The 37 Best Indian Gifts For Foreigners: From India With Love

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In this post, we bring you a curated selection of the 37 best Indian gifts for foreigners, straight from the heart of India. From the land of spices, majestic saris, and Bollywood wonders, we’ve scoured every nook and cranny to present you with a collection that will make you say, “Namaste, perfect gift!”

Get ready to embark on a whimsical adventure filled with color, charm, and a touch of Indian quirkiness. So, fasten your seatbelts and prepare for an exhilarating ride through a treasure trove of unique and unforgettable gifts from India that foreigners and locals will love!

Are you short on time? Check out the editor’s top three gifts from India for foreigners by budget.

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#1 Chai tea

Indian gifts tea
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Did you know that Chai actually means tea in Hindi? So when we’re saying Chai tea, we’re actually saying tea tea.

Anyways, back to the gift.

Chai tea is known as a spiced tea and depending on which region in India you get the chai tea from, you will get different spices. It’s incredibly popular both inside and outside India, making it a great gift from India for foreigners and natives who miss tea from home.

The Chai tea gift from Uncommon Goods includes spices such as cardamom, star anise, cloves, and of course black tea.

For different spice mixes, check out Amazon.


#2 Pashmina scarf

An infinity scarf made from old saris in India
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

Looking for Indian gifts for foreigners with a touch of Indian elegance?

Present them with a stunning Indian pashmina scarf, lovingly crafted from repurposed saris. And handmade in Rajasthan, India, it’s a luxurious accessory that adds a regal touch to any outfit!


#3 Indian snack gift box

A box with "your Indian snack fix"
Photo courtesy of Cratejoy

Surprise your foreign friends with a unique Indian Snack Subscription that will teleport their taste buds straight to the flavors of India!

Each month, they’ll receive a box filled with India’s finest snacks like chips, cookies, chocolates, and more, right at their doorstep. And the best part? With every box purchased, Indifix (the company) donates at least one meal to an Indian child in need, spreading joy with every bite!


#4 Map of India

colorful map of India
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Maps of India are another example of great Indian gifts for foreigners and locals who love India and who want to bring a bit of that magic into their homes. I quite liked this colorful map of India, but you can check out Amazon for more map designs.


#5 Gifts for Indian women: jewelry

jewelry set from the Indian brand Aheli
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Are you looking for gifts for Indian women?

Then this jewelry set from the Indian brand Aheli is the perfect gift for her. Sets like these are often worn at grand festive events such as weddings, anniversaries, engagements, or basically any celebration. And will make her the diamond of the party.


#6 Ticket to Ride India

The box of a board game called "Ticket to Ride; India"
Photo courtesy of Walmart

Ticket to Ride is one of my favorite board games, and thus one of the best Indian gifts for foreigners and locals who love games.

So far, I have only played the Europe edition, but the aim of the game is pretty much the same for every location. The only difference is the way the board looks and the cities you have to build railways to.

I can try to explain the purpose of Ticket to Ride, but I’ve tried that before and it actually makes it sound like a boring game, so just believe me when I say it’s a super fun game, especially if it includes the map of the recipient’s favorite country.


#7 Cricket-related gifts

the national team's cricket jersey of India
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Cricket is the number one sport in India, so if you are looking for Indian gifts for foreigners or locals who sports, India’s national team’s cricket jersey is a great idea.

Or check out Not on the High Street for more cricket-related gift ideas, such as a poster, a shirt, or the cricket periodic table.


#8 Gifts related to Bollywood

Custom made poster of two people in an Indian Bollywood setting
Photo courtesy of My Art Gifts

The Indian film industry Bollywood is the largest film industry in the world (measured by the number of films produced) and is extremely popular in India and beyond.

So if you need gifts for an Indian woman who loves Bollywood, this custom-made Indian movie poster starring none other than herself is perfect!

Imagine her face in caricature, gracing the cover of a Bollywood film and being the leading lady of her own epic saga! This hilarious and unique gift will have her laughing, posing, and feeling like a true Bollywood superstar.

Alternatively, check out the Bollywood Periodic Table at Not on the High Street if you are looking for wall art gifts.


