Holiday Gift Guide 2022 – Rest of the World

The end of the year is often considered the Christmas season in the English-speaking parts of the world, but the truth is that it is always Christmas season. in some place in the world. Whether it’s the local New Year, religious festivals, or a national holiday to cherish children, there’s always a reason to celebrate, and what better way to do it than with a gift?

We asked our incredibly diverse and distributed global team to curate a list of gifts that made a difference to them this year. You can explore our recommendations below and narrow your options via the category buttons. We hope our picks help you find the right option for a friend or loved one this holiday season, whatever the holiday.


Classic Hong Kong Christmas Tree Ornaments

Hong Kong

Give your Christmas tree a Hong Kong makeover with four ornaments based on iconic modes of transport: a junk boat, a tram, a red taxi and the famous Star Ferry.

my diwali light

India

Filled with colorful illustrations, Raakhee Mirchandani’s latest book tells the story of one family’s Diwali celebrations. An ideal way to introduce Diwali traditions to children.

Day of the dead floral headband

Mexico

The flowered headdress is the reference accessory for the Day of the Dead in Mexico. Despite the worrisome Midsommar vibes, pair this headband and skeleton makeup for an easy costume.

Chinese New Year Duplo Game

Denmark

This is an ideal way to introduce young children to Chinese New Year traditions. As a bonus, it transforms into a kindergarten to play in for the rest of the year!

tsolikouri wine

Georgia

There’s no better place to get a bottle of wine than in its birthplace, Georgia. (Actually no). This Georgian dry white wine has a pear aroma, light body and pairs perfectly with fish or chicken.

Disappointed Aunts and Uncles Poster

Sri Lanka

Few places are as familiar during the holiday season as the disapproving glances from family members. Give someone that feeling all year long with this poster by a Sri Lankan born artist.

wing necklaces

Nigeria

Made from beads, stone, bone, and shells, these handmade necklaces are an important part of traditional attire for many ethnic Nigerian groups, but can also be worn with more modern styles.

canelé

Japan

The French cake that originated centuries ago in Bordeaux is all the rage in Tokyo today. Available everywhere from convenience stores to upscale bakeries, it makes an ideal gift to share.

Complete cyanotype kit

India

Blueprint prints have a distinctive blue tint look, and this DIY kit allows you to make your own prints at home. The prints develop in the sunlight, so it’s a fun craft activity that takes you outside!

live dyed huestick

USA

Here’s an award-winning facial multistick from Live Tinted, a makeup company founded by a South Asian businesswoman. Live Tinted has makeup, sun care, and skincare products for all skin tones.

Japanese elm bonsai tree

Japan

This miniature Japanese elm is a charming piece of home decor and a gentle introduction to a new hobby as you prune and shape the tree.

Collective tea set from Nepal

Nepal

Gifting a collection of Nepalese tea will not only change your perception of where some of the best teas in the world come from, but it also gives you the opportunity to help lift tea farmers out of poverty.

Pupal Sleeveless Mini Dress

Vietnam

Kaarem makes well-designed, thoughtful clothing inspired by the designer’s life and work, spanning New York, California, and Ho Chi Minh City.

Banana fiber nativity scene

Uganda

A traditional Christmas item with a Ugandan twist. Bananas are incredibly important to the country, and the banana fiber makes for durable decorations that can be reused for years.

Loop Experience Earplugs

USA

These earplugs aim to reduce sound rather than just block it out. They claim to lower sound levels by 18 decibels, turning a deafening concert into a more manageable experience.

batik wall art

Indonesia

If you’re looking for wall decor with an Indonesian twist, you can’t go wrong with this batik screen print painting and detailed frame. It is the perfect combination of modern sensibilities with traditional art.

White Sotol Desert Flower

Mexico

Sotol is a Mexican spirit drink from the state of Chihuahua. Aged for up to 22 years prior to harvest, this desert liqueur packs a strong kick.

