Just as the headline says, this is the mother of all gifting recommendations. From Diwali Gifting to Pujo Gifting and Christmas Gifting to New Year's Gifting to gifting for tea and coffee lovers to gifting for gadget geeks, find everything you need become the best gifter. Also, save this recommendation. You know for future purposes.
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All Things Beauty
If you are torn between options or just don’t know where to start, fret not! We’ve got you covered. Check out the Handcrafted Luxury Bath Gift Box by The Soap Company India that comes in a beautiful velvet box. The gift box consists of Rose Soap, Desir Soap, Rose Body Wash and Desir Body Wash and is priced at INR 836. If you are looking to gift your friend or someone special a start to a sustainable lifestyle when it comes to beauty and body care, then check out the Happiness Gift Bundle by Bare Necessities that contains everything you need for eco-friendly and sustainable bath time. The bundle consists of two soaps, one coffee scrub, a beeswax lip balm and lavender bath salts. They come in reusable glass packaging which is great for us and the environment.
You can also check out the All About Body Kit by Almitra Sustainables that contains soaps, bath salts, organic loofah and a bamboo razor priced at INR 1345. Know someone who just became a parent? Then we have just the right gift option. Buy the Rustic Art baby care bundle that has Coconut Nectar Baby Shampoo, Baby Soap, Organic Aloe Almond Baby Lotion, Organic Aloe Turmeric Baby Wash Concentrate at INR 1450. If you are looking to gift makeup products then check out our curated list and you’ll be loved more this festive season.
All Things Snacks & Beverages
You may peg food lovers as easy to please when it comes to gifts, but, but! consider varied tastes a spanner in the works. Got you second-guessing, haven't we? Lucky for you we've also got the perfect solution. All you have to do is happy dance your way to the Snacks & Beverages section on Shop On LBB and you're pretty much sorted. Believe us when we say this, 'cause for you and your loved ones we have curated only the best across the spectrum. For instance, if that special someone is crazy about breakfast for every meal, we've got spreads and jams from this Bacon, Maple & Whiskey number to this divine Espresso Almond Butter With South Indian Coffee & Jaggery. No, we haven't forgotten about cereals, silly! The ones we stock up on also win for health, like these Ragi Flakes or Quinoa Choco Puffs. Dealing with a true blue snacker, are we? Get them a bunch of chips and popcorn.
Could be Sweet Potato Barbecue Chips, Caramel Coconut Chips, or a combo of Sour Cream Wasabi Cheese and Sriracha Lime Popcorn. We're aren't messing around when it comes to Indian snack options either. Khakras, Ladoos, Mixtures, even ready-to-eat Bhel Puri abound in this section. We’re also in love, loving the beverages from Indie brands on Shop! Think every imaginable type of Coffee and Tea, Alcohol Mixers and Kombuchas. Here are some of our faves: Toyo Kombucha Combo Pack, Cohoma Coffee Experience Hamper, and & Stirred Cocktail Mix Pack Of 12. All this said, what you've just read is only the tip of the snackberg on LBB. If all else fails, we suggest spending some time and putting together a special hamper of your own!
All Things Coffee
With the love for artisan coffee, and any Indian coffees, only increasing, this caffeinated elixir also makes for a wonderful gift. Our current favourite from Maverick & Farmer is the Clouds In My Coffee, their take on the Monsoon Malabar coffee. It’s perfect for a chocolatey and nutty flavour. For the perfect South Indian filter coffee, we would 100% advise the Purist Blend from Farm Gate Coffee. No second thoughts! The Indo-Columbian blend by Coffee First makes a great cold brew, and it’s perfect if you want to give something strong but not overpowering.
Want to give that night owl something to look forward to? GO RIGHT AHEAD. The After Hours blend by Classic Coffee is made just for that! Mellow, flavourful and rather smooth, it’s perfect to unwind with. So, be it an assortment of coffees for those just starting out and want it almost ready-made or pros with Moka Pots and French Presses already at their breakfast table, there’s plenty to give in the coffee department.
All Things Home Accents
Oh, so you're friend's got a new home? Or you're heading for a big fat Diwali taash party? Or got a crazy decor junkie in your life? Well, well! In most of these events or yearly occasions, home accents and accessories are the safest bet and are truly loved and appreciated. For those on a shoestring budget, we're excited to share these finds with you. We've found 10 home accents which look expensive but are not. All of these are chic, elegant and make perfect gifts. Who doesn't love a sweet-smelling home or a space which just radiates good vibes? From scented candles to reed diffusers, gift your loved ones these magical beauties which will turn their home into a paradise.
Pop of colour, drama and funkiness. Say hello to the quirkiest cushion covers. These tiny little pieces can drastically elevate one's space and are sure to grab eyeballs. Truly love them and are happy to splurge? Opt for some luxury kitchenware and cutlery. Damn, who'd not like this super fancy set. Lucky them! And lastly, a cute little planter for their home garden or work desk can bring a bright smile to anyone's face. Find the cutest plant hangers, owl-themed planters and wicker baskets here.
