Perfect for the combative spirit in us! A rugged, outdoorsy man needs tough outerwear. In comes this American Eagle 1358 Sherpa Lined Military Jacket Workwear that will stave off the cold and keep you looking sporty. Price: INR 9,999.
Tea for Two
The winter and end-of-year parties are a time when families and friends come together to exchange hugs and laughter, reconnect with old buddies, create new memories, and share their token of love through the choicest assortment. This festive season ensure to gift your loved ones a bundle of health and joy with the various options available at Luxmi Tea via their festive hamper, which consists of various blends from their tea estates from India and Africa. There’s Masala Chai Blend from their Addabarie Estate, that is blended with aromatic Indian spices and has notes of pepper, ginger, and cinnamon. There's the Tokyo Blend, a green tea which was first developed in 2004 when Gyokuro Sensi Tokishaku Yamashita visited them in the Himalayas. This tea finds devoted connoisseurs in Japan, even though the country itself produces some of the finest green teas in the world. Its unique balance of sweetness and astringency with notes of fresh corn, make it a favourite amongst tea drinkers in Tokyo. There’s also the Queen Elizabeth Blend from their Maikabari Estate in Darjeeling, which was gifted to Queen Elizabeth II by our Honorable PM during his visit to Buckingham Palace. There are also blends from their Gisovu Estate in Rwanda and Moran Tea Estate in Dibrugarh. Price: INR 2,500. The hampers are available at www.luxmigroup.in
A Whiff of Lily
From India’s leading player in home textiles, the Trident Group offers exquisitely crafted bed and bath linen. The first-of-its-kind, ‘Aroma Bedding Collection’ offers king bedsheet set in six pleasant fragrances – Green Apple, Vanilla, Strawberry, Sandalwood, Lily and Lavender for a calming, aromatic experience. The 100 percent cotton bedding range also includes ‘Trident Occasions’, ‘Celebration Collection’ and ‘Trident Utsav’ that feature beautifully handcrafted double bedsheet sets to compliment your home's aesthetic interiors. Featured here is the Trident Aroma Collection Fragrance Bedsheet in Lily. Price on request.
In the Pink of Things
Anika Dhawan of Rani Pink Gifts, a luxury gifting company under the wing of Rani Pink Events, that has launched its new website is bringing to you a special story to make each celebration brighter. The collections offer an exciting trousseau filled with treasures collected from different corners of India. The Pink City collection celebrates memories of Jaipur. Taking inspiration from the women of Rajasthan, they didn’t shy away from pairing the brightest pink with golden gota patti on handcrafted pieces of culture and joy. Their signature hot pink silk dupion layered with different textures of bright gold gota stitched in different patterns, combined with gota phool bootis. The Pink City Full Set is priced at INR 6,350, and includes: The Indian Potli, INR 850; Sweets Box (500g), INR 550; Gift Box, INR 1,400; Trousseau Bag, INR 750; Gift Tray, INR 2,800. Partake in the Rani Pink Gifts experience by logging onto www.ranipinkgifts.com, with shipping worldwide.
Boatful of Goodies
The present pandemic may have dampened moods across the world, but Honey & Dough comes to your rescue with their exciting gifting range for the upcoming party season. Choose from the widest array of gift packs and hampers to send as an engagement present. There is something for everyone, from sweeter picks, to some savoury classics like cheese straws and foxnuts, to bigger hampers that offer the best of both worlds. Hampers have been made with some of Honey & Dough's best-selling products like crispy cheese sticks, hearty cookie boxes, crunchy caramel popcorn and foxnuts, dessert jars, and much more, which makes them the perfect choice for your gifting needs this festive season. The hampers also feature new additions like Cinnamon Sticks, Chocolate Caramel Cashew Nut, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies and Chocolate Brittle in a jar. The Boat Box Hamper is priced at INR 3,250.
Wear these to your year-end family gatherings, and watch heads turn. These Fringe It Up 18 k yellow gold high polish danglers from Melorra, India’s fastest growing lightweight fine jewellery brand, have a dangling rhombus pattern with multiple cable chains forming a V-shape and attached to a hook. Price: INR 73,997. Available online at www.melorra.com
At a time when so many of us are housebound, flowers in every form uplift the spirit and they are a delightful reminder of the joys of nature. This year, India’s leading luxury design maison, Good Earth, unfolds stories that draw inspiration from sacred rituals and ceremonies of flowers to present its Festive Collection 2020 – Pushpanjali. The collection encapsulates a shower of flowers for the home, representing our cultural reverence for the bounty of flowers in the Indian sub-continent. Intricate floral thread work embroideries on luxurious linen, silk and velvets decorate Good Earth’s Gul Bagh festive cushions, as seen here. Price: INR 3,800 onwards. Available online at www.goodearth.in
Denim’s always In
Indoors or outdoors, lunch or a cozy dinner at home, there’s nothing more fashionable than a perfect pair of jeans. This pair on Denims for Men from American Eagle looks sharp enough to wear with a jacket, or dress down with a cashmere sweater, and still look sophisticated. Price: INR 3,999.
Sustainability and home fashion go hand in hand for The Rug Republic. Keeping this in mind, the Upcycled Charm collection is a collection of gorgeous and colourful rugs made using recycled denim, silk, cotton, and even leather, for your parties at home. An example of the brand’s creativity is the Gunray Rug made from recycled fabrics that are first made into ropes and then these ropes are sewn onto a canvas base to make the perfect addition to casual spaces or even kids' rooms. ‘Gunray’ rug is a masterpiece and an eye-catcher with a ‘story and a soul’. The concentric pattern made out of this splash of colours in this unique way make this rug a worldwide favourite with consumers. Price: INR 24,900. Available online at www.therugrepublic.in
India on a Platter
Here’s something to serve up delicious eats at home for those chilly December nights. Thati, founded by Lavli Kumari, means ‘Dharohar’ in Hindi; the brand began with a vision to preserve and revive the traditional folk art of the Bihar region in the form of home décor and clothing, without losing its original identity. The Red Madhubani Tray is priced at INR 1,999.
