Diwali 2020: From health-conscious food hampers to baklavas and traditional mithai, here's your festive gift guide
Diwali is much more than a festival. It is a melange of memories, emotions and a celebration that binds everyone together. While most of you aren't stepping out as much as you would like to, the festivities shouldn't stop, and neither should the tradition of exchanging gifts that everyone looks forward to on this occasion. But, of course, more cautiously.
To ensure that the festival is just as bright, INDULGE has put together a gifting guide. We have some great options for all the health-conscious, and what's more, is that these items can be ordered from the comfort of your home.
1. The Whole Truth
For Diwali, The Whole Truth has introduced Protein Bar-Fis - a natural, clean, veg and ethical Diwali barfi. Each Bar-Fi is actually a mini protein bar, filled with dry fruits like cashews, almonds, dates & berries (all-natural, no added sugar). They even do the job of Kaju Katli since more than 40% of these Bar-Fis are just cashews. Consumers have two options to choose from – one of 16 Bar-Fis and the other with 10 Bar-Fis. Each box comes with scented candles.
Price: INR 750 onwards
Send a taste of Turkey to your loved ones this festive season with Hurrem’s which has introduced a range of luxe gift hampers to take your celebrations a few notches higher. Their hampers, available in various options, contain a variety of authentic sweets and confectioneries, including 100% vegetarian and handcrafted Turkish baklava, lokums i.e. traditional Turkish Delights as well as exquisite dates, premium nuts and dried fruits.
Hurrem's has also introduced a bespoke gifting option, The Krall Luxury Hamper (INR 20000 onwards), which contains the best of Hurrem’s signature offerings and is packaged in the most beautiful hand-painted and hand-carved wooden boxes.
Price: INR 500 onwards
Availability: Hurrem’s Turkish Baklava Confectionery at Fort, Mumbai and Foodhall at Linking Road, Mumbai
Related: With Hurrem’s, India gets its first authentic Turkish Baklava store in Mumbai
With organic date farms nestled in a fertile oasis of Saudi Arabia, Bateel brings the best from tree to table by transforming a desert fruit into indulgent luxury. Packed with essential minerals including calcium, iron,
zinc, copper, magnesium and high levels of potassium – Dates are considered a complete superfood.
Price: INR 2830 onwards
4. Epiphany Snacks
This Diwali, replace your traditional dry fruit offerings with innovative and flavoursome dry fruit clusters from Epiphany Snacks. Packaged with all-natural ingredients, Epiphany Snacks - a healthy and vegan snacking brand brings a variety of gifting hampers. While Epiphany Festive Gift Set are assortments of all four product variants namely, Blueberry Almond Crisps, Cranberry Almond Crisps, California Pistachio Crunch and Almond Vanilla Crunch, the Epiphany Festive Duo Gift Set comprises of two variants each of the health snack while the Mini Gift Set consists of mini packs of all four variants. The hamper of health comes in eco-friendly packaging in wooden and cardboard boxes.
Price: INR 449 onwards
5. La Folie
To spoil your loved ones rotten, Chef Sanjana Patel and her team at La Folie have put together a selection of bean to bar chocolates, enrobed pralines, confitures, macarons, celebration cakes and more for its Diwali hampers that are completely customizable. While Shades of Joy includes 1 bean-to-bar chocolate, 1 jar coated nuts and 1 box of cookies, all, of your choice, Grandeur Affection offers an assorted box of sweet goodies.
Price: INR 1000 onwards
6. The Gift Studio
The Gift Studio specialises in luxury gift hampers, carefully curated to match sensibilities of your loved ones. While Netflix & Chill Trunk (INR 6799) contains delightful snacks that act as the perfect accompaniment for a night (&day) of Netflix binging - from savoury to chocolates and even coffee, its On Cloud Wine (INR 9,999) hamper contains a bottle of red wine and an array of cheesy nibbles that go amazingly well with wine. For all health-conscious people out there, it also has a Farmer's Market Fruit Hamper (INR 2,749) and a Vegan Goodie Box (INR 4,299).
Availability: www.thegiftstudio.com, delivering to Mumbai and Kolkata.
7. Nourish Organics
Nourish Organics, a homegrown clean food company, has curated gifting hampers with a range of their signature products that are free of processed sugar, preservatives, genetically modified foods, trans-fats or artificial flavour. These hampers contain items like Onion Poha, Fig Amaranth Cookies, Honey Roasted Almonds, Honey Roasted Walnuts, Omega Seed Mix and Cocoa Crunch Granola.
Price: INR 1120 onwards
Thoughtfully curated by founder Vanika Choudhary, Sequel's festive hampers that will make an ideal gift for the health-conscious foodies in your life. The Diwali hamper contains cacao & pistachio truffles, granola, mixed seed & chocolate florentines, smoked apple chutney, Gondhraj lemon & vanilla madeleines, essential oil-infused soy-wax diyas and, in keeping with current times, a bottle of natural, alcohol-free sanitizer.
Price: INR 3500
Available via 24 hours of pre-order only at its BKC, Kala Ghoda and Bandra outlets for pick-up, and on sequelmumbai.in. Call 7506677710 to place your order.
The gourmet food superstore Foodhall has curated an array of hampers, platters, and boxes to please every taste, requirement, and budget this Diwali. From luxurious chocolates and mithai, and gourmet snack boxes to cuisine centric hampers and fruit hampers, there is something for everything.
Price: INR 850 onwards
Availability: Foodhall outlets in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, and Bengaluru
10. Traditional Mithais
a. ITC Grand Central/ITC Maratha
With the festive fervour setting in, ITC Hotels has curated a selection of festive delicacies to celebrate Diwali. The limited-edition hamper is handcrafted to perfection by their in-house chefs.
