As people return to a semblance of normalcy this festive season, the age-old custom of gifting loved ones has picked up in full swing. However, the plethora of options on the market, can make it quite difficult to decide what to pick. The Daily Guardian is here to help you narrow down the options and choose what works best within your budget and as per your preference.
1. GIFT HAMPERS FROM L’OPERA
L’Opéra has created a unique collection of gift boxes and hampers this Diwali in different sizes and for all budgets. “Green, lavender and blue, decorated with elegant gold and silver recall the purity of the celebration of this festival, accentuated with the colours of Côte d’Azur to signify the elegance of the brand,” says Kazem Samandari, Executive Chairman of L’Opéra. He hopes that these choice offerings transport the receiver to distant lands, currently out of reach.
L’Opéra has crafted varieties of chocolates, teacakes, and biscuits for Diwali. Chef Amit Kumar says, “Our large selection of gift hampers with incomparable and individually crafted tea-cakes, biscuits, pralines, preserves in multiple flavours, colourful dragées, teas and mouth-watering macarons, are complemented by traditional dry nuts which will certainly make this year’s Diwali an unforgettable one.”
Price: Rs. 600 onwards.
To Order: L’Opéra hampers can be pre-ordered on +918800097255 or online at loperaindia.com/shop/
2. GIFT HAMPERS FROM HONEY & DOUGH
Honey & Dough is well-known as for its premium and authentic global baked goods, freshly brewed coffee, custom deserts, decadent chocolates, and savoury offerings. Their boxes have been upgraded to include innovative designs that range from traditional ones like those decorated with zari to more contemporary designs like leather trunks, which are available in both pink and blue colours. They contain Honey & Dough specialties like Oatmeal & Raisin Cookies, Chocolate Overloaded Cookies, French Heart Cookies, Granola in Jars, Masala Raisins and Roasted Almonds, Blueberry Muffins, Oatmeal & Raisin Cookies, Cranberry & Pistachio Chocolate Bars, Garlic Soya Sticks, Chocolate Boxes, Fruit & Nut Chocolate Bars, among others.
Price: Rs 500 onwards
To Order: www.honeyanddough.in
3. NUTRITIOUS GIFTS FROM COCODATE
Cocodate is a one-of-a-kind patisserie offering a selection of healthy desserts. By using natural and healthier alternatives to traditional baking ingredients such as butter, refined sugar, cream, and refined flour, Cocodate aims to change the way people indulge their sweet tooth and focus on healthy and mindful consumption. Founder Avantika Sinha Bahl began the venture after a year of vigorous research and multiple trials of various recipes. Some of the ingredients used in Cocodate recipes include almond flour, tapioca flour, sorghum flour, organic maple syrup, organic coconut oil, coconut sugar, dates, jaggery, raw khandsari sugar, coconut four, oat flour, nut butters, premium nuts, and seeds, ragi flour, nut milks, high quality couverture chocolate and so on. The gifting hampers at Cocodate include flavorsome cookies, decadent tarts, and cakes. Avantika shares, “Our patrons can indulge in a thoughtfully curated menu of healthy desserts crafted using the choicest of seasonal ingredients.”
Large Chocolate Box by Honey & Dough
Price: Rs 2799 onwards
To Order: +91 9319274013
4. HEALTHY MEAL PLANS FROM INSTADIET
If you prefer to pick healthier gifting options, Instadiet is your best bet. Aimed at people who want to lose weight in a healthy and sustainable manner by focusing on calorie count and portion-controlled meals. With a 96 percent success rate, Instadiet has over 65 preservative-free meals and snacks to choose from, and a network that delivers nation-wide. People can choose from a 7-day rapid plan, 4-week shred plan or an 8-week slim and trim plan. On average you can expect to lose up to 2 kgs per week provided you stay committed to your goal. Therefore, it is recommended to order the plan best suited to your weight loss goals. This Diwali, a limited period offer can be availed of – ‘Try Before You Buy’ for a period of one day. All Instadiet plans consist of 5 meals a day including breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and milkshake. The price ranges from Rs 490 for a one-day trial box to Rs 23,990 for an 8-week plan including shipping anywhere in India.
Price: Rs 1000 onwards
To Order: www.instadiet.in
5. GIFT HAMPERS FROM BAKEHOUSE COMFORT BY CAFÉ DELHI HEIGHTS
This Diwali, Bakehouse Comfort by Café Delhi Heights, has created gift hampers inspired by traditions from around the globe. You can choose from Lebanese, Mexican or Italian Grazing Trays which come with specially curated delicacies like Falafel, Hummus, Lavash Pita Bread, Marinated Olives, Nachos, Pineapple Salsa, and Baked Bean Taco Shells. These trays are quick solutions to liven up your house parties. Additionally, you can pick from tempting dessert trays in different sizes with a variety of breads, sour dough options, cookies, cakes and more.
Price: Starting from 600 onwards
To Order: 9711164033 or www.comfortbycdh.com
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