GIFT­ING HAP­PI­NESS

FROM QUIRKY WALL CLOCKS, POT­TED PLANTS, OLD HOYLLYWOOD MOVIE POSTERS ON CIG­A­RETTE CASES, SIM­PLY BAN­GA­LORE SUG­GESTS SOME OFF BEAT GIFT OP­TIONS THIS FES­TIVE SEA­SON

India Today - - SIMPLY BANGALORE - BY AYE­SHA ALEEM

Move over mithai boxes and photo frames. Gifts are get­ting quirky, colour­ful and fun. With the fes­tive, wed­ding and par­ty­ing sea­son set­ting in, there are am­ple oc­ca­sions to floor your loved ones with off­beat presents. Out of the box ideas is the key with store own­ers try­ing their best to ex­per­i­ment with gift­ing. From cham­pagne bot­tle-shaped can­dles to in­ter­st­ing pot­ted plants, the city is flooded with ideas to rev­o­lu­tionise the way Ban­ga­lore­ans gift.

SWEET AD­DIC­TION

If a bas­ket full of good­ies is what you would love to gift your loved ones this time, head to Au Bon Pain. This in­ter­na­tional chain does some great fes­tive ham­pers. Spread some fes­tive cheer with baked goods such as crunchy al­mond bis­cot­tis, ba­nana and wal­nut cake, and sin­ful brown­ies. Spoil your sweet-toothed friends with an as­sort- ment of choco­late truf­fles, some pound cake and pre­mium Swiss jelly.You can pes­on­alise your ham­per with mes­sages as well. The wicker bas­ket that all of this comes in re­sem­bles a pic­nic bas­ket and con­jures feel­ings of celebration and to­geth­er­ness. PLACE AN OR­DER AT 9900330368 PRICE Rs 249 on­wards

KEEP IT GREEN

In an age where ev­ery­thing is com­mer­cial, mass pro­duced and im­per­sonal, noth­ing adds beauty to a home like a pot­ted plant, es­pe­cially for a per­son with the green thumb. Gar­dens no longer re­quire acres of space or oo­dles of time to tend to. My Sunny Bal­cony has a range of fun, colour­ful prod­ucts that in­stantly make a home gar­den stylish, ideal for ur­ban homes and small spa­ces. From a brightly painted wa­ter­ing can-shaped jar to house a sapling rather than a plain look­ing pot, from flower pots that can be con­ve­niently moved around and hung at var­i­ous place to a cone-shaped pot that can also be hung, this lit­tle store is packed with sur­prises for gard­ners and plant lovers. Some pots also come with han­dles for easy trans­porta­tion.

AT My Sunny Bal­cony Gar­den Shop, Ul­soor

PRICE Rs 400 on­wards

AROMA MAGIC

Cer­tain smells can trig­ger happy mem­o­ries and can per­haps be­come the ideal gift. Iris, a fra­grance brand, has a range of aroma-re­lated prod­ucts to usher hap­pi­ness and beauty this fes­tive sea­son. Like a hand­made pa­per lamp­shade with acrylic tealights in­side, which when lit, cre­ate a warm golden glow that comes through a dec­o­ra­tive cover. Or a “glow light”, which is a dec­o­ra­tive glass that has an acrylic tealight in­side and can be a pretty al­ter­na­tive to the tra­di­tional diya. Pot­pourri, which is a mix of dried plant ma­te­rial that em­anates a sub­tle, pleas­ant smell through the room, is avail­able in dif­fer­ent sizes and comes in fra­grances like jas­mine, laven­der, rose and ap­ple cin­na­mon, and is also pack­aged at­trac­tively. Ac­ces­sories like pot­pourri sprays are also avail­able, which help main­tain op­ti­mal fra­grance lev­els. Thought­ful and use­ful, th­ese prod­ucts make the ideal ac­com­pa­ni­ment to some­one’s new home or of­fice. Also on of­fer are reed dif­fuser sets, dainty fra­grance pouches, aroma can­dle gift packs and boxes of spe­cialty in­cense sticks. AT Iris Aroma Bou­tique, Lavelle Road TEL 22225063 PRICE Starts at Rs 125 on­wards

