From Salman and Shah Rukh Khan to a handful of others, film stars have been giving cars away as gifts with alarming frequency in recent years. We say alarming, because while we’d happily be at the receiving end, gifting a car isn’t quite the kind of thing everyone can do. Thankfully, there are several other gifts that celebrities give (and have enjoyed receiving), that one can be inspired by. When you are looking to make an impression with a gift, why not take a tip from these stars… our top picks allow you to ‘give in style’ without breaking the bank!
GIVE A GIFT THAT SUPPORTS A HOBBY
Sushant Singh Rajput is an avid traveller who enjoys nothing better than to take off on an exotic vacay at least twice a year. The actor’s latest getaway plans include setting up camp in an Australian desert with his new Meade LX600 telescope. “You can see the entire galaxy with your naked eye,” he says enthusiastically. The night sky, Pink Floyd on his playlist and some ‘me’ time top Sushant’s bliss list, so you can imagine what a great gift the telescope is for a guy like him. Use the same principle the next time you are shopping for a gift and buy something that helps to pursue a hobby and romance the pause.
GIVE A GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
Last year, Dil Se star Manisha Koirala received a Cuisinart Bread Maker as a gift. She was quick to discover the joy of baking and has had homemade quinoa and millet bread popping out of her kitchen at regular intervals ever since. “This is the bestest gift I got,” she proclaimed to the world some months ago, and we’ve got to agree! You don’t have to buy a bread maker to get an equally great reaction — just opt for something useful that can bring joy to its recipient many times over.
GIVE A GIFT THAT IS PRECIOUS AND PERSONAL
With just days to go before her February 10 wedding this year, model Candice Pinto was delighted to receive a personalised photo frame from her younger sister — featuring Candice and her groom-to-be Drew Neal. What made the simple gift extra special was the energy and love put into hand making it! Actor Shakti Kapoor was equally touched by the effort his kids put into his birthday present some years ago. Siblings Siddhanth and Shraddha Kapoor scoured the country to collect hundreds of DVDs of films that their dad had acted in. Of the 700 films in which Shakti has starred, Siddhanth, Shraddha and their mom Shivangi were apparently able to source over 400! “This special gift encapsulates my years as an actor,” said the delighted dad, “Collecting them must have been hard work.” Likewise, any gift that is truly a labour of love is sure to be appreciated.
GIVE A GIFT THAT YOU CAN SHARE
Stand-up comedian Bharti Singh tends to share pictures of the gifts she receives on her social media pages. Evidently, she’s a fan of designer handbags and watches so, not surprisingly, she gathers quite a few of these. Her friends, however, hit upon the bright idea of gifting her a six-pack of beer recently. Needless to say, a party followed! Get on the bandwagon and give a tipple as a present — people often appreciate scotch as a gift — and you may just end up making memories at the same time.
GIVE A GIFT THAT ENCOURAGES GREEN THOUGHTS
Reusable shopping bags and gifts made from repurposed, recycled or sustainable materials are great for those who understand the need to go green. We always recommend gifting a plant instead of cut flowers, because it’s an eco-friendly alternative to big bouquets and does its bit to reduce your carbon footprint. Two years ago, Maria Goretti did something very green and pretty inspiring. The former VJ packed all her Christmas giveaways in newsprint, avoiding the wastage of rolls and rolls of wrapping paper. Talk about setting a good example!
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