Did you know that Christmas trees and gifts are really a German tradition that was made popular by Queen Victoria in 1840s? Back then, an engraving of the Royal family celebrating Christmas with a beautiful tree and gifts made it a rage with the British populace and this trend then became popular among the Americans as well. Today Christmas gift giving is a much-beloved tradition across the world with Christmas woolens, ornaments and cakes topping most gifting selections. This Christmas, take a break from these usual gifts and explore some beautifully Indian, handcrafted pieces that are sure to light up your holiday season –
1. Blue Jaipur Pottery Dinnerware:
Give your Christmas dinner table a uniquely Indian twist with handmade blue dinnerware from Jaipur. Glazed on a low fire and made from a mixture of Multani Mitti (Fuller’s Earth), quartz & powdered glass with the eye-catching blue dye, every piece is a true labor of love. The rich cobalt blue that adorns the flora and fauna motifs on these pieces contrast beautifully with the reds and greens of Christmas decor for an exquisite holiday meal setting.
2. Darjeeling Tea:
Come winters and family reunions, tea & cakes fill the air with merrymaking. The perfect addition to the festivities is a luxurious blend of handpicked Darjeeling tea – often called the Champagne of Teas. Hand-plucked delicately, two leaves and a bud at a time, this tea is made by withering the leaves in the crisp mountain air under the sun. The leaves are then hand-rolled and slightly roasted to lend the distinctive floral yet fresh aroma. Perfect for warm conversations when huddled together with loved ones on a cold Christmas night.
3. Handmade Kashmiri Woollen Throws & Rugs:
Switch out that Christmas sweater or scarf for a Kashmiri woolen throw or rug to add warmth and coziness to a well-loved space all year round. The secrets of this intricate needlework and weaving methods have been passed down through the generations and the vibrant floral patterns can add character and warmth to the smallest of spaces. An authentic Kashmiri woolen piece is a true work of art that adds beauty to every day and makes for a truly unique holiday present.
4. Paradiso Candle:
The idea of a candlelit Christmas goes back to the tradition of decorating Christmas trees with candles until modern fairy lights were invented. Yule Candles slowly came into being and accompanied the entire festive fervor, being used for both light as well as their fragrance. With the spicy and citrusy scent of Orange & Mace, the Paradiso Candle is the perfect Christmas gift that can scent any space with its rich aroma. Made with eco-friendly Soy wax, this candle produces little to no smoke making it perfect for those who love to entertain over the holidays.
5. Wintercare Gift Assortment:
Handpick some exquisite Kama wintercare goodies to curate that perfect Christmas gift box for your loved ones. Choose the Kokum and Almond Butter that deeply nourishes the skin with its rich, creamy texture and its comforting, nutty aroma makes it an absolute joy to use in the colder months. The Almond Coconut Lip Balm is the perfect addition to help spread warm smiles this season. The duo of the warmly scented Hand Cream and Foot Cream take away winter skin woes leaving the skin soft, deeply conditioned and radiant.
There is no Christmas gift like a gift that reflects thought, warmth, and love in a season of togetherness and festivity. Add to it the appeal of something unique and handcrafted and it becomes a gift that can be a true reminder of happy times. So choose your Christmas gifts with love and create the best memories for your friends and family this holiday season.