What You Need To Know About Eid-Al-Fitr

Eid is the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal and it comes after the holy month of Ramadan. This is a day dedicated to a feast with family and a heartfelt declaration of the greatness of Allah! Eid al-Fitr is Arabic for “festival of the breaking of the fast.” This is due to the fact that Muslims normally abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset during Ramadan. This festival marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

General rituals

The holiday begins with a greeting: “Eid Mubarak“, which loosely translates to “Blessed Eid,” both of which can be translated to “have a blessed holiday.” Muslims gather at mosques and communal prayer areas to perform Eid Prayer and greet each other. The Eid festival is celebrated by visiting friends and relatives, hosting food parties and sharing sweets, ranging from chocolate gifts, chocolate truffles, to bakery delights! Children not only get new clothing and shoes, but also receive cash gifts called “Eidi” from their elders and relatives.

Eid conveys a message of unity, love and peace. This is evident with the way the Eid day starts, which is with a prayer in congregation in an open ground, so that a number of Muslims (men, children and the elderly) can meet, greet each other, and pray together behind one imam. Muslims are advised to take different routes while going to and returning from Eid prayers, so they can meet more people, and convey more festive greetings!

Customs and Traditions

  • Muslims get ready for the Eid prayer by dressing up in new clothes.
  • They eat something sweet (preferably dates) before heading out for the Eid prayers.
  • They recite something called takbeerat while going for the Eid prayers.
  • The prayer is traditionally offered in an open area, and each emirate has its own Eidgah (Eid grounds).
  • Eidi or Eidiya (cash or gifts) are distributed among children by the elders

Gifts to Give

For Men

This Eid-Al-Fitr, you can spoil a husband, a brother, or a friend with our remarkable range of Eid gifts and send a heartfelt Eid mubarak! At NetFlorist, we’ve prepared an extensive variety of Eid gift ideas for Eid 2019. Browse through our wonderful range of man crates and delight his taste buds with a decadent assortment of incredible treats. If you’re shopping Eid gifts for your brother, you can indulge him with marvellous bro buckets with a personal touch. Whether you’re delighting them with chocolate gifts, or nougat gifts, get it personalised with their name or a heartwarming Eid mubarak message!

This year, Eid 2019 falls on a winter season, so the perfect gift for Eid would be one that keeps the winter winds at bay. Our stunning personalised hoodies make for a remarkable gift for both men and children, and if you’re looking for a gift for Eid that warms the heart, look no further than our phenomenal range of hoodies online, ranging from personalised respect the beard hoodie to our fantastic personalised photo hoodie.

For Women

Tug at her heartstrings with our exceptional range of Eid presents for her. Brighten her home with the unsurpassed beauty of our Eid flowers from NetFlorist. Explore from radiant array of pink roses, which convey happiness, gracefulness and admiration, to a stunning range of lovely lilies symbolise humility and devotion. Browse through our amazing range of bakery treats and delight her with an Eid gift that will ensure an unforgettable meal experience!

Still at a loss for the perfect Eid gift for her? You can still make her heart smile with our fantastic lifestyle brands, ranging from the relaxing and therapeutic Baylis and Harding, the luxurious delights of Charlotte Rhys, our stunning variety of Le Creuset, or our magnificent range of Carrol Boyes essentials! Women deserve to be spoilt as well on this sacred occasion so explore the exquisite variety of Eid gifts for women and find something that will enchant her absolutely!

This Eid South Africa, celebrate this important occasion in the Islamic calendar with friends and family! Visit the one-stop flower and gifting store and send a wonderful Eid gift from South Africa’s largest sameday gift delivery service. Let NetFlorist help you and the ones you love take delight in this magnificent holiday!

Father’s Day Gift Guides

A loving father is full of heartfelt compassion, unconditional love and is a man with unyielding strength. This Father’s Day, NetFlorist would like to ensure that you have every opportunity to show dad the same love he always gives. Just as Dad guided you through life’s hardships, the gifting fairies at NetFlorist would like to guide you through finding the perfect Father’s Day gift for him! We have Father’s Day gifts and hampers that will tug at his heartstrings and whether you’re spoiling a new dad, your grandfather, your husband, or your father-in-law, let us help you find the right Father’s Day present for him.

