They say diamonds are a lover’s best friend, well they can to be your best companion in your last minute shopping rush. No love in the world will use her nose up at a diamond jewelry or earrings, and she’ll never doubt you left such a friendly gift until the last minute. Renowned diamond retailer Tiffany & Co. opened three stores in the UAE last year and had a successful partnership with local supplier Damas.
9. Gadgets & Games
The go-to gift for your male friends, any of the latest must-have gadgets will undoubtedly please the recipient and apparently distract him for the entire Eid vacation. iPads, Kindles, e-readers, games consoles and headphones will all do for perfectly fair gifts. The Gulf is a popular region for device heads, with the annual GITEX Shopper event seeing a 23 percent jump in sales last year.
8. Hotel Stay
If there’s a silver lining to delivering things to the last minute, it is last minute hotel deals. What better way to admire the long weekend with a loved one than in a dreamy hotel, being doted on hand and bottom, miles away from the pressures of everyday life. Sale offers ahead of Eid will be ripe, and if you can bear the hot temperatures, you must be able to find a bargain in a nearby emirate, country or even in your neighborhood.
A can’t-go-wrong gift, the fragrance is one of those luxuries a woman can never have also much of. Be sure you know her personal scent, or carefully ask if there are any new bottles she wants. Smelling good is embedded in the UAE's culture, with fragrance sales rising 43 percent last year at local store Paris Gallery.
A perfect gift at each time of the year for him or her; a watch is more than just a timepiece or added gems, it is a sign of a person’s style and character. For her, the famous Cartier Crash is a safe and stylish bet. For him, a stainless steel Omega or Tag Heuer with a dark face and simple dials will look great at work and home.
5. Spa vouchers
If you want to treat that particular man in your life, sending them off to be satisfied at a five-star spa is done to beat. Option vouchers for a generous amount allow them to pick what practice they would like – ranging from massages to manicures. Hugely successful in the Gulf, most five-star hotel resorts have spas worthy of an Eid break.
Sometimes the simple thoughts are the best, and they don’t get much simpler or tastier than chocolate. However, this does not mean popping down to your local supermarket if you are going to give chocolate; then you want to think big. Luckily the Bay is home to several chocolates who practise in Eid gifts. Patch is your safest bet for a chocolate spectacular, or try Battle for something with a date infusion.
3. Gym & Dance Classes
Be a little cautious when handing over this gift you certainly do not want to imply that your partner wants to hit the treadmill. But if getting to dance or getting fit for an upcoming gaming event is something the recipient has been warning at recently, then gym classes or dance lessons are a winner. Why not buy yourself membership too and learn to dance the salsa together.
If there’s one gift that will last the test of time, it is flowers. Though on their own they may hint that you have left things until the last minute, alongside another present they make a winning double act. They're a plethora of local stores and internationally linked chains in the Gulf offering home performance on a wide variety of flowers and plants, but hitting a shop in person and hand throwing the bouquet yourself will give an extra thoughtful touch.
If your partner is a fan of words, then a book of poems or famous stories will give you Shakespeare for a day in their eyes. Check the shelves for their popular artist or genre, otherwise go for a timeless story or a book of poetry to be sure of getting them over.