Diwali, the festival of lights, is also the festival of gifts.
One of the most celebrated occasions in India, Diwali is associated
with fortune and prosperity, and hence, it is the biggest gift
giving and shopping festival in India. Giving Gifts on Diwali is an
excellent way to strengthen relationships with your near and dear
ones. A present on this occasion reflects the warm feelings of the
gift-giver and also the spirit of the festival.
The popular tradition of exchanging gifts on Diwali is an age-old
custom tied in with the festival and has probably started with the
inception of Diwali itself. In olden days, the simple rural people
of India whose occupation mostly consisted of agriculture and
cattle-rearing, used to exchange homemade sweets, farm produce or
handcrafted decorative among themselves on Diwali. Such presents
were considered a token of love and the warmth and good wishes
associated with the gifts mattered more than the gifts themselves.
With time however, the tradition got more and more complicated and
gift-giving is not so simple as it used to be earlier.
Today a lot of importance is given today to the quality of the gift
that one is presented with not only on Diwali, but also on other
occasions. However, this wonderful tradition is not wholly a
materialistic one and for a large section of Indian people,
gift-giving still stands as a way of conveying love, respect,
thankfulness, appreciation and a sense of belonging.
So you must pull out all the stops to decide on the most appropriate
gift for your loved ones on Diwali. To assist you in your quest,
here we present you with some grand gift ideas and suggestions. Go
over these and choose the best of Diwali presents and gifts for your
friends and near ones:
Sweets are traditional Diwali gifts and the festival of lights is
truly incomplete without a generous helping of these sugary
delights. Go for single type of sweets or a mix pack containing
varieties of sweets. These days, many shops offer custom made Diwali
Sweets in beautiful packs enveloped with gift wrappers. In case you
can't decide on any other present, a big sweet pack will be just a
nice gift for your friends, relatives and acquaintances.
sweets, dry fruits too are a popular gift item for Diwali. An
irresistible delight, dry fruits are thoroughly enjoyed during the
winter season that follows the festival close on its heels. Dry
Fruits Pack containing a mix of several varieties of nuts, cashews,
chestnuts, almonds are easily available these days in most gift
shops and make for nice Diwali Gifts. What's better, one can store
these for long periods of time and don't have to bother about
People love to receive new apparels on Diwali. Like in most
festivals, people love to celebrate their happiness by dressing
themselves in new clothes and want to give their loved ones the same
feeling. Keeping in your mind the tastes and preferences of the
receiver of your gift, you can present him/her with traditional
Indian outfits or the latest designer clothes from popular brands.
Diwali being the festival of lights, beautifully painted Diyas
(earthen lamps) of exquisite designs are indispensable for the
occasion. They also stand as a symbol of fortune and are believed to
usher in prosperity to individual homes. Present your loved ones
with a set of diyas on Diwali. They will love it for sure!
Nicely decorated candles are great too. These days, candles of
various shapes, colours and scents are available in the market.
Beautiful Diwali candles and candleholders are pocket-friendly for
you and yet make lovely presents for your friends and relations.
Diwali Greeting Cards
This is the common but still highly popular gift of Diwali.
Greeting Cards are a highly popular gift for all occasions. In India
they are increasingly getting popular and used as a secondary
present that accompanies the main gift item. Whatever your present
is, you would do well to send along a cool Greeting Card with your
Diwali gift. Greeting Cards can be gifted to any person of any age;
put in a nice message to your card expressing good wishes for the
recipent and make this Diwali a memorable time for both of you.
Silver Gift Items:
One more traditional gift idea for Diwali is handing over silver
items. Available in a wide range and exquisite designs, silver items
are a great hit for Diwali and a favourite for aged people. The
festival being a religious occasion, religious gift items made of
silver like silver coins with images of idols as Lakshmi and Ganesh,
puja thalis, small silver showpieces and crockery items like silver
tea sets and utensils are quite popular as Diwali Gifts. They also
reflect your wishes and prayers for the health and fortune of the
recipent and his/her family.
Diwali is the time to decorate the house and hence an appropriate
time to present your friends and relations with decorative items.
Gift your near and dear ones nice decorative items to adorn their
houses. Popular decor gift items include paintings, bric-a-bracs,
show pieces, sculptures, flower vases, Feng-Shui pieces and hanging
Stationery and Desk-top Items
Stationery and Desk-top Gifts are also fabulous items to present to
your near ones on Diwali. Preferred items in this category include
writing instruments, portfolio bags and folders, time-pieces,
reading lamps and the like. You can gift these items to anyone,
including your colleagues, business associates and even the boss.
Diwali Gift Hampers:
In case you wish to present a whole lot of gift items, Diwali Gift
Hampers is the perfect idea to do so. You may make your own or go in
for ready made Diwali Gift Hampers which are readily available in
the market these days. Keep in mind the taste of your recipent(s)
and your budget before you choose the gift hamper.
Other Popular Diwali Gifts:
Household gifts like kitchen gadgets, chinaware and traveling bags;
Gourmet gift hampers consisting of mithais, dry fruits, jams and
sherbets; home appliances like steam iron, juicers, toasters,
microwave, coffee makers and rice cookers; electronic devices as
mobile handsets, iPods, digital cameras, handy-cam, MP3 Players, DVD
Players, PDA, cordless phones, LCD TVs and laptops; jewelers items
like bracelets, rings, chains, pendants, cufflinks, tie-pins and the