Combine preserves and cheeses, aromatherapy oils and cookies, deli meats and wines or stick to an all-fruit basket or a platter of chocolate. When it comes to gift hampers, giving is only half the fun, the real kick comes with deciding what goes in. By doing the rounds of the best on offer in the Capital and Mumbai, we’ve done some of the work for you; now all you have to do is pick the best basket.

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MUMBAI

Patchi

At Patchi, combine classics with deluxe selections

Patchi is renowned for its decorative items, so give your chocolate platter a trimming of Ganesha figurines or the Diwali-inspired diya.

Call 022-24813430 or 011-40575038/39

Sante

Sante’s hamper in a fridge

The fridge includes lots of goodies such as caviar, foie gras, the wine of your choice, glasses and a corkscrew. There is also La Fete de Mer—a seafood hamper of fresh oysters, lobster, crabs, shrimps and wasabi sauce on a reusable glass platter. Other gift ideas are a tea hamper (with a breakfast-in-bed tray), a coffee hamper and a picnic hamper.

Call 022-64501527/32447960/26402126

Indigo Deli

Choose from a red or white Larouche in the Indigo Deli wine box

They even have an elegant “wine box"—a bottle of Chardonnay 2004, Michel Larouche SOF or a Merlot VDP D’OC 2003, Larouche SOF with two glasses—for Rs2,139.

There’s also a maple wood Screwpull limited-edition cigar box with wine and cigar accessories and a humidor compartment for Rs19,130. Plus they have gifts of Le Creuset cookware, Lindt chocolates and a Tea Taster set.

Call 022-66551010

Sugar & Spice, Taj President

Taj President’s Diwali hamper combines healthy treats with goodies

Call 022-66650808

The Oberoi Gourmet Shoppe, The Oberoi

The Oberoi Gourmet Shoppe has three different-sized hampers on offer—small, medium and large.

The hamper from the Oberoi Gourmet Shoppe, Mumbai has beauty and spa products and goodies like wine and nuts too.

Each has varying quantities of a combination of therapeutic oils from the Oberoi Spa, Kama Ayurveda beauty products such as soaps and masks, assorted macaroons and nuts, a Ganesha tea box, and wine. The cost of the medium-sized goodie basket is Rs4,000, while the large combination is for Rs6,000.

Call 022-66326245

Gourmet Store, Grand Hyatt

Sweets, lights and aroma are the theme of the Diwali basket that’s on offer at this Grand Hyatt outlet. The hamper comes with ethnic toran, sparklers, incense sticks and diyas, offset by a choice of chocolates, mithai and dry fruits, all combined in a traditionally outfitted basket that costs Rs2,750.

Call 022-66761661

NEW DELHI

Sidewalk, Hyatt Regency

Diwali hampers from The Hyatt, New Delhi

Traditional Diwali items such as diyas, salted nuts and mithai (can be replaced with chocolates) are combined with items such as assorted chocolate truffles, sesame grissini, apricot jam and coconut cookies, fig and almond tarte, marble cake and raspberry macaroons. Choose from four sizes, the smallest is for Rs1,250, plus taxes, while the largest costs Rs2,600, plus taxes.

Call 011-66771304

Ye Olde Bakery, The Claridges

Diwali hamper from The Claridges, New Delhi

A bottle of sparkling wine, olives, assorted Indian sweets (which can be replaced), Brazil nut chocolates, exotic tea and a Ganesh box are the other ingredients. You have the option of customizing the hampers and can even order sugar-free goodies (in advance). The hampers are priced at Rs3,000, plus taxes, and Rs3,500, plus taxes (you get whisky in a golf ball with this one).

Call 011-41335082

The Chocolate Box, Radisson MBD, Noida

The potlis from Radisson MBD, Noida are a mix of cookies, chocolates, marshmellows

If only chocolates is not your idea of a Diwali hamper, opt for a mix of Swiss chocolates, cookies, brandied date cake, and vanilla marshmallows in a leather basket or a cloth potli hamper, which start at Rs1,750, including service tax.

Call 0120-4300000

Gourmet Shoppe, The Oberoi

The Diwali hamper the Oberoi, New Delhi is a showcase for the Gourmet Shoppe’s products

Call 011-24304353

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