These 12 South Asian-Owned Businesses Will Be Your Go-To For Diwali and Holiday Season Gifting.

DIY Diwali Lantern by Vir. (As seen on Disney Junior social pages)

The festival of lights. Diwali is celebrated by over a billion people every year globally, and each region and religion celebrates it differently and for different reasons. For some, it’s a new year; a fresh start. For others, it’s the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. For the most part, Diwali is a celebration that culminates in good food, the company of wonderful family and friends, and holistic introspection. Follow our Diwali updates on my Instagram @TheSnazzyMom

This holiday season, whether you want to support a small business or need some amazing gifts, these South Asian-owned businesses have got some of the coolest products. I am curating a list of shops that I love and our my go to!

From delicious sweets, to authentic paan, and homeware to kid’s gifts, these South Asian-owned businesses will definitely deliver the best of the best. We can do our bit by supporting these small business and celebrate the culture!

You can also check our Diwali video from last year on Disney Junior ‘s social page. We had the amazing opportunity to share all about our culture with all Disney fans.

Got sweets on the brain? I have you covered

Simply Mithiai – These are western desserts with a desi twist. Check out the Diwali – Signature Mithai Bonbons and also add a personal touch with a handwritten note.

The Paanwala– It’s a drink. It’s a dessert. It’s a chilled taste bud tantalizer Paan creation, simply put. Check out the Paan Truffle box, a deconstructed version of a Meetha Paan, transformed to a bite size, easy to fall in love for a Paan novice or Connoisseur.

Home Made Diwali sweets , chocolate barks, barfis or store bought dry fruits , dates beautifully packaged in boxes gives the personal touch to your gifts! I am making some for my friends and family! Let the kids get crafty and decorate teh Diwali boxes!

Diwali Decoration Ideas For A Bright & Beautiful Home 

Desi Favors has everything you need from Indian DIY decorations , traditional favor packaging, Quick Indian Backdrop Kits for Indian weddings and more. Their Diwali hampers are wrapped very carefully along with a hand written note and every gift box has a Desi Vibe to it , so we can stay connected to our roots. 

All things Artistic you can  give a gift that is meaningful to the receiver and shows a part of you as well. From scented candles to urli sets the store has artistic pieces that can take your Diwali decor of gifting next level.

Arjuna Design studio a modern lifestyle brand that has some of the most unique and classic contemporary furnishings and accessories. It is a platform that champions for local Indian artists. The lotus branded Masala Dabba is a must have.

Also Sophia Diwali Home Decor Collection will add charm to your home this Diwali season. Welcome your guests this Diwali with a decorative door sign made from solid MDF and available in traditional gold

South Asian influenced confortable children’s fashion, in beautiful print

Hava World- From hand drawn prints to limited edition releases. Each collection of Hava is thoughtfully designed. Extremely soft and comfortable Hava has some of the most unique and fun prints for new borns and upto 6 year olds

Lark Adventurewear is a bestselling kid’s wear brand with clothing made of the softest bamboo essentials that are buttery soft and temperature regulating. Their fall collection joggers are a must have in every kid’s closet. is They partnered with Hava to introduce the first Diwali Pajamas to the world. 

Little Muffet is an online store dedicated to all you lovely kids and mothers who throw the house upside down, trying to find the best attire for every occasion. The store carries a wide range of ethnic clothing for new borns to 15+ and even moms.

Flower Rangoli is the perfect way to decorate your home on Diwali

Kid’s crafts , activities , toys and more

Kulture Khazana thoughtfully created Rangoli Mandala puzzle. That is a blend of fun and focus, family time and independent play, cultural story and game.

Let Ombox captivate all of your senses for your favorite Indian festival. The Diwali box includes beautiful clay divas with hand-pressed flowers, an assortment of rangoli powders with a chic wooden stencil (that doubles as a coaster!) and more! It also includes the beautifully illustrated Indus magazine explaining the stories of Diwali.

Home made Diwali Coloring Card Prinatble -There is no precious gift than something handmade, right? I loved the art work by Pavni Kapoor from PKK DESIGNS and she was so kind to custom make a Diwali Rangoli design card for my readers. Vir loved coloring it and adding some jewels and stickers to bling it upYou can download it HERE.

