Are Chocolates the new Mithai for Indians?

Chocolates vs Mithai

We Indians are well known for our sweet tooth – after all, we do love to gorge on mithai, citing one excuse or another! We need our sweet fix on all festive occasions, celebrations, and even the humble dinner as dessert. No wonder we are a nation of almost 50 million diabetics, in part due to our fascination with anything sweet.

On the positive side though, our range of mithai can give a run for the money to the best dessert and pastry chefs in the world – each state and region contributes to the ever growing list of these delicacies, loaded with sugar, ghee and a little bit of magic!

However, as the younger generation grows more health-conscious, there is a realization that the unabated hunger for mithai does lead to expanding waistlines and worse, if abused, given their rich ingredients. Chocolate companies in India and overseas have quietly picked up on this small but growing need, and are now marketing their products as a substitute for the firmly entrenched mithai. Here’s what we, at Gujarat Gifts feel about the chocolate vs mithai debate:

1)      Standardization: Popular chocolate brands by companies like Cadbury or Ferrero Rocher give a fairly consistent taste over the years, something which even the best mithai shops in India struggle to do, especially during peak occasions. So buying a pack of chocolates doesn’t quite need the skills needed to hunt for just the perfect sandesh!
Advantage : Chocolates

2)      Flavors & Texture: There’s no denying the fact that Chocolates come in a wide range of flavors – bitter, sweet, fruit-filled and lots more. However, when it comes to the sheer range of aromas, texture and flavors, mithai is simply too hard to beat – just walk into any decent mithai shop, and prepare to get dazzled by the visual and olfactory delight! This is on top of the heavenly taste which leaves you wanting ‘one more’.
Advantage : Mithai

3)      Diet friendly: While mithai shops have bucked to the trend, and started offering low-sugar, or sugerfree mithai, giving some relief to the dieters and diabetics; chocolates have the huge advantage of giving exact nutritional information on the packaging, allowing the consumer to see the exact ingredients, as well as calories, fat content, carbohydrates and more. There’s no denying that while there are chocolates loaded with calories, the mandatory nutrition label does allow the discerning consumer to know exactly what she is consuming. While some pre-packaged mithai offer these attributes now, the majority of mithai sold by the kilo cannot match this convenience.
Advantage : Chocolates

4)      Cultural Significance: Mithai is deeply embedded in the Indian culture and ethos, and is a must for important milestones like weddings, promotions, festive celebrations and more. Moreover, there is a certain romance in traveling to different corners of the country, and experiencing the cultural difference by consuming the local sweets made there; or getting a box for people back home. This aspect cannot be matched by the Chocolates produced in gleaming factories, and available wherever one might be.
Advantage : Mithai

So there you have it – it seems to be a draw between these two favorites! While chocolatiers make a strong case for substituting mithai with their products, the ever popular mithai continues to hold onto its glory. Why choose when you can have both, we say, and leave the final decision to you. Check both these out, and decide for yourself!

Mithai: http://www.gujaratgifts.com/sweets-and-dryfruits/sweets.html

Chocolates: http://www.gujaratgifts.com/chocolates.html

Bon Appetit!

GujaratGifts.com relaunches with user-friendly interface!

Dear Visitor

We are deeply grateful to you, our esteemed patrons, both new and old. Gujarat Gifts exists based on your support, all the way from 1998, when we were operating this service via phones and emails.

To enable our site to handle the next phase of growth, and to keep up with the needs of our patrons, we have relaunched our site and services early this year, after careful user feedback and testing. Here’s what’s changed with the latest update:

1)      Cleaner, wider site with more products and information: A large majority of our customers now browse Gujarat Gifts from devices with ever higher resolutions, when browsing from non-mobile devices. Thus, we have increased the horizontal size of our website to 1025 pixels, and thereby accommodate more products and information per screen.

