Diwali is one of the biggest occasions in India and is an important time of the year.
Known to be the festival of lights, this is the only festival which is celebrated throughout the country with different cultural ramifications and traditions.
For Hindus of northern part of India it is meant for Laxmi and Ganesha Puja coinciding with the festival of buying gold called Dhanteras, whereas in the eastern part Diwali is called the the Kaali Puja.
Therefore more than any digital gifts or other utensils, handicraft gift items are ideal for the occasion and are easily available in specialized shops of handicraft items, old markets in your city and even shopping malls. Items which are traditional, pretty and with good utilities constitute ideal gifts for Diwali.
Pooja Thali: Silver, brass and copper thalis are easily available in the market in different shapes and designs. These items fulfill both the aspects of beauty and utility.
Aroma Candles and Packs of Incense: Sticking to the tradition, aroma candles and incenses come in various innovative designs which can also be utilized during the Laxmi and Ganesh Puja during the festival.
Dry Fruits: Comprising cashew nuts, almonds, dates, walnuts, pistas and other kinds of nuts, a pack of dry fruits make one of the ideal gifts for the occasion.
Handicraft Items: Handicraft materials are the ideal gift items for the occasion. These are not only ideal for friends and families, but are also impressive as corporate gifts for their traditional taste and novelty. Some of the popular and ideal handicraft gift items are:
Diwali Lamps and Diyas: Since it is the popular belief that this is a festival of light to drive away evil and welcome the good, gifting different types of handmade lamps and diyas justify the root and meaning of the word Diwali. This word comes from Deepavali meaning ‘cluster of light’. Clay, terracotta, dokra and other types of lamps are easily available in the market.
Wall Hangings: Made especially with indigenous materials and by indigenous people, these handmade gifts come with different designs, textures appliques, embroideries and even wood works.
Lanterns and Lampshades: Gorgeous handicraft lampshades and lanterns made of cloth, wire, metal, fiberglass and even woodcarvings are good options as Diwali gifts. Lampshades with Lord Ganesha, Krishna and other major Hindu Deities are popular among them.
Materials with Zari-work, stonework, embroideries, appliques: Sarees, dress materials and wall hangings made with these ethnic elements are favorites among the women.