For your Dad

Let his Father’s Day wishes come true with our extraordinary variety of Father’s Day gifts online from NetFlorist. If you’re looking for exceptional Father’s Day clothing essentials that are fit for him this winter, surprise him with amazing personalised T-shirts, and delightful hoodies online. Thank him for his terrible ‘Dad Jokes’, his innate sports knowledge, and for his wise (but not always good) advice. If a mother is the heart of the home, a great dad is truly the soul that keeps the heart beating!

We also have a unique variety of personalised Father’s Day gifts that will include his name, a Father’s Day message from you, as well as a stunning photo of your choice. Melt his heart with our melt-in-your-mouth Father’s Day bakery delights. Take it one step further and sweeten his day with our magnificent Father’s Day gourmet essentials, which include a scrumptious variety of chocolate gift hampers and palatable fine alcohol. For a son, it’s in the way he showed you that superheroes don’t wear capes. For a daughter, it’s the moment he became the first man to ever hold your heart.

For a New Dad

Open his heart up to new experiences when this next chapter begins. With NetFlorist, you can spoil the new dad with a phenomenal range of Father’s Day gifts that will give him the love, courage, and eternal devotion to be a wonderful dad. For Father’s Day 2019, you’re spoilt for choice in Father’s Day gift ideas that will make his heart smile. Explore our magnificent gifts of faith, and shower him with blessings from the Lord above. Through Christ, let him say ‘thank you’ for the greatest gift that a person can ever receive: their newborn child. Whether it’s a personalised notebook of faith, or our terrific TD Jakes book set to keep him company during those sleepless nights.

For a new dad with a green thumb, imbue his home with the exquisite beauty of our Father’s Day plants. From sensational succulents which capture the everlasting love in a father’s heart, to a magnificent best dad bonsai, show love with a radiant display of plant blooms. For a tech-savvy new dad (aren’t they all, though?), make his day with these strikingly efficient Father’s Day gadgets. As you browse through our stunning gadgets for him, don’t forget a fantastic powerbank to keep his phone or baby monitor running through all hours of the night. As tempting as it is to spoil him with personalised headphones from this range, a new dad needs to be on high alert, so maybe drowning out sounds isn’t the best gift idea?

For your Grandfather

Spoil the man who puts the ‘grand’ in grandpa with our marvellous range of Father’s Day gifts for grandpa. We have an extraordinary array of gifts for your grandfather, ranging from Father’s Day man crates, and our unmistakably smooth bottle of Johnnie Walker black label. Keep Grandpa as warm as the unconditional love in his heart with personalised gowns, as well as stunning personalised socks that will caress the feet and warm the soul.

Does your grandpa have a sweet tooth? Indulge his taste buds with our delectable man crates, which include luscious Lindt delights, and exquisite personalised chocolate trays. An old soul can still experience new things; explore our wide range of Father’s Day experiences and take him on a fun-filled yet highly informative bus tour, or better yet, give him a breathtaking view of the African sunset and take him skydiving! Whatever Father’s Day gift you choose for grandpa, send it with all the love in your heart!

For your Husband

To them, he’s Dad; to you, he’s ‘honey.’ If your wonderful husband is your paradise on Earth, express all the love in the world with our phenomenal Father’s Day gifts for your husband. Looking for a Father’s Day shirt fit for him? Look no further than our wonderful range of personalised T-shirts from NetFlorist. For the indispensable finishing touch to his outfit, make his day with our masculine range of Father’s Day colognes. Just as a happy husband is the pillar of a wonderful home; home is the starting place of love, hope and the pursuit of a dream coming true. Go over to our Father’s Day home décor essentials, and browse through Father’s Day gifts that will make coming home one of life’s many treasures. From the timeless elegance of personalised best dad clocks, our magnificent hanging wall art, to our wonderful personalised photo frames that will help him look back on the memories that put a smile on his face.

Pamper the loving father of your beautiful children with our magnificent bath and body essentials, ranging from personalised best dad wash bags, and his and her bath sheets. Add a world of tender love and care to his morning routine with our impeccable bath time bucket. Express endless love to your incredible husband and make this his best Father’s Day yet.

