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Eid Gift Guide: Supporting small businesses

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With Ramadan already drawing to a close (I can’t believe how quickly it seems to fly by every year subhanAllah) and Eid round the corner, I thought you might find an Eid gift guide handy if you haven’t got round to doing your Eid shopping yet!

Nothing brings me greater joy than buying someone a well thought through gift, packaging it beautifully and then watching them happily unwrap it. I also love supporting small businesses and all the businesses I list below are small businesses, most of which are run by fellow Muslimahs, so that makes this even more special!

This post is not sponsored, I have purchased items from all these businesses for my personal use. All opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

SIMPLE CANDLE CO

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Simple Candle Co sell 100% natural soy wax melts, so there’s none of those artificial smells and nothing to worry about if you have young children in your home. They stock some melts that are very similar to Arabian incense (bukhoor) but less overpowering and others that are simple, like cotton for example. The melts are packaged beautifully, and come with instructions on the back. The melts fit perfectly into my oil burner (mine is from the Body Shop – I picked it up in my January sales haul) and the website promises 20 hours of burn time. They also do a monthly box that contains 8 melts for £10! If that’s not a bargain, I don’t know what is. You can try out different scents and any extras would be perfect at any time of the year for any occasion/ event. My favourites are Damson Noir, Oudh Nights and Patchouli & Cardamom. I did a detailed review of their products if you’d like to read it before making a purchase

INSPIRE ME ART

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If you, like me, have longed for the Prophetic Advice canvas that was created by Little Life of Mine, to adorn your walls but did not want to pay the hefty cost of shipping from the US, you will be THRILLED to know Inspire Me Art have partnered with Little Life of Mine to sell them here! Yes, here, on our doorstep, where it is super affordable and the wait is bearable for those of us that lack patience. They also do the Follow Muhammad canvas and lots and lots of other tasteful Islamic art – key word there *tasteful* – for around your home. Plus, a percentage of sales is donated to Islamic Relief. I know you’ve already stopped reading this post to go make a purchase. Thank me later.

 

IBRAHEEM TOY HOUSE

Screen Shot 2016-07-01 at 13.28.21I purchased some of the kids Eid presents from Ibraheem Toy House this year and I’ve been really pleased with the service. I specifically picked this store because I know it is run by a fellow Muslimah who is also a mother and I will quite happily hand over my hard earned money to a Muslimah run business when I strongly identify with their business values. I admire what Nazia (the owner) is trying to accomplish and I feel privileged to be able to support her in her endeavours by purchasing from her store. There is a plethora of items on offer – you really are spoilt for choice. I did compare them to other sites and Ibraheem Toy House are competitively priced, and have a far better range of newer items, compared to other websites. They also have free worksheets and coloring pages that I absolutely love. I have popped these into the kids’ Eid gift bags and have printed smaller versions on cards to include inside goody bags for my nieces and nephews, which I’m sure they’ll love! You also get 10% off your first order when you sign up to their newsletter!

SUNNAH SKINCARE

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I have been shopping at Sunnah Skincare for over two years now and I am not exaggerating when I say that when you begin to purchase from them, your Boots/ Superdrug hauls will be considerably smaller. I am so grateful to have found them after I had a particularly unpleasant experience with an Instagram seller of natural skin products who took about 9 weeks to refund me for an order that never materialised. The people over at Sunnah Skincare are absolutely amazing – Ruqayyah will answer any question you have (all 1,038 of them if you’re like me!) and often will recommend things you may have in your own home or offer you tips and advice that do not involve purchasing anything from them. It’s when you come across individuals like this that you know they are really passionate about their work and helping people and aren’t just about pushing their products.
Some of my favourites are the argan and moringa intensive moisturiser (I would not be without it), the wonderbalm, the argan oil cleanser, the whipped body butter – this is the only thing I put on my children and it (by Allah’s will of course) is solely responsible for healing my son’s skin that was heavily scarred from eczema flare ups. Their lavender and chamomile shampoo and body wash bar is brilliant for kids – this can also be made into a liquid soap, if you don’t like using bars – but in my opinion, they are absolute must haves.

They have also just launched gift sets for men – so if you’re looking for something to buy your father, husband, brother, uncle, a significant other – this may be just what you’re looking for.

