It is time to celebrate bonds of family and friendship. Sometimes, it is not enough to shop for jewellery or watches, or chocolates. This year, make things different and gift your best friend or brother something they will remember for a lifetime.


  • Gift an experience

Nothing says you are thinking of someone more than the gift of an experience. Buy your friend or brother a mind-blowing experience that connects with their personality. This works particularly if they are fun-loving people who enjoy the outdoors. Gift them a kayaking or white water rafting adventure trip down Goa’s tumultuous rivers that are perfect for these activities during the monsoon. If they prefer the indoors, you can gift them a trip to a spice farm, a cooking or baking class, or even a pottery workshop. The sky is the limit!


  • Gift a surprise for those abroad

Many of us must be resigned to spending Friendship Day or Rakshabandhan away from friends and siblings who might be studying or working abroad. But this is no reason to avoid a celebration. Send them a surprise gift at their office or home, so they will have a special treat waiting for them that shows you care. You can send them a cake with flowers, personalised photo frames, a basket of their favourite chocolates or throw pillows that embody the essence of your relationship.


  • Gift a five-star special

Take things up a notch this Friendship Day and Rakshabandhan by gifting your best friend or sibling a luxury experience at Cidade de Goa. The resort is laying out an extravagant meal at its Portuguese-inspired specialty restaurant Alfama where you can treat them to delectable dishes from Europe and melodious fado music to go alongside. If you would like to make it even better, gift them an overnight stay at Cidade de Goa so they can enjoy the weekend in complete relaxation.