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3 shopping challenges to try this Ramadan

  • Published at 06:08 pm May 18th, 2019
Photo: Artem Bali

This Ramadan, break the routine and try one of these shopping challenges for a change

It’s that time of the year again. Stores are abuzz with Eid shoppers and the queue at the tailor’s stretches almost as long as the day’s fast. Over time, the materialistic, consumerist trends that rear their heads during this holy month have crafted an illusion that Eid just isn’t complete without a manic shopping spree. But that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. 

Let’s be honest, keeping with this trend can often become taxing, hectic and stressful. Additionally, in planning a three-day wardrobe complete with shoes and accessories, it can become all too easy to forget to be grateful for the privileges we have. Take a step back and think about it, isn’t that spirit of gratitude what Ramadan is all about? 

Photo: Fatin HishamThe buy nothing challenge

Press the breaks on the shopping spree and make a U-turn to the closet. This challenge presents the perfect opportunity to raid your mom or grandmother’s wardrobe if a vintage look is what you’re going for. Get creative with the options at hand and mix and match accessories with items of clothing in a fresh combination to suit your personal style. For example, consider pairing a funky top with a classy sari to stand out. And if that seems like a hassle, there’s nothing wrong with a tried and tested style repeat. 

The gift that keeps on giving

For a change, make sure the only shopping you’re doing this time is in the form of gifts. This can be anything from a pair of earrings for a loved one to bonus zakat points by personally shopping for those less privileged. It doesn’t have to be anything grand, but it has to have your active involvement. This challenge is all about thoughtfulness. In keeping with the spirit of gratitude, give others something to be grateful for. The only rule? You can’t buy anything for yourself. Zilch, nada, nothing. 

Just one, please

If you feel like the other two challenges are too ambitious for you, or that they would take the joy out of Eid, then this one’s for you. After all, the point of these challenges isn’t to make you miserable, but rather reevaluate what brings joy into your life Marie Kondo style. If you absolutely have to shop for something, then stop at just one. This ‘one’ could be anything: the perfect accessory, a dazzling pair of shoes or a simple kurta. Whatever item you choose, it has to be just the one.