Ultimate Guide To 25 Traditional Korean Gifts

With K-Pop, K-Drama, and K-culture being oh-so-popular nowadays, more people than ever have fallen in love with Korean products! But traditional Korean gifts are not easy to find.

We’ve done the heavy lifting for you and found some wonderful Korean gifts for you to consider. The traditional Korean gifts on this list embody the unique Korean spirit that will make your gift extra special. In addition to the actual gift, you can also get beautiful authentic Korean bojagi cloths to wrap your gifts. Your friends and family will be delighted and curious to learn more.

Here are 25 awesome choices for traditional Korean gifs from premium Korean green tea to a high-end LED facial mask with various price ranges!

1. Set of 5 Korean Coasters with Traditional Bojagi Design, $15

KOREA TRADITIONAL DESIGN – The coaster made of ramie is a luxurious material and is especially popular with Koreans. Set of 5 Unique Color Combinations

2. OSULLOC Premium Tea Bag Collection, 60 Count with gift bag & Thankyou card, $47

Osulloc was founded in 1979 on Jeju Island and since then, they have been producing the highest quality teas in Korea, probably in the world. They are best known for Jeju pure green tea and your friends will definitely love this flavor. In addition, there are 2 more flavors that are also uniquely from Jeju Island and you will experience Jeju with each sip of those teas.

3. Yoon Ji-Young Traditional Korean Gifts Set (Soybean Paste, Hot Red Pepper Paste, and Soy Sauce), $78

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Yoon Ji-Young is one of the esteemed Korean food manufacturers that have been producing Korean traditional pastes and soy sauce for four generations. Their first-rate Doenjang (Korean traditional soybean paste), Gochujang (Korean traditional hot red pepper paste), and Ganjang (Korean traditional soy sauce) are fermented for more than 1 year with Yoon Ji-Young‘s family traditional technique. These three things are among the essential ingredients for Korean cuisine and it is the perfect traditional Korean gifts to your friends who you want to introduce to the wonder of Korean cooking.

4. Korean Premium Traditional Handmade Tableware, $360

Another gift idea for your parents or anyone who enjoys cooking Korean food at home is a traditional brassware dining set. While on the pricier side, this premium brass set of plates, bowls, and utensils will upgrade your dinner table to emulate tableware for the royal families of Korean dynasties in the past.

5. CheongKwanJang [Hong Sam Won, Korean Red Ginseng] – 50ml per Pouch (20 Pouches), $22 (As seen in Korean Dramas!)

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Korean ginseng is an herb that has been uniquely cultivated by Korean people for over 4000 years and is considered to be the best quality and most sought-out ginseng above all other ginsengs in the world. It has so many health benefits such as boosting the immune system, giving energy, increasing mental alertness, promoting blood circulation and list goes on.

CheongKwanJang is the most renowned Korean red ginseng manufacturer globally and has been producing the best red ginseng products since 1899. Hong Sam Won is their red ginseng drink product with cinnamon, ginger, and jujube fruit extract. It is the perfect introduction to the Korean well-being lifestyle for your friends who want an energy boost daily and a better immune system during this pandemic.

6. Personalized Korean Alphabet Necklace, $28+

These personalized Korean alphabet necklaces will make lovely Korean gifts to your mother, girlfriends, daughters, nieces, or coworkers, basically to everyone you know. These customized necklaces will have their names in Korean alphabets which will be distinctive and special to each of them. These made-to-order necklaces are available in 18k gold plated, silver, rose gold plated, and white gold plated with 5 different chain lengths in 14″, 16″, 18″, 20″, and 22″.

7. Korean Traditional Pattern Designed Chopsticks and Spoon Set, $50+

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This Korean chopsticks and spoon set (2 pairs of chopsticks and 2 spoons per set) is so graceful with Korean traditional patterns engraved on them that your friend will fall in love with them and with you too! These are made of stainless steel and are available in gold and silver.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Korea is the only country that uses metal chopsticks and spoons? All other Asian countries use either wooden or plastic chopsticks and spoons. Also, Korean chopsticks are a very thin rectangle shape and they are harder to use than others. So Koreans believe that they are very dexterous and coordinated with their hands and fingers, all thanks to Korean chopsticks!

