Are you going from USA or America to India and are looking for best gift ideas to buy for family and friends? Then this is for you! If you would like some gifts which are delivered to India, check the "Delivered In India" section.
Over the years my family, friends and I have made lots of trips both to and from India. We all have bought gifts for our near and dear ones. This list includes gifts that my family, my friends or I have bought or would consider buying for our next trip. Here you will find specific items to buy and popular gifts that will be liked by everyone.
As you may know purchasing online is very convenient; just a few clicks and the items get delivered to you. Online purchasing also makes it easier to compare items and will usually give us more variety of options to choose from. So why wait? If you like something online buy it right away. Our near and dear ones deserve the best, so don't look at prices too much!
See some general gift ideas below. For more gifts, select from a category from menu above or click - "Women", "Men", "Seniors", "Kids", "Budget Gifts". The budget gift category has inexpensive and cheap gift ideas.
Saffron is a gift which anyone can use, looks good and is budget friendly. To give saffron, get a big pack of saffron from your local Indian grocery store or get some Spanish saffron from here or from here. Then redistribute the saffron into small plastic containers like these or these 50 small glass bottles. That's it, gifts for several people are done! Almonds, Walnuts and Cardamon are also great options in place of saffron. If you like, you can also make your own gift boxes, see here for some designs. If you make your own boxes, then you can also add your own message.
A space pen is a very unique gift and not available in India so far. For my next trip I plan to buy this space pen with an american flag popular A space pen became well known in India after being shown in the movie "Three Idiots" in year 2009. But the anti gravity pen was patented in 1965 by Paul walker and were used in 1968 on Apollo 7. See the interesting history of fisher space pen here. Also a good option is a different space pen with an american flag.
His/her wrist watch sets
Here is a great idea, a couple's wrist watch set. popularI have purchased this watch set, check here for more details and my photos on this set. This set is amazing and is perfect gift for any special couple in your life. When the watches are placed next to each other they form a heart; it is so nice! If you prefer metal straps then check this similar set with metal straps. Other than the gold set, this set is also available as a black set, as a white set and as a black and white set. This different watch set also looks good. This is a more expensive watch set but looks good too. If you are going to India to attend a marriage then a watch set is also a good gift. Also a nice option for wedding anniversaries.
Since garlic is commonly used in most Indian food recipes, a garlic press will be a nice gift.With this stainless steel garlic press one can use a peeled clove turned into minced garlic. Also included is a silicone tube roller if one wants to simply have peeled clove. Additionally this is dishwasher safe. There is yet another garlic press, which looks very similar in features/functionality.
An onion saver is great way to store a partial onion in a refrigerator. This keep the onion smell from reaching the rest of the refrigerator as well. I have been using a very similar looking one for quite a while. This can be a nice and useful little gift to take.
Even thought getting chocolates as gifts from USA are routine, chocolates are still loved by everyone in India. And if they are personalized then they will be loved even more. Check out M&M website where you can get personalized M&M chocolates. Add your own images, your own text to M&Ms of your choice of color. A little expensive, but definitely worth it for special occasions. If they are being given to smaller kids, add their names to the personalized M&Ms, they will be delighted to see it as well. Another choice is some variety of Hershey's chocolates, like Hershey's Nuggets Chocolates Assortment popularwhich is a nice mixture of four different types of bite sized chocolates or Hershey's Miniatures party pack, which has five different varieties. Remember to put all chocolates in the refrigerator once you reach home in India. So it is a good idea to pack all chocolates, where one can find and take out easily.
Check this Chromebook, I own a very similar one and I see that the battery life is great. It starts up quickly, within a handful seconds even from a fully shutdown state. It is great for casual web browsing, emails, watching videos and doing google hangout video/audio conference. If you have a windows machine then you would have experienced the slowness of the windows updates. None of that for a Chromebook, because the updates literally take a couple of seconds. If you prefer a larger screen there is a Chromebook with 15.6 inch screen.
If the laptop will be used for more than casual use, then it should have more computing power. So it should have at least have Intel core i5 or equivalent, 6GB or 8GB RAM and 1TB hard disk. We can expect such a laptop to give good performance for long time. Check this Acer laptop. After buying that Acer laptop, it will be a good ideas to uninstall any bloatware/unwanted software.
A Macbook Air has a certain prestige. Besides the fact that it is a great laptop, it is light weight, has a nice battery. I especially like it's very sleek design and ease of use.
