"Share gifts, spread love" (Abu Ya'la)
Giving gifts is special in Islam, and it doesn't only apply to certain occasions. Muslims are encouraged to give gifts to each other as that strengthens bond; all year round! ♥
Giving gifts might be a simple thing, but there are proper etiquettes to it.
“Whoever does you a favour, respond in kind, and if you cannot find the means of doing so, then keep praying for him until you think that you have responded in kind.” (Abu Daawood) From this hadith sahih, we Muslims should know that:
- Respond kindly to the gift-giver, just as he treated you
- If you're unable to treat him in return, make dua' and pray for him
The best dua' that was thought is to say "Jazakullahu Khair" which means "May Allah reward you with good" to gift-givers.
There are many selection of gifts you can give to your family, peers, neighbours and your halal partner, but giving Islamic gifts (hijab for the ladies, book of reminders, modest clothing, etc) is the best as you're also doing your job as a righteous Muslim, which is to encourage Islam to other people! :D
And the most important thing is that, give gifts with upmost sincere niat! :)
So give gifts, spread love and strengthen bonds.