It all started with us handing over a list of things to our grandparents, friends or family, who were either travelling overseas or coming back to the homeland during the summer break. Then with the great shift in technology, we could order stuff online from international brands. Of course, that included paying a hefty sum on import duties and also a lot of guilt. Well, not anymore because we've hit the jackpot with Modern Quests. Headquartered in Delhi, this online store curates lifestyle products from over 50 international brands and many local ones too.
Modern Quest is like Amazon for products sourced from international brands. A slight disclaimer - once you're on their website, it's not easy getting out. These folks have brands like Rusty Barrel in London; Werkhaus, Germany; Wouf, Spain; True Brands, Washington and so many more. Whiskey Decanters from UK, Imperial Heron Beauty Bag from Spain, Bolo Hanging Planter from Canada, Fiori Rosa Diffusers from Ireland - they've got gifts that cater to all kinds of tastes. They have a couple of Indian brands as well like Spin for stationery and furniture, Niana for fragrances, Mason Home for contemporary home decor and so on. These folks have single-handedly swiped away our gifting woes. Whether it's for your father who is very particular about his bar cabinet or your mum who is totally into gadgets, Modern Quests has something for everyone. We especially loved browsing through their Bar Accessories and Stationery section, it was like our one-way ticket around the world. It's hard to choose just one product because honestly, we love 'em all. But if we had to (gun to our heads), we'd go for the absolutely stunning Sailor Sunglasses Case (INR 2475) from this brand called Wouf in Spain and the black VW Van Pen Holder (INR 1595) which is a dwarfed version of the classic VW Minivan. The odds of you not being able to land on a perfect gift is almost zero but just in case you are stuck, their gift cards would work wonders (and also relieve you of the constant back and forth).
Considering the fact that most of their products are internationally sourced, their prices are decent and won't burn a (huge) hole in your pocket. All their products are purchased directly from the brands or their authorized dealers, so we wouldn't have to worry about the authenticity of these products.
Price: INR 495 onwards