As another Ramadan, spent mostly in lockdown, draws to a close there are plenty of ways to show your friends, family, and yourself some love with these gifts from independent retailers, charities and more.
And of course, in other ways it was completely different. This Ramadan is the second one Muslims in the UK spent in lockdown, meaning no indoor iftars (the meal that marks the end of the day of fasting) with friends and family.
The end of the month of fasting, marked by the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr, starts on 12 May and with further lockdown easing, seeing friends and family is a real possibility for the first time for many of us.
To mark the end of Ramadan, Muslims often give gifts – traditionally this was in the form of money and was mostly reserved for children. But this year, sending a gift is one way of letting loved ones know we’re thinking of them.
From calendars to jewellery and artwork, here are 20 Ramadan and Eid gifts to buy for someone you love.
Signature Ramadan Calendar from Star x Crescent
Flowers from LK Verdant
LK Verdant is a family business based in Blackburn and founded by Raysa Farah, who worked in the NHS before following her dream of becoming a florist.
The luxury florist specialises in both fresh and dried flowers, and has worked with brands including Elizabeth Arden and Kiehl’s. The Fancy bouquet (£65) is the perfect Eid gift, with a palette of pinks and dusky purples interspersed with metallic foliage. For something smaller, there’s the Always Ombre Forever Rose (£25), a real rose preserved at its peak, so it will last for up to a year. The Always Ombre Forever Rose sits on a bed of white feathers, inside a clear glass bauble.
Melting Cleansing Balm from Merumaya
Reflect Bangles Trio from Desert Rose Boutique
Accessories from Pop London
Pop London was founded by Shazia Saleem, who is passionate about ethics and sustainability; all designs are produced from upcycled fabrics, trims and yarns.
Its bags and scarves make for perfect Eid gifts for fashion lovers. The ethereal cashmere scarf, £149, comes in a variety of colours. The scarves are made with pashmina sourced ethically and sustainably, and the brand works directly with artisans in Kashmir.
Scrunchies from Begum
Begum is run by two sisters and operates a zero waste design policy. It makes kimonos by upcycling saris, aiming to give discarded but beautiful garments a new lease of life.
The offcuts from its kimonos are used by the sisters to make bunting and scrunchies, the latter of which make a great gift for anyone looking to add a pop of colour to their look.
The Lucky Dip Scrunchie Bundle, £6, contains four scrunchies. And if you’re looking for something to wrap them in, then grab the brand’s reusable fabric gift wrap, £3.50, as well.
Dates from The Date Project
Chocolate Fudge Cake and Brownies from The Cake Campaign
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. Handmade, they’re available in packs of six, with each pack containing an assortment of different colours and prints.
Print from Hawwa, etc
Freelance artist and photographer Hawwa Alam produces prints that explore identity, belonging, wellbeing and education.
Her hopeful reminders make an inspiring gift for a loved one, and we love her ‘give yourself space to grow’ print, £25.
The Body Balm Duo from Delhicious Body
Personalised Prayer Mat from Gouse Gifts
Many Muslim homes contain no shortage of prayer mats, but the ones from Gouse Gifts are a little different, and will be treasured by any recipient.
The floral Turkish chenille mats can be personalised to include a name and a message. The personalisation is embroidered by hand, and the mats are available in a range of colours. And if you’re looking to get something for a child, there are also child-sized mats for sale.
Handmade Jewellery from Oh Panda Eyes
Malika Hijab from Banafshaa
L’Occitane Ramadan calendar
Beauty brand L’Occitane will help a loved one count down to Eid with its new beauty calendar, £99. It contains 30 doors, and among the products are the Relaxing Pillow Mist, Immortelle Precious Cream, Overnight Reset Eye Serum and Rose Hand Cream.
A lovely gift to help someone with a bit of extra self-care while they mark Ramadan.
Mirror Cushion from Ajrak Mahal
Mariyah Danyal was inspired to start Ajrak Mahal after trips to Pakistan, where she saw women in small villages making mirrored cushions.
Each of the brand’s patchwork cushions contains some panels hand embroidered by women in Pakistan.
The Embroidered Hand Crafted Patchwork Cushion Covers, £9.99, contains various hand embroidered recycled panels sourced from the region of Sindh and hand stitched together.
Arabic Gold Pencil Set from Rama Publishing
Prthvi necklace from Sami Jewellery
Qibla print from Islamic Art Prints
Islamic Art Prints was founded by Siddiqa Juma, a multi-award-winning and critically acclaimed contemporary Islamic artist, who wanted to create a space where everyone could find and buy exclusive artwork.
The platform features Islamic artists from across the world, with 50% of all profits going directly with artists. And for every art print sold, the company provides an art pack to a deprived child somewhere in the world. If you’ve got a friend with some wall space that needs filling, then Juma’s Qibla is what you need to gift. The painting is an exploration of the Qiblah, the Islamic direction of prayer. It’s available as an unframed print, from £40, a framed print, from £90, or as a canvas, from £110.
This piece was originally published in May 2019 and has been updated throughout
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