We have recently received a handful of emails and FB messages asking us which perfumes to gift a Middle Eastern descendant friend on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr 🎊 (Monday, June 3), the day of the feast when Ramadan🌛 is over. The short answer is "We don't typically gift perfumes".
Over the past few years, my list of friends and acquaintances from the Middle East here in Las Vegas has grown. I still remember our Managing Director's answer to me when I asked him the same question, which I would like to share with all of you who share this same situation.
⚜️Kids of "Very Close Friends" You Are Visiting on or Around Eid Time:
▪️A small amount of money typically $10 to $30 depending on the age of the child. It can also be a gift card.
⚜️Close Friends and Colleagues:
▪️Gifting these people is the only instance in which a high-end perfume is advised.
⚜️Neighbors and Close Acquaintances:
▪️Bakhoor (Incense) is an ideal gift option here; If you know them to burn incense in their household regularly, Dukhoon Al Jazeera or Bukhoon Al Haram would be a great gift. If you are not sure, I would highly recommend you gift them the Bakhoor Starter Kit, which includes a free electric incense burner.
Before I forget, one should always say "Eid Mubarak " or write it in a note accompanying the gift.
For everyone else, the simple act of saying "Eid Mubarak," will mean a lot! While many Middle-Easterners are Christian, they still celebrate the Eid festivities with their fellow Muslim community members, and I have not yet met a Christian Arab who was not pleased and pleasantly surprised by my "Eid Mubarak" greeting to them
I hope this information was useful ☺️
Some background information about (Eid-al-Fitr):
When Ramadan comes to an end, all those who practice it will be celebrating Eid! Eid is everybody’s favorite part of the year. They wear new clothes, gather in congregation to offer special Eid prayers, have lots of fantastic food, and visit friends and family to convey greetings.
Moreover, just like Christmas, let’s not forget Eid gifts! Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha are the only two celebrations that are prescribed to a Muslim. That means that Eid to them is birthdays, anniversaries, and all the other standard gift-giving holidays bundled up in one. Gift-giving traditions for Eid-al-Fitr around the world are pretty universal after all the words “Eid Mubarak” means blessed holiday.
I shared earlier a post about Ramadan if you have not seen it already and would like to learn more.