By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe
It’s Friendship’s Day and just like the last year, we’ve all been socially isolating ourselves from our pals for a while now. But nothing beats a good old-fashioned reunion with some goodies on the side.
- Bee Pollen: For a superfood lover and a food blogger friends will always look for a new way to make healthy food tasty with a better presentation. For that, bee pollen is the best option to gift a full package of protein to your friend. Bee My Boo has this amazing mustard bee pollen which comes in different sizes and jars which your friend can use it to garnish dishes and add a daily dose of protein with the breakfast. Talking about more benefits, it inhibits antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral properties that keep your immunity high, improves muscle growth, eases menopausal symptoms and reduces stress.Priced at: Rs 330-700
Available at: Bee Pollen
- Go Bananas! Truly Nourishing Hair KitThey’ll go bananas for this fragrantly fruity haircare duo. This creamy shampoo and conditioner leaves normal to dry hair feeling softer and nourished with the addictive aroma of ripe bananas and woody coconut. Complete with a monkey hair wrap, this super-cute gift set is perfect for any occasion.
Priced at: Rs 2,885
Available at: Go bananas
- Casio D195 A1000MCG-9EF VINTAGE
Celebrate your dearest friends with #GiftOfLove from Casio India. True friendship is the most feel-good and uplifting part of our lives. We want them to stay with us through thick and thin, in all walks of life and at all times as time spent is precious!
Priced at: Rs 10,995
- Some Love & Care by The Body Shop
Treat your friends to a self-care day that they can enjoy at home. Packed with all-natural strawberry goodies, this Body Shop gift set from Flipkart set includes a strawberry shower gel, body butter, body polish and red bath lily which are luxurious delights.
Priced at: Rs 2,849
Available on Flipkart.com
- Kaya Signature Face Therapy Soothe & Balance At-Home Facial Kit
This 9-step facial regimen indulges you in a luxury facial experience from the comfort of your home. The products are infused with tea tree oil and witch hazel that has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The niacinamide regulates sebum production to give you clear and hydrated skin. The AHA component helps exfoliate dead skin and shea butter moisturizes the skin making it supple and brighter.
Priced at: Rs 1,799
Available at http://shop.kaya.in
- Ayouthveda Gift pack
For all the skincare fanatics, the Ayouthveda gift pack will prove to be a great present to your friend on Friendship’s Day as it contains a Charcoal Face Wash, an Ocean Dew Mist, an Ultra Hydrating Face Emulsion Cream and a Clay Soap. This gift pack is a routine on its own. The Charcoal face wash controls excess oils and deeply cleanses the skin. The Ocean Dew Mist hydrates the skin followed by the Ultra Hydrating Emulsion Cream that provides a smooth texture and leaves skin with a radiant matte glow. The handmade Indian Clay Soap is suitable to use on the face and is enriched with Multani Mitti and Rose Oil that provides a bright, youthful skin.
Priced at: Rs 1,146
Available at: Ayouthveda
- Profumi Il Sesso presents to you an array of fragrances
Through its modern style, inclusive nature and fresh take on ancient rituals, Naso Profumi, the green perfumery label presents Profumi Il Sesso, a collection of genderless fragrances that break stereotypes and expand the boundaries of fragrances to be more gender fluid to supersede gender biases.
Priced at: Starts from Rs 9,000
Available at: Proumi Il Sesso on Naso Profumi
- Skechers GOwalk 5 Collection for the most comfortable walking experience
The GOwalk 5 range is lightweight with responsive Ultra GO cushioning and high-rebound comfort pillar technology for the ultimate walking comfort. While the flexible soft knit mesh fabric upper allows great ventilation, the Air Cooled Goga Mat provides high-rebound cushioning. The Skechers Go Walk 5 shoes is perfect support for a great walking routine and is a must-have, with its ULTRA GO lightweight and high flexibility feature.
Priced on request
- Grant’s Distinction
With its raisin cake richness that makes it highly mixable, Grant’s Distinction can undeniably stir up an intricate ambience as you celebrate with your ‘few’ friends who have made you, who you are today and roast them for all that they do as well! Retaining the ‘House style’ of Grant’s family, Grant’s Distinction has a robust, malty character with delicate fresh fruit flavours that brings a unique blend of sweet and spicy notes. It is derived from the finest of malt and grain whiskies, handpicked by master blender Brian Kingsman to appeal to the new-gen of Scotch Whisky drinkers.
