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Kickstart the festive season with our nifty gift guide

Here’s what to gift this festive season to earn brownie points from your loved ones

brunch Updated: Oct 08, 2016 15:28 IST
From handcrafted shoes to a Swarovski pendant that doubles up as a USB memory key, these gifts are sure to earn you brownie points
From handcrafted shoes to a Swarovski pendant that doubles up as a USB memory key, these gifts are sure to earn you brownie points

The Luxe Man’s Travel Companion - The Dandy Travel Trunk

Who said vanity and vanity cases are only for the ladies! This travel trunk is perfect for the male hedonist. It comes equipped with a cigar case, a poker set, a set of glasses, a self-winding watch system and a speaker concealed in a drawer with transonic material. It also connects to all types of smartphones and tablets and serves as an integrated charging point.

Price: Rs 2-5 lakh

Available at: Ville-de-Luxurie, Delhi

The Pendant With A Memory - Swarovski Heart Ware USB Memory Key

Is she always borrowing your pen drive? You know what makes for a subtle hint and doubles up as a very charming gift? This 1GB USB memory key disguised as a beautiful heart-shaped pendant. One half of the heart is of stainless steel and contains the USB connector. The other half is made of asymmetrically-cut silver shade crystal.

Price: Rs 23,000

Available at: Swarovski stores

Let Her Feet Go Vegan - Love Is Mighty Handcrafted Shoes

Created from rare vintage embroidered textiles and crafted by indigenous tribes of north India, these vegan shoes by Love Is Mighty, make for some mighty lovely gifts. No two pairs are alike and each pair takes more than eight hours to manufacture.

Price: Rs 14,000 onwards

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A Very Light Read - Kindle Oasis Wi-Fi Plus Free 3G

The thinnest and lightest Kindle so far, it has the same features as that of the older Kindles (300 ppi, touchscreen, page turn buttons). But it comes in a much slimmer package. This may not smell of old books, but the book-nerd in your family will only be thankful when they don’t get bogged down by the weight of War and Peace anymore.

Price: Rs 27,999

Available at:

The Suave Grooming Kit - Luxury Edition Gift Set from Truefitt & Hill

Want your man to look smooth and feel grand? This shaving kit from the UK-based luxury salon brand has a shaving cream bowl, an aftershave balm, a porcelain shaving brush and a porcelain Mach III razor. You can also choose from four fragrance lines – Trafalgar, 1805, Grafton and West Indian Limes. Trust us, your hand will feel all lavish too when you lovingly run it across his face!

Price: Rs 19,300

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The Babylonian Pout - Rouge Louboutin Matte Lipstick

A lipstick that doubles up as a pendant! In the luscious Louboutin red at that! Such is the stuff that the dreams of makeup lovers are made of. If you know one, this will make for a very exciting gift. The velvet matt lip colour comes in a case that is inspired by Babylonian architecture – its solid black metal body is capped with a turret-like crown of silver and gold and has a small ring threaded with a black silk ribbon which turns it into a neckpiece.

Price: Rs 2,700

Available at: Sephora stores

Not Second Hand, Just Pre-loved - Gianni Versace Chain Medusa Shoulder Bag

Mildly used, this vintage 1990’s Gianni Versace couture purse is a real steal, considering it originally retailed at Rs 83,000. Crafted from faux alligator patented leather, it has dual chain link shoulder straps. Who said you can’t love a pre-loved product once again!

Price: Rs 15,500

Available at:

Winning The Wine Over - Oxbox Wine Preservation System

Perfect for wine-snobs, this wine preservation system is handcrafted using sustainably harvested American black walnut. It keeps your favourite bottle of red or white fresh and robust from the first glass and lets you enjoy it over a few weeks without losing taste.

Price: Rs 42,000

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Rejuvenate By The Blue Seas - Luxury Spa At Six Senses Laamu

Do away with material gifts and present an experience instead. This property by Six Senses is the only resort in the Laamu Atoll, in Maldives. Revive your senses by the blue waters with their award-winning treatments in any one of their spas.

