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Happy Hampers

Friday, October 17, 2014

This Diwali, take your pick from an exciting range of hampers from brands and stores across the city. The 48Hrs Team brings you their personal favourites, so you can get started on your Diwali shopping to find the perfect gift without a hitch

Foodhall at Palladium

Foodhall at Palladium offers gift hampers, not just for Diwali, but for every occasion. Their tie-ups with brands such as Good Earth and ASA make these gift boxes truly unique. You can find exotic sweets, chocolates, different types of cheese, nuts, tea, coffee, Good Earth platters and mugs, spices, fruits and a variety of snacks making their way into the hamper. We love the Breakfast in Bed hamper which includes delightful treats such as Good Earth Lotus Lake mugs, sugarless muesli, assorted fruits, honey, two types of cream cheese, bagels and fresh flowers. You can also customise your own hamper.
Price Rs 1,000 onwards
Where Foodhall at Palladium, Lower Parel

Icing on Top
If you’re looking for a more contemporary gift, head to Icing on Top. They steer clear of traditional mithai and are offering gourmet teas and coffees such as Gardner Street’s Rose Hibiscus Tea and Moroccan Mint Tea, as well as Watapi and Appa’s coffee from the Indian Bean in their special Diwali hamper. You will also find a range of in-house pancake mixes in flavours such as cinnamon and brown sugar, chocolate chip and cranberry almond. Homemade jars of cinnamon cookies and Moroccan Spiced Crackers also feature in this interesting gift box.
Price Rs 800 onwards
Where Besos 5, Advani Chambers, Kemps Corner

Opt for Sofitel’s classy, artisan Diwali hampers this festive season. They have four hampers on offer that cater to all budgets and contain an assortment of gourmet tea cakes, diyas, sweet boxes, macarons, idols, cookies, wine bottles, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and organic muesli.
Price Rs 1,000, Rs 2,000, Rs 4,000 and Rs 10,000
Where Sofitel Hotel, C 57, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (e)

Nordic Kandie Magic
Sweet treats make for the perfect gift, but if you want to gift something really unique, check out Nordic Kandie’s Diwali hampers. Made with authentic Iranian mamra almonds and covered with the finest Belgium chocolate, the marzipan candies are a great alternative to the usual badaam barfi and kaju katli. The hamper includes flavours such as mint, chocolate, orange, almond, anjeer, chili-mango, raspberry-lemon, rose-cardamom and cinnamon.
Price Rs 1,230 for a box of six candies
Where 9699641112

Puranmal Sweets
Puranmal Sweets’ special Diwali boxes include mithai made with reduced milk, saffron, dry fruits and saffron. Their hamper includes Badam Katli, Churma Laddoo, Dateberry, Pista Roll and Kaju Katli.
Price Rs 900 onwards for half a kilo
Where www.puranmal.com

Tea Trunk
We love Tea Trunk for their cute, kitschy packaging and their delicious teas. This Diwali, they are offering a hamper containing their flavourful teas along with gourmet treats, making for a wonderful gifting option. We especially like their Tea and Wine Hamper (Rs 2,500 onwards) that includes a bottle of wine, a tin of marigold tea, chocolates, organic honey and coffee from The Indian Bean. Other hampers on offer are the Tea Infused Cookie Tin & Tea Thali and Marigold Tea Thali.
Price Rs 850 to Rs 4,400
Where www.teatrunk.com

JW Marriott
Pick up a hamper from JW Marriott and choose from cookies, tea cakes, homemade chocolates, macaroons, dark chocolate brownies, assorted nuts, scented candles, diyas and a bottle of wine.
Price Rs 4,000 onwards
Where JW Marriott, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu

Eat-A-Whey has some exciting, healthy treats in their gift hamper. It includes cinnamon granola, hi-fibre protein brownies, all natural almond butter and walnut butter. The hampers also are customisable.
Price Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,000
Where Eat-A-Whey, Union Park, Pali Hill, Bandra (w)

Tea of life
Tea of Life is offering customisable hampers where you can choose from a variety of tea blends such as Blue Jade and Bodhi Tea. You can also add trays, tea pots, cups, infusers, sweets, chocolates, biscottis, cookies, green tea, candles, tea lights, decorative diyas, greeting cards, kettles and a pack of cards to your gift hamper.
Price Rs 650 to Rs 3,000
Where www.teaoflife.com

Mumbai Foodie
Take a break from the usual Diwali hampers that contain dry fruits and mithai and opt for Mumbai Foodie’s delectable Diwali hamper. It includes a chocolate soil pot from Fat is Flavour, a dip and lavash from Le Pot, Orange Spice tea from Tea Trails and brownies and truffle chocolates from Onesta Confections. The USP of this hamper is that it consists of items that have been made by home bakers and chefs from across the city.
Price Rs 1,800, exclusive of delivery charges
Where [email protected]


