Forget The Chopsticks: These Are 30+ Chinese Gifts They Will Love

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Are you tired of the same old chopstick cliché when it comes to Chinese gifts? Well, get ready to embark on a journey beyond the realm of chopsticks, because we have compiled a delightful list of 30+ unique China gifts that will make your loved ones jump with joy! From whimsical to traditional, quirky to practical, we’ve scoured the depths of Chinese gift-giving traditions to bring you an assortment of presents that will surprise and delight even the most discerning recipients!

By the way, If you are looking for China gifts for a couple’s 20th marriage anniversary, you came to the wrong place. But I hope you already noticed that by now 😉

Are you short on time? Check out the editor’s top three gifts from China by budget.

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30+ unique Chinese gifts

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#1 DIY dumpling kit

DIY Chinese dumpling kit
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Dumplings are probably the most famous Chinese food across the globe. So if you are looking for gifts for Chinese food lovers, this DIY dumpling kit is the best gift for them.


#2 Vintage map of China

Vintage map of China
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If you are looking for gifts for Chinese people’s homes, this vintage map from China in 1885 is exactly what you need.

I mean, what’s better than having a map of your favorite country in your home? Especially if it’s such an aesthetic one as this one.


#3 Chinese tea set

Chinese tea set in a bag
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Are you looking for traditional Chinese gifts for people who love tea?

Look no further than this complete tea gift set from China!

Though if you want more tea-related gifts for China loves, check out #8 and #26.


#4 Chinese pottery

China blue pottery set
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The blue and white ceramics from China have a long history and date back to as far as the 7th century. So if you are looking for traditional gifts from China for people’s homes, these ceramics are a great idea.

Random side story about China blue pottery.

In the Netherlands (where I am from), we have a similar style of ceramics and we call it Delf’s blue porcelain. I used to think that this was a typical Dutch thing. However, it turns out the Dutch actually copied the Chinese style somewhere around the 17th century (so about 10 centuries later than the Chinese). And Delft’s Blue porcelain is actually made from cheaper material. In fact, it’s not even made from porcelain clay.


#5 Chinese games

Board game package of Gugong
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I selected two cool options for you if you are looking for unique Chinese gifts for people who love games:

  1. Gugong. This is a strategy game where players represent powerful Chinese families who need to gain power and influence
  2. Mahjong. An ancient Chinese tile game, I only know the online version, but check out the rules for the tile version here.

#6 DIY Chinese hot pot kit

DIY hot pot kit
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If you are looking for more gifts for Chinese food lovers this DIY hot pot kit is what you need.

To be honest, I had to look up what a hot pot is, but it’s actually quite literally a pot with hot water or broth in which you can prepare raw foods such as veggies, meat, or seafood. And it’s a super popular dish or dinner style in China.


#7 China LEGO set

LEGO architecture set of Shanghai skyline
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If you’re looking for an unusual Chinese gift I’ve got two awesome options for you; LEGO sets of the Great Chinese Wall or the skyline of Shanghai!

It’s the ultimate way for the recipient to bring a bit of China home, and to stay occupied for a few hours.

And don’t worry, LEGO is not just for kids anymore. These sets have over 500 pieces and are actually really entertaining for adults too.


#8 Chinese tea serving tray

A wooden tea tray
Photo courtesy of Quan Ping En

A Chinese tea tray makes a fantastic gift from China because it’s like a practical traditional item for clumsy tea enthusiasts. It swoops in, saves the day, and prevents disastrous spills with its raised edges, ensuring a mess-free and elegant tea experience. Plus, it showcases the cultural heritage of Chinese tea ceremonies. So, whether you’re looking for gifts for a tea lover prone to accidents or you want to impress your friends with a touch of Chinese tradition, this tea tray is the gift you need.


#9 Chinese cooking class

Woman cooking
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This is another one of the great Chinese food-related gifts for people who love to cook, online cooking classes!

