Although Christmas Day is not recognised as a national holiday in Japan, Christmas is still a hugely popular event which is celebrated every year. In Japan, Christmas is acknowledged as a time to spread happiness rather than a religious occasion, and features gift-giving at its centre.
Whether you are an avid lover of all things Japanese or have friends or family from Japan, our checklist of Japanese Christmas gift ideas will have you choosing the perfect present in no time.
Of all our Japanese Christmas gift ideas, the kimono is likely to be one of the most popular. Having made waves in the fashion industry, popping up in high street shops both in Japan and throughout the world, it looks as though the Japanese kimono is here to stay for the festive period.
Our varied collections feature authentic kimonos for men and women in various designs in either cotton or silk fabric. The stylish Red Silk Ukiyoe Kimono is made from luxuriously soft printed silk and comes with a matching belt or obi, which can be tied around the waist for a truly traditional finish. Made and designed in Kyoto, it is the perfect authentic gift and is available in the traditional festive colours of the season.
We have a great range of Japanese calendars and diaries for 2019, featuring traditional colours and designs from Japanese artists, making for an authentic Japanese gift that’s also super useful!
Our traditional Japanese woodblock print Japanese diary features work from the early twentieth century and is a great alternative if a traditional woodblock print is beyond your budget. We also stock a scrolls and screens calendar, which showcases 12 beautiful Japanese scroll and screen paintings direct from the Asian Art Museum. One of our most popular calendars however is undoubtedly our haiku art and poetry Japanese calendar. Pairing 12 thought-provoking haikus with an exquisite selection of Japanese artwork, this calendar is the perfect gift for art and poetry fans alike.
Japanese calendars are not only a practical gift for the more organised amongst us, they can also be a great decorative gift. Display traditional artwork from Japan’s most well-known artists and save the date with this thoughtful gift.
Kokeshi dolls are said to have originated in northern Japan where they were sold to visitors of the hot springs (for further info, check out our in-depth kokeshi doll guide). Our beautiful collection of kokeshi dolls are made from the bark of Cherry and Mizuki trees and carved using the same traditional methods which were adopted by skilled Japanese artisans hundreds of years ago.
The traditional craftsmanship of kokeshi dolls is apparent in every individual doll, with every intricate design giving the dolls their lifelike quality. In Japan, Christmas Eve is more of a romantic occasion where couples spend quality time together and exchange gifts, much like how we celebrate Valentine’s Day in the UK.
These contemporary-style kokeshi dolls make wonderful gifts for Japan lovers, no matter how extensive their kokeshi doll collection is, as a thoughtful token of love and friendship during Christmas time.
One of our many kokeshi dolls; our Blue Happy Girl Kawaii Kokeshi Doll
From decorative sushi plates and bowls to traditional-style tea and sake sets, if you’re looking for gifts for Japan lovers (especially Japanese cuisine), you really can’t go wrong with Japanese tableware!
During the 1970s, a successful advertising campaign shaped a national custom in Japan of eating fried chicken around Christmas. So much so, KFC and other fried chicken restaurants often take bookings months in advance for Christmas Day.
If you prefer a more traditional Christmas dinner from the UK but would still like to invoke some Japanese style to your dinner table – Japanese tableware is the ideal purchase. Great for dinner parties and those celebrations that seem to happen every day during Christmas and New Year, creating the perfect table setting with traditional Japanese tableware couldn’t be easier with this handy guide.
For more ideas and inspiration on authentic Japanese gifts, visit our website and browse our collection. We have a great range of Christmas gifts including lots of little stocking fillers to give your loved ones a unique treat to open on Christmas morning – all for under £10.
All of our items can also be gift wrapped using traditional Japanese paper- absolutely free of charge. So that’s your Christmas shopping all wrapped up, meaning you can relax and enjoy your special day in the traditional Japanese style this year!