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December- the last month of the year is filled with nostalgia and memories. Nostalgia because as a whole year ends, we all have a flashback in our minds about the failures and achievements, gains and losses, etc. Memories because this month gives us two most cheerful occasions- Christmas & New Year and thus many get-together moments with loved ones happen leading to creating many everlasting memories.

Christmas & New Year are only 6 days apart and thus with the arrival of December, you must be busy making plans to buy various things as a token of your love & respect for your near and dear ones.

The list of Christmas & New Year gift ideas below may help you:

Fragrant Candles:
Fragrant Candles
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You can never go wrong with a set of 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 fragrant candles. Candles symbolize hope, the light of life, and positivity. It is one of the best-selling Christmas & New Year gifts. Fragrant candles lighten up the mood, enhance good thoughts, and release stress and that’s why they are well-appreciated gifts. Plus, candles also impart a cozy home décor. Go for orange, lavender, or cinnamon-scented candles.

Box of Exotic Chocolates:
Box of Exotic Chocolates
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A box of exotic chocolates is something that will be loved both by kids and adults. Find the ones with interesting shapes of hearts, stars, or Santa and impress your loved ones. Chocolates will increase love and sweetness in your relationships too.

Car Blanket:
Car Blanket
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This is a thoughtful gift idea for those who have to drive a lot. Be it early morning or late night, this heated car blanket will keep the driver warm and cozy thus driving won’t be a punishment at all. They can be easily plugged into any car and until one unplugs it – it will remain warm.

Champagne Glasses:
Champagne Glasses:
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As said earlier December is the time when people love to party more. Both Christmas & New Year refers to never-ending parties and that’s why a beautiful, sleek, and elegant set of champagne glasses will be a perfect choice of gift. You can buy them online and choose a personalized set.

Colorful Coasters:
Colorful Coasters
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Colorful hand-painted coasters will be another meaningful gift. When friends and relatives come home to meet and greet that means there will be coffee/tea along with other savories too. This is when these coasters can be put to use which will impress the guests too. Anyone will appreciate this much thought about the gift.

Plants:
Plants
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With every passing day, the need for plants is growing and thus these green friends would be the noblest gifts. Go for low-maintenance plants like Aloe Vera, Peace Lily, Spider plant, Snake plant, etc. These plants will help people to breathe fresh air, curb indoor air pollution, and provide a better atmosphere for those with breathing problems.

Woolen Wears:
Woolen Wears
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Winter is the time for bringing out the heavy woolen sweaters, shawls, and pullovers. Opt for bright and funky woolen wears for your friends and relatives and win their hearts.

Funky Jacket:
Funky Jacket
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You can opt for funky jackets with quirky messages printed on them. Those bright-colored jackets would also be great choices. Various TV shows or movie poster inspired jackets are also available and you can buy them too for your loved ones.

Body Butter:
Body Butter
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Body butter or lotions or creams are the “must-have” things for the winter season. Go for herbal ones and make a hamper out of them to greet your near and dear ones.

Winter Special Recipe Book:
Winter Special Recipe Book
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Winter is a great time to cook and eat. A winter special recipe book would be of great help to the ones who are new to cooking and also for those who love cooking.

Diwali is on 27th October 2019 and that means the time of the year has arrived when you have to buckle up and first of all make lists. A list of things you need to renovate or redecorate your house, things you need to cook the delicious meals, people you need to gift, and what to gift. This is also the time of the year when you will see flashes of sales going on in various shops to lure you. But don’t lose your track and stick to your list only and that way you will save much.

This festival of lights is all about a celebration of the victory of good over evil. Diwali is also about removing all sorts of darkness from life and filling it up with hope and positivity. The exhilarating celebration includes homework and the homework is nothing but shopping. Your home needs to dazzle up to welcome the blessings of Lakshmi Devi and other guests. The gifts need to be sorted because they are the token of your love, respect, and gratitude.

So, here is a list of things that you can shop for and impress your friends and family members easily.

Designer Diyas
Designer Diyas
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Buy it for yourself and also for others because this is the most relevant Diwali gift that resonates with the spirit of this bright festival. You will come across varieties of designer diyas available in sets. Some are designed like diyas but have candle wax in them and they are easier to lit up as you don’t need to put oil and cotton in them. But you can choose the beautifully colored clay diyas for those who prefer traditional things.

