Product Stylist & Photog Ambica Selvam Tells Us Her Top Gifts For A Perfect Home

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    When it comes to a keen eye for all things aesthetics and making your house truly pretty or straight out of Pinterest, we turn to Ambica Selvam. The product stylist, photographer, and blogger is our go-to person when we are looking for home decor and style inspo. So naturally, when it came to picking out the perfect gifts for the perfect home, we pinged her and the rest is history. Or well, this listicle. In this listicle of gifts for your home, Ambica has curated some top home decor products from some local brands. She loves being vocal for local and so do we! 

    The Hexa Lantern From The Purple Turtles

    The Purple Turtles is one of our favourite home decor brands based out of Bangalore. So much so, that we had to get them on Shop On LBB. Oh yes, you can now shop for The Purple Turtles planters and vases online on with LBB. Lest we digress, here's this beautiful lantern definitely makes for a great gift for anyone who loves adding a bit of shine to their place. 

    Why This Is Ambica's Pick: For the design and the fact it comes as a set of three. Simple glass and metal with brass finish makes for a contemporary look and can sit pretty inside the house as much it could lift the aesthetics of any outdoor space. 

    Price: INR 2,801

    Chhoti Tekam Gond Art From Okhai

    We like Okhai's handprinted apparel collection for women and we love that this NPO is all about bringing handcrafted apparel and lifestyle products that are crafted from artisans from across rural India. Their home decor section is a rabbit hole that will have you adding everything including this piece that Ambica has picked. 

    Why This Is Ambica's Pick: Love the artwork for the colours and contemporary brush strokes. It works for any home -- be it filled with traditional decor or something modern urban or even with minimal set-up. The Gond art philosophy is that good artwork brings good luck, making this a great festive gift too. 

    Price: INR 1,500

    Flower Box Fragrance From Shades Of Spring

    Shades Of Spring is a subscription-based flower delivery service in Bangalore that does a range of flowers such as sunflowers, orchids, blue daisies, shaded carnations, purple carnations, ornamental leaves (current hot favourite, eucalyptus), Birds of Paradise, the rose-like Eustoma and even massive chrysanthemums. If you spend plenty of time at home, you can subscribe to their boxes --weekly, fortnightly or monthly. And that's why Ambica recommends this too. According to her, they don't repeat an arrangement or do boring flowers as well. 

    Why This Is Ambica's Pick: The concept of a flower gift subscription is great because it keeps going to your loved ones for as long as you want, as opposed to giving something just once. Also, flower gift subscription makes for a wonderful festive time gift, because we all love to do up our homes with flowers.

    Price: INR 1,600

    Rocco Rug From Nestasia

    We turn to Nestasia for their kitchen and dinnerware collection that's based on the culture of South-East Asian countries and the traditional ways of going about their products. But we equally love shopping for elegant home decor, boho hand-woven rugs and so much from this store. Ambica agrees with us too with her pick of this beautiful rug that. 

    Why This Is Ambica's Pick: The beautiful colour and pattern inspired by Morocco, this rug is something that can add a lot of warmth, a touch of boho-chic or even contemporary feel to any living space. Plus, love unique weave pattern design. Also, beautiful pop of yellow makes it subtle and soothing. 

    Price: INR 4,950

    Brass Condiment Set From ConsciousCo

    The Brass Condiments Box- Small

    The Brass Condiments Box- Small

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    ConsciousCo our Shop On LBB brand for some tasteful and functional gifts for the home that will make you happy. Their brass products are our favourites especially their brass roti box and condiments box. Turns out Ambica loves them too. What are the odds? She tells us that she's in a rabbit hole of discovering some cool brands on Shop On LBB. We are going to run into her in that rabbit hole for sure. Lest we digress, back to the perfect gifts for the perfect homes. 

    Why This Is Ambica's Pick: Love the work on it and the look of it. Such a beautiful balance between vintage and modern. This stunning piece is a keeper. An absolute kitchen essential that could very well be an heirloom piece in any household. Makes for a precious gift -- festive or festive occasion.  

    Price: INR 2,399

    Macarame Cotton Table Runner From Ellementary

    It's like we say, if you want to design your dream kitchen, you turn to Ellementary's handcrafted collection of kitchenware and dining ware, and tableware. We have a few of their dinnerware pieces that we picked up from their Bangalore store and we love using it. We've always admired their tableware and linen collection, but now that Ambica has fully turned our attention to it, we can't help adding everything including this macrame cotton table runner to the cart. 

    Why This Is Ambica's Pick: Macrame is in vogue currently and nothing like keeping up with the trend. Such gorgeous weaves and a refreshing change from a macrame wall hanging. This table runner would make a special gift. So bohemian yet can beautifully blend in an set up because of the colour. 

    Price: INR 2,090

    Iron Planters From Pret Pourri

    An Instagram-based home decor brand, we've to thank Ambica for helping us discover Pret Pourri. From the looks of it, the brand is very much lives up to its bio for being a space for getting affordable, and homegrown, lifestyle products. These iron planters that come in a set of three is what Ambica has picked and we're already considering where to place there in our home. 

    Why This Is Ambica's Pick: These lovely brass planters are so simple and contemporary, subtle luxury both in style and the look.

    Price: INR 2,720

    Harmony Assorted Tea Cups From Minimal Indian

    We turn to Minimal Indian, a home decor label that has two product lines -- ceramic tableware and home textiles. And we love that every piece is handcrafted from start to finish. Their tableware is what we love and it features plates, saucers and trays (perfect for trinkets or tea bags), cups, goblets, tumblers and pasta or snack serving bowls with minimal designs of floral motifs or simple geometric patterns. These assorted teacups that Ambica has picked are a mix of both. 

    Why This Is Ambica's Pick: Absolutely love the minimal design and the delicate pattern and the shape of cups. Beautifully handmade and well priced for the kind of artisanal work that has gone in. A set of 4 of these teacups makes for a beautiful gift. 

    Price: INR 2,880

    Upcycled Home Decor Options From Kitsch Bits

    Our team in Goa loves Kitsch Bits for its handmade lamps, keyholders, furniture, tableware and fridge magnets that are all crafted out of waste. What's even more amazing is that you can also find shelves, an odd table or chair, homemade soaps and wooden plaques. There's tonnes of customised gifts, something which both Ambica and we love. Think The Beatles’ picture on a lampstand, a helmet stand created for a biker and this old tyre that's been repurposed into a balcony seating. 

    Why This Is Ambica's Pick: The idea of upcycling anything old and repurposed into something really beautiful and functional is always something that excites Ambica. And they make for a great gift. You can also share your ideas with the brand and leave the rest to them to figure out and execute. 

    Price: Starts from INR 350 and customised orders as per the work.