With Eid al-Fitr fast approaching, Muslims around the world are on the hunt for unique gift ideas for Eid.
This celebration, which means “Festival of Breaking Fast”, is a joyous occasion. The tradition starts with a performance of communal prayer, followed by family gatherings and festive activities. New clothes are worn, mouthwatering dishes are set on the table, and of course – presents are given.
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Gift Ideas for Eid
Speaking of presents, here are some unique gift ideas to celebrate the end of Ramadan:
1. Sweets and Desserts
Food is an important part of Eid al-Fitr. No one is fasting at this moment. It’s a day that people ought to celebrate.
That makes sweets and desserts a classic gift idea for this occasion. While chocolates and candies are popular picks, traditional snacks always deserve a spot on the table. If the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is common in most parts of the world, for Muslim regions, “seven dates a week keep the doctor away”.
Tamr or “sweetened dates” are staples in Eid al-Fitr and eaten as it is. For a modern take on this well-loved snack, consider baking them in cakes, cookies, pies, and other sweet recipes!
Since everyone will be wearing a new pair of clothes, these items make a popular Eid gift! A new set of white embroidered kurta pajama is perfect for Eid prayers. Other options include Eid Mubarak shirts for teens, sequin dresses, burkinis, and pretty scarves for women.
3. Accessories for Home
Every Muslim mom (and dad) will appreciate receiving designer home accessories to spruce up their humble abode. Throw pillows and cushions in purple and hot velvets, brass and metal art pieces, and handmade items are popular picks for 2021.
Other contemporary choices are Iznik pottery, ceramics or mosaics, wooden fixtures with intricate carvings, and holy calligraphy in the form of wall decals, paintings, and art on canvas frames.
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It’s a Sunnah or practice for Muslims to be seated on the floor. Thus, carpets and rugs also make great presents during Eid al-Fitr.
When it comes to these items, you have a myriad of choices. When shopping for rugs and carpets as gifts, it’s important to consider the overall interior design of the recipient’s home.
Most shops offer an extensive range of trendy modern rugs. Sisal carpets are excellent gifts as well. They bring a feeling of serenity and freshness to any room.
5. Quran & Hadeeth Books/Islamic Books
Every Muslim appreciates a good read, especially if it’s going to help broaden their faith.
Some popular books to celebrate the end of Ramadan are:
- In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad – in this book, John L. Esposito answers some of the most commonly asked questions about Islamic traditions and origins.
- The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life – an introduction to the Quran and its role in the Muslim society.
Ramadan and Eid-inspired children’s books are popular gift ideas too. Parents will appreciate some help letting their kids understand the importance of these traditions in their Muslim life.
When it comes to presents, you can never go wrong with jewellery.
You’ll find jewellery pieces and watches suitable for men and women, young or old, anywhere. Whether you’re more comfortable shopping at your trusted local jeweller or prefer to buy online, you’re likely to find elegant pieces that match his or her personality.
2020 was dominated by “flora and fauna” and the trend will carry on to 2021. Among the trendy options for jewellery pieces are statement earrings and rings with intertwining petal blossoms, vines, and leaves.
Eid is a great time to pamper our kids and buy them new toys. Some great picks are play dough with Arabic letter cutters, puzzles, board games, eco-bricks, word blocks, and pretend playsets. Younger children will find coloring books so much fun and enjoyable.
Alternately, you can prepare fun Eid crafts and activities for them to make the occasion meaningful and educational.
Giving money as gifts is a traditional Eid practice. It’s usually given to children by elders and relatives. While it’s true that people will remember the gifts more than the money, it’s still a great choice especially if there are plenty of kids in the family.
Put the bills in nice-looking handmade envelopes and don’t forget to seal each one with your Eid Mubarak greetings!
9. Spending Time with the Family
There’s no gift more precious than the gift of time. The Eid al-Fitr is a great opportunity for people to gather with their relatives and closest friends. It’s a three-day celebration which means you have plenty of time to spend with your loved ones.
Come up with fun activities to do with your kids. Throw a special dinner, arrange games for the whole family to enjoy, decorate the house, and meet with your far-flung relatives through video conferencing.
10. Donating to Charity
Ramadan is a holy time when Muslims focus their attention on fasting and giving to charity. During this month-long religious activity, Muslims are reminded to show compassion for the poor and less fortunate.
Many charities organize Eid gift schemes. By simply donating to these charities, you can extend help to thousands of children and make them happy on Eid.
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Ramadan and Eid play a major role in the lives of Muslims. Completing the 40 days of fasting and religious activities deserves a big celebration. And when there’s a celebration, there are gifts. Hope these gift ideas will this year’s Eid al-Fitr more meaningful, fun, and memorable. Eid Mubarak!