Price at Rs 2,500 for 750 ml in Mumbai
- Monkey Shoulder
There is no joy greater than making fun of your friends and being cheeky with them whenever you get a chance. This Friendship’s Day, amplify that cool quotient with Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky. Monkey Shoulder is a fun-loving scotch whisky that has unique versatility. Its richness and vibrancy combined with fruity aromas and mellow vanilla notes, makes it the perfect whisky — no matter how you like to have your whisky. It can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or experimented with cocktails.
Priced at Rs 6,050 for 700 ml in Mumbai
- Hendrick’s Gin
Unusual gin created from eleven fine botanicals; Hendrick’s Gin is the perfect drink to unwind with your gang on this Friendship Day. The curious, yet marvellous, infusions of rose and cucumber imbue our spirit with its uniquely balanced flavour resulting in an impeccably smooth distinct gin. It is created via an absurdly inefficient, yet quite glorious process. In essence, to make one gin, we first create two. One on an old-fashioned pot still, yielding a rich and intricate spirit. The other, on a long-necked Carter Head, producing a delicate, more refined spirit. Each still is infused with an unusual symphony of 11 botanicals: chamomile, elderflower, juniper, lemon peel, orange peel, caraway, coriander, cubeb berries, angelica root, yarrow root and orris root. The gins from the two stills are then married together and graced with curious yet marvellous infusions of Rose and Cucumber.
Priced at Rs 6,275 for 700 ml in New Delhi, Gurugram, Chandigarh, Goa, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.
- OnePlus Nord 2 5G
The successor to the original OnePlus Nord, the OnePlus Nord 2 5G combines flagship-level hardware, from camera and performance to charging and design, making it the perfect gift for Friendship Day. With top-notch performance powered by the flagship MediaTek chipset Dimensity 1200-AI coupled with OnePlus’ signature OxygenOS software, the new Nord 2 ensures that a fast, smooth, and uncompromised experience is delivered to the users. The OnePlus Nord 2 5G comes in three stunning colourways — Blue Haze, Gray Sierra, and Green Woods — all of which are durable, fingerprint-resistant, and beautifully crafted.
The new OnePlus Nord 2 5G variant is originally priced at Rs 27,999.
Avaialble online and instore
- Kiko Milano’s all-new Dolce Diva Collection
Take your besties’ makeup game a notch higher by gifting her the new Dolce Diva range. KIKO MILANO’s latest Dolce Diva Collection channels that assured, expressive look — bringing together playful liner flicks, powder-soft pouting lips and flawless skin that glows with natural beauty. It’s the ultimate Italian idol brought right up to date. With the days getting longer and the Monsoon beckoning us out, it’s time to embrace la dolce vita.
Price on request
Available at all KIKO Milano exclusive stores
- ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Sun Dipped Glow Kit
A must-have glow kit containing 4 shades of highlighting powder with metallic, warm-bronze hues. The Glow Kit delivers intense luminosity to complement every makeup look with a lightweight, refined formula. Each shade in this highlighting makeup kit delivers buildable coverage with a metallic lustre finish that is apt for highlighting eyes, face and body. Suitable for any skin tone, the kit features four neutral shades namely, Bronzed, Tourmaline, Moonstone and Summer.
Priced at Rs 4,900
Available at: https://www.boddess.com
- Light up her face with your love by KOHGEM
KOHGEM, a lightweight diamond jewellery brand born from the House of Kohinoor, unveils a classy collection of elusive fine jewels, Cufflinks. Perfect daily-wear precious giftables in endearing designs that are certain to remind your friend of your support all day long.
Price: On request
Availability: 41, M.G Road, Agra 282001 Tel.: +91-562-2230027, 2230028
- Chain Of Love Bracelet
This beautiful chain link Bracelet is available in 14k white, yellow, and rose gold. There are two variations available — one with a bigger diamond link and one with a smaller diamond link. This piece looks great alone, and even better stacked with other bracelets! Pair it with the Chain of love necklace and ring for a contemporary, smooth and classy look.
Priced at: Rs 85,760
Available at: https://kajalnaina.com/
- Bata Power shoes
Are your best friend and you a part of the fit first club? Does your best friend prefer walks to the grocery store over car rides? Or do they just slouch around? This Friendship Day is a reminder to your best friend and put their fitness first.
