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Charity Gifting : Bring Cheer to the less fortunate in India

handgiftMost people with whom we share holiday gifts already have everything in the world. We get a lot of joy in bringing a smile and cheer on the faces of our loved ones. However, we often forget that gifting can bring an even greater joy if it is for the people who have nothing. Charity Gifts if chosen wisely, can transform someone’s life or save it too. The least they do is bring cheer, joy and hope to people who need it most. Here are some charity gift ideas for different social causes. One can contact any of the NGOs, and either gift these in person or utilize any of the online gifting services for the task:

Victims of Child Trafficking & Homeless Women: Girls and women are the most vulnerable sections of Indian society. They are even more at risk if they are abandoned by their families or have been drug addicts, in severe need of rehabilitation. The good thing is that there are many NGOs working to empower them and provide shelter for them. One can also chip in directly, by gifting them some essentials, in partnership with the NGOs. Holiday gifts for them can include baby beds, feeding bottles and baby gift sets that can help new moms take care of their children during the first few weeks of their lives. Even simple and traditional kitchen and home appliances such as cooker, tiffins & casseroles can be appreciated more than you would imagine. You may also help women jumpstart their career as a beautician by ordering them gifts like cosmetic hampers, grooming items and beauty appliances like hair styler and hair dryer.

Children: From orphanages to shelter homes to schools for poor children, there are many places where you can reach out to destitute and poor kids, disabled children, and children who live in extremely poor conditions. You may order school gear such as school bags, tiffins, water bottles and stationery supplies for them. Arts & Hobbies kits like colouring sets and play dough sets, board games that can help learning or soft toys and chocolates are all gifts that will delight! For an orphanage with ample space, sports kits like cricket sets, badminton, football and volleyball are a good idea too.

Empowering the Poor: Buying handicraft items is one way to feed a family or community, without hurting their self-respect. Made by artisans trained for generations, these exquisite artistic pieces will certainly make the day of the recipient, and help artisans earn their livelihood with dignity. Home decor items like diyas and candles, idols of gods and goddesses, torans and elegant handmade jewellery ultimately come from poor families who make these to feed their families.

Small charity gifts that come from the heart are better than the elaborate philanthropic acts that mean little to people who organise them. Gujarat Gifts tries to promote products by small artisans and women and contribute to their income by selling these online. Our experts can guide you further about which charity gifts you can buy, and where you can send them, depending on your budget and the social cause closest to your heart. You need not buy from us – we would be happy to help you connect with a charity of your choice.

Choosing Perfect Wedding Gifts for Brides & Grooms in India!

Choosing a wedding gift is not an easy task in a country like India, which is home to a multitude of religions with varying traditions and customs. Knowing what is appropriate and what is not while picking up marriage gifts for people from different religions is a difficult task at best. To make this a bit easier, we present a guide on how to choose the perfect Wedding Gifts for India based on the ethnicity of the bride & groom:

1. Gifts for Hindu Weddings: In Hindu culture, cash denominations ending in ‘1’ such as Rs 251, Rs 501, etc. are considered lucky. But cash gifts have become such a cliché these days that they are almost instantly forgettable. For someone close to you, you might want to gift more practical gifts or treasured keepsakes. Gold or silver coins bearing images of Lord Ganesha (God of Good Beginning) and Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth & Prosperity) are considered lucky by Hindus. There are enough Gods-Goddesses pairs popular in Hinduism that denote eternal love, never-ending devotion or ultimate marital bliss. Statues of Radha-Krishna, Shiva-Parvati or Sita-Ram, are sure to win over a Hindu couple. Just avoid anything made of leather in Hindu weddings – especially cow leather.

2. Wedding Gifts for Christians: Devout Christians often give religious icons as universal wedding gifts. While crucifixes may seem macabre to you as a non-Christian, you may choose to give Bible with a personalised cover (with couple’s names or initials on it) or a pair of wedding bands in gold or silver to both Catholics and Protestants. For a Christian bride, you may gift a beautiful flower bouquet to match her wedding dress that she can carry up the aisle.

3. Gifts for Muslim Marriages: In Muslim weddings, refrain from anything related to alcohol or drinking. No matter how lovely those champagne glasses may seem to you or how rare a wine bottle is, it is a strict ‘no’ as a wedding gift to someone who practices Islam as his or her religion. Personalised gifts with the names of bride and groom in Islamic calligraphy or home décor items with Islamic artwork can make good gifts for Islamic weddings.

4. Gifts for Punjabi or Sikh Weddings: It is not customary to carry gifts to Sikh weddings unless you are a close relative or a very close friend. Most guests give cash gifts to bride and groom after the wedding ceremony is over. However, unlike Muslims, Sikhs do love their drinks. So, if you really want to impress them, huge bottles of good quality liquor or wine glass sets make good wedding gifts for them. However, you might want to stay away from things like shaving kits and personal grooming items related to hair grooming.

5. Gifts for Buddhist Weddings: Monetary gifts in red envelopes with gold lettering make traditional wedding gifts for Buddhists. Feng Shui gifts that denote luck and prosperity make good gifts for Buddhist marriages too. Fuk Luk Sau – the Three Wise Men – are considered luckier than the solitary laughing Buddha for the newlyweds.

