Ipsita posted on 14th June

Present Perfect: Gift Shops In Delhi We Keep Going Back To

It may not fall in the top 10 dilemmas of our lives, but deciding on a gift for a friend or family still remains one of the toughest things to do. It involves discussion, asking for help, shortlisting things, deciding on what to buy, doubting your choice, and then going empty-handed or with a lame bunch of flowers to avoid looking like a miser.

Well, while we’re no magicians who can completely eradicate the stress from a gift-deciding process, we sure can make life a little simpler by telling you our favourite shops we rely on for our gifting needs. Which ones have you shopped from?

Chumbak

No matter what your budget is for gifting, Chumbak has a variety of things you can choose from. From keychains and fridge magnets to owl bobble-heads and colourful coffee mugs, finding a gift here should be easy peasy.

Price: Starting at INR 95

Playclan

We love the design sensibility at Playclan, so whether it’s a simple coaster {or gorgeous leather ones}, notebooks and journals {featuring autos and our beloved Ambassador car}, colourful cushion covers, wallets, or T-shirts, everything here is worth considering for a potential gift.

Price: Starting at INR 395

Crazy Daisy

Crazy Daisys a tiny shop full of knick-knacks we love going when we’ve to pick something up for not just our friends, but also when we feel the need to shower ourselves with some love {hey, it happens sometimes}. We love their plate and mug collections, decorative trays, single candle stands {in the shape of owls and tiny chairs!}, and room fresheners & diffusers.

Price: Starting at INR 220 for mugs

Accessorize

Accessorize sells…well, accessories, no prizes for guessing there. Stocked up with gorgeous backpacks, satchels and totes, pretty neckpieces and earrings, and beachy sandals & flip flops, Accessorize is a great pick if you have a decent budget and a picky lady to please.

Price: Starting at INR 400

Happily Unmarried

Perhaps the first name that pops into our head when we have a present to buy, Happily Unmarried stocks awesome items with rather fun and quirky quotes and sayings in a desi-phoren lingo. Shot glasses, beer mugs, chai cups, coasters, doormats, key holders—plenty to choose from here.

Rickshaw Recycle

If you have a friend who likes stationery and has a love for recycling, Rickshaw Recycle is right up their alley. Pen stands, pretty tea light holders, wall art, notebooks or even stunningly intricate coffee tables {made of paper!}—no matter what you pick from here, your friend is sure to like it.

Casa Pop

Got a friend who loves colour? Casa Pop has plenty of that to offer in the form of decorative trays and boxes for your cosmetics and perfume, wine bags, candles, lamps, cushions and more. Go here if you’ve got a friend who loves dotting his/her space with good design and pops of colour.

Price: Starting at INR 500

Timings: 10am – 7pm {Santushti Shopping Complex}; 10am – 10pm {Ambience Mall}

Home Décor Stores

The Wishing Chair

This shop is one fantasy land, if you ask us. We love the cute teapots and tea-sets, faux flowers and plants to put on your bathroom shelves, candles, decorative lights, and tea light holders. We say there’s no need to even wait for a friend’s birthday to visit this place—head there and buy yourself lots of things and walk out with a big smile plastered on your face.

Price: Starting at INR 250

Multitude

Multitude is the ideal shop to head to when you need to procure a gift for someone and you’re not really sure what to get. From lamps made out of painted Chivas and Old Monk bottles to funky crockery in chevron prints, colourful mason jars and bottles, mugs, coaster and other knick knacks, there’s a multitude of things to pick from.

Price: Starting at INR 200

Home Décor Stores

Fragrance People

We all have a friend who loves lighting scented candles around the house {or even the bathroom, for a spa-like scene}. For them, Fragrance People’s got plenty of aromatic goods to choose from—candles, diffusers, incense, potpourri, and more.

The range of fragrances available here includes Fresh Cut Roses, Lavender Fields, Green Tea, Lemongrass, Sandalwood, Midnight Jasmine, Sea Breeze, Christmas Collection, and Citronella. We are slightly biased towards the Midnight Jasmine range for its soothing floral notes.

Price: Starting at INR 199

Tatsat

Tatsat is bursting with an array of handicrafts and knick knacks from different artisans across the country. There’s something for everyone here—from preset gift hampers and cutesy bird earrings for teens to silk saris and incense sticks {they have a coffee dhoop batti to make your room smell divine} to home items such as lamps, trays, coasters, frames and platters. It’s, however, equally useful for when you want to treat yourself to some retail therapy.

Price: Starting at INR 20 for a handmade bookmark, INR 1500 {approx.} for a stole