Last minute Eid Gift Guide
If you’re living life on the fast lane, you often need a fast gift guide
The days seem to pass by so much faster when you have a million things to do. You suddenly find that Eid Al Adha is just around the corner and you have no idea what to gift your family and friends. If you’ve find yourself in this dilemma, we have a few suggestions that just might save you: Prayer beads: Otherwise known as misbaha, prayer beads are used by Muslims as a way to recite prayers. We can’t think of a gift that is better suited for a religious occasion such as Eid Al Adha. Prayer beads can be found in various jewellery shops across the UAE. However, Souq.com is great for last minute purchases as it offers next day delivery. Dubai Opera: Take advantage of the opening of the Dubai Opera and grab tickets as a gift for Eid. It’s an activity that works for couples, friends, of families. The house is hosting the Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia for shows on the 15th and 17th of September. Jewellery: Traditionally, jewellery is often gifted to women in the Middle East because it doubles as financial security. The case is the same in Eid. While gold is usually preferred for its value, we like diamonds as well, particularly this pair of pear shaped drop diamond earrings in 18k white gold from Liali Jewellery. Custom Jewellery: If you can’t afford to spend AED21,500 on earrings (yes, that’s the price of the previous ones), opt for a less expensive choice like designer earrings. We love Chanel because it has a large collection of diverse custom jewellery. Its prices start at AED800. Versace is another such brand that makes great fine jewellery. Briefcase: A good quality designer briefcase is a great gift for any businessman no matter the occasion. It works well for the Eid occasion, too. We like Gucci’s Light Supreme briefcases because they’re lighter than others and have more efficient storage compartments. And they’re really stylish. Personalised perfume: This works for both men and women and is a great choice because it’s an activity you can do as a couple or family. But because creating perfumes is very tricky, we recommend going to a specialised luxury perfume brand such as Jo Malone. You can book a personalised perfume making session guided by master perfumers. Forever Rose: A favourite gift choice of ours, Forever Rose is a naturally enhanced rose that lasts for several years. This Eid, the brand has tailor-made packages with Eid-money (a tradition where men gift money to women and children) placed inside. The brand also offers diverse collections of natural roses. Home gift: It’s a tradition that families visit each other during Eid. Instead of opting for the usual gift of flowers and gifts, try a home décor Arabic-style gift such as this wall art from Souq.com. It can be applied to any smooth and clean surface and can be easily removed.