Super Famicom: The Box Art Collection

United Kingdom

This magnificent book collects the eye-catching and colorful covers of all the games released for Nintendo’s Super NES in Japan, including classics like Super Mario Kart and Street Fighter II.

Cuyana Mini System tote bag

USA

Beautiful and practical, this smaller size tote bag is made from Italian leather in a women-owned factory in Turkey.

Ooni Fyra 12 pizza oven

United Kingdom

Ideal for the hobby chef or regular dinner party host, this pizza oven gives your creations authentic wood-fired flavor. It’s also portable, so it works in your backyard or at a campsite.

dhaka shawl

bangladeshi

Dhaka is a handwoven fabric unique to Nepal and is known for its vibrant and intricate patterns. The shawl, made by sewing Dhaka fabric between two layers of soft muslin, is perfect for the winter months.

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Headphones

Japan

Sony headphones have long been praised for their excellent noise cancellation and comfort. This is not the latest model, but it is not far behind in sound quality, while being cheaper and much more portable.

Banana fiber checkers and chess board

Uganda

The use of banana fiber means that these games are durable; Most importantly, it gives this handmade set a unique look that is authentically Ugandan.

Abasolo Ancestral corn whiskey

Mexico

This unique whiskey is distilled from Cacahuazintle, one of the oldest varieties of corn grown in Mexico. Makes a great gift for spirits lovers and cocktail enthusiasts.

Oversized wool hat

Ukraine

This oversized slouch-style beanie is made from soft wool to keep your head warm. It’s from an Etsy shop based in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Timmur: stories and flavors of Nepal

Nepal

Nepali cuisine, while exceptional, is often forced to remain in the shadow of other South Asian cuisines. Prashanta Khanal’s Timmur is a rare work of culinary exploration that celebrates the regional cuisines of Nepal.

compost tumbler

Mexico

Composting bins are a more environmentally friendly way to treat waste. Holding 43 gallons of waste in a compact footprint, this tumbler is perfect for small apartments… as long as you have a balcony.

Ki No Bi Kyoto Dry Gin

Japan

This craft gin distiller in Kyoto makes smooth and refined Japanese spirits. It uses native botanicals such as yuzu, sansho (Japanese pepper), bamboo, and Uji tea.

hala tile stickers

Pakistan

The famous Hala mosaics of Pakistan are hand-painted with intricate designs on ceramic. These stickers may not have the same craftsmanship, but they are an inexpensive way to add color to a room.

Trtl travel pillow

USA

The Trtl is nothing like any travel pillow you’ve ever seen. Lightweight and not bulky, it’s a far cry from the inflatable U-shaped pillows seen around the necks of travelers everywhere.

Akilah Turmeric Soap

Nigeria

Ose-dudu is a type of black soap from Nigeria, which is said to work well on oily skin. This cleansing soap is made from turmeric and papaya extract.

nastar

Indonesia

These golden pineapple cookies are versatile. They work for just about any occasion, but they’re also a universal gift in Indonesia, which is no small feat in a country that boasts a variety of ethnicities and religions.

Vana Tallinn Original Cream Liqueur

Estonia

This creamy Estonian drink takes Vana Tallinn’s signature rum-based liqueur and mixes it with a smooth cream. It can be used in cocktails or simply served neat on the rocks.

cast iron tawa

India

The first day of Diwali is considered an auspicious day to buy new utensils. This large, flat pan is perfect for making dosa, one of the staples of Indian food.

talavera horses

Mexico

Guadalupe-Reyes Marathon unofficially refers to both the series of holidays between December 12 to January 6, and a drinking challenge throughout the festive period. It’s a good excuse to buy tequila shot glasses.

mountain

Porcelain

Moutai is a revered (and state-owned) brand of baijiu, a Chinese alcoholic beverage usually made from sorghum. Nicknamed the “national liquor,” it is often used at state banquets or given as gifts by diplomats.


Note: Prices as of November 18. The links are provided for your convenience only; The rest of the world does not receive affiliate income from any product sales.

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