Skip To Content
  • apahm2021 badge

22 Amazing And Unique Etsy Gifts From AAPI Businesses

One-of-a-kind gifts guaranteed to stand out among the rest.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

While BuzzFeed celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), we also believe in celebrating the contributions from Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders year-round. Please enjoy this APAHM-themed product post from BuzzFeed Shopping, the entrepreneurs who create these great products and services, and know that you can enjoy these businesses well beyond this wonderful, dedicated month.

1. A pair of unique layered spotted earrings or umbrella earrings made from (are you ready for this) recycled leather. I dare someone not to notice these beauties hanging from your lobes during your next FaceTime chat.

Scandinazn / Etsy

Scandinazn is a Canada-based online accessory shop founded by Jamie Carlson. After earning her degree in Fashion Design, Jamie decided to open this shop to sell sustainable and unique jewelry, ethically made from recycled leather and gemstones. The name, Scandinazn, was forged by fusing words from her Swedish and Japanese heritage.

Promising review: "I am in love with my new earrings. I purchased five total pairs for gifts along with a few for myself! I receive daily compliments, and the quality is perfect. They couldn't be more earthy, artsy, and absolutely beautiful! I will be purchasing more! They were sent with a kind note, arrived prompt, and was adorably gift wrapped β€” beyond perfect! She's such a talent and gift!" β€”kghanson81

Get it from Scandinazn on Etsy for $34.59 for the layered spotted earrings and $48.43 for the umbrella earrings.

2. A dusty blue mural featuring romantic hand-painted flowers that'll make any room decor bloom. If you've been looking for a way to add more floral vibes to your space, this wallpaper is a great place to start.

the dusty blue mural wallpaper
Sian Zeng / Etsy

Inspired by Hungarian folktales and cultural heritage, Sian Zeng, who was born in China and moved to Hungary at age 7, desires to bring fairytale decor to your home through sweeping landscapes and dreamy designs on a variety of wall murals that will allow you to create a magical ambiance in your space.

Promising review: "So gorgeous!!!! I absolutely loved this when I saw it online and it’s even more amazing I person. Beautifully and carefully wrapped. Perfect!!" β€”Melanie Marks

Get it from Sian Zeng on Etsy for $303.03 (also available in pink).

3. A vintage-style bowtie in case you've been searching for fashion-forward accessories to add to your repertoire. You can rest assured that no one will be rocking this piece with the peek-a-boo floral design on the corner. Get ready to receive a lot of, "OMG how cute, where'd you get it?"

the bow tie
https://W.B.THAMM / Etsy

W.B.THAMM is an online shop based in New York that creates playful yet modern handcrafted bowties, handkerchiefs, and ties.

Promising review: "Very impressed with the attention to detail in every aspect of the item. From the store, to packaging, to the final product, I am thrilled with my purchase and have great confidence I am going to look great on my wedding day." β€”Taran Warthman

Get it from W.B.THAMM on Etsy for $63.

4. A cute never-ending love card or fun thank you card for dad sure to bring a smile and warm the heart of whomever receives it. Snail mail is still a thing and will be much more meaningful than a text. πŸ€—

Pyarful / Etsy

Pyarful was founded by Krisa Tailor-Arora out of the desire to create inclusive greeting cards that were inspired by and reflected South Asian traditions.

Promising review: "I am in absolute love with this card! I ordered four cards and couldn't be happier I chose to go with Pyarful. The cards come individually wrapped with a sticker to seal. They look very professional and come in cardstock that seems pretty heavy. I can't wait to send these out with my rakhis this year! Definitely will be shopping with this business again." β€”arr5068

Get it from Pyarful on Etsy for $4.95+ for the never-ending love card or $4.95+ for the Father's Day card (both are available for single purchase or buying in bulk).

5. A crochet pattern of the Chinese New Year Ox for fiber artists looking for something new to make. It's the perfect gift for crochet-lovers or the perfect gift for a crochet-lover to make for someone else.

the Chinese New Year Ox
All About Ami / Etsy

Just to be clear, this is a digital download!

Stephanie Lau is the Canadian-based owner behind All About Ami, a small biz that sells unique and modern patterns for crochet and knit-obsessed. The patterns are easy to follow making it a fun experience for beginners and experts.

Promising review: "I absolutely loved it. The pattern is great." β€”Lu Branquinho

Get it from All About Ami on Etsy for $4.74.

