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Molbory Wooden Book Light: Are you looking for a fun night lamp to revamp your bedroom or reading space? Aarthi chanced upon this book-shaped lamp that also makes for a great gift:
I had been looking for a night lamp for my bedside which has decent lighting while being dim enough for my room. This one checks all the boxes, and the yellow light is soft and sleep-inducing.
The best part about this lamp? It is chargeable, portable, and foldable! The panels can be adjusted to change the intensity of the light. You can also display it in many creative ways and use it as an emergency lamp, desk lamp or outdoor lamp. It is priced at Rs 4,999, however, you can get it from Amazon for Rs 1,249.
Fluffy’s Car Seat Cover: As a pet parent who loves his dog and car equally, Sooraj swears by this seat cover. It comes in multiple sizes to fit the vehicle you have, and is made of soft and easy to clean materials. Everything from fur to a badly-timed throw up can be handled easily without upsetting road trip schedules. Sooraj says:
It’s designed to cover up the rear seat footwell and the rear door pads. You don’t have to worry about emergency braking sending your pet tumbling between the seats or that they’ll scratch your armrests while looking out the window. There’s also a mesh window that lets them see you from between the seats, which is great for small pets with separation anxiety.
The cover uses straps that loop around the seat headrests to stay in place, so it’s a good idea to check if your vehicle has adjustable headrests that can accommodate them before buying. The seat cover retails between Rs 1,259 - Rs 2,468.
Malabar Hookah: Full disclosure: Lakshmi hasn’t yet bought this beauty but it is on top of her wishlist. The Malabar Hookah was brought to Kerala by Yemeni traders more than 500 years ago. These hand-crafted pipes have become increasingly rare–and the craft is being kept alive by a handful of artisans. Lakshmi says:
I stumbled on this when (historian) Manu Pillai plugged the store on Insta–along with its back story. I love the idea of helping save a precious part of our cultural heritage–and bringing beauty into our home. Yes, it’s pricey but that’s why I’ve sent the link to my fam just in time for my birthday
Check out the Malabar Hookah Store on Instagram. The prices range from Rs 10,000 to Rs 17,000 depending on the size of the model.