42 Unique and Useful Japanese Gifts

by mkimmel | Last Updated: November 1, 2020

Filled with a rich culture, tasty dishes, and amazing people, Japan is one of the most loved tourist destinations of all time. To others, Japan is more than just their tasty noodles and action-packed anime, the place is even a way of life. For your friends who are into all things Japan, here are some of the most unique and useful Japanese gifts. From scented-candles to wind chimes, this list has it all!

Japanese Lingo Playing Cards

The classic Lingo playing card set is a fun game wrapped inside a tin box. This Japanese version of the game is designed to be the most original and most innovative way of learning the Japanese language. The game includes a standard deck with 4 different suits and 4 jokers for a total of 54 cards. It is truly a unique and useful Japanese gift anyone would love!

Indoor Tabletop Fountain

Here’s a Japanese gift for the one who vibes with the natural Japan aesthetic. This indoor tabletop fountain from Homedics is a 3-tier decorative fountain which brings the Zen into any room. The fountain comes with a large basin as the base and a bunch of pebbles. It has an automatic pump, a simple on/off switch, and an innovative design which makes it an awesome Japanese gift.

Aromatherapy Scented Candles

If you are gifting someone who loves aromatic candles as much as they love Japan, this set of scented candles is something to consider. This pack of 4 includes 4 different candle fragrances in Japanese-styled candle holders. The pack comes with a Geisha-Japanese Sakura scent, Goji and Taroko orange scent, French Juniper and Lavander scent, and a Japanese Persimon fragrance.

A Geek in Japan

Japan is the home of world-renowned anime, the culture is filled with rich characters from interesting titles. For the anime-fan in your life, this book is the perfect Japanese gift! A Geek in Japan is a fun guidebook which covers a wide range of topic from anime and manga to Zen and J-pop. It has incredible artworks and fun facts, which are both extremely informative.

Meditation Sand Garden

This meditation garden from the Titus shop is an 8×5-inch mini kit which includes a tiny rake, miniature pebbles, and some natural river rocks. It makes a wonderful Japanese gift for someone who’s looking for a unique piece around the home or office. It has an elegant design, a classic-look, and a minimalist footprint. This is definitely a Japanese gift worth considering!

ZenZoi Bamboo Wood Pen Set

The ZenZoi bamboo wood pen set is the gift to get for someone who’s into calligraphy and Japan stuff. This pen set comes with a unique and elegant bamboo case, an exquisite fountain pen, and a bamboo roller pen. The pens feature a 0.5mm edge, an ergonomic handle, and an iridium nib. The craftsmanship and attention to detail put into this wooden pen set is incredibly amazing.

Sotya Tetsubin Japanese Tea Kettle

For the Japan fanatic in your life who loves having a cup of coffee or tea, this tea kettle makes a fantastic Japanese gift. This cast-iron teapot, also known as the Sotya Tetsubin Japanese tea kettle, is an elegant pot with an interesting design. It comes in two different colors, black and green, and there are 3 different sizes to choose from. It has an anti-rust coating as well as an insulated handle.

Japanese Held Fan

If you are looking for something simple yet functional, this Japanese handheld fan is the gift to get. This vintage-inspired hand fan features a unique Kanagawa sea waves design alongside a bamboo and silk construction. It measures 8.27×15″ when unfolded and it shrinks to a thickness of 0.4″ inches when folded. This fan comes with a carrying pouch as well!

Ceramic Succulent Planter Pots

These ceramic succulent planter pots are Japanese-styled porcelain planters with an attractive body paint. A set of these comes with 3 different pots each with an included bamboo tray. A single pot measures 3 inches in diameter and 2 inches in height. For sure, this is one unique Japanese gift that would make plant lovers extremely delighted.

Anime Hoodie

For the anime fan in your life, it just makes a lot of sense to get this hoodie as a Japanese gift! Made with 50% cotton and 50% polyester, this hoodie is both comfortable to wear and heavily padded. It comes in 4 different colors: black, red, blue, and navy. This is definitely a Japanese gift that is super useful especially during cold winter days.