Designer Dresses
Designer Dresses
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For your darling wife or daughter, you can opt for a designer label dress. Manish Malhotra or Sabyasachi Mukherjee are all-time favorites in the list of the ladies. And anything created by them would make your wife or daughter or mom or girlfriend happy.

Personalized Gifts
Personalized Gifts
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There is nothing better than personalized gifts when you have to show your reverence and gratefulness towards someone. You can order for personalized mugs, LED cushions, photo frames, chopping boards, lamps, etc. for your parents. In fact, you can settle for one type of personalized gift for everyone in your family. All you need to do is search the best photographs of your family members and select a product type to get that perfect Diwali gift.

Jewelry
Jewelry
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A Diwali gift for your wife or girlfriend must be special. Buying gold and silver is considered auspicious during Dhanteras – the 1st day of Diwali. So, walk into a jewelry showroom and take advantage of their deals or offers and buy jewelry for your wife, girlfriend, sister, or daughter.

Kitchen Essentials
Kitchen Essentials
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For your mom or aunt or a friend who loves to cook, you can settle for kitchen essentials. During Diwali, most of the online portals run lucrative sales where you can shop for those items you are looking for. A set of induction-friendly containers, colorful pressure cooker, cool storage boxes, a gorgeous set of tea port & cups with saucers, etc. There are various items to impress your loved ones.

Home Décor Items
Home Décor Items
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There are so many things that fall under home décor that you will be flooded with choices. So, it’s better to jot down the likes and dislikes of your friends or relatives before buying a home décor item for them. For example, someone who loves to read books would appreciate a funky bookend. Someone who is a believer in Feng Shui would love a lucky turtle or wind chime. Therefore, look out for fancy lamps, bright curtains, decorative door soans, or quirky posters and shop the best ones for Diwali.

Plants
Plants
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Due to the incessant use of firecrackers during Diwali, the level of pollution goes up, especially in the metro cities. So, plants would be a great gift cherished by your family and friends. On any weekend or while returning from work, go to a nursery and pick up some plants that are easy to care for and are fuss-free. Given the shortage of space in all the modern houses, indoor plants or bonsai or terrariums would be a great choice. They will break the monotony of the household objects and furniture apart from boosting oxygen supply.

Chocolates
Chocolates
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This is a thing that can be given to anyone and everyone would love it. Those who face a lack of time to go out and shop or to look online and shop can simply send the mouth-watering boxes of chocolates. The branded ones or the exotic ones – both will work wonders. Those chocolates in the shape of a diya or “HAPPY DIWALI” written on them are also gaining popularity. So, choose the chocolates wisely and surprise your best buddies or relatives.

We hope these shopping ideas would help you a lot to surprise your friends and family this Diwali. So, hurry up and hit the stores to avoid the last-moment rush.

“Every piece of jewelry tells a story”

Gem Hunt

Minimalist jewelry is clearly trending. Whether you have to accessorize an office look or a glamorous date look, to arm yourself with sleek minimalist jewelry pieces is the best choice. These elegant and dainty pieces are easy to pull off that can glam up even the most usual everyday looks. That’s why everyone from popular Instagram bloggers to Bollywood celebrities is in awe of minimalistic jewelry. To be honest, considering their charm and the way they make your looks exciting, it’s hard not to fall in love with the minimalist jewelry trend.

Ranging from dainty rings to cuffs and bracelets to chokers, the minimalistic jewelry pieces rule the fashion world and embodies the ‘less is more’ approach. Read further to discover the best websites where you can shop for classic minimalistic jewelry online.

Miscaro

The tagline of Miscaro goes by – Make Luxury a Habit. They believe in offering statement jewelry pieces for women that they can wear every day, forever. From diamond rings and bracelets to necklaces and earrings, they create fine jewelry that oozes charm and elegance. When shopping from Miscaro, you don’t have to choose between high quality and accessible prices. Because you get both quality and fair pricing on every purchase. All their jewelry pieces are available in yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold variants that you can pick as per your style and preference.

Websitehttps://www.miscaro.com/

PipaBella

If you are a fashionista, who likes to pair statement jewelry with casual and formal attires, then PipaBella is the right place for you. Ranging from fashion jewelry to sterling silver jewelry and Swarovski jewelry, they offer a variety of options with durable and high-quality options that are stylish and always on-trend. You can also customize your jewelry at PipaBella by choosing the base metal and crystal. They also have a gift shop section, where you can browse jewelry gifts according to the occasion, category, and relationship.

