24 Diwali gift ideas for every budget, starting at ₹500
It’s the season of giving, and we have some ideas
As much as we love the festive season, we have a bone to pick. With one celebration after another, we’re running out of hosting energy and Diwali gift ideas. Let’s face it: the exchange of gifts is a sport in itself. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a rookie gifter, the pressure’s always on to find that perfect present that’ll make you everyone’s favourite without draining your bank account.
Should you be looking for Diwali gift ideas that will impress your boss, or risk splurging on something they may not like? What do you get for a friend who seems to have it all?
Since it’s the season of giving, we’re here to help. Pointing you in the direction of Diwali gift ideas for different budgets to suit the diverse personalities you’ll be encountering this Diwali.
Pro tip: as an act of kindness, you can also casually share this with people worried about what they should get you for Diwali this year. Maybe zoom into the one you really have your eye on, you know, in case they haven’t picked up on the hints you’ve sprinkled over the past month.
Kitaabi keedas, decor lovers and more: Diwali gift ideas for every personality type and budget
For the person obsessed with home improvement
Under ₹500: Easy wall decals from Kalakaari Haath, ₹499
Kalakaari Haath creates beautiful wallpapers, but we love their DIY decals that you can stick on the walls around the house.
With little effort, these decals make a big decor difference to the room. We love the flamingos, but they also have a wide range for you to choose from. They also have a buy-2-get-1 free deal going on right now.
Under ₹2,000: Pichola marble flower votive holder by Mason Home (set of 4), ₹1,500
Crafted with marble, these holders are multipurpose. Pop in a candle, some flowers, trinkets or even some nuts for guests to snack on during the festivities.
You could also just place them as is and let them be the centre of attention. Add an elegant touch to even the simplest of table settings.
These champagne saucers are works of art. Despite the name, they are versatile, suitable not only for champagne, but also for cocktails, wine or other beverages, making them appealing to a wide range of people.
A gift that signifies the celebratory nature of Diwali and raising a toast to the joy shared with loved ones.
For the fragrance fanatic
Under ₹500: RENEE Bloom EDP, ₹449 (currently on sale)
The internet has hailed this perfume as a close match to the iconic Good Girl perfume by Carolina Herrera.
With a mix of floral and spicy notes, just a few spritzes of this blend will fill the room with the enticing scent of jasmine, sandalwood, vanilla and cocoa.
Under ₹2,000: Istanbul evil eye candle by The Faraway Tree, ₹1,575
You get a 3-in-1 deal with this stunning candle from The Faraway Tree.
The calming and purifying aromatic blend of lavender and lemongrass, a stunning showpiece with amethyst crystals, dried lavender and evil eye, and a ward against nazar–this one’s a crowd pleaser. In fact, they may need something to keep the buri nazar away from this candle.
Sky’s the limit: Starter kit by Good Melts, ₹6,999 – ₹7,999
For the people in your life who light candles and forget to blow them out, this electric burner with a timer reduces all risks.
In the kit, you also get three scent wax tablets. Pop one (or mix scents) on the burner, let it melt and fill the room with its aroma. When it’s time to put it away, the silicone topper allows users to easily remove the leftover wax without it crumbling, and store it for future use.
For the aspiring beauty guru
Under ₹500: Vanilla Vibes body oil by Plum BodyLovin’, ₹299 (100 ml)
Did you know that, according to science, the sweet and nutty fragrance of vanilla is considered the world’s favourite scent?
With winter right around the corner, body oil makes for a great gift, one that nourishes and protects the skin while also leaving a warm, lingering scent throughout the day.
Under 2,000: Kumkum Glow gift box by Kama Ayurveda, ₹1,550
A gift that will make them glow brighter than a diya.
With this, you’ve gifted an entire skincare ritual perfect for the festive season, with rose water, a cleansing oil, a face scrub and the star of the show, the iconic Kumkumadi thailam by Kama Ayurveda.
Sky’s the limit: Dyson Airwrap™ multi-styler, ₹49,900
The Dyson Airwrap is the gift that keeps on giving.
The easily detachable barrels give you a variety of options to style your hair, from beachy waves and voluminous curls to a salon-like blowout.
It uses the Coanda effect to attract hair and wrap hair, styling it with air rather than extreme heat. So it can be used for every party that’s coming your way, without worrying about hair damage.
For the bougie friend who has a taste for the finer things in life
Under ₹500: Personalised leather luggage tag by The Messy Corner, ₹298
It’s time to encourage your friend, the one with an appreciation for the little things in life, to get rid of the t-shirt scrap their mum repurposed as an identifying marker for their luggage and replace it with this personalised luggage tag.
These come in a bunch of fun colours, so you can mix and match, get it personalised and make your travel-loving friend happy.
Under 2,000: Ras Luxury Oils jade gua sha, ₹1,590
Are they even fancy if they don’t have a multi-step skincare routine?
A gua sha is the next step up to their standard face massage that will sculpt their face (albeit temporarily) while also serving as a relaxing and meditative experience after a long day of doing fancy-people things.
