The festive season in India has begun. Although, this time the celebrations will be a little different with limited or no gathering arrangements. In fact, in this era of the ‘new normal’, Zoom meetings, virtual hugs and an intimate soiree will or should be the norms.
However, one thing that remains constant is the joy of pampering your dear ones with scrumptious delicacies and gourmet delights. Keeping this in mind, several hospitality chains, as well as independent F&B brands in the country, are coming up with innovative gift hampers.
If you are looking for interesting gifting options for Raksha Bandhan (a popular festival among Indians that honours any brother-sister like relationship) which is just around the corner, then this guide is for you.
JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar is offering two gourmet hampers that will be delivered under the Marriott on Wheels programme. Hand-rolled chocolate truffles, miniature sweets, raspberry macaroon, hazelnut cookie jar and assorted nuts are available under this. Hampers are priced upwards of ₹1,450 and ₹2,100. Pre-book hamper by calling on 022-68828656 or WhatsApp on +919136981955.
Revisit your childhood memories with Renaissance Mumbai’s origami kit. Send personalised postcards along with Indian inspired chocolate bars and truffle, spiced nut mixes, seeded bhel (savoury snack), homemade chikki (made from nuts and jaggery/sugar) and gulab jamun (milk-solid-based sweet) cheesecake jar, to your siblings. This hamper is priced upwards of ₹2,500. To order, call on 7506077166.
How about some edible Rakhi for the festival? ITC Rajputana located in Jaipur, Rajasthan has introduced ‘edible Rakhi’ hampers. Call on +919001675772 to order these sweet treats. Chocolate lovers can also choose from ITC’s Fabelle collection. We recommend a box of Fabelle Gianduja made from rich and dark milk or Ruby chocolate paired with Turkish hazelnuts.
From The Oberoi Patisserie and Delicatessen at The Oberoi, Mumbai, what we have is a handpicked selection of finest treats including handcrafted cakes and desserts, flavoured macaroons, signature breads and pastries. To place an order for the special Rakhi hampers, call The Oberoi Patisserie at 022 6632 6215 and 022 6632 6240.
The Oberoi Gurgaon’s mithai hamper filled with ladoos (a sphere-shaped sweet made from flour and sugar) and barfi (milk-based sweet) is ideal for those looking for traditional dessert options. Immunity building ingredients and spices have been used in the preparations. To pre-order, contact +91 8777045854 or +91 8697140019.
Left and Right: Bombay Sweet Shop and Mag St Bread Co
Mumbai-based bakery Mag St Bread Co’s rakhi offering features almond croissant, mini sourdough, La Folie chocolate bar, Butternut Co. nut butter and maple granola.
Bombay Sweet Shop has crafted four boxes of reimagined Indian sweets and delights like malai peda (milk-based sweet), ruby chocolate kaju bon bons, chocolate coconut caramel patissa bars and gummies. Order online at bombaysweetshop.com or Swiggy and Zomato.
Left and Right: Bateel India and Brownsalt Bakery
Bateel India, known for premium dates, luxury gifting and exquisite gourmet products also has wooden boxes and unique gift packaging from the signature collection complemented by beautiful motifs and patterns to suit any occasion.
Brownsalt Bakery, Mumbai’s festive specialities include their signature granola flavours, indulgent Belgium chocolate cookies and biscotti. Eco-friendly seed rakhis are available with the hampers.