8. The Face Shop Facial Mask Sheets (Pack of 15), $30

You know that Korean facial masks are the best and you got to give them out this holiday season! THE FACE SHOP is one of the popular Korean beauty brands in the world and it is known for its natural facial masks! This pack has 15 mask sheets and the price is so reasonable that you will find yourself buying multiple packs for your friends.

9. Korean Traditional Natural Wood 2pc Soju Glass Gift Box Set, $17

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These exquisitely-made wood soju glasses set are hand-painted 7 times with the traditional Korean Ottchil (Laquer) technique with Korean wordings engraved on. 사랑한잔 means a cup of love and 추억한잔 means a cup of memories. These glasses are the ideal Korean gifts since Koreans are sentimental people, especially, when they drink. You and your friend will find yourselves sharing Korean sentiments when you drink soju from those glasses together.

10. Etude House Play Color Eyes Hershey’s Kisses Brush Kit, $22

Etude House is one of the major Korean beauty brands globally and they came out with new eye shadow palettes for the holiday season. These are so cute with Hershey’s Kisses shaped cases and also the palettes contain glittering colors that are perfect for holiday parties. These are so adorable that your friends will be in a jolly mood when they receive them!

11. Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982: A Novel by Cho Nam-Joo, $14

This international bestseller is solely centered on the conversation between a psychiatrist and Kim Jiyoung, a staying-home mom with an infant daughter, who becomes severely mentally sick. The novel is about her journey to examine the wounds that were inflicted upon her throughout her life. Through her journey, the book deals with inequality and the double standard against females in Korean society, especially for the millennial generation. This book will immerse you from the start to the end and your book-loving friends will thoroughly enjoy this novel.

Fun Fact: With this book’s tremendous success in Korea, it was made into a movie in 2019. To K-drama and movie lovers! Gong Yoo, who was the main character in Train to Busan and Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, played the heroine’s husband in the movie!

12. Hangul Korean Personal Name Seal, $60

This Korean name seal features a lovely natural tan wood with a brass stamp face and an ornate Oriental tassel and whoever receive this unique seal will love it!

13. Jagae, Mother of Pearl, Korean Traditional Vanity box with Mirror, $153

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Jagae is the mother of pearl (the shells of the abalone, mollusk, or the clam) in Korean and Korean artisans have used jagae to inlay on the top of lacquered objects to make high-quality furniture and household objects since the 6th century. Only royalties, noblemen/women, and wealthy people could afford the elegant jagae furniture and household items back in the days since the techniques were very difficult, delicate, and labor-intensive which made them so expensive. Jagae items were especially popular with Korean noblewomen because of their intricacy on jewelry boxes, hairpins, the back of mirrors, vanity tables, and so on.

This jagae vanity box with a mirror is the exact version of what Korean noblewomen used since the Joseon Dynasty. This will make a great traditional Korean gift since it’s not just practical but holds craftsmanship and cultural heritage.

14. Jagae, Mother of Pearl, Shoehorn, $45

This mother of pearl shoehorn might be just what your father, husband, or friends need! This delicate but sturdy shoehorn will bright your mudroom!

15. Jagae, Mother of Pearl, Photo Frame, $111

The jagae photo frame is so refined that your friends will love to put their favorite photos in them and appreciate them every time they look at the photos at their home.

16. Mother of Pearl Handmade Rectangle Wooden Tray, $39

This exquisite mother of pearl organizer tray is an excellent piece of art gracefully decorated using an ancient Korean artistic technique to add an exclusive royal touch which will be a great tray for the jewelry or makeup.

17. Seoulbox Signature One Time, $40 + 10% Off

The Seoulbox “One Time” is a marvelous introduction to your friends who want to try various Korean snacks. This delightful box will give your friends so many various Korean snacks and goodies with K-Pop goods and K-beauty items that they will want more of Korean goodness! Seoulbox also has other options that you can subscribe to and will receive these delights monthly!