Websitehttps://www.pipabella.com/

Shop Lune

Shop Lune’s mantra is to offer modern and minimalistic jewelry for new-age women. From necklaces and bracelets to rings and earrings, each piece is designed in a unique way that would go well with your attire and enhance your overall personality. Their abstract jewelry designs are meant to embrace that will fit like a glove. The prices are quite reasonable with jewelry pieces starting from as low as Rs. 850.

Websitehttps://www.shoplune.com/

VelvetCase

VelvetCase is another famous name in the ocean of minimalistic jewelry. Crafted with utmost love from jewelry designers across the globe, each piece is elegant and affordable. Whether you are seeking modern, classic or contemporary designs, the jewelry items offered at VelvetCase will suit your style. From classy rings to dainty earrings and sophisticated bracelets, their jewelry items will surely amp up your everyday look and help you stand out in the crowd. 100% customer satisfaction is their top-most priority and they always stand by their high-quality products.

Websitehttps://velvetcase.com/

Blinglane

Blinglane offers a classic range of fashion jewelry and sterling silver jewelry for women worldwide. Whether you have a knack for minimal bling or handcrafted personalised jewelry, Blinglane offers quality products at affordable prices. So that you don’t have to burn a hole in your pocket to get what you desire for. Their iconic jewelry designs, be it earrings, anklets, rings or bracelet will speak to you in a unique way and you would end up adding them to your cart.

Websitehttps://blinglane.com/

Have fun shopping for your favorite jewelry pieces at these famous online websites.

The world of online shopping is like an escape from reality with vast opportunities. You can explore a variety of options without travelling, and that’s what makes it a dream come true for lazy people. A very small, yet beautiful part of this world is made for stationery addicts which for people like me is paradise. So, it is basically Disneyland for someone lazy and loves stationery.

Little pieces of this Island constitutes of:

The Fairy Dust Studio
The Fairy Dust Studio
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Floral print diaries, beautiful cushion covers, hand-embroidered frames, cute invites, phones cases and so much more. They believe in sprinkling magical fairy dust to all their products which makes them bewitching.

The Souled Store
The Souled Store
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If you’re a stationery addict, you must have heard about them. They have quirky notebooks, amazing mobile covers, badges for your bags, and most of all lit af stickers. The souled store has official merchandise for many famous Cartoons, movies, music artists, sports artists and merchandise for crazy Bollywood enthusiasts.

Fangled
Fangled
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It is the perfect shop for someone who can not hide their love for notebooks. Fangled has a wide range of notebooks for almost all situations, greeting cards, compliments cards, postcards, and a lot more beautiful merchandise. It is not only their products which are creative but when they pack the products in these cute little bags.

Propshop24
Propshop24
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One of my personal favourites, propshop24 has it all. They have quirky notebooks, sweet notebooks, planners for all occasions, greeting cards, and even cute gifting accessories. Propshop even has desk accessories like stationery desk organizer, personalised pens, unique sticky notes, and cute trash cans. And guess what? They even have do it yourself stationery kits. It is an absolute paradise for nerds like me.

Daily Objects
Daily Objects
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Popular for funky office stationery, daily objects never fails to surprise people. From quirky notebooks and element pouches to mousepad and greeting cards, they have it all. They even have some cool mobile accessories, so if you wish to dress your phone with amazing merchandise, they can help you.

Ferns N Petals
Ferns N Petals
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Champions in the game of personalised gifts, they have some really trendy personalised stationery. Personalised notebooks, personalised pens, personalised keychains, personalised desk organizer, personalised lamps and so much more. You name it, and they have it personalised. Yes, even a desk watch! If you like to customize your stationery, they have the perfect store for you.

So, whenever you’re feeling gloomy and lost, you can visit these islands of magic. These places are heaven on the world of the internet and a single purchase would make you feel better. I mean to me, it does. I feel sad, I buy stationery. Try it out, maybe this therapy works for you too.

