Christmas Gifts for Japan Fans
Struggling to track down the perfect gift for the Japanophile among your family or friends? Look no further; we've got you covered...
Whether it’s decorative, cute, crafty, foodie, alcoholic, elegant or just plain weird (cat hair craft kit anyone?), we’ve got something to delight all varieties of Japan-lover with our bumper list of Japan-inspired Christmas gifts, so why not get browsing - it's only a few more weeks until Christmas!
Tenugui, or Japanese hand cloths, can be used as a small towel or stylish wall hanging. They made an ideal gift for someone who appreciates Japanese culture! Exclusive to The Japanese Shop, these Christmas tenugui are made in Japan with unfinished edges in the traditional style.
Snowman Tenugui - £14.00
Made in icy blue and white colours, this tenugui features some very cute snow rabbits and snowmen wearing red or orange hats peeking out from among tessellating snowflakes. Order from The Japanese Shop.
Christmas Tenugui - £14.00
Made with pure evergreen cotton, this tenugui features a vertical design of a cornucopia of Christmas motifs, including reindeer, angels, holly, poinsettias, snowflakes, baubles, candy canes, bells, fairy lights - and a cheeky little Santa at the top! Order from The Japanese Shop.
Santa Claus Mini Kokeshi Doll - £9.00
Snow Girl Kokeshi Doll - £38.00
Kawaii Doodle Class - £12.99
Crafting with Cat Hair - £11.99
Just when you thought you had heard of everything... Yes, this is seriously a book about crafting with cat hair! If you’ve ever had a pet cat - or been near one when it’s moulting - you’ll be well aware of just how much hair they have. Normally an annoying and unsightly nuisance, this book provides a crafty and artistic way to deal with your loved one's feline’s fuzz. All they need to get started is a cat, a method of collecting its hair (unless it is one of those creepy hairless cats) - and this handbook! Featuring 95 pages of craft projects, cat facts, pictures, anecdotes and practical tips on caring for kitty, it’s the purrfect introduction to this unusual art form. Please note: cat not included. Order from Firebox.
Japan Colouring Book - £7.99
Cook Up a Storm
Ginsai Sakura Sushi Dishes Set - £30.00
Is your loved one a fan of Japanese home dining? Take your Japanese home dining game up a notch this Christmas with this sushi dish set, perfect for modern, casual but stylish Japanese home dining. Exclusive to The Japanese Shop, this stylish plate set is made in Japan and contains a pair each of ceramic plates, matching dishes and wooden chopsticks, all coated in a velvety black glaze with an elegant silver cherry blossom design. Order from The Japanese Shop.
Five All-purpose Ceramic Cups - £24.98
Shokado Bento Box - £19.98
Nigiri Bento Box - £24.99
The perfect gift for that sushi lover you know! Whether they'll fill it with genuine sushi or just slop in their homemade chilli, everything looks more inspiring once it’s inside the Nigiri Bento Box. With its fun and fresh sushi design, it's as much a slick, minimalist ornament as it is a fabulous food container. Made up of two generously-sized plastic compartments sealed with silicone lids, the ‘sushi’ is secured together by an elasticated 'seaweed' strap to keep everything snugly in place and help prevent backpack explosions. Order from Firebox.
Release Your Inner Child
Food Fun Origami for Kids - £4.99
Combine kawaii, craft AND cooking with this food fun origami kit, a fun-filled colourful pack of Japanese origami paper for kids to fold delicious looking cake and ice creams. The kit contains 36 sheets of origami paper in four fun food-related designs: cakes, cupcakes, ice creams and sundaes, as well as folding techniques and instructions for each of the four projects. Best of all, it’s educational as well as fun, since origami is said to enhance imagination and concentration as well as develop dexterity through stimulation of fine motor skills. Order from Firebox.
Kawaii Cakes - £9.99
Let your loved one learn how to bake adorable Japanese-inspired cookies, cakes and more with this book by insta-bake hero and food writer Juliet Sear. The book guides budding kawaii bakers through easy (and not at all creepy) recipes for bunny macarons, avocado cookies and cloud-shaped cakes - all with giant cute Japanese eyes, of course. Don’t be put off by those naysayers who say adults shouldn’t be spending their time icing animal faces onto tiny sponge cakes. Crack out the icing bag and give yourself a lovely kawaii sugar high, then break the internet with your perfectly iced kitten cupcakes. Order from Firebox.
