The spirit of Diwali is lit by a number of factors – beautiful diyas, fairy lights, sweets, social gatherings and, of course, exchanging gifts. While growing up, I always wondered why my relatives only gifted us with sweets or dry fruits. I wished for different things. But, after reaching a certain age, did I realise the difficulty in choosing a gift. It can be a very tricky task to select a useful and unique gift. Questions like ‘Will it be useful, ‘what if they already have it’, ‘how memorable will it be’, ‘is it in our budget’ help me in choosing that near-perfect gift.
Diwali is right around the corner and if you have similar questions, worry not. We have got you covered with many gifts options that are memorable, cost-effective and most importantly, eco-friendly.
1) For Food Lovers
Edible items are a safe and favourite gift option in every festive season. But have you considered the amount of colours or chemicals that are added to enhance their taste?
This Diwali gift your loved ones with delicious and organic snacks. Choose from organically grown millet-based food, gluten-free cookies, healthy beverages to ready-to-make yet healthy food items like soya noodles, pancake mixes and more.
2) For Home Decor
Whether it is for your young cousin whose happiness lies in all things pretty, the aunt who will appreciate hand-woven banana fibre placemats or your mom who will associate her childhood with a rustic lamp, there is a home decor item for every personality.
All of these home decor items are hand-made by traditional artisans across India that further ensures the aesthetic value and essence of each item.
3) For Stationery Lovers
In this age of environmental degradation, it is time to remind your loved ones of responsible consumerism by going for responsible Diwali celebrations. Spread the Diwali spirit to relatives who love owning beautiful and sustainable stationery items.
4) Plastic-Free Cutlery From deciding the guest list, preparing delicacies to being an excellent host, organising a Diwali party can be a daunting task. In hosting a perfect party, people often tend to overlook the volume of plastic waste that is generated through one-time use cutlery.
By gifting eco-friendly cutlery, you lessen the burden of plastic waste and take care of the environment.
Help them replace plastic straws and plates with sustainable copper straws and sturdy plates made from sugarcane waste. Want an all-in-one set comprising straw, spoon, fork and knife? Check out this wholesome biodegradable bamboo cutlery kit.
5) For Those Who Like To Pamper Themselves
Who doesn’t like to indulge in self-pampering once in a while? And what better occasion than Diwali? With all the house cleaning and decorating, your loved ones will surely be grateful with a gift that will add a glow to their skin.
Go for these all natural face packs with ingredients like neem and tulsi known for their healing properties or the one with ayurvedic herbs. Other skin care products include lip balms, essential oils, make-up removal wipes, face washes, hair conditioners and so on.
6) Apparels for Everyone
There can be no better gift than one that defines trendy, fashionable and sustainable. Gift stylish, chemical-free and most importantly, comfortable clothes—Pyjamas, shorts and blouses to your nephews and nieces. Gift the women in your circle lightweight wearable art i.e. stoles from different regions.
7) Innovative Gadgets
Make an exceptional impression this Diwali by gifting devices that make life easy without increasing carbon footprint or hampering the environment. This Portable Salt lamp is powered by salt water. It will remind them of you every time they go for trekking, fishing and camping with this energy-saving equipment.
Meanwhile, this cost-effective and portable ‘Sandpuppy Strappr’ can end all kinds of body aches. All a person has to do is place the pad on an aching joint and strap it around with the wrap band.
Check out more such energy-saving and quirky equipment here. With so many gifting options, bring joy and happiness in your loved one’s life!
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)