New Homepage vs Old Homepage

New Hompage

 

Old Homepage2)      Quick View Feature: You can now view and buy products directly from the category pages, without the need to go into product-level pages, thereby reducing the need to jump back and forth. However, if you need to, product pages are available, with the full set of details

Quick View Feature

3)      Better Top-Navigation Menu: The new drop-down menu now allows you to directly access categories even 2-levels-deep directly from one spot, without cluttering your navigation.

New Top Navigation

New Top Navigation


4)     
Contextual Left Menu navigation: Once you are in a category, there is now a handy left navigation, which shows the current category and its subcategories. With this, one can easily browse for options without referring back and forth.

5)      Facebook 1-Click Login: In addition to “Guest” checkout, we now offer a facebook 1-Click Login, so you can checkout without the hassles of creating an account or entering your email ID. We have ensured that if you already have an account setup (during your previous purchases), you can still go ahead and use the FB Login – both sets of logins would continue to work, even if the email ID is the same! Coming soon : Login via Google Account.

6) Better Category and Product Pages : These now show bigger product images in an uncluttered easy-to-browse manner. You can choose from a wide range of sorting options, and choose how many products you want to view per page, in list or grid fashion.

New vs Old category & product pages

 New Category Page   

New Product Page

Old Category Page

Old Product Page

7) More Product Filters: We wanted to put product-filters which helped the visitor find what she is looking for quickly; rather than cookie-cutter sitewide options. So we now have “Shapes” as a filter in Cakes, “Brand” as a filter in Chocolates and more.

These are in addition to a number of under-the-hood changes, which should help us serve you better and more efficiently. We will of-course continue to add newer products and categories to meet and exceed our customer expectations.

Please feel free to email us at service@gujaratgifts.com for your valuable feedback and suggestions. If you need any assistance, you can touch base with us at our Customer Support page.

Warm Regards
Team Gujarat Gifts

5 Tips to choose a website for sending Rakhi Gifts

Raksha Bandhan is on 21st August this year, and for Indians living abroad, the occasion does present a challenge on how one can celebrate the occasion, despite living at a distance from one’s sibling. Here’s where Internet comes as a great savior and allows them to send Rakhi Gifts quickly and conveniently through online portals.

In recent years, a large number of such portals have sprung into existence, with many opening and closing shop each year. With attractive design and a professional look easy to achieve, the customer is left confused on how to choose a good website to send Rakhi. We present some pointers to help the first time buyers as well as those who are undecided.

Tip # 5 : Years in Service

Do check on how many years the service has been around. If a website has been around for quite some time, you can be assured that they must be doing something right, to allow them to survive in the marketplace littered with fly-by-night operators. They also have a long term reputation to protect, so they have a better incentive to give the best deal and service to customers.

Tip # 4 : Testimonials

Do check if the website has customer testimonials prominently displayed. Another aspect is to check the frequency and the natural-ness of the testimonials, as some services actually go as far as to display self-engineered words of praise!

 

Tip # 3 : Online Reviews

This one is a double edged sword. Online reviews tend to be negatively-biased, as certain studies show that consumers with a negative experience are 10 times more likely to complain in online reviews as compared to customers with a positive experience. That is to say, online reviews on their own present a narrow view of the true feedback. However, they do have value, specially if one compares feedback across websites to see which has a higher percentage of complaints.

 

Tip # 2 : Social Media

Always check the Facebook and or the Twitter page of the service to see how the company is engaging with it’s customers and fan-base, as well as what the customers are saying about the service. Caveat Emptor : Not every service with a large “Like” base is trustworthy and not every service with limited Social Media presence sucks – the latter just may be a bit low tech, which is not to say they don’t have great service! You have to take a judgement call on your own, and not just a simple formula of “More Likes = Better Service”!

 

Tip # 1 : Prices, Partner and Payment Options

This one is really an eye-opener! Do check if the Prices displayed are rational or are too-good-to-be-true! Very low prices sometimes are an indicator that the service may not ship at all, or may resort to the classic  bait-and-switch philosophy.