Kawaii Animal Mugs - £10.99 each
If you have a loved one for whom even several trays full of iced rabbit cookies isn’t enough kawaii, then why not throw in one of these equally adorbs animal mugs? The kawaii fan in your life will be as happy as one of the bunnies they just finished icing once they’re sipping their hot brew from one of these generously sized mugs, inspired by the impossibly cute designs of Japanese pop culture. Choose between a fox, bear, cat and panda, or treat them to the whole woodland family. Crafted from quality ceramic, the perky little creatures all sport big doe eyes, cute button noses, and pointy ears poking up from the rim of the cup. Order from Firebox.
Elodie the Unicorn Ramen Bowl - £24.99
Fill Up on Festive Spirit
Sol Lucet Koshu Wine - £14.00 per bottle
Treat your loved one to a case of six bottles of Sol Lucet Koshu, a light bodied white wine showcasing the pure, fresh flavours of Japanese citrus fruits such as yuzu and kabosu. Sake or beer, rather than wine, is probably what springs to mind when you think of ‘Japanese alcohol’. However, Koshu, used to make this wine, is the most important grape variety in Japan, where it has been grown for over 1,000 years. Selected by M&S winemaker Jeneve Williams, this 2015 vintage was made by Kurambon Wine Co. in Yamanashi prefecture. The region’s extremes of hot and cold mixed with rich volcanic soils are what give the wine its refreshing taste. Order from Marks & Spencer.
Hitachino Nest Beer Glass - £3.99
Is your loved one more of a beer swiller than a wine sipper? Treat them to a taste of Hitachino Nest from their very own branded glass. One of the most internationally best-known Japanese craft beer brands, it is brewed by Kiuchi Brewery, who have been brewing sake since 1823. In 1994, they turned their hand to beer to great acclaim, and have since won sackfuls of awards. Pick your loved one's poison from among White, Amber, Pale and Real Ginger Ales, Weizen or Saison du Japon and add on a small yet stylish branded Hitachino glass for your loved one to quaff them from. Order from BeerHunter.
Gifts for Giving
Chrysanthemum Japanese Incense Set - £22.00
Encased in a simple yet stylish balsa wood gift box, this Japanese incense set would make an ideal gift for someone who appreciates Japanese incense or just fine scents in general. Exclusive to The Japanese Shop, the set consists of a blue ceramic incense stand with a traditional Japanese bird design on and two packs of organic incense sticks which take 15-17 minutes to burn. The green sticks are made from violet musk, while the refreshing but heavy scent of the grey sticks was formulated from borneolum (camphor). Order from The Japanese Shop.
Japanese Woodblocks Wall Calendar - £9.18
This calendar is filled with a visually dazzling array of woodblock prints from masterful Japanese artists such as Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige. The artworks feature elegant irises, cascading waterfalls and snowy landscapes, all created in a mesmerizing style and displayed with vibrant colours. In this wall calendar with a glittered cover, informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month’s views. Order from W.H. Smith.
Daruma Cup - £15.99
Enable your loved one to enjoy their favourite Japanese teas with a little fun mixed in with the tea leaves, thanks to this daruma teacup. Made in Japan, this handleless teacup is finished with a bright red daruma lucky doll design. Just like the daruma dolls on which it’s based, the cup has been specially weighted so that when it is tipped to the side it will rock back into an upright position (we don’t recommend trying it out while the cup is still full!). It comes in a stylish wooden display box that can be used as a tissue box cover. Order from Japan Centre.
Black Maneki Neko Cat - £40.00Give your loved one the gifts of luck AND wealth for the coming year with this handsome black ceramic maneki neko (welcoming cat) money box. Also known as a beckoning cat, it has red tipped ears, a red scarf and a gold bell round his neck. Its left paw is raised which is believed to bring prosperity and good health to the owner. With a slit in the back, it can also be used as a money box and has black kanji characters on the front meaning “billions”, so your loved will soon be raking in the pennies! Order from Japan Centre.
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