Corporate Gift Ideas for Diwali- Startup's guide to Diwali 2019

Festival season creates a very joyful environment in the office. People share their plans with each other. And one of the biggest festival in India is Diwali. The festival of light, Diwali, is celebrated by almost all the people. Hence, you need to make this an opportunity to win the hearts of your employees by making them feel special. Here is a guide for any new startup entrepreneurs to celebrate Diwali in their office.

How should an Office celebrate Diwali?
Why Corporate Gifting is Important?
How to Choose Diwali Gifts?
Diwali Corporate Gifts for Different Professionals
Other Diwali Gifts to Consider
Personalised and customised Diwali Gifts
Diwali Gifts you can order in bulk
What these Entrepreneurs are doing this Diwali

How should an Office celebrate Diwali?

Although, entrepreneurs don't like to waste their time and money on these things, they should understand that a festival is one of the biggest marketing opportunity for their company. Along with that, they can make the office culture better with festival celebration.

Some of the ways you can celebrate the Diwali for the office are:

  • Gift to Employees: Although that is obvious to provide corporate gifts to your employees, but it should also be relatable to your employees.
  • Gift to Clients: Clients are important part of any business. Hence, sending customized gifts with a hand written note from the founder, can make a very good impression on the clients. Emotion is an crucial element of marketing in India. So, you need to make a emotional bond with clients by celebrating Diwali with them.
  • Discounts: No, its not always about celebrating with your colleagues. Its also about celebrating with your clients and customers. Provide some discounts, gifts or other benefits with your product and services. Its a high time to market your brand.
  • Office Decoration: Diwali is a festival lights, sweets and new things. You can get some new things for the office, renovate the interiors and also decorate the building to get attraction from people. It will boost the joy of your employees.
  • Pre-Diwali Trip: You can go on a trip to somewhere with all the people of your office. Employees must already be very tired of work in this high time and cleaning work at their home. Getting a good time on a trip will cheer up their mood.

Why Corporate Gifting is Important?

Corporate Gifting

The concept of gifting to employees or clients is not only for big corporate organisation. It is to fulfill the emotional gap between the company and its people. As most of the management people stay busy all the time, there are very few moments they get chance to appreciate their employee's efforts. To show how grateful you are to your employees and clients, you should give them non monetary incentives. They may spend the money in one day, but the gift can last much longer.

Also, as Diwali is a nation wide festival and every member of the family celebrate it, the Diwali corporate gifts can connect their family members to your company. This will lead to them talking about your company to other people. So, corporate gifting results in mouth to mouth promotion along with many advantages to the company.

How to Choose Diwali Gifts?

Many people think that they should gift things that will be “useful” to people. But, if that is so much useful to them, why didn’t they already bought it? People can buy things which are useful to them. So, gift things which will make them happy or more productive. However, you should keep age, occasion and gender in mind while buying a gift also personality and hobbies should not be overlooked. But if you are buying general gifts like décor items, then think about their home. What would look good in their home? Just gift something they would not buy for themselves.

Also, in India, people just pass gifts. So, make sure you gift something really amazing and valuable so that they don’t play “passing” games with your gift, or it will get back to you.

Diwali Corporate Gifts for Different Professionals

Your organisation must have different kind of people who are expert in different fields. So, providing different kind of gifts will make it more relatable for the employees and also boost morale as this show how much you care about each employee of your office.

Gifts for Coders

Most of the coders like to work while listening to music and they also keep sticking to their computers. Some of the best gifts for coders are:

  • Laptop Bag
  • Noise canceling Headphones
  • Amazon Echo or Google Home
  • Computer Glasses
  • Smart Watch or Fitness Band
  • Subscription to online courses
  • Laptop Coolers
A Laptop Cooler

You can also add some complimentary gifts like laptop stickers, mouse pads, laptop sleeves, flash drives, notebook etc.

