30 Diwali Gifts That'll Make Your Loved Ones Light Up Like a Diya
Every year, over a billion people globally celebrate Diwali. Each region and religion celebrates it differently and for various reasons, with distinct customs and traditions. For some, it's a new year, a new beginning. Others see it as the triumph of light over darkness, of good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Diwali, for the most part, is a celebration that culminates in delicious food, spending time with loved ones, and introspection.
This year, Diwali falls on Nov. 12, and we created the ultimate gift guide for the upcoming festivities. Whether you're shopping for your friends, family, or even kids, we found the best gifts to give your loved ones for the Festival of Lights, ranging from traditional Diwali gifts to curated Diwali gift boxes and sets. The best part? All these presents are from or in collaboration with South Asian-owned businesses.
Your makeup-loving friends will adore the limited edition Huegloss Trio from Live Tinted, an editor-favorite eyeliner from Kulfi Beauty, or a flattering multistick from Mango People Cosmetics. Skin-care enthusiasts will love the travel-size kit of Aavrani's bestselling Ayurvedic-inspired formulas. And if their self-care routine involves hair oiling, treat them to hair oils from Squigs and Fable and Mane, and Indé Wild, all which our editors love. Shopping for the trendsetter? Get them stylish jewelry they can wear with both traditional wear or jeans, or a sophisticated tote bag from Cuyana. We also found a few unique Diwali gifts that will surely impress, like a fun and relatable card game that may or may not involve drinking.
Give your family the yummiest sweet treats from Malai Ice Cream. Shopping for the chef in your life? They'll be as excited as a pataka (fireworks) when they get the Diwali edition of the editor-favorite Our Place Always Pan. If you want something personable, gift them the Fleur Frame from Venus Et Fleur with a sentimental picture. We even included a few hostess gifts, perfect to bring to a Diwali party. The little ones in your life, meanwhile, will adore the cutest plush from Modi Toys, a teether shaped like a samosa, or a diya-shaped bubble-popping fidget toy. You can even get a mess-free Rangoli puzzle or a stunning hand-painted, henna-inspired art puzzle from Kulture Khazana.
If you're shopping for someone specific, shop this guide by the categories ahead:
Give a meaningful gift this Diwali and celebrate the Festival of Lights with South Asian-owned businesses.
Best Diwali Gift For the One Who Loves a Glossy Lip
Live Tinted's Get Glossy Huegloss Trio is perfect for the one who can't leave the house without a lippie on hand. These zero-stick glosses contain hyaluronic acid to keep lips hydrated, as well as shea butter and coconut oil to lock in moisture. Plus, they're pigmented enough to use on bare lips and to add dimension to a matte lip. The trio comes with three versatile, flattering shades ideal for any type of lip, including a peachy pink shimmer, a neutral mauve, and a bright cherry red.
Best Diwali Gift For the Minimalist
Naveda Alya Ring ($35)
Perfect for the minimalist in your life, the Naveda Alya Ring is a beautiful piece that will make a statement. They can wear it alone or incorporate it into their stack. Style it with a contemporary outfit featuring a blazer, something traditional, or a even little black dress. The adjustable ring is hypoallergenic, handcrafted using pure silver, and plated with 18k gold.
Best Diwali Gift For the Makeup Lover
Shopping for the makeup lover? Get them the Mango People Mango Cream Multistick, which has gone viral on TikTok for its flattering range of colors. From pinks and corals to warm tones and browns, the Mango Cream Blush & Lip Multistick comes in eight shades suitable for all skin tones. The multi-use product can be applied on the lips, on the cheeks for a flush of color, and on the eyelids for eyeshadow. The clean-beauty brand merges skin care and makeup, and derives its pigments from fruits, vegetables, and the earth.
Best Diwali Gift For the Host
Junglee Craft Cocktails ($50)
Instead of bringing a pack of White Claws to your next party, try Junglee. These Indian-inspired canned cocktails are jam-packed with flavors that are the right balance of sweet, tangy, and spicy. The 12-can mixed pack contains four of each of the brand's signature flavors: a vodka-based green mango smash, a tequila-based tamarind margarita, and a vodka-based Indian spiced lemonade. It will be the host gift they never knew they needed.
