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Gift Ideas for Every Interest

  • Date01/18/2021
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Gift Ideas for Every
Interest

Whether you like shopping or not, it’s a key part of every trip. You’re going to want small mementos of your experience, as well as gifts for friends and family back home. From K-pop to traditional - no matter the interests of the person you are shopping for, you’re sure to find the perfect gift on this list!

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01
Interest: Culture
  • Traditional souvenirs available in Insa-dong

  • Traditional souvenirs available in Insa-dong

  • Traditional souvenirs available in Insa-dong

Traditional souvenirs are some of the easiest items to buy when visiting a new country. In Korea, you can find many shops selling traditional and cultural items in Insa-dong. The main street is lined with individual shops, or you can visit one of the cultural complexes like Ssamzigil or Anyoung Insadong to see a wide variety of items. Popular souvenirs include nail clipper sets, gat (traditional hat), mother-of-pearl inlaid mirrors, folding fans, and the smiling Hahoe tal (masks). The area also has hands-on experience programs, such as making a paper doll with hanji (traditional Korean paper), or your very own name stamp, with your name written in Hangeul, the Korean alphabet.

Information

Major retailers
Insa-dong shops – Ssamzigil, Anyoung Insadong, Insa-dong National Souvenir Center, etc.
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02
Interest: Hallyu
  • K-pop merchandise

  • K-pop merchandise

  • K-pop merchandise

K-pop goods are the perfect gift for any hallyu-lovers in your life! Of course, many items are also available for sale online, in-person shops have a lot more limited edition items, such as things used by k-pop stars, or signed merchandise. K-pop stores can be divided into general shops that sell items from a multitude of artists, and specialized shops that focus on just one artist. You can easily find albums, photo books, cheer sticks, and more from nearly every artist and group at WithDrama Myeong-dong Palette Store. The shop is filled with digital content such as music, videos, photos, and live recordings as well. For specialized shops, head to SMTOWN & STORE or YG PLACE. Don’t forget to check for pop-up store schedules and make reservations in advance if necessary!

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Major retailers
WithDrama Myeong-dong Palette Store, SMTOWN & STORE, YG PLACE, etc.
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03
Interest: Fashion
  • Hanbok (Credit: Daily Han)

Due to globalization, you can find pretty much the same fashion styles anywhere you go in the world. For a truly unique and Korean fashion gift, check out hanbok. While not many situations lend themselves to the wearing of traditional hanbok, modern hanbok and hanbok inspired designs can be worn any time. If you can’t make it to a hanbok shop in person, you can also shop online! Many hanbok boutiques offer foreign language translations on their websites as well as international shipping. Some brands are even available on online shopping malls like G-market. If the person you’re shopping for also is a fan of hallyu, search for brands worn by idols like BTS and Lee Hyo-ri.

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Major retailers
Zijangsa, Daily Han, Danha, etc.
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Inssa KOREA - Hanbok
04
Interest: Coffee
  • Starbucks merchandise – Korea Heritage Collection & Tour tumbler

  • Starbucks merchandise – Korea Heritage Collection & Tour tumbler

  • Starbucks merchandise – Korea Heritage Collection & Tour tumbler

Run-of-the-mill coffee chains can also be a great source of souvenirs! Starbucks, for example, offers a special Korea Heritage Collection, only available in Korea. Items include mugs with traditional designs like the Bukcheong Sajanoreum or one shaped like a traditional Korean porcelain jar. You can also pick up tumblers with designs matching major cities in Korea, such as Busan, Ulsan, and Daegu. Be sure to check their limited edition seasonal items as well, changing every year.

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Major retailers
Starbucks, A Twosome Place, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Hollys Coffee, etc.
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05
Interest: Cooking
  • Electronic rice cookers

One of the best gifts you can give someone who loves to cook is a new kitchen appliance. From Korea, one of the best appliances you can buy is an electronic rice cooker. They are highly rated in Asian countries for making great tasting rice. They can also do more than just cook rice; they can be used to make many different foods and meals. Many brands can also be set up to provide audio support in English, Japanese, or Chinese.

Information

Major retailers
Lotte Hi-mart, Samseong Digital Plaza, LG Best Shop, electronics section of supermarkets, duty free shops, etc.
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06
Interest: Self-care
  • Sheet mask packs

  • Sheet mask packs

  • Sheet mask shop

Sheet mask packs are a great gift for many reasons. They’re small enough to fit in tight suitcases, cheap enough to stay within budget, and are super powerful at moisturizing one’s skin. Most sheet masks cost around 1,000 won each, and can come in a variety of types, from funny animal faces to focused areas. Many cosmetic companies run discount events throughout the year, offering amazing deals on large purchases. Korean sheet masks have become so popular, there are even stores that focus solely on selling these products.

Information

Major retailers
Olive Young, LOHB’s, Lalavla, Etude House, Nature Republic, Innisfree, It’s Skin, Missha, The Face Shop, The Saem, All Mask Story, etc.
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07
Interest: Make-up
  • Korean cosmetics

Anyone interested in beauty and make-up will be able to name a few Korean products and brands on command. K-beauty products are top of the line, offering state-of-the-art packaging at a great price. Some must-have items for any make-up enthusiast include cushions and eye shadow palettes. Cushion foundation was invented in Korea, and is key in creating the natural, dewy cover that is the base for K-beauty make-up. Cushions come in a few different shades, and you can also buy refills of the foundation and cushion to continue using the cushion case long after your time in Korea. Eye shadow palettes offer a nice compilation of pressed powder eye shadow in complementary shades. For a super natural look, pick a palette with many shades of beige.

Information

Major retailers
Olive Young, LOHB’s, Lalavla, Etude House, Nature Republic, Innisfree, It’s Skin, Missha, The Face Shop, The Saem, etc.
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08
Interest: Comfort
  • Lingerie store in an underground shopping mall

The word comfort doesn’t always come to mind when one thinks of lingerie, but that is exactly what you can find at lingerie stores in Korean’s underground shopping malls. These shops offer typical underwear items, as well as loungewear, all at low prices! Pick up some thin cooling pajamas for someone who is always hot, or fuzzy microfiber pajama pants for someone who is cold. These pants, referred to as “sleeping pants” in Korea, are particularly great, as Korea is one of the world’s best producers of microfiber.

Information

Major retailers
dAb, Yes, Solb, Vivian, BYC, Codes Combine, Aimerfeel, etc.
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