Our Beginner's Guide to Gifting the Perfect Kimono Robe

It’s that time of the year again where we’re all searching for the perfect gift for the most important people in our lives. And the more we love someone, the more difficult it can be to find something that’s special, unexpected, and unique for them. Sometimes the closer we are to people, the harder it is to shop for them! But we know, whenever you start searching for the perfect kimono robe for that special someone on your list, it’s really easy to become overwhelmed with all the different kimono styles and different collections, materials, and colors. 


So in the spirit of the holiday season, we’re rounding up all the most popular questions we receive when someone is shopping with our kimono store for the first time. These are specifically questions that you may have if you have no idea of just where to begin. So our best suggestion is to take a look at these questions, follow the links in each answer for even more details, and then browse through all of our kimono styles for the piece that jumps out to you the most!

As you search for the perfect holiday gift, here are some answers to questions that may come up during your search:

Handpainted Silk Crane Kimono Robe
Photo by Maria Del Rio
Will this fit my gift recipient?

We won’t be able to tell you for sure if something will fit without your gift recipient’s exact measurements (chest/hips/height) in inches. Because every manufacturer’s sizing is different, it’s tough to say what might fit best based on numbered sizes or small/medium/large sizes, so the fit of our kimono robes will depend on their actual measurements. Most of our kimono robes come in one size fits most, with slightly different measurements depending on the style. Our Curve Collection with plus size kimono robes does offer a slightly larger size than the rest of our collection, but the length is not any longer than the rest of our kimono styles. You can check specific measurement details on each product page under 'SIZING' to give you the most accurate idea of fit. All of our maximum measurements in the ‘SIZING’ section account for the kimono style wrapping comfortably with about two inches of material on each side. If you want even more context beyond the exact measurement details, you can check out our model sizing guide so you can see a variety of plus size kimono robes, men’s kimono robes, and other kimono styles with their corresponding measurements for more information.

Blush Rose Kimono Robe
Photo by Maria Del Rio
What is the best kind of material to gift?

That’s a wonderful question! It definitely will depend on your gift recipient’s lifestyle. Our kimono store offers a variety of materials to suit everyone’s needs. Our Handpainted Silk Collection is handcrafted over 7 days from start to finish, the most labor intensive and delicate, it’s truly a work of art. Our Printed Silk Collection takes hand-sketched designs and prints them onto the exterior of the 100% Mulberry Silk. Our Washable Silk Collection is the best of both worlds — 100% silk plus the durability to launder it gently at home, as opposed to dry cleaning. And our Charmeuse Collection is a silk-alternative that has the luxuriousness and softness of silk, but utilizes a polyester fiber and charmeuse weave instead. You can see a full breakdown of all our collections here as well.

What grade of silk do you use?

All of our silk kimono robes (Handpainted, Printed, and Washable) are all 100% Mulberry Silk, which is Grade 6A and the highest quality.

What are the laundering instructions for my gift?

Our kimono styles vary in their laundering needs and you can see the laundering instructions on each product page in the bullet points. For extra instructions to help determine which kimono style might fit your gift recipient’s lifestyle needs the best, here are care instructions for our charmeuse kimono robes and wraps, our printed and handpainted silk kimono robes, and our washable silk kimono robes as well.

Peacock Feather Kimono Robe
Photo by @codyjansen
What kinds of kimono robes should I gift to the men in my life?

All the same rules apply to men and male-identifying gift recipients! While we don’t have specifically designed men’s kimono robes, many male customers love our pieces. Make sure to look at the sizing information on each page to see what works best for the man in your life. You can get inspired with our men’s kimono robe lookbook and read up on how we like to style men’s kimono robes as well.

Will you wrap my gift for me?

We are a small family business and a tiny team of ten folks, so unfortunately we don’t have the ability to wrap your gifts. However, we do have a couple of great options for you! If you’re sending the gift to your own house, you can purchase gift wrap supplies for all your kimono styles here so you can wrap your gifts and write personal notes to your gift recipients. If you’re sending your package to your gift recipient directly, all of our kimono robes are beautifully wrapped in a frosted bag or cloth bag and the packing slip leaves off the pricing information so it serves as a gift receipt. You are also free to add a free gift message to your recipient which will be included on the packing slip.

Can I send a gift card to my gift recipient?

We do have digital gift cards available! Once you’ve purchased the digital gift card, you’ll receive a branded KIM+ONO digital gift card in your email, then you can forward it to your gift recipient for them to redeem. Gift cards are digital and will be emailed after a short processing time. Kindly note, they are only redeemable online at kimandono.com and not available for use at our brick and mortar kimono store.

KIM+ONO Store
Photo by Delbarr Moradi
I’m in San Francisco, is there a difference between what you have available in your store and what’s online?

Come in and see us at our kimono store, lovely! While we do not carry the exact same items online as we do in our kimono store, you will be able to find a whole treasure trove of wonderful gifts in store! The kimono store has a wide variety of kimono styles including men’s kimono robes, plus size kimono robes, silks, charmeuse, and more; we also carry wellness goodies, books, candles, and lots of special gifts for the special loved one in your life. If you’re outside of San Francisco and can’t stop in, please email us hello@kimandono.com to ask about placing an order with our kimono store.

If I have questions about my order, who do I contact?

Please reach out to our customer service team at hello@kimandono.com with any questions about your order! Kindly note, it may take us up to 2-3 business days to respond to your inquiry. If there are any urgent messages, we do our best to prioritize those inquiries and get back to you as soon as possible. Our small team will be spending time with our families on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but we’ll be back at work the next business day and do our best to get back to you as soon as we can!

Ready to find the best gift for the most wonderful person on your list? Start here with all of our kimono styles and let us know if you have any questions!

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