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Traditional Diwali Gifts

Diwali is the most important festival of the Hindu calendar. Hindus around the globe celebrate the festival as the day of return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya from 14 long years of exile. Some communities in India also celebrate the day as their New Year. Diwali is celebrated with great pomp and pageantry in different parts of the country. It is also the occasion when people exchange gifts and good wishes. It has become a tradition to give gifts to families, friends, bosses, colleagues and neighbors during this festival.

Traders too take advantage of the festive mood to promote various goods and services. Businesses remain at peak as people go on a shopping spree. Buying gifts for close ones is an important part of Diwali shopping.

Traditional Diwali GIft Ideas

Currently, the market is flooded with modern and innovative gift items. But it is the traditional gifts which feature at the top of the shopping list of people. Following is a list of traditional gifts for the festive season.


Sweets of all kinds are favorite gift items during Diwali. Nowadays, the market is flooded with both traditional and modern sweets. There are low calorie and diabetic sweets available for the modern health conscious generation. One can also buy from a wide range of chocolates and candies available in the market. These are especially cherished by young kids.
Homemade sweets are still in great demand. You can search the Internet for easy homemade sweet recipes and surprise your friends and family with this heartwarming gift.


Diwali is about tasting some scrumptious Indian cuisines. Elaborate dishes are prepared in every Indian household on the eve of the celebration and relatives and friends are invited to join the feast. This is one traditional Diwali gift which will never lose its appeal to people. You can invite people at your house or distribute items like Kheer, Samosas, Murukku, Chakli, Barfi, Ribbon Pakodas, Sweet Kachori and Laddoos on this festive occasion.


Buying jewelries at the eve of the festival is considered auspicious. It is believed that buying gold or silver items on Diwali will ensure prosperity for the rest of the year. So, this is a great gift idea as well.

Recently, diamond and platinum jewelries have become increasingly popular and are preferred by the younger generation. During Diwali time you can enjoy some great discount deals on purchase of jewelries.

Utensils and household appliances

Buying utensils and household items during Diwali is also said to bring good luck for the whole family. So, you can safely opt for utensils or home appliances on this festive occasion. If you are looking for a gift for the entire family, you can go for electronic items like a brand new LED TV set, a refrigerator, a washing machine or a mixer-grinder. These gifts not only make people happy but also help improving the lifestyle of the family.

Puja thalis

Puja thalis are important parts of worshipping the deities during Diwali. So, they make excellent gift choice for the occasion. These thalis are often made of brass or silver and have material value too. Nowadays, both simple and decorative puja thalis are available in the market, allowing customers to choose from a wide variety.


The celebration is not complete without bursting firecrackers. Young and old alike find pleasure in bursting firecrackers during Diwali. Buying firecrackers will definitely be a good idea when it comes to shopping for traditional Diwali gifts. Everyone in the house, especially the young ones, will eagerly wait for this gift item. You can now choose from a wide range of firecrackers available in the market such as flowerpots, fire wheels, rockets, bombs and so on and so forth.

Diyas and candles

On the night of Diwali, hundreds of candles and diyas are lit to brighten up the dark sky. Lit up dwellings are a magnificent spectacles to behold. It is also an integral part of the celebration. You just canít miss adding diyas and candles in your shopping list. You can now choose from a wide range of decorative diyas for Diwali. Use aromatic, gel, and tealight candles to add a spark of modernity to your celebration.

Last Updated On : October 10, 2011