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On November 4, 2021, Diwali – a big Indian festival with lights, fireworks, gifts and parties – begins.
Diwali, also called Divali or Deepavali, is one of the major holidays in India, celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists. It is a festival of lights, symbolizing the victory of light over darkness, which is usually celebrated over five days.
Diwali is also a start, so the preparations and gifts for celebrating this holiday can make them feel like a New Year. Diwali is a time to put on your best clothes, get together for meals with friends and family, and exchange gifts. As you would expect from a light-centric party, fireworks and colorful diyas – clay oil lamps that represent enlightenment, knowledge, and wisdom – are important parts of the celebration. celebration.
Traditional gifts often include nuts and candy, clothing including new socks and underwear! – and anything gold. Gold jewelry and coins are popular gifts, but anything gold, including and most importantly anything that would make the recipient’s New Year more prosperous and successful, is a perfect fit.
Matching Laddu Box TheLadduHouse
Sweets are big business any time of the year, but that’s especially true on Diwali. Laddu, or laddoo, are balls made of flour, sugar, and ghee that sometimes contain nuts or dried fruits. They are also incredibly delicious.
HandmadeTraditions Indian Candy Box (from $ 5; etsy.com)
HandmadeTraditions Indian Candy Box
For people who are familiar with cooking, making homemade sweets is a great way to approach Diwali gifts. These candy boxes come in three sizes and a choice of red, green, pink, cream or brown, and feature a glass on the lid so recipients can see what they are receiving.
Malai Ice Cream Diwali Ice Cream Celebration Pack
Talk about an ice cream party. Sourced from New York’s Malai Ice Cream egg-free ice cream shop, this Diwali celebration pack is filled with flavors inspired by the founder’s childhood. The treats include pints of cardamom flavored ice cream, a carrot halwa ice cream cake, and even masala chai ice cream sandwiches.
Godiva Assorted Chocolates Gold Gift Box
Indian sweets like laddus, jalebis, and burfi are traditional choices, but all sweets are an acceptable Diwali gift. This gift box of 20 dark and milk chocolates includes 10 flavors including almond, caramel, mint, espresso, orange and raspberry, individually wrapped in foil and carrying benefits like health, luck and success.
Crate of Harry & David Mixed Nuts ($ 44.99; harryanddavid.com)
Crate of Harry & David Mixed Nuts
As with candy, nuts are a staple of Diwali celebrations, and they make great gifts, especially for a host or hostess. This gift set includes 4 ounces each of toasted almonds, pistachios, giant cashews, pecans and mixed nuts, bundled together in a reusable wooden crate.
Hickory Farms Salted & Spicy Nut Sampler ($ 19.99; hickoryfarms.com)
Hickory Farms Salted & Spicy Nut Sampler
For those who like it tangy, a sample of spicy nuts is a great gift idea. This gift set includes BBQ Peanuts, Hot Buffalo Peanuts, Mixed Seasoned Walnuts, Honey Sriracha Almonds, Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix, and Traditional Mixed Nuts.
Underclub Luxe gift subscription, 3 months
New underwear is a popular Diwali gift, but giving someone underwear is tricky. We like a gift subscription that allows the recipient to choose the styles and colors they like, like the Underclub Luxe gift subscription, which offers options to share the gift via email or print and personalize a gift card for people who prefer to give a physical gift. .
Bombas Men’s Cotton Modal Boxer Briefs, 6-Pack
Another way to gift underwear is to choose a gift box from a more premium brand than the recipient could afford. Critics love Bombas men’s cotton boxer briefs, which are often hailed as “expensive but worth it!” ”
Pinkcityhandlooms Craft Spice Box (from $ 54.99; etsy.com)
Pinkcityhandlooms Spice Box
Shipped direct from India, this handcrafted gold spice box comes with seven small bowls as well as a scooping spoon. And although it looks like solid gold, it’s actually made of brass, which makes it much, much more durable.
Adidas velor track pants
These Adidas velor sweatpants have gold piping, making them a perfect choice to give to the loungewear obsessed person on your Diwali gift list.
Tipsy Elves Men’s Night Run Performance Ski Socks
Socks are the safest bet when it comes to gifting clothes. These iridescent men’s ski socks are a fun choice for skiers or anyone who enjoys the outdoors in a cold climate. Plus, they’re just plain cool. The same style is also available in women’s sizes.
Anjali Jain Jewelery Carved Gold Plated Bracelets, Pack of 6
Gold bracelets are a staple in Indian women’s accessories wardrobe. This set of six gold plated bracelets is carved and encrusted with small stones, and can be worn together or individually.
Adidas Stan Smith Shoes
Although gold gifts are traditional, there are many ways to turn the tradition around when it comes to selecting Diwali gifts. These gold-accented Stan Smiths are a fun spin on both traditional gold gifts and new clothing gifts for a New Year.
Mixology & Craft 10 piece bar tool set
Another fun way to incorporate golden themes into gifts is to choose home items in golden tones. This super luxurious 10 piece bar tool set, which comes with a bamboo holder to hold all the pieces when not in use, is perfect for aspiring home mixologists.
Anthropologie Merry Glass Candle (from $ 28; anthropologie.com)
Anthropologie joyful glass candle
Candles are a great gift for any occasion, and Diwali is no exception – it’s a festival of lights, after all! This candle adorned with gold is available in three sizes and scents: The small golden casse candle has an autonomy of 60 hours; the large scented candle with white fir and pomelo has an autonomy of 65 hours; and the extra large citrus and cypress scented candle has a burn time of 105 hours.
Calary Candle Wick Trimmer and Candle Attachment ($ 15.85; amazon.com)
Calary Candle wick cutter and accessory
When it comes to giving thoughtful gifts, we love a “complimentary” gift – something small that you wouldn’t usually buy for yourself and that enhances a gift. This set of three gold candle accessories includes a candle wick cutter, candle ladle and candle snuffer.
CreativeMindsA2Z Henna Decorated Floating Candle Set, 6-Pack ($ 11.99; etsy.com)
CreativeMindsA2Z Henna Decorated Floating Candle Set, Pack of 6
Lighting small candles and tea lights is a popular way for households to decorate during Diwali. This Henna Decorated Floating Candle Set is a lovely hostess gift to give to someone who is having a Diwali feast or party.
Little Cook Gold Heavy Duty Kitchen Scissors
Kitchen scissors are such a useful thing to own, but they are a bit practical to give as a gift, unless you elevate the shape by choosing a luxurious style. These golden handle kitchen shears are perfect.