Take your pick from the best festive bazaars and markets to shop from
For those who bemoan consumerism taking over the spirit of Christmas, gift-giving can become quite an ethical dilemma. This year, we suggest swapping out your luxury retail sprees with shopping at these marketplaces that support local artisans and non-profit organisations.
With their focus on reinterpreting traditional crafts into contemporary home ware pieces, Eartthry's Christmas collection has handmade candles in festive scents such as mulled wine and yuletide spices. Zardosi ornaments, and thematic cushions are other alternatives that make for memorable gifts.
Log on: www.eartthry.in
Rare teas from Tea Cultures of the World at Design One’s festive edit
Shopping for charity
A fund-raising initiative by the Sahachari Foundation, Design One is bringing in the festive season with an All Seasons Edit. This collection focuses on promoting local entrepreneurs as well as NGOs, who are invited to showcase their products at no cost. We recommend personalised silver initial bangles from Ella Stein, a fine jewellery brand featuring handcrafted pieces.
Log on: www.designoneonline.com.in
The BARO Marketplace curates handcrafted items from artisans, craftsmen, and designers from across the country. The marketplace's festive edit features three-layered cotton face masks embellished with Christmas wreaths, snowflakes, and Christmas trees. Also on offer are Christmas stockings, scented Christmas ornaments, and a zero-waste Christmas tree made from upcycled fabric, which can be combined in customised gift hampers.
Log on: www.baromarket.in
Gifts for a cause
This year, Firefly, which promotes goods from NGOs and social enterprises, has collaborated with 13 NGOs that offer gifts with a purpose. These include crochet ornaments and toys from Happy Threads, an NGO that supports women artisans, candles from Jai Vakeel, a non-profit supporting autistic children and adults, and nuts and gift hampers from Helping Hands, which funds cancer treatment for the underprivileged.
Log on: www.instagram.com/ firefly_illuminate
Kala Ghoda-based gallery ARTISANS' is hosting an artisanal Christmas market, featuring upcycled bags, beaded bamboo tea lights created by tribal women, jackets repurposed from sarees, and Gond and Bhil art. All proceeds support artisans and NGOs.
At: ARTISANS', 52 - 56 VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Till: December 24
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