Fashion is something that goes hand in hand with festivals. Everyone tries to look handsome or beautiful in their trendiest dresses or traditional wears. From carrying out rituals to go out eating – you can see the best of fashion everywhere during festivals. Durga Puja is a big festival in West Bengal and among all the Bengalis scattered in other parts of the world. There is at least a month time that people spend in shopping for proper clothes for themselves and also as gifts for family members, friends, and relatives. This blog is all about the latest fashion trends for Durga Puja 2019.

You can keep your ultra-stylish western wears for the rest of the year. When it comes to our religious or cultural festivals, nothing can beat the appeal of the traditional dresses – right? And you also believe it inside your heart.

Check Out The Fashionable Designs & Cuts That Are Making Waves:
Flared Kurti & Printed Palazzo Set:
Flared Kurti & Printed Palazzo Set
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The palazzos and Kurti sets are selling like crazy. This flared Kurti and printed palazzo is one of the major style mantras for this year’s Puja. You simply cannot miss it. An attractive printed light-colored palazzo with a flared bright Kurti – seems like a match made in heaven. The asymmetrical hemline of the Kurti is what makes it innovative, unconventional, and surely a show-stealer. You can make a high ponytail or go for a bun and add the large hoops to your ears and look just Insta-ready.

Flared Kurti & Dhoti Pants:
Flared Kurti & Dhoti Pants
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Dhotis are for the guys? Well, the guys would be pleased to see you girls wearing their dress and that too in perfect style. The bright colored dhoti pants and a flared Kurti set is truly a traditional dress but comes with a garnishing of fusion. So, those who generally don’t feel comfortable or don’t wear much of the traditional Kurti-leggings or churidars can try this one. Call it eccentric, unique, or quirky – you are surely going to be the eye-catcher when you walk down the street for pandal-hopping. Along with this set, don’t forget to buy the matching earrings and lipstick.

Kurti & Sharara:
Kurti & Sharara
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If you love all types of traditional dresses, this one should be on your shopping list. For your Ashtami Anjali look or the Navami outing look, you can settle for a pair of heavily embroidered Kurti & sharara. So, bring more elegance to your fashion by wearing a Kurti-sharara and don’t forget to match that up with heavy earrings. Keep your hair open and let everyone just go crazy.

Dhoti Sarees:
Dhoti Sarees
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For quite some time now, dhoti sarees are doing well. The celebrities like Sonam Kapoor or Rhea Kapoor have been captured wearing this fusion saree. So, if you are ready to experiment with your looks – you can opt for this inventive saree. It is comfortable and comes with a unique style statement which will keep you aloof from the crowd.

Cold-Shoulder Dresses:
Cold-Shoulder Dresses
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For the fun reunion with school and college friends on an afternoon during any of those 5 days of Puja, you can try out a cold-shoulder dress. It is simple, comfortable, and hardcore stylish. They come in various materials and prints. To promote the Durga Puja vibe, pick up a Maa-Durga or Sanskrit words printed cold-shoulder dress.

Brocade Skirts & Shirts:
Brocade Skirts & Shirts
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This Indo-western look is trending for quite some time now and it would be the best dress when you are roaming all around the city pandal hopping in the day time. Match the brocade skirts with a white shirt (sleeveless would look the best) and curl your hair or put up a hairband that matches the color or of your brocade skirt. You will surely rock!

Apart from all these trending dresses that you must be searching in the shops, you can also buy a saree for yourself too. For Bijoya Doshomi or Dusshera or the Ashtami Anjali time, nothing can come close to the appeal of a red-bordered white Korial or Garad saree.

So, don’t waste your time and go out shopping to look fabulous during Durga Puja.

Kolkata is often known as the cultural capital of India because of its rich tradition, art, and values. This city is inclined towards academic excellence and the creativity flows in the expression of art – literature, poetry, movie, drama, painting, etc. The history of this city is more than 300 years old and you will find many fascinating facts about this city when you are traveling here. From their traditional sweets to the iconic Howrah Bridge, the charming Victoria Memorial to the crowded College Street – there are various things and places from where you can pick up a piece of Kolkata and treasure them in your collection for years to come.

When you go back to your home, you must, therefore, take back some souvenirs from this beautiful and intelligent city. Here is the shopping list of things which you must buy from Kolkata.