For your Father-In-Law

He showed unconditional love to the person who holds your heart; send a heartfelt ‘thank you for my happily ever after’ with our amazing Father’s Day gifts for your father-in-law. Explore Father’s Day hampers and ensure that he’s spoilt for choice in the many ways that he’s to have a wonderful day. This year, you can celebrate Father’s Day South Africa with your caring father-in-law. Spoil him with amazing apparel essentials and surprise him with personalised dad wallets, stunning watch boxes, and a stylish variety of Happy socks gift box. Our terrific Father’s Day apparel range is masterfully made provide an unsurpassed taste of luxury.

If your father-in-law is a proud foodie, indulge him with Father’s Day homeware gifts. Turn his kitchen into the heart of the home with a personalised chopping board and cookware set which both offer a remarkable cooking experience!

Celebrate Father’s Day with South Africa’s largest sameday gift delivery service and give a phenomenal dad one of our most unique Father’s Day gifts. If you’re shopping Father’s Day gifts online on a budget, NetFlorist has amazing Father’s Day gifts under R199, under R399 and under R499. At NetFlorist, all fathers deserve to be celebrated, because a wonderful dad is the guiding light that shows us the way when we really need it!

A Special Mother’s Day – Celebrating All Mothers

For most, life began the moment we opened our eyes and were loved by our mother, and for some, it began the moment we were loved dearly by a devoted mother figure. This Mother’s Day, NetFlorist has Mother’s Day gifts for every kind of mother, and whether she’s a devoted wife, a wonderful new mother, an amazing grandmother or a marvellous mother-in-law, we have just the right Mother’s Day gift for her!

FOR A New Mom

 

A newborn child is an anchor that holds a dear mother to life. For a new mother, this feeling is an experience that deserves celebrating. From the sleepless nights to the endless days, spoil a new mom with an incredible assortment of Mother’s Day gifts for her! Whether her pregnancy was planned, medically coaxed or a wonderful surprise, NetFlorist has a wonderful variety of Mother’s Day gifts for new moms. For their little bundle of joy, we have a personalised Mother’s Day boy onesie which will provide remarkable comfort for her little prince, and for her little princess, we have a personalised Mother’s Day girl onesie that will tuck her in an embrace that is reminiscent of her mother’s love.

A new mom also deserves to be pampered, so explore our extensive range of Mother’s Day gifts for her! NetFlorist understands that a mother’s joy begins when a precious new life is discovered and the first cry of her newborn reminds her that she will never be alone. Wrap her in the warm embrace of a personalised gown and bath hamper, or make her day with the luxurious experience of a back, neck and shoulder massage. For a mother with a love for outdoor living, celebrate her new role as a mom with a heavenly picnic basket or just sweeten her day with the sensuous sensation of our cerise and pink rose arrangement!

For YOUR Wife

Melt the heart of a wonderful woman in your life. Whether she’s your wife or their mom, we have an amazing range of Mother’s Day gifts for your wife. A person’s success is measured by the size of the smile on his wife’s face. Be their smile keeper with the worldly experience of our Mangwanani Royal African night spa and let her luxuriate in unsurpassed comfort. Caress her taste buds with one of our exquisite Mother’s Day chocolate, such as our personalised Mother’s Day chocolate tray with boasts a delectable assortment of chocolate treats. For something as sweet as her heart and as unforgettable as her smile, get her a gift set in the form of our sparkling white wine ice bucket. Filled with a heavenly array of Mother’s Day treats, this gift set features a bottle of JC Le Roux La Vallee, accompanied by a divine variety of Ferrero Roche chocolate balls.

A wonderful wife is one whose heart is filled with endless love and affection, so spoil her with wonderful Mother’s Day flowers that are reminiscent of that amazing feeling. Treat her to a spectacular assortment of roses in the form of our endless love rose vase. These incredible flowers feature 25 red roses which are reminiscent of love and affection, 25 pink roses which convey elegant femininity, 25 lilac roses which represent feelings of devotion and 25 cream roses which symbolise divinity and grace. This breathtaking arrangement of 100 roses is sure to give her a well-deserved ‘happy Mother’s Day.’

