Gifting – An Expression Of Emotions During Festivities

Text: Nidhi Lall

The beginning of monsoons in India, announces the arrival of series of festivals. Month of August begins with Raksha Bandhan followed by Ganesh Chaturthi and then the festivities begin in full swing one after the other.

Gifting has become an expression of emotions during festivities. Nowadays people are more into meaningful gifting rather than just sharing a bundle of nice stuff. There is a proper discussion on what to be gifted and to whom. The real struggle begins with finding the perfect place to buy a thoughtful giveaway.

Gifting – Image courtesy Google Images, amala earth

Even more, deciding on gifting for the festive seasons has taken a turn towards sustainable concept. There are companies who are offering curated boxes of magnificent handcrafted things that show care and affection for the receiver.  However, the concept of keeping everything sustainable and looking for methods to maintain the environment healthy and thriving has taken a step up. Such well-thought-out gifts make them stand out from the pile of other gifts that are often placed on the table during the festivals.

This article covers a curated list ranging from gift boxes to hampers for corporate and personal gifting, with a tone of sustainable approach. These will surely make a connect with your family and friends.

First let’s understand what type of gifting will suit your needs.

Festive Gifting – Personalised

A personalised touch to anything makes it special for both – the sender and the receiver. Here customization works wonders. They become meaningful, heartfelt gifting. In personalised gifting the range is broad – from home décor, photo frames, welcome signs, handmade home essentials like soaps-loofas etc., to stationery. Here are few interesting categories you can explore while seeking help from the gifting company.

Gifting Good Health

Festivals are all about blessings and happiness that we share with our loved ones in the form of gifts. Deciding a gift and ensuring that it is useful is really important. Post covid, people’s mindset has shifted towards healthy eating and choosing a healthy lifestyle. What better than giving a healthy gift this festive season? Let’s encourage our friends and family to start a healthy lifestyle by giving them health and wellness hampers.

Gifting – Image courtesy google images, Gaia

Gifting Home Décor

Ethnic, handcrafted and Local – is the mantra of today’s gifting scene, when it comes to home décor items. There are so many brands who now loop in local artisans and offer wide range of home décor items from curtains, figurines, handloom, trays coasters… the list is endless. There is so much local art in India that gifting art and home décor – not only adds ethnic touch but makes it vibrant and colourful. Gifting little pieces of tradition makes it special for the receiver.

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Gifting Home Essentials

Organic is the in-thing. Chemical free and eco-friendly packaged handmade soaps, shampoo bars, organic loofahs, essential oils, moisturisers and oils, and scented candles. You can make your family or friend feel special with these gorgeous looking and aromatic items.

Gifting – Image courtesy google images, amala earth

Festive Gifting – Corporate

The pandemic posed such a hard hitting challenge on everyone. But despite the unfortunate folding of events; it has brought people closer and is visible through an unprecedented rise in corporate gifting orders. Corporate gifting has seen growth amidst pandemics, along with few changes in the patterns and choices. The ticket size of Corporate Gifting has shot up. Companies can foresee that the last 2 years, a work from the home model has somehow suited everyone and reduced a lot of overhead costs for them. This way, while allocating budgets for other departments, gifting, and employee happiness have surely got a bigger share than earlier.

Gifting ‘Work From Home’ Gifts

As companies are letting their employees work from home amidst the pandemic, retaining them has been an equal challenge. For instance, multinational companies like Facebook offered $1K to every employee for setting up their home office. Although that might be possible for tech giants like Google and Facebook, it is not possible financially for a lot of businesses. A simple and cute gesture like gifting a journal, stationery, or a mug also does the job.

Gifting – Image courtesy Google images

Gifting ‘Back To Office’ Gifts

What better way to ask your employees to resume office finally, when last span of lockdown opens. To decorate your work station, there are plenty of options which include stationery, planners, smartphone holders, and calendars. There are some gifting companies that source and create hampers that include creative and stylish desk organizer and for planet lovers a specialised desk décor, and eco-friendly stationery products.

Gifting Tech Gizmos

Without a doubt, technology gizmos appeal to corporate employees and is the number-one category for corporate gifting trends in 2022. Everyone uses it, everybody has it, and if they don’t, they would love to own it. There is a diverse range of tech products that fit employee needs and the company’s budget. For large orders, one can choose items such as wireless headphones, smart watches, portable speakers, etc. For corporate clients and customers, an exclusive and hefty priced tech items would do the trick to impress them, maybe something they are passionate about.

Festive Gifting – Sustainable

The awakening is happening. With so much talk about climate change and adoption of sustainable living, the gifting industry has turned to sustainable and eco-friendly giveaways for personalised and corporate gifting. From packaging to each product, all wrapped as a hamper speaking the sustainable tone is out in the market. It is a trend that has picked up tremendously and is here to stay. Also, today customers love to do business with brands that are committed to the health of the environment, and employees take pride in working for companies that practice sustainability.