Terracotta:
Terracotta
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This art truly belongs to Bengal. The soil of Bankura district often finds a place in people’s drawing rooms through figurines to ladies ears & necks through jewelry. Your shopping here in Kolkata won’t be complete without taking something made of terracotta. If you travel closely into the interiors of Bengal, you will see the temples are often made with terracotta panels because of the lack of stones in this geography. The most famous figurine is the horse which is available in various sizes. These Bankura terracotta horses have tall ears and you can put them up in your drawing room, at the entrance door, or in front of your mirror. Apart from the intricately designed horses, you will find many other statues and things (like boats, ships, flower vase, etc.) made from terracotta that will elevate your home décor.

Those who are fond of jewelry must not miss the exclusive range of terracotta jewelry in Kolkata. The sets of artistic earrings & necklaces would match with any traditional dress and make you look like a Diva. So, get ready for countless likes on your Social Media Posts with this jewelry.

Saree:
Saree
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The rest of India is simply fascinated with the red-bordered white saree which every woman in Bengal wears during any religious festival. Apart from that saree, you also have plenty of options to choose from. These cotton sarees are very comfortable, easy to carry and make you look gorgeous. The soft yet crisp Taant saree generally has pastel or light colours as the base with bright colours used only for the patterns on the borders or small bootis on the Sari and vice versa (Priyanka Chopra in Gundaay flaunted many such Taant sarees).

Baluchari is another famous saree type which is a must-buy here. What makes them different than the rest is that these sarees are more like a story-telling on silk material. On raw silk, the talented weavers of Bankura weave the patterns on the borders and pallu that are mostly seen on temple walls or mentioned in the mythologies. You may see Lord Krishna & Radha in such sarees or a particular scene from the Mahabharata. The base colour of Balucharis is of raw silk while the stories are woven with bright colours like red, green, or purple. Isn’t that a great way to flaunt your history, tradition, and culture?

Shola Handicrafts:
Shola Handicrafts
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Sola or Shola or Solapith – is also known as Indian Cork. This soft, lightweight, and milky white thing is the dried core of a plant that grows on the marshy wetlands of West Bengal. The artisans come up with beautiful pieces of art that you can take back home. The garlands that you see on Gods & Goddesses here are mostly made from Sola. You also must have seen the face of Goddess Durga in white material – they are carved from Solapith. Apart from the small art pieces of deities, you will also find many other things made from Sola and they all are amazing. As they are lightweight material, you will often find them glued to a solid base and some comes in a glass or fiber frame too so that you can carry them safely.

Darjeeling Tea:
Darjeeling Tea
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This tea-loving state is also the producer of one of the finest qualities of teas across the world. Darjeeling Tea must be at the top of your shopping list in case you are an intense tea lover. You will surely find many shops to pick up this world-famous tea, but, you must stick to the old tea houses only for the sake of authenticity. There are a few such old and renowned shops in Dharmatala & College Street and you must talk to your hotel managers or local guides to find you the best shop. There is a great variety of Darjeeling Tea – the costliest ones are leafier than the refined lower grades. You will also find black and green colours too. So, take your time and sniff well to search for your kind of tea here.

Conch Shells:
Conch Shells
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The artisans of Bengal hold the conch shells and chip off parts of it to reveal a story or to make patterns. In our ancient tales, we often hear that to initiate anything, the sound of conch shells was believed to be auspicious. It is still believed so. The conch shell sound is often heard two times a day in any normal household in Bengal (as they offer prayers to God). This sound is believed to clean the air from all negative energies.

To blow the conch shell, one needs to put an effort through their mouth and Doctors say that it is a great breathing exercise. So, you can take some conch shells (available in a variety of shapes and sizes) and enhance the positivity at your home. You will also find bangles made from conch shells here which are usually worn by married Bengali women. These bangles are also convolutedly designed and you can buy them for the special woman in your life.

Some people say that “bargaining comes naturally to Indians” while some simply cannot bargain at all. Some even get scolded for paying a huge chunk to the shopkeeper. Then there are some people who bargain like a PRO and make their shopping companions feel safe. They are called for all shopping trips by the family members and relatives. One of my bargaining expert aunts says that bargaining is an art that shines with time and age. It is something that requires a lot of patience to roam around the market and continuous argument with the shopkeeper. So, if you are ok with these two conditions, then, becoming a PRO at bargaining would be cheesecake for you.

Here are some easy steps that you can follow which will definitely help you become a smart shopper.

