Secret Santa gift exchanges are a popular Western holiday tradition. The anonymous nature of secret Santa gift-giving makes everything more exciting, too! But what happens when you pick someone who’s impossible to shop for? Luckily, snacks make a great holiday gift—even for those on your list who tend to be a little choosy about their presents.
Whether you’re looking for a unique secret Santa gift, a present for your favorite foodie, or maybe even a gift for yourself, you can’t go wrong with Japanese snacks.These picks are best sellers, staff picks, or both—and they make great, unique secret Santa gifts!
Japanese Kit Kat: Variety Party Box 2020
This gift box contains 18 of Japan’s most popular Kit Kat flavors, including matcha, dark chocolate, hojicha (slow-roasted green tea), cranberry almond, rum raisin, strawberry cheesecake, Japanese sake, and more. With a full count of 60 Japanese Kit Kats, the receiver of this party box will be able to enjoy candy for days!
We can’t get enough of the delicate, melt-in-your-mouth texture of mochi puffs—and they even come in a variety of flavors! For a savory option, there’s cheesy Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs: Hokkaido Cheese. For a slightly sweeter treat, there’s creamy Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs: Hokkaido Milk. Covered in a powder made by roasting soybeans, Funwari Meijin Mochi Puffs: Kinako are the perfect balance of sweet and nutty.
Honma Gift Box: Tsukisamu Anpan Sampler
Anpan are sweet Japanese rolls. Traditionally filled with anko (sweet red bean paste), this gift box features handmade Anpan from Hokkaido. With fillings including classic azuki red bean, matcha green tea, kokuto (Okinawan brown sugar), black sesame, and kabocha (Japanese pumpkin), the variety in this sampler is great.
This treat is a staff pick as well as a fan-favorite among Bokksu members. This white chocolate-infused, freeze-dried strawberry is equal parts adorable, delicious, and crunchy yet creamy in texture. Produced by an innovative Nagano maker exclusively for Bokksu, you can be sure you’re giving your secret Santa pick a truly unique gift.
Classic Bokksu: Seasons of Japan
Introduce a family member, friend, or co-worker to some authentic Japanese flavors with this gift box. While every Bokksu box is unique in its own way, this collection contains 22 Japanese snacks and a tea pairing, highlighting seasonality with sweet and savory snacks featuring iconic flavors from each of the four seasons.
Daimonji Ame Honpo Handmade Candy Gift Box
This fun gift box features six different kinds of handmade Japanese candies from a 100-year-old family business in Kyoto. This delectable collection of sweets is as tasty and as it is beautiful, including sakura, persimmon, and yuzu sake flavored candies—which are all best sellers on their own.
If you’d rather not gift consumables, you can please any child—or a child at heart—with an adorable bento box. Different boxes are decorated with Studio Ghibli characters from “Kiki’s Delivery Service” or “My Neighbor Totoro” as well as characters from “Moomin” stories. Each set includes three food containers (two medium and one small) and one cotton towel.
Finally, you can always give the pickiest person a Bokksu gift card. This way, they can choose their own snack adventure. Cards can be valued at $25, $50, $75, or $100 USD—so you’ll be able to match the monetary limit of any secret Santa gift exchange.
When it comes to holiday gift-giving, you can’t go wrong with a cool Japanese treat or snack collection. Whether you go for a gift box, pick some of your own favorites to share, or opt for a gift card, you can please the choosiest people on your holiday list with a present from Bokksu.