This Christmas if you’re seeking boutique gifts that are as unique as the people you’re buying them for, might we kindly point you in the direction of some truly exciting young South Asian businesses with an offering of choice gifts that can be considered for Christmas and beyond.
From natural skincare and darling bijoux to subscription meals, abstract prints and sustainable scents, here’s a top selection that will be sure to surprise and delight.
Anisha Parmar London:— A delightful selection of contemporary jewellery celebrating South Asian history, mythology, heritage and culture. Each piece is thoughtfully designed and handcrafted by Anisha, evolving into modern-day heirlooms charged with stories and emotions that journey through time.
Alighieri:— A fine addition to carefully curated trinket collections. Inspired by Italian poet and scholar Dante Alighieri and rooted in literature and art, each fragmented talisman in Rosh Mahtani’s demi-fine jewellery shop is designed to be a constant companion through life’s many wanderings.
PULP:— Designer Jaz Bhogal’s work is derived from her interest in the female body. Her curated digital prints are available to buy and are the perfect addition to the walls of a bedroom, living room, hallway and suchlike.
Chai Paani:— The ideal gifts include: candles with gorgeously designed labels, nostalgic scents and memories from the homeland, and typographic canvas totes to carry it all home. A sizeable selection of both is available to buy at Chai Paani.
Mela Jewellery:— Indispensable everyday jewellery that’s testament to a life consciously lived. Sustainable (and largely recycled) metals are handpicked and handcrafted by founder Deepa Mistry into dainty, minimal designs suitable for all kinds of persons and styles.
DabbaDrop:— A gift subscription delivered right to the door, Bombay-style. Bring it in, unpack the stainless steel dabba and dive into the rich flavours of South Asia through the plant-based, homemade meals. With a revolving menu each week, it’s a culinary journey without the long-haul flight.
Biskut Bar:— Introduce your pantry cupboards to biscuits and bites inspired by snacks and flavours from the subcontinent. Opt for savoury Jeera Biskut or unwavering aromatic rusk, subtly-sweet Besan Ladoo Biskut, Nankhatai and more. Order them as stocking fillers or as a selection packed together in well-designed and aptly-named tins.
Kaapi:— Gift the joy of frothy, creamy South Indian filter coffee with Kaapi. Grown in South India, the medium-roast blend is available in individual bags or as part of a handy subscription. Choose the accompanying brass accessories for the traditional brewing experience.
Mauli Rituals:— Ancient Indian medicine Ayurveda comes together with aromatherapy for a gentle range of products for the skin, hair, body and mind. For the lovers of all-things-natural,, a gift from Mauli Rituals will be much appreciated.
Fable and Mane:— An indulgent offering of vegan, clean and cruelty-free hair wellness products, inspired at the root by the Indian tradition of hair oiling. So, put your hair up and peruse their many gifts.
Śurū:— Meaning ‘Begin’, Śurū offer a range of fragranced candles and limited-edition artisanal objects inspired by their life in London and their roots in the Punjab. Top scents for all your beloved noses.
Kera:— Calming soy wax candles capturing scents influenced by a life lived in Kerala, and in reusable amber jars that can be held on to and given a second life.
Should you be looking for gifts and sundries from the Dishoom Store, you may peruse our alternative gift guide here to explore our all-new range.
With February comes a gladdening of spirits, lighter morning skies and discernibly louder birdsong. It is also the month to bid farewell to our winter cocoons (at least partially) and tune back into the world beyond our blankets. Allow us to ease the de-hibernation process, by sharing some of the things piquing our interest this month.
“Who wants to see some magic?” Chef Arun calls out. He flings the rolled out dough into the air, sending it soaring above the counter. It spins and twists, a graceful dancer in the air. The children watch its arc, their eyes wide with wonder, until it lands gently back in the chef's hands. The children shriek in delight.
January is a most divisive month. For some it heralds the hopeful turning over of new leaves; for others it is a month to trudge begrudgingly through towards the promise of spring. Whichever camp you find yourself in, we have plentiful diversions to share. See them as the cherry atop your already gleeful January cake, or a welcome distraction while you await winter’s end.
I AM HERE, dear reader, slovenly and slouched, staring into my drink at the end of the bar in our new restaurant in Battersea. My mind is still down and out, sifting around in the dregs of ’23 but of course it knows that I should really straighten my back, raise my chin and look squarely up into the cold new light of ’24. My drink – Choti’s Punch – clear and strong, sweet with a little salt, may help.