Best Unique Diwali Gift For the Sweet Tooth
One of the most delicious traditions of Diwali is giving sweets and treats to all your loved ones. If you're looking for something unique to gift or serve at your home, the Deux Vegan Cookie Dough is a fun treat with a healthy kick. Created by Sabeena Ladha, the edible cookie dough is vegan, gluten-free, and a healthier alternative to the real thing. The four-pack contains birthday cake, chocolate, cinnamon, and brownie. This is a great gift for those who love dessert but might not be a fan of traditional mithai.
Best Diwali Gift For the Skin-Care Lover
The only thing you can get the skin-care lover in your life is more skin care, and this travel set from Blume is a sensitive skin-friendly find. The set comes with the brand's bestsellers, including the Meltdown Acne Oil for soothing breakouts and preventing new ones; the Milky Fade Serum, which is a great vitamin C serum for fading dark spots; and the Meltdown Gel Cream, which is a lightweight moisturizer that will leave your skin hydrated. Founders Bunny and Taran Ghatrora created the brand after having dealt with breakouts themselves; you can read about their journey with acne here.
Best Unique Diwali Gift For the One Who Loves Chai
Shopping for the one who loves unique pieces? Studio Kiyan's Cup and Saucer Chai Earrings are a fun and kitschy pair that they'll adore wearing with both traditional and Western outfits. They're handcrafted from silver, and the designs are also hand-painted in the Meenakari style, which originates from Rajasthan. This is such a cute present for those who love to accessorize.
Best Diwali Gift For the Hair Care Obsessed
Shopping for a Fable & Mane fan? Replenish their supply of the bestselling and editor-favorite HoliRoots Pre-Wash Hair Treatment Oil, along with travel sizes of the brand's scalp scrub and smoothing and shine-enhancing finishing oil. This gift set is perfect for someone who loves adding a luxurious experience to their hair oiling routine.
Best Diwali Gift For the Entertainer
Have you ever played a drinking game, or any party game for that matter, and felt like you couldn't relate? Well, Drinkswalla is here to change that. It's a drinking game that's totally relatable to Desi experiences. The set of 100 cards is broken down into eight categories where you have to do challenges, get tested on your Desi knowledge, and just have fun with your friends. Even if you don't drink, Drinkswalla is still a fun and relatable game to play with your besties.
Best Unique Diwali Gift For Latte Lovers
Give the gift of instant chai to those who are experimental when it comes to their brews. The Diwali Bundle in collaboration with Kola Goodies and Transcendence Syrups features a mini gulab jamun syrup and a mini baklava syrup they can add to their drinks for a sweeter flavor with a unique depth, along with five packets instant masala chai. Just add one packet to a cup of boiling water, let it steep, then strain it into a mug with or without ice to enjoy. Each packet is filled with loose leaf Ceylon black tea, creamy milk powder, cardamom, ginger, Ceylon cinnamon and cloves.
Best Diwali Gift Box For the One Who Loves to Get Dressed Up
BlossomBox Diwali Gift Set ($79, originally $149)
The BlossomBox Diwali Gift Set is perfect for someone who loves to get dressed up in traditional wear. The box comes with everything they need to complete their look, including modern jhumka earrings, a matching tikka headpiece, a pack of red bindis, and a white floral garja hair piece for a slicked-back fun. The jewelry complements a wide range of outfits.
Best Diwali Gift For the One Who Indulges in Self Care
Give the gift of self-care while giving back with Squigs' lineup of happy head care. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to a mental health charity. Squigs is specifically formulated for those who have sensitive skin and scalps, so these make great beauty gifts for everyone on your list.
The editor-backed Gooseberry Delight Hair Oil helps increase shine, reduce frizz, and leave hair feeling healthier. The Double Shot Face Serum is not only fun to look at (and shake), but it's also hydrating. Containing hyaluronic acid, strawberry-seed oil, jojoba-seed oil, avocado oil, glycerin, and squalane, this serum will help restore moisture and provide a glowy finish for that glazed doughnut look. Plus, it also helps tame breakouts and balance the skin with niacinamide, turmeric, tulsi, and neem. To see this serum in action, read our review of the Double Shot Face Serum here.
Best Diwali Gift For the Statement Maker
Alaya The Nazar Earring ($44)
There's no better way to spread good vibes than with these stylish Nazar earrings. These statement studs are inspired by the evil eye and perfect for the trendsetter in your life. These can be worn with a sari or as a statement piece for a little black dress. You can also get them in a pearl white.