6. A plant-based handmade candle with a scent that doesn't remind you of an object but places you in an experience. Light the candle and transport to the Marrakesh marketplace, smell the trees, the spices being sold by vendors, the Moroccan rose bushes, the desert sun. Plus, the dust cover is biodegradable and will blossom flowers after your candle is done for an entirely new scent experience.

the candle
Aerangis / Etsy

This candle has top notes of Moroccan neroli, mandarin, argan flower, middle notes of orange blossom, jasmine, ylang ylang, and base notes of amber, cedarwood, patchouli, musk. After you've burned the candle, you can soak the biodegradable dust cover overnight, add soil, and bloom wildflowers for a new scent experience.

Aerangis is a sustainable candle shop that sells handmade plant-based candles that don't just make your space smell good, they create an experience through scent combinations that remind you of life moments.

Promising review: "Wow. Just wow. I wasn't sure about ordering a candle without smelling it first especially for the cost but let me just say: 10 out of 10 here from the gorgeous packaging and the perfect scent. It was so sensory beautiful for lack of better words. The descriptions with the candles are pretty spot on. I will be treating myself to more in the future. Burns great and I am still just in awe at how beautiful the packaging was. I could've gifted it to someone straight from the shop because of the lovely packaging. LOVE." β€”crimsonblustudios

Get it from Aerangis on Etsy for $78.

7. An order of Korean kimchi, a spicy fermented napa cabbage that's a traditional side dish in Korean culture. It's rich in fiber, probiotics, antioxidants, Vitamin A, B and C, calcium and iron, but also low in calories. You can eat it like a salad or add it as an ingredient in a larger dish.

a plate with Korean Kimchi on it
Seoul Shop / Etsy

Seoul Shop is an online bakery that sells kimchi, mochi, and other delicious treats.

Promising review: "I filled two packed down 4-cup durable food storage containers WITH TWO TO THREE SERVINGS LEFT OVER!! Great packaging to make sure it arrived safely; no way to spill at all with everything tightly double-sealed in thick vacuum bag-like storage. The only thing that made this kimchi taste even better is the sweet letter of positivity and encouragement as well. Head over heels for this company, my only kimchi i will ever get from now on. Excited to try their other items! Thank you so much to the Kim family. <3" β€”Ryn White

Get a 5-pound bag from SeoulShop on Etsy for $69.99.

8. An Asian drinks art print with colorful Mahjong flowers to liven up your walls or a pencil illustrated model in a straitjacket to provoke thought and ignite conversation surrounding the model minority myth.

byFeliciaLiang / Etsy

ByFeliciaLiang houses beautiful Asian-inspired digital illustrations created by artist Felicia Liang.

Promising review: "Felicia sends out orders so fast, and they’re more beautiful than internet photos can show. Love all four prints ordered and am excited to frame for a mini gallery wall in our guest bedroom. Thanks, Felicia!" β€”maespina

Get it from byFeliciaLiang on Etsy for $60 for the Asian drinks art print or $20+ for the model in a straitjacket print.

9. A boba ninja graphic tee that pretty much sums up how you attack your favorite boba drink the second you get it in your hands. πŸ˜‹

a model wearing the boba ninja graphic tee
Naoshi / Etsy

Naoshi is an LA-based artist from Japan who creates colorful and unique items to add a little whimsical fantasy to your everyday life.

Promising review: "Best boba tee on the planet." β€”Danielle

Get it from Naoshi on Etsy for $32 (available in sizes S–XXL and in two colors).

10. A dumpling rattle that's not only super cute decor for your office or shelf, but can also serve as a de-stresser by rubbing it in your hands or shaking it for an auditory sensation. No two dumplings are the same and come in a variety of colors. If you begin to bud a little collection, try staging them on a serving dish.

the ceramic dumpling rattles
ChanmadeCeramics / Etsy

Chanmade Ceramics is a handmade ceramic shop owned by New York-based artist Chan.

Promising review: "The absolute best purchase I've made in so long! Absolutely wonderfully crafted and so beautiful! It sits at my desk and honestly the rattle helps me keep calm :) can't wait to buy more from this shop and support an amazing Asian artist and small business." β€”tiffannyhu

Preorder it from ChanmadeCeramics on Etsy for $68 (available in nine colors).

