Celebrate the festival of lights with these great Diwali gifts
As we move into the last quarter of the year, there are so many things to celebrate. Alongside Christmas celebrations, the Hindu festival of Diwali brings light and life to the shorter days and longer nights, and many employees will be taking the time to celebrate other cultural festivities. A thoughtful Diwali gift can brighten the days of your employees.
Here’s our sparkling guide to the best Diwali gifts that everyone will enjoy.
Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, is one of the most widely celebrated holidays for Hindus and people of Indian descent. It typically takes place in October and November, and its name is derived from Sanskrit meaning ‘row of lights’. The festival celebrates light triumphing over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. It also serves as the start of the New Year in many regions of India.
Many people spend the festivities sharing meals and spending time with friends and family, performing acts of dana (charitable giving) and seva (selfless service), lighting oil lamps called diyas, cleaning their homes and exchanging small gifts.
Sweet Diwali gifts
If you’re shopping for Diwali gifts online, look out for sweets and nuts – and the brighter the packaging, the better! Indian sweets like laddus, jalebis and burfi are classic choices, but other delicious chocolates and sweets make an appropriate Diwali gift. Mixed nuts, sweet or salted, make a lovely long-lasting gift, too. Diwali involves a lot of socialising, so it's a good idea to offer a crowd-pleasing selection of treats.
Our range of sweet treats includes satisfyingly sticky options from Hotel Chocolat, Mademoiselle Macaron and the all-vegan Candy Kittens. Or why not indulge the whole team with a box of classic doughnuts from Krispy Kreme or to-die-for brownies from Barefoot Bakery and EK Bakery?
Savoury Diwali gifts
For those with less of a sweet tooth, we offer delicious cook-at-home daal kits from Holy Cow. Each recipe is easy to cook, and feeds two people in less than five minutes. Recipients can choose from three combinations of flavours, ranging from mild to spicy, or a mix.
Traditional Diwali gifts
Candles of course also make great Diwali gifts – Diwali is the festival of lights, after all. Scented candles are perfect for lifting the mood and adding ambience during parties and get-togethers, and bonus points for any gold candles or accessories (gifts of gold are traditional during Diwali!) For a fun take on the theme of light, Huggg offers some cool and quirky candle gifts from Maegen and WXY.
And no matter what you're celebrating a bunch of flowers from Bloom & Wild will always be greatly received.
However you choose to mark this special occasion, we hope you find the best Diwali gifts to bring a little extra light to these holidays as well as Christmas this year.