No matter how hard you try, fellow procrastinators, last minute holiday shopping is almost unavoidable. You barely have time to shop for Christmas gifts, wrap ’em, and get them under the tree by Christmas Eve. Luckily, it’s Amazon Prime to the rescue. Here’s my curated list of quirky and unique desi gifts you can get to avoid gifting in IST (Indian Standard Time), a tactic you can no longer afford to pull off. For now, you just take a deep breath, chug the Eggnog, and hit “add to cart.” Do it today if you want these goods delivered to you by the 23rd!
1. Maria Qamar’s “Trust No Aunty”
Artist Maria Qamar, more famously known as Instagram megastar Hatecopy, came out with an illustrated book earlier this year on how to manage “overbearing Aunties.” This “survival guide” is the perfect gift for an South Asian American/Canadian trying to navigate two cultures, all the while laughing. This is a thoughtful gift in that is there any better gift than the gift of survival? I think not.
2. Bollywood “Dream Girl” Coasters
These acrylic hand- crafted coasters are the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for that person who loves Bollywood kitch. You can “coast” through the holidays knowing you’re gifting something pretty unique.
3. Henna Votives
These beauties are Kate Aspen designed so right off the bat, you’ll get points for gifting name brand votives. The colors are sapphire, amethyst, ruby, and citrine as pictured below. They come packaged with a gold organza ribbon and branded tag which makes you look like a classy gifter, despite you having bought this last minute. Ssssh, no one has to know. What’s more, you can have these in possession as early as tomorrow.
4. Chai Tote Bag
This 100% cotton canvas bag is the perfect gift for both the environmentalist and chai lover in your life. Act fast and get it by December 23 for a gift that’s “totes” cute.
5. Mandala-Inspired Floor Ottoman Pouf
This is the pillow cover only but fear not, you can order this cool mandala solo piece and have it arrive before Christmas Eve. If want to go the extra mile and gift the cushion to put in it, Prime it up here.
6. South Indian Ground Filter Coffee
You can select from a range of single origin gourmet blends from light to dark, and buy either ground coffee and whole beans. Seven Beans Coffee Company’s coffee really is a favorite of The Teal Mango team. The packaging looks high-end but more importantly, the coffee itself is actually high quality, smooth bodied, and low acidic. This is a no-brainer for the coffee connoisseur in your life.
7. Bollywood Adult Coloring Book
Adult coloring books are all the rage right now. Coloring is said to be therapeutic. In that sense, this is the gift that keeps giving then! What’s more is this particular coloring book has fun images that’ll surely help your loved one work through their emotional ish in a creative and unique way. For instance, out of the 26 images available to color, there are quirky topics such as “evil mother in law” and “gunda” – surely coloring pages like this will be cathartic!
8. Indian Spices/Seasoning Set
This is the perfect gift for the gourmand in your life. The spices and packaging are premium quality. The set includes six tins which are filled with the following: sweet curry mix, hut curry mix, garam masala, tikka masala, coriander and black mustard seeds. And this set even comes with recipes!
9. Scented Candle…that supposedly smells like India
Is this candle pigeonholing nostalgia? Sure. Is it effin’ unique and cheeky? Most definitely. This candle supposedly smells like “a simmering pot of curry with the ever-present scent of cardamom” and “faint smells of wet soil after a summer Monsoon.” And it’s same day delivery so, hello, why not?!
10. Indian Nesting Dolls
This nesting set is hand-crafted and comes with nine pieces. We could see these as a great gift for either children or adults. These beauties won’t deliver until Christmas Eve BUT you’ll definitely have them in your possession by Christmas morning!
11. Lilly Singh’s “A Trip to Unicorn Island” DVD
12. Vintage Banjara Backpack
This is one helluva colorful and quality gift…something that won’t look like you shopped for last minute. Popping with mirrors and embroidery, this could be perfect for the bohemian spirit in your life.
13. Metallic Henna Tattoo Stickers
These tattoo stickers consist of over 50 ankle, bracelet, necklace, and stand alone designs in black, gold, silver which basically means you’re hooking up your giftee for 2018 with the abundance of pieces that come in this set.