Trying to think of a gift to give somebody can be a nerve-wrecking process. Some people are really vocal about what they would like to receive on certain occasions (it doesn’t help if they are vocal about wanting a Ferrari tbh) while some prefer to be surprised.
If you go to a shopping mall without a game plan, you usually end up buying those impersonal gift boxes that a brand has put together from their clearance stock and that should really be your last resort.
Here are some gift ideas that you can use to make someone’s day without it even costing an arm and a leg. (Tbh, everything costs an arm and a leg these days but these ideas will cost you maybe a little less than that).
1. RECREATE THEIR FAVOURITE RECIPE
It doesn’t have to be a Michelin star meal. Does your friend like grilled cheese? Hot chocolate? Banana bread? Just look up a recipe that you think they would like and get to work. Giving something that you made yourself trumps anything you can buy most of the times unless what you have made is basically a mess.
Time Required: 3-4 Hours [Researching, Making, Packaging]
Estimated Cost: Rs. 500 – Rs. 2000 (depending on ingredients required)
2. ACRYLIC POURING CLASS
An experience that you can share together – being goofy, learning something new will definitely be a better idea than sitting cramped up in an expensive restaurant with 10 other couples or groups of friends on their phones.
Soulside Studios do great acrylic pouring workshops where they provide you with canvases, paints etc and guide you with various acrylic techniques that you can use. The best part? You get to take your work home and maybe even gift it to somebody if it turns out really nice.
Location: Clifton, Near Forums.
Approximate Cost: Rs 3000 per person
3. A STREET FOOD TOUR BY SUPER SAVARI EXPRESS
Yes, everyone in the city likes to hate on in-city tours but seriously it’s not that bad, if it means somebody else gets to drive and you get to just think about how much food you have to eat with your friends. Honestly, you can have a pretty good time.
Check Super Savari Express or Potential Pakistani out on their Facebook.
Approximate Cost: Rs 3000 per head.
4. QUIRKY STATIONERY FROM MEDIOCRE BY MAHRUKH
Okay, I am one of those people who loves receiving notepads and bookmarks and random stationery items. They make for the cutest keepsakes and you know it will come in handy. Mediocre By Mahrukh is an online stationery business that does really quirky and witty pieces.
It doesn’t read like off-the-shelf stuff and that’s what makes it different. You know the greeting cards that look cute but when you open it the grammatical errors make you put it back down?
This is definitely a fix to that problem and can be a home-run.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/mediocrebymahrukh/
Cost: notebooks – Rs 350, greeting cards – Rs 100
5. AN ASSORTED CHEESE BASKET FROM KARACHEESE
A basket full of your favourite artisanal cheeses? Who wouldn’t want that? Think Cheddar, Mozzarella, Halloumi – all wrapped up in a bow. Anyone who loves cheese will appreciate this!
Oh and you could even attach a recipe card with it for mozarella cheese sticks, for example.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/karacheese/
Approximate Cost: Rs 1500 – Rs 2000 per basket
6. A BREAD BASKET FROM TEST KITCHEN BY OKRA
Right up there with the basket of cheese, is a bread basket. Fill it up with Test Kitchen’s focaccia bread, walnut & rye bread, sourdough, croissants and add some scones and tarts while you are it. Food so good, you won’t even have to add a personalised note to your gift.
Location: Zamzama, Karachi
Approximate Cost: Rs 2000 to Rs 5000 (depending on what and how much you choose)
7. A BOX OF CANDIED STRAWBERRIES AND BROWNIES FROM DELINA
If you prefer to give a delicious yet beautifully wrapped present, these candied and chocolate dipped strawberries from Delina will do the trick. Their smallest box comes with two chocolate dipped strawberries and two mini-brownies.
Location: Khayaban e Bukhari
Cost: Rs 650
Let us know what you think of these gift ideas and if you’d like to add to this! Happy gifting! ✨