If you want to go all out, check out Hidesign’s hampers which feature handpicked gifts from Hidesign’s home town, Pondicherry. Each hamper contains specially handcrafted leather goods, candles and fragrances in perfume sachets, that will take you back to the coastal town of Pondicherry. We especially like their set containing a passport holder, credit card holder and luggage tag — all in black. The box also includes a jar of jam, salt, soaps and perfume sachets.
Price Rs 2,995 to Rs 3,995
Where www.hidesign.com

Fashion and You
www.fashionandyou.com has a range of Victoria’s Secret Diwali hampers. Their hampers include fragrances, lotions, body mists and a clutch. You can pick from options such as VS Angels Only gift box, VS Body by Victoria Bag gift set, VS Body Mist gift set, VS Fragrance & Lotion gift set, VS Heavenly gift box, VS Rollerball EDP gift box and VS Pure Seduction gift set with a clutch.
Price Rs 2,299 to Rs 4,399
Where www.fashionandyou.com

If you are looking for the perfect gift for a man, opt for Siyaram’s miniature gift box, which includes various pre-matched shirt and trouser combos. The gift box is a perfect blend of ethnic, as well as modern outfits.
Price Rs 500 to Rs 4,000
Where All Siyaram outlets across the city

Bulgari Man has introduced an attractive In Black Diwali gift pack that includes perfumes and aftershave. With a stylish packaging and premium products, this pack makes for the perfect gifting option for a close friend or relative.
Price Approximately Rs 5,000
Where Major retail outlets

Blackberrys has introduced a stylish gift box made from PU leather that makes for the perfect gift for those working in the corporate sector. It includes a tie, a pocket square and cuff-links in orange or pink.
Price Rs 3,295 Where Blackberrys stores across the city

Holii’s handbags and wallets always make for a good gifting option because they combine traditional design with contemporary elements. This Diwali, they have hampers that blend their beautiful products, with lights and incense. Their hampers include a wallet, along with incense sticks, candles and aromatherapy oils.
Price Rs 1,995 and Rs 2,995
Where Holii outlets across the city

Natural skincare and cosmetics brand, Iraya, gives you a chance to pamper your loved ones this Diwali with a special selection of skincare products. They have three different hampers in the form of a face care kit, body care kit and a soap kit. We like the Iraya Body Care kit which includes an Indian rose body lotion, grape and green apple body wash, a pomegranate and mint soap, a neem and basil soap and a coconut soap. You can also customise the
gift packs.
Price Rs 1,300 onwards
Where www.iraya.in

KAMA Ayurveda
Go natural this festive season with KAMA Ayurveda’s range of customisable gift boxes. Choose from their skin and hair care range to create a hamper that’s memorable, luxurious, as well as useful.
Price Rs 450 onwards
Where www.kamaayurveda.com

Sukho Thai
The Sukho Thai Diwali hamper is affordable, features a cute Buddha statue and includes an aroma bottle, a greeting card and a gift voucher.
Price Rs 500
Where Sukho Thai outlets across the city

Marks & Spencer
Marks & Spencer has introduced a range of Diwali hampers which include scented soaps, floral creams, perfumes and body lotions.
Price Rs 799 onwards
Where Marks & Spencer, Bandra (w)

Smell divine this festive season with L’occitane’s festive gift boxes that feature skincare products for men and women. The Red Cherry Gift Set for women includes the cherry rouge eau intense perfume, the limited edition cherry rouge shower gel, cherry rouge beautifying lotion and a cherry rouge hand cream.
Price Rs 7,730 (men) and Rs 7,175 (women)
Where L’occitane stores across the city

Forest Essentials
Forest Essentials is known for its natural, aromatic skincare products. This Diwali, they are offering several gift boxes that you can choose from. We love the Lakshmi Puja Oil – Auspicious Ritual Box (`1,450), which includes a bottle of Lakshmi Puja oil, a brass diya and organic cotton wicks.
Price Rs 875 to Rs 4,800
Where Forrest Essentials stores across the city

Looking for a gift for children? Mattel’s uniquely packaged gift packs for boys and girls feature themes that celebrate their iconic range of Hotwheels and Barbie dolls. For boys, they have a pack containing a shower gel, deodorant and hair gel, and for girls, they have a hamper with deodorant, body moisturiser
and shampoo.
Price Rs 235 onwards
Where Leading retail and toy stores

Bottega di Lungavita
Hampers from Bottega di Lungavita are specifically designed to cater to the needs of both men and women. The men’s hamper includes a shower gel, shampoo and face cream and the women’s hamper includes a shampoo, toning body butter and a bath & shower gel.
Price Rs 2,360 and Rs 2,999, for men and women respectively
Where www.bottegadilungavita.in

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