FOR YOUR Granny

For Mother’s Day 2019, NetFlorist also have an extensive variety of Mother’s Day gifts for the woman with ears that always listen, arms that are always open, and a love that’s never ending. For her heart of gold, spoil her with a wonderful cooking and baking experience by surprising her with a wonderful Grandma apron and give her a reason to be in the kitchen this Mother’s Day. Our Mother’s Day gifts for grandma include anything from the most naturally beautiful such as our Mother’s Day radiant sunset blooms, to the delectably indulgent like our personalised mother hat box.

The only rule in a happy home is, “If grandma says you can have it, then it’s fine!” We have Mother’s Day gifts that will say “thank you” for always taking your side, because the NetFlorist bunch know that whenever grandma says “Yes”, no one can ever say “No”. For her strength and kindness, NetFlorist offers hot air balloon rides that will take her on a serene adventure of the African skyline. For a truly special Mother’s Day, let Grandma luxuriate in the panoramic views of the breathtaking African landscape!

FOR YOUR Mother-in-law

 

At NetFlorist, we believe that a spouse who treats you like royalty was raised in the arms of a queen. A wonderful mother-in-law doubles the joy of having a mother, so for raising the one you cherish most, we have Mother’s Day gifts that she’ll hold most dear. A wonderful spouse is only as amazing as the woman who raised them, so for her kind heart and understanding, we have a sensuous variety of Mother’s Day gifts for your mother-in-law!

If you’re looking for something that will express how sweet she truly is, say “thank you” with our Lindt chocolate delight which is filled with a variety of Lindt chocolate slabs. This wondrous chocolate gift set includes exquisite hazelnut chocolate, delectable mousse chocolate and a heavenly sensation of Lindt chocolate balls. For being both a mother and a friend, give her the best of both worlds with a Mother’s Day edible bouquet. Presented in a beautiful display that resembles a gorgeous bouquet, our incredible edibles feature an amazing assortment of Irish cream Lindt chocolate delights. More than anything this Mother’s Day, she deserves to be celebrated for playing a part in your happily-ever-after.

Treat her to an exotic display in the form of Mother’s Day pink orchid blooms, which represent love, beauty and feminine strength. You can also spoil her with a spa body experience or you can give her a reason to enjoy her favourite coffee and tea with a wonderful  tea set. Whatever Mother’s Day gift you spoil her with, always remember to make her feel as special as the child she raised!

With NetFlorist, Mother’s Day South Africa is not just for celebrating mothers, but we’re shining a light on wonderful mother figures who have taken the role of a mother, a friend and everything in between. This Mother’s Day 2019, you can order Mother’s Day cakes for your aunt, Mother’s Day flowers for your sister, or even Mother’s day plants for your nanny. For NetFlorist, a mother is any woman who raised you well, loved you wholeheartedly, and cared for you more than anyone will ever know!

Mother’s Day Early Gift Guides

When it comes to the perfect Mother’s Day gift, it shouldn’t just say ‘happy Mother’s Day’, it should also be a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for the purest love that you’ll ever know. From the moment she held your hand, your Mom had held your heart as well. She drove you to school while you drove her insane, she wiped your nose and she wiped your tears, and most importantly, she loved you first, and she’ll love you always.

This year, Mother’s Day South Africa falls on the 12th of May, and at NetFlorist, we have the most amazing Mother’s Day gifts for mommy dearest! Let’s face it, some of our mothers are impossible to gift, especially when they’re expecting it. That’s why we’ve decided to give you the earliest Mother’s Day gift ideas that will ensure that she’s pleasantly surprised and wholeheartedly delighted!

Flowers & Plants

  

The simplest gift is the one that warms her heart the most; explore our radiant allure of Mother’s Day flowers and find a bouquet or vase that will fill her home with the love that she deserves! When it comes to the best Mother’s Day gifts online, the flower fairies at NetFlorist ensure that you have the perfect Mother’s Day blooms that can warm the heart of the woman who has held your heart for as long as you’ve known her. Whether you’re sending stunning mixed roses which offer a promise of adventure wrapped in elegance, or a lush array of tulips which convey pure love, and are reminiscent of a mother’s affection, we have different types of flowers for different types of mothers. Let the flower fairies enchant you with a magical array of flowers for Mother’s Day; from stunning sunflower vases with a personal touch to wonderful peach roses with a fantastic charm, you can make Mother’s Day 2019 a time like no other for a truly precious Mother!

