Gifting is a tradition as intrinsically linked to Diwali as lights. The week leading up to Diwali usually has a string of parties, and the day itself is usually spent with family and friends — each occasion calls for a gift exchange. In fact, Dhanteras begins with a gift to yourself. So if you are scouting for thoughtful and fun gifts for the festive season, My Kolkata has a gifting list with options that are sure to make your loved ones’ faces light up.
Peppa Pig’s Diwali book
Pique your little one’s excitement for the festival with Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Diwali board book. Based on the BAFTA-winning animated series about an adorable pig and her friends finding joy in everyday life, this book documents how Peppa’s entire family is invested in putting up a Diwali celebration worth remembering. The relatable references, from fretting over special outfits to preparing a huge feast, are sure to ring home with the child, and get them even more psyched!
Buy it here for Rs 299.
A candle holder set
Help your friends switch up their Diwali aesthetic with this White Iron Candle Holder from Pepperfry. The clean white colour scheme is complemented by a classy design, making guests sure to stop and take notice. The design is eye-catching yet versatile to fit in with many aesthetics from minimal to opulent, so you don’t have to worry about it clashing with decor choices.
You can buy this set of three here for Rs 569.
Lord Ganesh decor piece
Any festival and especially Diwali, is incomplete without invoking the blessings of Lord Ganesha, known as the remover of obstacles. Considering his significance in Hindu mythology, there can’t be a more auspicious gift than a little Ganpati to keep at home. And this Dokra idol by Naksh is a great option for something thats traditional yet unique. Intricately crafted, this memento has an aura of its own.
Buy it here for Rs 2,199.
A plant hamper
If you have a friend or family member with a green thumb, then a plant can make an ideal gift for your close one. If you’re looking for something that is a little elaborate and great for festive gifting, we recommend this Peace Lily and Smoor Chocolates Diwali Gift from Ugaoo. Apart from a potted plant, it comes with a set of four hand-painted clay diyas, assorted chocolates, and a personalised card to make the person feel even more special.
Buy it here Rs 1,499!
Cards against humanity, Indian style!
Diwali parties and taash go hand-in-hand. This year, switch up the old card game for some new tricks with Cards vs Sanskaar, a hilarious desi take on the classic Cards vs Humanity. The whole point of this game is to pair a question card with the most outlandish response card, making for dark and even disgusting jokes. If you have friends and family who appreciate dark humour, this is a perfect pick.
Buy it from their website for Rs 1,750.
Why indulge in a heated political argument, when you can play politics? Make Diwali parties even more entertaining with Shasn, an intense political board game that condenses a 10-year political career into two hours, making you think like a politician and switch between ethics and pragmatism to emerge victorious. The tagline is literally ‘Backstab some friends along the way’! Playable between 2-5 people, this is available on their website for a special offer price of Rs 3,499
Board game-themed coasters
If you’re more into board games from your childhood, rekindle those memories with friends by gifting them this Paper Plane Design Wooden Tea Coaster Set. The four coasters come with themes of carrom, ludo, chess, and snakes and ladders; ensuring that every time you pick your glass to take a sip, you’re transported back to nostalgia.
Buy it here for Rs 449.
No Diwali gift list can be complete without something meetha! While Indian sweets are the more traditional choice, you can always switch it up with a chocolate gift hamper. This Assorted Chocolates Gift Hamper from Fabelle is our pick. It has a mix of pralines, truffles, 64 per cent dark Ghana cocoa, and a hazelnut mousse strawberry cheesecake bar! The packaging adds a touch of elegance, making it a great gift for both family and friends.
Buy it here Rs 2,430.