What do you hold close to your heart? Your car? New shoes? Maybe, your new phone? Or, is it one of those memories – like the time you spent playing badminton with your dad, or those family dinners that made you feel unconditionally loved? I think we tend to hold experiences that make us feel special close to our heart more than material things.
But sometimes life takes over and you end up so far away from the people that make you feel special. Every once in a while, a picture, book or movie reminds you, and you yearn to re-capture that feeling again. You may be able to experience it by reconnecting with loved ones, but if you live outside of India, that can be a feat. Although you miss them so much, and – guess what – they miss you too, it can sometimes be hard to express that. Oxigen USA was born out of the very need for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to keep the happiness flowing with family and friends in India.
Gifts have always been a great way to remind loved ones that you’re thinking of them. For years, to send gifts to India from USA meant limited options, ridiculous shipping costs and weeks to deliver. Oxigen has changed that by making it possible to send gifts to India starting from as low as $5 with free delivery and no other hidden fees. The gift options range from flowers and sweets with same-day-delivery to a collection of instant gift cards for popular retailers delivered via email.
With the range of options, you can send a surprise gift to anybody just to let them know that you’re thinking of them. There’s not need to wait for a special occasion or to burn a hole in your pocket. Distance is no longer an excuse to not send gifts to India!
How to send gifts to India from USA
Oxigen is the quickest and easiest way to send gifts to India while also earning Reward Points on every transaction. Simply choose a gift, enter your recipient and delivery details, and pay – your gift will be on its way.
Here is our step-by-step guide on how to send gifts to India:
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Send a gift card to India
Instant gift cards are the newest addition to our gifts collection and they’re already a hot favorite. They are great last-minute gifts for when you’ve (almost) forgotten a special occasion or when you don’t want to get into the specifics of picking a gift. We have gift cards for some popular Indian retailers like Fabindia, Westside, BookMyShow, Make My Trip and more. Click here to see all the retailers!
Here’s an account of Swetha Sarathy’s experience of sending a gift card to her dad in India:
“As an employee of Oxigen, I regularly promote our services. Lately I’ve been talking a lot about our instant gift cards because they’ve transformed the way I send gifts (and money) to India. Apart from opening me up to a whole new universe of gifting options, Oxigen made it possible for me to be more spontaneous and personal with my gifts.
Just yesterday, my dad told me about his upcoming trip to Mumbai. He was evaluating different accommodation options based on distance, comfort, and price. I jumped in (online) to help him with his search. Almost instinctively I’d decided to transfer some money to his account to ensure that he doesn’t compromise on convenience or comfort. Before I knew it, several involuntary thoughts plagued my mind – when and how much money would I send? Would it reach him in time to make the reservation? What if the prices increased by the time the money reached him? Would he agree to use the money for the hotel reservation or would he redirect it to my savings account (typical dad!)?
I continued my search for a few minutes until – BOOM – it struck me that Oxigen has MakeMyTrip (MMT) gift cards! I realized I could send one instantly via email without having to worry about time or what the money would be used for. Old habits like transferring money die hard, but in this case an instant gift card was better than money!
It took me about 3 minutes to log into my Oxigen account and send him an MMT gift card that he could use right away. That, ladies and gentlemen, is Oxigen’s instant gift cards service for you!”
We recently requested the Centsible Indian to try out Oxigen’s instant gift cards service and write about it. Read about her experience here: https://goo.gl/1N7B7W. If you’ve already sent a gift card, we welcome any feedback you might have for us. Please comment below.
Most popular gifting occassions
Send Rakhi to India
Raksha Bandhan is a gifting occasion that knows no excuses, not even distance. Known to be one of the most famous Indian traditions, Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan celebrates sibling love and the vow to protect one another as they experience life. You can learn more about this special occasion and its origins here.
While the rakhis (sacred threads) themselves are an apt gift for sisters sending a rakhi to their brothers in India, the instant digital gift cards are a great return gift (shagun) that brothers can send to their sisters.
