Editor’s note: Our Buy section is devoted to giving you trusted recommendations for useful or sometimes, just delightful things:) Once a month, we will use this section to bring you a quirky mix of personal picks of the splainer team. This is stuff we’ve bought and liked.
3Lines To-Do List Acrylic Board: If you're still working from home, this product changed the productivity game for Sara. It was an impulse buy TBH, but now she’s giving it to everyone. It's super cheap but is a lovely addition to your work table and it really does get you to get shit done:)
San-Cha Tea Boutique: If you’re a fan of loose-leaf tea, you must try the wide range of flavours at San-Cha. Vagda’s personal favourite is their chamomile green tea. It can be purchased online, but for the best experience, head to their stores (located in eight cities). It’s like entering a dainty doll-house full of pretty kettles and cups, where the staff are constantly brewing a fresh cup of flavours for sampling. Their packaging is beautiful, so it also makes for a great gift. If you’re shopping for a gift, try their dragon lily blooming tea—it has a whole flower unfurl when you pour in the hot water.
Urmul Desert Crafts: This was a chance discovery by Vagda on her trip to Bikaner, Rajasthan. She came across a store of desert crafts by the Urmul Trust offering apparel, accessories, home decor made of hand-woven fabrics and lovely hand-embroidery. What she’s personally tried: sarees. But the shawl collection looks quite lovely too. The brand represents rural artisans of the Thar collectively, some of whom work with Urmul individually while others with various self-help groups. It supplies to the likes of Fabindia and Ikea. You can find out more about Urmul’s model here. Our advice: Since it’s not run by a tech-friendly market platform, go for things that don’t need your specific size, as we’re not sure how easy the exchange process might be.