With the holidays just around the corner, thoughts of what to buy your loved ones might have crossed your mind. If you happen to know any Japan lovers out there, we have got you covered. Keep reading to find out which are our top picks for gifts to give those who can’t get enough of Japan.
Tea and Coffee
Let’s start off with a simple yet warming gift that many are sure to love; Japanese tea! There are various kinds of teas in Japan, from rich matcha powder to refreshing sencha. Our friends at Tea Cup Trip have a variety of Japanese teas to choose from, so you’re sure to find something for any tea lover. Besides loose tea and tea kits, they also offer tea tours in Japan that make a great gift to anyone planning to visit.
If you know someone who is more of a coffee fanatic, we recommend browsing through Japanese Coffee Co’s selection of their sumiyaki, or charcoal roasted, coffee. Choose between beans, packs of single serve drip coffee or a box of single-serve pour-over coffee. This warming beverage packs a full-bodied flavor, yet finishes off with a smooth and smoky aftertaste. Give your loved ones a chance to try coffee made with tastes unique to Japan, and don’t forget to use our discount code ‘ARIGATO’ for 15% off.
Giving away a subscription is the perfect middle ground between giving someone a physical present and an experience. Not only does your loved one receive gifts to enjoy, they also get the excitement of knowing that there is more to come. Kokoro Care Packages provide both food-centered care packages for one-time use, and subscriptions for those looking for a long-term commitment. This is the perfect gift for your friend or family member who loves cooking, since many of their packages center around cooking classic Japanese dishes at home, making it a not only delicious, but also informative experience! Until December 31st, make sure to use our discount code ARIGATOHOLIDAY2022 for 10% off.
For your friends who’d rather indulge in delicious treats than cook, Bokksu creates the yummiest Japanese snack-boxes, both in the form of a subscription and one-time purchase. All the snacks featured in Bokkusu’s packages are hand-picked by their team to ensure that the receiver gets to indulge in a truly unique journey through Japanese flavors. Besides the amazing snacks, your box also comes with a carefully selected tea to pair with your snacks. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Knives and Ceramics
Japan is famous for its knives and ceramics, which also means that they make great gifts for any Japan-lover during the holidays. Our friends at Chubo Knives sell beautifully crafted Japanese knives from highly talented blacksmiths. We actually had the pleasure of sitting down with Jeremy, the founder, for an interview earlier this year. Have a look to learn more about Chubo Knives and what makes hand crafted knives so special. You can choose if you’d like to give away a single knife or a set, so there is definitely something for everyone.
If you know a tea-lover who’s in need of some amazing Japanese ceramics, check out Shane Jones Ceramics! You’ll find handcrafted goods; from elegant bowls and cups to traditional Japanese chawan and neriage tumblers. Shane Jones Ceramics draws inspiration from Japan’s rich history of craftsmanship, creating beautiful and unique ceramics. Learn more about the brand and Shane Jones himself by reading our interview with him. This is the gift to get for those who enjoy the finer things in life, both to drink and to look at!
Food Tour with Arigato Travel
If you know someone who will head to Japan in 2023, consider gifting them something which will enrich their stay there, like a local experience. At Arigato Travel, we offer tours inTokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima and around Mt. Fuji to ensure that our guests get to experience the best of Japanese cuisine around the country. Our food-centric tours are a must for any traveler coming to Japan, whether it is their first-ever trip or if they have been in Japan plenty of times before. If your loved one is more into drinking than eating, we also offer tours centered around sake, matcha tea and cocktails! No matter if it is a solo traveler or a family with kids, Arigato Travel has a tour for everyone.
If you’d rather give away an experience that the receiver can enjoy from their home, consider giving away one of our online experiences instead. During our online experiences, our local guides in Japan share valuable insights on various topics related to Japanese food and culture. Why not take the chance to learn more about this country’s rich history? Arigato Travel offers fun and engaging online experiences which will leave you with new insights and further knowledge on this wonderful country.
I hope we were able to give you some inspiration about what to get your friends and family this holiday, whether it is an experience or a physical gift. Although it is true that it is the thought that counts, we are sure that any of the gifts we’ve listed will be a sure hit with your loved ones! Happy Holidays!
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