If you're going to a birthday party or baby shower, chances are, you're on the lookout for the perfect gift. Our editors at Evite compiled a list of amazing Asian- and Pacific Islander-owned businesses and authors to support now and forever! Here are our favorite gift ideas for you to consider for your next birthday party or baby shower (they’re all available at Amazon to make gifting them even easier).
Gifts for her/him/anyone:
Award-winning Vietnamese robusta and arabica coffee from Nguyen Coffee Supply. This woman-owned business has been on a mission to raise the profile of Vietnam’s famed robusta bean and create new opportunities for both coffee farmers and consumers. Our fave: Truegrit Whole Peaberry Robusta Coffee Bean
Hand-poured, high-quality soy blend wax candles made with phthalate-free fragrance and essential oils from Trail575. (They even come with haikus to match their inspiration!) Our fave: Big Sur (Sea Salt, Fir, Cedar)
Versatile and eye-catching handcrafted Hawaiian jewelry from Kahili Creations. Our fave: Tiny Sterling Silver Pineapple and Pearl Drop Earrings
Gifts for baby showers:
Quite possibly the cutest teethers, pacifier-holders, swaddles and bibs ever from Loulou Lollipop. Our fave: We couldn’t pick, so we have three! Silicone Taco Teether, Llama Silicone Teether and Safari Jungle Muslin Swaddle
Eco-friendly, Cradle to Cradle Certified®, refillable surface cleaners and soaps from Blueland. Our fave: Multisurface All-Purpose Cleaning Spray Bottle with 4 Refill Tablets
Books for kids’ birthdays:
“Emma Ren: Robot Engineer” by Jenny Lu: A story about a young girl who wants to build a battle robot for a class competition? We (and tons of readers on Amazon) love it! If you have a child who is interested in STEM, we think they’ll love this story (and the illustrations by George Sweetland) too. Reading age: 4–8 years.
“Priya Dreams of Marigolds & Masala” by Meenal Patel: Truly a feast for the senses, this descriptive book details Priya’s connection to her Indian heritage and celebrates the bond between grandparents and grandchildren. Reading age: 5–6.
“A Different Pond” by Bao Phi: Dreamlike art by Thi Bui enhances this highly acclaimed story of a boy (Bao) and his father waking up early to go fishing—not for recreation, but for food. Reading age: 6–8 years.
“Chirri & Chirra” by Kaya Doi: The first book of the “Chirri & Chirra” series, this sweet story introduces these two little girls and their adventures to the world. The artwork is beyond charming—think classic illustrations with a fresh, modern feel. Reading age: 3–8 years.
“Eyes That Kiss in the Corners” by Joanna Ho: A New York Times bestseller and multiple award winner, this book (illustrated by Dung Ho) beautifully conveys a story about recognizing your own beauty and celebrating your heritage. Reading age: 4–8 years.
“Drawn Together” by Minh Lê: Illustrated by Dan Santat, this book proves that the language of art and storytelling can transcend any linguistic language. Reading age: 3–5 years.
“Sparkles of Joy: A Children’s Book that Celebrates Diversity and Inclusion” by Aditi Wardhan Singh: Remember learning about other cultures' holidays when you were little? This is that but in fun book-form! There’s even an Activity Book (sold separately) by the same author to motivate kids to learn more. Reading age: 4–8 years.
“The Green Frogs: A Korean Folktale” by Yumi Heo: If your kids love old-fashioned fairy tales, this wonderfully vivid retelling of a classic Korean fairy tale is bound to captive them. Reading age: 4–7 years.
“Sumo Joe” by Mia Wenjen: When your little sister wants to join you and your friends at sumo wrestling, what do you do? That’s just what Sumo Joe must decide in this delightful story, illustrated by Nat Iwata. Reading age: 4–7 years.
“A Children’s Book of Poems” by Gyo Fujikawa: Lovingly (and inclusively) illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa, this book contains a compilation of well-known poems from a variety of writers and is an enjoyable way to introduce children to the world of poetry. Reading age: 3–7 years.
“Wallpaper” by Thao Lam: This nearly wordless picture book allows the reader’s imagination and Thao Lam’s striking collage style to tell the story of a shy girl’s imaginary adventure. Reading age: 4–7 years.
“You Are My Magical Unicorn” by Joyce Wan: Babies love board books, and this adorable one about a magical, encouraging unicorn is sure to become a classic in your home. (BTW, Joyce Wan has tons of great kids’ books if a unicorn isn't what you're looking for.) Reading age: Baby–2 years.
“A Gift for Amma: Market Day in India” by Meera Sriram: Colorful, vibrant art from Mariona Cabassa pairs perfectly with Meera Sriram’s joyous descriptions of the wonders of an Indian market. Reading age: 4–8 years.
“Under My Hijab” by Hena Khan: Illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel, this story of a little girl observing how six different women in her life wear their hijabs also offers important insights into when and why Muslim women choose to wear them (or not). Reading age: 4–7 years.
“Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas” by Natasha Yim: Basically, this is a retelling of the classic Goldilocks story (with illustrations by Grace Zong), but set during Chinese New Year and featuring pandas. One of our favorite things about it (spoiler alert) is that Goldy Luck has a conscience and learns a lesson without being eaten. Reading age: 4–8 years.
“Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom” by Teresa Robeson: The title of this book pretty much tells you what it’s about, and it does not disappoint. Rebecca Huang’s unique mixed media artwork accompanies this remarkable story perfectly. Reading age: 4 years & up.
“My First Day” by Phung Nguyen Quang & Huynh Kim Lien: You can’t talk about this book without mentioning the stunning illustrations (every page is a work of art). But the story of a Vietnamese boy off on a journey down a great river is incredible all on its own. Reading age: 4–8 years.
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