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Happy Hampers

Friday, November 09, 2012

Diwali means gifting and what better way to show your appreciation and care than with a hamper that’s overflowing with goodies? Rhea Dhanbhoora & Dev Goswami bring you some of the best hampers available in the city for you to choose from

We love hampers — and we’re sure you do too! Getting them is a treat, but gifting one is great too, especially when you know you’ve managed to get your loved ones the perfect gift, all neatly packaged. Most of these can be bought in bulk and all of them include treats from brands across the city. Take a look at what we’re drooling over this Diwali.

Aspri Spirits has over ten Diwali hamper options, starting at a reasonable `3,000, which come with personalised packaging. We really liked The Writer’s Package which has a bottle of Patron XO Café and a Cross Pen for `7,500.
Contact 42505100

Herbal brand, Himalaya, has a gift pack for `430 which includes a face cream, face pack, exfoliating apricot scrub, and a face wash. They also have a similar Pure Skin Pack priced at `455, which includes a range of their neem products for beautiful skin.
Where Retail outlets in the city

Taj Lands End has extravagant hampers which includes a festive toran, diya, aromatic taper candle, box of chocolates, assorted nuts, Border cookies from Belgium, a bottle of olives stuffed with pimentos and First Flush Darjeeling Tea.
Contact 66681234

Opt for a Leonidas hamper if you’re looking for handmade chocolates and confectionary, wrapped stylishly. Their hampers start at `1,500 but you can also customise the hamper by choosing from a collection of chocolates which range from `600 to `6,000.
Where 1 Cornelain Building, 104 A. K. Marg, Kemps Corner
Contact www.leonidasindia.com

Bored with all the plain packaging that gifts come in? Then opt for the Cupcake Bouquets from Choco Fiesta. These cupcake bouquets come in two variants, which feature 25 cupcakes or 50 cupcakes. The cupcakes can be arranged in baskets or glass vases as per your liking.
Where Choco Fiesta, Sri Narayan Niwas, Road No. 24, Sion (W) 
Contact 24091536

Make Diwali even more special with hampers from Sugar ‘n’ Spice at Vivanta by Taj-President. From simple Glitter Packs to more extravagant Radiance and Sparkle, along with eco-friendly hampers, such as the contemporary Eco-Diwali, each hamper is unique. They include decorative diyas, festive sparklers, homemade mithai, assorted dry fruits, chocolates, natural flower honey, flavoured olives, hand-rolled cigars, imported wine, origin teas, contemplation cards, gift vouchers from Jiba spa, value stones and naturally flavoured candy. The hampers start from `3,000.
Where Vivanta by Taj-President, 90, Cuffe Parade
Contact 66650808

From Home Chef hampers and Gourmet Kitchenware to Coffee & Tea hampers, Indigo Deli has a range of gift hampers that are assembled using their in-house range of jams, mustards, marmalades, chutneys, vinaigrettes, dry rub spices, cookies and cupcakes. They also give you the opportunity to customise your own hampers and also offer you gift vouchers of various denominations.
Where Indigo Deli outlets across the city

Bath and body products make for great gifts, so check out Nyassa products for Diwali this year. The best part is that they’re eco-friendly and are handmade with the finest natural ingredients, which are gentle on your skin. Their range of hampers includes shower gels, soaps, body lotions and lip balm and costs `1,250. Flavours you can choose from include Indian Mogra, Passion Kissed, Moroccan Rose, Rose Bouquet and Under the Ocean.
Where Nyassa stores at Khar (W), Kurla (W) and Goregaon (E)
Contact www.nyassa.in

Tired of gifting food and sweets? Gift a beauty hamper from Premier Dead Sea. We love the range that they have, which includes the Amazing Sensual Body Trio with a body lotion, hand cream and foot cream for `2,950. They also have hampers that include the Ultimate Facial Travel collection, which contains a facial moisture cream, milk cleanser and skin toner for `2,800, as well as Premier Lollypop which contains a combination of body butter and salt scrub for `1,600.
Where [email protected]