All Things Tea
Tea has been one of the most enduring beverages of humankind. A perfect pick-me-up for when you are low, be it for your body or mind. No wonder then, tea remains the most loved beverage around the world. If ideas are brewing in your head about what to give the tea lover in your life and you are coming up short, we got your back on this one! With so many unique options to explore when it comes to tea today, you can really amp up your gifting game. Check out our lists of the most artisanal, offbeat and delectable tea brands that tea devotees would love sipping on.
Know a friend who is forever hyperventilating? Gift them calm in a cup with the heady elixir of tea, spices and herbs from the Dancing Leaf. Vahdam Teas have beautifully packed sampler packs that make for great gifts. Be it single-estate teas, signature blends or organic options, Vahdam has you sorted. If you wish to fire up your Insta (and that of your friends too!) with stunning packaging that’s as good as the tea it holds (if not better), then don’t miss checking out No.3 Clive Road and The Hillcart Tales. Instaworthy AF!
Let us also help you a little with tea paraphernalia that die-hard tea lovers will really appreciate. Quirky infusers, fancy mugs, charming kettles, dainty spoons and the works. Gift your loved ones the magic that a simple cup of chai can create.
All Things Men's Grooming
With Durga Puja, Dussehra, Navratri, Diwali and Bhaidooj just around the corner, people might be left scratching their heads about what gifts to get for their hubbies, boyfriends, brothers, dads or besties. All we can say is, just explore the men's grooming section on LBB and Bob's your uncle! Start exploring the combos and kits available in the Shop On LBB section. The total de-tan regime from The Man Company can give one’s face the much needed TLC. Satliva Nature Nurtures' men's grooming essentials combo consists of hemp with shea butter and activated charcoal soap bar, hemp with Jojoba face and body oil, beard n mooch cream and orange lip balm, which we think is the ultimate gifting combo pack.
If the man you know has an extra sensitive skin when it comes to shaving, the shaving trio from Spruce Shave Club consisting of a pre-shave oil, shaving gel and an aftershave balm is the ideal choice. If your male friend is into makeover sessions (because, why not?), check out these products for men's make-up. Facing a budget problem? These skincare products are under INR 500! Finally, for the man who is too conscious about his hair, these conditioners are just what they would need in their cupboard!
All Things Women's Fashion
If you are someone who loves to shop which majorly includes apparel and your loved ones are too, then we are dead sure that you are going to have a blast shopping for yourself or to gift someone some of the coolest t-shirts, festive-wear or best of the winter-wear (oh yes, it’s close by).
In recent, we have been majorly crushing over The Link Studio’s super pretty and comfy ethnic-wear while Suta's saris and lehengas always have our heart. But yes, we do get you that all the staying at home has made us live in our leisure active-wear and we love these active-wear brands because they are just not cool but they help you work (fashionably).
By the way, if you are broke (we feel you), then do not worry and invest in these best budget brands for amazing footwear, accessories, and apparel. Also, we even hear that 2020 is all in for trendy Kaftans and we checked out some of these amazing stores where you can get the prettiest of the lot - so, don’t you worry; we are sure your gifting for the coming festive season is all going to be sorted. Now, don’t worry and start looking.
All Things Men's Fashion
Fashion never goes out of fashion when it comes to gifting. And no festivity is ever complete without some gorgeous ethnic wear. Our pick this season would be the Ajrakh, Ikat, and Bagru printed kurtas and shirts from Nishabd. They're light, bright, and oh so right. Harago is another handloom gem we would highly recommend. It's slow, Indian, bespoke fashion, and has a kind of understated luxury feel about it. If the person you're gifting to is more of a casual dresser, then these printed shirts are just what they need. You'll also find a mix of dressy and fun embroidered cotton poplin shirts at Noonoo. Happiness, guaranteed.
Don't just stick to apparel though. Men love their accessories, too. These lifetime warranty leather bags, rucksacks, wallets, and duffel bags from Beast Craft are the bomb. So are the leather shoes and kohlapuris from these local Indian brands. Sock fanatics will adore these funky socks and if you want a sock box, then SockSoho is your friend. Also also, before you go, winter is definitely coming and these grandma knitted beanies, socks, and scarved from GranMade are sure to keep your giftee warm and happy.
All Things Stationery
Hold up, did someone say stationery? With the festive season inching closer (as do the gazillion birthdays) it’s about time we get ready with our gifts. Now, if you’re stumped for ideas, how about we help you out with some really cool stationery, huh? For that friend who is into some serious journaling and elegant stationery, this brand Pennline has some really fine leather journals and refined pens. A little humour (with a dash of quirky) every once in a while does no harm and that’s precisely why we have Nautankishala. As is suggestive from the name, they have a wonderful range of quirky products that are definitely gift-worthy.
