Gift-giving is a tradition in Moroccan, and most Islamic cultures. You wouldn’t show up at someone’s home for dinner without a small gift for the hostess or children. For Eid-al-Fitr, and Eid-al-Adha gifts take on a more celebratory role. In Islamic countries the practice of gift giving during these holidays is largely based on giving children gifts. It makes the event feel festive. For children who have fasted the entire month of Ramadan (after which we celebrate Eid-al-Fitr) this is a token, a reward for their hard work and sacrifices. I have to admit it’s just in recent years that we’ve started to make the celebration of Eids more of a “big deal” by inviting family over and having small gifts for the kids. Since we are moving in two weeks, my sister has invited us (she’s not Muslim by the way) to her house for Eid dinner.
Will you be gifting anything special this year? Share your ideas in the comments below!
Accessorize your loved one’s hijab with unique and custom made hijab pins and sets by Afsana of PinsandPearls. Her designs fit every budget and the styles work with so many color schemes! Know someone who loves to travel? She also makes Hijab pin traveling tins.
Trendy accessories with a traditional twist are the specialty of my friends Saba and Sara Miajid, owners of arRawdahJewels. If you are shopping for someone who likes a little glitz and glamour, be sure to browse this collection!
Want jewelry for him? Know someone with a nose or septum piercing? Rubina Kadir is the shop for you. This shop offers a fun variety of accessories (for him & her!), jewelry and hijab pins that can be hard to find elsewhere.
Want to have a special breakfast treat either at the masjid or to send home with kids? What about a breakfast pizza? Summer Eid’s a great time to do this. Simply bake the crusts and provide the frosting in a small container, and fruit in another. This recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie will get you started.
As a writer, paper goods are always a favorite of mine to give as gifts. From cards and notebooks to bookmarks and laptop covers, Moments of Life Crafts will create a timeless gift for the writers and word lovers in your life.
Simply looking for the perfect Eid card set? Maryam Ahmed of TheCMYKLab has a beautiful, handmade option that is simple and stylish. Choose from two colors and start writing to your loved ones afar!
Perhaps one of my favorite art techniques in use, HartsHennaArtistry brings the elegance of henna to your home with products adorned in the intricate styling. Candles, mason jars, pillows and dishes to spruce up anyone’s home. Know someone expecting!? Even adorable onesies are available.
Decals liven up any room without hassle. Fawzia of Simply Impressions has a collection of wall decals that will bring festivity to your Eid celebration or, should you opt, a more permanent change in wall decor in lieu of repainting.
Know any modern art lovers? The Wafa Islamic Arts shop is full of beautiful, modern inspired, Islamic art. Splurge on one of the canvases or opt for a more budget friendly print, journal or stencil set
Treat your friends and relatives to artisan soaps, lip balms, lotions, oils and more. My friend Sobia of TheOliveTreeSoapCo creates these luxurious products without the use of harsh chemicals, additives or preservatives! Don’t forget the Hair and Beard Wash, Beard Oil and the Alchemist Soaps for the men in your life.
Maryum of Yarncoture has designed some of the most intricate yarn accessories and clothing I’ve seen. Fashionable, wearable and reasonably priced, you can find something for anyone on your list in her shop! I love the sport caps for men and the barefoot sandals for women – just gorgeous!
If you’ve got a young person in your life than these shirts make really cute gifts. I love the little design and they’ll also be fun to wear after taking off all their nice Eid clothes! Jasmine and Marigold Eid Mubarak Sheep Cute Funny Gift T-Shirt
Haute Hijab has some of the best hijabs I’ve ever purchased and they make really great Eid gifts for women. If you’ve never ordered from them you can get $10 off your first order when you use this link. You’ll want more than one!
Another great shop for little readers is Read Little Muslims. The collection is full of fun stories from around the world for children of all ages. I can relate to the story of Amira’s Totally Chocolate World – taking place on Eid ul-Fitr, it’s a book with an important lesson for all, and lots of chocolate!
I can’t help but add one more children’s book to this list – reading is such an important part of education! The story of Lailah’s Lunchbox is a wonderful tale about living life in a new country while keeping family traditions alive.
My friend Amnah of, Little Life of Mine is kind of genius when it comes to her Eid gift bags. I wish she was my auntie! In this post she talks about some of the bags she has made for family members and her thought process as she puts them together.
Do community members at your masjid hand-out treats to the kids on the Eid? In some communities this is very common. It reminds me of large family gatherings in Morocco for Eid when everyone brings something for the children of the family. Saira at Confessions of a Muslim Momaholic helps her kids make their own bags before Eid. Then before the service they fill them with items that will keep them busy during prayers. Afterwards they have a bag to take home their goodies too!
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