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Gifting Destinations – In Goa

The Nice Gift: a goa-based gifting paradise that offers options for corporate gifts that can be made personalised. They design and collate gifting solutions for all corporate events and conferences. They have options of eco-friendly and sustainable gifting from goodies bags & baskets, mugs, t-shirts, hoodies, sports jerseys, and other collectables made into a hamper. (website: https://thenicegifts.com/index.php)

Paper Boat Collective: a beautiful collection of careful hand-selected gifts at your discretion. Paper Boat creates a mesmerizing bouquet of goodies hamper with their hand-picked products, for all occasions. (website: https://www.paperboatcollective.in/pages/the-gift-guide)

Wedoogle is one of the largest wholesalers in India for wedding & event decor, festive home decor, personalised & corporate gifting products. They create exemplary and uniquely designed, tailormade products in the decor and gifting segment. And they stand with local artisans. (website: – http://www.wedoogle.in/)

Treazure – Explore Gifting Ideas: – it is a treasure house of gifting options. You name it and they will make it for you.

The Hamper Flair: – This Mapusa based store is surely going to give your surprises. Gift hampers for all festivals and occasions. Take your pick and make your loved ones happy. (website: https://the-hamper-flair-goa.business.site/)

Fluver Goa – from scrumptious cakes to flowers to decoration spread. This Socorro based online gift store has it all. Choose from a plethora of beautiful bouquets or gorgeous looking cakes filled with flavour. Place your order online here – https://www.fluvergoa.com/

Surprises In Store: – Gifts are a wonderful way of expressing, love, care and gratitude. And this store brings it all to your loved ones. Be it any occasion, they have a wide range of exclusive products for making gifting a special gesture.

Gifting Destinations – Beyond Goa

Fab India: – To celebrate the festive season, Fab India has some classy collections of handcrafted string lights and Jodhaa – an opulent dinnerware collection. The options don’t limit here. Visit the store near you and get mesmerized. A perfect gift waiting to be given away, available at all Fab India stores across the country as well as on their website.

The Wishing Chair: – a homegrown lifestyle brand that designs handcraft, limited-edition high-quality homeware and gifting products help you express your artistic side. Whether it’s through ceramics, wall art or home decor, the brand’s spread gives you the chance to choose exclusive products from their range. (website: https://wishingchair.in/)

Amala Earth: – promoting conscious living, the brand breathes sustainability all the way. It brings together brands, products, experts and individuals that create a world where all living beings can co-exist harmoniously. (website: https://amala.earth/collections/gifts)

Loopify: This Mumbai based gifting arcade can send to you and your loved ones, a range of eco-friendly gift hampers, office staples, stationery, personal care, organic beverages and more that will put a smile on the face of the receiver. These are completely plastic free, recyclable and biodegradable. (website: https://www.loopify.world/)

Gaia Good Health, a leading health and wellness brand Gaia offers healthy gifting options. The brand has brought assured quality to the Indian market, making health solutions accessible to all. It has spurred a movement of healthy living among Indians by offering a wide range of healthy substitutes. Now give your loved ones the promise of good health with Gaia’s Celebration packs. (https://www.gaiagoodhealth.com/)

Fruit Box & Co. offers hampers filled with premium quality fruits & vegetables to extend invigorating nutrition at your doorstep. It is one of the pioneer names in its niche that provides a huge range of imported, local, seasonal and exotic fruits & vegetables. Focusing on health, quality and convenience, the company believes in sourcing its products straight from the farmers. (website: https://fruitboxco.com/)

Rage Coffee: for your friends and family who are big coffee lovers, and whose day doesn’t begin without a cup filled with aromatic coffee, Rage Coffee is an ideal gift for them. A natural plant-based coffee brand made of 100% Arabica beans and sourced exclusively from high farms within India and from Ethiopia. It is vegan and gluten-free coffee that would be a great choice for your diet and health-conscious friend/family. What else can be a better gift than boosted energy, enhanced fitness and a sustained energy throughout the day. (website: https://ragecoffee.com/)

The Giving Tree: Home decor trays with matching coasters, to puzzle sets that become a décor item, to tea packs, to dry fruits and sweets – they will surely brighten up your experiences. (website: https://www.thegivingtree.in/)

Gifting – Image courtesy Google images

The gifting practice has undergone change in terms of options and expressions. An eloquent gift during festivities for your friends and families creates a special bond. Choosing the right gift, getting them customized, and having them specially delivered is all that matters. And for these types of curated services, there are gifting services that will do it for you, end-to-end. So, enjoy your festivals, and leave the rest to the specialists. Happy Festivities.

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Author: Nidhi Lall
Nidhi Lall is a wordsmith with a passion for written word. She has worked in the field of advertising and marketing for about 15 years. She also has an inclination towards designs and visuals, and she knows how to give a face to written words. Mostly a solo explorer, Nidhi chooses to walk the unbeaten path. Nidhi is currently following her heart, working as a freelance content writer and digital media consultant with multi-clientele. She is also part of Planet Goa family, as a Content Contributor.

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