13 Unique Christmas Presents to Bring Home From Thailand

Photo of Kelly Iverson
5 June 2018

You do not need to visit a workshop in the North Pole filled with tiny elves to find the best items to fill up your stockings. Instead, head somewhere a bit more tropical – Thailand. The Land of Smiles is teeming with markets overflowing with trinkets, Thai treats, and tokens perfect for gifting to your friends and family.

Dried Bugs From 7/11

Edible insects can be found all over Thailand. From the bustling streets of Bangkok to markets in the north of Thailand, visitors will be paying the ฿10 fee to take photos of these creepy crawlers, making for a great social media post. That being said, travelers can also purchase edible bugs at most 7/11 stores around Thailand. Grab a bag to bring home to your friends and family to make for one strange stocking stuffer.

Bugs for sale off Yaowarat Road in Chinatown, Bangkok | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson


Beads, bracelets, buttons … oh my! Thailand has everything one needs to get crafty and create their own pieces of jewellery. While it is certainly still a nice gesture to purchase a ready-made piece for those friends of yours who are less than artsy, the beads and tools necessary for making jewellery are incredibly cheap in Thailand, and they make a great gift.

Beads in Chinatown, Bangkok | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson


In addition to items for creating jewelry, some of the best stocking stuffers are elegant, colorful pieces that have already been made. From bangles to rope bracelets, Thailand has a piece of jewelry to fit every style.

Sampeng Lane – Chinatown | © Jorge Láscar/Flickr

Dried Snacks

Thai cuisine has certainly made a name for itself around the world. While visitors can’t bring back a bowl of pad Thai to fill a stocking, dried food and snacks are the next best way for people to get a taste of Thailand without every having to set foot in the country. Sealed up tight and ready to eat, travelers do not have to worry about this food smelling up a suitcase of spilling out into a bag. Not only it is a relatively inexpensive gift, but friends and family will also love receiving such a unique souvenir from Thailand, regardless of whether or not they eat it.

Dried seafood off Yaowarat Road in Chinatown, Bangkok | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

Home Décor

While travelers hoping to purchase authentic Thai home décor will have to shop small, there are still plenty of petite pieces perfect for filling stockings at Christmas. Thai décor will spice up the interior of any home, and pieces are unique and often handmade.

Thai souvenir | © bomei615/Pixabay


Thais will primarily eat with chopsticks or a spoon. It is not customary for Thais to eat with a fork, and some may be confused by those foreigners who do choose to eat with one. With that in mind, there are plenty of places to get beautiful, seemingly handcrafted sets of chopsticks. They are light, easily transported, and make for perfect stocking stuffers.

From Thailand With Love | © Johnny Silvercloud/Flickr

Carved Soap

One art form seemingly specific to Southeast Asia and Thailand is the immense number of shops selling detailed, carved soap. Visitors will be able to find soap carved to look like many different, sometimes strange things. Whoever you are shopping for, carved soap is a doable, thoughtful gift, as it is both small, light, and perfect for packing in a suitcase.

Soap flowers | © Joel Ormsby/Flickr

Novelty Keychains

This may seem like a strange purchase, but the Land of Smiles is crawling with these adorable, sometimes frightening keychains. Some are in the shape of dolls, while others depict Pokemon characters. Regardless of your style, these will certainly get a smile or two out of whoever pulls these adorable keychains out of their stocking.

Keychains | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

Tea Cups

These small, intricately designed teacups are perfect stocking stuffers. Each can be bought individually, or in a set along with a miniature kettle. Although they are fragile, most vendors do a good job of wrapping up breakable items for those who request it, and they are incredibly small and easy to transport.

Teacups for sale on Yaowarat Road in Chinatown, Bangkok | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson


There are a million and one different trinkets that travelers will have to sort through when finding the best ones for the people on their stocking stuffer list. Not all trinkets are created equal, however. Be sure to check for quality before purchasing a handful.

Trinkets for sale on Yaowarat Road in Chinatown, Bangkok | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

Dried Durian

Durian is the world’s smelliest fruit. From sweaty socks to garbage, it has been compared to more than a handful of seemingly disgusting smelling items. For some reason, however, many people thoroughly enjoy eating it. Surprise your friends and family with a bagful of dried durian. You can find it at many grocery stores around Thailand.

Dried durian in Thailand | © Martin Lewison/Flickr

Thai Silk Scarves

Regardless of the holiday season, silk is one of the most sought after items by visitors to Thailand. The country competes with both Vietnam and China for having some of the best silk, however, it still remains a top contender for both quality and beauty.

Thai silk scarves | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson


From fake designer brands to handcrafted wallets from the north of Thailand, there are plenty of options for this particular stocking stuffer. The best way to make this gift creative and thoughtful is to put some Thai baht inside of the wallet.