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The 17 Best Gifts for Every Type of Person (That Happen to Be From ESEA-Owned Businesses)

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If you’re looking for a way to support the East and Southeast Asian community in the UK (especially during a year in which anti-Asian hate crimes have risen), you might want to consider shopping for gifts from ESEA-owned businesses. Whether you have an upcoming anniversary, or you’re just a seriously proactive Christmas shopper, we’ve compiled a list of delightful gifts for every type of person in your life. We’ve found gifts for a friend who’s just switched jobs, to presents for a recently moved-out sister, all from ESEA-owned businesses. When you’re done here, make sure to also take a look at our more extensive guide of 36 ESEA-owned businesses to shop.

For the housemate who keeps dumpling wrappers in the fridge

With a blend of floral Sichuan and aromatic spices, Dumpling Shack’s chilli oil is the ideal partner for an at-home banquet.

For the boyfriend who doesn’t know what retinol is

Vitruvian Man’s facial cleanser tones, protects from pollution, and makes shaving easier, all with one bottle. It’s also suitable for all skin types.

For the boyfriend who doesn’t know what a cleanser is

For a true beginner, pick up this traditional Japanese face soap. Made from rice bran, it’s non-drying, and can be used anywhere — from their face to body and hair.

For the cousin who has two under two

Suitable for sensitive skin, these eye patches contain aloe and green tea to help soothe tired eyes. They’re also soluble, meaning that once you’re done with them, they can be dissolved into a treatment for the body and face.

For the cousin whose kids are a little older

A set of fun board books to introduce kids to new foods, cities, and concepts from all over the world. Suitable for readers up to the age of 5.

For the husband who’s partial to breakfast in bed

Perhaps a herringbone-oak serving tray might inspire him to return the favour.

For the brother who starts thinking about dinner at lunch

A block-printed sketch that might tide him over until supper.

For the girlfriend who has an ear stack

For the granny whose brew is an art form

This teapot comes with two matching mugs, perfect for the granny that prefers to catch up over a spot of tea.

For the brother who shudders at the thought of folding a page

If he refuses to crack a spine (much less dog-ear a page), this tanned-leather bookmark will keep his place. There’s also the option to add a small personalisation, too.

For the sister who binge-watched Sex Education

To cover anything that Otis and Maeve might have missed.

For the housemate who knows the time that you were born (to the minute)


For your local CoStar guru, Misho has rings (handcrafted with Keishi pearls) for every sign of the zodiac.

For the friend who’s just started a new job

The woody, smoky aroma evokes feelings of calm, a perfect nudge to relax for a friend that hasn’t had a minute in a while.

For the daughter who ditched macchiatos for matcha boba

As well as her favourite flavour of boba, Little Egg Crafts also crochet little sushi, dumpling, and bao friends.

For the work friend who has already refined their MasterChef signature dish

The strikingly simple maple mortar and porcelain pestle would make a great addition to any aspiring chef’s kitchen.

And the friend whose showstopper would earn them star baker

Floetry have a choice of three eye-catching prints, each satin-lined, each worthy of a star baker.

For the sister who wanted to take the dog to uni

Now, she’ll even be able to take him to lectures.

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The 17 Best Gifts From ESEA-Owned Businesses