Best are handloom products like saris and scarves. Delhi is well known for great scarves that are wool, pashmina, silk, and cotton.
Saris from specific regions are great but unless someone plans on wearing them, a bit useless.
Also, look for wood carvings and tapestries. Be aware of high prices given to tourists and be prepared to bargain (a lot!).
Good thing you told me about bargaining. Good to know what to expect :D
Oh well, there are too many things that are well known in India. Infact, India is so diverse that every region has its own unique arts and crafts.
You can go to Handicrafts Emporium in different state capitals or the main one in Delhi where you would lot many artifacts and stuffs.
Some well known gifts are miniature buildings such as Taj mahal, idols of gods and goddesses, Kashmere wool shawl, Punjabi Jutti and suits, Chikankari clothes from Lucknow, kanchipurum and other silks from south etc etc.
An accurate answer can be given if you can mention the places you are planning to visit in India. india being such a diverse country, each place has got it’s own speciality & accordingly you can buy the soveniours.
Do let us know the places you plan to visit during this trip & we can help more.
New Delhi. I’ll be there for a month, but it’s a business trip so I don’t think I’ll be moving around much, or visit cities other than New Delhi.
Thank you for your help.
Have a look at the product catalog on the website – http://www.ethnique.in
They have a fairly comprehensive range right along the lines of what you’re looking for.
i really enjoyed the sandlewood there and believe this is unique to india(and nepal). carved wooden pieces are amazing.
if you make it to mysore you can find plenty there…or dehli will have a lot as well.
i would also say textiles and pashmina scarves.
I agree with everyone! My favorite things to bring back were the clothing, photo albums, INDIAN spices…that are extremely cheap!! Also authentic Indian Chai!! It’s the best!
Spices? That’s a new Idea. In my country spices are a bit expensive, and I know few friends who will love that :D
Well, spices there are extremely inexpensive and I brought a bunch home, because I love to cook Indian food! So I guess if your friends don’t like to cook that wouldn’t be a good gift! :) Good luck!
i think cloth/silk, religious icons, maybe some kind of shirt or bit of formal dress ??
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