If you have a dinner date or staying with a friend for the weekend.. what do you bring? You don’t want to go over the top, but you want to leave an impression to express your gratitude. A bottle of red.. a bottle of white? Step up your guest game with these fabulous top five affordable gifts from Mela Artisans.
Pair homemade gifts such as a specialty chip dip or cake with a gift that keeps on giving. The Coastal Life Bowl ($78) is hand carved out of mango wood and sits atop a starfish-laden metal stand. Measuring 8.25″ diameter and 5.25″ in height, it is perfect for a party fish dip or guacamole. Be the best guest with the Raj Palace Cake Plate ($98) in hand. Majestic and palatial, this platter takes the cake with its luminous white ceramic base and lustrous gold beaded border.
Other guests will never hold a candle to you when you arrive with a Wisteria Candle (starting at $21). Hand carved from mango wood from Indian Artisans in Saharanpur, these holders feature a sprawling vine motif and are finished with whitewash, giving them an antique look to complement any décor.
A perfect hostess gift when staying overnight or for a weekend is the Hanging Gardens Gratitude Pillow ($60). Hand embroidered with cotton fibers in natural beiges, browns and crème, and carefully accented throughout with intricate beading that spells out “thankful,” this pillow embodies a true statement piece. No “thank you” card required with this gift!
Give a nod to the pooch of the home, or gift the pet lover with the Mela Artisans’ 4” x 6” hand carved wooden frame in various shades, and subtly embossed with a brass bone.
Mela Artisans is a design-driven luxury lifestyle brand that contemporizes traditional handcrafted techniques and celebrates local artisanal skills, along with fostering entrepreneurship and sustainable social uplift in the communities in which it does business. Co-founded by entrepreneur, Navroze S. Mehta and his daughter Sonali Mehta-Rao, Mela Artisans collection is available at www.melaartisans.com.