Diwali 2018: Festive Diwali Gifts that will Impress

Diwali 2018: Festive Diwali Gifts that will Impress

It’s that time of year again.

The Diwali social scene with family and friends is about to kick off. You’ve been invited to a Diwali party or marshalled to a family gathering for Bhai Dooj. In a couple of weeks, you’re going to need something appropriately festive and thoughtful to walk in with, and Rasmalai from the Indian grocery store in the burbs isn’t going to cut it.

Thankfully, there’s still time to order online. We’ve done your homework and come up with a selection of stunning Diwali gifts that won’t fail to impress:


You know she’s going to go all out. Rangoli outside the front door (you know she froze whilst drawing it in the chilly November air!). Tea lights, diyas and candles everywhere. Flower arrangements. Silverware. And a table creaking with desi food you’ll never find the time to make yourself and have been subliminally craving.

Your Diwali hostess deserves something decadent. Indulgent. Luxurious.

So we put our heads together and came up with our list of top picks below:

Malavara’s Lime Vetiver Body & Hand Wash and Lotion Gift $58

After the festivities are done and dusted, she deserves to unwind. This wellness luxury will bring spa healing to her bath and body rituals. Blended with an elixir of essential oils including Lime, Vetiver, Cardamom, Baies Rose, Bergamot, Orange, Mandarin, Lemon, Clary Sage, Patchouli and Cedarwood, this luxurious wash and lotion duo cleans, hydrates and nourishes skin, and uplifts the senses with layers of sparkling energy.

The gift box is a stunning orange and silver, with a vibrant gross grain ribbon embossed with silver peacocks. A Diwali style statement like nothing else.

Lime Vetiver Diwali Gift

Penhaligon’s Vaara Classic Candle $55

Created for the Maharaja of Jodhpur’s grand daughter Vaara, we love this candle’s soft and spicy blend with base notes of Honey, White Musk, Cedarwood and Sandalwood, heart notes of Moroccan Rose Absolute, Bulgarian Rose Oil, Freesia and Indian Magnolia and Head Notes of Quince, Rosewater, Carrot seed, Corriander Seed and Saffron.

We also love its festive orange, blue, red and gold packaging. A perfect Diwali gift!

Penhaligons Vaara Candle

Anthropologie Roland Pine Incense Gift Set $25 + Cacao & Cardamom chocolates $12

Fragrant. Elegant. Ethereal. Take the traditional agarbatti to the next level with the Roland Pine Incense Gift Set. Each of the twenty-five hand-dipped incense sticks are dipped in aromatic notes of Siberian Fir, Cilantro and Citrus – evoking a variety of natural nuances that create a sense of joy, peace and balance. The sleek wooden holder only adds an organic touch.

Anthropologie Incense

Who doesn’t love a little bite of heaven? Cacao & Cardamom’s Petite Gold Sampler is ideal. Indulgent. Inspirational.

Cacao & Cardamom sampler

The five exquisite chocolates include Passionfruit, Cardamom Rose, Mango Caramel, Lavender, and Black Sesame Ginger - exotic tastes that inspire a feeling of creativity, curiosity and bliss. 


Diwali is a time to celebrate one’s family and friends and the bonds that bring us together, just like Christmas. So why not show your loved ones how much you care with a personal gift like you would do over the holiday season? A thoughtfully chosen gift is a reflection of your love and affection for them.

For the women in your life

Ultra Luxuriant Hair Elixir $39

Malavara’s Ultra Luxuriant Hair Elixir is the ideal gift for the women in your life. Whether it’s your mom, sister, daughter or best friend – every woman will thank you for turning their hair into thick, shiny and gorgeous locks. Oh and it comes in a stunning orange and silver box. 

Malavara Ultra Luxuriant Hair Elixir

Lime Vetiver Dry Silk Body Oil $48

Gift the lovely ladies in your life a touch of self-care. As the seasons turn, Malavara’s Lime Vetiver Dry Silk Body Oil will keep their skin from turning dull and lifeless and add that extra burst of beauty that will light up her life this Diwali.

Lime Vetiver Dry Silk Body Oil

For the men in your life

Steve McCurry’s South Southeast Photobook $53

The south of Asia is McCurry’s muse. This stunning book captures the best of the faces and places that have caught McCurry’s eye and lens during his time in south and south east Asia. From Afghanistan to Angkor Wat, Bombay to Burma, Shimla to Sri Lanka… nothing escapes the legendary NatGeo photographer’s eye or imagination.

The Vanishing Stepwells of India Book $40

Victoria Lautman was fascinated by India’s unique tradition of stepwells. These feats of architecture and engineering have been used since ancient times to harvest rain water and also served a socio-cultural function in preserving centuries of architectural heritage, as well as being a shelter for travellers and a place for the community to gather. As we battle against the onslaught of climate change and draught, these step-wells assume a greater relevance as a piece of sustainable heritage that can be revived to conserve water and serve an extremely important function in society.

Bollywood Theater Masala Spice Set: $19.50

Add a pinch of India to your life with the Bollywood Theater Masala Spice Set by Chef McLarty. The three piece Masala Mayhem Indian Spice Set includes three timeless flavours to tickle one’s palate – Garam Masala, Tikka Masala and Vindaloo Masala. The fragrance of authentic cumin, turmeric and black pepper from the Malabar coast are guaranteed to add a touch of spice to your life.

Bollywood Masala Spice Set

Sparkle or spice, fragrance or flavour – there’s never been a better time to celebrate the richness of life and love for those whom you care most about, than this Diwali.



Tejal Ramnathkar Engman is the co-founder of Malavara. Having left India at 17, she has come full circle to her herb-mixing granny's Ayurvedic beauty traditions. Tejal lives in Washington, DC, and her new year's resolution is to squeeze more hot yoga into a schedule that is currently consumed by a rambunctious 4-year-old, a day job in real estate, and her passion, Malavara.

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