Bored of the same old Diwali gifts; crockery, glasses, Cadbury chocolates, Soan Papdi…. Blah! Well, we are, too. This festive season let’s dismiss the monotonous stuff and look at more thoughtful gifts. We scoured the options available across Punjab, and must we admit, there’s some great talent out there. Pick one (or all) and show your dear ones some thoughtful love. There’s something for every taste and budget.
Cookie’s Jar – By Geet n Vir
There couldn’t be a better gift than desserts and there couldn’t be a Dessert Heaven better than Cookie’s Jar – By Geet n Vir! So these guys are a name to reckon with in Chandigarh, and know just how to churn crowd pleasers! All of the cakes by them are unique, in their flavour as well as presentation; your cakes and cookies will look almost too good to eat. For Diwali, order their beautiful baskets/hampers full of goodies – Jars of Rockyroads, Brownie Loafs, Baskets with Cakes, Pack of Brownies et all. With quality ingredients, unexpected flavours and the promise of great service, this place has the most well-made treats we’ve had in a while.
Where: House No 3380, Sector 46C, Chandigarh
How about gifting someone a piece of a Fairtytale?! Undoubtedly Punjab’s original creative space, Bohemian Homes is a veritable treasure trove for some very fine and whimsical stuff. This place is a must-visit if you’re looking for home décor with that extra edge. From something as exquisite as their mirrors and lighting concepts to eclectic items like cushions in pop up hues, Bohemian Homes finds its design inspiration from different cultures and eras to bring to the fore something truly exclusive. They’ve got an array of items like Jaali Panels, Cage Light Chandeliers, Vintage Table Clocks, Vintage Frames, Ceramic Jewelery Boxes etc. waiting to be picked to adorn homes of your family and friends this Diwali.
Where: 5/18 – A, Sirhind side, Near Ajnali Gate, G T Road, Mandi Gobindgarh
If your loved ones are fitness buffs, love traditional edibles and cannot make them (the way most of us can’t), Mom’s Homemade has your back.Gift your family and friends hampers laden with with goodness, wellness, taste and love. Comprising Atta Ghee Biscuits, a Jar of Diet Chiwra, a Jar of Healthy mix roasted dryfruits (Flaxseeds, Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds, Foxnut, Pumpkin seeds etc.), Pinnis made with Jaggery, Flax Seeds Assorted Pickles etc., these hampers cater to the taste buds of everyone. Here’s to a sweet and savory Diwali!
These are the kind of Diwali gifts that make memories. Where beauty meets utility! Sew Pretty lives true to its name, everything is sewn and emroidered to perfection and soooo pretty. The stuff here is far from usual, very exquisite and tasteful. Choose from beautiful crisp linen and bed essentials of a very high quality with perky motifs sitting pretty on them. The place is stocked with quilted bed spreads, cushions, embroidered sheets and towel sets, dining sheets, table mats, tea cozies, runners, depending on your budget.
Where: House No. 87, Sector 8 A, Chandigarh
Glimpsess The Furniture Studio
This hidden gem tucked in Phagwara celebrates Indian crafts and design traditions like none other. Everything about this place oozes aesthetics and creativity! The furniture section here is a paradise for those on the lookout for something classy, durable and unique. Customised and styled beautifully, functionality is in sync with finesse in each of the pieces. Their range of accessories is also diverse; exquisite, handcrafted artefacts, and small quaint additions like wall art, lamps, pottery etc. carefully collected from various parts India. The focus is on quality and exclusivity – you’ll find stuff here that you won’t get to see in most commercial stores, and it’ll all be authentic. Certainly a one stop shop haven for the rarest home decor and furniture, and worth a special trip to Phagwara.
Where: Phagwara – jalandhar Highway, Near Convent School, Phagwara