Ramadan is right around the corner and will be here before we all know it. In the spirit of not procrastinating and getting our Ramadan and Eid gifts out of the way before Ramadan, I’ve created a simple gift guide with a spotlight on…. (you guessed it!) FOOD! There are no gifts I enjoy receiving and giving more than those of food. I’m sure these will hit the spot as midnight, post-tarawih snacks, iftar musings, and even early morning nibbles.
- Shield’s Date Garden Date Medley Plate My family had received these as a gift a number of years ago and we have been hooked since. These are best dates I’ve had, hands down. The variety of dates is incredible and a big plus because they are local too (at least to Californians).
- David’s Tea- the tea explorer I live with a tea aficionado and although I haven’t personally tried these teas, they are high on my list for gifting. This collection contains teas from all over the world and the gorgeous packaging is spot on with Ramadan. Coupled with a Moroccan tiled mug this will make a perfect hostess gift.
- Levain Bakery cookies The world famous Levain cookies are incredibly indulgent. But after a full day of fasting, these are definitely worth it, especially the chocolate chip cookies, slightly warmed up.
- Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream I’ve heard so much about Jeni’s and their innovative flavor combinations that it’s a must try this summer. Not only do they have numerous flavor options, they also have ice cream sandwich sets and subscriptions too, both of which would make wonderful gifts.
- Chantal Guillon Macarons Who doesn’t love macarons? They are stunning to look at and quite flavorful too. Some of my favorite flavors are coffee, earl grey, Persian rose, pistachio, and of course dark chocolate. A note of caution: a few of the flavors do contain gelatin, so bear that in mind and make sure to check before ordering if you’re concerned about halal.
- Dandelion Chocolate is yet another local San Francisco chocolatier which focuses on providing single origin, high quality chocolates. We have sampled a variety of their chocolates and given them as gifts as well. Many different gift options are available and are all packaged quite elegantly, making gifting easy and sophisticated.
- Simply Mallows marshmallows are gourmet, homemade, and halal! I had the pleasure of picking up a pack of the plain marshmallows at a school bake sale and they did not disappoint. In fact, we used them all winter long with homemade hot chocolate. These would be sublime as a smore’s topping this Ramadan.
- Spice Tree Organic Spice Mixes When time is of the essence and energy is low, we could all use some help from pre-made, organic, and tasty spice blends, which make meal planning a breeze. The spice sampler and gift box make more than favorable gifting options.
- Olive Press Gift Pack I had a grand total of five minutes of tasting time at the Olive Press and needed to leave before my kids broke one of the thousands of bottles present. But those five minutes of tasting flavors from mango to garlic-infused oils were heavenly. I would have bought one of their several gift packs had I some more time.
And that’s a wrap! I hope this gift guide will be helpful to some of you this Ramadan and I’d love to hear back from you if you give or receive any of these suggestions.