Put on those Dancin’ Shoes
For the dapper man who’s not afraid to show a bit of bling, Koovs has the perfect pair of shoes to dance the night away, even if it’s a small intimate gathering this new year. The Koovs All Over Golden Sequin Embellished Loafers are priced at INR 2,499. Available at www.koovs.com
Conversations over Coffee
A great stocking stuffer for a loved one is this Araku Coffee Debates Gift Box, with hand-picked coffee to celebrate the festive cheer with candid conversations. The Box comes with two Coffee variants, Signature and Grand Reserve. The two bold and distinct flavours, along with two beautiful green mugs, are a treat to gift your favourite folks this Christmas. Price: INR 3,000
Just in time for those small parties at home, Kaya Dermals Naturals introduces Night Masks that can be used overnight for instant pick-me-up. The Kaya Green Tea & Vitamin E Anti-Pollution Night Mask is a light, cool facial gel that is enriched with natural extracts of green tea, grape seed and chamomile. It also contains vitamin E that is known for its antioxidant properties, and helps protect your skin against environmental pollutants and free radicals thereby preventing signs of ageing.
Fit for a Queen
Inspired by Mughal queen Noor Jahan, the collection Noor by Libas is crafted for the modern Indian woman. The story goes that two centuries ago, when Noor Jahan (translating to ‘light of the world’) was the reigning queen, chikankari found its roots in her patronage. She immortalized chikankari’s Mughal architecture-derived motifs in trellis (or jaali) patterns combined with nature-inspired elements. Persian artisans in Awadh would make these by hand over months. Today, in soft pastel hues of yellow, blue and pink, the collection features cuts and styles from anarkali's, classic suits, to shararas and lehengas. This Libas Kayra green georgette embroidered straight kurta with palazzo pants and dupatta is priced at INR 5,499. Available online at www.libas.in
A Bright New Year
Swatch launches the ‘Sparkling Lights’ collection featuring glitter, shine and sparkle watches just to celebrate the holiday and wedding season in India. The dials in sun-brushed gold color, dark pink, silver, and rose gold complements the festivities celebrated in the country. The watch bezel is polished with stainless steel and sparklissime effect in some watches. The straps include solid matte gold colored silicone, polished stainless steel with gold colored PVD, and silver colorued leather straps. This Sparkling Lights model from Swatch is priced at INR 5,750. Available online at www.myntra.com/swatch-watches
Go with the Glow
For the perfect makeup application for the intimate parties in store for you this season, this is a primer that’s lightweight, and adds that boost of vitamins to your parched skin. Get a dose of vitamins every time you prime with Smashbox Photo Finish Vitamin Face Glow Primer. This travel-size, vitamin-enriched vegan face primer is infused with vitamins B, C and E, and antioxidants and birch water to boost your natural glow. The lightweight, water-gel formula hydrates, revitalizes and softens skin so makeup applies smoothly. Price: INR 1,750. Available at www.Nykaa.com
Strut in Style The nip in the air and end-of-year party fervour calls for some warming celebrations. What better accessoris for your feet than these sequined Black Shimmer juttis from Needledust, part of Needledust x AJSK, a special festive collection in collaboration with legendary couturiers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. Price: INR 7,200. www.needledust.comMy Passion for Him and Her Gift set by Embark
A great Christmas present is this My Passion for Him & Her Gift set by Embark. The My Passion for Him fragrance has top notes of Bergamot and Cinnamon, and bottom notes of Musk and Vanilla, while the My Passion for Her fragrance has top nots of Cassis Buds and Neroli, and bottom notes of Sandalwood Musk. Price: INR 1,390.
To dance away the Monday blues (and the cozy New Year festivities this year), this is the perfect pair. These metallic sandals from eco-friendly footwear brand My I Ra will amp up your wardrobe and make everything from a chic LBD or a long, flowing anarkali, look ravishing.Price: INR 2,500.
Flaunt the prettiest peepers with the Smashbox Super Fan Mascara. This long-wearing, lengthening, vegan mascara gives you modern, fanned-out volume. Get 12-hour length, lift and volume without any heaviness or clumping. A 360° precision double-bristle brush loads the super-black formula from root to tip, while a soft comb reveals lashes you never knew you had. Your lashes are plumped for 12 hours, with no heaviness or clumping. Price: INR 2,100. Available at www.Nykaa.com
Dressed to the Nines
A well-fitted dark shirt is always the perfect complement for an outfit! This Dark Sapphire men’s Slim Blue polka dot shirt by Selected Homme is sure to put you in high spirits. Price: INR 3,999.
A Berry Merry Xmas
Did you know? The Body Shop was the first to coin the term ‘body butter’ back in the day. And now, you can enjoy one of their most luxe body butters – from their Festive Berry range – this winter, for super soft skin. The Body Shop Body Butter is a deeply nourishing body moisturizer packed with goodness to leave your skin feeling refreshed – cranberry seed oil from North America, Community Fair Trade (CFT) shea butter from Ghana, CFT Sesame seed oil from Nicaragua, and moisturizing cocoa butter. Price: INR 1,595.
Mask wearing is not going away anytime soon. So for those year-end intimate parties, look your smashing best in this intricately embroidered luxury face mask by Gaya. With its stunning, colourful tones and textures, this Ritzy mask is much like a jewellery piece for your outfit as you bring safety and style to your look with this ornate Indian design. Price: INR 4,000-5,000.
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