Growing up, Diwali was always a welcome distraction from the inevitable winter gloom. The event still holds a very special place in my heart for many reasons, and pampering my loved ones with the best Diwali gifts is definitely one of them.
In the days leading up to the big day, our family home becomes a beacon of light among the neighbouring houses. My mum drapes fairy lights across the front door five days earlier, sources mouth-watering snacks (think: samosas, cashews and Indian sweets), and every year, my sister and I – now adults living away from home – make the pilgrimage back to celebrate with her and my dad. And of course, our extended family in India also ring throughout the day to offer their “Happy Diwali” messages.
Best Diwali gifts at a glance:
- Best fashion gift: Lovers and Friends, Selma Top
- Best gift for the home: D. S. & Durga Diwali candle
- Best culinary gift: Our Place, Diwali Perfect Pot
- Best gift for a jewellery lover: Mejuri Signet Pinky Ring Rhodolite
- Best gift for a beauty connoisseur: Pat McGrath Labs Mothership VI: Midnight Sun Palette
What is Diwali?
For those who celebrate, Diwali (or Deepavali in south India) is often the biggest event in the calendar year. It’s the festival of light and a time to commemorate the triumph of good over evil, follow religious traditions and bask in culture and good food.
This year, Diwali falls on Sunday 12 November 2023, but it changes every year and can fall anywhere between October and November, often coinciding with the new moon (amāsvasya).
Who celebrates Diwali?
The event is celebrated across India and the world by Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists and Jains, but everyone is invited to join the festivities.
How do people celebrate Diwali?
People celebrate Diwali in various ways, and this can differ across regions and countries. That being said, there are some consistencies, such as lights, lights and (you guessed it) more lights. And, of course, spending time with your loved ones and eating lots of delicious food. From firework displays to adorning your house with tealights and fairy lights, Diwali is first and foremost marked by illumination in every. way. possible.
People often wear new clothes for the occasion too, meaning brightly coloured new wears are a great gift option, along with candles and ornate tea light holders. Many also pray to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.
What are the best gifts to give and receive for Diwali?
From jewellery gifts to some of the best beauty advent calendars and thoughtful personalised presents, there are no strict rules around what to give someone for Diwali, but there are certainly some gift options that are promised to go down well. Here is our carefully curated list of best Diwali gift ideas, including sumptuous food hampers, elegant glassware, fashionable outfits and glittering makeup palettes. The best part? You can also take advantage of all the early Black Friday sales and save ££ when sorting our your gift shopping too. A win-win.