Diwali will be here soon and it will be time to embark on marathon sessions of Diwali shopping. Traditionally, the festival of lights - Diwali is celebrated with much pomp and enthusiasm.
Flush with the extra cash available in the form of 'bonus' (a mandatory additional perquisite offered in most Indian offices) people are eager to splurge on Deepavalli Shopping. It is that time of the year when consumers all over go berserk and buy Diwali gifts for near and dear ones.
From consumer durable to dry fruit hampers and fashion apparel to silver and gold coins, the choice is wide. Certain business communities like Sindhis celebrate Diwali by offering Lakshmi Puja to the Goddess Lakshmi, who is the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity. Streets are aglow with shops wooing Deepavali shoppers. The excitement in the air is palpable.
Diwali gift ideas are available aplenty. Business organizations use Diwali as an occasion to gift their employees and associates with a token of their appreciation. Boxes of crackers, laminated photo frames and household articles are popularly gifted. If you are looking at traditional Diwali gift ideas, you can consider candles, diyas, dry fruit boxes, sweets or mithai and lamps.
Deepavali sweets, deliciously rich with crunchy nuts and dry fruits can spread the message of love and joy. Regional specialties are much enjoyed and appreciated. Sweets and savories are on everyone's mind during these festive times. Chocolates, roasted cashewnuts and pistachios are the other Diwali gift alternatives. For the health conscious, spreads, dips and healthy gift hampers can be selected. If you have something ostentatious in mind, you can consider silver and gold articles or even Svarovski crystals.
Elaborately decorated puja thalis or plates are ideal to gift during this season. Lakshmi and Ganesh Pujas are held to herald auspicious beginnings and no better way to usher them in than by aesthetic puja thalis. Rice grains, seasonal fruits, coconut, camphor, betel leaves, a kalash, incense sticks and arti diya are placed on the puja thali.
The Diwali shopping fever is not restricted to India alone. Indians everywhere in the world get caught up in it. Shopping malls offer festive discounts. From household durables to apparel and jewelry, deepavali shopping merchandise can lure the most discerning buyer.
If you want to be spared the agony of getting jostled in the shopping crowds, you can choose to buy from the comfort of your desktop. Online stores provide an excellent medium to buy gifts as well as send them to your loved ones in distant locations.
Diyas are no longer restricted to traditional mud diyas. You can pick them in attractive designs and colors. Hand-painted ones, floating diyas, LED diyas and decorative candles are great for decorating your home and for gifting too! You can place diyas on your doorstep, in your apartment balcony and in the yard. Place floating diyas in glass bowls for a serene ambience. String lights can be hung on doorsteps instead of the traditional toran. You can use them to best effect on stairway banisters and pillars. Use decorative torans to best effect! With mirrors, bells and artistic patterns, these torans enhance your doorways.
Deepavali shopping for the family needs to be planned in advance. New clothes are de rigueur for Diwali. So it's time to visit the shopping arcades. Stores offer a variety of ethnic wear for women. Be it the traditional saree, salwars, kurtis or fusion ensembles, there is no dearth of choice.
It's the time for finery so you can see yards of silk, zardosi embroidery and zari all around you. Whether it is off-the-rack apparel or designer outfits, deepavali clothes are special. Indian fabrics come in rich hues and fabrics. Each region has its own special weaves and prints. The range of mens wear is wide too. Ethnic wear, achkans, churidhar sets are the popular buys.
You will be surprised to note that many stores dealing with dress material make about 40 - 60 % of their annual sales in the days before Diwali. Most shops will not close even for their weekly holidays around the time of Diwali. It is a time of buying. Online shopping is yet another option that takes on greater momentum during festival times. Look for smart deals on fashion accessories, household articles, apparel and consumer durables.
Little kids look forward to Diwali for many a reason. Other than new outfits, their focus of attention is their cracker wish list. Crackers have always been intrinsic to Diwali celebrations. In recent times, there has been increased awareness of pollution and wastage. Besides, the escalating prices of crackers have reduced the fervor on cracker shopping. The skies are alight with myriad crackers bursting in gay abandon. Go in for attractive anaars or flower pots if you want a pretty firework display sans the noisy blasts. Pick them in solid gold color or glittering green and red. Ever popular with little children, sparklers spew thousands of golden sparks that do not fail to enthrall everyone. If you want more of a sound and light show, buy rockets or ladis that are sure to keep the neighborhood awake. Zameen chakras, pencils, multi shots and garlands. After all, What is Deepavali without the whoosh and boom of these crackers? This is beside the fact that they will put your eardrums to the test!
Diwali Greeting Card
Diwali greeting cards are found in different ranges and types. Electronic Diwali cards are extremely popular these days. Visit an online site and pick up interesting Diwali cards. What better way to keep in touch with long lost friends than a heartfelt Diwali card!