#9 Handmade candles

Two handmade candle holders from India
Photo courtesy of NOVICA

If you are looking for traditional Indian gift ideas for foreign friends, this gorgeous handmade candle is perfect!

Though for more designs, check out NOVICA


#10 Hindi language course

Complete Hindi language course book
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Did you know that there are 22 official languages in India?

The two most common ones are English and Hindi. And since there’s a big chance the recipient already speaks English, why not give a Hindi language course?


#11 Dahlia pajama set

A pajama set with a floral design, made in India
Photo courtesy of Uncommon Goods

This is the perfect Indian gift idea for foreign friends who love to snooze and spend hours in bed. Allow your favorite sleepyhead to get comfy in a handmade pajama from India!

These luxurious loungewear gems are like a soft, rosy dream come true. With their exuberant blossoms and butterflies hand-screenprinted on luscious cotton, your friends can get a good night’s sleep in the most stylish way possible.


#12 Indian food subscription box

A set of six containers with Indian spices
Photo courtesy of Cratejoy

Do you want to surprise your Indian food-loving friend not once, but every month?

Then a monthly Indian subscription box is the gift your need!

Each month, your (foreign) friends will receive a tasty surprise package filled with authentic Indian spices that will transport their taste buds to the colorful streets of Mumbai. From aromatic garam masala to fiery red chili powder, this subscription will take their culinary adventures to the next level.


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#13 Indian spices gifts

Spice tin with seven different Indian spices
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Spice up your (foreign) friends’ kitchen game with this “Masala Magic” box!

This stainless steel gift box contains seven containers with different masala spices, so they can experiment with Indian flavors without resorting to a chaotic spice jar hunt!


#14 Handmade sari photo album

Book with colorful cover
Photo courtesy of By Amber and Rose

If you are looking for unique Indian gifts for foreigners who recently returned from a trip to India and who don’t stop showing photo’s on his or her phone, this photo album is the perfect gift.

It’s handmade from Indian Sari and thus perfect for them to collect all their photos of their India trip. You can choose different sizes and colors.


#15 Bangle bracelets

A handmade banglet bracelt with blue waves
Photo courtesy of NOVICA

Looking to add some jingle to your foreign friend’s fashion game? Look no further than this gorgeous ocean-themed handmade bangle bracelet!

Bangles aren’t just accessories in India, they’re symbols of feminine grace and cultural significance. Derived from the word “Bangri,” which literally means “the ornament which adorns the arm” these bangles are the ultimate gift representing Indian culture. Whether it’s the auspiciousness they bring, the luck they symbolize, or the complete womanhood they represent, these bangles are great traditional and fashionable gifts from India for foreigners and locals.


#16 Yoga-related gifts

Book cover of "the story of yoga from ancient India to the modern west"
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Did you know that yoga originated in India?

If not, perhaps you may find the book “The Story of Yoga from Ancient India to the Modern West” interesting. So just give it as a gift to the person who’s obsessed with India and then borrow it yourself ;).

Or check out Amazon for more yoga-related gift ideas.


#17 Indian cookbooks

Cookbook "Made in India: Recipes from an Indian Family Kitchen "
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Made in India: Recipes from an Indian Family Kitchen 

With over 130 Indian recipes from three generations of Meera Sodha’s family, this cookbook is an awesome gift for foreigners from India.


Cookbook 'Thali: A Joyful Celebration of Indian Home Cooking'
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Thali: A Joyful Celebration of Indian Home Cooking

And for people who love Indian food, but who don’t like the fuss, this cookbook with over 80 recipes to recreate a thali at home is perfect.


Book cover 'The Curry Guy Bible: Recreate over 200 Indian restaurants and takeaway classics at home'
Photo courtesy of Amazon

The Curry Guy Bible

Do you know someone who loves Indian curries? Then help them to recreate over 200 Indian restaurants and takeaway classics at home with the Curry Guy Bible! It’s a selection of the author’s favorites after eating Indian for two decades.


Cookbook 'Authentic Indian Cooking with Your Instant Pot"
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Authentic Indian Cooking with Your Instant Pot

Who doesn’t love the ease of instant pot cooking? And with this cookbook, they can make super simple classic, and innovative Indian recipes at home!


