While the wardrobe overhaul is best left to personal tastes, a neat accessory to team with new ensembles may just be what the designers have ordered. Check out some neat neck-rags for the man about town in Satya Paul, which offers gift sets that include a silk tie, a silk scarf and crystal cuff links for Rs 3,995.
And if youd rather go without the scarf, you get the set for a little less at Rs 2,995. You can also check out the silk ties with woven designs at Central Cottage Industries. They are moderately priced at about Rs 814 each.
Tesoro at Forum has an interesting gift for men — a leather pocket-changer box with little compartments to empty ones pockets in. Lined with green velvet on the inside, this handy piece can keep spectacles, keys, pens, wallet and other items.
Scarves and stoles for women are another popular gift option. Satya Paul has quite a collection in georgette, crépe and satin, which comes in various shades and designs. Expect to dish out up to Rs 2,495 for one. You can also check out crépe printed stoles at Ritu Kumar at Forum at Rs 990 each.
And while were looking for womens gifts, what could give you more brownie points than a handbag? Big bags are still ruling the roost and scoring high on style and utility. Ritu Kumar has a strong line-up of leather bags in a variety of shapes and designs. With printed motifs, the oversized bags cost under Rs 7,550.
You could take your pick from evening bags too. We were smitten by the black and beige leather and velvet bag that costs Rs 2,800. But if youre thinking small, go for the white chiffon potli-style pouch-bag with green embroidery. Itll empty your pockets by Rs 1,500. Or check out the brown and cream crocodile leather purse which comes at Rs 7,500.
And if clutches are your passion, then step into the Swarovski showroom to pick up that crystal clutch for Rs 36,000 — thats sure to brighten the most sober outfit.
Swarovski has other statement pieces too when it comes to accessories. While a glamorous crystal hair band in black costs Rs 12,300, you could also take a look at the brands range of bracelets — sparkling white and dazzling red that come between Rs 18,000 and Rs 36,500.
A smart choice of knick-knacks can give a fresh look to the décor of a room without a purse- emptying encounter with an interior designer.
Tall lampshades are a cool gift this season. Cocoon has a lampshade fitted to a tall stand, made with bamboo segments joined together. Its priced at Rs 7,500. But if you want bling consider the huge marble lamp base with meenakari enamel work done with 24K gold dust in Central Cottage Industries. Itll lighten your pocket by Rs 17,860.
While were on the topic of shedding light, candelabra also make for great presents. Check out a lavish, steel candle-stand at Archies Gallery thats priced at Rs 12,900. A black ceramic one with dangling golden chains and black beads, priced at Rs 2,000, caught our eye at Tesoro. The green and gold copper wall-hanging candle-stand at Cocoon, priced at Rs 7,500, is truly a collectors item. But the winner in the league is the round, crystal-studded candleholder at Swarovski priced at a cool Rs 11,300.
Since vases are the popular choice for gifts, Archies Gallery has several designs on offer. Watch out for metal vases in dull brass and copper. These cost Rs 1,900 apiece. Tesoro too has a great selection of vases. Go for the ones in rainbow hues, made with hand-blown glass, priced between Rs 6,000 and Rs 7,500.
For art lovers and those seeking an ethnic touch for their homes, figurines or statues do well. Cottage has an extensive collection and you cant miss the dokra (wire-work in brass) Ferris wheel with riders thats priced at Rs 47,500. A huge marble conch with 24K gold meenakari work is priced at Rs 6,745. Youll also love the Durga and family in dokra that is steeply priced at Rs 42,750.
And if youd rather go the crystal way, look no further than Swarovskis pair of kingfishers in amber and blue for Rs 41,000.
Since its party time, get set for the celebrations. A set of bar tools might make a perfect present for the party animal. The set in Archies Gallery comes in a sleek wooden box at Rs 1,000. If youd prefer a leather case, youll have to dish out Rs 1,595. Team this set with an imported steel wine bottle opener from Tesoro, priced at Rs 3,050. The smart wine-holder in black shisham wood from Cocoon will quite complement this buy at Rs 2,450.
For those who prefer to avoid the festive crowds to spend a quiet evening at home, a gift of games could be just the thing. A collectors item at Cocoon is an ornate Mah-Jong set in wood, available for Rs 1,950. Or go for a wooden poker box available at Tesoro for Rs 5,000. And for all those passionate chess players out there, a set of chessmen comes for Rs 27,900 at Cottage. One set is carved in sandalwood while the other comes in ebony.
And for the house-proud hosts who throw parties at the drop of a hat, table accessories could be quite the thing. You could check out Cottage for its 27-piece cutlery set in silver plated brass, which costs Rs 3,069. Cocoon too has an ethnic range of brass and wood cutlery in sets of six that come for Rs 650 per set.
You could also pick up a four-piece ceramic sushi set at Tesoro for a very reasonable Rs 955. An eye-catcher here is the black and white ceramic platter with shell embellishments. It comes for Rs 4,400.
So heres to a happy shopping spree!
Compiled by Suktara Ghosh, Tania Bhattacharya, Anindita Mitra; Pix: Anindya Shankar Ray