YOUR GUIDE TO FINDING FANTASTIC CHRISTMAS GIFTS (ONE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS)
WORDS BY THE CITY STORY TEAM
Have you been too busy to buy all your Christmas gifts? Did you forget to add someone to the gift list? (Hey, it happens). Maybe you’ve been looking but just haven’t found the right gift yet. We know how that feels. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite gift options to help you buy the perfect holiday gifts.
We love Kulture Shop’s commitment to celebrating Indian artists. With an extensive collection of themes, styles, and products (think prints, t-shirts, laptop skins, cushion covers, coasters…), they’re sure to have something for everyone on your list. We recommend getting a set of prints to liven up any wall – perhaps the Cat in a Window series for the Cat Lover in your life?
You can shop for gifts on Kulture Shop’s website or visit their stores. Prices start at Rs. 500 and go up to Rs. 2,000 for a single, unframed print (depending on size).
Bandra: Hill View 2, 2nd Floor, 241 Hill Road, Opposite Mehboob Studio, Bandra (w), Mumbai 400 050. Phone: 022 2655 0982.
Fort: 9 Examiner Press, 115 Nagindas Master Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai 400 001. Phone: 022 2267 7006
After years of receiving (and gifting) endless bottles of Hugo Boss and Issey Miyake, we’re glad to have an unconventional, home-grown perfume brand we can support. Bombay Perfumery is a boutique perfume brand created right here in Mumbai. They have three fragrances for men, three for women, and two unisex options across the scent spectrum – from fruity and floral to woody and spicy.
Bold and creative aptly describe Kichu Dandiya’s eponymous jewellery brand. Her brass jewellery makes for a perfect statement piece without making too much of a fuss. From sharp, angular pieces to animal designs, all of Kichu’s jewellery is handcrafted and simple. What’s not to love?
You can buy Kichu jewellery from their website or at Fantastique, 5, Battery Street, Colaba, Mumbai 400 001.
It may be a tiny store tucked away in Kala Ghoda, but Filter packs a punch when it comes to unique, creative, contemporary products with a vintage twist. They stock a variety of artists and brands, including their in-house stationery and prints. It’s their notebooks that first caught our eye and had us opening our wallets. We particularly love the vintage notebooks made from authentic, old publications – pages from dictionaries, magazines, journals, and even Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!
You can shop Filter’s in-house brand products on their website or at the store at 43 V.B. Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Behind Rhythm House, Fort, Mumbai 400 001. Phone: 022 2288 7070. Vintage notebooks start at Rs. 225.
We’re early adopters of Pahadi Local and have been using their flagship product Gutti Ka Tel (apricot kernel oil) since it launched in 2015. Since then, they’ve expanded their range of products to include walnut oil, apricot kernel face and body scrubs, face and body clay packs, and even honey, tea, pashminas, and silver bracelets. Made from natural, ethically sourced ingredients in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, their products are available individually or as part of gift hampers.
You can shop for Pahadi Local’s products on their website or at Good Earth stores. Gutti Ka Tel starts at Rs. 500 for 50ml. Gift hampers start at Rs. 900.
Colaba: 2 Reay House, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai 400 005. Phone: 022 2202 1030
Lower Parel: 11-12, Raghuvanshi Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (w), Mumbai 400 013. Phone: 022 2495 1954
Juhu: R/154, Ground Floor, Juhu Tara Road, Opposite JW Marriott Hotel, Juhu, Mumbai 400 049. Phone: 022 2611 2481
Blue Tokai Coffee
If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that coffee lovers are always happy to receive a gift of coffee. We’ve always been vocal about our love for Blue Tokai and their delicious brews. They sell their beans on their website, so you can gift a caffeine fiend one (or more) of several blends packaged just how they like to drink it – cold brew, French press, espresso, aeropress, moka pot, coffee filter…the list goes on. They also sell subscriptions, (in 6, 12, or 24 deliveries), starter kits, equipment, and gift boxes.
You can shop for Blue Tokai’s coffees on their website. Gift boxes start at Rs. 800 for a 4-pack of 75gms each. Individual blends are priced at Rs. 400 each for 250gms.
Dancing Leaf Tea
Tea drinkers are in luck – we’ve searched high and low for a delicious blend of teas to gift and found the perfect option. Dancing Leaf is a local brand that brings the flavours of India, South Africa, China, Japan, and Taiwan in a teacup. We can tell you from experience, having drunk copious amounts of their Egyptian Mint and Fennel Green teas, that every tea drinker needs Dancing Leaf in their life. You can buy their teas loose or as tea temples, but we recommend their wooden chests as the perfect gift from their collection.
You can buy Dancing Leaf Tea from their website or at select retail locations. Wooden tea chests start at Rs. 1,650 for 18 tea temples (6 temples each of 3 flavours). Tea temples (tin of 25) and loose leaf teas (100gms) start at Rs. 600. Prices vary depending on flavour.
Foodhall, Level 3, Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (w), Mumbai 400 013. Phone: 022 3026 4581
Cornucopia, 392, Kings Circle, Brhmanwada, Matunga, Mumbai 400 019. Phone: 022 2408 7928
Tired of boring calendars and gift boxes? So are we. That’s why we’re glad we found Sky Goodies, a brand of paper and digital products that’s big on bright colours, intricate patterns, and DYI fun. A desk calendar that doubles up as a pen stand is fun, practical, and sure to brighten up a staid workspace. But what we fell in love with at first sight are their hot air balloon-shaped hanging lamp shades, perfect for a holiday party or even just as a pretty decoration.
You can buy Sky Goodies’ products from their website or their store at 1st Floor, Bungalow No. 29, Chuim Village Road, Khar (w), Mumbai 400 052. Phone: 097688 88688. The lamp shades are priced at Rs. 299 (small) and Rs. 499 (big).
Pooja Dhingra’s The Wholesome Kitchen
The perfect gift for anyone who is a health freak but also loves food, The Wholesome Kitchen is a gift that keeps giving. You could blindfold yourself, open to any page of the book, and find a recipe so simple and delicious that stepping out to get doughnuts seems like a chore. The perfect Christmas gift? Yeah, we think so.
PS: Once the book has been gifted, there’s no harm in hounding the giftee to whip up the Chia Seed Falooda and Oat and Date Bites to share.
You can buy The Wholesome Kitchen (Rs. 471) on Amazon.
The City Story
Ok, we may be biased here, but we do think our collection of art prints makes for a pretty decent holiday gift. We’ve got the lemon yellow, water-colour illustration of Mumbai painted by Prashant Miranda (complete with tiny flamingos and ferries) and bold red depiction of Bandra by Svabhu Kohli (have fun spotting your favourite landmarks in the neighbourhood) for you to choose from, and we can guarantee that neither will disappoint. It’s a little slice of the city you call home – what makes for a better gift than that?