What I’m getting my friends for the holidays
I view gifts as an opportunity to get someone something they may not think to spend/splurge for themselves, often times these are something yummy that they’ll hopefully love and use often. As a consumer, it’s also important for me to support small businesses with my holiday spending dollars — you’ll also see that many of these are BIPOC women-founded (!!).
Maybe you’ll see something in here that’s perfect for someone on your list (or yourself!). All sites are linked, just tap on the titles down below (yes I know my blog UI can use some enhancements, maybe after the holidays).
I also love the idea of pairing a few of the smaller items on the list together to create a gifting set from multiple brands.
I was gifted some of this milk tea when it launched and it’s been such a delight to have in the mornings or early afternoon. I can’t wait to share this with more friends!
B. Fly by Jing sauces ($15-45)
I typically get my friends (and parents) the Sichuan Chili Crisp and the Zhong Sauce, which are the two I personally use most often. They also have a 3-pack that includes their Mala Spice Mix.
I ordered this one so fast — I knew just the people on my list who would absolutely love this.
D. Omsom starters ($29-89)
The Omsom bundle has their Southeast Asian and East Asian starters (they also have a mega bundle which has all of their starters). Last year when they only had the Southeast Asian starter pack, I got a bunch of friends that one. I still think the starter packs (choose between Southeast Asian or East Asian) are a great place to start as a gift.
I love this dry rub! I use it for seasoning on seafood all the time and it’s a great way to spruce up an easy din. They also have a gift set that has all of their sauces in a beautiful box.
Unfortunately they don’t have decaf so I haven’t been able to try this one myself yet. I’ve heard amazing things and can’t wait for my non-caffeine-weakling friends to enjoy this!
These boards are so stinking cute and made from kitchen plastic scraps and sugarcane (sustainability wheeee). If you purchase certain colors, 50% of the profit also goes to Heart of Dinner or Drive Change, organizations that give back to the community
I’ve gifted this bowl to both my parents and friends in the past and this bowl is just the perfect shape and size for so many different things. I love gifting ceramics because they’re typically more splurge-y items and I love the idea of helping someone build/start their collection of ceramics. Also, I swear meals just taste better when they’re served in bowls you love.
These are so cute and I want these for myself. Similar to bowl, fancy glassware is something I think everyone can use more of but that not everyone thinks to spend the money for to get for themselves. Pro tip: get them from the MOMA design store online shop and you’ll save yourself $20 on shipping! Everything from their morning matcha to afternoon cocktail is going to feel just that just more special.
J. Haus apertifs ($40)
IMO this is the perfect gift for someone who enjoys nice cocktails but isn’t that person with a full bar set up at home who’ll make fancy cocktails for fun on a Tuesday night.
K. Alder & Loom candles ($10-15)
I love getting a few of the smaller tins of these soy candles to tack on to presents!
L. Wing on Wo & Co. spoons ($3.50-15)
These hand-painted spoons are another thing on the list I think I’ll get myself. A set of these would also pair beautifully with a few of their items like these hand-painted wine cups and chopsticks from Pearl River Mart.