New Year is right around the corner and the holiday season is in its full swing, which means it is the season of sitting by the fire, drinking hot chocolate and gift giving! We all love the season of New Year especially for the parties and all the fun gifts we receive and get to present others with.

So if you have gifting on your mind and have been looking forward to the delighted expression on the faces of your loved ones, just the thing for you. These 7 places in Lucknow will ensure that you're the favourite gift giver and your gifts are neither regifted nor returned! So take note and get some amazing gifts for the people you love.

1. WK Life

Known for their fun, interesting and unique take on gadgets and electronics, WK Life is where you need to be when buying something special for your trend obsessed brother or the best friend who would dearly enjoy a unique portable charger. WK Life has some of the coolest gadgets you can find in the market, which means your gift will not only be unique it will be the best one!

Location: Ground Floor, One Awadh Centre, Gomti Nagar Lucknow

2. The Body Shop

If you have a lady in your life, be it your girlfriend, your wife, the best friend, your mom or your bully of an older sister, The Body Shop is undoubtedly the best place to get them a good gift. From fragrances to everyday skincare and makeup essentials, the brand has it all and we just can never have enough of Body Shop on our dressing table. Plus, they also have pre-set hampers and gift baskets that will cost you zero effort and be quite in the budget as well.

Location: Ground Floor- One Awadh Mall, Ground Floor- Saharaganj Mall, Shoppers Stop- Fun Republic Mall

3. Chumbak

Chumbak is a great place to find a present for people who like a little quirk in their lives. If you know someone who has a weird obsession with owls, vibrant colours, patterns and quirky items, well this is the place where you need to be. From cushions, mugs, watches, earrings to bags, you can find it all here. Make sure to be in the frame of mind to get something for yourself as well because you just can't walk away from the store empty handed.

Location: Ground Floor, Saharaganj Mall, Hazratganj, Lucknow

4. Landmark

A great place to find a gift for the introverts in your life, Landmark is where you need to be for cutesy mugs, decor pieces, books, games, speakers and a ton of other things. They have a great collection of sports equipment, bicycles, gear and apparel for those who are so inclined. You can even get a playstation for the gaming junkie in your life and establish yourself as the Monica Geller of holiday gift-giving.

Location: First floor, above Westside, Wave Mall, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow

5. Hamleys

The tiny little people in our lives are often the most interested and the most excited to receive something new and exciting. And when it comes to choosing gifts for little ones, Hamleys is the place to be at. Be it a lego set, an informative chalkboard set, some cutesy stuffed toys or a select edition of dora the explorer, you're sure to find what you're looking for here.

Location: 3rd floor, Fun Republic Mall, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow

6. Decathlon

Decathlon is another great place to buy something fun for those in your life, who are more athletic or are trying to be so. You can also find a great selection of winter wear, sports gear, sports equipment and sports accessories here. So if you have a brother who has been cribbing about getting a football, or a health nut for who would love a bike, this is where you need to be.

Location: Decathlon, Rohtas Presidential Summit, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow

7. Miniso

For all things cute & in your budget, Miniso is the place to be at!

Thinking of a perfect gift is a tricky job but not if you are at a Miniso outlet. Because this super cute store has something for every age group. Be it household products, fashion accessories or funky electronic products, Miniso has it all & most importantly, has it in your budget.

This holiday season, gift your loved ones something from the cutest store in town!

Location: One Awadh Mall, Saharaganj Mall, Patrakar market

Knock Knock

So if you've been wondering what to get your favourite niece, you elder sister, your husband, your dad, your mom, your girlfriend or your bestie, this list is the ultimate guide for getting the perfect gift every single time. Head to any place that fits your bill and be a jolly holiday cheer giver. Spread some joy this party season!

Covid-19: 3-day lockdown to commence from 10 PM on 10th July in Uttar Pradesh incl Lucknow

Weekend lockdown: The lockdown is being enforced in view of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases!

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary through a circular on late Thursday evening announced a three-day lockdown in the state including Lucknow from 10 p.m. on Friday, July 10 to 5.a.m. on Monday, July 13.

This comes after a fresh lockdown was imposed in Kolkata and Patna. According to the government of UP, the lockdown will help in controlling the spread of the novel Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh.

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These days it seems that Bollywood masala is incomplete without the zaika of the city of Lucknow. As several directors pick the city of Nawabs to be the backdrop of their stories, it is certain that the narrow lanes of this city lead their way into the hearts of the audience. It is not difficult to fall in love with the city with its archaic buildings, its culture, people and a language that is made up of emotions, more than words. Here is a list of movies and web series that were shot and set in Lucknow and excelled in capturing the essence of the city!

