Gifts are always in season. Be it an anniversary or religious holiday, your friends and family will always welcome presents from overseas. But how do you find amazing, practical gifts without breaking the bank?
Azimo’s guide below should be your first port of call. Whether you’re visiting Pakistan or sending a package home, discover great gift ideas for loved ones in Pakistan.
As your loved ones get older, the potential for ailments like muscle aches and arthritis increases. Pain-relieving ointments are fantastic stocking filler-type gifts for daily well-being. Speaking of health, there are over 60 essential medicines that aren’t available in Pakistan.
According to the World Health Organisation, this deficiency boils down to both pricing issues and delays in government approval. By finding out which medicines are in short supply, you can help your loved ones with essential prescriptions, where legal to do so.
- Corn removal plasters
- Contact lenses
- Knee sleeves.
From sneakers to shoes to sandals, there’s not much that beats comfortable footwear. For footwear for loved ones in Pakistan, think about the climate and terrain.
While labels like Nike might turn heads, a brand like Skechers might be more suitable as they’re lightweight and built to last.
- Dr Martens.
Chocolates may sound unoriginal but here’s a new take on an old idea. Only a handful of international companies produce all chocolate brands in the world. Consequently, your favourite Nestle or Cadbury bars are available everywhere, including in Pakistan.
So why not go exclusive? Many luxury retailers like Wholefoods and Waitrose sell affordable own-brand chocolate that aren’t available in Pakistan.
- Coffee beans.
Qu’ran Cubes are all the rage on social media. For one, they’re an innovative way to learn the 30 juz’ (sections) of the Qu’ran. Secondly, they make an awesome bedside or coffee table accessory. Finally, they’re lightweight, suitcase-friendly and perfect gifts for celebrations like Eid al-Fitr and Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year).
Perfumes and fragrances are great because they’re easy to pack and long lasting. And of course they smell amazing. Even better, you can buy them at the airport at duty-free prices. However, if you’re a long-term planner, shops like Boots and The Perfume Shop have year round discounts.
In a country that imports most of its gold, it’s no surprise that good quality jewellery is expensive to buy in Pakistan. Like any other imported commodity, customs fees and transit costs usually get passed onto the buyer.
That means it’s a lot cheaper to buy jewellery overseas instead. Whether you’re gifting jewellery for a wedding, anniversary or even a birthday, it’s better to send or take it with you to Pakistan.
- Eye glasses.