Tired of the endless lines and bargain hunting? A creative turn is all it takes to make sure your gifts get the most ooh-and-aah reactions this holiday season. Rochelle Pinto gives out-of-the-box gift shopping tips this Christmas...
Customised presents have become a popular trend.. a personal statement that the receiver won’t forget. And the best part is that you won’t have to run all over town because personalising gifts is now as easy as picking up the phone and dialing the right number.
Just for kids
Vaidehi Tanna is the force behind Taraashna, a gift store for kids. A student of J J College of Arts, she has tried her hand at everything from household accessories to children’s bags and T-shirts. She even has a kiln in her workshop to make customised ceramic ware. “Around this season, designs like holly leaves and snowmen are in demand. Everyone wants something Christmas-related,” she says. “Personalised photo albums are very popular too. They make for fine takeaway gifts at Christmas parties.”
Softboards fashioned from cork boards are also a hit. “If the client has a specific idea in mind, we’re open to making it. But we usually do bulk orders, so the cost of a single piece may vary.” Bags at Taraashna start at Rs 90 while T-shirts cost Rs 160 and more.
Sugar lovers rejoice. Thanks to Ruchi Chopra and her online store ASAP (Any Surprise Any Place), you can actually gift someone a box of cookies of your choice.
Based in Delhi with an international network, Chopra can fulfil every gifting request down to the colour of the icing on a cake. “I can deliver a surprise between three hours and two days depending on how complex it is.”
Chopra’s store has several categories — from 30th birthday celebrations to Christmas — to choose from. This season’s special is the stuffed stocking.
The largest stocking is three-feet-long and designed in such a way that the receiver can indulge in a treasure hunt. “The stocking is stuffed with little chocolates and toys. You never know what you’ll find,” she smiles. Another hot-seller is the Santa hat that bears the wearer’s name on it.
For the sentimental and nostalgic, Kreating Keepsakes offers made-to-order scrapbooks.
Kaya Shewakramani helps clients compile special moments.. clients could even give their design inputs. The scrapbook could be converted into a wall-hanging as well.