Bamboo Chopsticks

This bamboo chopsticks set from Antner includes 5 pairs of Japanese style reusable chopsticks. These chopsticks are dishwasher-safe, BPA-free, PVC-free, and measures 8.8 inches in length. It comes packaged inside a gift-ready box with a Japanese writing on the outside. This chopstick set comes in 3 different finishes, and it makes an incredibly useful Japanese gift.

Kimono Bathrobe

Here’s something quite unique and extremely attractive. This kimono bathrobe from HongH is a women’s traditional Yukata high-split kimono. It comes in 6 different designs including a black sakura, red sakura, blue sakura, roseo, white sakura, and a high split black. Made in 100% polyester, this kimono has a lightweight fit, oversized drop-sleeves, and a classic look.

Kumihimo Braided Bracelet

For the Japanese fanatic with a taste on accessories, this Kumihimo braided bracelet from Kyoto Asahiya is a Japanese gift to consider. It is a simple magnetic clasp bracelet which comes in plenty of colors and designs. It has an adjustable size, a rich cultural history, and an easy closure mechanism. This bracelet is definitely a unique and attractive-looking Japanese gift.

Human Face Anti-Stress Ball

Are you looking for an extremely simple gift with a unique Japanese-inspired twist? Here’s a set of 4 anti-stress balls from WildWave which are designed like human faces! Believe it or not but these handcrafted stress balls are inspired from the Japanese design called Caomaru. These would make a super adorable Japanese gift, plus, it’s a nifty bonus that it cures stress!

Happy Sushi Shirt

If you are gifting to someone who’s a big fan of Japanese cuisine, this Happy Sushi shirt is the Japanese gift to get! This shirt features a hand-drawn design and high-quality silk-screen printed graphics. It has a unisex fit, wide range of sizes, and an ultra-soft cloth fabric. Made with the safest cloth materials, this is CFC-free and carcinogen-free as well.

Charmeuse Kimono Robe

This Charmeuse kimono robe from the Old Shanghai store is a Japanese gift that is worth considering especially for that stylish friend. This kimono is easy to clean, comes in heaps of various designs, and look extremely elegant. It has intricate detailing, plus, the fabric is super lightweight and comfortable to wear! The one-size-fits-all design also makes it extremely versatile.

The Original BUDDHA BOARD

The Buddha board is a super relaxing water painting board which makes a great Japanese gift. Inspired from the Zen way of life, this board is extremely easy to use and is super effective! It is made with the highest quality bamboo materials, plus, there is an included bamboo paint brush as well. This is a super simple gift which would promote mindfulness and relaxation.

Enso Knife Set

This knife set from Enso is a Japanese-style Damascus knife with an included wooden rack. It comes in 3 different color variants: acacia, dark ash, and gray ash. This knife set includes a Paring knife, utility knife, Santoku knife, chef’s knife, and a bread knife. Crafted with a premium VG10 37-layer stainless steel, these blades make a super sharp Japanese gift!

Japanese Style Bamboo Chop Sticks

If you are gifting to someone who loves eating Japanese food, this Japanese style chop sticks are something to complete the experience. Made from carefully chose Nanzhu bamboo, these chopsticks are mildew-proof and food-safe. A set of these comes with 5 pairs. Also, these chopsticks feature a quadrate head for easy handling and they are polished as well.

Rabbit Blossom Bento Box Set

This rabbit blossom bento box set is a 2-tier bento box perfect for rice balls, sliced fruits, or snacks. It is made with a food-safe plastic material and it features a plum flower design. These bento boxes are also stackable, space-saving, and holds a hefty amount of food. Pair this with some wooden chopsticks, this is surely a Japanese gift that will make a superb eating experience.

