All hail the woman of substance. She lives with purpose, isn’t afraid of failure, stands by her values, and prefers experiences over things – and she’s celebrated every day on Savoir Flair. Admittedly, buying her a gift for Eid – especially during these unprecedented circumstances – isn’t the easiest endeavor, but luckily for you, we’ve put together our top picks to get you started. Not only does every gift idea support a homegrown entity, but each is also truly meaningful in its own way. Bonus: there’s absolutely nothing mainstream about this edit.
The Outspoken Print
Photography hub Gulf Photo Plus has stepped up to support talented local photographers with its COVID-19 Artist Relief Print Sale, and we’re all for it. A selection of 50 images is on offer, each printed on archival-grade fine art paper. For obvious reasons, we’re partial to this print by Waleed Shah, a “a sarcastic take on the standards of society”. And while we’re here: can the media please stop talking about Adele’s body already?
Gulf Photo Plus ‘Print by Waleed Shah’
Gulf Photo Plus
The Altruistic Soap
A soothing bar of handmade soap for her, a meal served to someone in need – win-win. For every bar of Layyef Kayyef soap sold, a meal will be donated through the 10 Million Meals campaign that provides food assistance to the less fortunate. And in case you need a reason to spoil yourself while you’re at it, Layyef Kayyef offers free delivery within the UAE if you order three soaps or more.
Layyef Kayyef ‘Soothing Chamomile & Honey Soap’
The Taste of the Past
If you’ve ever taken the Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage tour with Frying Pan Adventures, you’ve sampled a divine saffron ice cream sundae at an Iranian specialty store. Now, the food tourism company is offering a taste of those glorious days through its ‘Hug-in-a-Box’ to offer support to this very special spot. There are currently four different options to choose from, but we suggest you keep the hug going for longer with ‘The Epicurean Box’, below.
Frying Pan Adventures ‘Hug-in-a-Box’
Frying Pan Adventures
The Promise of Performance
It’s no surprise that family-run businesses around the globe have taken a hit as a result of the pandemic, and independent theater Courtyard Playhouse is no exception. This hidden gem is facing permanent closure, currently raising money to survive this period and reopen its doors again once the situation improves. If you’re looking for a way to give back to the local community, we suggest you check two boxes by purchasing this gift voucher (there’s four different denominations to choose from) for the special theatergoer in your life.
Courtyard Playhouse ‘Theater Gift Voucher’
The Iconic Cup
Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is remembered for her pain, passion, and vibrant self-portraits, so we’re dubbing this ceramic glass – which was handmade to inspire “dreamy feminine dialogue” – perfect for the artsy type in your life. The homeware collection at upcycling café concept Kave, where we spotted Frida, also includes plate sets that feature whimsical illustrations.
Kave ‘Frida’ Drinking Class
The UNESCO-Approved Artwork
Another all-round winner is this wall art from Al Ghadeer UAE Crafts, which empowers underprivileged women through sustainable crafts. It features Al Sadu, a traditional weaving technique that plays a central role in the social lives of Bedouin women and is seen on everything from tents to carpets and belts for camel saddles. It was even inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding in 2011 because of its significance.
Al Ghadeer UAE Crafts ‘Sadu’ Wall Art
Al Ghadeer UAE Crafts
The World on a String
We all have that one globetrotting friend whose state of wanderlust is currently out of control. Now, you can’t exactly gift her with a plane ticket for Eid, so we suggest this delicate travel-inspired bracelet instead. Not only was this piece handcrafted entirely out of recycled silver (recovered from reimagined jewelry and electronic parts), but it’s also produced in a closed-loop production. Translation: it creates zero waste.
Luna & Rose ‘Globetrotter’ Bracelet
The Look of Love
Sometimes, all it takes to make a big statement is one single word. Enter: this decorative wall motif from Beldi Bazaar, which showcases the artistic heritage and promotes the local craftsmanship of Morocco through its selection. The piece promises to be durable as it’s made from nickel and silver, and can be hung on a wall or used as part of your tabletop décor for a special occasion.
Beldi Bazaar ‘Word’ Decorative Motif
The New Normal
While we’re all for gifting oud perfume on Eid, this one’s for the friend who appreciates a little irony. Designed by FMM – a brand that translates insights on Arab culture into tongue-in-cheek illustrations and kitschy accessories – this reusable face mask features an oud bottle print, reflecting the new normal of this festive season.
FMM ‘Dihn Oud’ Face Mask
The Personalized Portrait
Jordanian-Canadian artist Noor Naqaweh currently lives in Dubai, and can often be spotted hosting live portrait sessions around town. Now, with everyone homebound, she is turning her signature style – documenting life’s mundane moments through colors that evoke feelings of nostalgia and charm – towards digital art. We think a customized pet portrait is perfect for any friend who is currently in quarantine with a four-legged friend and relishing the company.
Noor Naqaweh ‘Custom Pet Portrait’
The Designer Doll
Not only can you choose your ethically handcrafted doll’s body color, eye color, hair color, and hairstyle – that’s over 140 unique combinations at your fingertips – but it also makes for a truly purposeful present. For each Dumyé personalized doll sold, a doll is gifted to a child in need. And there’s more: it comes with Dumyé’s signature “Purpose Pocket”, a special pocket with a blank piece of cloth on which you can leave a meaningful message.
Dumyé ‘Personalized Designer Doll’
The Storytelling Sandal
And for that one friend who loves a statement accessory and embraces color wholeheartedly? This sandal by footwear brand Tamashee is a no-brainer. Not only is it made of leather and designed with a lightly cushioned insole for added comfort, but it’s also embossed with a pattern inspired by Al Qatt art. This is because Tamashee studies the history, form, and function of traditional design elements and incorporates them into contemporary styles for a unique past-meets-present aesthetic.
Tamashee ‘Aryaash’ Sandal