In Buddhism, there are a number of items that go along with daily, or weekly, practice. Items such as zen bowls, mala, prayer wheels, and gongs are very popular. They not only look pretty to Westerners, but have actual uses within Buddhist religion. The zen bowls are used for a lot of different things, but their most popular use is with Tibetan Buddhist rituals and meditation. The mala are not just a fashion accessory, they are also used to keep track of reciting mantras by counting the beads.
In Westernized Buddhism, a lot of these items have kind of gone by the wayside. I believe that zen bowls are on the rise, but more with secular meditation practices. Mala beads are more of a fashion statement nowadays, prayer wheels are rarely seen unless you’re in a temple, and gongs are used in Yoga and/or meditation studios. And there’s nothing wrong with this. All religions adapt and evolve, it’s healthy. To be honest, a religion shouldn’t be based on it’s past traditions or fundamentals; it should be able to modernize and thrive with current conditions.