Japanese Automatic Watch

The Orient Bambino Version IV is a Japanese automatic watch which comes in 4 different designs. It has a 41mm case diameter, a water resistance rating of up to 30m, and a leather wrist strap. This watch is extremely elegant to look at and it comes in a premium gift-ready box as well. The color variants include black, brown with rose gold accents, gray, and green.

Kimono Gift Wrapping Papers

If you already have a gift on top of your head but want to give a Japanese twist to it, then this kimono gift wrapping paper set is something to grab. The set includes 12 sheets of wrapping paper which measures 18×24 inches each. It is filled with Japanese-themed aesthetics along with vibrant characters and attractive illustrations. This is definitely a must-have for any Japanese gift!

Traditional Japanese Sake Set

This 5-piece traditional Japanese sake set is an elegant Tokkuri bottle with 4 Ochko cups. The set is comprised of an 18-ounce Tokkuri and 4 pieces of 75-ml food-grade cups. This would make a wonderful Japanese gift especially for someone who is into modern and clean aesthetic. Plus, made with high-quality material, the entire set is easy to clean and store as well!

Ontaki Premium Beard Trimmer

If you are gifting that one bearded friend who’s a fan of everything Japanese, then here’s the gift to get! The Ontaki premium beard trimmer is a pair of hand-forged professional scissors made with a convex blade design. It measures 6.5 inches in length which is ideal for a beard trimmer. This beard trimmer also comes with a premium gift-ready box as well as a bumper silencer.

Japanese-Style Tea Set

This Japanese-style tea set is the perfect Japanese gift for someone who enjoys tea, coffee, and other beverages. The set comes with a 6-ounce teapot, 4 pieces of 1-ounce cups, and a tea tray with an exquisite design. The set comes in 2 different colors, black and white. Also, this tea set also is crafted with natural clay giving off an extremely pleasing unique texture.

Japanese Noren Doorway Curtain

Made with a linen and cotton blend cloth, this Japanese-inspired Noren doorway curtain is another unique Japanese gift. It measures 33.5 inches wide and 47.2 inches long, and it makes for an awesome privacy space divider. This curtain is easy to install and super easy to clean as well. It can be hung using a standard curtain rail or a simple push pin.

Japanese Animation Crew Socks

For the sock-lover in your life who fancies the Japanese aesthetic, this set of crew socks would make an awesome Japanese gift. A set of these comes with 4 pairs of premium quality socks with Japanese designs. Made with 75% combed cotton, these socks are super comfy to the touch and extremely breathable. The designs on these socks include My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s delivery service, and more.

Tokaido Board Game

The Tokaido board game is the Japanese gift to get for your friend who’s into both Japan culture and competitive board games. This game can be played by 2 to 5 people and a single gameplay lasts up to 45 minutes. It is a strategic game inspired by the rich culture and landmarks of Japan. The game has 3 different variants: Base, Crossroads, and Matsuri.

Imagawa Yoshimoto Samurai Figure

For the Samurai masters-wannabe, this Imagawa Yoshimoto samurai figure is an awesome Japanese gift. This display figure stands 8.5 inches tall and comes with an actual miniature samurai sword! The included katana comes with a display rack, a dedicated sheath, and a custom flag. Plus, the detailing on the armor in this samurai figure is extremely stunning.

Japanese Futon Set

This Japanese futon set is a 3-piece comforter set comprised of a Kakebuton, a Shikibuton, and a pillow. The entire set is made with 100% premium high-quality cotton making it extremely soft to the touch. The futon itself is non-washable but the covers are super easy to clean. It ships vacuum sealed and expands to its original size when opened.

Cherry Blossoms Water Bottle

A water bottle with a cherry blossoms design is a super useful Japanese gift. This one from Mira is a 32-ounce vacuum sealed stainless-steel bottle with a wide mouth opening. It can keep ice cold drinks for up to 24 hours and hot drinks for 12 hours. This bottle is extremely tough, features a carrying handle, and they are BPA-free as well.

