Presents to Please

GIFT­ING JUST CHANGED ITS SPELLING TO PER­SON­ALISED. SIM­PLY PUNE CUTS ALLTHE CLICHES TO BRING YOU IN­NO­VA­TIVE OP­TIONS THIS FES­TIVE SEA­SON.

India Today - - SIMPLY PUNE INSIDE - BY ADITI PAI

SIM­PLY PUNE cuts all the cliches to bring you in­no­va­tive op­tions this fes­tive sea­son.

Move over mithai boxes and photo-frames. Gifts are get­ting a splash of quirk, colour and fun as Puneites are get­ting in­creas­ingly cre­ative with presents. With the fes­tive, wed­ding and par­ty­ing sea­son set­ting in, there are am­ple oc­ca­sions to floor your hosts and loved ones with off­beat of­fer­ings. Be­spoke is key this sea­son as de­sign­ers and store own­ers will make the gift just the way you want. From per­son­alised mu­rals and teddy bear can­dles to cus­tom made choco­late-and-cof­fee cases, and wines with your very own la­bel, the city is flooded with ideas for gift­ing. SIM­PLY PUNE scours the stores to bring you some cre­ative and fun pieces that you should gift wrap this sea­son.

THE PER­FECT STROKE

If pic­tures speak louder than words, then why not gift a spe­cially com­mis­sioned paint­ing or mu­ral to mark an oc­ca­sion? Skip the pre­dictable photo frames and in­stead get a per­son­alised mu­ral or paint­ing that city graf­fiti artist Wink can cre­ate on any sur­face of your choice. Paint the nup­tials on a brick wall or have your pal sketched and coloured on a can­vas cloth to make the art­work more per­sonal. Ur­ban sculp­tures that can stand as stun­ning pieces of art in a home or gar­den or wall mu­rals make for a great gift and add a per­sonal touch to the house. Mu­rals take a week and can­vas pieces up to three days, so plan your theme and call Wink. Price Rs 10,000 on­wards Tel 9035029465

BOXED TREATS

Good­ies in a ham­per are a favourite treat in most homes. How­ever, if you want your gift box to stand out, then skip the mithais and choco­lates! Go ex­otic with freshly ground cof­fee, dried cran­ber­ries and French ce­ramic ware—some­thing that’s bound to give your gift bas­ket a new twist. Tell Salony Kane, founder of The Provi­dore, a bou­tique gourmet store, what’s the oc­ca­sion is, and she’ll help you put to­gether a bas­ket that your host is bound to love. If the re­ceiver is a cof­fee lover, she’ll get you an ar­ray of freshly ground cof­fee; if it’s choco­lates, then she’ll pull out the best Swiss and Ital­ian fare from her shelves. Never put cheese in a wine ham­per, she says; in­stead throw in dried cran­ber­ries, blue­ber­ries, crack­ers or a box of the de­li­cious Ital­ian Pernig­otti. Di­wali

ham­pers look dainty with dried fruits, freshly ground cof­fees and a French press with Emile Henri ce­ramic ware. Kane prom­ises to give you the best wine ac­ces­sories, choco­lates, bis­cuits and teas from across the world and them into classy navy blue boxes with a splash of fuch­sia, sil­ver and gold for the fes­tive touch. Price De­pend­ing on the ham­per At 104, The Provi­dore, Ground Floor, KV Sapt­nekar marg, Anand Park, near HDFC Bank, Aundh Tel 65601551

LIGHT UP

Lit­tle wax teddy bears to an­nounce the ar­rival of a baby, Hal­loween can­dles for a bash or a cin­na­mon-car­damom stud­ded scented wax pil­lar, can­dles make for charm­ing gifts for just about any oc­ca­sion. City in­te­rior de­signer Cin­za­nia Ro­drigues makes lovely wax of­fer­ings that, she as­sures, ap­peal to both men and women. Go for the reg­u­lar scented trunk-shaped can­dles or ask her to make one in any shape, size or fra­grance of your choice. She ex­per­i­ments with flavours such as cin­na­mon, clove, strawberry, orange, green ap­ple and laven­der and can add a per­sonal touch with shapes de­pend­ing upon the oc­ca­sion. If it’s a house­warm­ing cer­e­mony, then gift a din­ner ta­ble can­dle set stud­ded with spices; spray the can­dles with sil­ver glit­ter as a 25th an­niver­sary gift. Ro­drigues uses a mix of paraf­fin, soft wax and bees wax to make the can­dles last longer and give them a milky translu­cent look. Flo­ral diya sets for Di­wali and neatly packed can­dle gift boxes too are avail­able. Price Diyas Rs 750 to Rs 1000 Gift sets: Rs 2500 to Rs 5000 At OIA-The De­sign Stu­dio, Shop 1 and 2, Ko­hi­noor Build­ing, be­hind Re­liance Me­gamart, Tain Square Tel 9970049000

