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On November 4, 2021, Diwali begins – a major Indian holiday marked by lights, fireworks, gifts and feasts.
Diwali, also called Divali or Deepavali, is one of the main holidays in India, celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists. It is the festival of lights, which symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, and is usually celebrated over a period of five days.
Diwali also marks the beginning, thus the preparations and gifts to celebrate this holiday can make them feel like a new year. Diwali is the time to put on your best clothes, gather for meals with friends and family, and exchange gifts. As you might expect from a holiday centered around lights, fireworks, and colorful diyas – clay oil lamps that represent enlightenment, knowledge, and wisdom – are prominent parts of the celebration.
Traditional gifts often include nuts, sweets, and clothing – including new socks and underwear! – And nothing went. Gold jewelry and coins are common gifts, but anything in gold, including especially anything that would make the recipient’s new year more prosperous and successful, fits the bill.
Sweets are big business at any time of the year, but this is especially true on Diwali. Ladu, or ladoo, are balls made of flour, sugar, and ghee that sometimes contain nuts or dried fruits. It is also incredibly delicious.
For people who know their way around the kitchen, making homemade sweets is a great way to approach gift giving on Diwali. These candy boxes come in three sizes and options of red, green, pink, cream or maroon, and feature a window panel on the lid so recipients can see what they’re getting.
Talk about an ice cream party. From New York City egg-free ice cream shop Malai Ice Cream, this Diwali celebration pack is packed with flavors inspired by the founder’s childhood. Meals include pints of cardamom-flavored ice cream, sweet carrot ice cream cake, and even some masala chai ice cream sandwiches.
Indian sweets such as laddus, jalebis and burfi are traditional choices, but any sweets are an acceptable Diwali gift. This gift box contains 36 pieces of dark, milk and white chocolate with fillings including ganache, praline, caramel and even some crunchy nuts, which are also a Diwali tradition.
As with sweets, nuts are a staple of Diwali celebrations, and they make great gifts – especially for the host or hostess. This gift set includes 4 ounces of roasted almonds, pistachios, jumbo cashews, pecans, and mixed nuts, bundled in a reusable wooden box.
For people who like them hot, sampling spiced nuts is a great gift idea. This gift set includes roasted peanuts, hot buffalo peanuts, spiced mixed nuts, honey sriracha almonds, a sweet and spicy snack mix, and traditional mixed nuts.
New lingerie is a popular Diwali gift, but giving someone substandard is difficult. We love a gift subscription that allows the recipient to choose the styles and colors they like, like Underclub Luxe Gift Subscription, which offers options to share the gift via email or print it out and customizes a gift card for people who prefer giving a physical gift.
Another way you can go when it comes to gifting lingerie is to choose a gift set from a brand that is more sophisticated than the recipient would otherwise treat themselves. Reviewers absolutely love the Bombas Men’s Cotton Boxer Briefs, which are often lauded as “expensive but worth it!”
Ships directly from India, this handcrafted golden spice box comes with seven small jars plus a spoon for scooping. And although it looks like pure gold, it is actually made of copper, which makes it more durable.
These adidas cotton track pants have gold trims, making them a perfect option to give to the loungewear-obsessed person on your Diwali gift list.
Socks are the safest bet when it comes to gifting an apparel. Men’s light-colored ski socks are a fun option for skiers, or anyone who enjoys outdoor activities in a cold climate – plus they look great. The same style is also available in . format Women’s sizes.
Gold bangles are a staple of Indian women’s wardrobe. This set of six gold-plated bangle bracelets are carved and secured with small stones, and can be worn together or individually.
While gold gifts are traditional, there are plenty of ways to turn the tradition on its head when it comes to choosing Diwali gifts. Stan Smith’s gold-tone shoes are a fun twist on both traditional gold gifts and New Year’s clothing gifts.
Another fun way to incorporate gold themes into gift giving is to choose items for the home in gold tones. This ultra-luxury 10-piece bar tool set, which comes with a bamboo stand to hold all of the bar tools when not in use, is perfect for the aspiring home mixer.
Candles are a great gift for any occasion, and Diwali is no exception – it’s the festival of lights, after all! This gold decorative candle comes in three sizes and scents: the gilded cassia mini candle has a burn time of up to 60 hours; A large candle with the aroma of white fir and pomelo has a burning time of 65 hours; The extra large citrus and cypress scented candle has a burn time of 105 hours.
When it comes to giving a thoughtful gift, we love an ‘extra’ gift – something a little something one wouldn’t normally buy for oneself that really elevates the gift. This set of three gold candle accessories includes candle trimmer, candle lid, and candle warmer.
Lighting tealights and tealights is a popular way to decorate homes during Diwali. This set of floating henna candles is a beautiful hostess gift to give to someone hosting a feast or Diwali party.
Kitchen shears are a good thing to own, but they’re a little practical to give as a gift – unless you elevate the look by choosing a fancy-looking style. These golden handle kitchen shears fit the bill perfectly.