The arrival of Ramadan means many Muslims will also start thinking about what gifts to hand out at Eid al-Fitr. From cash gifts to custom-made items, Eid al-Fitr is the perfect time to be generous. To lend a helping hand, Azimo has put together a list of gift ideas to kick-start your inspiration this Eid al-Fitr.
1. Donate to charity
If you’re caught in two minds about who to give money to this Eid al-Fitr, why not make a contribution to a charity. There are many charities that would welcome donations in the form of money or even unwanted items.
And in some Muslim communities, some families take the act of charity one step further.
Around the time of Eid al-Fitr, parents often take their children to orphanages or to homes of less fortunate neighbours and encourage their children to hand these gifts out themselves.
By doing so, children can see firsthand how an act of kindness can impact another person’s life.
2. A personalised prayer mat
Like any other household fixture, prayer mats go through their fair share of wear and tear. Luckily, when it’s time to get a new prayer mat, companies like Gouse Gifts offer you the chance to choose your own designs and add an embroidered message to your prayer mat.
With that said, a personalised prayer mat could be the ideal Eid al-Fitr gift.
Send words of congratulations, support or wisdom while sending a gift your loved one will cherish forever. And if you’re looking to get something for kids, Gouse Gifts also make child-sized mats.
3. Kilim rugs
If you don’t want to go down the prayer mat route, a kilim rug could be the answer. Perfect as a living room or bedroom addition, kilim rugs are well-known for their high quality, style and resilience.
Even better, kilim rugs are usually reversible. That’s because they are made using a unique hand-weaving technique, meaning the patterns and colours are the same on both sides.
Transferring loved ones money as a gift is always a great option. First of all, they can use it to buy whatever they want. Second, with the coronavirus causing disruptions to global postal services, sending money is a sure-fire way of making sure your gift arrives in time for Eid al-Fitr.
5. A gift hamper
Food will always be an important part of any Eid al-Fitr celebration. So why not send your loved ones food in the form of a gift basket? Hampers or gift baskets are always a great idea, especially as they usually contain multiple treats you can enjoy at any time of the day.
Perfect as a family or individual gift, a beautifully curated gift hamper is a great way to cater to all tastes while encouraging the joys of sharing.
6. Custom-made Eid envelopes
If you’re giving cash to those closer to home, do it in style. From high street shops to Etsy vendors, ‘Eid’ money envelopes are a classy way to give cash to loved ones. Hand made, they’re available in packs of six, with each pack containing an assortment of different colours and prints
7. A set of letter cutters
Make playtime at Eid al-Fitr educational as well as fun with a set of Fun dough letter cutters. These Arabic letter cutters and play dough are great for young kids developing their language skills.
If you’re looking to keep your kids entertained and focused, what better way than with these unique play dough sets.
8. A Qur’an Cube
If you frequent social media, you may have seen the Qur’an Cube pop up in your feed. Part-accessory and part-decoration, the Qur’an Cube is a cool Eid al-Fitr gift.
The ‘cube’ is not only a pleasing addition to your bedside table, it also provides a bunch of neat features.
Get alerts for your daily prayers with the ‘Adhan’ feature, adjustable to any time zone in the world. The Qur’an Cube’s memorisation feature is a great way to remember passages of the Koran.
Stylish, light and portable, the Qur’an Cube also enables Bluetooth and comes with remote control functionality.
9. Dates and chocolates
By sending someone a beautifully designed box of dates from The Date Project, you’ll also help raise money for charity.
That’s because proceeds from the project help fund several other charitable projects like the Al-Huda Bakery in Syria. Despite its name, the project also sells a range of succulent chocolates in addition to rich medjool dates from Jordan.
The dates are hand-packed by Syrian refugees, helping them with employment in their adopted country.
Giving clothes as Eid gifts is another pretty common concept, even though the styles and designs of the clothing may differ from one country to another.
11. A new Koran
Few Eid gifts are more valuable than a brand new Koran or volume of hadith books. Although these are more commonly given as gifts to elder members of the family, children will also benefit from them greatly. For instance, children are usually given brand new Korans as a prize for fasting throughout Ramadan.
12. Spend time with your family
Spending time with your family is something that they will cherish the most. For this year’s Eid al-Fitr, apps like Skype or Zoom can help you stay connected to loved ones far away.
Whether in-person or virtually, use this period to share stories, play games, have meals together and read passages from the Koran.
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