“Diwali is the time to exchange gifts and best wishes with our loved ones.”
Diwali is also the time to buy expensive things for our household. In effect Diwali time ends up being a time of high stress and money worries for many. Fret not, because there are some amazing low cost gifting ideas that convey how much you care, yet don’t burn up a hole in your pocket. The point is to make the receiver of the gift feel warm and happy.
You gift should be something useful and thoughtful at the same time.
If your budget is 0 to 500 rupees, then you can gift these cheap but super cool items,
1. Diwali hamper
Even though this gift is a cliche, but what is not cliche about our idea are the contents of the hamper. Since we’re talking low cost ideas, we can gift unique Diwali hamper. It can be a mix of home-made and store bought items, like home-made sweets, chutneys, jams, cakes, cookies, other baked cookies etc. and store bought chocolate bars and wafers.
You can even customize your hampers based on your loved ones’ tastes and preferences. How wonderfully thoughtful is that!
2. Customized name plates
There are many gift shops that can sell customized name plates in beautiful colors and materials like ceramic and wood. Instead of just a frame that is used to insert hand written or typed in names of the house residents, these name plates can be customized to include the names of the residents in beautiful fonts and lovely designs.
Plus, they are low cost yet thoughtful. Every time they enter their house and look at it, they are going to think of you fondly.
3. Feng Shui gifts
There are many Feng Shui artifacts that are supposed to be kept in the house as symbols of prosperity and wealth and make for the perfect Diwali gifts.
For example, The Three Legged Frog or the Laughing Buddha. They signify good wishes from the giver’s side and the receiver will cherish these items forever.
If your loved ones experience good luck after placing these gifts in their house, they will only have you to thank for it!
As they say for any gesture, it’s not the price but the thought that counts. So don’t go overboard with your budget this Diwali, put some great thought into your gifts and that will be appreciated the most.
When your budget is between 500 to 1000 rupees, go for these ideas
1. MI WIFI REPEATER 2: Rs 999
Depending on your router placement and area of your home/office, there might be areas where Wi-Fi does not reach nor has poor reception. For such areas, you can get the Wi-Fi Repeater 2 from Xiaomi. It needs to be connected to a USB port for power (any wall charger can be used). Setup is easy via the Mi Home app and once it’s configured, it extends your Wi-Fi network coverage. The repeater can support up to 16 devices simultaneously.
2. PORTRONICS CAR POWER III: Rs 624
With the number of devices we carry increasing day by day, you need multiple ports for charging devices. For people who spend a lot of time travelling in their car on a daily basis, this car charger offers 4 USB ports for charging. It has a 1.5m cable that is accessible by people sitting on the back seat.
It has 6A charging capacity. Depending on the number of devices connected, it can charge at 1A to 2.4A
3. POPSOCKETS: Rs 999
This is a combination of two things—a pop clip and a mount. The pop clip sticks on the back of your phone and can be used for grip, stand or as a headphone cable organizer. The mount can be stuck on any surface which is easily accessible (your desk, in your car etc.) and the pop clip fits on to it. This lets you mount your Smartphone anywhere. You can get them in various colours and designs and the Pop Clip.
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4. MICROSOFT TOUCH MOUSE
This has to be the perfect gift for a Windows 7 user. The new Touch Mouse has gesture controls for its operations. So, using one, two or three fingers, you can handle tasks without having to move to the keyboard. For instance, a jiggle of the fingers can help you view all the open windows or to switch panes to the desktop.
When the budget in between 1000 to 5000 rupees, have a look
1. Bookworms listen up
If you don’t have space for printed books and have room for one more gadget in your life, then the Kindle is a great gift for bibliophiles. Although it’s just above our Rs. 5,000 limit, you will likely find it for Rs. 4,999 during a Diwali sale. Keep your eyes peeled.
2. SONY DSC 3000 S
PRICE: Rs 4,490
Affordable and feature-packed memory capturer? Yes, the Sony DSC 3000 S can be a great gift. Along with a 10.1 MP sensor and 4x digital zoom, it has other features such as face detection, smile detection, sweep panorama, image stabilization and intelligent auto mode. What better way than to freeze the moments of joy during this festive period.
3. BLACKBERRY VISOR MOUNT V65
PRICE: Rs 4,699
The rush hour and a traffic jam can be pleasurable. Yes, that’s a gift you can give to a harried commuter-a car hands free speaker can be stress buster on the road. Of the plenty available in the market, the one from BlackBerry is the best for its loud and clear sound output. The Visor Mount V65 is compatible with most phones, including Nokia and Samsung devices
1. Chrome book
When the budget in between 10000 to 15000 rupees, go through these
The Chrome book is a pretty good entry-level laptop for students or others whose work on a computer is mostly restricted to working on documents, and browsing the Web. It’s portable, has good battery life, and it’s easy to use. The Nexian Chrome book also comes for less than Rs. 12,000, which is very tempting indeed.
2. Foot massager
If you’ve ever tried out massage chairs then you know they’re a great gadget, but they’re usually priced at around Rs. 1 lakh, so it’s not something most of us will go ahead and buy. Foot massagers are a good compromise, as they cost a lot less but still feel pretty good at the end of a long day. Some brands are still pretty expensive, but the JSB leg and foot massager is a good balance of price and quality. The cheaper ones we came across often have exposed plastic on the inside, and can pinch your legs instead of relaxing them, so paying a little extra can really be worth it
3. Fitness tracker
So you’re ready and rested, and well entertained from all the other gifts. Why not try and get your health in order as well? The jury is still out there on the effectiveness of fitness trackers, but from the ones we tried, the Fitbit Charge HR was one of our top picks, though we preferred the Fitbit Surge, which is a little more expensive. If you’re not open to spending Rs. 20,000 on a Fitbit, then the Charge HR is a good alternative, which also comes inside our budget.
4. 3D printer
A 3D printer that costs between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 15,000? Yeah, that’s a very far-fetched idea, and if someone is offering you one right now, then they’re probably not on the up and up. There is one thing you can buy in this budget though, which is the 3Doodler 3D pen. It’s a hand-held plastic deposition machine, which means you can leave threads of plastic that set very quickly. It’s an amazing, albeit expensive toy.
These are our picks for gifts that cost between above ranged prices. Do you have some ideas of your own to share with the other readers? Tell us via the comments.