Even when everything else is falling apart, there’s one thing that ties us together—love. That’s the lesson the pandemic has taught us. This strong message is symbolized by the sacred Rakhi, a bond of love between a brother and sister. Raksha Bandhan is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. This unique tradition is celebrated with great gusto and vigour, not just in India, but wherever Indians go. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has driven us indoors, our hearts are still open, and our celebrations, even if small, are big on love. Here are some ideas that’ll help you make the most of the season. Start by putting together something special for your beloved sibling.
The perfect gift basket
Distant or near, the perfect gift basket is ideal for any special occasion. Fill your assortment of surprises with sweet treats and good vibes. Here’s a checklist to help you get started.
Chocolates: A box of this bitter-sweet bliss will surely light up your sibling’s eyes. Chocolates come in many shapes and forms, but one thing they all have in common is sweet beginnings and happy endings. That’s why they are first on the list. Be it a festive assortment or a smashing jar of Nutella, chocolate, in any form, will win you brownie points for the next time you need a favour!
Sweets: Kuch meetha ho jaaye? This is not just a famous line but an emotion for Indian households. Add in an assorted box of crowd-favourite besan laddoos or rasamalai (an ice-cream rasamalia, if you’re feeling eccentric) so that the entire household can indulge to their heart’s content.
Cakes: Celebrations call for some decadence and what better way to indulge than with some cake! Either pick some old-school classics like gooey chocolate or a New York cheese cake, or try some variety with banana walnut, blueberry cupcakes, or a lemon loaf with honey.
Cookies: Ever met anyone who doesn’t love cookies? We think not! With that, your gift set is sorted. Get hold of a pack of your sibling’s favourite cookies and shower your affection with some crunch goodness.
Doughnuts: Another crowd-favourite is the oh-so-delicious doughnut. These small ringlets of pure delight are sure to bring a broad and cheerful smile. Choose flavours that your siblings love and leave them drooling for more!
Cocktails: Drinks and beverages are an essential part of celebrations. Why not add them to complete your gift basket? We have curated an amazing party pack for you already. Take a look here.
Fragrances: What better day than Raksha Bandhan to pamper your siblings. Apart from sweets and other must-have goodies, here’s one that’ll add a little panache to your gift basket. Perfumes and deodorants have also joined our pick of favourites. Fragrances are a symbol of class and glamour. So, if you are planning to add some luxury to your sweet gesture, we suggest you add some premium fragrances. They are one gift you can’t go wrong with!
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Rakhi: And the last but the most important is your sacred Rakhi. One little item without which your basket will always be incomplete. This simple thread of grand importance is what this festival is all about. So, make sure you pick a Rakhi before you gift-wrap your basket of wonders.
A homebound celebration
For some of us, the lockdown has proven to be a blessing in disguise, as many are lucky enough to be close to loved ones. Despite having the lockdown blues, we are sure many of you have had a blast staying at home and bothering your siblings. With Raksha Bandhan approaching soon, why not plan a small house party at home sweet home? Grab some latex balloons, party plates, and paper glasses for your mini get-together. Don’t forget to decorate your abode and make the evening even more special. We have here everything you’ll need, so we guess you’re sorted!