Why queue up, when you can click on? The competition between e-retailers may be waging hot and fierce, but as a customer, you can just sit back and chill. Through the year (but especially in the run-up to Diwali), e-commerce giants like Amazon, Flipkar, Snapdeal and eBay will woo you with amazing discounts and offers across all products — right from apparel to personal care and grooming, to home appliances and decor options, gadgets and gizmos, books, movies, music — all the trappings of modern life, in short. Get a headstart on festive gifting this year by checking out offers on the products you need once the dates are announced. All major debit and credit cards accepted for online payments, as well as some digital wallets.
Your love for all things pop culture is a vital part of your identity. Take it a step ahead by wearing your fandom on your sleeve (or as jewellery, a backpack, on your phone cover, laptop skin, or in the form of collectibles instead). From a Harley Quinn figurine or Homer Simpson boxers, Planet Superheroes is a good place to find them all. Then there's The Souled Store, which offers official merchandise for everything from F.R.I.E.N.D.S to Pokémon. The Movie Korner doesn't have a wide range of options, but it's got some sweet Harry Potter-themed jewellery for you to check out (in fact, a message on their site actively encourages people to make payments online, and opting for COD only if they're certain of being able to tender the exact amount). And VoxPop comes with a special recommendation from Firstpost's geeks-in-residence — Marvel Squad backpack, here we come!
Come January, and all roads — in Mumbai at least (and maybe we're exaggerating a wee bit when we say all roads) — will lead to Sunderbhai Hall in Churchgate. Sunderbhai Hall has become iconic as the venue for one of the most loved book exhibitions/sales of its kind — The Strand Book Fair. But apart from Strand, other book events too have made this their venue, and the Books-By-Weight Grand Sale, organised by Butterfly Books, is one among them. Here, you pay for books by the kg — so Rs 300 gets you a kilo of your favourite fiction titles, children's fiction titles weigh in at Rs 200/kg, and academic books come cheap at Rs 100 at the same quantity. In the words of the organisers: "We accept cash, Mastercard, Visa, Debit cards and Paytm" so don't feel like you have to stint. Visit their Facebook page for more details.
If you're a Delhi resident and a bibliophile to boot, you'd be glad to know that this year, some publishers' stalls at the World Book Fair (January 2017; click here for more details) at Pragati Maidan will also accept e-wallet payments.
If you're looking for fun, curated shopping experiences, then you might want to watch out for the friendly flea market to come to town. There's a host of experiences to choose from — The Lil Flea in Mumbai, touted as "India's happiest flea market", Kitsch Mandi in Bengaluru and Mumbai (an arts festival in addition to offering some great stalls to shop at), Pune's ZaPalooza (2017's dates aren't out yet) and Chennai's By The hand From The Heart. Most stalls at these new age flea markets accept card payments.
There's a world of difference between buying things off the rack — and having them made for you. And while your neighbourhood darzi does a dandy job on most occasions, for something really special you may want to consider one of these options. LataSita, for instance, is a Kolkata-based label that currently retails only online, and through some exhibitions. What sets LataSita apart? The fact that they're big on upcycling, so you can take your mom's old saris to them, and have a completely new outfit made for you.
The Bombay Shirt Company — in New Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai — is another place to explore if you're looking for a custom apparel experience. They have a comprehensive online store, where you can key in your preferences in fabrics, collars, cuffs, plackets, monograms etc and have a shirt made just the way you want. Visit them here.
And you may have the clothes covered, but what about the footwear? Delhi-based Osca Donna comes highly recommended for women. From Oxfords, brogues, flats, ballerinas, you name it, and they'll have it made for you. For men, try Dnuvo (place an order from a new collection after checking out the campaign, between the 1st to the 15th of any month, and you get a handy, penny-saving 50 percent discount).
If you believe in the philosophy of 'look good, feel better', then Nykaa is worth a stopover. From Mac to Clinique, Chambor, Inglot — you name the beauty brand, and they've got it. They're not gender-discriminatory, so there is a plethora of grooming products for men, in addition to women's cosmetics. Pay online for double the convenience. There are also tutorials and listings for pop-up events (whenever they have them) so you can do a lot more than shop. For wellness products based on Ayurveda, Forest Essentials spells decadence (you can shop online here) or you can try Omved, to shop by dosha-type, for aromatherapy, grooming, mother and baby care, and more.
Sure, some people shop for clothes and accessories. We recommend shopping for a stylist. How else are you going to be all awesomely put together? In terms of how well-established it is, Stylecracker has the advantage. The brainchild of celebrity stylist Archana Walavalkar, Stylecracker lets you take a quiz based on which a list of products is selected for you to choose from. You can chat with a stylist online, or book their services offline and shop based on their recommendations (visit them here). For a pricier alternative, there's Snob Box — a premium service only for women — which enlists the expert guidance of stylists Juhi Godambe and Santoshi Shetty. Any products you purchase (after a consultation with the stylists) gets delivered to your door (click here for Snob Box).
You want bright pops of colour, you want something quirky, you want something that says "personality". You want a cushion that's not just a soft, coloured lump, you want a tray that's not just a piece of wood, steel or plastic. You want something like India Circus (where we've been looking over the steel tumblers and these kullads) or The Elephant Company (we're gonna get us some of those Madhubani cushion covers) or the home accessories section of the super-fun Happily Unmarried. Who wouldn't want some Bhojpuri coasters for your next party, screaming 'darubaaz balma'?
If you're like us, then you like your munchies. But, the New Year is a time of new resolutions. And unfortunately, one of ours, is to lose some weight. So — here's what we'll be looking for: healthy snacking options. More importantly, healthy snacking options that you can pay for online. Here's the round-up of sites that we recommend — Snackosaur (Facebook page here), Snackible and The Nibble Box. All of these have subscription offers depending on your needs — so you can select the snack quantities and items that you are most likely to need, and they'll deliver it for the time period that you choose. From seed mixes to dried fruit goodies, granola bars and suchlike, you'll find many tempting (and low calorie) treats here. Let the feasting begin!
Do you like art? Have you been thinking about buying some, but don't have the time to go to various auction houses, browse catalogues or turn up for the auctions? Well, you can do all of that online now, all you need is
some lots of money. Websites like Saffronart and AstaGuru hold online auctions where you can bid/buy artwork online. Mojarto, an NDTV venture, flaunts a big collection of paintings and other objects of art and buying online is easy as is gets. Emami Chisel Art of Kolkata has some more affordable stuff. So if you feel like surrounding yourself with some great artwork or gifting the same to someone, it has never been easier.
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Updated Date: Dec 26, 2016 14:33:49 IST