‘Tis the season to buy local: 24 places to help with gifting in Bangalore

Local gifts are sustainable, special, and unique. Here are some Bangalore based home bakers, artisans, and entrepreneurs to help with your holiday gifting.

The holiday season is upon us and the shopping and gifting has only just begun! If you are the kind who spends long hours looking online for the ‘perfect gift’ for your loved ones, or if you are among those despairing about long chain-store queues and mall madness, or in the event that you belong to the rare breed that makes quick, determined choices, The Alternative’s special gifting guide is for you!

In this season of giving, we celebrate ways of beating the holiday throngs and discovering some fresh, sustainable, sometimes upcycled gifting ideas. While you will be doing something significant to support local artisans and promote small entrepreneurs, your loved ones’ stockings will be full of lovely handmade treasures!

Apparel and Bags

She Who Knits: Hand-knitted scarves, shrugs, hats, and leg and foot warmers in a range of fun colours and funky designs for men, women and kids, perfect to brighten up grey winter days.

Umoya Designs: Cushion covers, stoles, drawstring bags, sarongs, and more in silk, hand-dyed using traditional dyeing techniques like Shibori and Batik ensuring that each piece is unique and  beautiful.


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Sew Cute: Celebrate your little girl this season with these pretty creations, designed and handcrafted for ages 0-6 years by a doting grandma.

Rainbox Kidswear: Rainbox carries vibrant and happy clothes for kids aged 1-10 years. The range includes shirts and kurtas for boys and skirts and dresses for girls.

A Sunny Disposition: Trendy, hand stitched, made to order bags, wallets, laptop sleeves, diaper bags, clutches, travel pouches, and even tiny stationery kits for the kids in  an assortment of  interesting patterns and prints.

Reinvention: Declutter your way into the new year with these fun bags, toys, cushions, and quilts upcycled from old and discarded clothing.


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Body and Wellness

Do Bandar: Handcrafted soaps, scrubs, perfumes, and essential oils with pure, natural, chemical-free ingredients to cleanse and pamper every skin type, rejuvenate your body, and prepare for all the partying ahead.

Skin Sense Organics: Natural, handcrafted personal care products like scrubs, healing gels, lotions, and oils—an answer to all your organic personal care needs.

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Pic – Flickr

Lucky Red Seed: All natural  scrubs, bath salts, body oils and butters, lip balms, face packs, hair oils and natural soaps in a range of earthy, floral and other customised fragrances.  Look out for their special Christmas gift hampers.

Common Oxen: Soaps, toothpaste, and deodorants made using safe, sustainable, and chemical-free materials like ylang ylang, cedarwood, honey, ragi, neem, turmeric, and oats.

Soap for Soul: Homemade, hand crafted organic soaps and body scrubs.

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Lluvia Bakery: Whole wheat treats and preservative free goodies like cakes, muffins, scones, and fruit bars. Lluvia’s exciting Christmas menu features favourites like brownies, profiteroles, and decadent cinnamon rolls.

Melt It Down: Having these customised, hand crafted Christmas themed chocolates, cakes, and cookies delivered to your doorstep will surely make your holiday meals more enjoyable.

Scrumpalicious: Your holiday menu will not be complete without these sinful holiday themed desserts from this mother daughter duo. Cupcakes shaped like Santa hats and snowmen, sugar cookies, chocolate rum truffles, gingerbread men, and rich plum cakes bring promises of a very merry Christmas season.

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Taantra: Vegan, gluten and sugar free cakes, muffins, breads, spreads, and other  delicious wholesome goodies will give you that much needed lightness at a time when gorging on sugary treats is the norm.

Ms. K Cupcakes: Decadent and sinfully good! Just looking at Ms. K’s Christmas special menu is going to spell doom for all your healthy eating resolutions. Here’s a gander, Santa’s Chocolate Chip, Coconut Snow, Mrs. Clause, and Rudolph Red Velvet.

Homemade.delite: Intricately handcrafted, homemade cakes and cookies that look like works of art. Ask for their healthy whole wheat options and design your own Christmas beauty.

The Happy Baker: Whole grain, eggless, preservative free baked treats that will make a colourful addition to your celebration without any of the guilt that follows. Pair their whole wheat cinnamon rolls with your mug of hot chocolate while you curl up with your favourite book.

Art and Handicrafts

Varnam: An award winning social enterprise that works with and trains artisans from Channapatna to revive the 200 year old art of handcrafted wooden products. Their range of products includes toys, jewellery. home decor and lifestyle items. Give the old baubles and buntings a miss this year and give Varnam’s adorable Christmas ornaments a go instead to add to the holiday cheer.

Cravy Bits: Handmade crochet bags, baby clothing, accessories, and home decor. Christmas specials include festive crochet ornaments and magnets.

Karaashilp: Handcrafted products that include bags, jewellery, home decor, and garden accessories. The interesting Eco range has bags made of upcycled denim and other old, disposable fabric.

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Pic – Flickr

Silver Nut Tree: Turn all that year end junk into precious upcycled treasures with Silver Nut Tree’s carefully handcrafted jewellery and home decor products made from used plastic and glass bottles, bottle caps, and old CDs. You might have a hard time parting with these gorgeous goodies!

Bead: Bead’s festive offerings are quite unique in that they are crocheted, quilled and made of beads and seeds. Their handcrafted beauties include tree ornaments like snowmen, snowflakes and angels. The cheery bead and mirror work stockings are an eye-catcher and beg to be filled with all of the season’s goodies!

Sound of Paper: These delicate Origami creations would make the perfect Christmas gift or collectible. Tree decorations, 3D stars, wreaths and greeting cards are just some of the season specials available.

Did we miss out on any? Let us know your suggestions in the comments below!


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  • Anand Rao

    Maya Organic is a great place to buy Channapatna wooden toys and home decor. These make for great gifts, being eco-friendly, durable.
    Online store at http://mayaorganic.com/ offers MO’s own innovative designs, not available at shops in Channapatna