The last quarter of the year is by far my favourite! October brings celebrations of Dussehra and Diwali. The festivals and their celebrations keep coming after that. I don’t know about you but the one thing I have been dissatisfied with, in all of this, is the same old Diwali sweets that we send out every festival season.
By the end of the holiday, we simply end up with kilos of sugary-sweets piled up and going to waste (well, at least most of it)! So this year, the parents have assigned me the task of finding something quirky, fun, yet beautiful to gift friends and family for Diwali. My search has been extensive because my mother is a slave-driver. Here are a few things that made it to my list:
5. Relaxing Spa Vouchers
We live stressful lives which are mostly sedentary—this means aches, pains, and cramped muscles. While my reflexologist for the day was making my feet feel all kinds of nice, I thought ‘Why not give spa vouchers as Diwali gifts?’ It shows that you love and care for your friends and want to help reduce their stress levels. AromaThai Day Spa has over 21 outlets across the country. Their spa vouchers can be purchased online and at discounts too.
I think physical vouchers have more of a personal touch to them so I would go for The Four Fountains Spa. It delivers an hour post booking, thus also covering for the last-minute person that I am.
4. Mini Temples and Soulful Presents
Launched in 2012, Soul Works is the brainchild of Karima Dawoodani who believes that ‘art can heal, transform and uplift the energy of any space’. With this focus in mind, this soulful entrepreneur creates tiny temples, home décor items, dreamcatchers, and all kinds of festive gifts with a twist. Soul Works ships all over the country.
Contact: 9819457887 | Facebook message @soulworks.thp
Rs. 900 onwards
3. Living Gifts
Going green is always a great idea, and encouraging others to go green with you is even better! How about gifting the people you love something quirky, beautiful, and alive? Vriksha Nursery, a second-generation nursery established in 1981 and run by Shaan Lalwani and his mother Daksha, has something different in store for Diwali gifting this year.
From pristinely potted succulents and jam jar terrariums that are low maintenance, to gorgeously landscaped herb baskets with all your favourite, healthy herbs, these quirky gifts will continue to give your family and friends something to cherish long after Diwali. Vriksha Nursery, ships all over the country.
Contact: 09820704069 | email@example.com
As low as Rs. 250-300 per gift | Herb baskets are priced between Rs. 1200-2500
2. Exotic Tea Hampers
One of the quirkiest ways to celebrate Diwali festivi-teas is with exotic artisanal teas, which are a treat for the heart and the mind. Shipping their delightful festive hampers all over the country, Exalté by Shivani Chakravarty and Tea Trunk by Snighda Manchanda are great choices. Exalté teas’ blooming Jasmine Pearl Green Tea will have floral pearls unfurl and titillate your taste buds, while the Apple-Cinnamon Sangria Tea is a masquerading dessert.
Tea Trunk, meanwhile, offers a Festive Tea Hamper complete with marigold green tea and a cup-shaped candle made by members of the Hellen Keller Institute for the Deaf and Deaf-blind.
1. The Quirkiest Quirk as a Diwali Gift
How do you top all the above gifts? With something that allows you to have fun and save money every time you do — because discounts speak a universal language! That’s where the Quirk Card comes in. It’s a personalised gift that would make their lives more festive on a regular basis.
Getting a flat 25% off at some of Bangalore’s most popular restaurants and bars like Big Brewsky, The Fatty Bao, Puma Social Club, Lazy Suzy and The Hole in the Wall Café is a precious enough gift; but the Quirk Card also offers special perks and discounts at Airbnb, Zoomcar, Goibibo, Gaana+, JCB, Freshmenu and many other places your loved ones in Bangalore can pamper themselves. You can even gift multiple members of the same family with add-on cards—that’s a win-win Diwali gifting solution!