Give A “Shocked” Expression Hearing the Price:

You must have watched Ekta Kapoor serials – right? So, play the melodramatic expressions of the leading actors getting surprised and shocked in your head and repeat them in real life. It works really well. Whatever the shopkeeper is quoting – you must be shocked and that ways it will be easier to coax the seller. Bring disbelief in your eyes and sound dramatic – this will be fun!

Be Smart When The Seller Is Cutting Down The Price:

The moment you sense that the seller or shopkeeper is ready to cut down the quoted price – seize the opportunity right away. Now push some more and see the limit how far he/she can cut down the price. It will definitely save you from spending some extra money.

Don’t Be Expressive:

The sellers or shopkeepers are way smarter than you are. They see thousands of people like you every day and thus it will take just a 5-second glance at your eyes or body language to know that you have liked a certain product at the shop. And once they know this fact, they also know that you will pay extra to own that object. So, never be expressive about your liking towards a particular thing you want to buy. Instead, be critical and ask questions about the price.

Walk Away & Make Them Run After You:

This may seem funny but it really works wonders. This trick always gets you what you want at your price. When you start bargaining and the seller is not ready to sell away the product at your price – simply walk away. Don’t go too far from the periphery of that shop and you will find that person coming back to you and asking “how much will you pay?” The seller will also negotiate to say “itne mein kaise hoga? (how to manage in this amount?) But you cannot give up. This movement is an indication that you will get your desired product.

Buy Multiple Items:

Always remember that the more you buy from one shop or seller – the brighter are the chances of getting lucrative discounts. Some shopkeepers won’t give that easily and you have to fight for it. Say the same thing repeatedly that you brought so many things and will recommend this shop to other friends and all the jazz. The shopkeeper cannot miss this chance of publicity after all.

Be Shameless:

Always remember that it is your hard-earned money that you will be spending on buying things and thus you have every right to bargain. So, be shameless in asking for more discounts or asking for cutting down the price a bit more.

Lie About Discounts Given To Friends:

Just tell the shopkeeper that a friend bought the same thing from this shop a week or a month ago at a reasonable price. So, why can he/she increase the price so much? Also, add emotional lines like “I came here because my friend said that this is one of the best shops in town and the owner is one gem of a person”. You will surely get what you want that way.

Always Believe That Everything Is Negotiable:

Last but not least, you have to believe that “everything you see in a market is absolutely negotiable”. Until and unless you mug up this point – you cannot be a PRO at bargaining. Try this even at shops where you see “price not negotiable”. A display board cannot decide what you are willing to pay after all.

Who doesn’t like to shop? It is said that women love it a bit more than the guys. Some women are extremely calculative when it comes to shopping while some are spendthrift. To some women, shopping is a leisure time activity and for some, it is an addiction. But have you ever thought that your zodiac sign can have something to do with your shopping habit? Yes, it can reveal a lot about your shopping style and habit. Read below and know more about the zodiac signs and the unique shopping styles of the ladies falling under them.

Aries Style of Shopping:

The Aries woman is quite loud and she enters the shopping stores to conquer it literally. She wants the latest fashion trends and colors for the season right away and she is quite an impulsive shopper. The Aries woman also loves shopping because she enjoys the challenge that comes with bargaining.

Taurus Style of Shopping:

She is that kind of shopper whom you see in the movies – swinging by the delicatessen for a sample and sweet treat to accompany her while she is taking a round of the shops. She loves to feel the fabric and gets the finest pieces of luxury and comfort for herself. And that’s why she prefers to shop offline and not online. She knows that she is spending her hard-earned money on her fine and rich taste and that’s why she wants every penny to worth the buy!

Gemini Style of Shopping:

Gemini is that person who is more of a seller than a buyer. If you find someone trading her stuff for an exchange – chances are ripe that she is a Gemini. She is also the one who normally flashes in and out of the shops and checks the latest trends. She even talks to everyone she meets at the shop because she wants to be sure of what she is buying.

Cancer Style of Shopping:

Cancer women (and men too) have a penchant for fine cutlery and home décor things. They have an impeccable sense of aesthetics and thus you will find them shopping more for their home rather than themselves. This shopper will walk miles to find that exact kind of sheets matching her cushions. When you visit her place, you will be served the best chocolates and every cutlery at the barbecue party or Christmas party will match the theme of the occasion perfectly. She is also that kind of person whom you can take shopping when you are confused to buy gifts for your people!

