It’s that time of the year again! Just before Halloween, Christmas and New Year comes Diwali, the Indian festival of lights that sees homes around the world light up to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. If you celebrate the occasion, it’s likely that you’re planning to host a get-together over the coming days, or are seeing your calendar quickly fill up with Diwali outings at the homes of your closest friends and family. And no Diwali is truly complete without a few good gift exchanges.
Before we get started with this year’s gift guide, however, an important note for all who celebrate Diwali: With environmental concerns only growing stronger year on year, it’s important for all to approach the festival of lights more thoughtfully, using the occasion to reconnect with loved ones and make memories without fireworks and crackers, which are extremely harmful to the ozone layer, dangerous to humans, traumatic for animals, and major contributors of noise pollution.
Now let’s dive in! Household pieces are always a winning choice when it comes to Diwali gifting—why not treat your favorite hosts to ikat print glasses, a paisley print throw, or Versace cake stand? Other must-haves include La DoubleJ’s vibrant dessert plates, party-ready pearl-detailed napkin rings by Completedworks, and beaten gold trays by Tom Dixon, which can easily be decorated with fresh marigold blooms for an authentic festive finish.
For the hosts who love throwing card parties during Diwali, there’s no going wrong with a pristine Alexandra Llewellyn cards set, which comes in rich wooden casing, or even a travel-friendly set by Aerin. A scented Jo Malone candle makes a great pick for those who like to brighten up ever corner, as are Trudon’s earthy candle holders and Ginori’s incense burners.
Coming to fashion, Diwali is a wonderful time to invest in festive wear, and young Indian designers like Saaksha & Kinni and Arpita Mehta are offering up an array of ensembles that perfectly blend traditional elements with modern silhouettes. As for beauty, Miss Dior’s hair oil is as apt a choice as Saanté Selfcare’s collection of facial elixirs and hair potions, all made using ancient Indian remedies rooted in Aromatherapy, Reiki and Ayurveda. For makeup enthusiasts, Makeup by Mario’s jewel-toned eyeshadow palette is a festive must-have.