Check out Uncommon Goods for a dumpling cooking class or have a look at all the Chinese cooking classes offered on Udemy.


Chinese gifts for mid-budgets


#10 Chinese calligraphy

Wooden box with a Calligraphy kit
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Calligraphy is one of the many things that China is famous for. So what’s cooler than giving someone who loves China the opportunity to create beautiful calligraphy at home?


#11 Name necklace

Necklace with a name written in Chinese writing
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If you are looking for unique Chinese gifts for her, perhaps this necklace with her name spelled in Chinese characters is a good idea.


#12 Silk notebooks

Three notebooks covered in silk from China
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These notebooks with Chinese silk covers are a great example of practical Chinese-themed gifts because the recipient can use them for whatever they want, as a travel journal, a school notebook, a work journal, or just a place to gather all their fantastic new ideas.

If you are looking for more Chinese silk-related gifts, check out number 25.


#13 Books about China

Book cover of 'The shortest history of China:From the ancient dynasties to a modern superpower'
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The shortest history of China: From the Ancient Dynasties to a Modern Superpower―A Retelling for Our Times

This book from The shortest history series is great for history buffs who love China. From its tribal beginnings to the imperial era and the modern Communist Party, it’s an indispensable read for anyone fascinated by China.


Book cover of 'Why China leads the world: Talent at the top, data in the middle, democracy at the bottom'
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Why China Leads the World: Democracy at the Bottom, Data in the Middle, Talent at the Top

This is a thought-provoking book that delves into China’s robust economy, scientific advancements, military strength, and diplomatic support. It sheds light on why China is emerging as a global leader.


Book cover of 'China Smart: A past & present guide to history, culture, society, language'
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China Smart: A past & present guide to History, culture, society, language

What you don’t know, what you need to know. This gift is perfect for people who are moving to China or who want to know more about Chinese culture.


#14 Jade jewelry

A bracelet made from jade from China
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Jade holds significant cultural and historical value in China. It is considered a symbol of beauty, purity, and nobility. Chinese jade has a rich history dating back thousands of years, with archaeological evidence of its use in ritual ceremonies, ornaments, and even burial objects. Making it a beautiful and traditional Chinese gift for her, such as this bracelet!


#15 Feng Shui guide

Book cover of 'Feng Shui Guide'
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Feng Shui is an old Chinese philosophy that’s about arranging your living environments in such as way that you can create harmony. This book is a practical guide with illustrations and tips on how to create that balance exactly,

It’s a great Chinese-themed gift for people who are interested in spiritual and ancient Chinese wisdom.


#16 Fun Chinese-themed shirt

Funny black t-shirt with 'bao chicka wow wow'
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If you are looking for gifts for Chinese men who love bao buns, this is a funny shirt! Though check out Etsy if you’re looking for more designs.


#17 China travel guides

Book cover of 'Lonely Planet's China'
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Lonely Planet China

The Lonely Planet is a great guidebook for people who want to explore China on a budget


DK Eyewitness guidebook with the top 10 things to do in Hong Kong
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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Hong Kong

DK Eyewitness’s Top 10 travel guides are awesome visual and in-depth guides for anyone who wants to see the 10 best things in a city, such as Hong Kong.


op 10 Beijing guidebook by DK Eyewitness
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DK Eyewitness Beijing

Do you need gifts for someone traveling to Beijing soon? Then this DK Eyewitness guide with the best 10 things to do in the city is perfect! It covers the 10 best restaurants, museums, neighborhoods, hotels, and more!


#18 Chinese-themed tote bags

Tote bag with ancient China map
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

If you are looking for small and practical gifts for Chinese people, tote bags are a good option.

I liked the one with a vintage map of China, but I guess I just really like maps. So don’t forget to check out the other 1584 Chinese-themed options on Zazzle if you are looking for something different


#19 Vintage travel poster of China

Vintage travel poster from Northwest Airlines fro China
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This vintage travel poster is one of the great gifts for Chinese people who miss home and want to add a bit of Chinese atmosphere into their new house. With this poster, they can bring a bit of China to their home.