Leo Style of Shopping:

Leo is that person who loves leading the way and you will generally find a Leo woman shopping in an entourage. She will lead the way and make sure everyone got something back home. They are very generous and benevolent and thus shopping never ends with shopping bags only – they believe in a lovely meal afterward. Leo women are those kinds of shoppers who take pride in every item bought. She loves to enthrall people with cute anecdotes buying those things.

Virgo Style of Shopping:

Virgo women believe in small buys rather than big ones. So, they don’t mind going to the same store multiple times a day also. They are perfectionists and that’s why take a long time to settle down on any buy.

Libra Style of Shopping:

Libra people are generally indecisive when it comes to shopping. Every choice they make requires a second thought (several times). So, if not happy, they will return the product. But they buy mostly for their partners and for the self they may buy only once a year.

Scorpio Style of Shopping:

A Scorpio woman is never wrong in her fashion parade. She is always the best, unique, and unconventional at times. So, you can only imagine what discreet eyes of details she carries while shopping. Also, she loves to have a collection of things that other people only desire to own and thus you will find the finest and unique things at her place – be it an antique showpiece or a rare book. Scorpio women also believe in acquiring things and thus everything they buy has some deep meaning attached to it.

Sagittarius Style of Shopping:

You can say that souvenir shops were made for these ladies. They go out of their way to buy a seedpod from a baobab tree or the exotic spices from Africa. They come home, keep the bag, hardly bothers to open them, and then plans to visit the next market. They just feel satisfied that they got something rare or unusual.

Capricorn Style of Shopping:

This is the most pragmatic zodiac sign when it comes to shopping. Every zodiac sign has some kind of weak spots for shopping but not this sign. Capricorn ladies shop only when they know they can afford it fully. They want to be sure that every penny spent is worth and that’s why settle for those things that are of good use and will last for some years to come. In short, they are very intelligent buyers.

Aquarius Style of Shopping:

They love to spend on music, books, and gadgets and don’t mind pre-booking them online. But they also have a great pair of eyes for unique and unconventional things. So, a Scorpio woman would be a great companion for an Aquarius woman while shopping. To get that desired piece of thing they will scout the whole market and will come back empty-handed if the object is not up to her standards.

Pisces Style of Shopping:

They generally don’t prefer the malls to shop and to avoid crowd, they will go to the offline markets at early or late hours of the day or evening. Artistic things top their list and she will also bargain well. Apart from pieces of art, Pisces women love to spend only on useful and necessary things.

The rich and varied Indian handicrafts beautifully portray the diverse culture and heritage of our country. Every item is unique and eye-catching exquisitely designed by skilled craftsmen that attract tourists and shoppers from all corners of the world.

These traditional art pieces add charm to the interiors of our houses and make them look vibrant and colorful. If you are a huge appreciator of art who shares a deep interest in Indian handicrafts and want to check out mesmerizing artworks in Delhi, then here are some recommended places for you.

Delhi Haat
Delhi Haat
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One of the best places to visit if you are a huge fan of unique and intricate handicraft items and love to take them home. It has several shops presenting handlooms and handicraft items from various states of India. Delhi Haat is an art hub where skilled craftsmen get a platform to showcase their brilliant craftwork to the entire nation. This place has an impressive collection of Madhubani paintings, metal statues, sandalwood carvings, and embroidered carpets. Going through these vibrant handicraft items will transform your senses to the magical world of art and craft. Ladies can always pick beautiful silver jewelry, silk fabrics, funky bags, and Phulkari dupattas while they are in this heaven of handicrafts.

Where: INA, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi

Timings: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Janpath Market
Janpath Market
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All the Delhiites must be well aware of this place. It is located in one of the prime locations of the city, the Outer Circle of Connaught Place. It is a flea market with some interesting traditional shops with an amazing collection of handicraft items, traditional jewelry, wooden crafts, handlooms, woolen items, silk and cotton fabrics. There is always an opportunity of saving some bucks by bargaining with the shopkeepers and taking your chosen items home at reasonable prices.

Where: Janpath Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi

Timings: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Dastkar Nature Bazaar
Dastkar Nature Bazaar
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Dastkar is an NGO that collaborates with traditional craftsmen across India to promote their craftsmanship and products. Every month, a themed 12-day bazaar takes place with a new theme and artists. It provides visitors with a space for sourcing handloom weave, crafts, textiles, and organic lifestyle products. There are several permanent handloom and handicraft stalls that features authentic handmade, hand-woven, organic, and herbal products from all over India. Cultural performances and food stalls along with authentic crafts make Nature Bazar a rich, vibrant, and colorful experience.