Gifts for Marketers

Marketers are mostly busy talking to clients and employees to keep a clear communication between both. So, keeping in mind their busy schedule and their travelling for work, some of the best Diwali gifts for them are:

  • Bluetooth Earphones
  • Powerbank
  • Kindle
  • Smart Watch
  • Travel Bag
  • Travel mug
  • Smart Alarm Clock
  • Multi Device Wireless Keyboard
A multi device Keyboard

Gifts for Artist

Artists like to stay and look cool. They mostly appreciate others art and also do some practices to get more unique ideas. Some of the best Diwali gifts for the artists like painters, actors, photographers, writers, video/audio editors etc.

  • Camera Lens
  • Camera Tripod & Gimbal
  • Painting Kit
  • Customized Headphones
  • Bluetooth Speaker
  • Kindle Paperwhite or App Subscription
  • Video Editing software
  • Portable Photo Printer

Gifts for Managers

Managers are the heart and brain of the company. Although, it doesn't seem to employees that managers do anything, they are the one who are working hardest for the office. So, keep them motivated and productive, you can gift them:

  • Funny & Personalised Desk Signs
  • Business Card Case
  • Amazon Echo or Google home
  • Classy Laptop Bag
  • Bluetooth earphones
  • Electric Pillow Massager for Car
Electric Pillow Massager

Gifts for Receptionists

Receptionists play an important role in many offices. They keep sitting at their counter most of the time. So, keeping their work in mind, you can gift them following things on this Diwali

  • Customized Booble Head
  • Bonsai Tree
  • Customized Desk Pad
  • Customized Diary
  • Funny Sticky Notes
  • Desk Organizer
Desk Organizer

Other Diwali Gifts to Consider

Scented Candles

Who don’t love scented candles? Scented candles are the best gift for Diwali as it is the festival of light. You can also gift a good looking candle lighters available online.

Scented Candles
Scented Candles as Diwali Gift


Again, this is the festival of light. So, you can give a good looking room lamp. You can also get some creative and modern looking colorful lamp like this.

Lamp as Diwali Gift

Wall Clocks

No one likes to go and buy a wall clock. So, gift a good looking wall clock. Do not get an old style clock with a pendulum. Try getting a round-shaped clock with minimal graphics in it or go for a colorful one if the receiver’s personality and home suits so. Moreover, you can also gift a clock like below one as they are not very expensive to be gifted. And your team will always remember you for this.

Wall Clock as Diwali Gift

Air Purifier

It might be an expensive one, but they will need it on Diwali. As we all know, we are not going to get an eco-friendly Diwali, at least not this year, so gifting an air purifier is a good idea. However, you might not gift it to everyone, but you can gift it to your most trusted employees and your clients too. There are many mini air purifiers available under Rs. 10,000. Also, as this is Diwali, you can get a good discount on appliances.

Natural Air Purifier

Just in case you have to give the same gift to everyone, this natural air purifier would be a great one. This is a pouch which contains some ingredient including charcoal. They absorb the air pollutants and keep your room, or in this case, the gift receiver’s room, always fresh. They are affordable so you can easily gift them. Moreover, they will be a very unique gift as not everyone knows about them and people can use them wherever they want. You can gift 4 or 5 of them in the gift.

Book Set

Yes, I know you guys are not going to read books on Diwali evening, but they would still be a good gift for some people especially your geeky and avid reader friends. Make sure the person you are gifting it to, read books. They will curse you on the day of a festival if they hate reading. Make a set of the books you think are good and will be helpful for them, If possible alto try to know their interest and what have they already read.

Books for Diwali Gift

Also read: Books for Entrepreneurs

Gift Voucher

You can’t read people’s mind. So, it really sucks when you buy a gift after deep research and they say “I’m allergic to this”. You can’t say anything except “oh!” (Awkward silence). Therefore, to avoid that awkward conversation and save time, just give them a gift voucher for a website or some fashion stores. No one can refuse to take a gift voucher.

Personalised and customised Diwali Gifts

If you are still not satisfied and want to go more personal, then you can get these personalized items for a gift.

Personalised bottle shaped lamp

This could really be cool as a gift. You can also personalise it with a quote or any tagline your friend loves.

Personalised Bottle Lamp
Personalised Bottle Lamp

Personalized Diary

You can gift a personalized diary to the person who loves writing. You just need to get their picture printed on the cover of the diary with a sweet note on it.

