A gift of love

  • Anupreet Kaur, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 14, 2015 11:21 IST

Love or like love? In either case, it is incomplete without a gift. Be it flowers or a small gift, somewhere the expectation for a token of love persists. The rush at the gift shops, florists and shopping malls is enough to judge the craze of Valentine’s Day among city-goers. While some are trying to make best efforts for their love interest, a few others are getting ready for first-time proposals.

“I am writing many letters to him expressing myself and have attached a few photographs of my memories with him. He is my childhood friend. I just hope to hear a yes from him,” says an 18-year-old schoolgirl.

Now that the D-day is here, we take a look at the gifts bought by the youth to impress their loved ones.

The day is incomplete without flowers. Bouquets made in various sizes are up for sale at city flower shops. The bookings are still on and the prices of roses have surged. “Flowers can be combined with any other gift, but cannot be avoided,” says a customer outside a florist shop in Sector 34, Chandigarh.

An assortment of handmade chocolates or a hamper of the regular chocolates with a flower bouquet can be impressive. “Youngsters or students who don’t have much budget prefer chocolates, especially a small bunch of handmade ones,” says Mandhir Kumar of Angels, Sector 34.

Teddy bears
There has been a misconception that gifting a teddy on Valentine’s is passe. A student at Panjab University says, “I have a long-distance relationship and cannot meet her this time. So, I have couriered her a surprise, which is a huge teddy bear along with a bracelet of my choice.” BS Gulati of Archies, Sector 17, Chandigarh, clarifies, “We have a wide range of teddies in different varieties and colours. The range starts from Rs 100 and goes up to Rs 6,000 and upwards. People are showing a keen interest in it.”

Message in a bottle
A memorable and romantic quote stored in a cute messenger bottle is the next pick by the customers. People are selecting the bottle, which is available in different sizes, as per their preference and budget. “Customers really liked this concept,” says Mandhir.

Water doom
A very common item containing a miniature couple, a replica of the Taj or a pair of teddy bears in pink, blue and white colours has also grabbed attention as it’s a perfect decorative piece that can be treasured for long. “My girlfriend loves such pieces. So, I will be taking one for her,” says a student searching for the perfect piece and colour.

Teddy bear bouquet
In case you are bored with flowers and are looking for a long-lasting piece for your loved one, this might interest you. Embellishment of different teddy bears in the form of a bouquet in different colours and sizes attract the eye. “We were quite apprehensive initially about such products, but have received good reviews,” says Mandhir.

Though these are available with impressive quotes printed on them, some have preferred customised mugs. In this case, one simply has to select his/her choice of photos and get it printed on the mug for one’s Valentine. “I found the transparent and little mugs quite interesting. Even the teddy bears are so cute. I’m actually confused what to buy,” reveals Jahanvi Narula, a student who was helping her friend buy gifts at Archies.

Goodie bags
This has been another option among the buyers. While some have made a hamper, comprising a mug, a quotation in a bottle, small teddy/teddy keychain, perfume and card/candles, others have made an effort to collect things as per the choice of their loved ones. Chandigarh-based Aftab Singh says, “With so much festive spirit around, I have made a little effort and gathered a few things in the past 15 days. For instance, a cane basket, including a stole, green tea, Kashmiri kahwa, a Punjabi jutti, and I’m still finding something interesting for her.”

No matter how ordinary it might be, the trend simply doesn’t fade away. Though buying fragrant candles in diverse shapes is an easy option, some have made the effort of making candles. “As I know candle-making, I will be gifting my boyfriend handmade candles. I have used soothing colours and also his favourite fragrances. I have given different shapes to candles like a teddy bear and a heart,” says a 22-year-old Chandigarh resident.

5 last-minute picks
For students (Rs 100-1,000): Mug, small teddy bear, handmade chocolates, card, photo frameFor others (Rs 1,000 and more): Assortment of different gift items, scented candles, teddy bear bouquet, a wine bottle, branded watch/jewellery.

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