Finding the perfect hostess gift during the holy month can be a challenge, but luckily for us, more and more brands are catering to the dilemma with offerings that are customizable, adapted to regional flavors, or carry an element of philanthropy to reflect Ramadan’s emphasis on charity. Here, Savoir Flair shares six ideas on how to gift your hostess – whether she is traditional, playful, addicted to tea, or even artistically inclined.
A Touch of Tradition
The name Bateel needs absolutely no introduction to Dubai residents, thanks to its decadent selection of organic dates, luxury chocolates, and so much more – and its gourmet Ramadan offerings are no different. Drawing on its rich Arabic heritage and passion for luxurious delicacies, Bateel has created a Ramadan collection hosting an array of gorgeous boxes and trays.
Our pick would have to be the ‘Antique Gold’ and ‘Antique Blue’ boxes (AED 380/SAR 388), with intricate designs that have been hand-painted onto mirrored glass by Peruvian artists using hues of gold, silver, and porcelain blue. The Ramadan collection is available online and at Bateel boutiques and cafés across the city.
Be Good, Do Good
To commemorate 2017 as The Year of Giving in the UAE, luxury floral brand Maison Des Fleurs has joined forces with renowned French-Tunisian artist eL Seed to unveil a limited-edition flower box designed with his unique calligraphy style.
Even more impressive? Fifty percent of the revenue generated from the sales of these boxes will be donated to Dubai-based initiative Al Jalila Foundation, which helps treat children with life-threatening illnesses and conducts research into better treatment options. These limited-edition boxes start at AED 749/SAR 765 and will be available from the first day of Ramadan until August at the brand’s retail locations and www.maisondesfleurs.com.
Trip Down Memory Lane
Regardless of the ever-present glitz and glamour of Dubai, the humble Vimto remains synonymous with Ramadan, inciting a serious sense of nostalgia every time the holy month rolls around. Headed to the home of a Vimto enthusiast? Gift her with the ultimate take on this fruit cordial – a personalized, limited-edition bottle.
Available exclusively from May 15th until June 24th at a dedicated pop-up in Bloomingdale’s Dubai, these bottles can be customized with Swarovski crystals. Alternatively, you could choose a box of mini bottles personalized with the initials of your hostess, with both versions packaged in a limited-edition gold and burgundy gift box. Prices start at only AED 50/SAR 51, so you don’t have to break the piggy bank for this one.
All That Glitters
Delicious desserts meet what Garrett Popcorn does best to form the guilty pleasures – the world’s finest gourmet-popcorn treats – produced by Garrett Gold. And to the delight of foodies across Dubai, it has just introduced custom-made ‘BonBon Gift Box’ sets that feature an assortment of flavors inspired by the holy month.
The handmade bonbons are bite-sized ‘CaramelCrisp Popcorn’ clusters enrobed in smooth (white, milk, or dark) chocolate, topped with roasted pistachios or pecans, and delicately finished with a golden dust. You can choose from 12 bonbons for AED 75/SAR 77 or 24 bonbons for AED 130/SAR 133 – either way, they make the perfect gift if your hostess has a relentless sweet tooth. You’ll find Garrett Gold in the Star Atrium of The Dubai Mall.
The pressure of entertaining at home is inevitable, so your hostess is sure to appreciate a gift that will spruce up her personal space – particularly through the power of scent. Enter: the premium Ramadan collection by homegrown candle company Wallace & Co., which features a range of bespoke handmade candles that are ideal for gifting.
Made using only healthy purifying waxes that are blended with curated fragrances rooted in oud, patchouli, citrus, musk, bergamot, and darkened amber for a smoother and more aromatic burn, the collection has been designed to celebrate the history and heritage of the Middle East. To go the extra mile, each candle (starting at AED 35/SAR 36) can be tailored with customized matchboxes and packaging. To place an order, visit the candle studio in Atrium The Courtyard in Al Quoz or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tea drinkers are onto something, regularly consuming a beverage that reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and prevents diabetes. This year, reward the tea loyalist in your life by gifting her a ‘Bismillah’ gift box by luxury tea company Newby. This beautifully designed Ramadan special will treat your hostess to an array of surprises tucked away in miniature numbered draws, each of which contains a set of three matching teas or tisanes that are individually sealed for a fresh flavor sensation.
The box contains a whopping 23 types of sachets across many varieties of luxury tea – black, green, and oolong alongside flavorsome herbal and fruit infusions – and is priced at AED 700/SAR 715. Head to www.newbyteas.ae to place your order, and that’s the caffeine requirements of your hostess sorted.