Food gifts are the mainstay of the festival season but it takes some real scrounging to come up with ones that are not calorie bombs or standard-issue dry fruits. Thankfully you can now pick from a host of unique gifting ideas, from customized teas to artisanal granolas, all sourced and made locally. Here’s our pick of some of the most interesting ones.
Food studio Sustenance’s gift boxes are packed with home-made granola, fruit preserves and artisanal coffee, all sourced locally. The Decadent Hamper includes handcrafted candles, bowls and cups, so you can eat right out of the box.
Price: Rs9,880 for the Decadent Hamper.
Available at Sustenancefood.com.
Mason and co.
Produced by the husband-wife duo of Fabien and Jane Mason, these chocolates are handmade in Auroville, Puducherry, with cacao sourced from Indian farms. The bars are free of preservatives and additive chemicals.
Price: Rs2,535 (for a dark chocolate box with eight bars of 70g each).
Available at Amazon.in.
Shophop’s subscription box lets you sample homegrown produce, including snacks, desserts, teas and coffees, made by Indian entrepreneurs with local ingredients. The box arrives on the first Sunday of the month, with some different brands each time, making every box a new discovery.
Price: Three-month subscription for Rs2,000.
Available at Shophop.co.in.
Smitten Bakery & Pâtisserie
Connoisseurs of chocolate will love the festive box of couverture chocolates containing hazelnut praline bark, almond and orange rochers, double chocolate cookies and a boozy chocolate cake.
Price: Rs1,600 for the box of four desserts (pictured).
Available at Facebook.com/smittenbakery1
Try Delhi tea boutique San-Cha’s tea sommeliers’ curated blends of teas and tisanes from select estates around the country. Pick from their ready boxes or customize your own.
Price: Starting from Rs499 for a box including three green teas of 50g each.
Available at San-Cha Tea stores in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
Apeksha Jain’s jams, preserves and relishes, made in small batches, come in all sorts of unusual flavours—banana rum, mango jalapeño and orange mustard, among others. The Mini Happiness box, which contains 5 jars of 45g each, is a perfect sampler.
Price: Rs300 (for the Mini Happiness Box)
Available at Thegourmetjar.com.