We are now more than halfway through the month of Ramadan, the days seem to have flown by! With the last 10 days rapidly approaching and Eid al-Fitr just around the corner, here are our recommendations for the coolest gifts to get this Eid..
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1) Ghida Mugs
We all know an avid tea or coffee drinker, who never seems to have enough mugs. Or maybe you are looking for one yourself and wouldn’t mind giving one away. With this set of 2 Arabic inscribed mugs, you are sure to bring something unique to the table.
‘The novelty of this collection lies in the power of Arabic calligraphy as an artistic, communicative tool. Through blending calligraphic, illustrative, and other fine art techniques, SDH uses one of the renowned scripts of the Islamic world – Thuluth – to create decorative items that emanate a rich and delicate presence.
Ghida says it best. These beautifully designed mugs come adorned with the words 'Al-Ikbal, Al-Ishraq', translating to mean 'Prosperity, Radiance’.’
Cufica is an amazing wall art company from Malaysia who specialise in modern style Islamic artwork. Their pieces have a really distinctive style to them and are perfect to add to an office or bedroom wall. They have limited pieces available so make sure you grab yours as soon as possible!
Finding something for the littlest of children can be difficult, so most people resort to buying clothing. Buy something comfortable and cute for the occasion with this cotton onesie. There are also many other variations which you will enjoy browsing through.
Brighten up somebody’s laptop with these North African inspired ‘Zalij’ geometry style laptop stickers from Beni. These vinyl decals come in a variety of elegant designs and are perfect for adding that personal touch to a laptop.
'Our geometric vinyls are our first offering of products. We were inspired by Zalij geometry, an artistic process developed in 14th century North Africa that depicts the infinite harmony of life. Every stroke, every shape and every colour has an intimate meaning that represents this harmonic existence. It is an art form infused with lessons and virtue'
This is an odd one, but it had to be included. This product is great for the outdoorsy people in your life, the ones who go backpacking without a second thought, or maybe the kids like going camping and you want to make it more fun. This compact survival kit has the basics you need in case something goes wrong. Forgot the lighter fluid? Need a torch? It’s all in one place.
Kids love play dough. They can’t get enough of it, as parents you want to make playtime educational as well as fun. These Arabic letter cutters are great, kids can recognise the letters and learn while playing.
Indonesian company Afra Kids have designed Islamically inspired backpacks, t-shirts and lunchboxes for children. Their designs are colourful, interesting and thoughtful, perfect for the little Muslims in your life.
8) Kilim Rugs
Kilim style rugs are all the rage now, and these high-quality hand woven rugs are sure to be a crowdpleaser. Depending on the size of the rug they can be quite pricey however the quality is definitely there.
‘For the collecting of products, every summer our collectors go to Bergama, Anatolia and collect vintage and handwoven kilims from villagers’
You have to get in quickly with these items because they are already selling out! These products are great for lovers of handmade and culturally inspired accessories. One of a kind leather backpacks, textiles and scarves feature in the collection.
‘Doosyfiltina was created to support artisans from around the world through ethical collaborations that promote employment and entrepreneurship. We work towards ensuring the recognition of traditional and culturally inspired products from around the world.’
We all love a good bit of design and typography, you can give someone both, with a bonus of an Islamic reminder.
The simple Miswak has been redesigned so you can carry it everywhere without wondering if you should be putting that thing in your mouth!
"THIS began as a design project at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where Lebanese designer Leen Sadder and her classmates were asked to redesign the first thing they threw out after leaving class. Leen went home that night and threw out an empty tube of toothpaste"
While researching the history of oral care, Leen came across the cultural and medicinal benefits of the Miswak, and decided to re-introduce it to the Western world. She came up with a simple name and brand and designed a prototype for a Miswak holder and cutter that would make it easier to cut and carry the Miswak.
We love the idea of a gift you can give to a whole family because buying gifts for individuals can get very expensive. This beautifully illustrated and thought out game is great for gatherings and family activities. Learning Roots have many wonderful resources for children so have a browse.
13) Kids Prayer Mats
Get your kids excited for their Salah with these colourful prayer mats by Ibraheem toy house. The prayer mats come in four different colours and styles each with their own unique imagery. The mats are made out of felt and also include extra padding for comfort.
This is more for the children, but I have found myself putting this together. Again, it's another ‘game’ from Learning Roots, but their stuff is just so brilliant we had to include more on the list.
‘Capture the seerah instantly with the Seerah Trail. This giant floor puzzle maps out the main events from the life of the Prophet Muhammad (S) and is filled with 20 removable tags that allow your child learn, test and label the highlights of the Messenger's (S) story. The map measures 87cm by 58cm and contains a double sided timeline map 77cm long which explains the main events in the order they took place’
15) Halal Beauty Box
So many cosmetic and skincare products today have nasty ingredients that really aren't good for us, this halal goody box contains various products that are natural, organic and halal. It is a great alternative to the Birchbox and the products are much more wholesome. This is a great gift idea for a friend, or buy one and divide the products.
