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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Wondering what to give your sibling this Raksha Bandhan? Here are some options

For your ears

Handcrafted jewellery

Gift her a classic pair of Jewels from Vaidaan. The hand-crafted Indian contemporary earrings offer a modern take on the classics, with crystals and stones; from chandbalis to contemporary tassels you can find it all. Log on to; price on request.

Designer earrings

Designer Paroma Popat offers a new set of earrings for the sister in your life. The bright colours will add a touch of cheer to the day, and are designed for women with modern sensibilities. Price on request. Availabile at Azotiique,Mumbai and Shopviolla.

For your skin

Raksha Bandhan beauties

Blend beauty and love this Raksha Bandhan with The Body Shop Gift Sets.  Swap that card/ flower/cake routine with an extravagant gift hampers of beauty and skincare sets as a token of love for your siblings. Ideal for the occasion, these beautifully packed sets consist of  grooming essentials that brothers will cherish and body lotions, shower gels, face masks, hand creams, fragrances,makeup and many more items  that sisters will love.  Best of all, feel guilty free as all products are vegetarian and 100%  animal cruelty free.   You can opt for pre-packed gifts or make your own assortment, assembling the best of your choice.

Availability All The Body Shop Outlets and at

Beauty hampers

This Raksha Bandhan, gift your sister Alanna’s Rakhi Hampers that bring an assortment of natural beauty products from the house of Alanna. Available in three price ranges, (Rs 500, Rs 1000 and Rs 1500) the hampers contain products such as Detox Face and Body Scrub and Rose and Grapeseed Face Mist and more. Alanna products, are handmade, 100% natural, Sulphate free, Paraben free, Cruelty-free FDA and PETA approved, the company says. Log on to, or Amazon.

The artistic type

DIY Rakhi workshop

While everyone is getting the same old mass-produced rakhis from the market this Raksha Bandhan, send a handcrafted expression of your love for your sibling! Create your own special rakhi for your brother at this Do-It-Yourself rakhi making workshop at the Regent in The Shalimar Hotel.  Learn the art of quilling and use it to make beautiful rakhis  from artist and architecture student, Bhakti Teckchandani. Quilling is an art form that involves the use of paper strips that are rolled, shaped and glued together to create designs. At the end of the workshop, you will be take back two different rakhis: one with quilling and the other, customised with a photo of your sibling!  So express yourself through craft and create a memorable masterpiece for your sibling this Rakshabandhan this Sabbath!

Where  The Regent, Level 9, The Shalimar Hotel, August Kranti Marg, Cumbala Marg, Kemps Corner
When  Saturday, 25 August 2018
Time10.30 am - 12.30 pm
Price Rs 750 (includes art supplies, food and beverages)
Contact 8369464793 for Tickets

Get active!

Want to do something fun with your sibling? Gift him/her a day to remember, with an activity that you can do together! At an Impasto technique workshop, using acrylic paint on a circular canvas, artist Kamalrukh Gotla will help you master the art of Impasto as well as mixed media. By the end of this three-hour workshop, you will have created gorgeous 3-D floral designs that you can take home as souvenirs. No prior painting experience is needed. The workshop takes place on Sunday, August 26  12pm to 3pm at The Regent, Level 9, The Shalimar Hotel, Kemps Corner. The cost, Rs 1600 (including all art supplies, food and beverages). Contact 9820697721.

For corporate women

Fabriano Boutique offers a range of items for women who mean business. There’s the PortaBlocco in A5 and A4 size in various colourways; refillable diary; notepad; construction pencil and key-chain. Or try the Leather Collection in Bluette, available in seven different colours with various options—travel wallet, login and password keeper, passport wallet, Alexa credit card holder, Dr. Light laptop bag with compartments, all handmade in Italy.

Check out their Hetre Collection, their Summer 2018 Collection in ecological materials and their EcoQua Colore Collection. Go visit Palladium Mall.

Get quirky

Free scarves

Pastels and Pop is sending a free handmade scarf with every order placed on their website, till the end of the month.  Check out their jutti collection. This ethnic designer label, inspired by the vibrant handcrafting culture of India, specialises in handcrafted Punjabi juttis, mojaris, khussas. Pastels and Pop has strong ethnic roots and thrives on local artisanship. The brand ventured into Indo-Western clothing last year, and the company says that their products have been appreciated by Sabyasachi,  Taapsee, Soha Ali Khan and Esha Gupta, among others.