Know a tea lover? Then you can opt for a hamper of green tea this Diwali. It’s both healthy as well as delicious. Tea of Life has their Tea-Tox green tea hampers that you can customise according to your tastes and preferences. Neetu Sarin’s Tea of Life includes a range of gourmet teas with sencha green tea combined with flowers, fruits, herbs and spices as well as leaves, bark, root and seeds of various plants. You’ll know you’re getting the best, richest flavours when you opt for a hamper from this brand.
Where www.teaoflife.net

From Wine and Sweet & Savoury hampers to Champagne and Gourmet Cheese & Wine hampers, the Leela has a range of luxurious and high-end gifting options. The hampers start at `6,500 and a unique option is their Relaxation Tote, which has a range of home spa products and goods.
Contact 66911168

Choose a basket filled with crunchy, juicy fruits, Belgian chocolates and full-bodied wines from Nature’s Basket. Pick from their collection of over 30 readymade hampers for the festive season or customise one specially for your loved one.
Where Nature’s Basket across the city

The selection of master-blended premium teas from Chai Diaries makes for a really great gift this Diwali. They are offering a range of hampers so you can gift a tea lover something they’ll be thrilled about. The attractively packaged tins are available at `530 per tin and include 15 tea bags. You can customise your hampers by choosing the amount of tins, flavours and types according to your personal tastes and preferences.
Where [email protected]

With hampers that range from `500 to `2,100, Gourmet West has hampers to suit every budget. The hampers include handmade chocolates, chips, flavoured mixed nuts, sour cherry drops, cream cheese, wine, organic honey and cookies.
Where Gourmet West, Westside, Army & Navy Building, Kala Ghoda
Contact 66360499

If you have friends who appreciate wine, then Sula’s Satori range of wine will be highly appreciated by them. The label art has been designed by artist Jaideep Mehrotra and wine features the Merlot and Malbec variety of grapes. The range is a limited edition collection and each bottle comes with custom made playing cards.
Where Select wine shops and at Vinoteca by Sula in Worli

For a truly classy gift, opt for Giorgio Armani’s gift set. Priced at `5,200, it includes two bottles of the fragrance Acqua Di Gio EDT (100ml and 20ml) and a travel pouch. The fragrance features a top note of bergamot and green tangerine, a heart note of jasmine and rosemary and a base note of patchouli and cedar.
Where Retail stores in the city

Chocolates are perhaps the evergreen gifting options and the Diwali gift packs of Mars’ Galaxy range of chocolates are a great option because of their attractive prices. The packs are priced at `150 (10 chocolates) and `250 (15 chocolates) and come with one and two diyas respectively.
Where Retail outlets in the city

Want to gift some health along with happiness? Opt for Tulsi’s healthy celebration packs, which include a range of delectable roasted and salted almonds, pistachios, cashews and raisins. They also have a premium range of dry fruits called Elite Nuts, which are rich in magnesium, cholesterol-free and low in sodium. The packs are priced at `490 for the normal and `975 for the Elite Nuts. You can also opt for the `560 pack which comes with a gift bowl.
Where Star Bazaar, Easy Day, Spencer’s, www.homeshop18.com and www.tulsi.biz

The hampers from Silverspoon Gourmet are customisable with respect to not just the goodies they include but also the decorations, baskets and the hampers they come with. For the goodies you can choose from a menu of hand-rolled mints, oat and sesame cigars, cheddar cheese sticks, assorted nuts in a variety of flavours such as honey-chili, cinnamon sugar and smokehouse, along with white or dark chocolate chip cookies.
Contact 8286044424/9820044424

Deliciae Patisserie has come out with two new cupcakes just for the Diwali: the Mars and Ferrero cupcakes. The cupcakes, which feature a diya shaped icing design, come in a range of attractive and beautiful packaging making them a great gift for Diwali.
Where Outlets across the city

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