It is that pleasant time of the year, when we get all geared up to clean our houses, light the entire place with magnificent diyas, and craft beautiful rangolis- to celebrate the festival of love, light, and togetherness- Diwali!
Besides getting decked up in ethics and decorating the buildings with sparkling lights, exchanging gifts with our near and dear ones is an integral ceremonial part of this amazing festival.
Picking the gifts for your relatives and friends is quite a task since it is hard to search for gift items that people won’t stash away or transfer to someone else.
Instead of circulating those sweet boxes of cholesterol again, why not give your special ones a healthy treat this year?
Gifting is the central theme of Diwali done to express the joy of the festive season. Before you draw up the gift list, consider including more healthy items to create the perfect blend of health and happiness.
Not sure what edible items come under the vicinity of the term-‘healthy?’
Then check out the below list for some incredibly healthy Diwali gift ideas.
Nutritious snacks box
Taking into account the current pandemic times, staying healthy has become the topmost priority for people. While everyone tries to be at their healthiest best, the inactive lifestyle of working from home compromises our health in obscure ways. So instead of adding to the unhealthy habits by gifting boxes of spices, snacks and beverages, go for something healthy this year.
You don’t have to opt for readymade boxes of snacks to send gifts online, rather try to prepare the snack boxes on your own by adding items such as-
- Green tea sachets box
- Nuts and dried fruit mix packets
- Homemade protein bars
- Roasted chickpeas packets
- Brown rice cakes
- Vegetable chips packets
- Oatmeal packets
- Roasted almonds and cashews
- Chocolate-covered nuts
There is no limit to the healthy snacks options, and you can try to create your own perfect snack by experimenting with different items. Healthy snacks taste as good as junk, and your relatives are going to love them.
Winter fruit basket
There is nothing healthier than fruits on this planet; fruits help keep all types of health risks at bay. While the fruit buckets on our dining tables always have apples and bananas, seldom do we think of buying other amazing fruits. If your friends and relatives are not into fruits, chances are they also do not consider buying the rare fruits as well. That makes for another item in the healthy Diwali gifts list- a basket of winter fruits. You can prepare your fruit hamper with fruits like strawberry, apricot, avocado, dried peach, dragon fruit, pineapple, prune, grapefruit, kiwi fruit, and the options are endless.
These fruits are incredibly healthy and loaded with vitamins, fiber, folic acid, antioxidants, minerals, etc. Although people rarely buy these fruits, they are readily available in the market, so you can easily find them and prepare the winter fruit basket for gifting your loved ones.
Dried fruits boxes
A box full of dried fruits never goes out of style when it comes to picking healthy Diwali gifts. You don’t have to stick to the traditional ‘almond and cashew dry fruits box’ and can include a lot of variety in your dried fruit box such as dried peaches, apples, apricot, lychees, dates, prunes, cherries, jujube, etc. All these dried fruits are highly nutritious and offer wonderful benefits, particularly dates; dates or Ajwa dates provide an abundance of health benefits that one can count on.
Ajwa dates are certainly the king of dried fruits and their pleasantly sweet flavor and creamy smooth texture make them a tasty gift. Though everyone is well-aware of this amazing fruit, but few consider buying it. Ajwa is laden with fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, potassium, and calcium; they are the healthiest treat that you can give this festive season. Not only Ajwa Dates are tasty, but they assist the optimal bodily functions as they help in reducing stress, boosting cardiovascular health, treating inflammation, and bolstering overall health.
Your relatives are definitely going to thank you later after they observe the many benefits of consuming dates you gifted. Al Madina Dates are the most nutritious gift you can endow your relatives with. Make sure to buy dates from a reliable brand, since the market is filled with fake products and suppliers.
Customizing the Diwali gift by adding wholesome dried fruits is surely a healthy gift your relatives would appreciate.
Tea and beverages box
A box full of beverages is a great gift to give this Diwali. There is no dearth of items to include when it comes to picking beverages; you can add packets/bottles of aloe vera juice, apple cider, celery juice, coconut milk, grapefruit juice, lemonade, pear juice, mango juice, guava juice, etc.
If the person you are gifting is particularly a tea lover, then making a hamper filled with various tea boxes is probably an ideal gift. However, there is no point in handing over this gift if the person does not even drink tea. Everyone loves tea, and a tea box with a variety of tea flavors in it is amongst the healthiest gifts. The benefits of a flavored cup of tea are innumerous, as tea helps in managing weight, keeping the heart healthy, strengthening bones, keeping the gums healthy, and assisting in the treatment of serious health conditions.
You can prepare the tea hamper with black tea, green tea, white tea, oolong tea, herbal tea, lemongrass tea, Nilgiri tea, Darjeeling tea, etc. If you don’t want to prepare an exclusive tea box, then you can prepare a combination of both juices and tea to prepare the perfect beverage gift for your friend.
This gift is sure to stay the longest with the receiver as they drink their favorite cuppa tea or drink that healthy juice each day.
Herbs and spices hamper
A bucket full of essential herbs and spices is another healthy Diwali gift to amaze your loved ones with. For preparing this bucket of a hearty hamper of herbs and spices, the options are limitless. You can add various herbs in their dried forms to the bucket such as parsley, rosemary, basil, oregano, curry powder, nutmeg, saffron, red pepper flakes, peppermint, etc.
Don’t forget to include saffron in this hamper since saffron or kashmiri kesar is an amazing aromatic spice packed with incredible medicinal qualities. This golden spice has been used as a seasoning for foods for ages. Consuming Saffron offers a lot of benefits such as improved mood, controlled blood sugar, reduced blood pressure, improved digestion, better sleep quality, and a lot more. There is no reason why an individual won’t be delighted by seeing saffron packets in their ‘spices and herbs gift hamper.’ Acknowledging the fact that Saffron is a pricey item and also, that it is hard to get pure saffron, this gift will be well-appreciated.
The magical red threads of the original saffron are loaded with protein, iron, Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, manganese, and other nutrients. Get saffron from a credible company that only supplies high-quality and original saffron as there are a lot of adulterated Saffron boxes sold in the market. Saffron as a seasoning has various uses and can be added to dishes like rice pudding, sponge cakes, ladoos, kesar peda, shrikhand, shahi pulao, kesar kofta kesar pista biscuits, kesar kulfi, and a lot more.
These herbs are incredibly beneficial for health and seasoning various dishes with herbs enhances their flavor. It is certainly a gift that would stay with the receiver the longest and remind them of you every time they use the spices for seasoning.
Read More: Pure Kashmiri Mongra Saffron/ Kesar (1 Gram)
Gourmet food basket
If you like to prepare an all-inclusive gift basket that does not leave anything, then preparing a healthy gourmet basket is the best idea. A Gourmet basket can be prepared with a variety of items and you can include a small quantity of everything mentioned in the list here. For preparing this delightful basket, there is no rule book or restrictions on the items you want to include. Be it a honey box, olive oil, coffee box, tea box, protein bars, juice bottles, fresh fruits, seeds, nuts, sugar-free goodies, soups, granola bars, seasoning items, etc.
Make certain that you customize the gourmet basket keeping in mind to whom you are sending, and include and exclude items accordingly. For instance, if your sister does not like coffee then make sure to not put it in the basket, and transfer it to the basket of a friend who loves coffee.
The best thing about giving healthy gifts this Diwali is you can prepare the item any way you want. And seeing the efforts you put in tailoring the gifts, you will be tugging many heartstrings.