Searching for cool gifts you should buy in Japan just got a lot easier! Read on to find clever present ideas that your friends and family will love.
Avoid wasting your yen on tacky tourist souvenirs. I too succumbed to buying all the novelty gifts; Kit Kats in Japan only flavours, more weird chocolate and a ‘fish stick’ that I’m pretty sure is still unopened and very much beyond its best before.
But don’t fret. NONE of the above made the cool cut.
Lara’s Guide to Cool Gifts You Should Buy In Japan
Clips/ brooches/ badges
I use my Pokemon and T.T. Chopper clips all of the time to keep opened packaged food fresher for longer. Choose your friend’s best-loved anime characters for a fail safe and useful present!
The little woman ornament caught my eye in Kyoto but I wasn’t looking for an impulsive buy so I walked away. On the return leg, I was kicked out of a local restaurant while my friends stayed in there to eat! If that didn’t happen, I wouldn’t have revisited the same shop to buy the fat woman!
Miniature ornaments can be found everywhere in Japan and make for the perfect traditional present. Also, they don’t take up much room in your suitcase so you can still focus on your important purchases, cool gifts for yourself!
Adhesive mirrors/ phone add-ons
I chanced upon a small but pretty shopping mall during my very short stay in Osaka and bought a pack of Alice in Wonderland mirror stickers in the name of vanity. I stuck the first adhesive mirror onto the reverse side of my mobile and what a game changer!
Gone are the days of being out of the house and feeling run down, constantly hungry, possibly a bit angry and mirrorless..?
Thanks to my phone’s novelty shaped mirror, my life has drastically improved. I can now look at myself whenever I want, wherever I am, with instant results.
Sarcasm aside, I think these make for cute, filler presents and bonus points for being creative with their placements!
The ultimate buyer’s guide to cool gifts you should buy in Japan isn’t complete without some Pokemon love! I bought little Raichu and Pikachu plushie keyrings from the Pokemon Centre in Sunshine City (even the location sounds like it came straight from the game!).
I think Pokemon keepsakes are a safe bet for anyone. Fast forward two years and these two are still my wardrobe guardians who tell me I look good every day (well, maybe not).
I hope this was a helpful guide. What do you think about my cool gifts to buy in Japan? Do you have any holiday related goods that you wouldn’t be without now?
Let me know in the comment section!
Lara is an award winning freelance animator and illustrator based in sunny Southend. Lara co-owns an online shop selling her art designs and is a personal blogger. You can also find her on Twitter at @larlarcharms.