5 Awesome Ideas for Eid 2018

Eid is a special time of year for Muslims to celebrate. You might be thinking about what to prepare to eat, buying a special outfit to wear, or buying Eid gifts for friends and family members. Here, we have five awesome ideas to make your Eid 2018 extra special.

  1. Decorating your home can make the celebrations even more special. If you don’t have a lot of time, you can buy some ready-made decorations. If you have a bit more time, you might like to make your own decorations, or get the kids to help out too! You can also download printable decorations online if you are looking for something quick and easy.
  2. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on buying gifts, you could consider a Secret Eidia – much like a Secret Santa each person buys one gift only, so saves a lot of money. You can make it more fun by guessing who gave each gift! Making gifts is also a great idea, for those on a tight budget or for children especially. Find some old items around the house and do some arts and crafts – you could even save recyclable packaging and see what the children can create.
  3. A great way to make the day special is to switch off your phone and put other gadgets away, and enjoy spending time with friends and family in person. Get out some games or have a quiz rather than playing video games. This is a great way to get everyone communicating and having fun – you’ll soon forget about phones and technology!
  4. Having a special day out with friends, family and children is another great way to spend Eid. Take a trip to an attraction such as a zoo, amusement park or museum. Or, you could visit somewhere different from where you live, such as the countryside, the seaside, or the nearest big city to explore.
  5. Eid is a great time for sharing and caring for others who are less fortunate. It is a great time to have a clear out of old clothing and toys, so why not donate them to a good cause? You could also take leftover Eid food to a local food bank, so everyone can enjoy the celebration no matter what their situation. If you see anyone alone, you could even invite them to your celebrations at home.
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The charity shop experience

I often find myself going to charity shops. It is more of an adventure than a shopping experience because you never know what is there. As well as that thrift shopping benefits the community. Most of the profit goes to charities in the community and you support local shops instead of big retail brands. I want to share with you why charity shops are important. 

  • Recycling. We waste so much because we buy new and just throw it away after a few uses. Then we buy more and do the same cycle. This has already created so much more waste in this world and soon we will need more land than we can to get rid of it. Alternatively, we burn the waste but that can cause a lot of pollution. Therefore, if we buy second-hand clothes they will be recycled and reused. It is usually obvious that clothes in these shops are from many decades away and they are still almost brand new. I think it says a lot about the quality of clothes we manufacture today. 

 Clothes retail hangers

  • These shops are a treasure island. Many thrift shops have more than clothes. You can find shelves of random goodies, jewelry, music, DVD’s, game CD’s etc. I have once found an old purple ukulele. Brought it home, fixed it up with some new high-quality strings and it is a wonderful instrument to this day. Sometimes, the shop owners stock the most amazing designer items and if you are lucky it will cost you just a couple of pounds. Imagine finding an amazing piece of timeless jewelry that would cost hundreds in today’s market. You have to admit going for an adventure sounds much better than going shopping. 

I wish you best of luck on your next thrift shop and do remember that you are saving the planet while looking for shopping treasures. 

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