Best Diwali Gift For the One On the Go
Cuyana Easy Tote ($268)
If you're shopping for the one who's always on the go, get them the Cuyana Easy Tote. The editor-favorite bag is chic and functional with the ability to fit a laptop, a full-size water bottle, and more inside. Made from a soft Italian pebble leather, this is a quality bag that will make them feel elevated, even in sweats. It comes in three different sizes and nine color options (and you have the ability to monogram it), so you can truly create the everyday bag of their dreams. Read our in-depth review of the Cuyana Easy Tote — it's even a favorite of Meghan Markle!
Best Diwali Gifts For Friends:Best Diwali Gift For the One Who Always Wears Kajal
Get the makeup-lover in your life the Underlined Kajal Eyeliner Duo, featuring the brand's bestselling staple black shade along with a limited edition new bronze shade, Jamun Glaze. According to one of our editors, these eyeliners are the creamiest and pigmented on the market. They don't budge at all once set, even when tears are flowing while watching classic Bollywood movies. Read our in-depth review of Kulfi's Underlined Kajal Eyeliner.
Best Diwali Gift For the Fragrance Aficionado
If you're shopping for someone who adores the scent of fresh jasmine flowers, the Madurai Jasmine Body Oil will be a dream come true. The scent is so authentic to the real thing, older generations in your family will feel like they've transported back to their homeland. It's one of my all-time favorite body products and feels so nourishing on the skin. Read my in-depth review of the Soma Ayurvedic Madurai Jasmine Body Oil.
If they are really into layering scents, you can also consider getting them the The Fragrance Set ($200, originally $240), which includes four of their dynamic and indulgent scents: Kerala Forest, Bombay Fleur, Mysur Sandalwood, and Old Delhi Oudh.
Best Diwali Gift Box For the Chai Connoisseur
The best gift to get the chai lover in your life is more chai, and the Vahdam Teas Chai Assortment Gift Set has 12 different types of rich, delicious chai. We're talking Kashmiri Kawa chai, ginger chai, vanilla spice chai, and of course, the original masala spice chai. Founder Bala Sarda created Vahdam to bring India's original homegrown flavors to the global stage while giving back to the farmers who grew it all.
Best Diwali Gift Box For a Luxurious Floral Experience
Indē Wild's Champi Aroma Gift Set is a luxurious self-care set, perfect for those who love to set the vibe before they hair oil. It comes with the Champi Hair Oil that has a beautifully floral fragrance, a set of incense that will fill the air with a calming jasmine scent, and two cute hibiscus flower hair clips. The Champi Hair Oil contains blend of castor oil, hibiscus, brahmi, and other nourishing oils to help keep the hair protected, hydrated, and healthy. The prewash overnight oil treatment can be massaged into the scalp for a relaxing sensorial experience that results in shinier more manageable hair.
Best Diwali Gift For Bonafide Chefs
The Diwali edition of the Our Place Always Pan is the perfect gift for the one who loves to cook. It has a nontoxic, nonstick coating that will make it easy as ever to cook without that much oil or butter. Trust us: this can handle Indian cooking. In fact, I've made everything from chicken curry to upma and mini dosas in this. Read more in my in-depth review of the Our Place Always Pan here. If you're shopping for the one whose love language is throwing dinner parties and feeding other people, we recommend you get the larger size pan.
Best Diwali Gift For the Ayurvedic Enthusiast
Aavrani Ayurvedic Beauty Ritual Discovery Set ($49, originally $69)
The skin-care lover in your life will appreciate this Ayurvedic Beauty Ritual Discovery Set from Aavrani. The set includes travel sizes of the Glow Activating Exfoliator mask, which contains turmeric, honey, and neem for a glowing complexion (a must-have for founder Rooshy Roy); the Balance Restoring Serum, which is great for those with combination skin types; the editor-backed Softening Hydra-Whip moisturizer, which is a must have for "RHONY"'s Jessel Taank; and the Purifying Oil Cleanser that can breakdown stubborn waterproof makeup and gently cleanse your skin.
You can also consider getting them something cute and festive like the Diwali Beauty Kit ($49, originally $69) made in partnership with fragrance brand D.S & Durga. It comes with the editor-backed Healing Rose Clay Mask and a mask applicator that's great for reducing breakouts. Plus, the set features a Rama Candle that's a playful nod to Lord Rama coming back home, with notes of tuberose and gardenia, as well as a sample size perfume spray with notes of sambac jasmine, orange blossom, tuberose, and orris butter.