‘Everything with the tag of pure luxury and indulgence. Thus it will be a delightful combo of products that offer sheer pampering for your skin, sweet tooth and senses. So expect things such as sublime beauty products, nutritious (and delicious) nibbles, art and fragrance for your home, and books to get lost in… We’ll leave the rest to your imagination!
We go to great lengths to find you the very best. Take our word that what we offer you are all 100% halal , natural, eco-friendly, fair-trade and allergen free. And not only that most of them are award winning ranges.’
Nigella Sativa often called Black seed is one of the prophetic foods which can be found in the books of Hadith. Research has also found that black seed has extraordinary health benefits. This new health kick has inspired a bunch of products that utilise this seed, and now you can get it in your toothpaste!
‘SprinJene is an organic and natural toothpaste handcrafted to provide gentle and effective oral care. Uniquely formulated by combining science and nature'
The perfect gift idea for the bookworm in your life, Lost Islamic History by Firas Al-Khateeb provides a brief overview of Islamic civilisation up until the 20th century. It’s an easy introductory read packed with interesting facts, images and stories. Its definitely a must have on every bookshelf.
‘Lost Islamic History: Reclaiming Muslim Civilisation from the Past is a short introduction to the past 1400 years of Islamic civilisation. It discusses the history of major empires like the Umayyads, Abbasids, and Ottomans as well as some lesser-known regions of the Muslim world, like West Africa, Muslim Spain, and Southeast Asia’
The book was originally written in English but has since been translated into Turkish and Indonesian.
18) Oudh Chips
Who needs commercially bottled Oudh when you can go straight to the source? Pure Oudh sells actual wood chips and bottled oils sourced from around the world. Prices start from £1.50 and can range up to £175 for a bottle.
Alongside the usual designs, Zingcases sell unique Arabic calligraphy phone cases. They have an array of beautiful designs each with their own specific Arabic wording, a practical gift idea which is sure to add that personal touch to an iPhone.
YouTuber Amena (AKA Amenakin) has launched her own cosmetic line. These products are ideal for the makeup junkie who is always in want of more glitter for the next wedding. Keep an eye out because she will be introducing more products.
‘Ardere Cosmetics combines luxury cosmetics with innovative technology and beauty solutions. Paying extra attention to women of medium-warm complexions, we have developed products that are flattering for any makeup look’
Help the men in your life stay modest with these shorts from Rajoul Store. They are specifically designed to cover the navel to the knee. The specially designed under short material allows the clothing to breathe and feel comfortable while you are active. They also sell ‘Awra Fight’ which is designed for combat sports.
‘RAJOUL Muslim wear is the first Islamic swimsuit for men in the world. Cover your Awra with style while swimming!’
16) Sunnah Musk
It’s the safe bet, right? Who doesn’t like a good perfume? Sunnah Musk stock a variety of fragrances from across the globe, including scents for both men and women and they are reasonably priced too.
23) Beard Oil London
Beard Oils have become super popular - mainly because beards are on trend, but we know that beards are encouraged to be worn by Muslim men. Maybe you know someone who is trying their hardest to grow one, or maybe someone has always had a beard and takes great pride in their facial hair, then gifting some manly scented oils is a great idea.
‘Born and bred in London, we have noticed how the fabric of the city has changed where once the beard was uncommon but has now become a mainstream feature worn with pride. We’re here to cater for all types of beard growers, from the stubbly geeks to the full flowing beardsmen. We like to consider ourselves more as a community and a movement, rather than just an enterprise.
Our aim is to help the fellow man take pride and maintain his glorious beard or stubble using the best products available.’
24) Magazine Subscription
Whenever I don’t know what to give to someone I think books. You always learn something useful from them, and you never know, perhaps it will be their next favourite. Even better for a bibliophile is more reading material - and if you know they’ll love reading a magazine with interesting new content every week/month this will tick all the boxes.
National Geographic, Lonely Planet, Sisters Magazine, Al Jumuah... the list is endless, look around because there is something for everyone. Think cooking, or baking, sewing, or sports. Usually, there is a discount for yearly or half yearly subscriptions so it's a lot cheaper than buying each new issue.
Emma is an awesome multi-talented author and illustrator. She has published a number of Islamic books for kids that answer frequent questions such as ‘Where is Allah?’ in a clever and thoughtful manner. Other book titles include ‘How does Allah Look’ and the ‘Owl and Cat’ series. You can purchase the books from her website in both hardback and paperback versions.
‘Hi, I’m Emma Apple! I write and illustrate best-selling Islamic children’s books for families who want unique Muslim and multicultural bookshelves. Through my books, I help kids grasp complex concepts using authentic Islamic sources, scientific facts and characters with character!’