11. Priya Dreams of Marigolds & Masala, which tells the story of Priya, a child who has grown up in America and learns about her Indian culture through spending time with her grandparents. This children's book celebrates the importance of sharing traditions with others and the special relationship between grandparents and grandchildren.

Meenal Patel Studio / Etsy

Meenal Patel Studio is a Bay Area based shop located in San Francisco that creates joyful art and children's book rich with culture.

Promising review: "Just gorgeous! Both the illustrations and the text are vibrant. Fortunately, there is a widening selection of available Indian American children's books, but the text isn't always something I love. THIS book is worth every penny! Though I'm not Gujarati, I relate to it well from my childhood trips to India, and am so excited to share it with my children, who I haven't taken to India much. I also appreciate Ms. Patel's honest author note at the end." β€”akpani

Get it from Meenal Patel Studio on Etsy for $17.95.

12. A travel voucher perfect for gifting to your family or friends that you've been away from during the pandemic. The voucher leaves a space for you to write in where the trip will take place. (Might I suggest a tropical island of some sort.)

HooHoo and Mouse / Etsy

HooHoo and Mouse Design sells paint kits and crafts made from wood for hours of creative fun with family and friends.

Promising review: "This is such a cute product! Leah and team did a fantastic job on it. It is thick and high quality. They have excellent custom service and very quick turn around. They even generously threw in some extra stickers as a sweet touch. I’d definitely order from them again. I would recommend using a fine tip sharpie to write on the voucher. My standard size sharpie bled a bit." β€”Athena Craig

Get it from HooHoo and Mouse on Etsy for $12+ (available in two colors).

13. A custom candle complete with a secret hidden message for the recipient. You can be sure this candle won't sit on the shelf collecting dust. The suspense of your ~secret message~ will be too much for the recipient to handle.

CaiCaiHandmade / Etsy

This candle also has an unscented version for people who have sensitive allergies or just like to burn candles for ambience instead of scent.

This Texas based candle shop makes eloquent handmade soy and beeswax candles.

Promising review: "Awesome gift!! The packaging was lovely and the candle was a huge success! Our friends thought they were 'ordinary' candles, until it burned for a bit...and then, SURPRISE! Their reaction was a gift in return. Will be ordering more!" β€”amylthomason

Get it from CaiCaiHandmade on Etsy for $19 (available in four scents).

14. A set of bath bombs or a handmade vegan soap set for turning the next bath time into a spa experience. Bluetooth speaker? Check. Candles? Check. Now, cue the bath bomb, add the soap, and soak it in.

Zaaina / Etsy

This bath bomb set includes nine bath bombs: (3) lavender, (2) lavender lemongrass, (2) rose, and (2) rosemary tea tree eucalyptus.

This bar soap set comes with eight soaps in: rose, lavender, rosemary tea tree, activated charcoal, dead sea mud, pomegranate, and grapefruit and calendula.

Founder and creator Purvi Desai grew up in India, surrounded by women who used their hands to create natural remedies in cooking, baking, cleaning, or making their own skincare products. Zaaina is inspired by those traditions and proven recipes creating natural and handcrafted soaps, bath bombs, candles, lip balms, face masks, and other bath and beauty products.

Promising review: "OK, I ordered these a while ago and finally got the chance to use one today...they are amazing! I used the rosemary one. It smells so good and leaves your skin feeling super moisturized. I will be buying again when my stash is gone. :-)" β€”Carrie Bina

Promising review: "I love this purchase! I was so pleased when I opened my package!! The packaging itself is beautiful! Each little soap is individually boxed with the ingredients and the name of the soap (kind of soap) on each box. They all smell amazing! I plan to purchase another box soon as a gift." β€”Sarah Schvaneveldt

Get it from Zaaina on Etsy for $49.99 for the bath bomb set and $24.99 for the bar soap set.

15. A romantically awkward or funny couples card with greetings that'll sum up exactly what you want to say to the recipient.

MyDarlinBK / Etsy

My Darlin BK is a Brooklyn-based shop selling greeting cards and paper goods for ~wise guys and sharp gals~.

Promising review: "The coolest card I've ever purchased. Extremely good customer service!! For sure coming back for every event in need of a cool card :) !" β€”Jovanna Adela Eve McEwen

Get it from MyDarlinBK on Etsy for $5.50 for the romantically awkward card and $5.50 for the funny couples card.

