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20+ Ramadan Gift Ideas to Bring for an Iftar

I love to give extra special gifts during Ramadan, especially to any host who is kind enough to have my family over for an iftar. My approach to Ramadan gift giving is to find something thoughtful, perhaps with a moon and star or other Muslim cultural motif. If I’m gifting food, it has to be something above and beyond what’s already being served. 

This year I am also looking for destination-specific items for my travelholic friends who probably wouldn’t give themself such beautiful things and are itching to getaway. Here are 20+ Ramadan gift ideas for the special people in your life.

The Best Host and Hostess Gifts for Ramadan

Just as I love to offer guests a lovely table spread, I love to give memorable tableware, especially as Ramadan hostess gifts. Here is a selection to please your hosts.

A Classic Moon and Star Wood Tray Set

If your friend doesn’t already have this, they need it. Pick up these lunar themed boards that are great for a special Ramadan feel.

Decorative Moon and Star Tray Set

This tray set is more colorful and better suited for nonfood items too, such as little eid goodie bags – making it a great piece to have no matter the holiday.

Fancy Moon Phase Resin and Handle Tray

Available in several glittery colors, this lovely tray is perfect for someone that likes something a little less traditional. It could be used for serving or year-round on a vanity table as well.

Turkish Ceramic Mezze Bowl Set

Almost like being there? Istanbul Art Workshop has a lovely assortment of traditional Turkish ceramics and they ship fast. Who wouldn’t love to fill these with tapas?

Moroccan Tea Glasses Set of 6: Multi by World Market

Colorful Moroccan Tea Glasses Set

Made in Morocco, but shipping from the US – perfect! This extra colorful style of Moroccan tea glasses encourage leisurely sipping and relaxing.

Scented Gifts for Ramadan

Having a well-scented home is an Islamic practice, though not everyone can enjoy the smokier varieties of aromatherapy. Here are some gently scented gift ideas for ambience.

Gold Pierced Tealight Candleholders Set of 3 by World Market

Gold Pierced Tealight Candleholders

This style of candle holder is popular in Morocco, creating festive patterns when lit. Insert a scented tealight inside and you’re set!

Moroccan Peony Tealight Candles 12 Pack: White - Scented Wax by World Market

Peony Scented Tealight Candles – For a light floral scent this is a good option.

Limoncello Candles

Scents are nice, but I would go with citrusy limoncello to give our hostess a little lift if they are sensitive to some of the more strong smells. 

Oil Diffusers

Oil diffusers are a smoke-free, healthy way to fragrance your home with any scent you can imagine. If your friend has not already invested in an oil diffuser, you can have the honor of bringing them this joy that keeps on giving! Here are a few festive styles to choose from.

Moroccan Ceramic Diffuser
This Ernest Living 100ml oil diffuser has a floral Moroccan-ish motif.

Vintage Oil Diffuser

The Nuoking “Vintage” 250ml oil diffuser has a more South Asian motif, with a pierced metal covering.

Essential Oil Ramadan Gifts

Essential oils can be used in traditional tealight candle burners, stick diffusers, for massage, skin and hair treatments making them a wonderfully versatile gift. And they are needed for the diffusers. This Lagunanmoon gift set is a perfect starter kit, including 10ml each of lemongrass, peppermint, orange, lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree.

Set of 6 Pure Essential Oil Scents

Food Gifts for Ramadan

When I give yummy treats in Ramadan, I aim to go above and beyond what is likely already on the iftar table. Here are some of my favorite ideas.

Chocolate Dipped Dry Fruit

Everyone has dates during Ramadan, but I’ve found many people don’t know the joys of the more exotic dried fruits, such as pineapple and kiwi. Dipped in chocolate is the best way to introduce these new foods, of course.

Around the World Spicy Peanut Sampler Gift Tin 5 Pack by World Market

International Nut Mix

The same goes for nuts. Peanuts are not just for salt. This Around the World Gift Tin features: 

African Piri Piri, Caribbean Jerk, Coconut Curry Thai, Mexican Spiced Cocoa and Moroccan Harissa Lime peanuts.

Assorted Tea Gift Box

Ramadan Gifts with a Book Theme

Coffee table and otherwise beautiful books are a real treat in these days of digital text. Here are a few I wouldn’t mind giving away stacks of. 

In Bibi’s Kitchen: The Recipes and Stories of Grandmothers from the Eight African Countries that Touch the Indian Ocean [A Cookbook]

Help your loved one find new flavors in these Grandmas’ kitchen secrets. Incredible recipes and stories, with full color photos! 

The Bucket List: Wild: 1,000 Adventures Big and Small: Animals, Birds, Fish, Nature

This is the follow up Bucket List book, with the most eye-soothing and brain boggling nature images. I could sit for hours enjoying it.

Islam Inspired Coloring Book 

This coloring book is great for adults or kids because who doesn’t love coloring? Pair it with some great colored pencils or markers for a fun gift for all ages. 

Living in Morocco Book

Let this dazzling book hold you over until your next trip here.

Activity Gifts for Ramadan

Your friend one of those people who got into plants during lockdown? Even if they haven’t but might have a green thumb hiding, check out this grow your own Bonsai Kit that is so fun!

Metallic Rock Painting Kit

This is a good gift for a crafty family who may want to do something fun together during Ramadan. Any age can participate. 

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