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18. HealthyLine Far Infrared Heating Pad with Natural Jade and Tourmaline Stones, $280 – $2000

This heating pad is a thoughtful gift to your family and friends who have chronic muscle and joint pain, and need relief. The pad contains 154 pieces of jade and tourmaline which will help your friends with blood circulation, and it will help the body ache with its infrared ray. On top of these benefits, it also emits negative ions, known to improve lung function for more efficient breathing. Your family or friends will be forever grateful to you when they lay on the pad after muscle pain, a vigorous workout session, a long day of skiing, or simply on a cold night.

19. Handmade Korean Celadon Sake Set for 5 – Crane and Cloud (with Gift Box), Pitcher & Cups, $89

Korean Celadon, also known as Koryo Celadon, is the ceramic greenware that was developed in the late 9th century and Korean produced the greenware actively during Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD). At first, Koryo Celadon was influenced by China but it became very distinctive and consistently apart from Chinese Celadon. The biggest difference between Korean and Chinese Celadons is that Korean Celadon is a more grayish green-blue tone than a Chinese more jade color tone. Also, Koryo Celadon’s very delicate crack pattern all over the ware is what makes Koryo Celadon so special and elegant.

This Korean Celadon Sake Set is so intricate with Crane and Cloud patterns that your friends will be so impressed by them. Crane is a sacred creature that represents longevity, health, gracefulness, and success in Korean culture. Cloud represents harmony and prosperity in Korean culture. Therefore, this gift is one of the best Korean gifts to your friends or family with you wishing them longevity, health, success, and prosperity!

20. Donginbe Men New Basic Special Gift Set, $53

Using the nutritional properties of a 6-year old red ginseng, Donginbi complete skin care set from Korea is the perfect gift to surprise your husband, boyfriend, dad or friend and encourage them to take more care of their skin!

21. DONGINBI Red Ginseng Korean Skin Care Set, $110

Donginbi is the premium Korean Red Ginseng beauty brand that shares the same parent company (Korean Ginseng Corp) with CheongKwanJang. Its main ingredient is Korean red ginseng. Like I mentioned above, Korean red ginseng is great for its anti-aging effect. This is a great product if you want more affordable skincare than Sulwhasoo but all the benefits of one. Your friends will love you for them!

22. SNP PREP – Peptaronic Complete Korean Skin Care Set, $49

SNP is a Korean beauty company that dedicates itself to making the top quality skin care products and it is well known for that. S stands for science, N stands for nature and P stans for purity. As you can see from what its name stands for, its goal is to provide skincare to the consumers with skin experts’ consistent research and development, and natural and pure ingredients.

SNP has several brands within and SNP PREP is one of them. Its main ingredients are hyaluronic acid with peptides, cica, and vitamins. These will make your skin maintain moisture and regenerate, also great for anti-aging. This would be one of the best gifts to your daughters, friends, wife, and mother to try out excellent Korean skincare.

23. Artestia Raclette Table Grill,1200W Electric Indoor Korean BBQ Grill, $97

This electric grill pan is the one that will make it possible for you to enjoy yummy Korean BBQ at your home! It comes with a non-stick grill pan, cooking stone, and 8 small individual cooking pans that you can melt cheese or cook anything small in them. Your friends who will receive this as a gift will be so thankful that you will be on their guest list for their house parties for a lifetime!

24. Korean Hanbok Card – Korean Traditional Clothes Shape Special Card, $4+

These Korean Hanbook cards are just too pretty! These cards will make your Korean gifts extra special when your friends open the cards. Share your love for Korean cultures with these cards this holiday season!

25. d’Alba White Truffle Mist Spray Serum, $28

This mist is one of the most popular mist serums in Korea. It first got famous by getting the nickname “flight attendants’ mist.” Korean flight attendants have a reputation for being fashionable and using the best beauty products so whatever they use becomes a sensational hit in Korea. They have been powerful influencers even before Instagram was created. The flight attendants swear by its hydration power and who can testify better than them? Their work environment is one of the driest places, inside the planes. You should get this one to everyone you know and for yourself!

Hanyoo Park is a content creator for Best of Korea. She was born in Seoul, Korea, and currently lives and works in Manhattan. She is mom to a 4th grader and a proud maximalist who loves everything about life.

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One thought on “Ultimate Guide To 25 Traditional Korean Gifts

  • April 3, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    These are great gifts Hanyoo, thanks! Can’t go wrong with Ossuloc tea.


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