gift Basket (Sweet)
For the health conscious giftee, pick out this basket that is absolutely bursting with healthy snacking goodies. I Say Organic which deals exclusively in organic products offers on its site sweet and savoury gift baskets. The Sweet one priced at Rs.1501, contains 6 different products such as apple bars, an organic trail mix, and besan matka ladoo. A fantastic pick for your Diwali Gift pack needs. Buy it here.
Make your own gift packs
The idea is great, you've always thought so, specially after seeing what's being sold in markets and online. The trouble is packing the hamper to look half as presentable as the store bought ones. And who's to pack so many hampers? All valid points, and all of which can be remedied with a little creativity. Put your grey cells to work, look online for inspiration and come up with a hamper that requires minimal packaging, where gifts can serve as containers, or enlist the help of a professional packer.