One of the most popular Indian festivals, Diwali is also referred to as the festival of lights. The festival is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil and is characterized by the traditional candles and lamps that adorn houses and give the whole occasion its festive look. This is the time when families and friends come together to spend some memorable moments by exchanging gifts and pleasantries.
Diwali Gift Ideas
Diwali is also a great time to shop as all major shops offer discounts and special offers on their products and services. You can also buy necessary items at this time in addition to gifts for your near and dear ones.
Along with the clay lamps and colorful diyas, puja thalis are integral parts of Diwali traditions. It is customary during Diwali to worship Lord Ganesha, the destroyer of troubles, and Goddess Laxmi, the deity of wealth. The various ingredients and accessories that are used in the puja to worship these revered deities are placed on the puja thalis that are often made of silver and copper.
You can present a brand new thali on this auspicious day, wrapping it in transparent and colorful cellophane sheets. You can make it special by adding some accessories and ingredients that are used in the puja.
No Indian festival is complete without delicious and traditional sweets. Sweets are an integral part of Diwali, and it is almost customary to take along sweets as part of Diwali gifts. The most popular Diwali sweets are barfi, gulab jamun, kheer laddoo, jalebi. You can also opt for chocolate gift packs, which are liked by young and old alike.
A very popular Diwali gift item is dry fruit, which is available in beautifully decorated gift packs. Premium quality dry fruits are packed in attractive cane baskets with cute handles – these are a perfect way to convey Diwali greetings to your loved ones.
You can also try the trendy dry fruit gift baskets, which are handcrafted and decorated with artificial flowers. These gift baskets look very elegant and are ideal for expressing love and warmth. You can also present these to your colleagues or boss thanks to their style and elegance. The assorted dry fruit hampers for Diwali include popular favorites such as kaju, kishmish, badam, akhrot, pista and khumani.
Diwali candles are appropriate gifts for Diwali by virtue of being important part of the festive tradition. It is also convenient to find good ones as during this time of the year shop owners stock up varieties of candles in different colors, sizes and shapes.
Tea light candles are scented and burn for a long time. You can also go for the designer Diwali candles. These products are presently in vogue and can be used for decorating the interiors and giving your rooms the vibrant look that is typical of the festival.
The gel candles are made using high quality wax and burn for hours making them perfect gifts for Diwali. These candles come with delightful fragrances and can be used after Diwali as well to decorate your rooms.
Ganesh and Laxmi Idols
Since Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi are worshipped on Diwali night, it is considered very auspicious to gift your near and dear ones idols of Ganesha and Laxmi. It shows that you care for the person’s well being and prosperity. The idols are available in gold but you can also opt for diamond and silver depending on the preference of your relative or friend whom you are presenting the gift.
From time immemorial silver has been considered a very auspicious metal, especially during Diwali. For this Diwali you can opt for gifts made from silver such as puja thalis, bells, kalash and decorative pieces. You can present your loved ones with ‘Om’ and ‘Shree’ pendants made of gold and diamond.
Kitchen Items as Diwali Gifts
While purchasing a Diwali gift, the first thing that comes to mind is utility and considering that kitchen items are good options for Diwali gifts. A microwave oven can be an appropriate gift for this festive occasion as it would enable your friend or relative to prepare various dishes in a short time.
A dinner set is another good option for a Diwali gift because apart from serving food it will also add beauty and elegance to the dinning table. To top it all food served in these beautifully designed and polished dinner pieces will look even more tempting.
You can also go for silver or golden crockery sets for this special occasion. There are plenty of options to choose from such as crystal crockery sets and bone china crockery sets. Dishwashers are great gifts for Diwali as they let your friend or relative clean the huge piles of dishes and other utensils following a long party on the festive night.
There are some other options as mentioned below that could be considered for the festive occasion:
- Mixer grinders
- Bar blenders
- Steam irons
- Hand blenders
- Rice cookers
- Hand mixers
- Sandwich makers
- Deep fryers
Electronic goods are ideal gifts for Diwali as they are highly cherished by the old and young generation alike. If you are looking for a gift for the whole family you can buy a brand new LCD television. In case of kids you can present them iPods, laptops, digital camera accessories, digital photo books, photo mugs, video games and mp3 players. For your business partners, colleagues or clients you can go for cell phones or digital diaries.
Following are some other choices in case you are looking to present electronic goods this Diwali:
- Loudspeakers for iPhones and iPods
- Speaker systems
- HD TV media players
- Pen drives
- Memory card readers
- Web cameras
- DVD players
- USB players
Diwali is a good time to gift decorative rangoli like brocade rangolis, beaded rangolis or swastik rangolis. Alternatively, you can opt for wall and door hangings in bright colors like yellow, green, pink, blue and red. Unconventional gifts like marble napkin holders and shankh beads can be presented as well.
You can also present your relatives and friends useful and attractive gifts that can be used even after the Festival of Lights is over:
- Bed sheets
- Bed covers
- Cushion covers
- Table covers with napkins
Jewelry is a preferred option for many during Diwali. For men you can choose from traditional and classy options such as cufflinks, pendants and rings. For ladies the best gifts would be diamond or gold earrings, pendants, necklaces, bracelets and bangles.
Last Updated On : October 10, 2011