Celebrating Raksha Bandhan in the Lockdown with these Unique Gifts

Here’s a selection of gifts to make your partner-in-crime feel extra special.

Shraddha Varma

Irrespective of what your equation with your sibling has been like since s/he stole the remote and conspired against you with Mom, once again, with Rakshabandhan 2020 just a week away, it’s time to tie up the loose ends and spread some love. 

It could be possible that some of you are spending Rakhi miles away and might have to (fortunately or unfortunately) make do with seeing your siblings on video call. But a thoughtful gift can do loads to bridge the gap and we know just where you can get started. Yes, right here. Keep scrolling for Raksha Bandhan gifts to bookmark. 

FOOD

1. Chocolate Indulgence by CocoCart

Want to give the mithai tradition a miss this year? Order and indulge in imported chocolate brands from across the globe with CocoCart, a Mumbai-based venture. Godiva, Lindt, Hersheys and Nestle – you name it and they’ve got it.

Where to buy:
www.cococart.in







2. Vegan and Gluten-free Dessert Hampers by Yogisattva

Don’t let lactose or gluten intolerance come in the way of dessert binging with your brother or sister on this special occasion. Mumbai-based Yogisattva, helmed by certified plant-based chef Raveena Taurani, introduces an exciting hamper that contains goodies such as cacao chocolate muffins, cacao balls and cacao fudge brownies – all made using locally sourced ingredients. These are available on pre-order basis only. 

Where to buy: Call 9867455009, email on
info@iamayogisattva.com or log on to www.yogisattva.com


3. Rakhi Gift Box by JW Marriott Juhu

To end all your gifting woes, JW Marriott Juhu (Mumbai) has come up with special rakhi gift boxes courtesy their in-house patisserie and deli, The Bombay Baking Co. Their assorted box comprises of artisanal chocolate bonbon, single-origin chocolate bar, kesari ghevar, assorted candied fruits, flax seed granola bar, house-made peanut butter chocolate, apricot marmalade, marinated feta, olive jar, sesame coated Mejdool dates and rakhis. 

Where to buy: Call +91 9004616506



4. Turkish Food Hampers by Hurrem’s
Baklava lovers, Mumbai-based Hurrem’s customised hampers are sure to be a hit among those with an incurable sweet tooth. They’ve got eight varieties of baklava and an extensive range of Turkish delight flavours to choose from. Think pomegranate Turkish delight, classic baklava and hazelnut baklava.

Where to buy: Zomato or call 022 47415007 
 

5. Sweet Treats Hampers by La Folie 

An assortment of bean-to-bar chocolate bars, enrobed pralines, macarons, celebration cakes, cookies and more are put together to create La Folie's variety of dessert hampers for Raksha Bandhan. These delicious treats come beautifully enclosed in a printed box, which you might want to save.

Where to buy: Order via Swiggy or log on to lafolie.in 



6. Limited Edition Rakhi Menu by Le 15 India

People in Mumbai who love baking and chocolate can turn to Le 15 India for mouthwatering gift options. DIY cake mix, assorted nut clusters, almond gourmet chikki and rakhi special limited-edition box are part of the exciting menu created for the festival that celebrates the special bond between a brother and sister. You can add a rakhi, a #1 brother or sister sticker.

Where to buy: Call 9821594464 or email at orders@le15.com


7. Native Tongue

When it comes to gifting food, you simply can’t go wrong with artisanal fruit preserves, nut butters, spreads and sauces made using signature recipes. What makes it even better? A personalised handwritten note, expressing love and gratitude, and a lovely rakhi as add ons. For customised hampers like these to be delivered across India, contact Native Tongue.

Where to buy: nativetongue.in




8. Plant-based Snack Hamper by Epiphany Snacks

Blueberry almond crisps, cranberry almond crisps, California pistachio crunch and almond vanilla crunch are the snacks put together to create Epiphany Snacks' special festive hamper. Catered to vegans, it makes for a great replacement for the traditional mithai this Raksha Bandhan. 

Where to buy: Amazon.in and Epiphany Snacks official website




DRINKS
9. Gift Your Sibling Premium and Luxurious Spirits by Beam Suntory

Raise a toast to fond memories and a promise of even better times ahead with Beam Suntory’s collection of the finest of spirits from around the world. Think bourbon from America, craft gin from Japan and Scotch whisky from Islay. Availability and cost of these spirits will be shared on request by the brand.

Where to buy: beamsuntory.com


10. Say Cheers with a Bottle (or Two) of Liquor from Living Liquidz India

Mumbaikars, earn brownie points this Raksha Bandhan by ordering your sibling’s favourite wine or liquor from city-based liquor retail store Living Liquidz. You can choose from a diverse range of liquor and wine brands from India and abroad.

Where to buy: LivingLiquidz.co.in




11. Immunity-Boosting Juice Pack by Flax – Healthy Living

With immunity being the buzzword due to COVID-19, what better gift than one that helps your sibling stay on top of his or her health game. Pick between the seven-day, 14-day and 21-day pack which feature two of their newly launched juices: immunity builder and immunity booster. Both these drinks are made using fruits and veggies like beetroot, amla and orange. 

Where to buy: Instagram/FlaxItUp


12. A Unique Coffee Experience at Home by Coffeeza

Pick from a selection of delectable gourmet coffee blends or buy your sibling a Finero coffee machine to help recreate a barista-style experience at home. To ensure you kickstart the festive season on a high note, Coffeeza is offering a 24 per cent discount on its coffee machine.

Where to buy: Coffeeza.com
 




FASHION AND GROOMING

13. Argento by Aditi Amin
If your sister loves accessorising, consider a personalised bracelet or a pair of edgy earrings from designer Aditi Amin’s Raksha Bandhan special collection. The range features budget-friendly jewellery pieces that she can wear for any and every occasion. 

Where to buy: www.argento.in
  




14. Care packages by Select Citywalk

Gift your sister a care package curated by Select Citywalk, Delhi. Priced at Rs 3,000 onwards, these packages contain personal care products from The Body Shop, teas from Sancha Tea, a jar from Chumbak and chocolates from Fabelle. They also have a hamper for kids, which includes a Faber Castell world traveller case, luggage tag, a notebook by Gifts of Love and goodies from Hamleys.

Where to buy: selectcitywalk.com 



15. Skin Care Set by Vilvah 

Haven't found the perfect gift for your beauty obsessed sister? Here's a skincare set that she will absolutely love. Vilvah's skin glow set comprises of sustainable skincare products like goatmilk soap, rosewater toner, moringa beautifying serum, royal ubtan, rosy cheek face scrub and lip scrub. 

Where to buy: Vilvahstore.com


TRAVEL
16. A Rendezvous with Nature at Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa

After staying at home for over four months, a weekend getaway amid lush greenery would prove as the perfect gift for your sibling or better – for both of you! Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa located in Shillim, Maharashtra is ready to welcome guests and is offering a 30 per cent discount starting August 7, 2020.

For booking:
Hilton Shillim official website 




17. Raksha Bandhan Package by Oakwood Premier Prestige
Folks in and around Bengaluru can opt for a value-for-money staycation at the Oakwood Premier Prestige located inside Bengaluru’s luxurious UB City Mall to gift their siblings. He or she can shop at the mall, take a leisure walk at the Cubbon Park, or make the most of the hotel’s room service.

For booking: Call 080-22348888


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