Cherry Blossom Dinnerware Set

While on the topic of cherry blossoms, this dinnerware set from Happy Sales is an 8-piece Japanese-themed dinner set. It includes a set of chopsticks, 2 plates, 2 bowls, and 2 small dessert serving plate. It is made with a classic porcelain material with a one-of-a-kind patterned finish. This set is entirely made in Japan as well, which makes it a super cool Japanese gift.

Cherry Blossom Pop Up Card

Still on the topic of cherry blossoms, this pop-up card from the Lovepop store is a 3D card with stunning intricate details. The cherry blossom pop up measures 5 inches wide and 7 inches tall. It comes with a blank white base perfect for writing sweet messages and personalized notes. This one is a unique Japanese gift which anyone would surely appreciate!

Shark Attack Sushi Platter

Sharks aren’t scary all the time, in fact they are extremely fun especially if they come in a form of a sushi platter! This shark-themed sushi platter is a creative piece that would make a unique and useful Japanese gift. It measures 15×10 inches and stands 7 inches tall. Also, the shark’s mouth doubles as a dipping sauce holder, how nifty!

Furoshiki Wrapping Cloth

This Furoshiki wrapping cloth is a 100% cotton cloth manufactured by Yu-soku. It has a square shape which measures 19.68 inches on each side. This wrapping cloth comes with a Japanese winter scene with Camellia and the moon printed on the front-side. This would make a totally suitable Japanese gift for that friend in your life who fancies the Japan aesthetic.

Sushi Socks Box

Here’s a super adorable and useful Japanese gift from the Rainbow Socks store! This sushi style bento box does not contain any sushi at all, in fact it has super cute socks folded to look like sushi. Made with 80% cotton, these socks have vibrant colors and are super comfortable to wear. It is a unique and funny gift that is definitely one of a kind.

Udon Noodle Bowl

For the fans of Japanese cuisine, this Udon noodle bowl is the perfect Japanese gift to get. From the Hinomaru collection store, this bowl and chopsticks set comes in dozens of designs and color options. It is the perfect pair of utensils for slurping those yummy udon, pho, or ramen! Plus, the unique aesthetic designed on these bowls are super attractive.

Haku Mizunara Whiskey Barrel

The Haku Mizunara whiskey barrel is an aged Shoyu drink originally from Japan. This whiskey is composed of small Kyoto prefecture and are master crafted by the renowned Japanese brand, Haku. This drink is derived from a special type of Japanese oak called the Mizunara hard wook. This would make a truly unique Japanese gift to those who want a taste of some Japanese whiskey!

Japanese Soprano Wind Chime

If you are gifting someone who likes home decorations, this Japanese soprano wind chime is the perfect gift to get. These chimes measure 30 inches in length and are made using weather-resistant aluminum material. These wind chimes are musically tuned to be an octave higher than their size. It comes with a detachable windcatcher as well.

YHY Cereal Bowls

These YHY bowls look elegant and feel absolutely premium. Featuring a white and blue assorted pattern alongside a gold trim, these bowls have a vibrant design. Each bowl can hold up to 24 ounces, perfect for cereal, ramen, or some good old udon. Plus, these bowls are extremely versatile due to their microwave- and dishwasher-safe material.

Japanese Teacup Gift Set

This Japanese teacup gift set comes with a wooden box and 5 assorted bowl designs. The included bowl features an earth-tone design which takes inspiration from the Japanese culture and Japanese aesthetic. The entire package gives off a classy and rustic vibe which Japan enthusiast will definitely love. These teacups have a solid weight and are well-crafted.

Japanese Hanging Lantern Lamps

For the folks who truly fancy the Japanese aesthetic, a pair of these hanging lantern light would make a fantastic Japanese gift. These lanterns would bring a traditional look and feel around the house! It features a ribbed exterior with a fiery vibrant red finish. Made with high-quality plastic, these lanterns will not fade easily and can withstand swinging in the wind.