It’s not Goodbye, it’s Zaijian! (Part II)

By Krystal S.

 

This time of year may bring the end of more journeys as some families decide to return home for good. Whether for yourself or those close family friends that are starting a new adventure in another part of the world, we have compiled another great list of farewell gifts. So dry those tears, and get scrolling because its not goodbye, but zaijian!

If you’re more of a small token or knick-knack type of gift giver, then the items below will get you started in the right direction.

Be sure to also check out part one for more great ideas and to support local expat business owners.

 

Memorable Tokens

 

These dramatic placemats will add some colour and culture to any dinner or coffee table.

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中国风凤凰补子刺绣茶垫

 

Let these Shanghai landmarks and Chinese icons fill your display cabinets.

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手绘小瓷版画东方明珠

 

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中国风特色手绘杯垫锅垫画

 

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欧式复古手绘陶瓷杯垫锅垫

 

Doing your makeup will never be the same- you’ll see yourself in a whole new light.

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京剧脸谱古典贵妃镜子

 

These beautiful qipaos for children and Chinese style jackets will work for any occasion in the future!

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延禧同款中国风旗袍童裙

 

Fill this beautiful notebook with good thoughts, well wishes, and tear inducing zaijian letters that I’m sure will be cherished forever.

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中国风云锦笔记本

 

Be sure they never forget Chinese culture with these paper-cut bookmarks.

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剪纸书签中国风特色纪念

 

These textiles will make a beautiful table cloth, bed cover, or can even be hung on the wall.

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新中式桌旗

 

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新中式电视柜台布盖布

 

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新中式茶几台布复古

 

Here’s a funky way to keep the Chinese culture alive once you leave – these colorful lion head pillows are fun and cuddly!

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欢喜国风复古古风狮子靠垫

 

There will be a million uses for this cute bag and a great souvenir of someone’s time spent in the land of xiaolongbaos.

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小笼包收纳可爱礼品零钱包

 

Tea & Kitchen Items

 

Your friends will definitely feel nostalgic (and get some weird stares) sipping their favourite beverage out of this xiaolongbao mug.

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上海小笼包马克杯吸管杯

 

Enjoy that morning coffee like the true Emperor and Empress you are!

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故宫龙凤杯

 

Show off your tea knowledge and skills with this beautiful 15 piece set.

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景德镇青瓷冰裂釉茶具礼盒

 

This set would make a great gift for that new boss or landlord.

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文创故宫礼品定制

 

These beautifully painted bowls are available in different patterns and can be used in a variety of ways, turning your next get together into a cultural excursion.

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青花瓷陶瓷斗笠杯6只装

 

It’s hard enough learning how to properly use chopsticks, so don’t let your friends lose their hard earned skills (and bragging rights). These colourful patterns will add some Eastern flare to any utensil drawer.

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荼锦五入木筷礼盒

 

Or go with this plain black set with a twist.

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十二生肖合金筷子

 

Nothing says class like monogrammed eating utensils.

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创意字母进口实木筷子

 

Memories

 

Whatever the occasion, commemorate special dates in your friends’ lives by giving them this amazing piece of Chinese history. Let them discover what else happened on those days that mean so much to them.

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生日报纸出生当天的原版

 

With a variety of scenes to choose from these are a perfect gift for that special group of friends. You can even fit up to 10 people in one scene. They are small, so get one they can keep close, or more for an entire photo wall.

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照片定制立体相框全家福

 

A cultural take on the traditional family portrait.

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肖像剪纸人像

 

A fun and stylish poster of the Shanghai Metro Line or aerial view of the city will make a great focal piece.

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定制城市地图挂画彩色线条北欧

 

Another piece which won’t fit in a suitcase but a standout, these versatile chinese garden stools will make a great addition and lovely memory of someone’s time in Shanghai. Use it as a stool, side table or just decorative piece! There are endless colors and designs to choose from!

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陶瓷鼓凳镂空仿古椅圆凳

 

Arts and Crafts

 

Moving around the globe is hard enough, but with the added stress of quarantine and grumpy homesick kids you may need to spice things up a bit to make it through those dark days. Here are some DIY items that will not only keep your hands and minds busy, but could also make great décor for your new home.

With the number of puzzle pieces ranging from 100 to 300+ there is something for both younger and older kids. Adding a simple frame will make these whimsical pieces pop on any wall.

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民俗传统艺术拼图

 

Crafts such as origami have been a childhood pass time for many, and these 3D creations put a new spin on just how fun a simple piece of paper can be.

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醒狮纸模diy手作

 

Unleash your inner designer.

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儿童不织布手工diy材料包

 

A great item for that crafty friend we all have and love.

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苏苏姐家祈谷包

 

Get the whole zodiac collection or select a few images that mean a lot to you.

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绣绷画无纺布DIY材料包

 

Take those ancient structures and iconic symbols of the Middle Kingdom back home in miniature form.

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木质3d立体拼图天安门

 

From keychain-sized warriors, to large statues to DIY digging sets, there are lots of different ways to incorporate terracotta soldiers in your goodbye gift.

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兵马俑考古挖掘玩具 手工diy

 

Maybe you never got the chance to learn a traditional instrument, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have one at home.

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乐器模型中国风填涂色玩具

 

Depending on airline regulations this may be a little hard to travel with (as some paints are flammable), but if possible to send, these paint by number kits would be a beautiful way to pass the time and reminisce on fond memories.

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数字油画古风水墨手工填色

 

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数字油画国潮手绘动漫画

 

Saying farewell is hard enough, especially with the option of traveling abroad currently taken off the table for many of us. We hope this list of quirky, heartfelt, and entertaining gifts will lift your spirits until you can say ‘nihao’ once again.

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