Last year, I put together Ramadan baskets for the kids in my family. I decided to use them as a surprise gift at the end of a “Welcome Ramadan” treasure hunt. You can read about it and download the clues here.
I was planning on putting together another basket for H this year. A few months ago, she expressed an interest in wearing a hijab when she “prays.” I’ve never been one to enforce things before their time, but seeing H’s interest was something I wanted to include (as I do with learning about any interest that she shows).
Around the same time, I discovered a brand called Little Pearls that made stylish and functional hijabs for young girls. I was so excited because like many local moms, I’ve been scarred by the ugly lace and overly gaudy hijabs that young girls are typically limited to.
The colour I liked quickly sold out and they told me they would be getting some new colours in before Ramadan started so I figured the beginning of Ramadan would be a good time to gift H her first hijab from me. I thought a child sized prayer rug would also be a nice gift along with some kind of book (because when do I not gift books?!) and a pair of new PJs because I had seen that idea years ago at Aasiya’s Homeschool and really liked it.
My thoughtful sister in law had already put together a Ramadan Basket of goodies for H this year. It included Ramadan related crafts and activities, treats to eat, some play items and a pair of sunglasses that my daughter had coincidentally asked me to buy a few weeks ago.
In light of this influx of fun things, I decided to just give her the basic items I listed above and spread out the fun things throughout the month. This way I could carryover any unused items as part of an Eid gift considering she had asked for some of these items at some point this year.
I decided to just use a purple paper gift bag I had in my closet instead of a basket. To make it more festive, I added a (poorly cut) gold glittery moon. While I wasn’t trying to explicitly include the #purpleramadan concept in the holiday, some things were just working out that way. I ended up including the bag in our decor after she had opened up her gift.
H loved her hijab and prayer rug. She instantly decided it was time to pray and has been toting them along everywhere. Her cousin got the same hijab making it even more cute Mashallah.
The Ramadan basket tradition has become quite popular in the circles I belong to. Too often, Muslim families place a huge emphasis on Eid (and Eid-ul-Fitr at that) but recognizing the start of the month is something that I think holds a lot of weight, not just for children, but for adults too.
Happy Ramadan! Wishing you and your family a blessed and transformative month.