25 Unique Vietnamese Gifts For People Obsessed With Vietnam

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In this post, you will find 25 unique Vietnamese gifts for people who love Vietnam. The best Vietnamese gift idea is of course a trip to Vietnam. But since this is not within everyone’s budget, you will find 25 awesome ánd affordable Vietnam-themed gifts here.

My personal favorite is number 17, the Vietnamese coffee maker (a phin), combined with the Vietnamese roasted coffee (number 18). Together these two make the best Vietnamese gifts for coffee lovers. But there are plenty of other options if the recipient doesn’t like coffee.

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Vietnamese gifts for large budgets

#1 Vietnam wall art

A canvas of a Vietnamese girl

If you are looking for Vietnamese gift ideas for someone’s home, perhaps this set of four canvas panels is what you are looking for. The photo of a girl in traditional Vietnamese clothing, including the conical hat (check out #10 on this list), is a great way to add a bit of Vietnam to their home.

And don’t worry if this wall art is a bit over your budget, check numbers 16 and 22 for more Vietnamese wall art ideas.

#2 Online Vietnamese cooking class

An online Vietnamese cooking class is probably one of the best Vietnamese food gifts for foodies. Even if they can’t travel to Vietnam, they can still create a bit of Vietnamese food at home.

#3 Vietnamese dice game

Vietnamese dice game

If you are looking for Vietnamese gifts for people who love games, perhaps the Bầu cua tôm cá game is what you are looking for.

It’s comparable to the Chinese Hoo Hey How (Fish-Prawn-Crab) dicing game. The Vietnamese version is often played around the Vietnamese new year. The aim of the game is to place wagers on the mat and hope for the dice to match your wager and earn some money (or whatever you are playing for). But if you want a proper and more in-depth explanation of the game, check out the explanation at Board Game Geek.

#4 Vietnamese language course

Vietnamese language course

The best way to learn more about a country and its culture is by learning the language and interacting with the locals. So give them the ultimate Vietnam experience by gifting a Vietnamese language course. For online courses check out Udemy and for language books, check out Amazon.

#5 Vietnamese musical instrument

Dan bau

If you are looking for Vietnamese gifts for people who love making music, perhaps a traditional Vietnamese musical instrument is the best idea for them.

The Dan bau is a single-stringed instrument that’s essential to traditional Vietnamese music. Check out YouTube if you want to know what it sounds like or how it works.

Vietnamese gifts for mid-budgets

#6 Vietnamese tea

Vietnamese tea

Vietnam is the 7th largest tea producer in the world, so not quite as famous as China or Sri Lanka, but still notable. Especially lotus and jasmine are two ingredients often used in Vietnamese tea. So if you are looking for Vietnamese gift ideas for tea lovers, this lotus tea might be the perfect gift.

#7 Vietnam travel guides

Lonely Planet: Vietnam

Lonely Planet Vietnam

The Lonely Planet is definitely one of my favorite guidebooks. They are perfect for budget travelers who want to know all the ins and outs of the country.

Lonely Planet: multiple countries

Lonely Planet Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos & Northern Thailand

If you are looking for gifts for a budget traveler who is about to explore multiple countries in Southeast Asia, this Lonely Planet is what you are looking for.

Fodor’s Essential Vietnam

Fodor’s Essential Vietnam

Fodor’s travel guides are great for all sorts of travelers, from high-end travelers to families.

DK Eyewitness Vietnam: 2019 

DK Eyewitness Vietnam: 2019 

DK Eyewitness travel guides are beautiful visual guides, so great for people who love images besides text.

National Geographic Traveler Vietnam

National Geographic Traveler Vietnam

National Geographic’s travel guides are another example of excellent in-depth guidebooks. They are specifically great for travelers who want to see and know everything about Vietnam.

#8 Vietnam-themed travel mugs

Travel mug with text
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

These travel mugs are one of the great Vietnamese gift ideas for coffee lovers (check out numbers 17 and 18 for more). You can find over a hundred different designs at Zazzle. Personally, I liked this “I’m a pho-king legend” travel mug. But I’m also a sucker for puns, so I guess that explains.

I can totally understand how other people (perhaps that’s you) have a higher standard of jokes, so luckily for you, there are more options.

Oh and just in case you have no idea what Pho means and why it’s linked to Vietnam, it’s a soup and it’s one of the most famous Vietnamese dishes. I know explaining jokes is never going to make them better, but I did feel the need to explain why I loved the pun.

#9 Vietnam-themed shirt

Funny Vietnam-themed shirt

If you don’t like puns as much as I do, you may want to continue to the next Vietnamese gifts on this list. But as a pun-lover, I couldn’t resist adding this shirt with “Pho-king awesome”. I promise this will be the last pun of this post 😉

#10 Vietnamese conical hat

Rice farmer’s hat

If you’ve ever been to Vietnam (or other southeast Asian countries) you’ve probably seen this sort of hat a lot. The rice hat is often worn by rice farmers (hence the name), and besides helping to protect their faces from the sun and rain, it’s also a cool hat and a fun traditional Vietnamese gift idea.

#11 Vietnamese cookbooks

Pho cookbook

The Pho Cookbook

Easy to adventurous recipes for Vietnam’s favorite soup and noodles. A cookbook of one of Vietnam’s most famous dishes is a must for any Vietnamese food lover.

