1. Local specialty foods popular among Japanese women.
“He gave me Kona Coffee Butter from Hawaii. I’ve heard about it but never tasted it, so I was super excited,” a Japanese woman and gourmet-connoisseur in her 20s tells us. This requires a bit of research in advance, but if you can find an item that was shown in a magazine or on TV that she hasn’t had yet, it’ll be a big hit! Some items are difficult to buy or will require pre-ordering, so make sure to do your due diligence before you head off on your trip.
2. A wine glass with an intricate design.
“No matter how many I own, I never grow tired of getting a beautiful wine glass,” states one Japanese woman in her 30s. Many Japanese women love to receive practical souvenirs, tableware, or stemware with unique local designs. Try to select something small so it won’t clutter her kitchen space.
3. Brand name accessories from a duty-free store.
“He gave me a necklace from the brand name store I love. He really knows me!” an excited Japanese woman in her late 20s reveals to us. If you want to play it safe, pick up something—anything—that bears her favorite brand name from the airport duty-free shop. That can be costly, so do a little bit of research to make sure it’s the brand she likes and that it’s not something she already has. And, of course, check your wallet to make sure you can afford it.
4. A rare souvenir that cannot be purchased online.
“Nowadays, you can buy just about anything online, so when he waited in line for hours to get this for me, it became so much more valuable,” explains one Japanese woman in her 20s. Japanese women will appreciate rare items, as well as the effort taken to acquire them. You may wish to add a short rendition of the particular circumstances you experienced to obtain the item, or she may not know what it took you to get it.
5. Skin care made from organic ingredients.
“I thought it was such a considerate souvenir,” comments one Japanese woman in her 20s. Quite a few Japanese women said that they liked receiving gentle, natural beauty items for their skin or hair. Having said that, there are plenty of other Japanese women who stick to certain kinds of skin care items. It may be safer to go with hand cream or body lotion if you’re considering going that route.