Priced at: Rs 1,900.50
Available online and instore
- Ace & Body Beauty Set For Women
Upgrade your beauty routine with our finest trimmers for women as 7-in-1 Face and Body Beauty Set, a one-stop solution to all your beauty woes, ideal for using on full-body (legs, arms, underarms), full face (sideburns, eyebrows, nose, forehead) as well the bikini area. The 7 unique attachments with rounded blade edges remove the shortest of hair by adapting to the contours of your body for ultimate comfort, a gentle trimming experience, and long-lasting smoothness. Start flaunting your smooth skin!
Price: Rs. 2,499 In the box 1 Trimmer + 7 Attachments + 1 USB C-Type Cable + 1 Cleaning Brush + 1 Waterproof Bag + 1 Instruction Manua
Available at https://www.letsshave.com/women-face-body-care/face-body-beauty-set-women
- Dark Chocolates by Colocal
Celebrating friendship day is one of the ways we can say how much we love and care for our friends. This friendship day introduces your friend to the world of artisanal craft chocolate by Colocal. Gift them a bar of single-origin dark chocolates by Colocal or take them for a fun tour to India’s first live bean to bar chocolate factory where they can relish delectable Chocolate desserts like Chocolate Fondue, Chocolate Bon Bon, Raspberry and Chilli Hot Chocolate Chocolate Hazelnut Tart etc.
Price: Rs 295 onwards
Available Pan India on the official website(https://colocal.in/) and at Colocal flagship store, Dhanmill Compound
- Lip Scrub
No one likes tanned and dark lips. Everyone has a desire to get supple, soft and pink lips that can be flaunted even without any lipstick or lip balm. TNW has come up with a Natural Lip Scrub that has a super-hydrating formula for giving moist and hydrated lips. It acts as a gentle exfoliator for your lips. This lip scrub has mild walnut granules that remove dead skin cells by brightening your lips. Regular use of this lip scrub will help in improving discolouration, pigmentation, and tanning. By using this lip scrub, you can get beautiful lips.
Price on request
Available online and instore
- Gem Selections Friendship Day Special Collection — Amigo
Available in gemstones — Agate, Sunstone, Lapis Lazuli, Tiger Eye, Malachite, Garnet, Kyanite and Onyx, these bracelets are a perfect gift for your friends if they are going through tough times. Gifting these astrologically beneficial bracelets can help your friend stay calm by avoiding irritation, anger and further; and strengthen your friendship bond by building better understanding.
Price: Rs 499 onwards
Available at: Gem Selections App and Stores
- Healthy and Hygiene Tea
Healthy and Hygiene, a homegrown brand serving a range of herbal and organic tea blends. Launched in October 2020 amid the pandemic, this Delhi-based brand brings forth the nostalgic charm of traditional recipes to a modern setting, staying true to the Indian roots
Price on request
Available at: https://healthyandhygiene.com/
- A Hat for your bestie!
This friendship day, gift your bestie a beautiful hat from Istri Vastra. Constructed in batiks, block prints, and vegetable dyed cotton and jute, these hats are budget-friendly, classy and something that women can pair with just about anything.
Price: Rs 1800-2500 for the spring-summer collection 2021
Available at: https://www.istrivastra.com/
- Legend Amrapali by Amrapali Jewels
Celebrate this special bond of friendship by gifting your best friend pieces from the new sub-brand of Amrapali Jewels, Legend Amrapali.
Legend Amrapali comprises of elegant and beautifully crafted everyday wear jewellery pieces. The E-store presents enormous assortments of Enamel, Lotus, Jadau, Heritage collection and features an array of options to pick from earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets made with 18K Yellow Gold. The gemstones consist of Amethyst, Rainbow Moonstone, London Blue Topaz, White Topaz, Diamond, Emerald, Blue Sapphire, Pink Ruby, etc.
Price: Rs 10,000 onwards
Available at: https://www.legendamrapali.com/
- Vahdam Caper Tumbler — Black
The sleekest tumbler in town, our Caper Tumbler lets you carry your favourite hot or cold beverages on the go!
Priced at: Rs 999
Available at: Vahdam
- Brown Bear SP Lima
Meticulously crafted, a wide range of colours and select design marks on each of the products. Our products are excellent gift items and ideal for personal use also.
Priced at: Rs 2490
Available at: Brown Bear
(N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe can be contacted at [email protected])