16. A pair of statement earrings just begging to be gifted to yourself. They'd go great with that new top you snagged from the thrift store last weekend. You know the one.

the earrings
HyworksLA / Etsy

Hyworks LA makes accessories that are simple and subtle with a modern design.

Promising review: "I now own three pairs of earrings and a necklace from Hyworks. All are stunning. I get so many compliments that I feel like I should be handing her business card out since people actively take out their phones to write down the website so they can get themselves a pair, too. Well done, Hyun, and thank you for creating such beauty that is complimentary and on trend yet timeless!" β€”Nadia Ammar

Get it from HyworksLA on Etsy for $69.

17. A rainbow shelf to house your newest plant baby. They're sure to thrive, growing under a rainbow.

the rainbow shelf with a plant on it
PineAndSprout / Etsy

Robbie Nakata is the artist behind Pine and Sprout, which makes handcrafted decor and practical items for your home.

Promising review: "Robbie was very easy to work with, and the product is very well made. I got a custom order, and he was very accommodating to what I wanted. I would highly recommend buying from him." β€”Justin Loo

Get it from PineAndSprout on Etsy for $45.

18. An initial keychain that'll help you locate your keys. I mean, who could miss this resin beauty while it's glistening on the coffee table as the natural light hits it.

resin keychains
NALYOfficials / Etsy

NALY Officials is an online shop based in Tampa, Florida that uses resin art to make handmade keychains and earrings.

Promising review: "Absolutely in love with my purchase. These resin customized key chains are perfect for gifting. I had no idea what resin is but the quality was very sturdy and a lot better than I expected. Ruth had awesome customer service and met all of my customization requests. The packaging is also super adorable! I will definitely be ordering more!" β€”Meredith Hang

Get it from NALYOfficials on Etsy for $12 (21 options).

19. A vegan everyday bag that's both a backpack and a shoulder bag and is sure to become your go-to bag. It comes in so many colorful combinations and is big enough to hold all of your essentials: laptop, keys, wallet, snacks.

the vegan everyday bag
Canopy Verde / Etsy

Canopy Verde is an online shop that sells trendy vegan backpacks, wallets, and other eco-friendly bags.

Promising review: "Absolutely my favorite purchase ever on Etsy! This bag is so well made and very chic. It's perfect for carrying my laptop and also my 15 different shades of pink lip balm. Thank you!" β€”Susie Lauterborn

Get it from Canopy Verde on Etsy for $179 (available in six color combinations).

20. A floral pouch to help organize your new handbag so you won't have to spend those 20 minutes a day searching for your nude matte lipstick that tends to always get lost in the abyss.

ClapClapDesign / Etsy

Mimi Kim is the artist behind Clap Clap, an online shop that sells vinyl stickers, cards, planners, and other paper goods.

Promising review: "Adorable and such great quality!!" β€”missleigh

Get it from ClapClapDesign on Etsy for $24.

21. An art print that celebrates your love and is a great gift to give but also one to keep for yourself. Or, a Himalayan recycled journal with daisies all over it that's sure to bloom creativity each time you write in it.

byAnnikaSarin / Etsy

Annika Sarin is the artist behind this online shop that breathes life and culture in a variety of paper goods including greeting cards, stationery, art prints, and journals.

Promising review: "Gorgeous, planet-friendly, powerful and moving cards for everyone β€” couldn’t love these more!" β€”Sarah

Get it from byAnnikaSarin on Etsy for $26 for the art print and $16 for the recycled journal.

22. A lip balm reviewers say feels amazing on their lips, and leaves them buttery smooth and ultra soft.

the lip balm
RFreshSoap / Etsy

Lip balm flavors include rose and geranium, chamomile and neroli, bergamot and sweet orange, peppermint and spearmint and simply naked.

RFreshSoap is an online shop that sells natural skincare including handcrafted soaps and balms.

Promising review: "Only lip balm I use now! Subtle and delicious smelling, creamy, and sheer. Love it!" β€”averbin

Get two from RFreshSoap on Etsy for $12.50.

You after spending the day shopping at all of these awesome Etsy shops:


The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

Want more cool recommendations from businesses owned by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders? Check out Cool Asian-Owned Businesses Our Readers Really Love!

Also, feel free to enjoy all of BuzzFeed's APAHM 2021 coverage!

graphic that says APAHM with different AAPI people all around it singing, protesting, and more
BuzzFeed / Kathy Hoang