Japanese Gifts: What to give to a Japan Lover?

November 26, 2021 7 min read

gifts for japan lovers

Need inspiration on gifts for Japan lovers?

To surprise a close friend or family member, we can spend hours and hours looking for the perfect gift, which is not always easy.  For that special friend who loves Japan, consider to offer him or her a Japanese gift that reminds of the Japanese culture! You can be sure he or she will be touched by your attention, and that's something priceless. 💰

Whether he or she is passionate about Japanese streetwear fashion, home decor or the Japanese lifestyle, you will find plenty of inspiration in this article. 👇


Here is our top 10 Japanese Gifts!

1. 🖌 Japanese wall artwork, a totally stylish gift

The last time you went over to your friend's house, you noticed the empty and sad walls in his or her room or living room? Well, here's a great deal! 👌

Why not offer a beautiful Japanese artwork? Firstly, it will sublimate their walls. Secondly, he (or she) will be thinking of you whenever passing by. And lastly, the effort you made to buy a Japan-themed gift - his or her passion - will definitely be appreciated.

Now that you have made your decision, all that remains to be done is to find the Japanese wall art that matches your friend best.  Typical Japanese landscapes such as Mount Fuji are perfect for dreamers in search of escape. Similarly, the iconic painting The Great Wave off Kanagawa, by the famous painter Hokusai is a gift that is sure to please everyone.

For a more original wall decoration, you have the choice between paintings that reflect traditional or contemporary Japanese culture such as portraits of geisha, samurai, cherry blossoms or an illustration of the famous dish ramen. Symbolic animals such as cranes, koi fish, tigers and Japanese dragons are also a great option and a nice reference to Japanese mythology. It's up to you! 😀

Japanese wall art

2. 👣 Tabi and kawaii socks, the original Japanese gift

The typical Japanese tabi socks can be a bit surprising with their separation between the big toe and the other toes. What an idea! And yet, if your friend owns a pair of geta or zori (traditional Japanese shoes) this gift is a real must! 

Besides the fact that they are very practical for wearing strapped footwear, tabi socks have many benefits for our health. Better stimulation of blood circulation, agility of the toes, better regulation of perspiration... These two-fingered socks will warm up your feet more quickly, avoid bad odors and improve your posture. So, what do you think? Maybe offering these amazing socks to your friend or family member ain't such a bad idea at all. A great way to prove that you care about him or her. 😄

Don't like the idea of separating toes? Opt for a pair of regular socks with a cute kawaii or traditional Japanese pattern!

You can also find socks in plain colors, perfect as a Japanese gift for men.

tabi socks

3. 💁‍♂️ A jinbei, the Japanese lifestyle gift

Are you looking for a comfortable gift? Both elegant and casual, the jinbei is a traditional garment very popular among Japanese, especially in summer. This outfit, composed of a jacket and shorts (or pants), can be worn both at home and outside. Comfortable and lightweight, the jinbei is a very trendy wafuku (traditional garment) in Japan, especially during the matsuri period.

jinbei for women, with pretty traditional patterns like cherry blossoms or more modern ones with cats or sushi, for example. Typical Japanese prints such as the Seigaiha wave or discreet and chic stripes will be, without a doubt, much appreciated. The jinbei is THE ideal garment to offer to all Japanese lifestyle enthusiasts. Feel free to have a look at our collection of jinbei and discover the different models.
japanese jinbei

4. 🍱 A bento box, the Japanese-inspired gift

A family member who is fond of eating lunch on the go? Replace that old tupperware with a nice Japanese bento box!

Made of wood, stainless steel or plastic, the bento box is available in many different styles to satisfy all desires and needs. It's way more pleasant to have your meal in a nice box than to eat in an ordinary plastic container.

Bento boxes are equipped with compartments that allow you to separate your food. Perfect for creating a nice presentation that will make you feel hungry!

Now, let's find the perfect bento box that will match the needs of your family member or friend and simplify his or her life with this healthy, ecological and economical lunchbox. 👍

japanese bento box collection

5. 🥢 The Japanese chopstick case, the useful gift!

Your friend is a Japanese food lover? Offer him or her a nice Japanese chopstick case!  Not only will he enjoy his Asian dishes even more, but he will also be directly immersed in the atmosphere of a Tokyo restaurant. Chopsticks are refined objects that make an elegant and useful gift.

With their sober design, crafted handle or adorned with a pretty kawaii pattern, there is something for everyone.

Thanks to this original gift that will also appeal to the whole family, sushi nights in front of a Japanese anime movie will take on a whole new flavor!

japanese chopsticks collection

6. 👕 A Japanese shirt, the ultimate gift in streetwear style

A Japanese gift that pleases just about everyone: the Japanese streetwear shirt. Absolutely trendy, this unisex garment will charm both men and women. 

