Some gifts are big. Others are small. But the ones that come from the heart are the best gifts of all. The festival of lights is upon us. Diwali brings with it some traditions too and among them is the exchange of gifts. For many of us, sourcing the right Diwali gift can be quite a tedious task. But do not we all relish specially curated food hampers? A frosted cake or a box of chocolates will please anyone. So if you are still looking for gifts to give, there are many options. Hotels and bakeries around town have been hard at work putting together festive spreads. The packaging is well done and the goodies they hold are lip-smacking too. Here is our pick of the best Diwali food gift hampers in Chandigarh.
Known to rustle up specials by the season, the Diwali gift hampers at Hyatt Regency Chandigarh come in little baskets. You can choose from the red and cream or brown and cream-hued ones. These can be customised according to your needs. The hotel also offers pre-arranged ones that pack in their signature cakes, sweets and savouries. You can opt for Wine or Champagne too. For those on a budget, there are small boxes too.
Also rolling out their festive spread is JW Marriott Chandigarh. On offer are festive gift boxes that include signature products from the hotel’s bakery such as cakes, chocolate rocks, biscotti, macarons and more. Do include their signature fruit cake and chocolates in the mix. The boxes are perfect for corporate and personal gifting.
When it comes to assorted hampers, nothing compares to assorted chocolates. Taj Chandigarh has been rolling out specials every Diwali and this year’s line-up includes truffles with flavours like Espresso Caramel, Coffee Truffle Chocolate, Passion Fruit, Bailey Cream Truffle, Green Tea Truffles and more. Also in the mix are Almond Rocks, Cashew Rocks and Raspberry Chocolate. You can also get a gift box customised with Homemade Brownies, Choco-chip Brownie, Oreo Brownie, Walnut Brownie, Red Velvet Brownie and the likes.
Specially curated contemporary baskets with goodies make for the ideal festive present. Making sure they offer a wide selection too is The Lalit Chandigarh. The hotel’s patisserie, Le Petit Cafe, offers 3 different boxes with the choicest selection of goodies. The hamper includes both sweet and savoury delights including Indian mithai. They all come neatly packed in colourful tins. The chocolates are melt-in-the-mouth kind.
It is one of Chandigarh’s most premium bakeries and all outlets of Nik Baker’s across Panchkula, Mohali and Chandigarh are offering special Diwali hampers. From freshly made biscuits, cookies, Belgian chocolates to different kinds of English cakes, biscotti, lavash, there is a lot to choose from. You can also choose from the assortment of gift packs. The baskets are keepsakes while the boxes have been specially designed in Indian motifs for the occasion.
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A seasoned journalist, Jagmeeta has worked with The Indian Express for 16 years writing extensively on food, popular culture and fashion. A Master's in English, she completed her honours in Journalism from Delhi University and started her career in journalism with New Delhi Television (NDTV) as a reporter. She was part of the launch team for NDTV.com. Having turned a freelance writer and editor in 2016, she has been writing for The Hindustan Times, Chandigarh and is also a contributor for The Voice of Fashion steered by IMG Reliance Ltd as well as Chandigarh's popular lifestyle portal - simplythecity.com. When she's not reviewing food or dissecting the season's trends, she likes to travel with her daughter and husband, a professional photographer. A photography enthusiast herself, Jagmeeta has also curated photo exhibitions and calls herself a collector of cookbooks and recipes and a proud 'fauji' daughter and sister.