Sky’s the limit: Tanqueray London Dry Gin, ₹2,800
They have a refined palate and a taste for only the best of the best. Tanqueray is always a great gift that speaks for itself.
If you want to really be everyone’s favourite guest this festive season, then brush up on some cocktail recipes – Tanqueray shares quick recipes on their Instagram – and play mixologist for the evening.
For the one who refuses to grow up
Under ₹500: Dark Knight Batman bobblehead by Tinyminymo, ₹499 (currently on sale)
It’s hard to be intimidated by this Dark Knight, given the tiny little body, giant bobblehead and baby face.
But this will become their favourite accessory, placed on their desk or even in their car. There’s also a slide-out holder for their phone.
Under ₹2,000: Harry Potter Snitched mini bag by The Souled Store, ₹999
The creator isn’t our favourite witch right now, but Harry Potter will always hold a special place in every heart.
Though The Souled Store has some cute Harry Potter Merch, you can’t gift something specific without knowing their House allegiance, and it’s best not to guess. But the Snitch is universal, and they can carry it around on their shoulders with pride.
Sky’s the limit: Star Wars: The Mandalorian – The Child by LEGO, ₹7,815
There’s no age limit on a love for LEGO. Star Wars fanatics will love this set that lets them build their own little Grogu (popularly known as Baby Yoda).
We do caution that if they have kids in the family, this gift may give rise to some family tensions.
For the kitaabi keedas
Under ₹500: Leather corner bookmarks by The Black Canvas, ₹400
If they’re someone who constantly dog ears their books (and yours), then this is a great replacement for a hard-to-break habit.
It seems like something so small, but it’s only once they begin using these that they’ll realise it makes them feel like ‘professional’ readers – their dream job, after all.
Under ₹2,000: Ceramic glazed elephant bookends (set of 2) by Fabindia, ₹1,999
Fabindia never disappoints. These adorable bookends will help them keep all the books they’ve bought (but are yet to read) organised and in place. We get it, and we have plenty on our TBR list, too.
Utility while also serving as eye-catching decor pieces. We call that a win-win situation.
Sky’s the limit: Fire and ice dragon resin night light by GiftSymphony, ₹9,306 – ₹26,538
If they can recite Tyrion Lannister’s speech from the battle of the Blackwater scene without looking it up, then you don’t need any other Diwali gift ideas. This is the one.
It comes in different sizes and design variations to choose from. But we say, go big or go to the Wall.
For the ones with health and wellness on their mind
Under ₹500: Bamboo workout towels by Athlos, ₹497 (set of 2)
A quick-absorbing gym towel that keeps bacteria at bay, while also letting them look snazzy in their workout pictures.
They’re super handy and durable, and come in many different colours. You don’t understand the necessity of a good gym towel until you’re dripping sweat all over the treadmill.
Under ₹2,000: Healthy snack box by Nutty Gritties, ₹1,815
The festive season can be a tough time for people trying to stick to their health and fitness plans. It’s hard to resist the all-encompassing, wafting smell of kaju katlis.
Let them indulge, but you can also help them stay on track with healthy yet tasty snacks. Mix things up with southern pepper cashews, delicious barbeque almonds, and a Thai chilli blend you may want to swipe yourself. The best part is that they come in resealable packs, so they won’t have to worry about proper storage.
Sky’s the limit: Fitbit Charge 6 fitness tracker, ₹14,999
10,000 steps a day for optimal health may be a myth, but a fitness tracker is still the best companion you can ask for on this journey.
This Fitbit gets them a 6-month premium subscription with access to workouts by Fitbit’s experts, as well as all the goodies of tracking heart rate, sleep, steps and calories burned. Syncing it with a Google account will give them access to the essentials like Maps so they don’t get lost on that nightly jog and YouTube to access their workout playlist.
For the perpetually stressed who need self-care
Under ₹500: Calming Brew by Tea Trunk, ₹500
We take self-care seriously, and after a long day at work, a calming brew is what will get them in the right mood for it.
It starts with relaxing from within, and if the stress just isn’t leaving their body, then this tea’s lavender buds, mixed with calming chamomile flowers and lemon peel, will help melt it away.
Under 2,000: Wink silk eye mask by My Muse, ₹1,299
Smooth as silk, this eye mask will have them drifting off to sleep with a smile on their faces.
Speaking of being left with a smile on your face, as My Muse notes, this can also double up as a blindfold for when you’re in the mood for some extracurricular activities with a partner (or yourself).
Sky’s the limit: Chenille hooded long robe by Victoria’s Secret, ₹8,592
It’s time to loosen that necktie, unbutton the jeans and dress down straight into this comfy robe by Victoria’s Secret.
Nothing says ‘no mood to work’ than a robe with a hoodie that they can snuggle up in, binge-watch the latest true crime show to hit the OTT platforms and even take a nap.
Products mentioned are in stock, and prices accurate as per the time of publishing.