Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, is around the corner on 27 October. The festival marks the coming of the Hindu New Year and is traditionally celebrated with lights, traditional Indian sweets, bright festive clothing and time spent with loved ones.
But if you’re taking candles and Indian sweets to the party, chances are they’ll just pile up and become an eye sore… or rather, a tummy sore. Stand out as the best guest this year with our pick of unconventional gifts inspired by the festival of Diwali. Some of these can even double-up as housewarming gifts – they’re definitely worth buying (or bookmarking for later).
1. SOMETHING GOLD
It’s not a Diwali gift if it’s isn’t shiny and gold! Swarovski’s gold Crystalline pen makes for a dazzling gift. It signals good luck and prosperity for your hosts’ business endeavours for the year to come. It’s appropriately stylish, too.
2. SOMETHING SHINY
Silver gifts are a great option too. Instead of the traditional silver cup or jewelry that can be prone to oxidisation, delight your host with a pair of sparkly Swarovski earrings.
3. SOMETHING LUCKY
A Crystal Money Tree is a great gift for the whole family (and ideal for housewarmings too). The money tree invites good luck and wealth – perfect for the coming new year.
4. SOMETHING PERSONALISED
These handcrafted agate stone coasters from Anthropologie are intricately gorgeous, and come monogrammed in a range of different letters. Choose the first letter of your hosts’ name (or family name) and be prepared for this gift to be opened with a huge smile.
5. SOMETHING ELEGANT
A purple orchid plant lives much longer than an ephemeral bouquet and makes for a good housewarming gift as well.
6. SOMETHING FRAGRANT
Not sure if your host is a plant person? Skip the traditional decor gifts and go for a sophisticated aroma reed diffuser from Molton Brown. Might we suggest the Coco & Sandalwood diffuser, with hints of coconut and jasmine, for a relaxing touch?
7. SOMETHING SWEET
Sweet treats aren’t limited to just chocolate and traditional Indian mithai. Pamper your hosts with a sweet gift set from Bath & Body Works.
8. SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS
Nothing beats an envelope full of cash that the little ones can splurge on their game of choice. Pair it with a cute token gift to make it stand out. And, what better than an elephant shaped money box in gold? Indian-inspired? Check. Diwali-themed? Check!
9. SOMETHING BRIGHT
This soft glam palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills is the most non-traditional gift on our list. But it’s bright and shiny, and can come in real handy for dressing up during Halloween and the upcoming festival season.
10. SOMETHING TO DO WITH CANDLES
Not sure if your host would like an unconventional gift? Here’s a safe option that’s still a bit unique – a rustic wall tealight candle holder that could be useful all year round.