Diwali gifts are not just about laddoos, sweets and dry fruits anymore. In the last couple of years, countless entrepreneurs have debuted in Calcutta with their unique brands and products so that you can add a refreshing touch to the ideal gifts for your loved ones. They have all planned some special gifting options for Diwali 2017. Here are some unique Diwali Gift Ideas from Calcutta’s freshest home entrepreneurs!
Hipwic Candles and Fragrances
What is Diwali without colorful candles? Hipwic Candles and Fragrances specialise in luxury hand poured aromatic glass candles. I was introduced to this brand by my friend and stylist Srishti Nadhani and I loved their presentation and signature style. Their platters are completely customizable according to your needs, and their candle fragrances are varied, with everything from lavender, sandal, citronella to the more funky vanilla, chocolate and fruit scents. This Diwali, you can also avail a flat 15% discount on orders above INR 2000.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/hipwic/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/hipwic/
TG By Tanvi Ghai
TG By Tanvi Ghai is a well known home bakery in Calcutta. Recently Tanvi sent across her Diwali hamper to me and I was bowled over by her deliciously indulgent chocolates, shortbread and brownies. The Oreo cookies are an absolute hit while the Nut slab is a pleasant change from the usual basket of dry fruits. Full marks for the beautiful presentation of the Diwali Hampers!
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TG-by-Tanvi-Ghai
Call – 098305 90898
Blush by Diksha
Diksha Daga was always into beauty and cosmetics. While in the UK for her masters, she was smitten by organic and chemical free beauty products. Back home she couldn’t find anything which was completely chemical free and so she decided to launch her own line of completely natural beauty and skin care products sans any chemicals, called Blush By Diksha. Her brand includes products like Lip Balms, Face masks, Bath Salts, body cleansers, etc. Some of her products are even edible! I recently picked up her strawberry flavored edible lip scrub which you exfoliate your lips with and simply lick off afterwards. The scrub exfoliates the lips very well and tastes so good! So how about a nice platter of chemical free beauty products as a gift for Roop Chaturdashi which is one day before Diwali and is considered to be a day to pamper oneself with natural ubtans and homemade masks?
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/blushbydiksha/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/blushbydiksha/
Call – 9674066666
Another natural and chemical free beauty brand is La Alma by Twinkle Poddar and Neha Agarwal. The two friends gradually turned their hobby of soap making into a passionate home business using ingredients from their kitchen like aloe vera, turmeric, cucumber, neem, saffron, almonds etc. They also make bath salts as well as lip balms from organic beeswax. They are soon extending their product line to hair serums, face masks and foot scrubs. I ran into them at an exhibition where I purchased half a dozen soaps in varieties like neem, chocolate, oatmeal, cucumber, basil and fullers earth and after using some of them, I am very happy with the results. They hope their Diwali platter will give you an indulgent home spa between the rush and fatigue of the festivities!
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/La-alma/
Call – 9830131414
Chocotarian-with love and confection
Founder Surbhi Jain believes in maintaining strict hygiene levels and premium ingredient quality where her home baking is concerned. Her desserts are 100% egg less and are best eaten on the same day and stay fresh for upto 3 days. Surbhi hates the idea of preservatives which is why you know that whatever you are eating from the Chocotarian is as safe as it is indulgent. This Diwali Chocotarian has some beautiful platters including cracker shaped chocolates to make you celebration a memorable one.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/chocotarian/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/chocotarian/
Call – 98367 37712
Lakdi Ki Kaathi
Lakdi ki Kaathi specializes in crafting memorable, handmade lifestyle products by up-cycling and recycling material. Most products are crafted in wood and etched with simplicity. The designs are healing, soulful and surprisingly enduring. Founder Tushina is a practicing Pranic healer and uses her knowledge of the Pranas to bless some of the hadcrafted pieces as per the clients requirements. Some of her artwork is especially soothing to the eyes. Lakdi ki kaathi offers handcrafted designer life-style utility and decorative products/gift items such as name plaques, wall paintings, magazine holder, Trays, Jewellery Boxes, Planter hangings, etc.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/tushinagoyal/
Call – 9830580777
Token of Love
Sneha from Token of Love specializes in Platters, Return Gifts, Cards, Wooden Products, Name Tags, Home Decor, Customization. I especially like their utility products such as make up organizers, remote stands, magazine stands, etc. They also make good corporate gifting platters and this Diwali they have incorporated the Taash Party as well while planning their Diwali theme.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/tokensoflove123/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/tokensoflove123/
Call – 905185906
Baked and Burnt
I was impressed from the word go with Baked and Burnt at Hipwic’s LIT party where founder Arpit Agarwal was food partner. He has a thing for sauces, because he believes that sauces can make or break a meal. I am a huge fan of his Alfredo sauce, which is so creamy and just perfect! All of Baked and Burnt’s sauces are made with premium ingredients and they have a strict no preservative policy. So, one must store these sauces which come in neat mason jars in the freezer to make them last longer. I think a platter with Basil Pesto, Marinara, Hummus, Alfredo and Nachos is the great gift for snack fan like me at a Diwali party !
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/bakedandburnt/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/bakedandburnt/
Call – 9007001981
PICKLE INC – Chicken and Mutton Pickles
Surprised? Don’t be. Because why should non vegetarians not have an ideal Diwali gifting option for themselves?
Fashion Designer Rini Seal also loves to cook apart from creating fashionable and affordable clothing in the modern fashion community. Her Boneless Chicken and Mutton pickles became such a hit among her friends and family, that she had to give into their demands of launching them commercially. Pickle Inc. pickles are all home made and contain no chemicals or preservative. These can be eaten with rice, rotis, parathas, omelettes and even dosas. A jar each of Pickle Inc’s Chicken and Mutton pickle should be an interesting gift for your non vegetarian friends!
You can purchase these pickles at Cafe Drifter at Lake Terrace, or place orders with Rini.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pickleinc2017/
Call – 098302 95929
Prices of all products are available on request with the individual brands.