Destinations

15 Gifts Under $30—All in Little Tokyo!

December 18, 2017
Kisa Ito

1. Eco-hashi and handsewn pouch, $20

Switch it up with this portable eco-hashi and hand-sewn pouch set by Koya Handcrafts.

Koya Handcrafts, Muni Handmade, holiday pop-up at Opodz, 362 East 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

"Eco-bags and eco-bottles? Been there, done that. Switch it up with this portable eco-hashi and hand-sewn pouch set by Koya Handcrafts."

2. Kagami Mochi earrings, $26

kisanoreen jewelry, Muni Handmade, holiday pop-up at Opodz, 362 East 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Does your auntie love to style herself with hearts on Valentine’s Day? Black cats on Halloween? Add to her holiday wardrobe with these okasane earrings, just in time to ring in the new year.

"Does your auntie love to style herself with hearts on Valentine’s Day? Black cats on Halloween? Add to her holiday wardrobe with these okasane or kagami mochi earrings, just in time to ring in the new year."

Shameless plug: Looking for unique handmade gifts? Check out the Muni Handmade holiday pop-up currently open at Opodz for a variety of handmade ceramics, jewelry (including some of my designs!), cute pouches, and more. Learn more at munihandmade.com.

3. Nihon LA dad hat, $25

‍Why not treat your fashionable buddy/dad to this effortlessly cool dad hat?

Japangeles, 141 Japanese Village Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

"Show off your JA pride with Japangeles’ design mashing up the kanji characters for Japan (日本) and the very best city in the entire world, LA."

4. Lion romper, $28

Pick up this lion romper for the fierce and fashionable baby in your life.

Monkey Pants L.A., 131 Japanese Village Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

"No shortage of cute outfits at Monkey Pants! Pick up this lion romper for the fierce and fashionable baby in your life."

5. Thank You Very Mochi, $17.50

Kizuna, order your copy here

"Get in the oshogatsu spirit and share this heartwarming story of tradition and culture with all the kids on your list. Trust me, they’ll thank you...very mochi. (Sorry, had to.)"

6. Sumo sticky note memo pad, $3

Monkey Pants L.A., 131 Japanese Village Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

"Why use plain sticky notes when you can have these sexy sumo stickies? Enough said."

7. Pens, $2ish

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Kinokuniya, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St #205, Los Angeles, CA 90012

"For your coworker who seems to have *always* misplaced their pen and might not actually even own one… Help them start 2018 the write way! (Yep, had to.)"

8. Shut Your Pie Hole socks, $10

Japanese American National Museum Store, 100 N Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

"うるさいぞ!Perfect for your stylish and sassy friend who isn’t afraid to let you know when you’re being urusai."

9. Potted plant, $15–$30

Photo Credit: Kuragami Little Tokyo Florist

Kuragami Little Tokyo Florist, 333 Alameda St #110, Los Angeles, CA 90013

"Your buddy just moved into a new place? Why not surprise/challenge them with the gift of an actual living thing!"

10. Hashi oki, $1–$5 each

Bunkado, 340 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

"Nothing says “I am an adult” like actual place settings. Pick up a set of hashi rests for your friend who loves to host parties."

11. Yame Premium Matcha powder, $25

Tea Master, 450 E 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

"But first, matcha. Premium matcha perfect for your friend who *just can’t* function without a caffeine kick."

12. Chasen (matcha whisk), $17.50

Rafu Bussan, 414 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

"Gift your matcha-obsessed buddy a chasen, bamboo matcha whisk, so they can start their mornings with perfectly smooth matcha."

13. Simply Ramen: A Complete Course in Preparing Ramen Meals at Home, $23

Japanese American National Museum Store, 100 N Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

"Many of us enjoy a good bowl of ramen, few of us have actually attempted making one. Gift this to your friend who loves a good challenge in the kitchen. Bonus points if that friend likes to share."

14. Peanut butter mochi, $4.25/pack of 6 pieces

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Fugetsu-Do, 315 E 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

"Sorry peanut allergy folks, this one’s not for you. For everyone else, this perfect combination of sweet and salty, crunchy and smooth, peanut butter and mochi...this is for you."

15. Dulce Dozen Donuts, $25

Cafe Dulce, 134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, CA 90012

"No time to bake cookies for your next holiday party? Show up with a dozen of Cafe Dulce’s finest donuts and prepare for endless praise."

Kisa Ito

Kisa is a fourth-ish JA Los Angeles native and has spent much of her life in Little Tokyo. She is currently the Marketing & Development Manager at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. In her spare time, she enjoys eating pasta and making jewelry.