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Forget The Cookie Cutter Hampers And Invest In These Luxury Gifts This Diwali

Let’s be honest, Diwali is like Christmas for Indians but better because you know that gifts are going to come pouring in not just from your beloved few but distant aunts, prospective clients, and long-forgotten friends too. But even as you revel in the glory of these awesome treats, it’s important to procure some well-thought-out gifts to reciprocate the gesture. Yes, you can always stick to the basic formula of sweets or candles but it pays to think out of the box when you’re sending someone a little light and happiness in one. We went ahead and searched the interwebs to come up with unique, luxury gift ideas for your near and dear ones and here are the ones that make a lasting impression.

For The Mom Who Does It All

Collector's Edition Ganesh Minaudiere
Collector's Edition Ganesh Minaudiere
INR 467,000 at Neiman Marcus
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This one is a little out there, but might we suggest giving your mom this Swarovski-studded minaudiere from Judith Leiber in the shape of the Indian god, Ganesha? Apart from the fact that it’s an apt gift for Diwali, since a Ganesha is considered to bring luck, it’s also a conversation-starter. The brightly-coloured crystals and immaculate craftsmanship make it a piece to be adorned and displayed—do you see those heads turning at the Diwali party? Oh, and did we mention that it’s limited edition?

For The Dad That Means Business

Grey Ashton Benton Double Zip Laptop Briefcase
Grey Ashton Benton Double Zip Laptop Briefcase
INR 86,900 at Luxury Tata Cliq
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Let’s be honest, fathers love practical and functional gifts. So why not give daddy dearest a gift that will serve him well and look good too? Presenting the classic Tumi Ashton Benton laptop briefcase for all his work essentials. The double zip and the sturdy style promise to carry everything and last longer too.

For The Man Who Spoils You Rotten

MAAN Hand Drip Coffee Set
MAAN Hand Drip Coffee Set
INR 85,884 at Mr Porter
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You love it when he serves you coffee in bed, so why not make that morning ritual a little extra special with the  BI.DU.HAEV Maan Hand Drip Coffee Set. This handmade set with a uniquely curved (non-spilling) glass kettle, diamond-patterned dripper, thermometer, and Merbau wood stands is the only way to make a decent brew. And, it’s the perfect Diwali gift for arabica aficionados.

For Your Lady Luck & Love

Love You 18-Karat Gold Earrings
Love You 18-Karat Gold Earrings
INR 53,656 at Net-A-Porter
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It may not be Valentine’s Day but shower a little love and light on your beloved with these ‘Love You’ earrings from Jennifer Meyer. It’s the perfect way to thank your lady luck for the many ways in which she makes Diwali special. From bringing you luck at the card table to decorating your home, your SO deserves some frosting as appreciation. And this pair crafted in 18k gold is a great place to start. It’s also a celebrity favourite.

For The Brother That Has Your Back

Explore Luxury Men's Bathing Collection
Explore Luxury Men's Bathing Collection
INR 2,726 at Neiman Marcus
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Molton Brown, the British bath, body, and beauty brand is the ultimate choice for men looking for cosmetics that are minimalist and masculine. We especially love their vast range of body washes that come in handy travel packs too. From Japanese Orange, Suma Ginseng and Bushukan to Eucalyptus and Black Peppercorn, their exotic selection will definitely turn your brother into a Molton Brown loyalist, in case he isn’t one already.

For The Sister That Shares Her Wardrobe

Textured Name Necklace
Textured Name Necklace
INR 12,250 at Misho Designs
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Still confused about what to gift your sister? We suggest spoiling her with a dainty piece from Misho Designs. Characterised by clean lines, architectural influences, and geometric shapes, Misho’s designs are keepsakes. Our suggestion? Go for the textured name necklace, it’s effortlessly pretty and in-vogue.

For The Kids That Are A Bundle Of Joy

Faux Leather And Canvas Rocket Backpack
Faux Leather And Canvas Rocket Backpack
INR 12,823 at Luisaviaroma
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This Diwali, launch a different kind of rocket courtesy this cutesy backpack from Stella McCartney. Crafted in faux leather and canvas, this backpack is a better alternative to fireworks and is sure to create the same level of excitement. Yes it’s a little indulgent but when it comes to Diwali gifting for your little bundle of joy, do you really want to hold back?

For The Aunt That Always Pampers You Silly

Spade & Club Dish (Set Of 2)
Spade & Club Dish (Set Of 2)
INR 1,150 at Nicobar
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Our favourite thing about Diwali is the food. There’s always that one aunt or family friend who makes the best dishes and also loves serving them up in style. Which is why Nicobar’s stoneware trinket dishes shaped like a club and spade are the perfect gifts for your hostess aunt who is all about the details.