At Gujarat Gifts, our experts can help you choose appropriate gifts for your friends and relatives in India. Do visit our wedding gifts page at:
http://www.gujaratgifts.com/wedding-gifts-to-india.html

Tips to Choose Gifts by Occasions

gifts-by-occasionsSince the time of our inception, God has given us innumerable gifts and we don’t ever question why we need them. Gifts and presents are just tokens of our love, affection and thoughtfulness towards the receivers. Wrapped up in little and big packages, Gujarat Gifts delivers joy and pleasure to your near and dear ones and make life a little more gratifying for them.

Here are some of the most amazing gift ideas for major milestones in life:

Graduation Gifts: Passing out of college is one of the most memorable moments of our lives. It is a time to dream and take new flight. It is also a time to say goodbye to your old friends and college. Personalised T-shirts, mugs or 3D crystals with your most memorable college moments on them make excellent gifts for your friends.

Gifts on Promotion: You work hard and give your best to your job for the much-awaited promotion. Many-a-times, people do not take a chance to stop because they want to make it to the top so strongly. Of course, you want to give them best ‘congratulations’ gifts that they deserve. From gorgeous fresh flowers and fruits combos to chic office gifts are perfect for an employing moving up the career ladder. A photo mug or a keychain is also a good way to remind them of you all the time.

Wedding Gifts: You know enough people that recycle unwanted and untouched wedding gifts and pass them on to others. Instead of buying just one more set of bowls or cotton bedding set for next wedding you are attending, choose something for the couple that they will treasure. Bouquets of red roses, yummy chocolates and mouth-watering cakes make good gift combos for couples who opt for close friends who are going for a love marriage. Home and kitchen appliances may be more suitable for family wedding events and arranged marriages.

Gifts for New Parents: We all agree that babies are God’s best gifts. As babies stare at us with their curious, inquisitive eyes, we want to present them nothing but the best. Teethers and soothers that make them wiggle with delight and baby beds where they can sleep like angels at night make excellent gifts for little babies and their parents.

Housewarming Gifts: Buying a home and setting it up is not easy for any proud home owner. A new home is the symbol of one’s love, memories and progress. Feng Shui gifts or spiritual gifts that symbolize wealth and prosperity and are believed to attract divine blessings are worthy gifts for such an occasion. Beautiful fresh flower bouquets can lend warmth and beauty to a new home too.

Retirement Gifts: After a long lifetime of hard work and dedication, retirement is a moment to cherish. It is not easy for most people to bid farewell to their long-standing colleagues and work place just like that. Personalised gifts with meaningful text messages, evergreen branded watches, photo cubes capturing office moments and timeless gold and silver coins make admirable retirement gifts.

The Best gifts are those that preserve the memories of yesterday and create more memories today. So choose well!

Do visit our Gifts by Occasions page at http://www.gujaratgifts.com/gifts-by-occasion.html

How to choose Birthday Gifts by Relationship?

How to Choose by RelationshipBirthdays are truly a once in a year affair! Great birthday gifts are highly individualistic – ones that seem to have been picked up just for the person they are meant for. We realise that it can be a surprisingly difficult to pick one up. So, here are some great tips for you to order a birthday gift that will be cherished by the recipient for years to come:

Birthday Gift Tips for Spouse

The fact is that after marriage, you tend to become more practical. So, if you pick up a wrong dress size for your wife or chocolates for husband who is trying to lose weight, you will not hear the end of it. Dig a bit into your spouse’s personality to know his or her tastes and preferences. Fresh flowers for die-hard romantics, cool gadgets for the nerds, and a bottle of red wine to soothe nerves of workaholics can be some good birthday present ideas. Remember, household appliances do not count as birthday gifts when it comes to spouses!

Birthday Gift Tips for Children

Almost every parent has stories of onslaught of forgettable birthday gifts that their kids’ birthday parties leave behind. Kids love gifts that can engage them. Three questions can help you filter birthday gifts for kids –
1) Are they good for children? (like creativity toys and books)
2) Do they match their hobbies or interests? (like sketch pens for artists and science kits for the experimentalists), and
3) Will they last beyond their age and interests? (like pet-care items or non-perishable playthings that can be donated later).

Birthday Gift Tips for Boss or Seniors

The dilemma of choosing a birthday gift for your boss or a colleagues is that you want to order them a special present but still not make it too personal or expensive. You don’t want to look too stingy in their eyes and yet, you don’t want them to read too much into a gift with an exorbitant price. You also probably don’t know what the person might already have. Items to commemorate good times at work and successes of the team are perhaps the safest and best birthday gifts for your workmates.

Birthday Gift Tips for Best Buddies

Best friends, whether they of same sex or opposite sex, are ones you know inside out. Naturally, you would want a gift that will warm them up (but not make them go all lovey-dovey). Sneak around your friends’ house to get a good idea of what they might like as birthday gifts. Light-hearted and humorous gifts such as T-shirts with funny slogans, personalized gifts (such as a photo frame with a memorable picture-perfect moment you both shared) to a prank gift – Gujarat Gifts offers you some excellent gift choices for your chums.

Do visit our Birthday special at http://www.gujaratgifts.com/birthday-gifts-to-india.html