With less than two weeks remaining for Christmas to arrive, the sale of various decorative and gift items for the festive season has gone up in Kathmandu Valley.
Many gift shops have started displaying Christmas trees, greeting cards, various crafts and other decorative items.
Archies Gallery at Khichapokhari said it has recently brought a new variety of decorative items and gift items for the Christmas season. Anil Jalan, proprietor of the gallery, said the sales have started picking up. “The demand for decorative items like Christmas trees and Santa Claus caps from restaurants, beauty parlours and stationery shops has been increasing.” Christmas trees available in the market range from Rs 1,250 to Rs 4,000, depending on the size, which starts from 1 ft and reaches up to 10 ft.
However, small models of the trees are available at Rs 50 onwards. Similarly, bells, snowmen, drums and stockings are available for Rs 50 onwards, while Santa dresses begin from Rs 325. Santa caps are the most sought after items in the market. Bikash Maharjan, proprietor of Promise Stationary at Lazimpat, said “ Christmas caps, which range from Rs 60 to Rs 125 are in high demand. People are also fast buying another decorative item, stars, which come in various colours like red, white, yellow and green.” The price of the stars ranges from Rs 100 to Rs 150.
The price of the items are, however, higher as compared to the price for the same items last year. “The price of these gifts items increased by 5-10 percent as we have to import the products from China by paying the US dollar, which has become stronger than the Nepali rupee in recent months,” said Prakash Shahi, proprietor of My Archies Gift and Cards at New Road. Apart from the imported items, there are some local handicraft items for the festival, which are luring customers. Dhukuti, a local handicraft gift shop at Kupondole in Lalitpur, has in store various hand-made items that target Christmas shoppers. Manager at Dhukuti Sanjeev Poudel said the number of sustomers thronging his shops is going up by the day.
According to him, the culture of giving locally-made items as Christmas presents is increasing. Poudel said various Christmas items such as ornaments, Santa dresses, snowmen, hanging balls made of felt, metal crafts and glasses are available in his shop.
source: ekantipur, 14 DEC 2013