AL HIDAAYAH BOOKSTORE

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I first discovered Al Hidaayah when I was looking for a gift for my husband a few years ago and now I purchase something from them nearly every year. They are one of the largest suppliers of Islamic books and merchandise and all their items are 10% off which you purchase online. They have a good range of books if you’re making a purchase for an avid reader, and also stock essentials like miswak and prayer mats, so if you’re buying lots of little gifts for someone to make up a basket or a package, or perhaps something special for a new Muslim – this would be perfect. They also stock PLAIN prayer mats – I’m really excited about plain prayer mats! – for a really affordable price and are very lovely to speak with on the phone so you can phone them prior to your purchase to pick a colour or ask them any questions you may have before you buy. Items are also dispatched very quickly, often on the day you make your purchase, if it’s earlier in the day.

LEARNING ROOTS

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Learning Roots is one of my favourites. I don’t know much about who is behind it, but I know I’m purchasing something from them, without fail, every Eid. They really raise the bar from one Ramadan/ Eid to another and this year was no exception. Their Quran Mark bookmark offer with free engraving was absolutely brilliant. I purchased a few and have received mine and they are nothing short of gorgeous – the perfect present for absolutely anyone. I would share photos of mine except I’m fairly certain the people they were purchased for may read this and I don’t want to ruin the surprise! Their children’s books are also some of my children’s favourites and for younger children, books like Allah Knows All About Me and The Path to Jannah – are perfect ways to introduce Islamic terminology and the concept of tawheed (oneness of Allah). Their products are beautifully illustrated and the quality is of a high standard so they really hold up to the rough handling that children often subject books to! I have never regretted a Learning Roots purchase or felt like the item wasn’t worth the price I paid for it. Their bumper Ramadan activity pack is now on sale for £2.99 down from £7.99 – so if you didn’t pick it up earlier because you thought your kids might be too young for it – buy it now and keep it safe for next Ramadan!

 

EID MUBARAK BADGES

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I love these (because I made them) not least because they’re the first thing I’ve ever had a design of mine printed on, but also because of all the money we are raising for Human Appeal. I think these are perfect for goody bags and for your own children or loved ones to wear during Eid. You can even reuse them when Eid ul Adha rolls round ☺ It’s an excellent opportunity for dawah as well! Last orders must be made today – click here to make a purchase!

MINI MUSLIMAH DOLLS

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These are the most adorable things I have ever seen! I purchased one for Nusaybah and my niece this year and although the wonderful lady that makes these is unable to take order at the moment, please bookmark these for next Eid! The proceeds from the sale of each doll goes to Syria and we absolutely love ours.

ISLAMIC MOMENTS

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Sabah over at Islamic Moments creates these beautiful cards that are a wonderful accompaniment to any gift or even just on their own! They are beautifully made, on quality card stock and look and feel great. I particularly love the mint and gold colours and her range of Islamic notebooks, that are stunning if you are looking for a present for an avid writer/ planner.

Although today may be the cut off time for Eid orders for a lot of the businesses above, use this Eid gift guide to make a purchase anyway, if you find something you think your recipient will really love, and giving it to them as soon as it arrives or saving it for next Eid!

DONATING TO CHARITY
Whatever you choose to give to your loved ones, spare a thought for those less fortunate than you and I and those who won’t be opening presents on Eid day. Several charities (all listed below) are running Eid gift donation programmes for young children across the world. Share the joy and bring a little happiness to more than just your loved ones this Eid!

Muslim Aid – https://www.muslimaid.org/what-we-do/eid-gift-programme/
Muslim Hands UK – https://muslimhands.org.uk/donate/gifts-for-children
Orphans in Need – www.orphansinneed.org.uk/my-donation/
Islamic Help – https://www.islamichelp.org.uk/ihelp-give/eidgifts

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5 Comments

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    Fatima
    July 1, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    This was a good afternoon read. This Eid gift guide is very helpful and I’m glad tha you’re supporting small businesses.

    Fatima | http://www.blogsbyfa.com

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    Amina
    July 3, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Great gift ideas. Learning roots is a favourite of mine too. I highly recommend their resources – Masha Allah and look for every opportunity to buy more.

    Baarakallahu feek for supporting small businesses. May they grow to greater heights.

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    Qudsiyah Remtulla
    May 25, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Love Love Love this list! I’m all for supporting small businesses! Thank you for compiling this!

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    Kanika Aggarwal
    June 8, 2018 at 1:24 am

    Lovely read and made me all mush remembering my bookmark. Jazzak Allah khair love ? I wish someone did an eid gift guide like this for Canada!

    • Reply
      Iman
      February 12, 2019 at 2:58 pm

      Aww Kanika – wa iyyaki! I’m so glad you liked it! x

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