Get ahead of the curve this holiday season and prep the perfect raya hamper well ahead of time.
Here’s a POV we’ve all experienced in real time: It’s time to go Raya visiting and you don’t have the right gift to bring! Get ahead of the curve this holiday season and prep the perfect raya hamper well ahead of time. A personalised raya hamper isn’t just a symbol of your love and appreciation; you’ll also be able to cut down on waste by making sure it’s filled with items you KNOW your loved ones will want! Here’s how.
The Key Elements Of A Great Raya Hamper
It can be incredibly fun and rewarding to put together a personalised Raya Hamper. However, if you find yourself uncertain of where and how to start, the task can quickly become overwhelming. To mitigate this, sit down and put together an itemised list of everything you want to go into the hamper. Be sure to consider the likes and dislikes of the recipient, and include notes on their preferences and interests! This will help you to choose only items that they like.
Next, you’ll want to consider how to present your raya hamper. This is where you think of potential packaging, containers, and decorations. You’ll also want to think of personalisation; perhaps a meaningful handwritten note, or a poem to show you care! Ultimately, the goal is to create a fun little care package that reflects its recipients personal tastes and interests. Once you have your list down, it’s much easier to start!
Step 1: Choose Your Raya Hamper Fillings
Once you’ve come up with your list of observations for your Raya Hamper recipient, you can put it to good use! Consider their favourite things. Are they on a health kick? Maybe they’re an insatiable foodie with an inherent appreciation for experiencing new things? Or, are they funny, tech savvy, or into yoga and aromatherapy? All of these things are clues into how you can built the perfect Raya Hamper for them. And if you find yourself struggling with the idea of going unconventional when Aidilfitri is often viewed as a time of cultural appreciation and traditions, worry not. There’s always a way to bring together the old and the new!
For one, gifts of Hari Raya cookies are a common theme of gifting culture in this season. Don’t do away with those; instead, pick cookies or biscuits you know will be appreciated and eaten, in line with the recipient’s health and lifestyle goals! Then you can mix and match the accompaniments: tea, plants, flowers, chocolates, self care, and so on. You can also try mixing it up with some fashion accessories, like Malaysian-themed button badges and pins for a hint of fun! And if you’re working with a theme, why not go with an all-green theme to recall the traditional element of green during the Hari Raya season? Whatever the case, the sky is the limit!
Step 2: Finding The Perfect Container For Your Raya Hamper
Is the recipient of your personalised Raya Hamper a stickler for sustainability? Opt for reusable containers to appeal to their deepest desires to protect the earth! Instead of items that come in single-use plastic packaging, choose items you can buy by weight and bring your own glass containers or paper bags to fill. These include an array of goodies like:
- Self-care items like handmade liquid soaps and soap bars
- Handmade tea blends and blooming teas
- Snacks like dried fruits and nuts
- Fresh fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets
- Small-batch artisanal jams and nut butters
- Fresh baked goods from cafes or bakeries
- Fresh flowers, which can be wrapped in biodegradable coverings or fabric
When it comes to decorative packaging, we like avant-garde options that can be reused! How about utilising a square tudung bawal or a swatch of batik fabric for tying up food hampers? They can be reused after, either as part of an outfit, or for other home-decor needs. Ditto, for a woven Penan bag that can hold your gift offerings – as well as your belongings when out and about after! Whatever the case, it helps to consider just how the gift recipient likes to live – as well as how your gifts can enrich their lives from fillings to packaging alike!
Step 3: Personalise!
Finished with the bungkus element of your Raya Hamper? It’s time to personalise! Get creative with personalised cards or notes. You can dress them up with stickers, washi tape, or even pick up some calligraphy to get their names down just right. Or if you’re planning to go all out, you could even dress up the hamper with a personalised keyring!
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As with any other gift, Raya Hampers are often best received when curated with heart. The intended recipient will more than appreciate the deep thought that has gone into their gift – and that’s all that matters!
What’s the most memorable Raya Hamper you’ve received, and what was in it? What are your favourite Raya Hamper fillings? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to follow us on our social media channels to follow us along on our journey of discovering new local brands!