As Ramadan becomes a winter holiday again (finally!), long iftars around the table with family and friends are becoming more and more of a reality. Whether or not you can spend this blessed month with the people you love, why not change up your Eidi routine and consider these Eid gift ideas to close out the month (instead of the usual cold hard cash)?
Giving gifts during this holy month can be tricky; for many observant Muslims, Ramadan is about reflecting, reconnecting, and reconnecting with your faith, avoiding the pitfalls of the material world. Simultaneously, each fasting day can end with a raucous iftar filled with food and fun (where a platter of dried fruits and nuts or a box of chocolate covered dates will go far!). While some may find these two realities to be at odds, during Ramadan we Muslims are brought closer to the relationships that give meaning to our lives, whether with people, Allah or both.
Eid al-Fitr, which begins at sunset on the last day of Ramadan, has these same ideals, and it is common for community members and family to have an Eid celebration the following morning. Depending on the calendar and school of thought that one follows, this year it will fall from May 1 to May 3.
After the Eid prayer is over, people gather to impart blessings and eat (mamoul cookies are this writer’s favorite treats for Eid), older members of a family or community give gifts, called Eidi – usually in the form of banknotes – to younger members. In some parts of the world, Eid al-Fitr is nicknamed the “Sugar Day” and children are often given sweets instead of the typical $5-20 bills.
If giving money to Eidi seems a bit impersonal, we’ve rounded up some great Eid gift ideas that are more thoughtful than crumpled dollar bills (or at least some cute envelopes to slip them in!). It may be your younger brother’s first Eid away from home and you want to give him something special. Maybe you’re trying to give your first-generation kids, bewitched by the glitz and glamor of Christmas, a little holiday fun. Or maybe you were invited to an Eid party for the first time and you don’t know what to bring to the host. Either way, this month will pass quickly, so be sure to order early to avoid shipping delays. And in the meantime, Ramadan Mubarak!
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