Originality seems to be the new buzzword in the gifting circles. An increasing number of people are opting for unique presents to give to family and friends — three-dimensional replicas of a loved one’s hands or feet, personalised gifts or baby tooth albums, are just some examples.
“I was reviewing unusual gifts on the web when I came across a website (www.thecastingkit.com) that contained a unique gift [casting kits],” says Rakesh Jangada, a chemical engineer. “I ordered one for my 10-month-old niece and another for my family. It was fun building our own [foot and hand] imprints. The end cast was amazing, to see all our hands together. It was very emotional.”
While there are websites from where you can purchase such kits online, some sculptors in Delhi are also helping people make casts. “Though this trend is a fresh one in the city, we have orders of 3-4 pairs a month,” says Jai Prakash Negi, a freelance sculptor. A pair made from plaster of paris can cost between Rs 8,000 and Rs 10,000; those in bronze cost Rs 12,000.
If that is bit too heavy on the pocket, then a pair of Magic Mugs might be a good alternative. “These mugs contain a personalised message that appears whenever a hot beverage is poured into them. Costing Rs 500, these mugs are becoming a token of expressing love among youngsters,” says Manoj K Jha of Impulse Marketing “I was gifted a lighter by my girlfriend with a printed photo of mine. I was smoking in that picture, giving a message that she wants me to quit smoking,” reveals Amit Verma, a Delhi University student.
So, if you are looking to giving gifts this year, make sure they are unique!