Desi Chaat-1500 words that will keep the party going. This is THE party game for Desis! If you need a game during get-togethers, potlucks, Diwali parties and more that allows EVERYONE from the family.

You can also read my previous post –

DIY Diwali Craft Ideas For Kids.
Gearing Up for Diwali at Home. Recipes, DIY crafts & More

Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali and a proseprous New Year!


DIY Diwali Craft Ideas For Kids.

Diwali is approaching, and we have started preparing for it at our home, be it from buying diyas, rangolis, decorative items, lights, to preparing for the festivities. Re-decorating our home is the big goal and if you are looking for new ideas to deck up your house with simple crafts hand made by your little ones, read along.

I am delegating simple and easy to do tasks to Vir. While there are multiple Diwali craft ideas for preschool kids as well as grown-up children, I shortlisted some of our favorite craft activities that we are working on this year. I started looking for some craft kits and shops too to get pre made kits. And that saved me so much time. I love to support small business and encourage you all too also do your bit in helping them out this time of the year.

Here are some of the interesting and easy to make crafts for Diwali for home and school.

Diwali Greeting Card (Free Printable)

There is no precious gift than something handmade, right? We are teaching our son to make some personalized ones for each relative that can be posted in mail for families across the world. I loved the art work by Pavni Kapoor from PKK DESIGNS and she was so kind to custom make a Diwali Rangoli design card for my readers. Vir loved coloring it and adding some jewels and stickers to bling it up. You can download it HERE.

Celeberate Diwali in School

Download the Diya coloring sheet here.

Download Diwali Math count and write sheet for Pre K/ Kindergarten here

Read to class Let’s Celebrate 5 Days of Diwali! (Maya & Neel’s India Adventure Series, Book 1)

Diwali Diya gifts for class and teachers.

2. Hand Painted Diwali Diyas as gifts

We ordered some earthen diyas online (you can also find it in Indian stores) and used acrylic paint to color the diyas. After they completely dry, add some different colors, jewels, or use markers to make patterns. Vir loved making them and was so proud to see how they turned out.

3. Foam Diya Craft Kit for home decoration.

Apart from working painting and coloring we really wanted to make some home decor pieces for the house. I found these beautiful foam diya craft set from Etsy and loved how they turned out.

Foam Diya craft for decoration

4. Paper Lantern Kit for home decoration.

I cant imagine Diwali decoration without some kandils in the house. This beautiful kit from etsy store was just the perfect craft for me too honestly. I really enjoyed making the kandils and decking them up. You need to supervise young kids with this craft.

5. Making Rangoli with flowers.

Last year we celebrated Diwali at Delhi, India and Vir helped me make a floral rangoli at my in-laws houses. This year we are planning to make some floral rangoli too and I cant wait to share that very soon on my Instagram.

6. Diwali Banners & decoration from small shop Desi Favors.

Desi Favors specializes in merchandise of traditional Indian handmade products, party decor for weddings, religious events, bhajans, baby showers, get-togethers, give away gifts, DIY backdrop kits, gift packs, DIY kits for kids and more. Check them out. I love these Big diya cut outs that I am using to decorate indoors.

Small sized Diya Paper Cutouts for Diwali Decorations Set of 15
Source: Desi Favors etsy shop

7. Diwali photo frame.

I found this image on Pinterest and immediately pinned it for future craft reference with Vir. This is a perfect activity for older kids to cut, paint and craft.

Source : Pinterest

8. DIY recipe for chocolate gifts for Diwali

If your kids enjoy joining you in the kitchen, they can help you in creating this Pistachio Rose Chocolate Bark as a DIY recipe gift for Diwali. Love this easy and delicious recipe by Nisha from Love Laugh Mirch. Check out the recipe post here on her blog. I love following Nisha, she has some great recipes and tips.

You can also give it a twist and make yogurt barks instead of chocolate, use mango yogurt, strawberry yogurt or any other flavor and add same toppings.

Pistachio Rose Chocolate Bark
Source: Love Laugh Mirch blog

We love Diwali at home and its the time of the year when the whole family is in one place, celebrating and enjoying. Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali. May the festival of lights brighten up you and your loved ones lives!