Gift

Felt Organizers (DIY)

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The inspiration for these organizers is Etsy. I have been looking for similar organizers in India but couldn’t find them, so thought of making my own. There are four items in this organizer set- card holder, pen case, cord organizer and a keyring. It does involve machine sewing but you could hand sew or use the help of a local tailor.  I have used the colours mustard, grey and black for my set, choose colours according to the gift receiver.

MATERIALS REQUIRED

organizer materials

Craft Felt: Approx 30 cm or 3 A4 sheets (I have used a mix of the polyester felt sheets and black furnishing felt.)

Suede Cord: 2 meters ( I have used suede bar cord from Ebay that I had in my supplies from a year back.)

Matching Sewing Threads: 3 colours

Sewing Machine and accessories: I have used the Usha Janome which also has embroidery options.

Keyring: 1 pc

Thick Needle

Fabric Marking Pencil

Measuring Ruler

Scissors

I have linked to online craft stores. If you are in Kolkata you will be able to find most supplies in Starmark.

CARD HOLDER

card holder

Approx. time: Less than 30 minutes

Step 1: Download the measurements from here.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

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Father’s day is just a week away! It’s a great day to show your appreciation for your father and grandfather. What better way than a gift according to their interests. Whether your father is a hard-core corporate guy, a music lover, a sartorialist or even a traveler- you will find something for each type and more.

All items are available for online purchase. Each interest category has items in three price ranges: Less than Rs.1000/ Rs.1000-Rs.3000/ Above Rs.3000.

more gifts for dad

CORPORATE DAD: Personalized Monogram Visiting Card Holder (Rs.599) / Tan Messenger Bag (Rs.2400) / Airplane Desktop Flip Clock (Rs.6399)

BOOK LOVER: The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (Rs.578) / Words Worth Bookends (Rs.2550) / Book Builder Rack (Rs.3499)

gifts for dad

MUSIC LOVER: Transparent Cassette Cellphone Case (Rs.799) / Retro Mini Wireless Portable Speaker (Rs.1499) / India’s Great Masters Coffee Table Book (Rs.3000)

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Homemade Scrubs

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I, like my mother, am an ardent lover of all things natural when it comes to skin care. Since adolescence I have been applying raw ingredients like honey and lemon and touch wood I have had decent skin. In the past few years, inspired by bloggers, I have started experimenting with homemade scrubs too. They have given me positive results and today I will be discussing 3 of my favourite scrubs! The best part is that you can customize it to your liking. Most ingredients will be easily available in your kitchen and it takes less than ten minutes to make each scrub.

The scrubs also make for interesting gifts and favors. I am gifting a set to my friend for her birthday but you could even give it as bridal shower favors.You could gather your bridesmaids and have fun making them as mehendi favors too. I have packed the scrubs in glass jars with customized labels along with a detailed pamphlet and tea-lights.

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1. HONEY LEMON FACE SCRUB

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 An exfoliating sugar based scrub with detoxifying properties of lemon. Honey acts as a revitalising agent along with the calming properties of lavender essential oil. 

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Classic Gifts for the Bride

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In the past few weeks, over various weddings, I have realised how difficult a wedding gift can be. Various questions arise while deciding on it – What to gift? How much to spend? Should I gift the couple or just my friend? Should I gift individually or in a group? Will he/she like it? Some questions are situation based and have to be answered by you, but for some there are answers I can help with. If you decide upon just gifting the bride following is my list of some classic favourites.

Note: I have compiled products from three price range options for each category: (A) Under Rs.2000 (B) Rs.2000-Rs.5000 (C) Rs.5000-Rs.10000

1. FOR THE JEWELLERY LOVER:

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(A) Gold Plated Pendant Amrapali (B) 18k Gold Pendant- Tanishq (C) Crystal Earrings- Swarovski

Jewellery gifting in India is quiet common among relatives but for a friend this might get tricky especially with the pricing. There are many reliable brands like Amrapali and Tanishq that make jewellery in lower price ranges too. Amrapali has a huge range of silver jewelry and silver jewellery coated with gold with prices starting from as low as Rs.1000 for a pair of basic earrings. Swarovski jewellery makes a good gifting option especially for brides who will be wearing more western wear after marriage, based on the fact that white jewelry usually does not match with Indian ethnic wear. You could check the brand stores in your city for more design options.

2.FOR THE BEAUTY ADDICT:

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(A) Hair Care Gift Set- Victoria’s Secret (B) Makeup Palette- Lancome (C) Makeup Case- DKNY

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Bridal Emergency Kit

Indian weddings are a mix of various events/functions, and some mishaps are bound to happen. Being the bride or bridesmaid you try to make sure all is taken care of, why not just add a little essentials kit into the mix. The bridal emergency kit includes everything a bride or bridal party could need for a last-minute emergency. Make one for yourself or gift one to the worried bride.

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Below is my idea of a bridal emergency kit and the list of essentials, feel free to add your own items to it.

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10 Classic Gifts every Girl will Love

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Finding a gift for a female friend or colleague can often be quite a challenge, especially if you don’t know what they are interested in. Luckily there are certain gifts that all women will appreciate. These are the classics, gift ideas you can come back to time and again.

Following is my handy guide of the go-to gifts. Stash away now to avoid any last-minute gift hunting.

Note: I have given three price range options for each category: (A) Under Rs.500 (B) Rs.500-Rs.1500 (C) Above Rs.1500.

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1.Makeup sets: This is a favorite to give for birthdays and bridal showers. A makeup aficionado or a beginner, they will love it entirely.

(A) Maybelline Diamond Glow Eyeshadow: A sleek palette of eye shadows to create glamorous looks.
(B) Maybelline Instaglam Gift Box: A box of five makeup essentials to glam up.
(C) Anna Sui Eye Colour Palette: A luxurious collection of eye shadows to create alluring looks.

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2.Makeup Cases: Every girl has one, every girl wants one. You can gift it individually or add your favorite nail polish or makeup tool to the mix.

(A) Forever 21 Bon Voyage Makeup Bag: A pretty polka dot case to carry in your daily bag.
(B)River Island Peach Small Makeup Bag: A classy pouch to carry your toiletries in style.
(C) River Island Black Case: A striking floral printed pouch to keep your cosmetics and toiletries.

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3. Neckpieces: Get the girls these statement necklaces to make even a simple outfit of theirs look strong and feminine.

(A) Forever 21 Rhinestone Charm Necklace: A svelte necklace made of rhinestone charms.
(B) Forever New Lydia Necklace: Elegant and stylish necklace combining crystal diamantes and pearlised beads.
(C) Forever New Jasmine Floral Collar: A statement neckpiece featuring pearlised stone and enamel.

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