Monday 10 May 2021
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Do you have everything ready for the celebration? Here are some things that could completely elevate your Hari Raya! 


1. St Regis Sambal Box 

Photo: St Regis Kuala Lumpur


For the sambal (or chili paste) lovers out there, St. Regis’s Sambal Jar Box is the answer to your sambal cravings. 

Their best-selling sambal varieties include sambal hijau (green chili paste), sambal merah ikan bilis (chili paste with anchovies), sambal hitam belimbing (spicy black sauce with starfruit), sambal udang kering (chili paste with dried shrimp and bunga kantan), sambal tempoyak cili hijau (green chili sauce made with fermented durian) and sambal petai (chili paste with bitter beans). 

This gift box, wrapped in an exclusive batik print inspired by the hotel’s specially commissioned ‘Birds & Butterflies’ art installation, will make a wonderful Aidilfitri gift to loved ones, and a great dash of flavour for your dining table at home.


2. The Allamanda by Khoon Hooi 

Photo: Khoon Hooi


This kebaya from Khoon Hooi is fit for royalty. 

If you’re one for intricate designs, then the Allamanda is the one for you. Embellished with sulam-style baby blue lace, the long-sleeved kebaya Kota Bharu top features an origami-fold panel. A matching long brocade sarong-wrap skirt completes the set. 

To add a little pizzazz, wear it with a matching sulam lace shawl.


3. ANAABU Pieces 

Photo: Ana Abu Eid 2021


Timeless pieces that work well for your wardrobe for the rest of the year, courtesy of ANAABU. 

The Tatap (‘to peer’) set sees a pairing between a relaxed mandarin shirt and cocoon pants, tinged in earthy tones of olive and sage. The lightweight cotton, coupled with the generous fit, allows its wearer to stay cool, even on the hottest of days. 

The set is designed to be unisex and is sold as separates. Post-Aidilfitri, this set will cycle itself into other outfits, making it worth your bucks. 


4. Helle Mardahl Cookie Jar

Photo: Helle Mardahl


Raya cookies aren’t the only ones that are getting handmade this year. Elevate your tablescape game with Helle Mardahl’s charming glass creations. 

Copenhagen-based artist Helle Mardahl hand-makes these beauties in small batches in keeping with traditional Danish craftsmanship. This ethereal shape is produced by the glassblowing technique, where every item will have its unique shape and personality, and no two pieces will come out the exact same. 


5. Tangerine & Tonka Bean Candle from Candle Pit Stop

Photo: Candle Pit Stop


Thinking of transforming the vibe of a room? Easy—light a candle and scent your way into a whole new space. 

Candle Pit Stop’s Tangerine & Tonka Bean candles will have your house smelling festive with the aroma of cinnamon, tangerine, tonka and vanilla. 

Their candles are made of 100% soy wax and are scented with botanical oils, and promise to burn for over 45 hours per jar! With 22 options to choose from, you’re bound to find a candle to match your needs. 


6. Ole Henriksen Skincare Regimen

Photo: Ole Henriksen


The #OleGlow is real, and you can rock it this Raya. With a few days to spare and spas everywhere putting a pause in operations, get your complexion the facial routine it deserves. 

Our Editor-in-Chief incorporated the Truth Juice Daily Cleanser, the Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner and the Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum into her routine, and she absolutely enjoyed the results. 

And there are others who share that experience, with hundreds of positive reviews on the Sephora site. Get on the bandwagon and achieve radiant skin ASAP. 


7. Fenty Skin Flash Nap

Photo: Fenty Skin


Every Aidilfitri eve is a long day of preparation and it sure can take a toll on you, and the first telltale sign of exhaustion presents itself in the form of under eye bags. 

Zap those pesky dark circles away with Fenty Skin’s Flash Nap. Formulated with niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and panthenol, the gel-cream formula hydrates and softens the appearance of fine lines. 

The product also works as a concealer primer, so you can have the smoothest under eye area and achieve that well-rested look. 


8. Sonos Roam

Photo: Sonos Roam


The party goes wherever you go with the Sonos Roam portable smart speaker. 

No Aidilfitri feast is complete without Raya tunes. Connect it to your phone, tablet or computer via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and fire up that Raya playlist. If you have more than one of the Roam, group them in a system and have cheerful music playing throughout every corner of your home. 

Durability is the main aspect of this speaker, with 10 hours of playtime, and its IP67 rating. This indicates that it is impervious to dust and is waterproof up to three feet for 30 minutes. 


9. iPad Mini

Photo: Apple


Sometimes, we do need to get back to our gadgets. The iPad Mini allows you to subtly go through your notifications while hanging out with family and friends. Connect it to the Sonos and you’re a walking DJ!

It’s great for the kids too! Check out apps that will feed their inquisitive minds (and install them into the device prior to the day), or send them on a mission to photograph the occasion. 


10. The Alphabet Press Raya Packets

Photo: The Alphabet Press


Raya is not just about the money; it’s about celebrating family and togetherness. 

To reflect that, The Alphabet Press has created a set that’s unlike any other Raya packets. Their set of 10 Raya packets come with message cards so that you can put your feelings of gratitude into words, making your Raya gift that much more personal and meaningful. 


11. Jura S8

Photo: Jura


Even Raya feasts can benefit from a coffee break, and if you’re uber-specific about how you like your coffee or tea, the award-winning Jura S8 is the coffee machine to turn to. 

Entirely intuitive, the coffee machine features a high-resolution colour touchscreen display, complete with graphics and animations that guide the user through the process. The machine also allows you to seamlessly tailor your individual preferences, all at the push of a button. 

The machine is Jura Operating Experience, or J.O.E.®-compatible. It brings the state-of-the-art operation to your smartphone via Bluetooth, so you can whip up a cup of java from your phone and even your Apple Watch. 


12. Rimba the Game

Photo: APOM

No family gathering, no matter how small, is complete without a good ‘ol card game. 

Rimba the Game can be played in four different ways, as instructed by their website. Get your dose of amusement and education all in one fell swoop as the cards introduce to you the biodiversity of Peninsular and Borneo Malaysia.