For all the precious moments you’ll never forget, make it a memorable Mother’s Day to remember. If you’re looking for a gift for the Mom with a green thumb, we have a range of Mother’s Day plants that will brighten her day. Send Mom a lovely box of herbs and show her the greener side of nature or indulge her with a Mother’s Day rose bush, filled with a wonderful selection of nature’s bountiful beauty. At NetFlorist, we understand that there is an endearing tenderness in the unconditional love between a mother and her child, so a gift picked from the depths of nature will definitely put a smile on her face.

Bath and Body Essentials

 

The older you grow, you realise that there isn’t a more supportive best friend than your mother. Our bath and body products boast a combination of everything she loves and everything that will make her feel like the complete woman she truly is. From the distinct fragrance of our sensuous scented candles which would adorn her bathroom and caress her soul to our breathtaking array of Vintage Rose body care hampers, there’s nothing more amazing than a Mother’s Day gift that will make her smile. For a mother with an affinity for the finer things, our stunning selection of Charlotte Rhys body care essentials will create a sophisticated and luxurious bath, body and lifestyle experience. A mother’s love lasts long after she lets go, so embrace her right back with a wondrous touch of our Charlotte Rhys soap hamper, which will nourish her skin with a soothing body care experience immersed in luxury.

Pamper the mother who made bath-time a treasurable experience with our body exfoliating array of bath-time essentials. From the warm touch of our succulent array of Charlotte Rhys gift hampers to the tender embrace of our amazing personalised gowns that would warm her skin and make her feel as wonderful as the life she gave you!

Experiences

From overlooking the breathtaking African skyline to taking a tour around the Mother City and exploring the uncharted beauties that make up our rainbow nation; awaken her love of adventure and delight your loving Mom with an experience of a lifetime! Give mother dearest the best Mother’s Day experience, and at NetFlorist, we have the most rewarding Mother’s Day experiences for any mother. If she has an unfulfilled love for unforgettable outdoor experiences, you can take her skydiving and let our airborne experts indulge her with a fun-filled one-of-a-kind experience. From bus tours around the Mother City, to soul-enriching yoga classes, our outdoor Mother’s Day experiences ensure an environment of unsurpassed fun and guaranteed safety!

But, not all our mothers have a love for the outdoor experiences. In fact, if your mother prefers to kick back and relax (or in other words, she just wants to be left alone with the remote), we have a special Mother’s Day experience for her as well! NetFlorist boasts an incredible variety of indoor Mother’s Day experiences that are reminiscent of a mother’s comforting arms. Hold her hand and let her luxuriate in an environment of total relaxation; treat her to the blissful serenity of a back, neck and shoulder massage. A mother that has the entire world on her shoulders deserves the best that the world has to offer. We have a variety of spa treatments and wonderful flowerscape journeys to pick and choose from, so the next time Mom complains that she never gets to relax; you’re spoilt for choice in the many ways that you can prove her wrong!

Bakery Treats

For the woman that has filled your tummy with savoury indulgences, delight her with a gift that will caress her taste buds just as well. At NetFlorist, we know that no baked treat, or cake will ever come close to the ones that were made with a mother’s love. Inspired by the heartwarming sweetness of a mother’s affection, our Mother’s Day bakery treats come really close! Indulge her in the warm and sensuous array of Mother’s Day cakes and personalise them with her name, or a unique message as you wish. For Mother’s Day 2019, NetFlorist boasts an incredible selection of Mother’s Day special treats made just for Mom! You can browse through our phenomenal array of Mother’s Day cupcakes, which are allayed with thick and savoury cream toppings, and drizzled in the sweet delicacy of sugary sprinkles. From our marvelous variety of cookie tins, to wonderful selection of cupcake jars, let NetFlorist be your one-stop online bakery shop so you can sweeten your Mother’s day!

