5 Gift Ideas for the Hardest to Shop For Folks on Your List

The holidays are here, lovely! And while this is a time of great joy and excitement, we’d be lying if we ignored the fact that it can also get a little bit stressful. With so many people to shop for, and trying to reinvent the wheel with new gifts each year, buying holiday gifts for your loved ones can turn into a chore instead of something that should be fun. But at KIM+ONO, gift giving is our specialty. In fact, between the symbolism of our kimono robes, the history and heritage behind their craftsmanship, and the message of women’s empowerment that our co-founders, sisters Tiffany and Renee Tam, put into every inch of their business, a beautiful kimono robe for the one you love is an easy homerun.


Whether your daughter has been subtly hinting at her favorite kimono robe (i.e.: Perhaps you’re getting tagged in some of our posts with a gentle wink emoji!) or you are making this gift the ultimate surprise for your best friend who never shops for herself, there are multiple ways to give a little luxury this holiday season. So today in the journal, we’re helping you pick out the best choices for the hardest to shop for folks on your list. For the ones who have everything and the ones who want nothing, there are special gifts to wrap your loved ones up in a little love each time they slip into the silk or charmeuse kimono cardigan you’ve thoughtfully chosen just for them. Here’s our round up of kimono robe gift ideas for hard-to-shop-for folks:

Handpainted Silk Cherry Blossom Kimono Robe
Photo by Stephanie Russo
A Women’s Kimono Robe for the Absolute Hardest Person to Shop For

When it comes to the absolute, hardest person to shop for on your list, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful handpainted women’s kimono robe for the holiday. That’s because each of these pieces is handcrafted with heritage and uniquely one of a kind. We’ve taken the inspiration of vintage Asian art and traditional symbolism to design these modern kimono patterns for the modern woman. On beautiful, luxuriously soft silk, our artisans hand paint each and every cherry blossom so each piece is truly one of a kind, just like her. There are no two pieces that are alike, so you know your loved one won’t have this in their closet. Whether they dress it up or only wear it around the house, it’s that little bit of luxury and a work of wearable art.

Silk Keina Kimono Robe
Photo by Maria Del Rio
A Pink Kimono Robe for Someone Who Always Shops for Herself

Sometimes it’s extremely difficult to buy a gift for someone who always shops for themselves. They might see something online and scoop it up before you have a chance to gift it to them. If that’s the case, pick one of our pink kimono robes which is a beautiful, neutral, yet feminine color on every skin type. With space between each design, the Silk Keina Kimono Robe offers a subtle sweetness in each and every floral sketch. It’s the perfect piece to layer as a lightweight kimono cardigan, or for your practical purchaser to wear exclusively during her nightly skincare routine. However she slips into her pink kimono robe, the soft silk will give her the feeling of luxury she deserves.

Coral Chrysanthemum Kimono Robe
Photo by Delbarr Moradi
A Fan Favorite Women’s Kimono Cardigan for the Friend Who Has Everything

This gorgeous kimono cardigan is one of our top sellers and for good reason. This unique and beautiful design is perfect for your friend who is constantly hopping on the latest trends. This kimono pattern features chrysanthemums, which have traditionally symbolized longevity, fidelity, joy, and optimism. Inspired by ancient artistic principles of depth and balance, the chrysanthemums fade in and out of focus, creating the illusion of layers and bringing a modern sensibility to ancient artistic techniques. All of this is delicately printed onto our charmeuse material, which is a soft polyester blend that is just as smooth as silk, but easy to wash on the delicate cycle. That makes this piece a beautiful addition to any wardrobe.

Azumi Kimono Wrap
Photo by Stephanie Russo
A Black Kimono Wrap for Your Friend Who’s Far Away

One of our favorite things about these pieces is how their history can be translated effortlessly into modern day. Historically, traditional Japanese kimono were created with luxurious fabrics but versatile enough to work as an everyday garment. That’s exactly the beauty of our charmeuse kimono wraps. And when you’re gifting a friend who’s far away (along with her closet) and you’re not sure what she typically wears, you can be sure that the velvet trim allows her to wear this effortlessly inside or outside her home, making it a versatile piece that works with her whole wardrobe. You can wear these floral creations as a kimono jacket over jeans, a maxi kimono wrap to pair with a dress, or simply a piece to lounge in around the house in while you’re getting ready for a night out. 

Handpainted Silk Crane Kimono Robe
Photo by Stephanie Russo
A Silk Kimono Robe for the Loved One Who “Doesn’t Want Anything”

When people say they don’t want anything, they typically just don’t know what they want! And if the special people on your list don’t know what they want, then perhaps they haven’t yet considered silk. This silk kimono cardigan is a perfect match for the person who couldn’t imagine what she’d like for the holiday. The Handpainted Silk Crane Kimono Robe is part of our Handpainted Collection, where each piece takes seven days to create. From the first hand sketch, to the rich saturation of watercolors on the silk, a handpainted piece like this one brings art to life through each brushstroke. The crane, symbolizing good fortune and longevity, brings a deep meaning to the piece; and the softness of the silk brings a little bit of luxury into an everyday piece. Whether hanging on her wall or draped across her shoulders, it will make your gift recipient feel like a goddess in this delicate and sophisticated piece of wearable art.

Whoever you’re shopping for this holiday season, a gorgeous silk women’s kimono robe or charmeuse kimono wrap is just the treat to make them feel as beautiful as they truly are. Each and every piece is symbolic and special, an expression of heritage and history. Designed by two sisters in San Francisco, and created by artisans with craftsmanship and technique, each piece brings a unique feel to the wearer that makes your holiday gifts stand out as an amazing way to say “Happy Holidays!”

2 comments

Hi Paula! Thank you so much for offering your feedback, and we’re thrilled that you’re enjoying your gift!. We are currently testing pockets to see how they stand up with the variety of materials, so keep an eye on our newsletter for future announcements!

Courtney December 29, 2021

My husband gave me a beautiful Kim+Ono robe for Christmas (we opened early). I would love to leave feedback. It’s a beautiful short pink and dark grey silk robe. The length is perfect. I am 5’1”, and it hits right at the knee. The colors are perfect with my skin tone. I would only ask for pockets.

Paula Thornton December 29, 2021

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