The holy month of Ramadan is underway – with Muslims around the world abstaining from food and drink from dawn to dusk.
Fasting is one of the pillars of Islam, Ramadan being a time of reflection, sacrifice, empathy and self-control. The quick breaks after sunset with an Iftar feast offering a chance to refuel with your family or friends.
Children, the elderly and pregnant or breastfeeding women are exempt from the fast, which this year ends on May 2 with Eid-al-Fitr.
Eid, one of the biggest religious events in the Islamic calendar, is a time of festive celebration. A big party is prepared, good wishes exchanged and gifts offered.
Over the past few years, we’ve spotted a new emerging trend, led by Instagram’s OG beauty queen, Huda Kattan. The Dubai-based makeup artist and mastermind behind her eponymous beauty brands and Wishful skincare has released a limited-edition Ramadan Advent calendar to countdown to the big day. Filled with beauty bestsellers, each box features a new product to covet in the days leading up to Eid.
Others also jumped at the idea; from sweets to DIY options, here are the best Ramadan calendars we’ve spotted so far.
Huda Beauty Delights Limited Edition Ramadan Calendar Gift Set
Find a selection of Huda-approved products tucked away in this limited-edition star-shaped box.
You can expect beauty bestsellers from across the Huda Beauty empire: from Wishful’s Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub and Huda Beauty’s Power Bullet Cream Glow Lipstick to Kayali fragrances. Enjoy opening a box every night after Iftar.
Buy now £109.00, Selfridges
PATCHI Ramadan Arabesque Chocolate Gift Box (970g)
Whether you need a gift to take home to friends and family to break your fast, or you’re just looking for a great treat the whole family can enjoy after the sun goes down, Patchi’s chocolate gift box is sure to spark sure the right reaction.
Housed in a festive Arabesque-patterned box, you’ll find a tantalizing selection of Lebanese sweets waiting for you inside.
While we recognize this isn’t exactly a countdown calendar, there are 36 beautifully wrapped candies to sample – plenty for now and to celebrate Eid when the occasion arises.
Buy more Patchi Ramadan gifts here.
Buy now £84.95, Harrods
Peacock Supplies Ramadan Wooden Countdown Calendar Mosque
If you like the idea of creating your own calendar filled with a selection of treats for a loved one, head to NOTHS, the home of unique handmade goods.
This wooden calendar is inspired by a mosque and is carved with intricate designs around the 30 drawers as well as LED lights to add the awe factor. The keepsake piece, which measures 50 x 37 x 7cm, is perfect for kids of all ages as well as older recipients who could use a little extra motivation during Ramadan.
Buy now £54.99, NOTHS
Peace & Blessings Lanterns And Stars Milk Chocolate Calendar
Small squares of milk chocolate hide behind each window of this Ramadan countdown calendar, providing a smooth end or start to the day. The white and gold packaging makes it suitable for all ages and genders.
Buy now £8.00, NOTHS
M&S countdown to Eid calendar
Available in-store only, the M&S Eid Countdown Calendar is well worth tracking down. Each beautifully presented box contains 30 hand-decorated date bites in five flavors (rose and pistachio, brownie and pecan, caramelized wafer and orange blossom, hazelnut and orange and honeycomb) before being coated in Belgian milk and dark chocolate.
The high street favorite also offers a host of other bites, including party cookies, baklava, date boxes and delicious halal food.
Buy now £15.00, M&S
Rita Farhi Ramadan Advent Calendar
End your evening meal on a sweet note thanks to the luxury pastry chef Farhi, who imagined this pretty box of chocolates in the shape of an Advent for Ramadan 2021. It is back this year.
Each box contains a crunchy hazelnut praline wrapped in foil to help with the Ramadan countdown and makes a delicious treat for kids and adults alike.
Buy now £20.00, Farhi