VAN­ITY FARE

Fes­ti­vals are a great time for some pam­per­ing. So, if you are scout­ing for a gift for a friend who could do with some ten­der pam­per­ing, then put to­gether a Pan­dora’s box of home­made nat­u­ral lo­tions, lip balms and bathing bars. City girl and self­con­fessed soap lover, Shreya Sha­ran, has launched Burst of Hap­py­ness— a range of prod­ucts in­spired by the home larder. The prod­ucts are mostly sea­sonal. Pre­pare for the win­ter months with her milk and saf­fron lo­tions, a mango but­ter bathing bar in­fused with ylang ylang oil and spearmint es­sen­tial oils to put the mois­ture back into win­ter-dried skin and True Desi, soap made of haldi and be­san that’s been a grand­mother’s rem­edy for glow­ing skin for gen­er­a­tions. If you want the van­ity ham­per to look more ex­otic, then Sha­ran has a Red Wine Soap that is loaded with anti-age­ing prop­er­ties and a beer sham­poo hair wash bar. Price From Rs 70 to Rs 500 At burstofhap­py­ness.in

PAST FOR­WARD

If you pre­fer to stick to the tra­di­tional mithai- dried fruits gift­ing rou­tine, then opt for packs in trays and boxes that will stay on as home ac­ces­sories much af­ter the good­ies have van­ished. Ei­ther Or gets cre­ative this sea­son and has in­tro­duced in­ter­est­ing quirky gift trays and bas­kets. The tra­di­tional fruit bas­ket gets a funky spin as a vi­brant cloth bas­ket with coloured minia­ture dolls pinned on them, can serve as a pretty ac­ces­sory in your liv­ing room. If you must gift salted cashews or al­monds, then buy their New Love Nest, a pretty wooden tray to hold nuts, with a lid that has a screen printed game of Ludo with birds as to­kens. So, get quirky and add in some fun el­e­ment to th­ese tra­di­tional gifts. Price On re­quest At Ei­ther Or, 24, Sohrab Hall, 21, Sas­soon Road Tel 26057225

IN­DIA ON YOUR PLATE

When all you see around this sea­son is dressy eth­nic wear, then why not take a slice of In­dia when you go for fes­tive vis­it­ing? Opt for charkha wall clocks, pup­pet coast­ers and Bud­dha-in­spired cush­ions as you pack func­tional eth­nic gifts this Di­wali. Pick the blue-pur­ple Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji Ter­mi­nus-in­spired shot glasses or the ubiq­ui­tous black-andyel­low rick­shaw coast­ers for those who’d love to bring the out­doors into the home. With heady party seaaon kick­ing in, your hist could well do with lots of coast­ers so go eth­nic with Taj Ma­hal or dance mu­dra printed coast­ers to add colour to the side ta­bles. Our favourite are the wall clocks— with the re­gal pea­cock, Kathakali dancers and a charkha shaped piece. Price Shot glasses Rs 475, clocks Rs 750 on­wards At ma­dinin­dia.in

OUT OF THE BOX GIFT­ING

You might not be able to buy your fast wheels’-lov­ing host a bike, but you can def­i­nitely gift him an all-ex­penses paid Har­ley David­son rid­ing tour. Or push your loaded-with-work friend to live it up with salsa ses­sions with a voucher to the neigh­bor­hood class. If you can’t think out of the box while buy­ing presents, then just pick up a gift ex­pe­ri­ence box that brings an ar­ray of un­con­ven­tional ex­pe­ri­ences that make for un­for­get­table mem­o­ries. From he­li­copter rides and para­sail­ing trips to gourmet cook­ing classes, th­ese neatly packed boxes of­fer al­most any fun ex­pe­ri­ence that you can think of. Ex­pe­ri­ences can start at Rs 999 and go up to Rs 18,000 Avail­able at wit­ty­gift.com, giveter.com and De­light­gifts.in

QUIRKY AND KITSCH

The next time you’re in­vited for a bash, carry along a drink­ing game that’ll keep one and all en­thralled. Chem­i­cal Locha, a must-stop for those who love cel­e­brat­ing quirk, has some fun games that you play while you drink. We liked the Slurred Drink­ing Game where you grab your favourite bev­er­age and get ready to slur your words with this board game. Another quirky item is the Drunken Tower— sim­i­lar to the all-time favourite Jenga, but with a twist es­pe­cially when you can’t keep your hands steady af­ter a few drinks. The store has lots of other things that you can pick up for fun-lov­ing friends. Price Ready To Take Off: Rs 3525; drink­ing games start at Rs 899 At Kapila Dairy Base­ment, Near Pin­gale Gar­den Restau­rant, North Main Road, Kore­gaon Park the­chem­i­cal­locha.com

WINE WON­DERS

If it’s time to raise a toast, then do it with style. Don’t head to the lo­cal gourmet store to pick up a bot­tle of wine, charm your friends and as­so­ci­ates this fes­tive sea­son with a per­son­alised bot­tle of wine,

ABHIJIT PATIL

GIFT HAM­PERS BY

THE PROVI­DORE

SIL­VER WARE

BY EPISODE

FRUIT BOU­QUETS BY

FRUITI­LI­CIOUS

TOP TO BOT­TOM: SOAPS BY

BURST OF HAP­I­NESS; IN­NO­VA­TIVE GIFT OP­TIONS BY CHEM­I­CAL LOCHA AND

KITCHY BEER MUGS BY

MADE IN IN­DIA.

ABHIJIT PATIL

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