Diwali is fast approaching, and with travel restrictions still in place, many Indians in the United States will be spending the holidays away from loved ones for the second year in a row.
However, being separated from one’s family will not stop our ability to participate in the celebrations. There is still time to organize a gift to send to family and friends abroad to show them you care and to celebrate together from a distance.
These days, Diwali gifts can be traditionally associated with the holidays or be more modern and creative. As they say, it’s the thought that counts.
Here are some gift ideas that you can easily organize online to make the holidays special and to celebrate the optimism and prosperity of the future for your loved ones abroad, no matter where they are.
1. Gift baskets
Gift baskets are a great gift that can be shared on Diwali. They are widely available online and can be personalized. Depending on who the basket may be for, it can be filled with delicious treats like chocolate or Indian sweets like kaju katli and ladoo (laddu). If your recipient isn’t too keen on eating sweets, fill them with tea, candle holders and diyas, or beauty and grooming supplies. With the holidays quickly approaching, be sure to find a basket service that is local and offers fast delivery.
2. Digital gift cards
Gift cards are great if you are short on time as you can now purchase digital gift cards from most major online retailers. Instead of the traditional gift of new clothes, giving a gift card that lets your loved one choose an outfit for the celebrations is a great option. Two days before Diwali is Dhanteras, traditionally a day to buy gold and jewelry, so you can also buy a jewelry gift card to help them finish their festive attire.
3. Food from a local vendor
Buying food from your family’s favorite local vendor is a good way to give gifts during Diwali, especially for stores that don’t have gift cards, and it gives back to the local community affected by the pandemic. of COVID-19. Consider using a money transfer service like WorldRemit to send money directly to their bank account. 95% of transfers are ready in minutes and WorldRemit prices are on average 46% cheaper than sending money abroad using traditional services.
4. Airtime recharge
To avoid expensive roaming charges (often the highest for incoming calls), many people traveling or working in India buy a local prepaid SIM card. Prepaid mobile phones require “credit”, “talk time” or “airtime” in order to be used. Once the airtime has elapsed, the user will no longer be able to make calls, send text messages or access the Internet until it has been recharged. As a one-time gift, consider WorldRemit’s airtime top-up option and send a mobile top-up to your loved one so you can call them during Diwali without having to pay for an incoming call or online data. expensive. 90% of WorldRemit airtime transfers are received within 10 minutes and mobile airtime can be added instantly to phones in India on: Airtel, Aircel, BSNL, Idea, Loop, MTS, Reliance, Tata Docomo , Tata Indicom, Uninor, Videocon GSM, Vodafone, Dish, Sun Direct, Tata Sky and MTNL.
Another simple and appreciated gift is money. Sending money to your family and friends for Diwali celebrations can be a quick and easy way to show your appreciation. Money transfer companies offer a better, cheaper, and safer way to send money to India and hundreds of other countries. With WorldRemit, you can easily check the best time to send money with daily exchange rate notifications and recipients can also easily check the transfer status through their Transfer Tracker app, available through the Google Store. In most cases, your money transfer only takes a few minutes, making it perfect for same day delivery.
“Making sure you can support and celebrate with your loved ones is one of the main reasons WorldRemit exists,” said Corey Myckan, Chief Growth Officer, North America.
“That’s why we’ve worked hard to make sure people can send money easily with hassle-free 24/7 customer transfers and customer support and industry-leading security standards, giving the customer the control and transparency of the process. “
WorldRemit sends its best wishes to all who celebrate Diwali with their friends and family this year, together or remotely. To learn more about digital remittances or how to send money transfer for Diwali, visit worldremit.com