By Garima Bakshi

You don’t have to be gifted with powerful maternal/paternal instincts to adore kids – they’re cute and cuddly, and if you manage to get on their right side, you are showered with affection! Whether you’re a Masi, Uncle, Chachi, Didi or Bhaiya, there’s an easy way into the hearts of little toddlers, and it involves one simple step – pampering them. So if you’ve just become a Bua or a Didi and are looking to get in the good books of your nephews and god kids, here’s a handful of places around town that are our favourite for clothing and accessories shopping for kids.

Parents and relatives, get set to shop for the little cuties!

GOOD EARTH | This store has a cute little section on the ground floor for kids, stocked with blankets with engaging patterns and tiny shirts with ladybird and elephant prints. There’s also a section on the first floor with Indian wear for toddlers!

Our Pick | Printed Quilts and cushions

Where | Shop #9 Khan Market

Price | INR 700 upwards {approx.}

ALMIRAH | Similar to Good Earth, but bigger, Almirah is a one stop shop for everything related to kids’ clothes. Little onesies, tiny lehengas or animal print shirts, you’ll find it here.

Our Pick | Animal Print Shirts

Where | 38, Meherchand Market

Price | INR 700 upwards {approx.}

KAC | We chanced a pop inside Kac, and we didn’t regret it! This is a store for the kid that likes to make a statement.Check out the t- shirts with printed messages saying, “My mom is amazing” and “I love my lil bro”.

Our Pick | Cute Onesies

Where | 44, Basement, Meherchand Market

Price | INR 500 upwards {approx.}

TWOFEET | From salwar-kameez sets to ethnic shirts, the Twofeet collection was inspired by South Africa. Think beads, colours and geometric patterns, yet Indian.

Our Pick | Pretty lehengas in bright colours

Where | MoonRiver, D-16 Defence Colony

Price | On request

MANDIRA | Mandira stocks itself with Indian clothes for the lil’ tykes. Available here: silk, brocade, chanderi… the works. Perfect for the kid who is the heartthrob at shaadis, this store also makes customized clothing.

Our Pick | Indian clothes in silk, chanderi

Where | 25, Santushti Shopping Complex, Race Course Road

Price | INR 3000 {approx.}

FABINDIA | Fabindia has a huge variety of prints, patterns and colours in handmade shirts, blouses and even little dhotis for kids. It’s where you go to get bright, summery clothes for toddlers to frolic about in, or silk kurtas for the winter.

Our Pick | Little Dhotis

Where | Branches all over Delhi

Price | INR 500 upwards {approx.}

COTTAGE EMPORIUM | This seemingly endless building housing Indian handicrafts has festive wear as well as daily-wear for kids. It also has quirky, organic toys and games to keep kids entertained.

Our Pick | Ethnic Wear

Where | Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan, Janpath

Price | On request

BAHRISONS BOOKSHOP FOR KIDS | Getting kids to start reading books is the best gift of all, and where better to start looking than BahriSons Kids’ bookstore? Pick out colourful, pictorial fairytales or start the kids off with their first Enid Blyton – this store has it all.

Our pick | Curious George

Where | Flat #6, Khan Market

Price | On request