Another aspect to check is the kind of Partners the service chooses. Good reliable logistics partners, fulfillment partners etc with logos displayed clearly indicates that the service means business, and will deliver on its customer promise.

Lastly, but very critically, do check the Payment Options available on the website, and the checkout partner. Most e-commerce players provide checkout on external payment gateway services (like Paypal, CCAvenue, EBS etc). If they have such known payment gateway provider, you should be reassured on multiple counts : Not only are you assured that your credit card / banking details will not be misused (as such services typically do not provide your payment details even to the e-commerce website owners), but you know that there is an impartial 3rd party involved in the transaction.

So there you are! Team Gujarat Gifts provides you the above tips to help you choose wisely this Rakhi season. We also invite you to visit our Raksha Bandhan special at:

Visit: http://www.gujaratgifts.com/send-rakhi-to-india.html

 

Will your brother wait for your Rakhi this year?

The bond of a sister and a brother is so pure, so tender and so beautiful. As children, boys who have no sisters yearn for someone who would tie rakhi on their empty wrists while girls with no brothers pray for someone to whom they can tie a Rakhi. But as we grow up, the bonds loosen up.

We get so engrossed in work, marital duties, and raising kids that we neglect to stoke the stove of family relationships to keep it warm. Consequently, the warmth cools down with time and we grow distant from ones we love the most. Festivals like Raksha Bandhan are like reminders to us to keep the fire burning. It is an occasion to take out sometime to visit our past and make special efforts to keep the bonds strong and unbreakable. Online Rakhiorders might seem like impersonal to you but they offer you an easy way of expressing that even though you may be across seven oceans, your heart is always near your brother and his family.

Leaving your hometown and moving to another city or country does not mean that you have to leave behind all those who you love too. You can always carry them in your heart. Just let them know that you are thinking about them from time to time. When you send rakhi to India, you are telling your brother that you pray for his well-being and long life and the special rakhi you send for your bhabhi tells her that you love and respect her too and accept her as inseparable from your brother.

So book your Rakhi order now at Gujarat Gifts and gift a smile to your brother this year!

Visit: http://www.gujaratgifts.com/send-rakhi-to-india/hampers-for-brother.html

Understand the semantics of Rakhi to India

Do you know that Raksha Bandhan (Bond of Protection) is perhaps the only festival of its kind in the world to celebrate the love of brother and sister? When sisters send rakhi to India, it means that they are offering prayers for the happiness, prosperity, and long life of their brothers and their families.

A brother, who proudly sports rakhis on his wrists, glows with the pride and love for his sisters. A Rakhi to India is a symbol of the love of a sister and a commitment of a brother to protect her sister and her happiness at all costs.

Online rakhi collection at Gujarat Giftsincludes:

  • Sandalwood (chandan) rakhis that come with their delightful fragrance. Sandalwood is considered sacred and is a favourite of Lord Vishnu. Sandalwood rakhis may contain small sandalwood beads, trinkets or shavings.
  • Rudraksha rakhis may have one or more rudraksha beads in the centre. A favourite of Lord Shiva, a wrinkled rudraksha bead is said to attract good health and fortune and ward off evil and bad luck.
  • Mauli Rakhis are simple, traditional and comfortable to wear.  Mauli strands are often tied on the wrists when one performs a puja and it is considered auspicious for the wearer.
  • Lumba rakhis are beautiful. Originally, they come from Rajasthan and are tied on the wrists of sister-in-laws (bhabhis). In a religion that considers wife to be the other half of the husband, it cannot be enough for a sister to just pray for the protection of his brother. Thus, Lumba rakhis wish all the good health and fortune for the bhabhis too.

Explore the website to discover more than 1,000 types of rakhis at Gujarat Gifts.

Visit: http://www.gujaratgifts.com/send-rakhi-to-india/rakhis.html

How to communicate through Gifts for Rakhi 2013?

