Quirky Gift Ideas
Everybody loves to receive gifts (whether or not they say it) but picking up the perfect gift for someone is hard. Haven’t we all spent hours browsing ‘gifts’ online or at stores across a mall? I remember this one time I went about looking for a gift for a friend and spent over 3 hours moving from one store to the other in a big shopping area; only to end up buying a Crossword gift card in the end. Now that is a great gift option though! Giving someone money to buy books – who wouldn’t like to receive that luxury?! But often we want to buy something personal, memorable and fun. While Chumbak has been a hot favorite when it comes to quirky gifts, I think most of us already have so much of their merchandise that they are no more unique. Same is the case with Happily Unmarried. I like both the brands though and I have so much of Chumbak stuff on my table, living room, bed side, travel kit… the list goes on!
I feel gifts should either be books or something fun. I am not the ‘buy something useful’ kind of a gift-er. As someone who loves to give (and receive) gifts, I am always on the look out for new ideas that can potentially make for a great present.
I am listing here some of my favourite brands to buy gifts from. You can try these the next time you want to delight someone with an exciting gift!
This is a humor loving brand! They have everything in limited edition and the designs are elegantly loud and chirpy! Some of the categories that they have are ‘Mom Hates It’, ‘It’s Geek To Me’, ‘Buy Invitation Only’! I like that they have some really fun invitation cards that will set the tone for any party on a high note. Most of their products are under the brand whysoserious and their ‘Corner Shop’ section lists stuff that has been picked up from earthy Indian designers. Spend a few minutes on their website and you will find something that will bring a smile to your face for you know you have found something perfect to gift!
Entertain yourself on their website and pick something fun while you are at it! Their products are largely inspired from TV shows, comics and cartoons so there’s something for everybody! From hoodies and sweatshirts to graphic novels to comic costumes – they have it all. You can browse on category wise or theme wise – which, in my opinion, is a great time saver! There are a few things that I have liked and now am trying to figure who I can gift them too. Ah.. the problems of an over-enthusiastic-gift-giver.
3. Can Of Juice
This Bangalore based brand offers a wide variety of sketchy wall art – from Bollywood to portraits to Indian idiosyncrasies to modern art! All designs are original, limited and unique. The stuff is crowd sourced from various artists; who you can read about on their website. A wall art in a classy frame makes for a great gift and if you plan to give a house warming present and don’t know what to buy – this could be your go-to place!
Caricatures never go out of fashion! And what’s more – they are for everyone! You could gift one to a kid or grown up, a family or a couple, a friend or a teacher! Everybody loves them 🙂 I have gifted caricatures to many friends and what I like about them is that a gift can’t get more personal than this. You can include the person’s personality traits in it or something that you share with that person! It’s hard to go wrong with a nicely-done caricature. Of course, it has to be a superior work of art. All you have to do is simply email the the images of the person you want to be caricatured with their personality traits and voila – the designer will send you the completed caricature over email and you can print it on canvas or paper and get it framed.
I have gotten many caricatures done from Pune based Prashant Arts; even the one for my wedding card. Needless to say, they are very good with their work. You can even explore Create Trendz for they offer to make some exquisite caricatures too!
5. Monday Blues
Drive away Monday blues all you want but let this brand stick around! They have very few product categories as of now (mainly notebooks, coasters, mugs and magnets) however, you can be sure that their designs are original and oh-so-quirky! When you don’t want to spend too much time deciding on what to buy, head here and pick up a funky mug or a coaster that you wouldn’t have seen elsewhere! Although I hope the brand puts up some more products because their work is promisingly fun!
I love HitPlay! They are what they claim to offer – (stuff) for those who have got everything else! When you want to buy something and want to be absolutely sure that your gift is not duplicated, this website will be your dope. I mean, who would have croissant cushions or toilet paper that looks like dollar notes? I have bought the former for my best friend and I hope someone gifts me the latter! 😉 What’s more – their products are very affordable and make for great gifts-without-a-reason.
These are just some of the many fun gift stores that might be out there! If you know of any, do share in the comments and help a fellow-gifter with a lease of fresh ideas:)