Holiday gift ideas from the WNI family

For those of you tired of rooting around at the mall and toy stores for your holiday shopping, we bring you unique gift ideas from some of the enterprising businesses featured in Water, No Ice over the past two years –

Succulents in decorative pots:Laxmi Natarajan at Bagicha is introducing a new product line called Succulent Creations (succulent gardens in pots/containers) which she will be showcasing for the first time at her studio in Redwood City on Dec 13th and Dec 14th. ( Succulents are hard to kill and need infrequent watering.) These containers are put together as art products that can be used in offices, indoors and outdoor gardens at residences, as centerpieces, gifts, party takeaways, special occasions and the list is endless. This event will be part of an holiday Art and Craft Sale at the Redwood City Art Center (15 artists are participating and will have lots of gifts -hand made handbags, shawls,scarfs, jewellery, pots and of course paintings)  There will be food, drinks and music festivities and even a Raffle. This event is open to the public and is at Redwood City Art Center, 2625 Broadway Street Redwood City, CA 94063. Special offer – anyone mentioning Water, No Ice will get a 10% discount.

Naina’s adventure – The beautifully illustrated children’s book, ‘Naina’s Adventure’ by Enakshi Choudhuri is a great gift for the elementary school child on your holiday gift list. The story revolves around Naina, who embarks on a magical journey to visit her grandparents in India. Along the way she learns that day and night occur at different times in different parts of the world owing to the Earth’s rotation on its axis. Naina’s Adventure is written in English and is sold in 4 Indian language versions. Each version of the book incorporates words and phrases from one of four Indian languages namely Bengali, Hindi, Gujarati or Tamil. The book is currently on a 50% sale at If you would like to learn how to obtain free copies for your child’s school please contact for more information.

Parrots Books Parrots Books aims to put puzzles, activities, and quality books in the hands of avid language learners. Products are available in Hindi and other Indian languages. To check out their products locally, visit their open house on Sunday December 20th from 2pm to 5 pm. at 45847 Bridgeport place in Fremont. Special Offer – Water No Ice Readers will get 20% off on their purchase total ( exclusive of tax and shipping.) The discount will be offered as a rebate check along with the book delivery. Be sure to mention Water, No Ice in the comment section of your order.

Beginner Hindi Language Kit – from Meera Masi. Includes five great learning tools including:

·         Khushe Manao Series: Five nursery rhyme board books with A CD.
·         Varnamala Geet: A catchy Hindi Varnamala song and chart.
·         Magnets: Colorful Hindi alphabet magnets.
·         Counting: A Counting book for beginning vocabulary.
·         Opposites: An Opposites book for beginning reading.
ALL of the above for only $35 at

Mantra Mom’s Om gift bag – Mantra Mom’s OM Gift bag is a special gift that Moms can share with their children for years to come.
The ‘OM’ Gift Bag includes:
1. A ‘Mantras for my children and yours’ mantra CD including an insert with English translations of each mantra.
2. A set of 108- count Rakta Chandan Mala that Mantra Mom will personally heal with Reiki energy.
3. All wrapped in a beautiful green organza gift bag embellished with crystals.
4. PLUS- FREE SHIPPING and PAY NO SALES TAX* (Except TX residents).
Order at Hurry, only a limited supply available!

4 thoughts on “Holiday gift ideas from the WNI family

  1. Vidya Pradhan Post author

    Idli Dosa Batter guy ( Mani) has some videos on Dosa making on YouTube. Here is the link – Take a look and let me know what you think.


  2. Geeta Padmanabhan

    I checked out the videos. I thought they were well-made, easy to follow. I’m sure they will make good gifts, accompanied by a can of batter, of course. 🙂 A couple of points, though. I have a problem with people trying to cook with their hair hanging loose in front. Anyone will tell you it compromises safety. It isn’t the most hygienic way to cook. The second point is the picture of the container moving from side to side as the demo is on. Vaguely irritating!


  3. Meena Srinivasan

    These are nice ideas. I am especially partial to the idea of the succulent arrangements. However, given the terrible economic environment, wouldn’t it be nice if folks donated a portion of what they would have spent on gifts to worthy causes…..



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