Personalised Gifts

If you’re looking for the best Mother’s Day gifts online, look no further than our amazing range of personalised Mother’s Day gifts from NetFlorist. A special mother deserves a special Mother’s Day gift. Is your mother the centre of your universe? Do you want to make her feel as special as she truly is? Our personalised gifts range from personalised clothing, personalised mugs as well as personalised wine and chocolate gifts. With NetFlorist, you can order Mother’s Day gifts online today and put her name on it. Yes, it’s that simple! If you’re exploring Mother’s Day flowers and Mother’s Day plants; personalise them with either a personalised photo vase or a personalised name tag. Fill her garden with a Mother’s Day gift that will be as unique to her as she is to you. Nothing says “happy Mother’s Day” than a gift that makes a special Mom feel as special as her children see her. From exquisite home décor gifts that will imbue the home with an unsurpassed beauty to lovely homeware essentials to brighten her kitchen, the personalised gifting possibilities are endless this Mother’s Day 2019.

Surprise your Mom or Mother figure with an unforgettable Mother’s Day gift from South Africa’s largest sameday gift delivery service. If you’re shopping on a budget, don’t worry, we have a wide range of Mother’s Day gifts under R199, under R399 and under R499! Shop with NetFlorist this Mother’s Day because as an admirer of Moms everywhere, NetFlorist knows that all the love in the world begins and ends with a wonderful Mother!

The Botanical Gardens of South Africa

Spring has sprung, the sun is shining, and the season is in full swing! It’s time to get out there and start enjoying spring’s greatest gifts, the flowers. You could take a stroll through your local park, do some work in the garden or go where the flowers are the most spectacular… the South African botanical gardens, a plethora of our nation’s natural beauty.

With botanical gardens situated across the country, there is little excuse not to go and lose yourself in the splendour of nature for just a while. The most famous of these botanical gardens is arguably the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, situated in Cape Town. Set against the eastern slope of Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch gardens have two separate areas, the cultivated gardens and the protected area which is home to indigenous fynbos and forest. The cultivated garden is home to an array of flowering species of plants, while in the protected area one can see the King Protea, which occurs naturally there, in full flower. One of the truly amazing parts of the Kirstenbosch botanical garden is the Afromontane forest, which is awe-inspiring when walking through.

Sticking to the coastal botanical gardens we move on to one of the lesser-known treasures in South Africa, the Durban Botanic Gardens. This is the oldest surviving botanical gardens in South Africa, having been established in 1849. The highlight of these gardens is without a doubt the Orchid House, which is home to several different species. The best time to visit the Orchid House is without a doubt during the spring months, September through November.

Moving away from the coastal cities we find ourselves in the capital of South Africa, the Pretoria Botanical Gardens. Surrounded by urban development, this is a much-needed refuge from the hustle and bustle of modern life, not just for us, but for the wildlife that occurs there. There are over 220 recorded species of birds meaning that during spring the garden comes alive to the sound of thousands of bird calls. Stroll through the gardens and you can climb to the top of a ‘koppie’ from which you can view the entire gardens and the surrounding city, a scene that sets alight the senses with sound and colour.

The last botanical garden on this list is the Johannesburg Botanic Gardens. Placed just outside the city centre, the gardens are home to over 30 000 trees, 4500 species of plants, an arboretum, a Rose Garden and Herb Garden. The gardens are also frequently the venue for concerts and live performances.

This article by no means covers all the Botanical Gardens within South Africa, but rather the ones that, for many South Africans, are close to home. The gardens are perfect for spending a beautiful spring or summer day, whether you are taking the entire family on an outing or you wish to take that special someone on a romantic picnic, the gardens provide you with the perfect setting.

NetFlorist offers a range of fully stocked picnic baskets, complete with red roses, champagne or a beautiful bottle of red wine that makes those romantic moments so much easier to come by. For those family moments, NetFlorist also offers healthy fruit baskets and gourmet hampers that will have the whole family smiling.

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We realise that it is not always possible to get away for the day and take that stroll through the gardens, so why not send that special someone a piece of the garden instead with our stunning flower bouquets and flower arrangements. From proteas and orchids to lilies and roses, NetFlorist will deliver their own personal piece of the spring bloom, right to their door. NetFlorist delivers flowers nationwide and to all the major cities; Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, and Durban.