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Shoppers’ spark Connaught Place, New Delhi, lit up for Diwali
Shoppers’ spark Connaught Place, New Delhi, lit up for Diwali

Looking for a festival gift? Corporate sparkle adds to the hunt

If it is light you seek this Diwali, Manjeet Bullar Design offers ‘The Tree Of Light’ with the message, “Let us enlighten our lives with the blessings of nature”. Price can be had on request from the studio at M-86, First Floor, Connaught Circus.

For other gift ideas there is always Archies, which has divided its gifts into categories like decoration, chronology, inspiration, etc. candle stands to alarm clocks and home décor products are priced from Rs.175 to 12,900 at Archies outlets.

As for high-end gifting options, try Swarovski, with its range of designer pieces. There are cut glass vases, wine glasses, pricd Rs.22,000 and above. Then there is a pair of dolphins for over 50,000, but the more affordable Great Dane with body and eyes in faceted jet crystal, featuring a beautiful Indicolite crystal collar, for Rs.4,400 and a clear crystal pig with Jet Hematite crystal eyes for Rs.2,900.

But let’s not forget Diwali is about lights and lighting. Candle & Bloom which calls itself the one-stop shop for designer candles and candle accessories, has launched Celebration & Illumination Gift Packs. The scented candles are available at prices ranging from Rs.799 to 1999. There is also a range of diya candles, glass candles and outdoor candles.

Meanwhile, Debenhams, the U.K. department store, offers designer wear by leading British designers such as Ted Baker, Julien Macdonald, Jasper Conran and others. There are home décor ideas too, from crystals and gem stone cushions to potted arrangements. At another U.K. brand name, Marks & Spencer at Ambi Mall, Gurgaon, the home decor ideas start as low as Rs.75.

Scenting celebrations, plenty of perfume lines are in the running. Kunchals at Greater Kailash and Rajouri Garden is offering perfume gift hampers for men and women. Various prestigious brands jostle for space. For men there are Azzaro, Burberry Dunhill, Ferrari, Mont Blanc and others, while for women the options include Elizabeth Arden, Bvlgari, Givenchy and others. Prices range from Rs.1300 for a Nautica Blue Men set to 2950 for a Dunhill XCentric set. For women, prices begin at Rs.1800 for a Salvatone Ferragamo Incanto shine set and go up to Rs.3140 for a Bvlgari Omnia Amethyste set.

At Parcos and exclusive department stores, there is Paco Rabanne’s 1 Million - For Men, and Thierry Mugler’s A*Men Pure Coffee. Women can choose from Shiseido Zen’s range of fragrances.

Kitchen and dining

But, hey, holidays are for relaxing too. Once you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped, a cup of coffee is welcome. As sure a hit as homemade sweets is homemade real coffee. And Cantee has stepped in with a Diwali Collection of coffeemakers priced between Rs. 4490 and 8490.

And serve your goodies in style. Another European company on the Diwali bandwagon is Rosenthal, the iconic German luxury porcelain brand, which has launched the “Francis Sheherazade” collection of tea and dinnerware, inspired by stories from the Arabian Nights. Priced Rs.83,000 for a dinner set and 91,000 for a tea set.

Meanwhile, if you are cooking up a storm this Diwali, try putting in an electric chimney. Cata has come out with designer chimneys including the C Glass 90 SS with remote control, timer and suction capacity of 1020 m3/h. The decorative black finish chimney is priced Rs.21,990.

If Diwali shopping lightens the wallet, Citizen watches are offering attractive gifts on every purchase this Diwali season. They have also launched a new range of watches, besides the recently launched Eco-Drive Collection, with the Promaster Super Chronograph 1000, which can measure time to 1/1000 second and others. A Necklace MP3 player comes with a purchase of a watch of Rs.10,000 and above. A multi-tool kit comes with a watch from Rs.4,000 to 9,999. This scheme is valid across Citizen showrooms till October 31.

Bhai Dooj

Bhai Dooj follows Diwali, and Homme’s Ultimate Gifting Collection offers wallets, key holder and card cases black, brown, blue, tan, etc. to please the brothers. Prices range between Rs.595 and 2595.




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