Vietnamese food any day

Vietnamese Food Any Day: Simple Recipes for True, Fresh Flavors

This book includes over 80 easy Vietnamese dishes, perfect for people who love food, but who don’t love spending hours in the kitchen

Street food cookbook

Street Food Vietnam: Noodles, salads, pho, spring rolls, banh mi & more

A large part of Vietnamese food culture is their street food, and this book will teach you how to recreate over 70 of them at home.

Real Vietnamese cookbook

Eat Real Vietnamese Food

A step-by-step guide to the classic cuisine of Vietnam, with over 90 classic Vietnamese dishes.

#12 Vietnam-inspired socks

Socks with the flag of Vietnam
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

Are you looking for Vietnamese gifts for someone whose heart is filled with love for Vietnam? Perhaps this pair of socks with the flag of Vietnam and hearts is what you are looking for.

#13 Vietnamese food gifts: DIY pho kit

DIY pho kit

This DIY pho kit is one of the best Vietnamese food gifts for someone who loves to try international dishes at home. It includes a recipe and a shopping list. So all they have to do is to buy the fresh ingredients and follow the easy steps of the recipe to recreate a delicious Vietnamese Pho at home.

For more gift inspiration for foodies, check out these international DIY food kits.

#14 Vietnam-themed water bottle

Water bottle with Hanoi skyline
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

If you are looking for Vietnam gifts for someone who loves Hanoi, you may like this water bottle with the Hanoi skyline.

#15 Books about Vietnam

Vietnam history book

Viet Nam: A History from Earliest Times to the Present

This is one of the great Vietnam gifts for people who are interested in history and more specifically the history of Vietnam.

Book about Vietnamese culture

Vietnam – Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

This book is one of the best Vietnamese gift ideas for someone who is about to move to Vietnam or someone who loves to learn about local cultures and traditions.

Book about the Vietnam war

The Vietnam War: A Concise International History 

There are many books about the Vietnam war, but what’s great about this book is the fact that it provides insights from all sides of the war, rather than just one side.

#16 Map of Vietnam

Waterpaint map of Vietnam

If you are looking for more Vietnamese gift ideas for someone’s home, maps of Vietnam are always great ideas.

I quite liked the colorful map from Amazon. But also check out the illustrated map from Not on the High Street.

Vietnamese gifts for small budgets

#17 Vietnamese coffee maker

Vietnamese coffee maker

If you are looking for Vietnam gifts for a coffee lover, you are in good luck! Vietnam has a popular coffee culture and there are a few cool gifts you can choose from, such as this Vietnamese coffee maker.

What makes Vietnamese coffee different are three things. First, the way this maker (a phin) works. Check out this article for more information about the coffee maker. But in short, Vietnamese coffee is just a lot stronger than regular filter coffee.

Second, Vietnamese coffee beans also tend to have a stronger taste (check out the next Vietnamese gift on this list).

And lastly, if you are going for the classic Vietnamese coffee, it includes condensed milk, which adds a whole new flavor to your coffee.

#18 Vietnamese coffee beans

Vietnamese coffee beans

These Vietnamese coffee packs are perfect Vietnamese gifts to go with the coffee maker. The special roast is extra high in caffeine, so great for people who need that extra boost.

#19 Vietnamese lacquer bowl

Lacquer painted bowl

Lacquer painting is known as sơn mài in Vietnam, and it’s a popular art form in Vietnam. You will find plenty of beautiful home decor items with lacquer paint, such as this bowl.

#20 Vietnam coloring book

Hanoi coloring book

Coloring books for adults have helped many adults to relax and feel calmer, so why not help them relax with a book of their favorite country? If you are looking for Vietnamese gifts for someone who doesn’t like Hanoi, check out the other coloring books on Amazon.

#21 Suchi fish sauce

Vietnamese fish sauce

Fish sauce is one of the traditional Vietnamese ingredients in a lot of their classic dishes. So if you are looking for Vietnamese food gifts to go along with the cookbooks, this fish sauce is a great idea!

#22 Vietnamese travel posters

Halong Bay travel poster

Vintage travel posters are great Vietnam gifts for people who love Vietnam, but who can’t travel there right now. With these vintage posters, they can bring a bit of Vietnam to their homes.

Check out all options on Amazon.

#23 Vietnam-themed tote bag

Vietnamese gifts: tote bag
Photo courtesy of Zazzle

The Vietnam-themed tote bags are great Vietnamese gift ideas for all sorts of travelers. Tote bags are always practical to have, they don’t take up much space, and can be used for going to the beach, shopping, exploring cities, or on buses, or basically any occasion.

You can find nearly 500 different Vietnam designs on Zazzle, so there should be something for anyone.

#24 Vietnam travel journal

Vietnam travel journal

This is one of the best Vietnam gift ideas for someone who travels to Vietnam frequently and who loves to journal during their trip. It’s a great small, funny, and yet practical gift.

For more travel journal ideas, check out these 25 cute journals, these ones are not specific for a certain country but work for any destination.

#25 More Vietnamese food gifts: pho spices

Pho spices

I think by now you’ve realized that pho is an important Vietnamese dish. So if you are looking for Vietnamese food gifts for people who love cooking, then pho spices are a great gift.

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25 Vietnamese gifts

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