Oh no! The holidays are almost over and you might be looking for a great gift to give someone, or even yourself, this holiday season! What do you get?! More so, what can you get without worrying about sizes, and fit. After all, kimono have specific sizing for wearing them in a traditional way. Now if you want to gift a kimono as fabulous loungewear, we recommend silk. However, this gift list is tailored more toward people who enjoy wearing kimono in a traditional manner that is respectful of Japanese culture.
Here are our top 5 easy gifts to give to anyone who loves kimono that won't require any special sizing.
#1 - Obijime! These delightful kimono dressing accessories have so many great applications. Speaking as someone who has worn kimono for nearing 20 years obijime are just a great accent to any collection of kimono. These fabulous accessories are often overlooked in kimono collecting by beginners, but quickly become favorites as more collectors advance their collections.
#2 - Fans! Kimono are worn in layers, and having a folding hand fan with you while wearing a kimono is not only stylish but very practical. There are many types of fans that are popular throughout Japanese culture and history. Anyone who wears kimono will want to have a fan with them, especially in the warmer months during which a lot of people are wearing yukata to outdoor street festivals.
#3 - Furoshiki! So, while you may not want to gift just the furoshiki by itself, it makes for perfect gift wrap. So let's say you have a beautiful kimono to gift someone or maybe even a haori or anything else. Get yourself one of our beautiful vintage or brand new furoshiki and make a real statement with this eco gift wrap. Not only are they re-usable, but many people who wear kimono use them for a wide variety of purposes.
#4 - Kanzashi! Quick, easy to wear, and beautiful kanzashi are a favorite among our customers! They are commonly worn in the hair, but they also make for beautiful obidome. We have even paired with a number of artists in the USA to get unique kanzashi that make for delightful gifts and additions to any kimono collection. Don't know which one to get? We do have a kanzashi grab bag option!
#5 - Tabi Socks! Having nice socks to go with your kimono is pretty much a requirement, certainly if you are going to be respectable with your kimono fashion. Students of various schools of tea ceremony and others much have and own several pairs. Our stretch tabi socks will accommodate a wide variety of adult-sized feet, and are quick great gifts. Even better we have no only plain styles, but lots of fun decorative styles. Even better, all of our tabi socks are MACHINE WASHABLE! For students of tea ceremony, we recommend only white tabi socks.
There you have it! Our quick and easy top 5 gift suggestions for the kimono collector in your life! Happy Holidays!