#20 Chinese-themed passport covers

Passport cover with pandas
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Passport covers are great gifts for Chinese people who love to travel. You can find almost 200 different styles at Zazzle. Personally, I liked this panda-style cover, but there are plenty of options for everyone.


#21 Personalized picture frame

A personalized picture frame from China
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This is by far the best Chinese-themed gift for a couple who is obsessed with China. Whether it’s their honeymoon destination, the place where they met, or their home country, with this personalized photo frame they can display their favorite photo and memory in style!


#22 Chinese cookbooks

China: The cookbook cover
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China: The cookbook

This is a comprehensive culinary treasure that offers a deep dive into the rich history and diverse flavors of Chinese cuisine. With over 650 authentic recipes from 33 regions, it’s the perfect gift for Chinese food lovers.


The China study cookbook cover
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The China Study Cookbook

Revised and expanded edition with over 175 whole food, plant-based recipes from China, this is a great Chinese food-related gift for vegans.


Book cover of 'All Under Heaven: Recipes from the 35 Cuisines of China'
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All Under Heaven: Recipes from the 35 Cuisines of China

With more than 300 recipes from different regions and cuisines of China, this is another awesome Chinese food-related gift!


#23 Confucius gifts

A coffee mug with text "He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions"
Photo courtesy of Fiona Kingston Designs

If you are looking for gifts from China for people who love philosophy, reading, or Chinese wisdom, this mug with one of Confucius’s awesome quotes is the gift you need.


Chinese gifts for small budgets

#24 Chinese snacks

Multiple Ship Ahoy cookie boxes from China
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If you are looking for gifts for Chinese food lovers with a sweet tooth, these Chips Ahoy Chinese cookies are exactly what you need!

You can choose from 6 different flavors such as rainbow, cranberry and cream, and more.


#25 Jewelry silk bags

Silk jewelry bags
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As the number one producer of silk, you can find plenty of cool Chinese silk gifts. For women, these jewelry bags are super practical to keep their jewelry in one place.


#26 Chinese tea

A bag with tea from China
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The best gift for people who love tea and who love China, is of course Chinese tea, such as this loose-leaf tea. China has a long history of tea and it’s also the number 1 tea producer in the world, so it’s no surprise that you can find plenty of different tea companies from China.


#27 Hairpin

A hair pin with a blue flower
Photo courtesy of Now Now Crafts

Hairpins in China have a distinct cultural significance and are known for their elegance and beauty. They are typically made of materials like jade, gold, or silver and feature intricate designs such as flowers, butterflies, or mythical creatures. Making them popular Chinese gifts for her.


#28 China coloring book

Adult coloring book inspired by China
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This coloring book for adults is completely filled with Chinese landmarks or landscapes and is one of my favorite unique Chinese gifts for anyone.


#29 Chinese hand fan

Handfan made in China
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Hand fans are popular traditional Chinese gift ideas. Hand fans actually have a long history in China, check out My Modern Met if you are interested in that history.


#30 Chopsticks

A box with handmade chopsticks from China
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Alright, I know I said forget the chopsticks, but come on. We’re talking about China here. How can we forget the chopsticks?

Of course, I had to include them as one of the gifts from China.


#31 Chinese-themed puzzles

Jigsaw puzzle of The Great Wall in China
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China-themed puzzles are great Chinese-themed gifts for people who love China, but who can’t travel to China at the moment. With a Chinese-themed puzzle, they can keep themselves entertained at home, while still enjoying the beauty of China.

Also, check out the 25 gifts for puzzle lovers for more ideas.


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AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Lara, a 30-year-old travel-lover (but who’s not these days?). I love reading, puzzling, world-heritage sites, researching, and making lists, which comes in quite handy when you’re making lists of travel gift ideas!