If someone loves sushi, chances are they really love sushi. That sushi love is maybe even more than an appreciation of spicy tuna or fresh salmon, but rather the craft of sushi itself.
Sushi is something of an art and a science, and it’s also delicious. But the country has been in various levels of lockdown for much of this year, meaning the freedom to visit a local sushi spot may have become more fantasy than reality.
A great gift for a sushi lover is to bring that sushi into their own home, with all the ingredients and tools necessary to make it themselves. And, of course, some cute sushi-inspired gifts may be fun to throw in along the way!
Global Grub DIY Sushi Kit
Just add your fish! This fabulous sushi kit ($28) is the ultimate gift for the sushi lover. Inside is everything needed to make up to four dozen pieces of sushi, from the sushi rice, nori, and rice vinegar powder to sesame seeds, wasabi powder, rolling mat, and instructions. Just add your proteins and other fix-ins like avocado or cucumber and dinner will be ready in minutes!
PureFish The Rainbow Box
Of course, a big part of making or eating sushi is the fish. This box ($225) of fresh fish was, appropriately, named after the beloved sushi rainbow roll and includes a total of 16 portions of various fish and shellfish, from Ahi tuna and sustainable salmon to shrimp and scallops. This will provide lots of sushi-making options, but also would work great in a pan or on a grill.
Takamura HSPS Gyuto Knife
“When it comes to gifts for sushi-lovers, there could be no better gift than a Japanese knife,” said Kevin Takarada, Founder of innovative fast-casual sushi restaurant MakiMaki, “I use solely Japanese knives in my sashimi and sushi-making due to their precision and ability to hold a strong edge, but these knives are also very useful in everyday cooking,” A great all-purpose Japanese knife would be the Gyuto, such as this one ($160) from Takamura, as they are thinner and can hold a sharp edge longer. “It is the ultimate tool for any sushi-lover, as it can be used for meat, fish and vegetables. I often recommend the Takamura brand as their knives are reliable, easy to maintain, and priced reasonably,” said Takarada.
MOMA Design Store Rainbow Chopsticks
Perhaps a takeout sushi order wouldn’t get chopsticks quite this fancy, but that’s part of the fun with creating a home version of a takeout favorite! This set includes twelve pairs of reusable wooden chopsticks ($39) in beautiful shades of the rainbow, and is ideal if a group is sharing a sushi dinner together. There’ll be no doubt which set of chopsticks belongs to each person dining!
Style Union Home Benny Plate
This perfect sushi dish ($125) is undeniably elegant. It has a holder for chopsticks and two dipping receptacles that can be used for soy sauce, ponzu, ginger or other dipping sauces. It screams beautiful presentation, before the rolls even are placed on the plate!
Terrapin Ridge Farms Hot Wasabi Garnishing Squeeze
Wasabi is a big part of sushi, but it’s also great for garnishing everything from a poke bowl to a tuna steak. This specialty sauce ($6.50) is the perfect balance of wasabi kick and flavor and it is perfect keeping in the pantry for whenever sushi is on the table.
Posh Puppy Boutique Shrimp Sushi Toy
Puppies may not be able to put in their own sushi order, but that doesn’t mean they can’t play along! This shrimp sushi toy ($16) will be tons of fun – and even has dental benefits!
Washabi Sushi Sponges
Maybe no one is going to eat a sponge (we’d hope) but a sushi fan may enjoy having some pretty sushi-inspired sponges in their kitchen. Each set of 3 ($8) includes a shrimp, tuna, and tamago sponge.
Lundberg Family Farms California Sushi Rice
This classic Japanese style short grain is grown especially for sushi! (But don’t let that limit its use!) The type of rice you use in sushi does matter. Using rice that is specifically designated as sushi rice ($6) means it has just the right amount of stickiness for sushi.
Zojirushi 10-Cup Rice Cooker
Sushi is not really sushi without rice, right? This powerful rice cooker ($200) can make up to ten cups of rice at a time, but it can also do some powerful steaming for your porridge, cakes and more.
Momofuku Soy Sauce & Tamari Set
Soy sauce can be found at nearly any grocery store, but a holiday gift deserves something a bit more special. This set ($20) is restaurant-grade soy sauce and Tamari created in collaboration with celebrity chef David Chang, founder of Momofuku. Made with organic ingredients and are steeped with kombu, these sauces will have tons of flavor when paired with sushi, or in cooking.
gimMe Snacks Sushi Nori Sheets
Staying in and making sushi is lots of fun, but you need some Nori to make it happen. GimMe Snacks’ Sushi Nori Sheets ($5) are just like what can be found in the restaurant and made from organic seaweed needed for everything from maki to hand rolls. Just cook your rice, spread a layer onto the sheet, and flatten. Then place all your fish or veggies onto the rice and roll up tightly and slice. Dinner is served!
Demeter Sushi Fragrance Cologne Spray
Perhaps not the gift the sushi lover would expect, but one that is sure to make them laugh. Don’t worry, this fragrance ($24) does not smell like fish, but rather sticky rice and seaside seaweed, along with hints of ginger and lemon. A perfect stocker stuffer idea for anyone who loves all things sushi!
Old World Christmas Ornaments Sushi Roll Glass Blown Ornaments
The sushi lover may just want to pay tribute to their favorite food on their holiday tree. This beautiful glass ornament ($11) is inspired by a sushi roll!
Bedhead Pajamas Sushi Long Sleeve Classic Stretch Jersey PJ Set
There’s a lot that’s not to like about this year and this particular holiday season, but one thing to appreciate is that many can wear their favorite PJs all day long. There’s no reason they can’t be comfortable while enjoying their sushi at home. If they truly love sushi, why not eat some in matching PJs? These warm and cozy PJs ($120) are comfortable and perfect for a night in (with sushi, of course!).