This gift idea has many assets. The t-shirt remains a true must-have in our wardrobe: it can be worn on about all occasions and can be easily matched with different clothing items. When worn oversized, it allows a totally trendy Asian streetwear look. 😎

It can also be paired with a jogging for a sporty look or with a nice jacket and slimmy jeans for a casual style. Looking for a Japanese gift for teenagers? By buying a quality t-shirt with a unique and original print, you will be sure to have success. As soon as they tried it on, they won't be able to take it off!

japanese shirt

7. 👜 A Japanese bag, a unique and original gift

Looking for a useful and aesthetic gift? Why not go for a Japanese bag? With traditional designs, or kawaii prints, this essential accessory will be particularly fashionable.

Looking for a Japanese gift for a woman passionate about Japan and fashion? Offer a Knot Bag. With this unique Japanese style bag, you can be sure to give her a original gift that will make her feel special. Traditionally worn with a kimono, this Japanese bag is perfect for adding an exotic touch to a Western outfit. 👌

Its particularity lies in its asymmetrical shape: to close it, you just have to slip the larger handle into the smaller one. Slipped around the wrist, its small size allows you to keep your personal belongings close at hand without burdening you with a big bag. Minimalist, chic and original, this is the perfect bag to accompany a night out or a wedding outfit. 👰

In a different category, a backpack will be very practical for traveling, carrying sports stuff or school supplies while a Tote Bag will be perfect for the environmentalists who don't like to be cluttered with stuff.

Lastly, the Japanese style lunch bag will delight your colleagues at work who don't quite know how to carry their lunch.

Check out our collection of Japanese bags and find the bag that would please your friend!

japanese bag

8. 🌄 A pretty cushion cover with a Japanese pattern, the ultimate home decor gift

Interior design lovers will find their happiness in these pretty cushion covers with Japanese patterns. Placed on an armchair, a sofa or a pretty chair, this gift is perfect for bringing a Japanese touch to the decoration of a room or a living room. The advantage of a cushion cover is that it can be machine washed. In addition, our Premium quality models guarantee a brilliant colorfastness.

Traditional, kawaii, inspired by Japanese anime or emblematic landscapes of the archipelago: you are bound to find a design that will seduce your loved one, whether he or she is passionate about Japanese anime or the culture of the Land of the Rising Sun!

Japanese cushion covers

9. 📿 A Japanese lucky charm, the gift that will protect you from bad luck

In Japanese culture, lucky charms are almost everywhere and there are dozens of them, each more or less specialized in a particular area of life. To mention three of them, there is the inevitable Maneki Neko, the curious Daruma and the all-purpose Omamori. These three Japanese lucky charms are the most common ones and make excellent gifts to offer to a loved one.

Maneki Neko does not need an introduction any longer. This famous Japanese cat with its smiling face 😺 is known to attract good fortune, happiness and wealth. In Japan, Maneki Neko is usually found at the entrance of stores and restaurants, but also inside homes. Nowadays, the maneki neko can be found in different forms: piggy bank, keychain, bracelet...: A great kawaii gift!

Daruma is the ideal Japanese gift for wishing success to a loved one. This curious rounded doll, without arms or legs, symbolizes perseverance, luck and success.

An Omamori is a protective charm in the form of a small cloth bag. Depending on its color and the kanji inscriptions embroidered on it, this small talisman has the power to protect its owner in a specific area of life: love, wealth, health, marriage, academic success... Giving an omamori to someone important to you is a wonderful way to prove your friendship or love.

japanese lucky charms

10. 🏮 A paper lantern, the luminous Japanese gift idea

Offer your friend a beautiful Japanese lantern to enlighten his/her home. The iconic red chôchin is perfect for creating a traditional Japanese style at home.

Affordable, you can even buy several of them and recreate the feeling of a sushi restaurant or a sake bar in your own kitchen. Through its rice paper, the light is nicely diffused for a soft and soothing illumination. 🏮

The Japanese paper lantern also exists in ball shape, with bamboo or cherry tree patterns. In summer, these ball lamps will find their place in branches of trees to give life to an ephemeral Japanese garden. Imagine spending more time with your friends enjoying an aperitif beneath the stars, under the soft glow of these Japanese lanterns...

Japanese paper lanterns

Once you've found the perfect Japanese gift, consider wrapping it in a furoshiki cloth 😉 Furoshiki is a simple and efficient wrapping technique involving fabric, folds and knots. This Japanese practice is a great alternative to single-use plastic bags and wrapping paper. In addition, your packaging will become a gift itself!

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