What is more sacred than the chaste relationship of a brother and a sister! Growing up together, they fight and cry, care and adore, stand up for each other and get each other into problems, look for their own space and look out for each other – brothers and sisters are inseparable. Gujarat Gifts nderstands these emotions quite well and hence, has come up with gift options that help you communicate them well to your brother and sister in India.

Here are some of the suggestions from Rakhi 2013 collection with witty messages that you can send as Rakhi Gifts to India:

A cosmetic kit just perfect for a sister or a brother who hogs the mirror all the time. While the cosmetic Rakhi packages at Gujarat Gifts are all branded, you can add the fun element by saying, “Let the magic of these beauty products work on you, witch!” Do find some good places to hide when you meet your sister next time.

On a more serious note, these cosmetics are high-quality products and will actually help your sister glow.

A cute teddy for a little sister says how much you care for her. It will also help your school-going sister to sleep better while cuddling the softie. You can attach the message, “Your big brother will always be there for you. Be light and bright forever.”

For a sister who sleeps a bit too much, a pillow is a perfect Raksha Bandhan Gifts. And you can get it Personalized Rakhi Gifts to India too. You can add a good photo of you and your sister with simply ‘For my sweet sister, <Your Name>’ or you can Google for the photo of a screaming man and add the text – ‘Help! Get this lazy one out of here!’

Only you know what works best for you.

If you are having doubts about what or how to send Gifts for Rakhi to India, you can email id at info@gujaratgifts.com for a prompt and free gift consultancy.

Visit: http://www.gujaratgifts.com/send-rakhi-to-india/rakhi-thali.html

Top 5 Rakhi Gifts you can send to your brother this year

When you Send Rakhi Gifts to India, it is not the gift but the thought that goes in choosing that gift that should be the focus of the tradition. We bring you Top 5 Rakhi Gifts that sisters often send to their brothers in India:

  • Gentleman’s Hamper: If your brother is a professor or at a reputable designation or seems like a perfect gentleman at all times, the Gentleman’s hamper will be a perfect gift for him. The hamper includes five Ferrero Rocher chocolates, two Parker pens to grace his desk, and two rakhis.
  • Auspicious Car Stands: Om Ganesha car stand and Balaji car stand available at Gujarat Gifts are gold-plated and decorated with American diamonds. They are just perfect for brothers who have bought new cars. Hopefully, your prayers and the divine blessings of the deities will always keep your brother and his family safe while traveling.
  • Gifts that evoke blessings of Goddess Lakshmi: Businessmen and dealers instantly fall in love with anything that grants them wealth and prosperity. So, if your brother is one, you can choose to send Luck & Delight gift hamper, Tremendous Delight gift hamper, and Exclusive Rakhi Hamper as online gifts for Rakhi to India. These hampers include yantras that evoke the pleasure of Lakshmi ji – the goddess of wealth and prosperity.
  • Gift for metro sexual bro: If your brother is too much into good looks and grooming, is a teenager, or a metro sexual, you can send him Complete rakhi gift hamper. It includes Lakme Total Care pack and a pen stand.
  • Perfect Hamper for all brothers: Sometimes it is difficult to decide what gift would be suitable for your brother. In such a case, such Raksha Bandhan Gifts to India are perfect answers to your dilemmas. Ganesha and Lakshmi idols represent good fortune and wisdom for your brother and the assorted dry fruit pack has an ethnic appeal that continues to charm Indians.

All these Rakhi gifts include fancy rakhis, a free greeting card, and a free handcrafted tikka for your brother with roli, chaawal, and an auspicious kodi.

Visit: http://www.gujaratgifts.com/send-rakhi-to-india/dry-fruit-thali.html

Online Birthday Gifts to India: The Smarter Alternative to Traditional Shopping

Want to Send Birthday Gifts to India but don’t know how? You’re in the right place! The internet is the place to be in these days for any kind of shopping whatsoever. Online Birthday Gifts or fresh flowers or chocolate boxes, whatever one desires to present to another person can be found online these days. It is, however, important to choose the right gifts portal if you want to have a quality experience.