#18 Indian dance course

Women dancing
Photo by pavan gupta on Unsplash

There are quite a few traditional dances in India such as bharatanatyam, kathak, kathakali, manipuri, kuchipudi and odissi. Now, I am definitely not an expert in Indian dances, so I wouldn’t be able to tell you what the difference is between them.

But I do know that if you are looking for Indian traditional gifts for foreigners who love dancing, then giving an Indian dancing course is a super cool option. So check out Udemy for the online Indian dance courses they offer.


#19 India gift ideas for coffee lovers

Travel mug with map of India
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

If you are looking for India gift ideas for coffee lovers, then a travel mug with an Indian design is the gift you are looking for. My favorite was the mug with the map of India and with the option to add the recipient’s name. But check Zazzle for more inspiration.


#20 India posters

Poster of a colorful elephant in Indian style
Photo courtesy of Amazon

If you are looking for gift ideas for foreigners from India to add some color to their homes, check out Amazon for all Indian-themed wall art ideas.

Or go for my personal favorite; this gorgeous elephant watercolor painting.


#21 Taj Mahal 3D puzzle

3d puzzle of the Taj Mahal
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Do you need Indian gift ideas for foreigners or locals who love puzzles and architecture?

Then this 3D puzzle of The Taj Mahal is perfect! It will take them about 2-4 hours to construct the miniature Taj Mahal puzzle at home.


#22 Indian-themed water bottle

Water bottle with skyline
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Are you looking for gifts for a sustainable traveler who loves India? Then check out Zazzle for a unique India-themed water bottle.

Or go for this one with the skyline of New Delhi for someone who loves the city.


#23 Indian puzzle subscription for kids

A mystery box with a theme set in India
Photo courtesy of Cratejoy

This is probably one of the best gifts from India for foreigners with kids; a subscription box with Indian mysteries!

Each month, they will receive a top-secret envelope packed with enough mystery and intrigue to make Sherlock Holmes jealous. Their kids (or they) will need to unravel captivating puzzles while soaking up fascinating cultural tidbits about India. The box also includes a souvenir postcard, clue cards, a fun paper craft, and a sealed conclusion letter to keep the excitement going.


#24 Handmade purse

A handmade purse in India
Photo courtesy of NOVICA

The next awesome Indian gift idea for foreigners is this beautiful handmade purse. You can find it in all sorts of designs. So don’t worry if the one in the photo is sold out, because these purses are handmade there are only so many of each design. But simply check out NOVICA for more design, because I guarantee each of the bags will make a great present.


#25 Ayurveda products

Kit of five different ayurvada oils for your hair
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Ayurveda is a form of alternative medicine that originated in India. Which is why this mini hair Oil gift box is a great Indian gift idea for foreigners, who are interested in Indian alternative medicine systems or who love herbal serums,


#26 India travel guides

"Essential India Travel Guide: a must-have guide for westerners" book cover
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Essential India Travel Guide: A must-have guide for Westerners

As the name suggests, it’s a great travel guide for Westerners.


DK Eyewitness India travel guide
Photo courtesy of Amazon

DK Eyewitness: India

DK eyewitness’ guides are great visual travel guides, with beautiful photographs and detailed illustrations.


The Rough Guide to India travel guide
Photo courtesy of Amazon

The Rough Guide to India

A great and honest travel guide that also includes an e-book for people who’d prefer to travel with fewer items


#27 India-inspired passport cover

Passport cover of India
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

The India-inspired passport covers on Zazzle are great examples of practical Indian gifts for foreigners who travel a lot. I quite liked the one in the photo with the Taj Mahal and the recipient’s name.

Oh, and no worries if you’re not so fond of the color purple, you can also change that ;). Or just pick one of the many other designs on Zazzle.


#28 Decorative box

A handmade box from India
Photo courtesy of NOVICA

Looking to impress your foreign friends?

Say Namaste to this beautiful handpainted decorative box! This paper-maché masterpiece showcases the rich artistic heritage of paper-maché crafts in the Kashmir Valley in India. It’s the perfect gift to bring a little Indian glamor into their lives.


