Gift ideas for Japanese friend
Replies: 21 - Last Post: Oct 13, 2008 2:53 AM Last Post By: Aribo
Oct 11, 2008 3:32 PM
15Glenski, keen skiers don't usually wear long scarves because they get in the way, and can get caught in the ski-lifts as well, so are actually dangerous.
Burberry scarves were the thing in Tokyo a few years ago, but not so much now, apart from the high school girls. Lots of different colours and designs are worn here- right through summer people wore thinner scarves, but thicker ones are starting to appear now. If I were giving a scarf as a gift I would go for a medium weight one as not everyone likes a bulky scarf.
Oct 11, 2008 4:48 PM
16I agree with the change in gift-wrapping custom; due to my husband's job I get a LOT of gifts from Japanese people (damn the bad luck) and if they are not wrapped by the store in which they were bought, they come in cute gift bags. But since you are mailing the gift, it needs some kind of nice wrapping on it.
As a recipient of more strange seasonal Japanese goodies than I can count, let me say that I'd rather get some tacky souvenir that may or may not strike my fancy than icky food that I don't enjoy. I give gifts accordingly; no food. Consider also what will do best in case it gets some rough handling through the mail.
How old is this woman?
Oct 11, 2008 6:21 PM
Oct 12, 2008 1:30 AM
18i agree burberry scaves are way too old-fashioned. i think even really long scaves are a little old fashioned, too. i would probably buy some food because i am not sure what your friend like. she may be rebecca taylor type or may be theory type. i have way too many cosmetic pouches because my friends often buy one as a present. you can carry them even if they are not really your taste. i think key folders are the same. i will be, personally, happy if i recieve a key holder from kate spade or rafe new york or other brands that are more expensive in japan. coach is popular for both younger ones and older people. many japanese say they like banana republic. they have shops in japan but their selection is much smaller and they are too expensive here. another good gift is...i am not sure if it's available in the us but a strap for a mobile phone is also practical.
Oct 12, 2008 4:10 AM
19I think some of you have misconstrued what I wrote about scarves. #1, I do not recommend getting a Burberry one as a gift.
#2, I still see them up here in Hokkaido. Yeah, they are still behind in their ways sometimes.
#3, I have been here since 1998, and Burberry were popular after 2000 where Ilived.
#4, there are more brand-name scarves than Burberry. I only named the most popular one that I knew.
Carry on, all.
Oh, if you plan to bring food, unless you know exactly what the person wants, be sure to get something that is offered as individually wrapped items. Candies, chocolates, cookies, cakes, etc. People love to put these out for coffee/tea and keep them for later instead of opening a box of Oreos and indulging half the package...
Oct 12, 2008 8:58 AM
Oct 13, 2008 2:53 AM
21Cocodrilo, thanks for the information in post 15. I wasn't aware of that, now that I've moved back to my home country I've obviously started loosing touch with the most recent Japanese customs ;-) That said, whenever some Japanese business relation brings me an omiyage I still have to get through at least three layers of wrapping to reach my senbei or mochi.
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