14 Dazzling, Delicious Diwali Gifts

From traditional tins of mithai to splurge-worthy spirit kits, these collections are sure to impress on Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights.

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Updated on November 01, 2023

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Like any other holiday, Diwali is a wonderful time to give and receive gifts. The Festival of Lights is a time when families and friends gather to commemorate the Hindu new year and the celebration of good over evil and light over darkness. With the gathering comes good food, great sweets, and gift giving galore.

Traditionally, a box of mithai is exchanged among loved ones, but with the influx of South Asian-operated restaurants, bakeries and online shops in the U.S. in recent years, it has become fun to get creative in choosing gifts. Whether it’s a customized box of rose petal-topped ladoos, artisan chocolates in spicy flavors or a collection of chai blends you seek, here are some worthy gift set finds, available nationwide this Diwali season.

Houston-based artisan chocolate shop, Cacao & Cardamom is offering a 12-piece Diwali collection box. The 12-piece box reveals three layers of multi-colored bon bons with mithai-inspired fillings. Flavors include cashew katli, pistachio barfi, cardamom rose, mango lassi and chai spice, and all pieces are vegetarian and eggless.

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This Austin-based chocolate shop, which sources its cacao from the Tumaco region of Colombia and the Idukki Hills region in Kerala, India, offers a Diwali gift box featuring orange clove bon bons splashed with vibrant color. The bite-sized treats combine a blend of orange zest and clove with vanilla and cinnamon, resulting in a soul warming and indulgent gift for any chocolate lover.

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Malai Ice Cream’s Diwali Celebration Box, made up of desserts incorporating the shop’s artisanal small batch ice cream, is a refreshing alternative to a traditional mithai box. The box features four pints of ice cream in flavors inspired by traditional South Asian desserts like kaju katli, rasmalai and peda. This frozen treat box is available only for a limited time and can be shipped nationwide via Goldbelly.

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From tins and trays to loaded gift boxes, Sukhadia’s is a one-stop shop for Diwali confections. Counts range from four-to-six-piece boxes up to 18-to-24-piece boxes, and a variety of vessels boasting rich metallic hues, vibrant colors and decorative designs can be built with a single item or an assortment of many. Offerings aren’t limited to mithai – customers may pick from dried fruits, nuts and individually wrapped chocolates, too.

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Tagmo's Diwali Collection mithai comes in nine-piece, 16-piece and 32-piece gift boxes. Customers are welcome to fully customize their boxes, choosing from a robust selection of bite-size confections like lavender burfi, besan ladoo, panjeeri ladoo, kaju katli and more. Add on Tagmo’s 3-piece diya set, handmade by artisans in India, and prepare for this year’s festivities in fine fashion. Boxes are available for nationwide shipping.

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Enjoying a comforting cup of chai is a beloved part of South Asian culture, making chai-related gifts a natural choice during Diwali. The Chai Box’s elegant tea gifts include various blends accompanied with a stainless-steel steeper, a package of chai with biscuits and a chai sampler kit. As a splurge, consider the Chai Box for $90, which presents fragrant cardamom, cinnamon, fennel and clove in a traditional Indian spice box.

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Varah’s gourmet online shop is a wonderful source for gifting year-round, and during Diwali, the options are plentiful. Gift sets can be built to include stuffed dates or fruit and nut bites, but there are also boxes which feature items like saffron spice blends, chai, candied nuts and savory trail mix. For a gift which truly makes an impression, Varah offers the Kesariya Diwali gift hamper for $165 which touts a customized mix of truffle boxes, jarred goods, candles and a saffron gift box presented in a wooden keepsake jewelry box covered in raw silk.

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The luxury kitchen retailer is offering assorted Indian sweets in 14-piece boxes for $39.95 and 32-piece boxes for $59.95. The vegetarian and gluten-free confections are handmade and include chocolate, fruit and nut varieties with flavors like boule pistachio, buche hazelnut, crown walnut and almond boat.

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If your loved one prefers to make festive treats from scratch, opt to give Our Place’s Diwali Fry Set. The set includes a gorgeously designed perforated Skimmer Spoon from Lekha, a groovy wire cooling rack from Manjit Thapp, plus two clay diyas to really light things up. From the moment you drop favorites like Gulab Jamun and Pakoras into bubbling oil, to when you set them to cool to golden perfection, cooks will feel like the celebration has already begun with this delightful kitchen set.

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Female-owned Tinted Heritage bridges the gap between tradition and modern aesthetics with its line of gifts and decor with a South Asian twist. Along with decorative tea light holders, cutting boards and cork coasters that read “Happy Diwali,” consider the eco-conscious wooden rangoli tray, an intricate design in which to showcase paints, rangoli powder, lentils or colored rice that can be reused again and again each year.

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In honor of Diwali and the festive season, The Glenlivet partnered with two South Asian-owned brands to produce a limited-edition gift set intended to liven up at home festivities. The kit includes a bottle of The Glenlivet 14 Year Old Scotch, a D.S. & Durga portable fireplace candle and SONA Home embroidered linen coasters. The box is finished off with a poem from Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW).

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Brooklyn Delhi, a company known for its small-batch, plant-based Indian condiments and pantry staples developed by chef Chitra Agrawal, has launched a Celebrations Gift Box that combines art and flavor. Designed by New Delhi-based artist Anjali Mehta, the box boasts illustrations inspired by hand-painted South Asian truck art, and contains a decorative insert, also designed by Mehta. Inside, a set of traditional stainless steel compartment plates from Ahimsa Home is featured alongside jarred condiments including tomato achaar, roasted garlic achaar and mango chutney.

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Part of Diwali traditions call for cleansing the home, body and soul in the wake of the new year. Lush’s Happy Diwali gift allows you to awaken the senses with a limited-edition set that pairs its Flower Gel shower gel – a blend of jasmine, rose and yleng yleng – with its fragrant orange exfoliating sea salt body scrub.

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Ethically sourced spice company Diaspora Co. touts teas, spices and masalas suitable for year-round gifting, but it’s the Ghar Ka Khana candle that serves as a heartwarming gift during Diwali. The phrase “ghar ka khana” translates to “home cooked meal” and bears a scent intended to spark nostalgic memories of sharing meals around the family table. The vessel for the candle incorporates repurposed jars from Diaspora’s Guntur Sannam chillies, and the candle itself is a collaboration with vegan South Asian candle brand, Kishmish.

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