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All-in-one gifts for Diwali

Can’t choose between chocolates or mithai at the last minute? How about both and plenty more in these elaborate hampers

art and culture Updated: Nov 07, 2012 18:47 IST
Shweta Mehta

They might be considered gifting options that the lazy usually resort to, but who doesn’t like hampers? They come in all shapes and sizes, fit the smallest of budgets and have something for everyone in a family of even the most diverse tastes. Take your pick from some of the fanciest ones in town.

1. Indigo Deli
Their range of hampers from Rs 850 onwards includes wine and cheese, home chef or gourmet items, kitchenware as well as coffee and tea. They can be pre-made or customised according to your budget. For example, a Rs 1,500 wine hamper (with wine, cheese and a loaf of bread) can be customised with a different choice of wine or the addition of a wine stopper or journal.

2. Amalya at Leela
Options here include the gourmet cheese and wine hamper (Rs 10,000), a champagne hamper with truffles (Rs 9,000), a sommelier’s choice wine hamper (Rs 6,500), a relaxation tote filled with spa and personal care products (Rs 11,500) or a massive sweet and savour hamper (Rs 8,000).

3.Organic Haus
The store is offering 100 per cent vegetarian and EU certified organic goodies in hampers priced from Rs 1,500 onwards. Mix and match from an assortment of over 1,000 products to suit your taste or budget. There are bite-sized snacks, varieties of rice, sweet and savoury spreads, homecare products, packaged foods and even natural cosmetics.

4. Trident, Nariman Point
Pick from wines, olives, pastas, sauces, dry fruits, mithai and chocolates in their Indian and Italian themed hampers. Prices range from Rs 3,500 for the Indian deluxe hamper to Rs 10,000 for the Italian premium hamper.

5. Nature’s Basket
Hampers that can be customised here include world cuisine (Rs 1,600 onwards), Mexican (Rs 2,580), Italian (Rs 3,985), organic (Rs 2,600 onwards), coffee and tea (Rs 2,100 onwards) and a whopping grande celebration hamper (Rs 5,250) with everything from juices and energy drinks to cheese and chocolates.

6. Artisan, Sofitel
Head to Artisan at Sofitel, BKC to create a customised hamper priced between Rs 1,800-22,000. This one, for example, contains lamps, Indian sweets, chocolates, olive oil, wines, cookies, silverware, scented candles, homemade confiture and a range of other goodies.

7. BBC, JW Marriott
At the hotel’s bakery and patisserie, pick from hampers priced between Rs 2,500-6,600. they contain a variety of elements — chocolates, mithai, macaroons, brownies, diyas, nuts, cookies, cakes, candles, wine and a cute little toran. The elements can be bought separately too, from Rs 90 onwards.

8. Foodhall
Their specialty is to customise and create a hamper for just about any theme you give them. Choices include breakfast in bed (Rs 5,000), chocolate fondue hampers (Rs 2,750), bread baskets (Rs 1,850), high tea (Rs 3,999), the couch potato hamper (Rs 3,275), cheese platters, spices, vegetables or fruits (each from Rs 999 onwards), organic groceries (Rs 1,550), Lebanese and Moroccan (Rs 2,799), Japanese (Rs 3,250), Italian (Rs 4,350) or Thai (Rs 2,700).

9. Gourmet West
The store’s hamper focuses on gourmet products, moving completely away from mithai. Choose from chocolates, chips, nuts, wine, cookies and a variety of cheese platters. Costs range from Rs 500-2,100.