Among tablets I like iPad mini 4 for it's compact size; making it much easy to carry around. For someone who will not carry it around often then larger iPad Pro can be a good choice; especially someone who will use it for a longer period of time like an artist creating digital drawings/paintings or a music lover creating music on the Garage band app. This Samsung tab can also be a good choice for an Android tablet.
Recently I purchased Amazon Fire 7 inch tablet. It has proved to be a nice gift. It has most of the features of other tablets. Although we do not intend to use the camera, I saw that the camera picture clarity was not that good. I will post my photos soon.
These Anker bluetooth sound buds can be a apt gift for someone to use on a long commute or for someone actively into gym, workouts, running and other outdoor activities. My friend has the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones. I have tried them and found that these have a nice rich sound. These can be welcome gift for a audiophile or anyone who enjoys to listening to music for long time.
A Bluetooth speaker can be used with any phone to turn a room into instant music/dance party. This Anker speaker, is designed have a battery for 24 hour playtime. Besides it has a nice Bluetooth range and includes a microphone. Since I have heard of Anker's great customer service from so many persons, I have decided that my next speaker or headphone is going to be an Anker one. Another option is an ultra portable Bluetooth speaker. That one is so ultra portable that one can literally hold with two fingers.
Now a days, coffee is becoming more and more popular in India, and so is Starbucks. Pick up a pound of Starbucks coffee from the Starbucks website or from your local Starbucks. Or get this Starbucks instance coffee; I have bought this several times and it tastes very good. This Trader Joe's ground coffee sampler is a nice mix of four types. I like the Pumpkin Spice flavor. The Ginger bread flavor is also good; it tastes a bit like Indian masala tea. You can also take these 60 count of assorted tea bags which is a selection of black teas, green teas and fruit flavor teas. Or take these 50 count assorted tea bags with flavor sticks.
A harry potter fan in the family? Then see this Harry Potter 8 movie collection. Note this is a Blu-ray version. This is listed as all region version. I see that a DVD version is also available, but is for Region 1 (US and Canada) only.
This is a unique gift for whisky lovers. These chilling rocks are cubes which are designed to cool down your drink. These are rocks that one needs to keep in the refrigerator. Later on one can use these rocks instead of ice cubes; it is as simple as that. Cheers!
Travel accessories are not necessarily gifts, but are useful for the person travelling.
Hand Held Luggage Scale
A common problem while travelling is to weigh the bag to ensure that they weigh within the limits. I used to use my bathroom scale to weigh the bags, but it is a bit tricky to do. Also in the process I managed to crack the glass of my bathroom scale. A much better option is to buy a handheld luggage scale popular, which makes this task very easy.
Check these Tavelon Set of 2 tags, available in several colors. Another option is a set of colorful and funny tags which say "Keep Looking not yours!".
Another useful item to buy are luggage locks, especially a TSA approved luggage locks. A TSA approved luggage lock can be opened by the TSA in case they need to check it. If the lock is not TSA approved, then they may decide to break the lock if they have to open and inspect it. So worth checking these TSA approved luggage locks.
Neck Security Wallet
Worthwhile getting is this neck security wallet to keep passport, some reserve cash and any other important documents. It can be easily kept hidden under clothes.
I always carry also some ear plugs, because they help some of my family members with ear pain in flight and also help with reducing noise. Several times, I have shared these with other travelers.
To make the long journey comfortable take a neck pillow. It is a memory foam, meaning it will be easy to squish and pack where-ever there is some space.
If you are going to India for vacation, you very likely carry a camera. In such case take a camera bag to carry along the camera and other things like charger etc. Along with that, I think that a mini tripod is good to take along. That way using the remote/timer option of the camera and the tripod, the photographer does not need to miss out being in the photo.
Kids ActivityIf you are travelling with kids then they will need something to do for the long trip. For toddlers take a potato head. They can spend sometime preparing funny faces, showing that to you and have a good laugh. Another option is to buy several cheap toys and give one every 30 mins or an hour. I have seen this strategy working well. For older kids a puzzle book as well as a joke & riddle book are good options to keep them occupied.
For more gifts, select from a category from menu above or check "Women", "Men", "Seniors", "Kids", "Budget Gifts" for more gift ideas. The budget gift category has inexpensive and cheap gift ideas.
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