Ramadan 2018: The Dubai gift guide

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  • Ramadan is synonymous with fasting, giving to charity, and strengthening one’s beliefs.
  • Lavish gifting and pretty packages have become a staple of the Islamic holy month to connect with family and friends.
  • We’ve put together the perfect Ramadan gift guide to help you narrow down your choices and get into the spirit of giving.

They say gifting is an art, and this particularly holds true during the season of kindness. From traditional customized packages and bright gift baskets – think honeyed and fragrant nibbles for the relentlessly sweet-toothed (and who isn’t sweet-toothed during Ramadan?) to trendier millennial-oriented gadgets for a new generation of Muslim consumers, there is something for every budget and every person during the holy month of Ramadan.

While charity and donations are crucial to the Islamic holy month, giving to loved ones is a beautiful gesture too. So, read through, and get inspired!

But first, some interesting statistics

Online consumer trends during the holy month of Ramadan

  • The ease and practicality of social media and E-commerce have changed the way we celebrate Ramadan.
  • According to Arabian business, Facebook statistics show that there is a 35.8 % increase in e-commerce activity through the region during Ramadan – a figure which rises to 78 % during the hours of the night.
  • The use of mobile phones to discover and engage with products and services continue to increase dramatically, as retailers in the region aren’t missing a trick to grab the attention of a massive online audience.

Now the fun part! Let’s get gifting

Ramadan gifts UAE

We’ve put together our very own 2018 Dubai Ramadan gift guide. It includes timeless traditional items and more quirky gifts for the younger generation, with convenient links for those who prefer browsing for gifts from the comfort of their space.

For the traditional at heart
A modest yet eye-catching Kaftan

It’s one of our favorite Ramadan gift items for a female. Regardless whether the recipient is avant-garde or more on the reserved end of fashion, you can never go wrong with an elegant Kaftan during a month where modest clothing is highly encouraged.

Shop online:
We’re obsessed with this gorgeous Kaftan on www.ounass.com
Price: AED 1590

Shop at the mall:
Sauce at Dubai mall is a Kaftan heaven. Really.
Average prices: AED 700 – 2000

A luxurious backgammon board game set

As you may already know if you live or have lived in the Middle East, backgammon is the go-to game of choice during Ramadan. Because it is prevalent and a crowd pleaser, it makes for a smart and beautiful Ramadan gift.

Shop online:
We would go for the luxurious Walnut wood backgammon set from www.souq.com
Price: AED 1,800

Shop at the mall:
A great place to find board games is in Times Square Center on Sheikh Zayed Road.
Average prices: AED 150 – 800

Gourmet date boxes

Dates are possibly the most culturally relevant and perfect Ramadan courtesy gift you can buy. And if you’re feeling a little bit adventurous, go for the sparkling date drinks or maybe date flavored oil and vinegar sets. We would pick the “Antique Gold” and “Antique Blue” boxes with an average price of AED 380.

Shop online or at the mall:
Bateel is definitely a no-brainer for us and needs no introduction to Dubai residents. Either check out their boutiques and cafés around the city (we like the Dubai Mall shop) or browse through their bestsellers on www.bateelonline.com.
Average prices: AED 70 – 1000

For the health-conscious
Sweet but healthy treats

Soft, delicious, and entirely healthy? Like music to our ears, if you ask us. How about beautifully packaged sweets that are delectable and wholesome? The health and fitness-conscious will love the idea.

Shop online:
We like the ENCAS products on www.joigifts.com. They’re paleo, vegan-friendly and free from gluten, dairy, grains, and refined sugar.
Average price: AED 77100

For the gadget junkies
A digital photo frame

Ramadan is a time where memories are made too. We think a digital photo frame for the sentimental tech-savvy can be a lovely idea.

Shop online:
This 15 inches widescreen Digital Photo Frame makes the cut. Find it on www.souq.com.
Price: AED 400

Wow factor gifts
An incredibly indulgent box of chocolate

If you’re looking to fascinate your loyal clients, colleagues or business associates with a Ramadan gift (in other words, if it’s a corporate gift you’re looking for), you can never go wrong with a classy box of rich and creamy chocolate selection or a basket of opulently decorated goodies.

Shop online or at the mall:
We’re big fans of Marks and Spencer’s tasty and gorgeous selection of chocolate and goodie baskets and gift hampers. www.marksandspencerfood.ae
Average prices: AED 75 – 350

Shop online:
For go-to Ramadan corporate gifts, we highly recommend www.corporategiftme.com. Download the Ramadan Gift Catalogue and enjoy browsing.

Charmingly packed Arabic inspired fine tea selections

You would definitely be making a lasting impression with this gift. What better way to celebrate Ramadan than with the aromas and the exquisiteness of handcrafted beautiful tea blends? Always a winning combo.

Shop online:
We can’t get enough of the available blends and beautifully packaged gift options on avantcha.com.
Average prices: AED 70 – 600

Shop at the mall:
How about little somethin’ somethin’ from TWG tea at Dubai Mall. We particularly like their tea scented candles.
Average prices: Suitable for every budget

Stunning roses paired with scrumptious treats

Have you heard of Forever Rose? If you haven’t known about them, you’re missing out!
They have been all the rage, especially during Ramadan, as the company offers natural roses that live up to three years, paired with mouth-watering chocolates and almonds. A unique gift right there!

Shop at:
Their boutique at Citywalk Dubai. Also available to order online or by phone on 800 Forever (3673837). Average price: With a single rose at a starting price of AED 550, we urge you to think twice! But hey, it’s the world’s longest lasting rose and a gorgeous gift for those with higher budgets.

Happy Ramadan from the Aqeed team!

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