Crockery and home decor items are passé. This season, surprise your loved ones with quirky gifts
Pulling the Right Card
A pack of cards can indeed change fortunes, especially if the pack is made of gold. Homeshop18.com offers a variety of gold-plated playing cards. Made using 24k gold, a pure gold bar is compressed into a thin foil and fused with silicon to give it strength and durability. Each of these cards is non-tarnishable.
Available at homeshop18.com; Rs 835, Rs 999, and Rs 1,999 for the three variants
The Hab, a unique experiential haberdashery in Bandra, aims at promoting the art of sewing and embroidery. From candle bowl coasters and torans to greeting cards and gift bags, sewing experts will help you make your favourite item — and even customise them to suit your tastes — with materials from the store. After all, what’s Diwali without a personal touch?
Available at The Hab, Linking Road, Bandra; Rs 130 for a potli/ gift bag, Rs 130 for greeting card, Rs 155 -200 for candle bowl coaster and Rs 330 for a toran
While it is difficult to imagine
A Diwali celebration without traditional diyas, a little bit of experimentation certainly won’t hurt. Craftsvilla has a range of handmade and hand painted devil diyas that balance tradition with fun. Your loved ones can light these eye-catching diyas and spice up the celebrations at home.
Available at craftsvilla.com; Rs 249 for a pair
Add some kitsch to your Diwali with Phataka coasters by The Big Bang Theory. With writings such as ‘Tikli me’, ‘36 Phataka 36’, ‘I Lavangi You’ and ‘Your Bomb or Mine’ on them, the bright and colourful coasters will add a dash of humour to the gift. One can surf Shop InOnIt for an array of other interesting gifting options.
Available at inonit.in or call: 022 43476430; Rs 650 for the set of four coasters and Rs 2,700 for the tray
A New Light
Candles and diyas aren’t the only way to brighten up Diwali. Hitplay’s lava lamps, wish lanterns, and LED candles and cubes are unusual alternatives. The variety will surely leave your family and friends impressed.
Available at hitplay.in; Rs 299 each for LED candles and cubes, Rs 899 for wish lanterns, Rs 999 for USB drive and Rs 4,999 for lava lamp.