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10 best gifts for Eid Al Adha 2016

A beard book of secrets, a microphone and a car locator - these are unconventional yet cool gifts

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Most of these could be shipped here just as the long Eid weekend starts, so it's not too late to order. These gifts are far from conventional but it will surely bring joy to your loved ones.

Note: The cost mentioned is not inclusive of shipping charges.

1. Fujifilm Instax mini or wide


Being able to record moments is no big deal with a good smartphone camera but having a mini-Polaroid with you on the go is a very different experience. Wait for the perfect moment, snap, print and keep the moment safe with all its flaws, colours and memories. The Fujifilm Instax Mini is a great gift for budding or experienced photographers, whether young or old. The beauty and fun of instant prints is an amazing gift.

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Ideal for Him or Her Approximate cost Dh299 onwards See more here 

2. Gift cards

The knack of choosing gifts doesn’t come easy to many of us and sometimes our loved ones would rather pick their own. A gift card is no less a gift as you are giving him or her the choice of picking what one likes best. From online merchants such as Namshi, Aura-B and Sharaf DG to stores including Carrefour, Ikea and Apple, you can get him or her the perfect gift card depending, pre-loaded with all your love (and money).

Ideal for Him or Her Approximate cost Depends on gift (Dh100 onwards are available) Contact stores for details

3. The Big Beard Book

Beard book

2015 and 2016 are the years of the beard with men sporting beards styled from ones in fashionable mess to eccentric two-pronged dyed forks. And we say, to each his own. If your man loves beard styles that he could adopt while also enjoying a good laugh, gift him Beard – a photograph collection of beards by Matthew Rainwaters,  who snapped these at the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Anchorage, Alaska. Amazon also suggests buying a beard balm leave-in conditioner with it – perfect!

Ideal for Him Approximate cost Beard book US$12.80 (around Dh47) Beard balm US$12.87 (around Dh47) See more here

4. Hot air balloon ride


Hot air balloon rides are romantic, adventurous and perfect for UAE residents spending Eid here. Gifting an experience is the best as it endures beyond other gifts. Balloon Adventures Emirates has a September special offer with pick-up from a hotel or pre-designated collection point, a 30-minute drive to the launch site, safety briefing, and a one-hour ride over the desert in the soft colours of dawn. Once back on the ground, you are treated to a complimentary beverage and given a personalised flight certificate as a memento. Drop-off to your hotel or common collection point is also included.

Ideal for couples, friends or families Approximate cost UAE residents (common collection point) Dh895 per adult Dh775 per child (5 to 11 years old) Others (hotel pick-up and drop-off) Dh950 per adult Dh800 per child (5 to 11 years old) Dates September 9 to 30 See more here 

5. Camera Lens Travel Mug

Camera Lens Coffee Mug

A fun gift for coffee or tea lovers who are photographers as well or even for those who are just getting into it. We chose the travel mug version as it has a cap that can be screwed on while the normal mug doesn’t. It is BPA-free and has a rubber grip. Just don’t accidentally try to attach it to your camera.

Ideal for Him or Her Approximate cost US$14.99 (around Dh55) See more here 

6. Smart car locator and USB charger


Know someone who keeps forgetting where they parked their car? No need to try and take pictures of your parking area or remembering the number of your rental car when you have the smart car locator which is also a USB charger. Using the app to find your car does not require internet or even network connection. Yes, you can gift this one to yourself.

Ideal for Him or Her Approximate cost US$ 24.99 (Around Dh92) See more here 

7. Lush pamper set

Eid being a long weekend in the UAE, one day for complete pampering at home is a woman’s right and getting her a pre-packed gift set or throwing together a few products to create one is a thoughtful idea. You will find details of pre-packed gift sets online. For custom-made ideas, try a foot-only set with some of Lush’s feet care products such as foot pumice soap or a foot soak, a foot mask and lotion. Or make a bath and body set with some of their amazing bath bombs, soaps, scrubs and lotions.

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Ideal for Her Approximate cost Depends on product See more here 

8. Apple Watch

Apple Watch

For the gadget-geeks this is a good option for an Eid gift. Besides it being more convenient on your hand than carrying your phone, it can also help you track your workout activities and maintain your fitness goals.  No to mention it looks incredibly cool and you can choose your favourite style and even bands from a variety of options.

Ideal for Him or Her Approximate cost Dh2199 onwards See more here 

9. USB microphone


Know a singing sensation or someone who thinks he or she is one? This is the coolest gift for that friend of yours. The mic can also be used by podcasting, video voice-overs, and recording of vocals and musical instruments. It has a plug and play feature with Mac and Windows. Additionally, you can add a pop filter mount for the perfect gift for a singing diva.

Ideal for Him or Her Approximate cost Blue Yeti USB Microphone US$128.62 Around Dh473 Pop Filter US$ 7.99 (Around Dh30) See more here

10. Vintage Diary


For the doodlers, writers, planners and diary keepers, a vintage style leather diary with a strap to bind it close. The best part is that you can buy more of the yellowish old pages for the diary once you are done with the standard 80 and attach them to the book as it has spiral steel binding. Brown looks best while royal blue and other colours are also available.

Ideal for Him or Her Approximate cost US$7.10 (Around Dh26 – brown) See more here