6 November 2023
Shades of the Seasons: Gift Ideas with Autumn Colors
There's never a wrong time to give a gift to someone you love. Gifting is a year-round activity, whether for a birthday, a holiday, a celebration, or just to show the person you were thinking of them. So if you're seeking out a special something for a special someone, why not align the selection with the season?
We are kicking off our new seasonal, color-focused gift guide series with red and gold hues that perfectly match the changing autumn leaves. So put on your favorite leaf-peeping outfit and get ready for fall with these items.
- Tsubame Hutlery Gold Camellia Leaf Chopstick Rest
- Choho Kiln Red Mori Kutani Lucky Cat 4.5in
- Yoshita Kasho Six Gourds Maki-e Glass Rectangle Plate
- Kiyohide Glass Gold Red Amber Edo Kiriko Rocks Glass
- Hozan Kiln Sangiri Bizen Ware Vase With Handle
- Fukunishi Sobe Chrysanthemum Aizu Lacquerware Two Tiers Jubako Bento Box
Tsubame Hutlery Gold Camellia Leaf Chopstick Rest
Let's begin with an iconic gift for the season: a leaf-shaped chopstick rest in gold. A more dazzling version of the leaves that crunch underfoot during a crisp autumn walk, this stainless steel chopstick rest will adorn any table with its textured gold exterior. Pick up a few and make a set to thank your friend for hosting a dinner party, or as a housewarming gift.View This Item
Choho Kiln Red Mori Kutani Lucky Cat 4.5in
The vibrant red color of this lucky cat draws inspiration from bright red Nandina berries, a plant considered auspicious in Japan. Red symbolizes energy and vitality, something we need more of as the days get shorter, and a cat with its right hand raised is said to bring good fortune to its owner. Give to someone just starting a new job to wish them luck and send energy their way.View This Item
Yoshita Kasho Six Gourds Maki-e Glass Rectangle Plate
The unique grid design and striking Kanazawa gold leaf band make this plate an enviable gift for any occasion. The hand-painted design on the gold leaf is mubyo, which means "six gourds," but can also mean "good health," making it a play on words that will delight the recipient and give them a great story to tell when they bring the plate out for guests.View This Item
Kiyohide Glass Gold Red Amber Edo Kiriko Rocks Glass
This stunning rocks glass is tinted with a hue called kin-aka, which, when translated, means "gold red." This is achieved by mixing gold powder and red raw material together, and the lighter the color, the more difficult it is to make a consistent shade. Each rocks glass is made with the Edo Kiriko technique and is finished with a starburst pattern on the base. And the glasses are cut by hand by Kiyohide, a master of the craft, making them all one-of-a-kind.View This Item
Hozan Kiln Sangiri Bizen Ware Vase With Handle
The rich, earthy colors that cover this unique vase will definitely bring autumn vibes into your home. Just before turning off the fire in the kiln, charcoal is sprinkled onto some parts of the surface creating a bluish shade on the earthy tones of the vase. As a result, the recipient can change the angle of the vase to align the hue with the season, the flowers, or the mood they want to create.View This Item
Fukunishi Sobe Chrysanthemum Aizu Lacquerware Two Tiers Jubako Bento Box
This two-tiered stacked box is made of Aizu lacquerware, and covered in a traditional design called Aizu-e. The chrysanthemum flower motif that is often seen in Aizu-e is auspicious in Japan, warding off disease and bringing longevity. Each box is painted by hand, so the painting is completely unique to the item, making it completely unique to the gift recipient. Place their favorite sweets inside the tiers for an extra special surprise.View This Item
Red and gold are commonly seen colors in Japanese custom, as red is meant to scare off evil spirits, and gold symbolizes the sun. Both are auspicious hues, often found at temples and shrines, so these gifts carry a double meaning, representing the vibrant autumn leaves as well as sending a bundle of luck their way.
We'll return in the winter with more colorful seasonal gift ideas.