Price: INR 2200 onwards
To book, call 02267045118 and 02228303030
b. JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu
For Diwali, JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu has an exquisite collection of thoughtfully curated gift hampers, at price points to satisfy a variety of budgets. It's Diwali with Marriott gift hamper includes six exquisite and carefully selected Indian sweets (Cocotango, Nut Island, The Rosette, Silver Pistachio, The Golden Date and Gurh Mewa)
Price: INR 2500 onwards
To book, call 9004616506
11. 4700BC Popcorns
Gourmet Popcorn Brand, 4700BC Popcorns is serving more than 18 flavours across cheese, caramel, chocolate, and candy. The different flavours have been refined and funnelled to the levels of ‘micro microns’ to derive the unparalleled quality of taste, and can be an ideal gift for those who love popcorns.
Price: INR 499 onwards
12. The Artful Baker
Known for artisanal bread and finely crafted desserts, The Artful Baker presents an assortment of curated gift hampers this Diwali. The hampers feature handcrafted yummy treats such as chocolate and cranberry cookies, Banana and walnut loaf, roasted nuts, cranberry & pistachio granola, and much more.
Availability: Delivering in Delhi and Mumbai via Zomato
Gifting studio Impressions is bringing a wide range of glacéd treats and exclusive gifting ideas under one roof. With a significant shift and inclination towards a healthier lifestyle that is seen this year, Impressions has curated a health-conscious hampers consisting of their signature Granobarz. This hamper can be customised with any number of the wholesome and delicious granola bars.
Price: INR 1500 onwards
Availability: Order via Instagram/impressionsmumbai
14. The Baker’s Dozen
This Diwali, Chef Aditi Handa's The Baker’s Dozen has launched a special edition called #HandmadeArt Collection to aid the preservation of Patan Patola weaves across India.
Paying homage to ancient India and its cultural roots, The Baker’s Dozen has launched an all-new festive collection, marrying traditional flavours such as cardamom, rose, lemon, pistachio, and sesame to create a deliciously remarkable, limited edition range of cakes, cookies, bake@home kits, and gift hampers.
Price: INR 170 onwards
Availability: thebakersdozen.in and all TBD outlets
15. The Mexican Box
This Diwali, with festivities taking on a more muted tone, consider giving the gift of food, courtesy The Mexican Box. With at-home celebrations taking centre stage this year, creating dining experiences at home for extended friends and family is what the festive trend will be all about. The Mexican Box, a premium Mexican cloud kitchen, offers a playful yet sophisticated menu of traditional Mexican dishes, as well as unique takes on some of the classics.
Mexican food is already designed to be enjoyed in groups, and The Mexican Box doesn’t disappoint on that front, and there are many options to choose from, including The Nacho Man and The Fajita Box. It also offers pre-mixed Mexican drinks that come ready to pour.
Price: INR 275 onwards
16. The Perch
The Perch Diwali Hamper is filled with delectable goodies ready to be shared with everyone, a perfect gifting option for your in-laws, boss, an intimate party or self- indulgence with your partner and family. From lip-smacking sauces and spreads like an in-house red wine and grape Violet mustard, Chunky Roasted Peanut Butter & Jelly spread, to something healthy for the occasion like Smoked Roasted Nuts, Marinated Olives and Jalapenos to Pickled Apricots – everything is made in-house with lots of love.
Price: INR 2750 onwards
Availability: Call 9820893375
17. Bombay Sweet Shop
Sweeten your festivities with Bombay Sweet Shop’s Diwali Collection, one that combines the warmth of nostalgia, with modern flavours, crafting a new tradition of Indian sweets that is nothing short of magic! While its ‘Badi Diwali Box’ (INR 4000) includes a box of 18 assorted Diwali Mithai, including Chocolate Butterscotch Barks, Indian Gummies and two Everything Chikki Bars, the ‘Choti Diwali Box’ (INR 3750) includes a box of 18, assorted Diwali Mithai, Kashmiri almonds, jumbo cashews, raisins, Indian Gummies and the Everything Chikki Bar. There is also a 'Diwali Dhamaka Bag' and 'Teen Patti Bag'.
Price: INR 2500 onwards
18. Ether Chocolate
The Mumbai-based chocolatier, Ether Chocolate has a collection of indulgent chocolate that unlike traditional chocolate bars come with absolutely no divisions. The Diwali Box, is a festive box of three tablets that are sure to impress all chocolate lover, however different their palette may be. For those looking for something closer to home, their Halwaii cake is a rediscovery of traditional, familiar flavours in elevated expressions - Green Pistachios with Damascus Roses play alongside a blend of three different origins of saffron: Kashmiri, Arabic and Spanish. Sealing the deal, traditional Halwaii sweet boondi brings rich textural recall to deserts of the great Indian provenance.
Price: INR 1500 onwards
19. Plate & Pint
Plate & Pint has launched exotic hampers for Diwali. While one of them sees scrumptious orange and almond tea cake paired with an array of signature brownies and cookies, the second hamper is an ode to tradition with a mixture of modern elegance and comprises of the gulab jamun cheesecake and motichoor panna cotta along with brownies and cookies.
Price: INR 499 onwards
Availability: Call 7045361991
20. Sheetal's Baked With Love
Known as the pioneers of the cupcake, Sheetal’s Baked with Love has launched a range of artisanal and scrumptious hampers rooted in tradition and filled with exquisite flavours of gourmet goodness for Diwali. Besides cupcake baskets, there is an array of traditional sweet luxurious offerings including the ol’ classic Baklava Cheesecake drizzled with pure honey, flavoursome Rasmalai Cake and the fusion Gulabjamun cupcakes.
Price: INR 1000 onwards
Availability: Call 9769559966
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