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    With choices like single malt, Champagne and gold coins, why settle for just one basket this year.

    For those who haven’t started shopping for Diwali yet, we make it easy with our pick of the choicest gift hampers. While online
    customisable boxes of artisanal chocolates and jams are just a click away, at Cocoatrait, for the classics—like assorted Indian sweets, chocolates and nuts—head to the Park Hyatt. But if you’re in the mood for the sumptuous, Taj Coromandel offers Champagne,
    exquisite shawls, collectible pens and more.

    Trying something new. Cocoatrait, the fine chocolate marketplace, is opening up their hampers to online customisation. In their Mix and Match section, choose between their Golden Red Open Tray (Rs 510) and Golden Gift Basket (Rs 600)—and fill it up with artisanal chocolates (from three brands of
    artisanal chocolates) and jams crafted in the Himalayas.
    Details: cocoatrait.com

    Health is at the heart of the hampers being put together at Hablis. With house-blended natural spices (like kathamaba kootu and badami ghost) and organic herbal teas to chocolate truffles and melt-in-your-mouth cardamom cookies, you can also ask for a diya to be added. Rs 999. Details: 40235555

    Taj Coromandeltaj-coromandel
    Twenty one hampers in all—between the Taj Coromandel, Taj Club House and The Gateway Hotel—mean we are spoilt for choice. But what caught our attention was their uber-luxe offering featuring Armand de Brignac Champagne, The Glenlivet 18 single malt, a pashmina
    muffler, a tie-and-cuff link set from Taj Khazana, a gold coin, an assortment of teas, chocolates, cookies and even a Rolex. Rs 10,00,000 (other hampers start
    from Rs 2,000). Details: 66002827

    ITC Grand Chola
    This one is for those with a refined sweet tooth. ITC Grand Chola’s newly-launched chocolate boutique, Fabelle, has curated a box that’s as indulgent as it can get. Comprising Gianduja (milk chocolate with roasted Turkish  hazelnut), Elements (assorted handcrafted pralines), single-origin cacaos, and a fondue set with dipping chocolate and a complimentary fondue pot, you can pick it up for Rs 4,950. Details: 22200000

    The Leela Palace
    Amalya, the hotel’s lifestyle boutique, has curated a set of six hampers that ranges from the traditional (assorted nuts, chocolates and a lotus diya for Rs 1,800++) to the luxurious. We like the themed ones—like the Sweet & Savoury, with tea kits and cake mixes (Rs 8,350++). But for a decadent treat, their Champagne Hamper comes with a bottle of Chandon Brut Rosé Champagne, accessories like Shot Diva flutes, chocolates and more. Rs 9,900++. Details: 33661234

    Crowne Plazacrownindulge6
    The goodie box at this Alwarpet hotel has something for everyone. From scented candles and peppermint chocolate bars to a dining and stay coupon, and even a miniature selection of liquor (Johnnie Walker Black Label, Absolut and Beefeater), it checks all the boxes for a great celebratory gift. From Rs 1,000++.
    Details: 24994101

    Biscotti is leaving the choice up to us.
    Choose from a wide selection of assorted dry fruits, laddoos, kaju barfis and Mysore pak, besides savoury treats and signature Biscotti preparations, like their macarons. Their specially-designed gift boxes have been inspired by the ‘Honeybee’ art exhibited in the hotel.
    From Rs 749++ onwards. Details: 61001234

    The Brew Roombrew-room-1
    The folks at The Brew Room are playing to their strengths—with coffee and chocolate. Their assorted brownie box (salted caramel, cheesecake, classic and blondie, at Rs 500) is tempting. But we are eyeing the bigger one, with assorted cookies, fudge and fresh-ground coffee (dark, medium and light blends). You can also customise it with a French press, a Moka pot or a South Indian filter. Rs 1,000. Details: 28114700

    Curate your own Diwali hamper at MaalGaadi, with a range of gourmet coffees, teas, chocolates, bath and body products, and handcrafted candles. Choose from brands including Niana Soy Candles, Heritage Blend Coffee, Tea Trunk, Bean Therapy, Mason & Co, Earth Loaf and Skin Yoga. From Rs 1,300 to Rs 3,000. Details: 42103242

    Park Hyattpark-hyatt-1
    Featuring brownies, assorted chocolates, Indian sweets (from motichoor laddoos to Mysore pak) and even a box of imported cheese (either brie or Camembert), Park Hyatt is offering you the option of three hampers. While the basic starts at Rs 1,000, you can add a bottle of imported Australian wine (like Jacob’s Creek) and a specially-decorated silk box with sweets  to the Rs 6,000 hamper.
    Details: 71771234

    Packing macarons, cookies, brownies, potpourri and more, Hilton is offering a choice between the basic Diwali hamper (starting from Rs 999) and a wine / Scotch hamper. The latter (starting from Rs 5,000) lets you choose between a Ballantine’s Scotch and a Chilean Viña Tarapacá Merlot. Details: 22255555

    —Surya Praphulla Kumar


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