Diwali is all about food, food & only food for me! It is the time of the year to let go of your calorie count and indulge 🙂
Every Diwali I receive 3 very common gifts – mithai (Indian sweets), assorted chocolates or just plain dry fruits. It’s not that I don’t like any of the above. But Diwali is special and requires some thought while gifting your close friends and family members. Don’t you agree?
I’ve divided the gifting options into two categories:
- Homemade/Handmade by you
- Create your own Food Baskets – assortment of some hand made and some store bought
I love the idea of doing it yourself for simple reasons – it’s different, made by you with love and your gift becomes the talk of the town 😉
Orangettes – candied orange peel dipped in dark chocolate
It’s the most delicious thing to be nibbling on. I’ve made these and they are really easy and you really can’t go wrong with them even if you are an amateur cook. You can negate the chocolate and gift them as plain ones too. They go great as a topping in salads or even on some of our Indian sweets – try using just the candied orange as a topping on gulab jamuns…..sounds yum right :).
Sesame Balls in Chocolate – til ke laddoo dipped in chocolate
These will really surprise anybody. The combination is different and sure is a hit – don’t worry I’ve tried and tested this recipe at the Farmer’s Market and it was a hit!
Herb or Spice Infused oils – use your favorite spice or herb to flavor your oils
Recently I spotted them at a dinner during the Food Bloggers Meet. I love, love and love them!
Pickles – every house has it’s own special variety
We Indians love our spicy, tangy pickle with our food. You can bottle them up in fancy bottles and proudly gift your in-house specialty, North – South doesn’t matter just add some spice this Diwali!
You can explore a wide ranging of gifting ideas depending on your personality. But remember whatever you gift, it sure does reflect your personality…….. So go ahead and put on your creative hats!
Few points to consider for your gifts:
- If using glass jars, make sure you wash them properly and sterilize them.
- You might want to include a card with instructions or ideas about how to use your fabulous gift. It might be completely new to the person whom you are gifting.
- If using plastic bags, it’s advisable to use the food grade ones.
- It’s always better to use biodegradable material for a safe and sound environment.
Create your own food baskets:
There are hundreds of combination that you can try while creating your own baskets. All you need is a good cane basket and some attractive colored papers. Again put on your creative hats and lets begin to create some interesting combos 🙂
Hope this post has given you ideas/inspirations to start with your own food gifts. I’m sure you will do a good job!
I would love to hear your gifting ideas too 🙂
Rushina (Blogger, Consultant & Blogger meet organizer) from the Perfect Bite organized the bloggers meet at the ITC Grand Maratha in Andheri. I confirmed my attendance and was ready to go for the event. However, past few days have been busy with the festive season around the corner and i2cook (retails peanut butter & mustard made from organic ingredients) is flooded with orders….which is a good thing but I soooo wanted to go for the dinner…..With the last minute yes or no…..I decided to go and have a good time with my fellow bloggers. Darn!! I’m so glad I did 🙂