Laptop Sleeves

Do you know any computer geek? This could be a great gift for him or her. Include a diary, pen and some other stuff with the gift.
Laptop sleeves for Diwali gift

Set Of Cookies Jar

Every Indian lady love Jars. So, you can gift them with some personalized message or just their name. Don’t forget to put some candies or dry fruits in them.

Customized Jar

Personalized Glasses

You can make the Diwali eve a classic one. Moreover, they would really help you to overcome your fear of crackers if you know what I mean ;).

Personalised Glasses for Diwali Gift
Personalised Glasses for Diwali Gift

There are many other personalized gifts you can go for. But these were some of our pick for this Diwali.

Green Gifting

You can make Diwali and the rest of the year green by gifting indoor plants to your employees. It will also include branding and customization.

Plant as Diwali Gifts
Plant as Diwali Gifts

Diwali Gifts you can order in bulk

You might have a very large organisation or lack of time. In that case, it is difficult to provide personalised gift for each and every individual. But your company is your another family. So you have to take care of them too. Here are some Diwali gifts you can buy in bulk to give to your team.

Booble Head

Buy some personalized booble heads for your team. They will really be happy to have them. And when they will look at it for the first time, they will definitely smile.

Booble head for Diwali Gifts

Power Bank

Don’t just charge up your team, charge up their phones too. Power banks are a great gift as it doesn’t matter how many you have, you will still need all of them one day.

Powerbanks for Diwali Gifts


Just like power banks, pen drives are also collectible. They will never feel it as a burden. You can also copy some photos of office trips or any other occasion in the pen drive before giving them.

Pendrive for Diwali Gift

Headphones & Speakers

Who doesn’t love music? And they will be the best for relaxation after their stressful day in the office. You can decide whether to give headphone or speaker. There are many companies which can provide you decent quality of music products at reasonable prices.

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Speaker as Diwali gift for employee

Smart Band

Give them a reason to be healthy. Gift them a good smart band. If you buy smart bands in bulk from a dealer, you can get a very good discount on it.

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Smart band as diwali gift for employee

Car Perfumes

If most of your employees drive car, then giving them a car perfume is a good idea.


A collection of watches is never too big. So, the more watches a person have, lesser it seems. Hence, gifting good quality watches with classy look for both ladies and gentlemen.

Watches for Diwali Gifts

Promotional Items

Providing productive promotional items to your employees is not bad. It brings them even closer to the organisation. Hence, you can buy promotional items like

  • Pen
  • Mouse pads
  • Diaries
  • Calendars
  • Keychains
  • Clocks
  • Bags
  • Bottles
  • Glass Diaries
  • Laptop Skins

There are many other items you can include in your package.

Greeting Card

Don’t just greet them in the message of Happy Diwali, but let them know how valuable they are to the company. You can also include some memorable office moments. And don’t include the company’s logo in the card, if you do so, it will not touch their hearts.

Greeting Cards fro Diwali
Greeting Cards for Diwali

Sweets & Namkeen

Diwali is not Diwali when there is no sweets and namkeen. Give some good quality namkeen and sweets with some dry fruits. If you like this post, then you can send some to me also ☺.

Sweets & Namkeen for Diwali

Please include at least 4 item to give to your employees. They work their butts off in your office, it's worth making happy at least on Diwali. Make a pack of all those gifts and give them personally if you have a small or medium team. If you have more than 100 employees working under you, then go and meet them before Diwali.

What these Entrepreneurs are doing this Diwali for their employees

Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in India. Many schools, community groups, and business organizations get involved in celebrating the festival. We are celebrating Diwali in our office by giving some customized gifts for all the employees. This included interesting activities like Rangoli making, ethnic day and special lunch. We have designed customized chocolates from zestchocolate.  Diwali celebration in the office goes a long way in building team spirit as people from all the departments actively participate and thus are able to network and get to know more about the company. The celebration provides a stronger connection between the workplace and enhances their experience as valued employees while depicting the richness of Indian culture with business culture. - Sugandha, Founder of Docttocare
Docttocare founder, Sugandha with gifts for her employees
Docttocare founder, Sugandha with gifts for her employees

Wish you a very Happy Diwali from all the team members of StartupTalky!

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