QUIRK BOX

Life is too short to be taken very se­ri­ously. Whysose­ri­ous.co.in helps you re­mem­ber that with a range of quirky prod­ucts that make for great non-tra­di­tional gifts. Per­haps your friends have re­cently got mar­ried and moved into their first home or one of your sin­gle friends needs some ac­ces- sories to dress up his new bach­e­lor pad. Whysose­ri­ous has ac­ces­sories for th­ese oc­ca­sions. You could pick up foot­ball-themed cof­fee mugs, funky wall clocks in bright colours, an ice tray that shapes cubes like the Su­per­man sym­bol or shot glasses in the shape of mini jars. Pop up de­signs and em­bossed ac­cents bring prod­ucts to life. High­lights of the col­lec­tion are can­dles that look like real choco­lates and also mas­quer­ade as cham­pagne bot­tles. Old Hol­ly­wood movie posters, from the times of Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe and the like, as well as The Bea­tles, adorn the front of cig­a­rette cases. PRICE Rs 500 on­wards ATwhysose­ri­ous. co.in

OVEN FRESH

For some, the fes­tiv­i­ties are all about sweets and savouries which bring cheer to their house. And if that is how you want to plan your gifts, it is best to go to the ex­perts. This Di­wali, the Mar­riott at Whitefield is get­ting the best of its in-house bak­ery, Whitefield Bak­ing Com­pany, in an at­trac­tive gift ham­per that makes for a great fes­tive op­tion for close friends and rel­a­tives. Avail­able in dif­fer­ent sizes and op­tions, con­tents in­clude de­lec­ta­ble treats like an eg­g­less saf­fron and al­mond cake, de­li­cious cook­ies and pre­mium roasted nuts in a jar. Ined­i­ble things such as a can­dle in a satin pouch, spe­cial san­dal in­cense that comes in a jute pouch, ap­ple and cin­na­mon pot­pourri and a set of five aro­matic

diyas, are per­fect for this time of year. Cus­tomise your or­der by opt­ing for a bot­tle of red wine and as­sorted In­dian sweets or cre­ate your own bas­ket of good­ies with cakes and cham­pagne. Bulk or­ders are pos­si­ble on ad­vance no­tice as are per­son­alised pack­ages, which add a nice fin­ish­ing touch. Add some sweet­ness to your loved ones this fes­tive sea­son. PRICE Rs 1750 on­wards

AT Whitefield Bak­ing Com­pany, Mar­riott, Whitefield

TEL 67320000

AES­THETIC IDEAS

Who said only peo­ple with deep pock­ets de­serve beau­ti­ful walls? Dress up blank spa­ces in your home with af­ford­able art by some of the mas­ters in wa­ter­colour, acrylics or pen and ink on pa­per. Kynkyny, un­like most other art gal­leries in the city, al­lows pa­trons to take a bit of their love with them through a range of mod­er­ately-priced paint­ings by the likes of Siv­a­balan, G. Subra­ma­nian and Durga Bai Vyam. This ini­tia­tive helps make con­tem­po­rary art ac­ces­si­ble not just to se­ri­ous col­lec­tors and in­vestors but to just about ev­ery­one. Art as a gift op­tion is un­der­stated, so­phis­ti­cated and last­ing.

PRICE Starts at Rs 7,000 plus taxes AT Kynkyny Art, In­fantry Road TEL 40926202

LADY LOVE

Jew­ellery and clothes never go out of fash­ion as far as women are con­cerned. And with plenty of online por­tals flood­ing the in­ter­net with trendy clothes and ac­ces­sories, theres enough to choose from. Log on to limeroad.com and win your lady love over. Imag­ine the look on her face when you gift her a chevronedged neck­piece, which will ef­fort­lessly find a place in her wardrobe. Avail­able in pur­ple and cov­ered in navy blue se­quins, and em­bel­lished with cut­danas em­broi­dery, the chic state­ment piece can be teamed with a pe­plum blouse tai­lored trousers. Or re­mind her of her school days with a sling bag that can in­stantly trans­form a look from drab to fab. Us­ing baroque em­broi­dery pat­terns, the faux leather and vel­vet piece also has shim­mer­ing de­tails in zar­dosi. Me­tal­lic trims, flo­ral printed lin­ing, an in­ter­nal zipped pocket and mo­bile phone pouch make this fan­tas­tic find per­fect to put in all es­sen­tials while keep­ing the style quo­tient high. Also up for grabs are pearl jew­ellery, wreath-shaped can­dle hold­ers etc.

PRICE Rs650 on­wards AVAIL­ABLE AT limeroad. com

(above) Ham­pers from Au Bon Pain; (left) Pot­ted plants from My Sunny Bal­cony

NILOT­PAL BARUAH/

A gift ham­per from Mar­riott; (be­low) Buy a paint­ing to

gift from Kyknyky Art

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