When what you pack inside is colour-blocked Channapatna toys, then what you pack it with should look just as traditional, contemporary and young as what’s within. N’est pas?

Order one here to receive this lovely box with lovelier things inside.

Picture courtesy: The Varnam FB page.

Organic t-shirts wrapped thoughtfully in a space-friendly recycled paper box printed with messages that are carried on their t-shirts.

Simple, no?

Read about The Root and see their products here.

What you smoked when your dinky car stalled or your Barbie lost a shoe or your dog ate the homework. Not a good thing to allow kids to smoke this, but hey! We all turned out ok, didn’t we? Picture via  ACH.

Sugandhi is the most lovely brand of Sambrani and if you come to the Pii home you’ll smell it almost immediately. The packaging is just as divine as the scent. Something very India and lorry-art’ish about the colours. Here’s a lovely blog post about sambrani and here’s someone you’ll see a lot on Bollywood movie sets. Sugandhi is available at stores all over India and here.

Recycle Sundays: Till a tree is strong enough to grow by itself in the big bad ground, give an old carton something to feel good about. Thought up by Vinod Lal Heera Eshwer.

“if an object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi.”— asymmetry, asperity, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

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Being seen with a Charminar pack in the 70s and 80s was the coolest thing next to being seen in an open-top jeep. The pack carries a line-drawing of the charminar, a monument built by one of the sultans of Hyderabad to keep evil diseases away. Ironically this monument sits on a cancer-causing cigarette pack …

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