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We should always work towards supporting small and BIPOC-owned businesses whenever possible in order to help support the local economy, remedy the unbalanced wealth gap, and overall encourage a more equal world.
We researched gift ideas from Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI)-owned businesses for any occasion, considering price, practicality, sentimental value, and the potential interests of your recipient. Our list includes a custom desk calendar on a beautiful brass display, yummy snacks from Japan that get delivered right to your door, and one-of-a-kind planters to spruce up your indoor garden.
Here are the best gifts from AAPI-owned businesses.
Brooklyn Candle Studio Sunday Morning Minimalist Candle
Pear, bergamot, jasmine, and gardenia gently mix with amber woods to create a light and fruity scent to start your day. We love that these candles were made with 100 percent soy wax, which is said to create a more eco-friendly burn. For best results, always trim your wick about a quarter inch before lighting.
Artifact Uprising Brass Easel & Calendar
Artifact Uprising is a fan favorite at The Spruce—we love how the brand transforms special moments into beautiful and practical home decor pieces. Simply upload 12 photos from your phone or tablet to create a custom calendar filled with memories of you and your loved ones. The calendar also comes with a solid brass easel for easy display.
Material Kitchen The Knives + Stand
A solid knife set makes for an excellent gift idea for a housewarming event or wedding registry. Constructed from stainless steel and high carbon, these knives are designed to stay sharp for years. We love that the magnetic stand (sold separately) takes up little counter space and helps keep the knives sharp.
Urban Outfitters Smoko Boba Tea AirPods Case
Smoko adds an adorable flair to everyday items, making the perfect present for tweens and the young at heart. Their boba tea-inspired silicone sleeve protects your AirPods from light wear and tear. You can even tag it with your keys with the included side loop.
KelaDesignsCo Corgi Gift Bundle
Corgi lovers will appreciate this thoughtfully curated bundle, complete with a corgi tote, one small magnet, four fun stickers, an enamel pin, and even a greeting card set to send a sweet message. Beyond the cute illustrations, users love that this Etsy owner packages their products in recyclable or compost packaging.
Omsom Best Seller Set
Omsom was founded by two sisters who grew up as daughters of Vietnamese refugees. The company's mission is to celebrate the authentic Asian flavors the two sisters experienced while watching their mother cook every night. The Omsom best-seller set features the most popular dishes in one value set and makes a great introductory item for Omsom newbies. Expect yummy dishes like Vietnamese Lemongrass BBQ, Thai Larb, Japanese Yuzu Misoyaki, and Korean Spicy Bulgogi.
Appointed Starter Set
The friend that plans all of your trips or likes to jot down notes for creative inspo will appreciate this adorable introductory set from Appointed. It includes Asian-owned and American-made desktop essentials, like a lined notebook, sticky notes, a mini jotter, and an eraser. You can even have your recipient's monogram added for a small fee.
Grovemade The Mouse Pad
It's amazing how the smallest details can really elevate your work space. Grovemade offers decorative yet functional desk accessories that add a splash of luxury to your desktop, including these stylish mouse pads. They come in various finishes, including matte, wool, and leather.
Society Social Mini Double Gourd Vase in Denim
We love the bright blue hue of this porcelain mini vase from Society Social—it adds a nice pop of color and an interesting visual to a coffee table or entryway. Note that the narrow opening makes it best for just a few flowers or a single sprig.
Yes She May Aurora Diffuser
This decorative ceramic diffuser infuses the air with a light, soothing scent that users describe as "fresh, floral, and clean." Bonus: It even comes in a presentable box ready for gifting.
Krane Home Linen Hair Bow in Gingham Light Blue
You can count on Krave for their stylish home and fashion accessories, including wallpaper, fabric, art, home decor, and things for the nursery. The brand also offers cute gifts, like this velvet-lined linen bow—it's hand-stitched and oversized to complement any hairstyle and comes in an array of colors.
Nestle KitKat Mini, Rich Matcha Flavor
Our local markets don't always carry the largest international selection, so it can be tricky securing specific Asian ingredients. The Spruce editors love Umamicart because it delivers Asian frozen meats, pantry ingredients, and delicious snacks (like these matcha KitKats!) right to your door.
Nguyen Coffee Supply Vietnamese Coffee Ultimate Bundle
Yes, it's possible to make a cup of rich and smooth Vietnamese coffee right at home, and this bundle from Nguyen Coffee Supple makes it really easy. It includes three Phin filters of various sizes, a coffee scoop and coffee scoop clip, a stackable glass mug to enjoy your coffee mug, and a reusable tote bag. Note that the coffee is sold separately.
You might've heard about this pan on Instagram or TikTok but probably didn't know it comes from an AAPI-owned business. The aesthetic pan lets you braise, strain, saute, fry, boil, and more. Users love the nonstick ceramic coating and lightweight construction but keep in mind that the pan comes at a high price tag.
Soko Glam Then I Met You Living Cleansing Balm
It's important to clean your skin at night, but sometimes we skip this step when we're tired. The Living Cleansing Balm makes the first step in your skincare routine super easy. Simply massage it into your skin, add water to the mix, and watch the dirt and impurities wash away. The formula softens and brightens the skin, thanks to ingredients like olive oil, persimmon extract, and vitamin E.
The Sill White Stacked Planter
The Sill delivers plants and flowers to your home within the contiguous U.S. They also offer beautiful planters, like this sculptural ceramic one that you can flip over and use either way. It comes with a drainage hole and was handmade in Brooklyn.
