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The festival of lights is just around the corner and the hunt for the perfect Diwali gift ideas is on! The variety of gifts that are exchanged every year is huge and range from the extremely practical “Dry fruit Dibba” to the ugly showpiece that will definitely be recycled next year.
Some Unique Diwali gifts
Ubiquitous Dry fruit
The ubiquitous old dry fruit can be given a modern twist. Try pairing the traditional ones like almonds and cashew nuts with dehydrated fruits like pineapple, apples and oranges. Smartly packed, they not only look pretty but are delicious too.
The age-old sweet box has now morphed into dessert platters with an assortment of chocolates, cupcakes, cookies and the like, that last for days, leaving you free to enjoy them till long after Diwali is over.
Crackers have long been a source of fun, and make the perfect gift if your friends are so inclined.
Decorated bespoke Diyas and candles
Beautifully decorated Diyas and candles are also a hit. These pretty decorations add a sparkle to the festivities and can be personalized according to the colour theme you are following. You can buy them in bulk and use as a gift or as a decoration for other gifts.
Lakshmi Ganesha Idol
Idols of Ganesha and Lakshmi in marble or marble dust has also emerged as a popular option.
Coloured lanterns and lamps
Coloured lanterns and lamps in innovative designs also make that perfect gift. The lamps can be bought in bulk and then given a personal twist by adding a hand painted motif or decal.
Painted glass bottles
Make your own sparkle by painting glass bottles with motifs of your choice. Fill with fairy lights and drill a hole at the side to let the wire be accessible. These can also be bought ready-made from the market.
Quirky wall decals
It might be a good idea to look for quirky wall decals that suit the personality of the person you are taking the gift for. The thought behind the gift may bring a few smiles to the receiver’s face and brighten up a wall in her house.
Potpourri is another good item that can be bought or made at home. Look for pretty bowls and add the scented mixture of herbs and spices, dry flowers and wood shavings spiced with essential oils to it. Tie it up with a sheer fabric and you have the perfect autumn gift.
If you are one of those who want to be different and have a creative streak, buy plain glass or ceramic crockery and paint it with fun motifs. The colourful gift is sure to be treasured for a lifetime.
Whatever the Diwali gifts you choose to give, try matching it to the people who you are gifting it too. Gifting a dessert smorgasbord to a calorie conscious friend who is on a diet or a potpourri to a friend who is allergic to a smell is a definite Boo-boo!