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!
Osulloc was founded in 1979 in 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 5 more flavors that are also uniquely from Jeju Island that you will experience Jeju each sip of those teas.
2. Yoon Ji-Young Traditional Korean Gifts Set (Soy bean Paste, Hot Red Pepper Paste and Soy Sauce), $30
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.
3. CheongKwanJang [Hong Sam Won, Korean Red Ginseng] – 50ml per Pouch (20 Pouches), $20 (As seen in Korean Dramas!)
Korean ginseng is the 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 the 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 of the Korean well-being lifestyle to your friends who want an energy boost daily and a better immune system during this pandemic.
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″.
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!
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.
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.
Etude House is one of the major Korean beauty brands globally and they came out with new eye shadow palettes for the 2021 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!
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!
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.
This jagae pencil/brush box holder is another elegant traditional Korean gift that your friends can put on their desk to make their working-at-home environment more organized with style!
12. Jagae, Mother of Pearl, Shoehorn, $49
This mother of pearl shoehorn might be just what your father, husband, or friends need! This delicate but sturdy shoehorn will bright your mudroom!
13. Jagae, Mother of Pearl, Photo Frame, $123
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.
14. Seoulbox Signature One Time, $39 + 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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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.
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!
To all Dyson cordless lovers, I introduce you to LG CordZero Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner! This is the next big thing in the competitive cordless vacuum cleaners world! Not only that it has a great performance, but it also comes with two batteries which means a longer vacuuming time. Also, its charging stand will let you put the vacuum and accessories anywhere without having to drill the wall to store them.
Sulwhasoo is one of the most recognized luxury Korean beauty brands in the world. Sulwhasoo is known for using organic ingredients like ginseng and red pine which are great for anti-aging effects and sensitive skin types. This Sulwahsoo’s men basic skincare gift set is great skincare for your boyfriend, husband, or father who is looking for high-end skin products.
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!
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.
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!
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!
23. Korean Traditional Hanging Scroll, $120
In Korean culture, nature was considered to be holy and sacred, and Korean believed that nature was a higher spiritual entity that needed to be revered. With those beliefs, the landscaping paints were considered to be more superior than portraits, religious, or historical paintings, unlike European cultures. This breathtaking Korean traditional landscaping wall hanging scroll painting is an awesome gift to your friends who really appreciate and like to collect the art pieces. This simple but graceful painting will make anyone amazed by its beauty.
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!
25. LG-Prael Derma LED Mask, $778
This is the ultimate LED facial mask made by LG, one of the most successful Korean companies worldwide. It has a hefty price tag but It’s like experiencing a 9 minutes luxury skin laser therapy session daily at home without going to a high-end spa or dermatology office.
With 120 red and IR LED lights, it will help your skin tone, reduce the size of pores and wrinkles, and increase skin elasticity. You can lavish someone special with this high-tech LED mask and it would be the most unforgettable gift.
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.
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