Everyday Humans Resting Beach Face SPF 30 Sunscreen Serum
Everyday Humans prides themselves in creating cruelty-free and PETA-certified products, all of which are packaged in post-consumer recycled resin, recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET), recyclable paper, or biodegradable PET in the U.S. or Australia. Their best-selling sunscreen serum is lightweight, doesn't leave a white cast, and boosts radiance with spinach and green extract.
Woo Ceramics Shop Custom Coffee Mug
With hand-lettered designs that read "Goddess, "Trickster, or "Queen," these mugs humorously describe your recipient. You have the choice to order a cup or mug style in dark or speckled brown. The ceramic 10-ounce cups are handmade and made to order in New Jersey.
BonBonWhims Zodiac Lucky Rings
We all have a friend that's obsessed with astrology and horoscopes. Clare Ngai immigrated from Hong Kong to the U.S. and launched her jewelry line right on Instagram, which includes these unique zodiac lucky ring sets and charms, chunky Y2K-inspired resin pieces, and funky smiley charm bracelets.
KimArt Personalized Anniversary Linen
For an extra special anniversary gift that commemorates your special wedding day, this Etsy shop visually captures the bridal bouquet forever via personalized hand embroidery. Owner Kimber Casteel gives you the option to add your initials and special date, plus choose embroidery hoop style and size.
The Qi Pink Cotton Canvas Tote
The Qi works directly with small family-owned farms across Asia to create their flower teas, and they use some of their profits to help give back to local nonprofit groups. Aside from their teas, the shop also sells aesthetic tea accessories and gifts, like this tote bag that specifically speaks to our flower-loving pals.
Sabai The Square Pillow
You can find gorgeous furniture and luxe home decor on Sabai, including sectionals, ottomans, and slipcovers. Recycled water bottles make up this timeless pillow, and you can purchase the pillow covers in either recycled velvet or up-cycled polyester. Each pillow measures out to 18 x 18 inches.
TRNK Gira Table Lamp
We love the sleek and structured design of TRNK's table lamp, which received international acclaim since its creation in 1978. You can bend the rotating arm and adjust the shade as needed. Shop the shade in brass, aluminum black, or aluminum gray.
Glow Recipe Fruit Babies Bestsellers Kit
Glow Recipe, known for its high quality and fruity-smelling skincare, is a K-beauty-inspired brand founded by Korean-American co-founders Christine Chang and Sarah Lee. Their best-sellers kit includes their ever-famous Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops and Watermelon Glow PHA+BHA toner, plus a super hydrating serum, moisturizer, and eye sleeping mask.
Krina Legging in Biscay Bay
KRINA prides themselves in creating functional activewear and athleisure using sustainable practices. Their leggings, for example, are made from recycled nylon and spandex blend and are available in nine colors. They provide a close fit with their four-way stretch and come in sizes XS-XL.
Donolli Color Cow
Cowhide is all the rage in fashion and home decor these days. We can't get enough of these clay earrings from Donolli, a jewelry shop based in Brooklyn, NY. The earrings come in cream and purple.
Bokksu Classic Bokksu Seasons of Japan Box
Bokksu delivers premium Japanese snacks, like senbei rice crackers, gourmet cakes, and real matcha tea right to your door. You can expect new snacks each month or opt for a one-time purchase. Road testers who've tried Bokksu were impressed by the quality of ingredients and delighted by the authentic treats the service had to offer.
Shoott Gift Card Purchase
Shoott is a photography service that offers free 30-minute photoshoots with a professional freelance photographer. A few days after your shoot, you'll receive a preview link with lightly edited photos, and you'll only pay for the photos you want. The service is available on the weekends in select cities across the nation, and it makes for an excellent interactive gift with a bonus of fun pictures that'll last a lifetime. You can purchase gift cards for the service on their site, which start at $25.
Emi Jay Papillon Clip in Citron
Butterfly clips are back and bigger than ever. Most are mini-sized, but this butterfly claw clip from Emi Jay measures 1.5 inches long, which is big enough to secure a low hair knot or French twist. The brand's site also offers additional decorative hair clips, flower pins, and scrunchies.
How do you find AAPI-owned businesses?
One of the easiest ways to find small or BIPOC-owned businesses, including AAPI-owned businesses, is through a quick search on Google or social media. Instagram, for example, is a great way to come across or search AAPI-owned businesses. You can also find more about who owns a business via the brand's "About" section on their website.
Why is it important to support AAPI-owned businesses?
Shopping from AAPI-owned businesses can help balance out the racial wealth gap and show the AAPI community our support, especially in these challenging times. It's important now more than ever to do everything we can to encourage an overall more equal world.
How else can I support AAPI-owned businesses?
You don't always have to spend money to show your support. Spread the word about AAPI-owned businesses in your everyday conversations or by sharing a brand's post on your social media. If you've had a good experience with an AAPI-owned brand or product, it means the world to a small business when you take the time to write a positive review.
What does AAPI stand for?
"AAPI" stands for Asian American and Pacific Islander and is an inclusive and collective term that aims to represent Asian Americans, East Asians, South Asians, Southeast Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (people who have origins in the Pacific Islands, like Guam, Tahiti, or Samoa).
Why Trust The Spruce
Shanon Maglente is a senior commerce editor at The Spruce and oversees gift guides, toy roundups, holiday content, sales news, and more. As a Filipino-American daughter of immigrants, she identifies as AAPI and is passionate about supporting AAPI brands in her personal life and at work.
Shanon's work has also appeared in titles like Good Housekeeping, Elle, Cosmopolitan, HGTV, and Parents magazines. She’s also worked in entertainment publications, including J-14 magazine and HollywoodLife.com.