Where: Nature Bazaar venue, Anuvrat Marg, Kisan Haat, Andheria Modh, New Delhi

Timings: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Bharati Delhi Emporium
Bharati Delhi Emporium
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The Bharti Delhi Emporium is a handicraft outlet situated at the heart of the capital city, i.e. Connaught Place. It offers creations from craftsmen, weavers, and folk artists across the country. The vast variety of products include sarees, paintings, carpets, shawls, marble, white metal, leather products, wood carvings, and other handicraft products. The myriad range of designer jewelry items and antiques cater to the needs of people from different strata. It provides the opportunity to new artisans & master craftsmen as well as national and state level awardees to show their products and made a lasting impression across the world.

Where: A-3/4, State Emporia Building, Baba Kharak Singh Rd, New Delhi

Timings: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Indian Handicrafts Emporium
Indian Handicrafts Emporium
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Indian handicraft emporium is situated near the historical heritage of the Qutub Minar in Delhi. It is one of the largest expository of Indian handicraft items like bronze decoratives, silver items, silk sarees, stone sculptures, sandalwood figurines, etc. With its variety and quality of products, this place promises a highly satisfying shopping experience. This Emporium has an art gallery to showcase the art and craft of the tribal communities of the country. One can carry a piece of artistic impressions in the form of souvenir.

Where: No. 5, Main Mehrauli road, Near Qutub Minar, New Delhi

Timings: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Home décor is like everyone’s personal style. Some might like it way too loud & bright some might go subtle & contemporary! This gem that I’m talking about has it all. If you’re looking for some décor for your new abode or if you’re updating, this is one place you can head over to and give it a shot! I am so happy to have discovered this market. People in Delhi/NCR are profound jugaadu! And this is one more jugaad that is equally amazing to Sarojini Nagar.

If you are in Delhi/NCR you must check out this flea market in Gurugram.

Name- Banjara Market or Chappan ki market

Location- IILM Institute, Sector 56, Gurugram, Haryana 122003

How to reach-Nearest Metro Station Huda City Centre or Sector 56 Rapid Metro.

When I first heard of Banjara market, I didn’t think of it as a huge gem. Once you step down to this treasure you can find a plethora of furniture, décor, metal or brass décor pieces, handicraft, frames and so much more. What amazes more is the prices of all the stuff.

ABOUT ‘BANJARA’

The sense behind Banjara is that the people who sell there, are nomads basically. The market is run by nomadic Rajasthan people. This also is one of the biggest flea markets in Gurgaon/Gurugram. You can literally find a variety of antique furniture, mirrors, frames, idols, and festive décor for not only your home but office too.

ABOUT ‘BANJARA’
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Things to Know for Shopping in this Market

The trick to shopping here is that you don’t have any specific shops. You have to dig in the pile of things to find something that goes with your home’s vibes. Talking about vibes, the things that you get here can enhance any sort of décor. The market offers a huge variety of décor since there’s no particular type or category that you wish to shop. You can literally get a teeny-tiny jewelry box to a massive piece of furniture.

Furniture
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Coming to shopping in this market. Bargaining is the name of the game here. These people may quote extreme prices but do not hesitate to go as below as 200 or 150 for a décor piece quoted for 700-900. You’ll be amazed to know that you can actually bargain for 5000 rs furniture for 1000-2000 rs. There could be stuff that is priced high, but they surely are way less than what you might get in showrooms and malls. One thing that you might take care of while shopping in this market is to check for damages in the products. Since they’re just lying there in the pile, there’s a possibility of breakage or cracks.

Ceramic Pots
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The market not only offers wooden furniture, but you may also find brass, metal, plastic and ceramic items too. You can find frames of all sizes and mirrors too, to decorate the tiniest corner to a huge wall of your home. The items might look a lot dusty but once you make the purchase, they will clean it up and pack it accordingly.

Mirrors
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So if you’re looking to update your interiors, you must give this market a try. It’s affordable definitely and offers you so much to pick the best from. What are you doing this weekend? Well, now you have a plan I guess!

Happy Shopping!

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