Best Unique Diwali Gift For the Home Decor Enthusiast
Made from Kasavu fabric from Kerala, the Fields of Gold Throw Pillow Cover is a stunning handcrafted gift perfect for the home decor lover. It's the perfect blend of traditional and modern, making it ideal for both contemporary and vintage-styled homes. The 100-percent cotton pillow cover has golden threads woven in a unique way to bring depth and texture to a space.
Best Diwali Gifts For Ice Cream Lovers
If there's one thing we can't go without for Diwali, it's sweets. The Malai Diwali Ice Cream Celebration Pack is jam-packed with decadent goodness to feed eight to 10 people! The pack includes one pint of Ghughra ice cream, one pint of Kaju Katli ice cream, one pint of Ras Malai ice cream, and one pint of Peda ice cream. I got to try a few flavors from the brand, and let's just say I had to fight my family for the last pint — read my review of Malai Ice Cream here.
Best Diwali Gift That's Personable
If you want to give something meaningful this Diwali, the Venus et Fleur The Fleur Frame with Eternity Roses is the perfect present that lets you upload a sentimental picture surrounded by the brand's signature Eternity Roses. You can also choose the color of the roses. This picture frame is perfect for those who love home decor and florals. The rose truly lasts for a long time. Read our review of a Venus Et Fleur arrangement.
Best Diwali Gift For a Scotch-Loving Uncle
In partnership with Sona Home and D.S. & Durga, The Glenlivet created a premium gift set that's perfect for the scotch lovers in your family. The set comes with a bottle of The Glenlivet 14 Year Old single malt scotch, a candle from D.S. & Durga that smells like the cozy warmth and wood burning of a fireplace, and a set of linen coasters from Sona Home. It's perfect for their home bar or as a unique host gift.
Best Diwali Gifts For the Gourmet Family
If you're shopping for the chef in your family, they'll obsess over this decadent Brightland Luminous Capsule. The set contains the Awake extra-virgin olive oil, the Parasol Champagne vinegar, and California Orange Blossom honey. The Awake extra-virgin olive oil is great for grilling, roasting, sauteeing, and drizzling on top of bread. The Parasol Champagne vinegar is delish on salads. And the California Orange Blossom honey is perfect on desserts or as a rich sweetener.
Best Diwali Gift Box For Kids Who Love Getting Creative
The Kulture Khazana Diwali Celebration Kit comes with fun crafts that will make your home look colorful, from painting Rangoli-inspired coasters to creating a DIY Diwali garland. Plus, it comes with a 48-piece puzzle that depicts a vibrant Rangoli design, which lets kids get in on the fun without the mess. After all, real Rangoli can get messy and easily destroyed, and we can't risk ruining our Diwali outfits. We'd rather wait for Holi!
You can also get the Diwali Classroom Party Kit ($140) as a fun way for them to celebrate with their classmates.
Best Traditional Diwali Gift For Kids Who Love Plushies
The Modi Toys Diwali Gift Bundle is such an adorable gift for the little ones in your life. The bundle comes with a Rangoli sticker activity book, "Laxmi's Diwali Dream Team" illustrated book, two lotus-shaped diyas along with two LED tea lights, and an adorable Diwali greeting card. Plus, you can choose your own small-sized plushie, including Baby Ganesh, Baby Hanuman, Baby Krishna, Saraswati Devi, Durga Devi, and Laxmi Devi. It's all wrapped up for you in a fun basket as well.
Best Diwali Gifts For Newborns
We can't get over how adorable this samosa-shaped teether is, and it's perfect for the teething infant in your life. It's made with 100 percent food-grade silicone and has ridges on the back to sooth the baby's gums. It has a clip attached, so it can stay with baby at all times.
Best Diwali Gifts For Kids Who Love Puzzles
If you're shopping for an older kid (or even someone who just loves to do puzzles), get them this gorgeous Mehndi Stories Henna Jigsaw Puzzle. It's a 252-piece puzzle depicting a bride and groom at the royal palaces in India. It's also inspired by the gorgeous designs of mehendi and henna art.
Best Diwali Gifts For Kids Who Love Fidget Toys
On the hunt for a cute yet meaningful sensory toy? The Diwali Burst Fidget Toy is shaped like a traditional diya, a Diwali clay lamp. It has 26 popping bubbles and it's made out of sturdy silicone. Little ones will have so much fun bursting these bubbles, just like a pataka!