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Pumpkintopf Mon 11-Jun-18 22:24:58

My lovely friend has invited my family to join her Eid celebration. Just wondering what would be appropriate gifts to take?

Saw Ambala sweets recommended- anyone know if they're any good?

I was thinking book vouchers or similar for the kids?

Thanks for any advice!

yellowpaper Mon 11-Jun-18 22:38:29

I would take flowers and chocs or a nice candle 😊

Pumpkintopf Mon 11-Jun-18 22:41:14

Thanks yellowpaper smile

TheAvengers33 Mon 11-Jun-18 22:43:05

It's so lovely of you to ask about this. You can find nice Islamic books for kids on amazon if you have time, otherwise a box of ambala assorted sweets sounds perfect, if someone came with that for Eid to my house I'd be very grateful!!

Fluffyears Mon 11-Jun-18 22:46:06

When is Eidthis year? The first time I knew about Ramadan and Eid Ramdan was in December so fasting didn’t seem so bad but in the recent heat and long hours of daylight it must be very difficult.

shiklah Mon 11-Jun-18 22:46:27

I always take something fun for the kids to play/do there and then and sweets - always sweets grin.
I also take something for the hostess - I am a shepherd so I take a shawl or scarf knitted from my sheeps wool with a picture of the sheep. Or some home produce from the garden or jam wrapped nicely. My DB is a photographer and gives a book of his work and gives the kids little cameras.

dusking Mon 11-Jun-18 22:48:19

Ambala sweets are a nice idea, or even any other type of dessert is always a nice touch. When we invite guests over they usually bring some sort of nice cake or even a box of Krispy Kremes excuse me whilst I go beg DH to go get me a doughnut now

Racecardriver Mon 11-Jun-18 22:49:08

In my culture is it traditional to give Naice handkerchiefs and soap (dating back to the good old days when women had the time to sit around and embroider them). But it is usually the host who gives gifts to visitors. Visitors generally just bring a plate with them that gets added to the table plus gifts for children. Whatever you do don't bring a bottle of brandy. Really disbelief go down as well as it does at Christmas.

dusking Mon 11-Jun-18 22:51:36

fluffyears Eid is either Friday or Saturday. It is pretty hard, especially in hot weather - I do 12 hour shifts so I do find it very difficult but that’s the point of it and it’s such a special and lovely time for us, most people always miss it when it’s gone as it passes so quickly. And we also love all the amazing food we eat this month grin

PurpleCrowbar Mon 11-Jun-18 22:52:23

I live in Egypt.

The go to seems to be a box of posh pastries (even though the house will have them coming out of their ears!), or just gifts for the kids - little stuff like colouring books.

winterisstillcoming Mon 11-Jun-18 22:53:17

Anything that has no pork, alcohol or gambling related.

animaginativeusername Mon 11-Jun-18 22:57:05

Love receiving chocolates, biscuits, crisp etc - any snack. Anything as long as halal.

Rkay2 Mon 11-Jun-18 22:58:17

What you've suggested sounds nice. But think about what culture they are? Sometimes Indian sweets are overdone in Ramadan with people taking them along for Iftar.

Doughnuts are a good idea as a pp said. A nice cake. Biscuit/chocolate assortment. Plant or flowers.

For kids - coming from a family with 17 nephews and nieces edible items always go down well. This year they are each getting a clothing top and a pick and mix sweet bag. Littlest baby is getting a toy as well.

But also anything not alcohol or pork containing will go down well!

Fluffyears Mon 11-Jun-18 22:59:45

My friend misses it as she has some stomach issues so has to avoid fasting she does pray and gives her time to charity instead. I’d find it hard not being able to have water although I understand the reasoning behind it.

A good friend of mine had fasted once all day and his mother had packed him a nice dinner (he swapped his lunch time with his afternoon break and was working a later shift). It smelled amazing and he was so looking forward to tucking in (it was November so sunset was fairly early). As he took it from the microwave he managed to drop his meal all over the floor. I don’t think i’ve Ever seen anyone so upset.

That reminds me my friend was meant to give me an English copy of the Qu’ran to read as I live learning about other religions and cultures. She converted to Islam on marriage so had to have an English book as she can’t read Arabic.

Pumpkintopf Mon 11-Jun-18 23:04:23

Thanks so much for all the lovely replies. I'm aware of the basics on alcohol, pork etc. just wanted to check I was thinking along the right lines.

Was wondering about this little table dec as well - what do you think?

Pumpkintopf Mon 11-Jun-18 23:05:00

Shiklah your gifts sound amazing!

mummy2three2014 Mon 11-Jun-18 23:11:19

Can i please jump on this post? Apologies in advance but my son's one to one is getting married next month and I'd love to get her something traditional and relative to her, I'd like her to feel that we have put a lot of thought into it if you know what I mean? Could any of you lovely ladies give me suggestions of what you would really appreciate? Many thanks in advance

Griefbacon Tue 12-Jun-18 07:01:19

Are there any doughnuts to avoid? Are all Krispy Kreme ok?

animaginativeusername Tue 12-Jun-18 07:57:58

@mummy2three2014 which culture or background is the girl

mummy2three2014 Tue 12-Jun-18 21:35:34

Sorry to disappear my internet has been down ,damn BT lol she has told me she is Muslim and having two different wedding days they sound amazing, she has told us all about her dresses and flowers I'm sure she will make a stunning bride, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

ElChan03 Tue 12-Jun-18 21:38:42

My friend at work is looking forward to chocolate I think and some sleep.

animaginativeusername Wed 13-Jun-18 09:50:41

@mummy2three2014 love to help but you should start a different thread

animaginativeusername Wed 13-Jun-18 09:52:48

@Pumpkintopf those are lovely, didn't know there were such things. Thank you smile

firawla Wed 13-Jun-18 09:56:27

All of these ideas sound good! As others have said, as long as no pork or alcohol any idea should be fine - the Krispy Kreme idea would go down brilliantly with my kids!

starryeyed19 Wed 13-Jun-18 09:58:24

Ambala or some chocolates are great! How kind of you!

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