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Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – for Indian Moms

Mother’s Day is on May 14th and why not take this opportunity to make your mom feel extra special on this day.  If you are still figuring out what to gift on Mother’s day then worry not. We have listed down 5 Mother’s day gift ideas which might come as a help to you.

  1. Hand-made greeting card or Explosion Box –

    If you are running out of time then this one is a quick thing. All you need is a chart paper and some creativity which can bring a smile on your mom’s face.  If you are way too creative then you can think of designing an Explosion box which is full of messages and photographs.mothers day gift ideas

  2. Spa or Pampering Session –

    If your mother is fond of spa and massages then you can gift her a pampering session at any good saloon. She will love this for sure.

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  3. Sarees/Accessories/Cosmetics –

    You either gift her a shopping voucher or can get a saree for her. You can also think of accessories like purse, wallet, footwear, jewellery items and if she is a make-up lover then think about gifting a perfect lipstick or perfume.mothers day gift ideas sarees

  4. Her Favourite Book –

    My mom is not into books but if yours is then picking a book for her as per her taste can surprise her.  You can also consider giving her a Kindle so that she can enjoy her books.

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  5.  Home Accessories-

    You can also think of home accessories like jewellery holder, flower vase, lampshade, cushions etc which your mom can utilise to give a quick makeover to the living room.

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    I am a die hard fan of  Guddu from Garbage Bin and his gags remind me of my childhood. You can bring back the childhood memories by giving these cool merchandise also.

    Just put your thoughts and emotions while selecting a gift for your mom and she will be very happy to see that.  Hope this post has given you enough Mother’s Day Gift Ideas.

How to Protect Your Skin in Summers

It’s 29th March and looking at the heat you can say “Hello” to summers. Heat can cause damage to your skin and you must be googling “How to protect your skin in summers”. Based on personal experience I have listed down 5 summer skin care tips which will help you protect your skin in summers.

  1. Hydrate yourself:

    High temperature will leave your skin dehydrated. Heat will take away your body fluids leaving you feel tired and dehydrated. It gets necessary to drink at least 8 bottles of water and maintaining the hydration level. If you are hydrated enough then your skin will also look good.

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  2. Exfoliate for clearer and smoother skin:

    Exfoliation removes dead, dulling skin debris to prevent congestion and improve hydration from toners and moisturizers. After you exfoliate, follow with a hydrating body cream to seal in moisture, and always shield freshly exfoliated skin with an SPF.exfoliate

  3. Use a toner:

    A skin toner will keep the pores closed and keep the skin cool. You can try rose water as its natural cooling properties are excellent for summer. You can opt for Dabur Gulabari or Patanjali one. There are lot many brands available in the market.

  4. When in doubt, apply (and reapply!)

    Sunscreen provides you protection only for 4 hours. Reapplication is required whenever you are moving out. Depending on your skin opt for a gel or water based sunscreen lotion and don’t forget to reapply it.

5. Protect your skin:cover with scarf

Don’t forget to carry an umbrella or a cotton scarf whenever you are moving out. Cover yourself while stepping out and this will help to protect you from harsh light.

5 Things to Shop in Jaipur, India

Jaipur, the ‘pink city of India’ is known for its royalty and wonderful monuments. Not to forget you can drive your bohemian vibes from this city too! Jaipur has lots of shopping destinations of which you can read about on the internet. Apart from having monuments this place is a shopper’s paradise.  We have listed down 5 items that you must shop if you are in Jaipur. You simply can’t resist buying these items. Here we have listed  5 things to shop in Jaipur, India.

1. Leheriya/Bandhej/Kota Doria Cotton Saree:

Jaipur is very colorful and is known for its royalty. The rich culture pretty well reflects in the colorful leheriya sarees. I am sure you can find leheriya print in your or your mother’s wardrobe. If you already have one then you can opt for bandhej or kota doria cotton sarees. They are the specialty of Rajasthan. I picked 2 kota doria cotton saree for my mom from Rajasthan handloom.

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My entire shopping!
2. Kolhapuri Chappal:

Kolhapuri’s originated from Maharastra and are available throughout.  You can Kolhapuris with a rajasthani touch in the local markets here. They are superb in terms of quality and price to what we get here in Delhi. I picked these for Rs.150 after bargaining from Pandey market near Hawa Mahal.

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3. German Silver Jewelry:

You can get silver jewelry at Paharganj, Delhi too but why not pick it straight from the artisans. I picked these beautiful kadas for Rs. 800 and they came with a warranty card.

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4. Handicraft:

You can pick interesting handicraft pieces like a wooden box, jewelry box, handcrafted marble pieces etc or keychains like this:

jaipur handicrafts

5. Block Print Fabrics:

Block printing is famous in Jaipur. You can find block printed kurtis, bed sheets, cushion cover or even plain fabric at local markets. One can pick block printed fabric and later get it stitched as per the need. You can see one getting printed here:

I am sure you will check these items in the local markets on your Jaipur trip.