11 Edible (and Easy) Ramadan Gifts Your Neighbours Will Love You For

Ramadan is here!

May Allah bless you all in this month of mercy and give you the patience and strength to make the best of this month. Ramadan is such a huge opportunity for reward and one of the ways of gaining this reward is through strengthening relationships with family, friends, neighbours, and our communities. We all want to make the most of that.

Sometimes, though, the social expectations can get a bit overwhelming (I’ve said enough about that in the blog post here) and we could do with a little help, so I thought I’d put together a list of easy Ramadan gifts to get the reward of sharing and connecting without infringing too far on your worship/reflection/just trying to get things done time!

1. Dates

What says Ramadan more than a delicious, nutritious box of dates? Keep it simple with your favourite type or fancy it up with dates stuffed with nuts and candied fruit or covered in chocolate! If your neighbours aren’t Muslim you might even be introducing them to a new food (I had the pleasure of this experience on a bus – the lady was very excited about her new discovery).

You can double the reward by buying fair trade dates sourced from Palestinian farmers here: Zaytoun Medjoul Dates. They are huge and delicious! It’s like eating a meal all on its own.

2. Mixed Nuts

Nuts are great for snacking on after tarawih or after a light iftar with a cup of tea. They’re full of healthy fats and energy. Try mixing it up (even more) with honey-covered nuts or spices. You can make your own or buy them ready-made. If you have some time or creative energy bottled up, you could put them in a nice decorative jar that can be used again.

3. Refreshing Drink

Hydration is the perfect present for Ramadan. Get out your juicer or blender and whip up a drink that’ll have them praying extra hard for you at iftar!

Some ideas:

  • Mint and lemon juice
  • Watermelon and basil smoothie
  • Lemon, grapefruit and orange juice

Do you have other suggestions? Share them with us in the comments!

4. Fresh Dips

Don’t skip this – it’s not hard. All you need is a food processor and a few simple ingredients. If you can’t make it, you can also buy it; there are a few decent options in the supermarkets these days.

If you decide to make it yourself, how about

  • hummus: tinned chick peas, lemon juice, garlic, tahina, olive oil, seasoning
  • kidney bean dip: like hummus but use kidney beans instead of chick peas – this has an exciting pink colour
  • guacamole: crush some avocados, add chopped coriander, lemon juice and salt
  • yoghurt and cucumber (raita-ish): this one’s easy peasy – just finely chop some mint, coriander and cucumber and mix it with fresh yoghurt, olive oil and seasoning
  • spinach and white bean: blend cannellini beans, fresh spinach, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and seasoning

Add some bread sticks or vegetable sticks to make this a lovely gift! (I got hungry writing this one)

5. Quality Chocolate Truffles

Personally, I love a good cup of coffee and a small chocolate treat in those moments of relaxation before heading to tarawih. Give the gift of “mmmm” with a pack of good quality chocolate truffles. You can even make your own and roll them in a variety of coatings to make them more special: toasted sesame seeds, ground almonds, coconut, or simple cocoa powder.

6. Tea

I don’t think there are many people who don’t take a moment after iftar to enjoy a hot drink. Give some extra options with a tea selection! Tea often comes in decorative boxes so that makes it even better as a present. Get your favourite type or choose a selection box so they can try out some new flavours.

My suggestions:

  • Mint selections: light on the stomach and very refreshing
  • Fennel: great for digestion
  • Ginger: another digestive superhero

Or just send them your personal favourite!

7. Fresh Fruit

Keeping things healthy, send them a basket of fruit. It’s delicious, good for you and they can even toss it in the blender for a smoothie at suhour time! What’s not to love?

8. Suhour in a Jug

Following the train of thought in the last point, how about putting together some smoothie ingredients for their suhour the next morning? Even better, put them in a decorative jug they can serve it from (make sure it’s covered)! You can use whatever you like in yours. I would try

  • bananas
  • spinach
  • oats
  • turmeric powder
  • cinnamon powder
  • mango
  • honey

Add a label to tell them what’s inside and what they need to add (water, milk, yoghurt…).

9. Soup

This requires a bit more work, but it’s still ridiculously simple, especially if you’re making it for yourself too.

I suggest a simple vegetable and lentil soup. Basically just cook the following ingredients and then puree it all:

  • onions and garlic (fry in a drop of oil first, then add the rest)
  • red lentils
  • potatoes
  • carrots
  • courgettes
  • tomatoes
  • chick peas
  • tomato puree
  • water or stock
  • fresh parsley
  • seasoning (I like cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon and ginger powder)

The quantities are really up to you. Go for it! Your loved ones will love you even more for this.

10. Tomato sauce

Another easy-peasy cooking idea. Tomato sauce is so versatile, it will always be a useful present.

My recipe:

  • onions and garlic (fry in a drop of oil first, then add the rest)
  • tinned tomatoes
  • fresh tomatoes
  • grated carrots (optional)
  • fresh basil
  • water
  • seasoning

Cook it, then puree it all. That’s it.

11. Dinner for all the Family

Did I scare you with that title? Don’t worry, I’m not saying you have to cook a full meal (although once or twice in the month might be more rewarding than you think). Get them a gift voucher for a local restaurant so they can have a break from cooking and enjoy a night out together on you!

I haven’t quite finished yet. To add that extra special Ramadan spirit, I’ve got just the thing for you. Add a Ramadan card! You don’t even need to go out to get it; this printable Ramadan card is in the shop now. All you need to do is download and print it out. You can even print out one for each of your neighbours!

So, which idea(s) are you going to try? I’m eyeing the dips myself. Do you have other suggestions? Let’s share in the comments.

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