When it comes to the month of Ramadan in Malaysia, the blessed month makes everyone feel very generous. From volunteering at soup kitchens to donating within the local community, people across the country are spreading the joy of Ramadan as they prepare to celebrate Hari Raya. This prosperous preparation can include Raya gifts that you can send ahead of the occasion to symbolize unity.
We get it – there’s no one perfect for everyone in your circle. We’ve divided this list of Raya gift ideas into sections so you can get the right item for the person you have in mind. For the fragrance lovers on your list, we have a whole host of candles that will illuminate the senses while the makeup obsessives will appreciate the limited edition beauty item we have.
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Here are the best Raya gifts to consider for friends and family:
CandleLab+Co has been making festive and themed candles for a while. Made from 100% natural soy wax, its Raya candle is inspired by the crescent moon hanging in the sky at the start of Ramadan. Dubbed Luna, the scented candle features a lime-green tinted twin-wick moon-shaped container. Whether your loved ones are avid candle collectors or not, there’s no denying that this creation also makes a great decorative piece for the home.
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Specially designed for Hari Raya, the brand’s Kuih-kuih candle and Ketupat candle are glass candles studded with miniaturized delights that you’ll find in nearly every Malaysian home during Raya. The former is flavored in a delicious concoction of milky pandan, while the latter contains more lively fragrance notes. These are not the only goodies they have on their site, and the price ranges from RM39 to RM189.
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The eponymous brand of famous Malaysian makeup artist Syedewa recently announced the release of its limited edition Raya gift set. More details on the Syedewa Raya Pockets collection are due to be released in the coming days, but what we can share is that it will feature six new shades – which we 100% hope won’t be of a limited edition.
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Buying perfume for a loved one can be tricky business. But hardly anyone will miss the delicate rose scent of Fresh Rose Morning. However, don’t let the sweetness of this bouquet fool you, as it has quite a trail. Perfect for any occasion, the multi-layered rose notes are subtle enough for the office and elegant enough for the big moment, thanks to musk and amber anchors.
Personal hygiene is paramount – now more than ever. But just because we need clinical-grade performance doesn’t mean products can’t have personality. Enter the Raya Gift Set from Wunderbath, Jajanan Malaysia, a six-piece Raya Gift Set priced at RM93. Onde-onde hand sanitizer would be the perfect handbag companion for your friends and family planning to visit. At home, their showers can be infused with the scents of Gula Melaka and green tea, courtesy of Boba Matcha Latte and Karipap soaps. Finally, they will also receive a Wunderlippie lip balm of your choice, with 13 flavors to choose from.
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There’s nothing like having too much batiks or Pelikats for all Malay houses. This basic garment can be dressed up and down, depending on the needs of its wearer. At Batik Boutique, the brand has designed the unique Bersama gift box. Each box comes with a pair of matching designs, making each one a surprise. Along with that, there are a few seasonal treats that include creations from Sugar and I and Pichaeats brands.
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Every year before the celebration, households across the country begin to stock up on new clothes and accessories. These are meant to be put on on Raya’s first day, making for the best photo opportunity. By day, clutches might not be the most sensible option, so we turn you to this Tory Burch Kira Chevron Mini Bucket Bag in Lime Green. With enough room for your friends and family (or yourself) to carry Raya’s essentials, a bag this size is essential for surviving the excitement of the festivities with all your items intact.
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