The food lover

For food-lovers

‘Eat right, live long and stay healthy’, says Ravi Saxena, MD, Wonderchef. Their kitchen appliances range includes a pizza maker (which can also do uttapam, dosa, roti and other dishes; a coffee brewer; air fryer; a Nutri-blend mixer and a bread maker with 19 pre-programmed menu options.

Rakhi hampers

Blue Ribbon by Foodhall at Palladium offers a wide range of Rakhi gifts and hampers. Choose from customised, specially crafted hampers. Duet, for chocolates, is priced from Rs 2600 onwards; Medley, for treats by YokuMoku, is from Rs 5200 onwards; Legacy of India, for Indian sweets, is from Rs 1800 onwards; Legacy of Arabia, for dry fruits, nuts, stuffed dates and shortbreads, is for Rs 1800 onwards.

Get sassy

Sassy Teaspoon launches a selection of gift hampers that will be available at all their outlets. They have three varieties. Their Small Hamper is priced at Rs 675 plus taxes  and comprises  Lavash, Bread Sticks, Brownie Chunks, three Assorted Cookies and six Assorted Macarons. The Medium Hamper, priced at Rs 975 plus taxes, includes lavash, bread sticks, brownie chunks, six cookies, four assorted cupcakes and a Sassy Mug. The large hamper, priced at Rs 1975, includes a half kg cake. You can order on Swiggy, Scootsy and Zomato.

Festive Foodstuffs

Avani Raheja and Samir Gadhok of Burgundy Hospitality  are offering exciting options for foodies  and travel buffs who pride themselves on their memento-collecting skills when vacationing. Accordingly, the duo has stocked their gift boutique  at Palladium with products that are exotic and  authentic; items that a recipient would never want to regift, they say.  Customers can  personalize each hamper they plan to gift, selecting items that the recipient would enjoy and appreciate.

The store showcases a range of  high quality boutique brands and products ranging from Belgian chocolate, and French confectionary to Dragees sourced from Greece, cakes from Tier Nom, craft coffee roasted by Koinonia, and gourmet gifts from Sustenance.

Where: Provenance gift boutique at Palladium, Lower Parel
Price Rs 800 for a breakfast hamper, going up to  Rs 1 Lakh for a personalised hand-embossed wooden trunk. Ready gift hampers can also be picked off the shelf.

For him and her

Made in India fragrance

A Make in India initiative, Embark Fragrances is  an urban, contemporary fragrance brand whose high quality products lasts all day and are available at affordable prices. My Dream for her is floral oriental and woody, My Life for him is citrus-ambery.

Price Rs 1,595 for 100ml
Availability Shopper's Stop, Lifestyle, Central and New U-Dabur stores across India

Handcrafted Specials

Escaro Royale Specials are handcrafted and stylish. Pick from the collection of wallets, bags, and cufflinks to pamper your brother.

Price Varies, free shipping

Chic accessories

To all the brothers out there pamper your sister with the stylish and chic range of ALDO  shoes, bags and accessories and to all the sisters it is time to reciprocate that love with some  shoes and bags.

Festive timepieces

Versace’s Spring Summer 2018 Watch Collection for him and her comes embellished with laser printed logo lettering, the iconic 3D Lion’s heads, Swarovski crystals, sunray displays with crystal-set indices makes a strong style statement.

The watches are available in different variants: Blue and pink pastel tones for women, IP black , steel or IP gold, with leather straps in  black, white, nude or "Florida Keys" green for men. And for the sporty-minded bro, a multifunction movement, multi-tiered dial and eye-catching geometric colour contrasts.

Where At authorized retailers and online at
When Available from September in Versace boutiques,
Price On  request

Customized wear

Bareskin is India’s first online fashion brand pioneering in customizing leather jackets, footwear, accessories and bags. The brand is built around attention to detail, pride in quality and maintaining value for money while giving a fashion-forward feel.


Ellementary sibling

Still haven’t got a gift for your sibling or confused about what to get? Fret not, because Ellement Co. has just what you need to fast-forward the hours of window-shopping. Bring a smile to your sibling's face every day  while they sip on their coffee or tea in Ellement Co.’s quirky mugs, accessorized with offbeat quotes like ‘more life, less rush’, ‘yasss’ and ‘y tho’. If your sibling is not a coffee or tea person, then help them plan the day with Ellement Co.’s daily planners. Still not sure? Find a winner with cozy slogan sweatshirts, designed for the selfie queen, the bright and bubbly or the classy one.

With so many  options, finding the perfect gift has never been easier. You can also save yourself a trip outdoors in the rains and order online from Ellement Co. to make this special day even more special!


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