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IT IS traditional for brothers to give a gift to their sisters on Raksha Bandhan, but most brothers tend to have no idea what to get. Never fear, market forces are here, armed with suggestions and price tags.

Ebony has many special offers for Raksha Bandhan, starting with rakhis for Rs.10 onwards. Ebony also has beautiful thalis with a rakhi, dry fruits, sweets and a tilak, and hampers with a traditional diya, rakhi, tilak and agarbattis, for Rs.250. There is no need to worry about the right gift. You can get specially designed gift vouchers of varying value.


Expressions greeting cards have launched 134 new designs with traditional motifs, with 80 designs in English, 39 in Hindi and 15 in Marathi. Rakhis and kumkum are being offered with select cards, which are priced between Rs.12 and 30.

d'Mart Exclusif have also introduced a gift collection. The highlight is the Elisa line with pieces depicting the spirit of women. The Elisa ceramic figurines come for Rs.35,000 to 65,000. The Florence art collection comprises porcelain figures by the acclaimed sculptor, Guissipe Armani, costing between Rs.18,000 and 65,000. The Artina line has exceptional items in pewter, ranging from Rs.1,000 to 10,000. The d'Mart collection also has two silver lines - the Ottaviani and the Linea Argenti collections. The Ottaviani collection ranges from Rs.8,000 to 1,10,000 and the Argenti pieces are from Rs.1,200 to 1,98,000.


Tanishq is showcasing its jewellery lines in special festival packaging with ethnic designs. Its collections include the Aria line - diamond jewellery in a traditional seven stone motif. There is the Hoopla line, a range of diamond hoops, and the Diva line, which uses pearls with diamonds. There is also the Collection G line, jewellery for the working woman, Lightweights, pure 22K gold jewellery and the Solo line, a range of solitaire diamonds. The Tanishq line begins with gold jewellery at Rs.600, with custom designed sets at the top end.

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