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The light is at the end of the tunnel – Summer holidays are in sight and travel plans have been made.

The next job to tick off that end of school year list of yours is some all essential gift shopping for friends leaving town and family and friends back home.

It can be a challenge to find gifts that are actually made here in the Gulf or that have a local flavour without the usual touristy cliches, something a little bit witty, thoughtful and that you’d actually be happy to have in your own home! 

We’ve taken a spin around the marketplace and plucked out some inspired gift ideas, so here’s Summer souvenir shopping done the Saffron Souk way…

1. Thank you greeting card from Yislamoo


2. Beautifully packaged camel milk soap from The Camel Soap Factory


3. Henna-inspired notebooks, available in A5 and an A6 set of 3 from Saffron Souk


4. Cotton tea towels from Saffron Souk’ Made in UAE collection


5. Henna-inspired shisha pipe decal by Saffron Souk. Camel and man on bike designs are also available


6. Bespoke handpainted plexiglass bookmark…choose your city! By Glassy Dreamz


7. Fun pencil and paperclip sets by Saffron Souk

1. Bronze and gold plated camel bangle by Marie Jewels


 2. Saffron Souk’ camel leather bracelet, available in 6 gorgeous colours 

3. Chunky UAE bracelet from Vumba Mist


4. Maarib Art Jewellery makes personalised pendants, bracelets, rings and brooches in English or Arabic


5. Amira Alaoui’s stunning silk scarves come beautifully boxed ready for gifting


6. Black & white keffiyeh necklace, handmade by Accessorette


7. 2birds’ Oman tassel necklace in natural, also comes in black and multicolour options


8. Circles in the Sand’s UAE souvenir trinket bracelets

1. Pictoresca Design’s UAE collage cushion


2. Camels in the City, bespoke original painting by Camels by Chloe


 3. Saffron Souk’ linen tea towel and napkin sets with camel, shisha and man on bike designs


4. Custom UAE love map paintings by Biha Designs. Choose the location of your heart!


5. Bespoke ‘leaving Dubai’ framed poster by Personalised Prints


6. Embroidered linen tea towel from The Linen Souk


7. Jasmine scented reed diffuser by Nighting Oils


8. Made in the Desert’s original patchwork camel poster


9. Custom Thuluth Arabic calligraphy by Natoof

1. Custom made framed oryx cutout artwork by B&D Art


2. Harmony House Toys’ handmade cool camel wooden pull-along toy


3. The sweetest baby bodysuits made with traditional keffiyeh fabric from

The Nest. I heart Abu Dhabi also available


4. Saffron Souk’ new edition crisp cotton pillow slip with henna-inspired camel in blue or pink


5. Handcrafted camel softie from The Arab Doll Project


6. The Arab Doll Project’s wonderful local character dolls, also available in other designs