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Traditional Eid Gift Ideas for Family and Friends

Every nation has its festival (Eid) and this is our festival.” [Agreed Upon]

In another report, the Prophet (SAW) was asked about participating in previous festivals that people of Madina celebrated in the past. He replied:

“Allah has given you something better than them, the day of Adha and the day of Fitr.”  [Sunan Abi Dawood, 1134]


The above hadith mentions the significance of Eid as a joyous occasion in a Muslim’s life. Celebrating the Eid festival is an important part of faith. It is a day of glorifying Allah (SWT) and expressing gratefulness. Eid is characterised by the spirit of kindness, joy, and sharing. Families and communities come together to enjoy the festive occasion, which fills the day with smiles and vibrance. After Eid prayers, people share greetings with each other and exchange gifts.

The Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW) emphasise the importance of displaying joy on the occasion of Eid. The words of hadith encourage Muslims to make an effort to look their best for the day of Eid. The believers are advised to take (Sunnah) bath, use perfume and dress in their finest clothes. In addition to that, engaging in permissible acts of entertainment is proven from the life of the Prophet (SAW) and the companions. It is reported that Abu Bakr (RA) entered the house of the Prophet (SAW) at a time when two young girls were singing on the day of Eid. When he tried to stop them, the Prophet (SAW) said:

“Let them be, for these are the days of Eid.”


Traditional Eid Gift Ideas

Eid is a great time for showing love and kindness to others, and gifts play a significant role in that. Giving each other gifts is encouraged by hadith as well. It helps believers in upholding ties of kinship and strengthening the bond between each other. The Prophet (SAW) is reported to have said:

“Exchange gifts, you will love one another.” [al-Bukhari]


Popular gifts include traditional items, such as luxury scarves, prayer mats, prayer caps, thobes, and abayas. Eid baskets are a beautiful way of presenting gifts, which can contain Tasbih, Quran, dates, oud fragrance, calligraphy pens and personalised bookmarks. What gifts do you give for Eid depends on the recipient, too. If you know about the likes and dislikes of your loved ones, it helps you choose the right gift without much hassle.

Eid Gifts for Family

Books, board games and quizzes make good Eid gifts for family. Family gifts can also include picnic arrangements, tickets to an interesting place, or days out with family members. The days preceding both Eid festivals contain great virtue, which encourages Muslims to engage in acts of worship and charity. It is also a reminder for believers to set their priorities right and aim to spend more time with those close to them. Quality time with loved ones is the best gift for family members, which helps increase everyone’s well-being and over-all happiness.

Eid Gifts Ideas for Friends

There are a range of gifts you can buy for friends and loved ones without incurring a lot of expense. Thoughtful gifts make someone’s day and add to the happiness of a festive occasion like Eid. Interesting Eid gift ideas include perfumes, chocolates, scented candles, and jewellery items. You can also choose home accessories, such as cushion covers, dinnerware and wall hangings to brighten up your loved one’s home at the blessed time of Eid.

Eid Gifts for Children

Children look forward to gifts or Eid money near the time of Eid. It is traditional to give money to young children in many cultures. A well-wrapped gift increases a child’s excitement of Eid and helps kids participate in Eid rituals with greater anticipation. Interesting kids’ gift include cookies, cupcakes, books, toys, art accessories, card games, puzzles and building or construction sets.

Eid al-Adha Gifts

Eid al-Adha follows the sacred ritual of Qurbani. In Muslim countries, people send Qurbani meat or cooked meat dishes to family and friends on the occasion of Eid. Some people invite loved ones to their homes for barbeque with Qurbani meat. However, there are other gift ideas that can be used to choose a suitable gift for Eid al-Adha. You can browse the ideas given above to buy something nice for Eid al-Adha.

You can also go for a personalised gift to treat your loved ones on the special occasion. Personalised gifts express thoughtfulness and contain more value to the person receiving them. Many common items can be personalised these days, which include notebooks, pens, water bottles, coffee mugs and jewellery items. You can choose what is right for you and brighten up the day of someone special this Eid al-Adha.

Instead of buying something, you can also bake cookies, fruit cakes, pastries, or samosas and send them as a gift to friends and neighbours. A nice dish can also serve as someone’s Iftar if sent one day before Eid as many Muslims fast on this day because of its virtue.

Gifts for Orphans and Widows

It is important to remember the less fortunate individuals and share the joy of Eid with them. Charity is at the heart of Eid celebrations. Donate to the Eid Meals Appeal by Orphans in Need and feed someone in need this Eid al-Adha.