By Aarti Natarajan Sharma
The tradition of friendship day started as early as 1938 from Hallmark cards by Joyce Hall. After that, it was celebrated by Dr Ramon Artemio Bracho in 1958 in Paraguay. In 2011, the United Nations declared 30 July as Friendship Day. However, several countries celebrate it before or after the designated date of the UN. In India, it is celebrated on the first Sunday of August. This year it falls on 1 August 2021.
Friendship is one of the best relationships around. It is often said that we cannot choose the family we are born into but friends are the family we choose. The day was created to celebrate and honour these friendships. Typically, friends meet and exchange gifts on this day. A friendship day gift needs to be special, to convey just how much you value your friend. With the world in the grip of the pandemic, sending a meaningful gift assumes even greater significance to make up for not being able to meet in person.
We bring to you some unique gift sets which are sure to bring a smile to your friend’s face!
This stationery set is made of top-grade quality of paper and couched in a luxurious box with compartments for each of the products. The contents of the stationery set are
- 50 best wishes card with envelopes
- 50 thank you cards with envelopes
- 50 shagun envelopes
- 50 A-4 size letterheads with envelopes
- 50 A-5 size letterheads with envelopes
The set contains something for everyone. In times of digital communication, this is a unique gift which reflects your thoughtfulness. Shagun envelopes are always useful for occasions such as baby showers, weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries. The letterheads with matching envelopes are a great impetus to write a good old fashioned hand written letter! The greeting cards are a great way to reach out to someone apart from just an SMS or an email.
The stationery set comes in a riot of colours—Charcoal Black, Peonies in Sunshine, Azure Royal Blue, Bubble Gum Pink, Dark Cherry Red, Steel Grey, Wild Berry Pink, Walnut Brown, Pearl River Grey, and Sand.
The best part about this set is that it can be personalised with your friend’s name, a special message and even a photograph, thus adding that extra special touch.
Prayer Books or Chalisas
Prayer books make for a great gift. They come in different sizes from pocket to large, with large fonts and made of great quality paper. These chalisas are 40 verse prayers in praise of different gods. Ganesh, Lakshmi, Shiv, Hanuman, Durga, Krishna, Sai, Saraswati, Gayatri, Vishnu, Navgrah, Shani, Bhairav, Ganga, and Ram are some of the most popular ones. You can choose to gift one or two chalisas or go a step further and gift a Divine Bhakti Set which contains all of these prayer books in a luxurious box. Irrespective of whether your friend is religious or not, this Divine Bhakti Set makes a great gift to add to any house. Another great thing about this set is that it can be personalised in a number of ways. You can add your friend’s name, a special message, or even a photograph of you together.
Friendship Day gifts should be special and unique. Do check out these options to ensure that your spirit of friendship stays alive for years to come!