Come August, it is customary for Oxigen to have a special Raksha Bandhan discount using which you can send rakhis to India for as little as $5, with free delivery. Now that’s a deal you cannot afford to miss!
Send Diwali Gift to India
Diwali is best celebrated in India where you can experience the entire country lighting up and coming together to celebrate the victory of good over evil. Gifts are an important part of this celebration. While Diwali is celebrated in different ways, what remains constant is the way it never fails to bring families together.
When you’re away from home, you’re missing out on all of the subtleties of this celebration and it’s easy to feel disconnected from what you once used look forward to. One simple way to keep the thread of connectivity intact is to send Diwali gifts to your loved ones. With the range of gifting options available on Oxigen, it doesn’t have to be just sweets, it can be anything from a family movie night, family dinner at a restaurant, or even new clothes for the entire family. It’s a great time to get creative and spread some happiness.
It is natural for you to miss home during Diwali, here are some ways you can ensure you’re making the most of this festival while living abroad – Celebrate Diwali NRI Style
Send Mother’s Day Gifts to India
It is true that you don’t need a special day to let your mother know that she is loved and important to you. But, it doesn’t hurt to have a solid reminder to let her know either, does it? It is also true that you don’t have to send a gift all the way from USA to India to declare your love for your mom. But, that doesn’t hurt either! What hurts is overthinking the motive of the occasion. If you’re ever so inclined to send a Mother’s Day gift to India, we’ve got you covered. If you choose to send flowers to India on any other normal day, like today – “not Mother’s Day”, we’ve got you covered for that too!
Our biggest Mother’s Day promotion so far has been a raffle to send a gift hamper worth $150 to your mom in India, for free. Yes, FREE! We love our moms and enjoy the idea of taking a day to celebrate her a little extra than other days.
Send Father’s Day Gift to India
Everything we said about celebrating Mother’s Day holds true for this special day too. For years, Father’s have been the unsung heroes of families –working overtime to provide for their little world, forgetting to shop for themselves, and being the glue that holds the family together. We’re more than pleased to see that fathers are being recognized for the heroes that they are while also proving stereotypes wrong. Yes, we hear that voice in your head saying “Hey! Mom’s are heroes too!” and we completely agree! There’s no competition between the two.
For us, Father’s Day is simply an occasion of gratitude to remind dad that he is special and loved even if the words are not spoken as often. Our favorite Father’s Day promotion invited pictures from our customers worldwide and what we received totally warmed our hearts. The winner got to send a Black Forest Cake to their dad’s in India for free.
Send Valentine’s Day Gifts to India
You know our spiel for these special holidays, so we’ll jump right into the roses are red violets are blue part. Valentine’s day gifts are great reminder for couples in long-distance relationships or long-distance marriages
Watch out for our V-Day discounts in February, it’s a great time to send your niece that life-like teddy bear she’s been asking you for, without having to suffocate it in your ‘for India’ suitcase.
We love to hear about times when Oxigen plays a role in creating experiences that people end up holding close to their heart. For instance, when Barathi from Texas sent a surprise Diwali gift to her nephews in Coimbatore, we were thrilled to hear that they responded with the photos below saying,“Thank you Oxigen and Bharathi Aunty for making my Diwali Special”.
This is exactly the kind of unforgettable, close-to-your-heart experience that we strive to facilitate at Oxigen.
Special occasion or not, Oxigen provides the fastest, easiest way to send gifts to India at the best price in the market, with free delivery and Reward Points on each transaction. We invite you to explore all the ways that you can use Oxigen to create heartfelt experiences that you and your loved ones will cherish, and that will prevent you from drifting apart despite the distance that separates you.
We invite you to explore all the ways that you can use Oxigen to create heartfelt experiences that you and your loved ones will cherish, and that will prevent you from drifting apart despite the distance that separates you.
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Amir is an accomplished entrepreneur with expertise in international business, IT, and telecom. He received his Master’s from MIT Sloan and has started 4 companies impacting the lives of millions globally. Red Herring featured Amir as one of the “Top 25 [Entrepreneurs] Under 35”. Amir enjoys yoga, kitesurfing, and travel.