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Japanese Cookware Gift Ideas Under $50

It's holiday gift giving time and what better way to show that fan of Japanese cuisine how much you care than by placing some Japanese cookware under the tree! Here are some budget-friendly ideas to help you pick out the perfect gift.

1. Japanese Cast Iron Tea Pot

Known as tetsubin, the Japanese cast iron tea pot is a great gift for the Japanese tea lover. Well suited as a collectible/display piece, this cast iron tea pot retains heat long enough for you to have that second cup of soothing heaven. This beautiful gift brews 20 ounces, and is sure to please.

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Japanese Cast iron Tea Pot Cup Set Green Bamboo

Japanese Cast Iron Tea Set /Mochi Bamboo Green

Japanese Cast Iron Pot tea set Black w/ Trivet

2. Japanese Rice Cooker

The Japanese rice cooker (on sale) is essential for anyone that eats rice on a regular basis. The recipient of this gift will love its ease and usefulness as it is virtually fool-proof. It features a non-stick coating for easy cleaning and will keep your rice warm for 12 hours.  No more cooking rice on the stove!

Panasonic Rice Cooker/Warmer/Steamer Panasonic Rice Cooker/Warmer/Steamer (AMAZON)

3. Japanese Bento Box

A Japanese bento box makes a practical gift for anyone no matter what their age. The Japanese equivalent of a lunchbox, the bento box keeps food warm and safe while separating food and flavors. It is the perfect lunch companion for school or work.

Kotobuki 2-Tiered Bento Box, Black/Red Cherry (Sakura) Blossom Kotobuki 2-Tiered Bento Box, Black/Red Cherry (Sakura) Blossom (AMAZON)
Kotobuki 2-Tiered Bento Box, Red Beckoning Cat Kotobuki 2-Tiered Bento Box, Red Beckoning Cat (AMAZON)

 

Kotobuki 280-129 2-Tiered Bento Box, Panda Face

Kotobuki 280-129 2-Tiered Bento Box, Panda Face (AMAZON)

 

 

4.Japanese Ginsu Knives

If there were ever a luxury line of budget knives, then Ginsu would be it. In a 2006 survey, Ginsu ranked in the top three of preferred brands to purchase.

Ginsu Chikara Series 5-Piece Japanese Stainless Steel Ginsu Chikara Series 5-Piece Japanese Stainless Steel (AMAZON)
Ginsu Kotta Series 8-Piece Japanese 420J2 Stainless Steel Knife Set Ginsu Kotta Series 8-Piece Japanese 420J2 Stainless Steel Knife Set (AMAZON)

 

Ginsu Koden Series 10 Piece Commercial Stainless Steel Cutlery Set in Natural Block Ginsu Koden Series 10 Piece Commercial Stainless Steel Cutlery Set in Natural Block (AMAZON)

 

 

5.Japanese Cast Iron Yosenabe Sukiyaki Pan

This traditional pan will make someone's heart sizzle as they'll be able to serve up tantilizing dishes. Made of cast iron, this pan is typically used to cook Sukiyaki or Shabu Shabu soup. Traditional noodle dishes and soups steep to the right temperature and will help the home Chef produce meals like nabemono yosenabe (a Japanese style hot pot with various meats, seafoods and vegetables).

Cast Iron Yosenabe Sukiyaki Pan

If buying unique and inexpensive gifts has you down, hopefully this list has given you a few ideas that won't break the bank. Happy Holidays!

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