Moving towards sustainable stationery, Aeon Stationery has tons of eco-friendly journals and notebooks made with recycled paper that make for thoughtful (and conscious) gifts. If your siblings spend a considerable amount of time in the kitchens, then Paperit has gorgeous 79 pager cookbooks out of which 12 are solely dedicated to ingredients and cooking directions. Shopping for booklovers can be cumbersome (we know) and if you’re struggling with what to give them, here’s everything you can give them apart from books. And there’s plenty more where that came from.
All Things Gadgets
Festive season -- be it Diwali or Christmas -- nothing like giving your tech-loving family and friends some cool gadgets. We've curated some of the coolest tech guides over time -- like for instance this list of Bluetooth speakers under INR 3,000 that features one of our favourites, the JBL Go 2. For those who love all things smart homes, apart from just getting the Amazon Echo Dot, check out this listicle on smart devices for you home. We even have this cool listicle on pet gadgets you can get. It's got this cool electric nail clipper that we think makes life all too easy. You can find all the cool gadgets recommendations we have done by checking out this link.
All Things Fashion & Accessories
What's the festive season without accessories, right? And if you know someone who can't step out the door (or get on a video call) without their OOTD accessorised to the tee, then here are some fab options to make their day shine. For that friend who loves all things hatke, these indie silver jewellery brands think outside the box. If you're enamoured already, these brands do interesting jewellery too! I'm personally a fan of Shop Lune for Minimal accessories and Potli for ethnic styles.
If you’re all about the traditional route, here are some awesome brands doing Indian jewellery. Now, we've all got that one suave friend who actually bothers with a tie and for them, something from the Tie Hub or Peluche make for a stylish gift, while Wood I Bow Tie has quirky (and kinda cool) options for something different. If you're on a budget, don't worry! Bags make for great gifts too, and these below INR 1,000 are bound to do the trick. If that’s not enough, you’ll find lots more gifting options here and here!
Ace The Festive Gifting Game
The Festive season is upon us! Who are we kidding, it's always close to a festival in India. From Dussera, all the way till New Year (and more, if you’re South Indian). If you’re looking for festive gifting ideas, but don’t quite know what qualifies as a ‘festive gift’, blindly go for personalized gifts and win brownie points. If you’re gifting a friend something useful, consider a must-have gadget for the kitchen (they will thank you in kind with food!). They live in an apartment, you say? Fear not, they'll thank you for helping them clear up space at home to decorate for the festival with these options. Since lighting is at the heart of many of our celebrations, consider gifting an artsy yet warm light.
If you’re going home to meet family and want to give your mum (or aunt, grandmum, cousin, sister, bff) a saree in true tradition, consider a hand painted saree, and maybe a bow tie or few for the boys. There’s also the option of gifting something, unique, and thoughtful if you know the person well enough. If none of these options work for you, just get one of our gift sets!
All Things Kitchen
Your friend just moved into a new home and is looking for stuff for the kitchen? Well, well, we have some kickass options for you! If ceramics is what your friend or family loves, then these brands should sort you out - earthy and elegant pieces that make for great gift ideas. There’s also Ware Innovations for marble ware. Their plates, platters, tissue boxes, coasters and more are made of Italian marble and hand-carved. Friend crazy about all things retro? Then the brassware from Kohana Homes should get him/her all excited! But if sustainability is the main criteria, then Codesustain’s range of eco-friendly mugs, plates, bowls and placemats are the perfect gift option. For a more organised and functional option, check out Azyeea - they’ve got coasters, table organisers and serving trays made of faux leather (say goodbye to stains!). If your friends like a little quirk in the kitchen, then Ta.da’s range of hand-drawn ceramic dinnerware will have them jumping in joy! You can also check out Blank Slate Home for copper, stainless steel and wooden crockery options.
All Things Fine & Flavourful
Nothing quite adds that buzz to the festive season like delicious snacks and treats. Aah! The joy of giving and receiving seasonal delights and coming together with your loved ones. This festive season too, we’re here to help you pick out only the best snacking combos and hampers (duh!) you can pamper your faves with. How about making it a fun date with these delectable nutty treats from The Date House? If sweets are a must, there are mithai boxes from Misht, our favourite gulab jamuns from Norfolk and even badaam halwa for you to choose from. Of course, there are chocolates too! We’re having a hard time choosing between Rage’s truffle boxes, Dear Chocolate’s assortment box and Royal Beans’ 3-D chocolate boxes, but can you really blame us?
If variety is what you’re seeking, then take your pick from these 10 curated snack boxes and we bet you’ll feel sorted! Extravagance is always an option, so if you lovely folks are feeling super generous, you can also browse through artisanal chocolates from Ether, spreads from The Gourmet Jar and more to spoil your folks. One thing is a given - regardless of what you choose, it’s going to be delightful!