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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

What to buy from India

Shopping is fun, but shopping while travelling is even more fun! But it can be challenging trying to buy something that is authentic and special to that place.  It's easy to buy key chains, postcards and even pick up local art, but sometimes this mama needs to focus on picking up something special for her.
 Pashmina's are very high on my list (yes, just on every list for everything), but an authentic shawl made from a fine pashmina can be pricey! It is an investment indeed but not specifically included in this list, because it's just a given - buy the best quality pashmina you can.
While I personally didn't go crazy shopping during our trip to India (this time), I did come up with a list of just some of the things that I'd buy from India that would remind you of the country's beauty and diversity.

1. The Punjabi Jutti is a handmade leather flat slipper, cute and comfy and comes in many styles. 

2. This stunning diamond and ruby necklace may be out of my budget, but if I could afford it, it would remind me of my days as a rani (queen) in Udaipur. 

3. One of my favourite pieces of jewelry are Chandbali earrings. These gorgeous ones with cultured fresh water pearls and 18kt gold plated silver can be a little splurge, so I'd wear them with jeans and s white t-shirt every chance I got! Because who doesn't need some bling bling at school drop off?

4.  Marble elephants are my thing. Not sure why, but I love having them around my house. You can get pretty marble inlaid elephants (and trays, and frames and almost anything else)in Agra that would remind you of the beauty of the Taj Mahal.

5.  India is the second largest tea producer in the world, so taking home some tea from Darjeeling or Assam makes for a great souvenir. Also makes for affordable gifts to give when you get home.

6.  Big chunky silver jewellery is quintessential India. Especially a gorgeous cuff like this from Amrapali which has vibes from Rajasthan.

7.  A wool crewel embroidered throw cushion made in Kashmir to brighten up any room.

8.  A silk embroidered clutch makes any evening outfit pulled together, and this handcrafted one doesn't break the bank!

India also has stunning fabric with endless choices. I picked out a pretty piece and had it stitched into a kimono while I was there.

I've linked all of these gorgeous finds to realtors online, so you could even fake a trip to India and just brag about all your great finds and pretend you went, no judgement here!

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