Eid is the perfect time to show how grateful you are for those you love and cherish. I asked around the office for everyone’s Eid gift ideas and here are our top ten:
Hiba Hampers are great for any occasion. Having received one a few months back, I was surprised at the thoughtful, handmade touch that comes with these baskets. Each hamper can be personally chosen to include specific items that will appeal to the recipient. You can choose from an extensive range of gift products from around the world, each packaged to perfection in these luxury hampers.
made accessories are unique and ideal gifts that are not only beautiful pieces but also a step to empowering developing countries. All made products are designed by influential designers, then sourced and created within disadvantaged communities across East Africa.
Red Letter Days
From cool and adventurous, to serene or educational, Red Letters Days provides options for the most eclectic of tastes. Great for finding a unique and personalised gift, the website offers cookery courses, flying lessons and for a more laid back choice – a trip on the orient express!
Give a gift with a lasting effect, Oxfam unwrapped provides big impact gifts such as the gift of education or clean water to people less fortunate.
A unique t-shirt with an inspired message is a great gift. Profound Aesthetic is a rare brand unlike many. The conceptual designs hold powerful messages filled with positive energy. The combination of creative ideas mixed with visually appealing designs makes these t-shirts a brilliant gift choice.
(Look out for our own range of unique and inspired t-shirts at the emel shop – coming very soon!)
Adopt an Animal
Now this is a brilliant gift – adopt an animal at the London Zoo. This is an ideal gift for any animal lover, whilst helping the conservation work for endangered species.
Merlin Annual Pass
No need to limit visits to your favourite attractions, this annual pass makes a great gift, allowing you to visit popular attractions multiple times, including Thorpe Park, Legoland and Madame Tussauds.
Zaytoun is a community interest company, created to develop a UK base for fairly traded Palestinian produce. These products provide the authentic touch, as well as empowering people to feel they are actively engaging towards a solution for their own benefit.
A great place to buy handmade and vintage products, from woodwork and ceramics, to furniture and house-ware. Etsy often sells one-off unique finds as well as items you’d perhaps never think of.
Gift of Time
You don’t need to spend money to give a great gift – share your time with a loved one with a ‘time coupon’. Here’s one we’ve made for you, all you have to do is decide how you’re going to spend your time with the person you’re giving the gift to, for example ‘spend the day gardening’ or ‘spend the day exploring a city’.
For more Eid inspiration, look out for our Eid photo essay; showcasing a selection of snapshots, capturing the spirit of Eid from across the globe or enjoy our little morsels of sweetness with ‘Eid Bites’. This month, I also got to speak to some of our favourite Hijabi Bloggers; Mariam and Jana, getting a glimpse into their childhood experiences of Eid.For the added spiritual touch, our special feature on ’40 Ways to Make the Spirit of Ramadan Last the Whole Year’ is a must read, with great pointers on remaining spiritually connected. (Available in the Eid special, Issue 72 – out now).
Last of all – a personal highlight of mine was the story on Christians in Bethlehem joining Muslims in the act of fasting. How’s that for one love and a great way to sign off…
One Love and Peace.