Price: On request

Up, Up and Away - Hot Air Balloon Rides

No longer just a luxury seen on the big screen, hot air balloon rides are very accessible and quite affordable in India today. Available in Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Price: Rs 12,000 onwards

One Automated Cosmo, Please - Somabar Robotic Bartender

Fancy a Whiskey Sour at home tonight? With this fully automated bartending system, now you can have your favourite cocktail right at home, just at the press of a button. It delivers craft cocktails in five seconds flat and you can choose from 300 drinks on the app menu.

Price: $429

Pre-order at:

Socks In A Box - SuperSox Royale Collection

Personalise a luxury edition pair of socks with the recipient’s initials monogrammed on them. The six pairs in the box are made with 2/80 fine cotton count and 240 needles fine gauge.

Price: Rs 6,000

Available at:

Not Your Regular Future Prediction - Genomepatri

Get a genomic prediction that decodes your genetic composition. It helps identify diseases you might suffer from in the future. A genomics testing company will courier a testing kit to you. Detailed reports explain the likelihood of you acquiring specific diseases. If Angelina Jolie can go for it, so can you.

Price: Rs 10,000 - Rs 25,000.


Why Should Humans Have All the Fun!

Goodie Box by Woofbox

Subscription boxes with healthy treats, toys and grooming accessories.

Price: Rs 4,500 – Rs 14,000/month

Available at:

Customised Meals by Dawgiebowl

Balanced, home-cooked meals for your furry buddies, these are customised as per your pet’s needs. Age, size, activity, are all taken into account before a meal is designed for your dog.

Price: Rs 8,000 – Rs 10,000/month


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Glamp In The Jungles - Glamping in Ranthambore

Combine the thrill of camping with the comforts of a plush hotel and you have glamping. Luxury glamping at Ranthambore in Rajasthan also includes a jungle safari.

Price: Rs 50,000 - Rs 2 lakh

Handpicked For Hobbyists

For the Art Enthusiast - Royal & Langnickel 150-Piece Sketching and Drawing Easel Artist Set

Perfect for the avid student, the keen amateur, the travelling artist, irrespective of experience, this Easel Artist Set has no less than 150 items hidden within the adaptable easel storage box so the artist on-the-go can set up a studio anywhere. Made from high quality elm wood with dove tail joints, the box has an adjustable lift-up table top easel and three drawer compartments which are full of all the equipment any artist could need.

Price: Rs 11,649

Available at:

For The Gaming Nerd - Dark Souls

Gamers, you need to check this one out. The Board Game is a strategically challenging, deeply immersive combat exploration game for 1-4 players. The game will come with numerous boss and mini-boss encounters, and will utilise an innovative behaviour mechanic that will mean no two encounters are ever the same, thus giving the game near infinite replayability.

Price: The digital edition is available on the Indian Steam store and PlayStation store for Rs 4,299 and Rs 3,999 respectively.

For The Music Snob - Sony PS-HX500 turntable

If listening to old vinyl records on a lazy evening is your thing, then this is just the thing you would want. Aimed at audiophiles, collectors, and connoisseurs, this innocuous-looking record player has one thing that makes it stand out from the vinyl-spinning crowd – a Hi-Res Audio logo. Yes, the Sony PS-HX500 will take your vinyl and feed the tunes to your computer to be saved as glorious high-resolution files.

Price: $499

Available at:

For The Adventure Junkie - LeEco Le Syvrac smartcycle

This cycle is smarter than a smartphone. In fact, it’s a monster of a mountain bike. Its features include 1700 carbon fibre and aluminium alloy frame, leather saddle; 30-speed groupset; laser lights, Android powered four inch display on handlebar; 4GB ram, bike operating system, speaker and fitness monitors.

Price: $6,000, expected to launch in India by year end.

- With inputs from Shikha Kumar, Ananya Ghosh, Aasheesh Sharma, Atisha Jain, Supriya Sharma

From HT Brunch, October 8, 2016

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