Ramadan 2019 draws to a close on Wednesday 4 June. From personalised prayer mats and beautiful scarves, to sweet treats and essential oils, those seeking last minute Eid gift ideas are sure to find something to mark the end of a long month of fasting in our list of recommendations.
After a month of fasting from sunrise to sunset, Muslims will gather to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr.
To mark the end of Ramadan, Muslims often give gifts — traditionally this was in the form on money and was mostly reserved for children.
But in modern times, gifting for Eid has widened out, and now many friends and family exchange presents.
From personalised products to food purchases which will help raise money for charity, here’s our guide to the Eid gifts you can buy for your loved ones.
Floral scarf from Saffiyah
Safiyyah Choycha is a British Muslim artist and textile designer based in Birmingham. She specialises in print and pattern, and is particularly inspired by florals. Her latest collection, Japanese Beauty, is inspired by Japanese art and culture. We love the Ukiyo scarf, where she incorporates her interpretation of traditional Japanese painting methods with more contemporary mark making techniques. The digitally printed modal scarves that are hand-woven in India.
Chocolate from Cocoapod Chocolates
Cocoapod Chocolates has a number of Eid products, including boxes which can be personalised with your choice of name in solid blocks of dark or milk Belgian chocolate. But our favourite is this milk and dark chocolate square decorated with moons and stars and ‘Eid Mubarak’ written in Arabic. You can also add a personalised message which will be put on a sticker inside the box.
Unicorn Essence from Farsáli
Personalised prayer mat from Gouse Gifts
Indian Night Jasmine Essential Selection from The Body Shop
The Body Shop has created Ramadan calendars in previous years (bring them back please!) and has a curated selection of Eid gifts available in store and online. Among them is the Indian Night Jasmine Eau de Toilette Premium Selection, a vibrant gift box of products scented with a blend of jasmine blossoms and sandalwood.
Medjool dates from The Date Project
Chocolate cake from The Cake Campaign
Formerly Cakes4Syria, The Cake Campaign is an Islamic Relief UK project which raises money to help people affected by the war in Syria. The project has so far raised more than £1m, and this year Islamic Relief is hoping to raise £300,000. The final delivery date is June 2 (cakes are hand delivered by volunteers in more than 1,200 postcodes) so unless you’ve got lots of willpower — and having fasted for almost a month it wouldn’t surprise us if you did) — this would work as a pre-Eid gift. A tasty treat that’s also raising money for charity? Perfect.
Eid money envelopes from AhneesCards
If you want to stick with the traditional Eid gift of money but don’t want to hand over a crumpled note or a few pound coins, these Eid money envelopes are perfect. Handmaid, they’re available in packs of six, with each pack containing an assortment of different colours and prints.
Eid gift from Orphans in Need
Ramadan is characterised not just by fasting, but also by charity, with Muslims donating hundreds of thousands of pounds over the course of the month. A number of charities run Eid gift schemes, which can be found on their websites. We like Orphans in Need’s Eid gift, which provides a child in need with clothing, food, sweets and a toy, so they can enjoy Eid too.
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