Just like that, another Eid al-Fitr is upon us, and you have yet to buy gifts for the special women in your life. But is the thought of a post-iftar mall crawl far from appealing? We get it. And that’s where this edit steps in. The Gaggler scoured the internet, curating a guide that takes into account the interests, tastes, and lifestyles of your loved ones because mainstream presents are so passé. Bonus: everything below can be shipped to Dubai.
For the Outspoken Feminist
Women Changing The World Set
Whether it’s your sister, your mother, or your best friend who receives this beautiful trio of books, she’ll be in great company with one of these in her home. Not only does it remind readers of the incredible importance of women in history, but it’s also loaded with advice, inspiration, and wise words by the likes of author Grace Bonney and artist Kimothy Joy.
Women Changing The World, PRP AED 826, available at juniperbooks.com
For the Digital Nomad
No one could’ve predicted the events of 2020-21, but here we are, the pandemic bringing with it all sorts of nifty inventions to adapt. Enter: these Pebble Pods, designed to keep wireless headphones in place. And when they’re not in use during all those Zoom meetings that seem to dominate 2021, they double up as sculptural earrings on their own – perfect for the working woman on the go.
Pebble Pods, PRP AED 436, available at mishodesigns.com
For the Beauty Buff
Personal Fridge And Warmer
Seemingly outlandish at first, the trend of storing skincare products in a mini-fridge actually makes a lot of sense, especially in this heat – then again, every beauty already knows that. Treat her to this portable mini fridge that cools down to 32°F/0°C and has a capacity of four litres, with the removable shelf accommodating taller products. Planning a road trip? Flip a switch, and it’ll switch from cooling to heating, keeping any cooked meals warm.
Chefman Mini Portable Compact Personal Fridge, PRP AED 471, available at desertcart.ae
For the Wellness Seeker
Know Yourself Prompt Cards
The School of Life
Self-awareness is the key to well-being, so this gift guide wouldn’t be complete without a pick from The School of Life, a UK-based organisation that is often described as the global headquarters of developing emotional intelligence. Your wellness-seeking friend will love this set because, with its help, she can discover what she really wants, learn more about how she feels, and tap into the reasons behind her reactions.
Know Yourself Prompt Cards, PRP AED 61, available at theschoollife.com
For the Devoted Vegan
Smart Garden 3
Click & Grow
We all know how satisfying it is to grow your own food, but not everyone can. Most of us are challenged by factors like weather, knowledge, space, or just the lack of a green thumb. And that’s where the Smart Garden 3 comes in. This little home garden does all the heavy lifting (from the seeds and soil to watering and lighting), so your clean-eating friend can enjoy fresh produce all year long.
Click & Grow Smart Garden 3, PRP AED 529, available at virginmegastore.com
For the Culture Vulture
Considering Cire Trudon is responsible for the candles that lit the rooms of Château de Versailles, it looked to one of its very own clients – Marie Antoinette – for inspiration. Perfect for the friend who’s a history buff or art aficionado, this decorative candle has been hand-sculpted from pink wax in an exact replica of the portrait housed at the Louvre.
Marie-Antoinette Decorative Candle, PRP AED 493.20, available at net-a-porter.com
For the Astrology Enthusiast
Taurus Horoscope Brooch
Not only are we celebrating the arrival of Eid, but also Taurus season, making this diamanté-studded accessory a great gift for your favourite ‘bull’. But fret not if your recipient is a whole other zodiac sign – there’s a constellation badge of honour for the other 11, too.
Taurus Horoscope Brooch, PRP AED 99, available at zara.com
For the Fitness Junkie
Take your friend’s workout to a downright bougie place with these striking gold dumbbells by Versace. Embossed with the luxury label’s iconic Medusa head motif, they weigh in at 3.5kg each and serve as statement home accessories when not in use. Win-win.
Set Of Two Medusa Head-embossed Weights, PRP AED 1595, available at matchesfashion.com
For the Perpetual Wanderluster
Six Months Subscription
Letters from Afar
With just about everything going digital, receiving snail mail feels borderline nostalgic, and keeping the concept alive is Letters from Afar. Choose the Six Months gift subscription and, until November, your wanderluster of choice will receive a handcrafted letter from a mysterious explorer by the name of Isabelle. She will travel to spectacular places around the globe and write to your loved one, telling her all about it. Even better? A portion of all proceeds go directly to non-profit Pencils of Promise.
Six Months, PRP AED 132, available at lettersafar.com
For the Budding Philanthropist
Personalised Designer Doll
Not only can you choose your ethically handcrafted doll’s body colour, eye colour, hair colour, and hairstyle – that’s over 140 unique combinations at your fingertips – but it also makes for a present suited to a budding philanthropist. For each personalised Dumyé doll sold, a doll is gifted to a child in need. And there’s more: it comes with the brand’s signature “Purpose Pocket”, a special pocket with a blank piece of cloth on which you can leave a meaningful message.
Personalized Designer Doll, PRP AED 441, available at dumye.com