A quality gifts portal not only features good quality of gift items but also has a rich variety of such items to suit different people’s tastes and different occasions. Besides the gift items that are featured on the portal, a good gifts portal is also safe and secure for online financial transactions such as credit card payment or net banking payment. Another important determinant for judging the quality of a Online Gifts to India is their speed of delivery of the order placed by any given customer. Do they deliver the ordered item within a reasonable timeframe with good packaging or do they send it to a wrong address first and then send it after a fortnight to the customer? Is the packaging of the item neat and impressive or is it tattered and down-market? These are some of the most important determinants that determine the reliability and quality of a gifts portal.

When you have found your choice, send Birthday Gifts India to your near and dear ones. Send gifts for Birthday, Anniversary or for any special occasion you want to celebrate to any part of India. Gujarat Gifts to send online Birthday Gifts to any part of India. Payment can be made through any Major credit card, Net banking or Mobile payment as per your convenience.

Visit: http://www.gujaratgifts.com/gifts-by-occasion/romantic-gifts.html

Valentine Gifts Online – Celebrate Conveniently!

A wallet, a handbag, a perfume, a watch, shirt or some jewellery items – there are plenty of Valentine Gifts Ideas one can choose from when one wishes to delight their loved ones. A Greeting card is a great accompaniment to the gift as it is beautifully designed and carries precious words of emotion inside.

Valentine’s Day is on 14th February as its day of celebration remains the same year after year. The day is celebrated in memory of Saint Valentine who sacrificed his life for the cause of love and marriages. In his time, the ruling king had banned people from getting married as he wanted the young men to become soldiers. He thought that men become unwilling to become soldiers after

Getting married and so he banned marriages. Saint Valentine considered this new law unjust and continued to get couples married in secret. He was caught and put behind bars and subsequently killed for breaking the law.

You can now Send Valentine Gifts to Indiain a matter of minutes from the convenience of your workplace or home through the internet. The availability of Valentine Gifts Online has made this earlier unthinkable option a reality. From Valentine Gifts to Valentine Flowers to cakes and teddy bears, you can shop to your heart’s content from good quality gifting portals which can help you send Valentine Gifts to India.

 

Visit: http://www.gujaratgifts.com/valentine-gifts-to-india/flowers-chocolates-en.html and choose from amongst an appealing collection of Gifts to India for Valentine Day. Payment can be made online with the help of a credit card, net banking or mobile payment facility on the website.

Celebrate the Day of Love with Valentine Gifts

Which is the one human emotion that makes a person an angel almost immediately? Which is the feeling that makes a person forego self-interest and do what is best for another? If you haven’t guessed it already, there is only one such feeling – Love. Poets, Writers, Movie-makers, Artists…Love is everyone’s favourite subject. The world is in love with the idea of Love. We can then imagine the popularity that a special occasion that is dedicated to the celebration of love would enjoy in the world.

Valentine’s Day, a day dedicated to the celebration of romance and love is celebrated in many countries all over the world with great enthusiasm and spirit. It is one of the most popular special occasions and makes everyone feel happy. As Shakespeare writes in his popular work titled, Romeo and Juliet – ‘My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have , for both are infinite.’ Love is an emotion that not only makes the person who is loved feel wonderful, it also makes the person who loves feel on top of the world. No wonder everyone loves to fall in love and be loved as well.

Celebrate this wonderful day with your beloved by sending Valentine Gifts to India through reliable online gifting portals. No matter where you live or your beloved lives in India, you can Send Gifts to India for Valentine Day in this way. Valentine Gift Hampers are a superb gifting option since they combine a number of pleasing items like flowers, a greeting card, a special gift and the like in one hamper.

Visit: http://www.gujaratgifts.com/valentine-gifts-to-india.html to Send Online Valentine Gifts to India in a secure and efficient fashion. Pay online through a credit card, net banking or mobile payment facility and make that special someone feel on top of the world!