For The Uncle Who Taught You The Tricks Of The Trade

Two-Pack Playing Cards
Two-Pack Playing Cards
INR 5,723 at Mr Porter
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Diwali season is all about sweet indulgences, bright lights, family get-togethers, and card parties. As your close ones gather at home for a good old game of poker, why not gift your favourite uncle a two-pack set of playing cards from Smythson, the British luxury stationery company. With graphic prints and gold edging, this set comes in the label’s signature blue box and is sure to bring home some luck this season.

For Your Grandfather Who’s Always On Your Side

Carvaan Go
Carvaan Go
INR 3,218 at Amazon
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This Diwali let your grandfather hum the tunes of his youth with the Saregama’s Carvaan Go. This easy-to-use pocket device comes preloaded with 3,000 classic Bollywood tunes and is the best way to revisit the yesteryears. Trust us, you’ll earn never-ending brownie points for this one.

For The Grandma Who Crafts The Best Tales

Kalamkari Queen Size Quilt
Kalamkari Queen Size Quilt
INR 12,798 at Ritu Kumar
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If there is anyone who would appreciate ancient weaving techniques, it’s your grandmother. After all, she’s grown up in an era of exquisite craftsmanship. And that’s why this Kalamkari quilt from Ritu Kumar’s newly-launched home line is the perfect Diwali gift for her. The traditional design, vibrant colours, and the comfortable cotton silk fabric is sure to warm her heart.

For Your Boss Who’s Always Supportive

Sagaris 9473 Gold Trim Fountain Pen
Sagaris 9473 Gold Trim Fountain Pen
INR 3,280 at William Penn
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When it comes to choosing a Diwali gift for your boss, it’s important to keep two factors in mind—opt for a sensible and suitable gift that shows your keen eye and avoid going overboard so you don’t look like a brown noser. Our solution: a personalised pen that will serve as a solid reminder of you and serve its purpose. We suggest picking out a style from William Penn’s vast range of ballpoint and fountain pens and having it engraved with your boss’ initials or name. That’ll make an impression.

For Locking In That Sweet Business Deal

Khoya Box Of Sweets
Khoya Box Of Sweets
INR 1,500 at Khoya_Official
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It’s always tricky business when it comes to picking out gifts for clients or business associates. After all, you want to select something that’ll impress them but you have limited clue on what they like. So, what do you do? You fall back on time-tested options like sweets (we said no sweets, but read on). Introducing, Khoya, a luxury mithai label that gives you artistically arranged sweets made with pure and organic materials. The beautifully packaged box and the delectable sweets inside is sure to gain their sweet approval.

For Your Work Wife Who Has Your Back

Embellished Potli Pouch
Embellished Potli Pouch
INR 3,500 at Aza Fashions
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From planning office Diwali parties to sneaky coffee breaks, your work wife has your back when it comes to the workspace. So why not pamper her with a little gift that will remind her of you even outside the 9 to 5? Get your hands on Love To Bag’s potli pouch; it comes embroidered with her initial and it’s the perfect carry-on for Diwali dos.

For The Girl Who Doubles Up As Your Therapist

Personalized Coloring Book
Personalized Coloring Book
INR 4,682 at Bergdorf Goodman
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This YSL personalised colouring book is both fashionable and therapeutic. Much like your girl bestie who doles out the best advice on everything from what to wear at Diwali parties to what to do if you bump into your ex at one. Containing unpublished designs by French maverick, Yves Saint Laurent, this unique colouring book is bound in Saffiano leather and can be personalised with your best girls’ initials. So step out of the cookie-cutter mould and invest in this special piece this Diwali.

For The Boy Bestie Who Cracks You Up

Bottle Opener Design Cufflinks
Bottle Opener Design Cufflinks
INR 1,266 at Elitify
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He’s the king of epic parties and your personal bartender, so why not gift him a little reminder of his duties with the Knight & Bond bottle opener cufflinks. A cute little accessory, we guarantee that these cufflinks will spruce up his formal attire and earn you a free drink at the next Diwali soirée.

For The Big Boss Who Steers The Ship

There isn't a more perfect gift for the big boss. And with this limited edition bottle that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the iconic brut champagne Moët Impérial, you can be rest assured that your boss will stand up and take notice.

Moët Impérial 750 ML
Moët Impérial 750 ML
INR 7,870 at Moet.com
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