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Diwali 2017: Ditch the traditional mithai, try these quirky gift hampers


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With Diwali, our shelves are going to stack with the deep fried or sugar-coated delights which we tend to gift our friends and relatives and in-return get the same. In fact with such gifting options, both money and efforts go down the drain. Of late, the markets are filled with gift hampers comprising of everything from organic delights to teas. To set the gifting game right here is our gifting guide which will for sure spread a wide smile when the paper comes off.

Gourmet Store – For delectable surprises

Grand Hyatt_Diwali gift hamper 1Make the celebration memorable by gifting your loved ones chef treated treats by Gourmet Store. Choose from their pre-packed hampers that comprises of Assorted Macaroons, Cookies, Indian Sweets, Roasted Cashew, Pooja Diya, Hanging Diya, Incense Stick Box and Incense Stick Stand. You can also make your own personalised hamper by choosing from an array of traditional Diwali sweets and festive tokens. It also has multiple packaging options.

Where: Gourmet Store, Grand Hyatt Mumbai, Off Western Express Highway, Santacruz East
Cost: Rs 2500 and Rs 3999

Koko Works – For the chocoholic

Koffee WorksWhat’s the perfect way to win a person’s heart? Chocolate, we say! In all its variations and flavours it is our favourite. This Diwali indulge in artisanal flavours from Koko Works, the chocolate arm of cafe chain Koffee Works. It brings alive flavours that are favourite amongst one and all. The box comes with 12 unique flavours like rocky almond, cherry filled dark chocolate, white chocolate with saffron and pistachio, seasonal rose – white chocolate and Nutella centre filled chocolate, among others. The cafe has recently launched their third outlet in Chembur with an all-new menu in beverages and desserts.

Where: The Koffee Works, Shop Number 15, Ground Floor, Sri Sunder CHS Ltd, Opp. Diamond Garden, Sion Trombay Road, Chembur
Also, available at their Raghuleela Mall, Vashi and Kharghar outlets.
Cost: Rs 450 for a box of 12 chocolates

Iktaara – For quirky stuff

IktaaraDitch the mundane gifting options and take a look at Iktaara’s artistic range that makes for some thoughtful and interesting gifting options. Among the plethora of gifting option what caught our attention is their newest colouring book ‘Gods and Goddesses of India’, a testimony to our rich mythology and culture. The book gives detailed information about Hindu deities, making it apt not only for Diwali but for every upcoming festival. Your friends and family don’t just enjoy a therapeutic session of colouring but in the process can also learn a thing or two about our traditions and folklore. Iktaara also has a range of playing cards, lamps, incense boxes, personalised stationery and other formals gifts to choose from.
To order click here.

Where: Iktaara
Cost: Rs 499

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Papacream – For the icy treat

Papa Cream_Diwali hamperWrapped in a funky box, festooned with glitzy decorations and available to be personalised with initials, the hamper helps you earn instant brownie points with your host. Because ‘I scream you scream we all scream for ice cream’. The hamper contains two jars of ice creams of your choice. You can choose from Papacream’s new range of ice creams – Moti Choor, Pista Praline, Anjeer or Kaju Katli, Belgian Chocolate or Horlicks Nutella Pancake.

Where: Papacream, 18, Cambatta (Eros) Building, J.T Road, Churchgate
Also, available at their Churchgate and Juhu outlet.
Cost: Rs 2,500

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Advitya – For gifts made with love

AdvityaAdvitya is a creative centre for the specially gifted located in Santacruz. The centre trains students to add value to handicrafts product. The products include a range of products such as bags, office stationery, fridge magnets, diwali diyas, jewelry pouches, mobile holder, home decor and more. The intricate work of mirror, sequins, beads and patchwork are done by the children. The products are bright in colour and attractive, colours are used as therapy for the children
To order click here.

Where: Advitya, 2 – New Saket, Tagore road, near Sarla Nursing Home, next to Kanta House, Opp. Varista, Santacruz West
Cost: Rs 30 to Rs 650

Taj Mahal Tea House – For the tea connoisseur

taj Mahal_gift hamperMumbai’s favorite tea destination, the Brooke Bond Taj Mahal Tea House is delivering handcrafted excellence, exceptional tea experiences and aesthetic brilliance with their signature tea gifts, e-gift cards, exquisite tea and elegant teaware. For the festival of lights, the tea house has come up with a gift every tea connoisseur will love, a 24k gold plated tea gift box. You can also choose from a range of products such as Hindol gift set for two with Darjeeling 2nd Flush Tea/Assam Flaming Hue Tea/Assam Flaming Hue Tea.
To order click here.

Where: Taj Mahal Tea House
Cost: Rs 3,570 to Rs 3,855

Bigbasket – For fresh fruit boxes

Bigbasket Diwali giftWe all are aware of benefits of fruits. With the festive season, it is the time to nourish your body and not punish. Bigbasket’s Fresho fruit boxes contain a variety of fruits and allow one to choose from apples from Shimla, Kashmir, Washington, green pears to mini oranges, pomegranate, jumbo kiwi and more. To order click here. (

Where: Bigbasket.
Cost: 299

Mad Over Donuts – For the donut lover

Mad Over Donuts - Diwali BoxApart from their all-year range that has been a rage for a decade, Mad Over Donuts is constantly recreating new flavors to go with the mood of its patrons. With Diwali round the corner, MOD has curated an exiting that comprises nine mouth-watering donuts that will perfectly complement the festive season. Packed in a gorgeous gifting box MOD has come up with nine exciting flavors – Motichoor Donut, Kaju Katli Donut, Soanpapdi Donut, Milk Cake Donut, Gulab Jamun Donut, Choco Bomb, Double Trouble, Divine Crush and Dark Knight.

Where: Available at all Mad Over Donuts’ outlet
Cost: Rs 399