Gulabo Sitabo

The attar battar and khattar pattar of this movie made resounding mark with its audience and critics throughout. The dramatic story of a peculiar man, his impossible tenant and a dilapidated mansion will introduce you to Lucknow in a way you will never forget. The plot will make you realise that the city has a lot to teach, however, there are hardly ever straight answers found.

Bala

This tale of a balding young man from Kanpur falling in love with a self-styled Tik-Tok star from Lucknow will take you to ride full of wit and humour! Pari, played by Yami is one the most important comedic element of the movie and though her tantrums, are over the top, they suit her character! Afterall, itrana toh koi Lucknow ki ladkiyo se hi seekhe!

Jolly LLB 2 

The story of an underdog wanting to right the wrong he has done in desire of a lawyer's chamber is a cinematic satire on this issues of our political system. Add the banter between a lawyer from Lucknow and a Kanpur immigrant into the mix and you will get the witty comedy with a smart and swift plot. The songs of this movie will take you on a tour to Lucknow's scenic and monumental beauty.

Raid

A political drama, the movie fights the corrupt practices in the heart of the city. This is an Ajay Devgan signature formula movie, one with a mastermind and loads of heroism. However, the song Nitt Khair Manga will take you on a virtual Lucknow darshan from the British Residency to Rumi Darwaza, Bada Imambada and Ghanta Ghar. This song can be the perfect checklist of places to visit the next time you are in the city!

Bullet Raja

The bhaukaal of Nawabs is perfectly represeted in this movie. The action movie is set against the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh and will take you on a ride of all things typically UP! (pun intended!)

Shaadi mei zaroor Aana

Shaadi Mei Zaroor Aana is a story of an Allahabad couple, the plot of which mostly revolves around the city, Lucknow. An extravagant set was designed in the town for this humble love story that turns into a revenge saga. This movie showcases a lot of new Lucknow, along with Lucknow's Gomti Riverfront.

Daawat-e-Ishq

You cannot talk about Lucknow without talking about its food. After all, the true identity of a Lucknowite is based upon where they order their biryani and kebabs from! With Tunday Kebabi and Idrees ki biryani at our service, we Lucknowites have nothing to worry about. Despite its weak plot, Daawat-e-Ishq will surely send you into a mini food coma and make you miss all the good food from the streets of Lucknow.

Rangbaaz

Not only movies, web series are also now shifting base to the rustic settings of UP. Rangbaaz is an action-crime fiction drama. With the pivotal character seeking refuge in the city, luxury hotels in the city like Clarks Awadh, Hotel Taj are used as backdrops in the show. Atal Chowk and Vidhan Sabha, in the heart of the city are also explored in this the screenplay!

A culture as fascinating as its people, is what makes this city a film story in itself! Though numerous films and shows have been shot in Lucknow till now, the excitement of watching it on the big screen with every new film, never goes down.

This seemingly unending pandemic and the lockdown alongside has had us wishing for a day, where we can just be with our buddies at our favourite hangout points in the city, just like the pre-covid times. And now, this collective wish of ours is coming true real soon because Munick Bistro & Bar will be welcoming its patrons from the 10th of July! Yep, you're reading it right. *Aazaadiyan aazaadiyan starts playing in the background*

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Lucknow Coronavirus news: Steepest single-day rise, 196 cases reported

Lucknow witnesses an explosion of Coronavirus cases as 196 fresh cases were reported on Tuesday!

In the steepest single day rise of Coronavirus cases in Lucknow, a total of 196 cases were reported in the city by Tuesday evening. The number takes the tally of the capital to about 1,684 cases.

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Lucknow's Lohia Hospital is using Music Therapy to fight anxiety in corona patients

FM broadcasting music system to chase away the isolation blues at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences (RMLIMS) in Lucknow is using 'music therapy' to fight anxiety and depression among Covid-19 patients, who are being treated in isolation cubicles at the hospital. The hospital has installed a FM broadcasting based radio system in the common room that can be accessed by both patients and doctors.

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Coronavirus cases in Lucknow on the rise as people defy safety precautions!

Number of Coronavirus cases in the city crosses 1400 mark

After recording the highest single day jump in the number of coronavirus cases on Sunday, July 5th, UP's total has reached 28,636, out of which 1488 cases are from Lucknow. The city is currently witnessing the fastest growth in Covid-19 cases since the outbreak in March.

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