#29 Indian-themed tote bags

Elephant tote bag
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Whether they’re heading to the grocery store or strolling through the city, with an India-themed tote bag as their companion, they can spread the spirit of India wherever they go.

It’s a gift that’s both practical and a fashionable tribute to the land of rich traditions and unforgettable experiences.


#30 Interesting books about India

India: A History book cover
Photo courtesy of Amazon

India: A History

Are you looking for Indian gifts for foreigners who are interested in history? Then this is the book you need. It’s an easy-to-read book that covers all the major events in Indian history up until the present day.


Book cover of 'Shantaram: A Novel by Gregory David'
Photo courtesy of Amazon

Shantaram: A Novel by Gregory David

Shantaram is an epic novel by Gregory David Roberts on which the eponymous Apple tv-show is based. It follows the journey of Lin, an escaped convict, in the bustling streets of Bombay. Immersed in a world of beggars, gangsters, and diverse characters, Lin searches for love and purpose while navigating the city’s slums and mafia underworld.


Book cover of 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity '
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Behind the Beautiful Forevers is a gripping non-fiction book by Katherine Boo that delves into the lives of families in Annawadi, a settlement near Mumbai’s airport. Through vivid storytelling, Boo offers profound insights into the interconnectedness of people and the complexities of life in a world marked by global change and social disparities.


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#31 India coloring books

Spiritual traditions of India coloring book for adults
Photo courtesy of Amazon

There are a surprisingly large number of coloring books related to India on Amazon.

I liked the “Spiritual Traditions of India” the most, it’s not only a cool gift representing Indian culture, but it’s also a great way to unwind and relax.


#32 India-inspired luggage tag

Luggage tag with map of India
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

The luggage tags by Zazzle are great examples of practical and small Indian gift ideas for foreigners and locals who travel a lot.

I liked the one with the map of India where you can add the recipient’s name. But again, don’t limit yourself to my personal favorite, because Zazzle offers over 200 Indian-themed luggage tags.


#33 Handmade photo frame

A photo frame with an Indian sari style
Photo courtesy of NOVICA

Are you looking for unique traditional gifts for foreigners from India?

Then this handmade photo frame is perfect! Not only is it a cute and locally produced gift, but it’s also a gift that gives back! NOVICA is a fair-trade brand that provides fair wages for its artisans and uses its profits to support communities around the globe. Making this a win-win gift.


#34 India-themed jigsaw puzzle

1000-piece jigsaw puzzle of the Patrika Gate in India
Photo courtesy of Amazon

This 1000-piece puzzle of Patrika Gate in India is another great gift for people who love India.

Are you looking for more gifts for a puzzle lover? You may also like my puzzle gift guide.


#35 Cosmetic bag

A handmade cosmetic bag from India with a black and white striped pattern
Photo courtesy of NOVICA

Do you need cute gifts for foreigners from India? Then this handmade cosmetic bag is perfect!

Both men and women can use this bag to store their toiletry items in Indian style!


#36 Sari journal

Colorful books
Photo courtesy of Brighton Bombay

The cute coloring sari journals from Etsy are beautiful traditional Indian gifts for foreigners. They are handmade and support rural villages in India.

Alternatively, you could also check out Amazon for travel journals specifically designed for people traveling to India. Or check out the 25 travel journals here.


#37 India-themed socks

Socks with a print of the Taj Mahal
Photo courtesy of Amazon

If you are looking for fun, random, and small Indian gift ideas for foreigners, this pair of socks might be a good gift for you. Socks are one of those essential items for everyone and with this Taj Mahal sign, the recipient can still enjoy some of India’s beauty, even when they’re not in India.


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Final notes on Indian gifts for foreigners

Alright, these were my 37 favorite gift ideas for foreigners from India! Though if you really want to my favorites, check out the top three by budget below!

AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Lara, a 30-year-old travel-lover (but who’s not these days?). I love reading, puzzling, world-heritage sites, researching, and making lists, which comes in quite handy when you’re making lists of travel gift ideas!