The Jakarta Post
Christmas gift ideas for your international friends (Shutterstock/File)
As Christmas approaches, Secret Santa gift exchange traditions are ever present. It can be quite a task to find a gift for a international friend, colleague or boss, as the ideal present should reflect the local culture.
The Jakarta Post has compiled five local gift ideas that match this criteria.
Oriental Java Tekoan by Arya Pandjalu
In some cultures, drinking tea has become a way of life. Available at bobobobo.com, this stoneware Oriental Java Tekoan by Arya Pandjalu can be used to serve English breakfast tea, Japanese green tea or exotic Indian Assam tea.
Oriental Java Tekoan by Arya Pandjalu (Bobobobo.com/File)
17,000 Islands of Imagination
When it comes to exchanging gifts, books are always a safe bet. Although your friends may not be voracious readers, the aerial photographs 17,000 Islands of Imagination would give them a better understanding about Indonesia.
Sejauh Mata Memandang
It is always risky to give clothes to your friends, as you need to know their sizes. This Sejauh Mata Memandang coat will save you from the size conundrum. Available exclusively at Zalora Indonesia, the coat uses batik techniques, which reflect the local culture.
Clutch by Lungsin
Similar to books, clutches are always a good idea for gift exchanges. Combining western designs and traditional handwoven textiles, the clutch from Lungsin has a touch of Indonesia.
Sangkut camera strap
As a visitor in a foreign country, be it for work or leisure, your international friend probably owns a camera. This camera strap from Noesa allows your friend to bid goodbye to the boring black camera strap. Made from natural dye and weaving in Flores, the Sangkut strap is unique and striking. (asw)
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