‘Korean’ gifts are not always easy to find. So here are a few ideas. When Psy’s Gangnam Style was all the rage I picked up some Gangnam Style teabags. This year it’s Korean boyband BTS who are storming the international charts. But I don’t have any BTS related beverages to suggest unfortunately. Not yet anyway. I only have some festive coffee. So since this is Korea, where every other shop is a coffee shop, we really must start there… where else but Starbucks.
FOOD & DRINK
STARBUCKS REINDEER MUG
I’m sure lots of other coffee shops in Seoul will be offering Christmasy stuff this year too but the Starbucks reindeer collection is cute. I’m not big on Christmas decorations (or overpriced coffee!) but if I see a reindeer I’m drawn to it. Must be the Norwegian part of me kicking in…
A reindeer face on a mug? Yes please. Reindeer antlers on the lid of a bottle? Where’s my wallet? Half of me says, buy it. Half of me says, don’t you think a Korean reindeer toilet roll holder is taking things too far? Anyway, this an easy gift to pick up while you are having your Toffee Nut Crunch Latte or Berry Twinkle Mocha. More picks and info here
PURPLE SWEET POTATO LATTE & SANTA BEAR MUFFIN
Who doesn’t want a purple sweet potato latte at this time of year?
Korean Christmas cakes usually involve sponge with strawberries and cream. But they can be pricey. (Here are some Korean Christmas Cakes.) Still, you can get into the festive mood at a fraction of the price with a Santa Bear muffin from Manoffin. There are six muffins to choose from: Christmas tree, gingerbread man, marshmallow man, snowman, Santa Bear, and Santa Manoffin. See pics at the Manoffin website.
Don’t ask me what the difference is between the Marshmallow Man and the Snowman. They both look like snowmen to me but I guess one is made of marshmallow and one is made of … snow? By the way, Manoffin do a halloween range too, including a ghost poo. (yes, that’s what I said).
SKINFOOD STRAWBERRY 🍓 BLACK SUGAR FACE MASK SCRUB
Still on the food theme but remember, you can’t eat this kids…
When it comes to Korean cosmetic shops we are spoilt for choice, aren’t we? But since THE fruit to eat in the winter in Korea is the STRAWBERRY how about a strawberry and black sugar face scrub from Skin Food? I love their black sugar face scrub and use that all the time. I haven’t tried the sugar and strawberry one but maybe I should. After all, it is Christmas. And at around 10,000 won it won’t break the bank either.
Looks like Skinfood have got some special holiday gift sets out now too. You could get a Strawberry Christmas Cake to go with it. Eat the cake. Don’t eat the face mask…
LINE FRIENDS AI SPEAKERS
So although these aren’t particularly ‘Christmasy’ I’m choosing this product because they are NEW (they only came out in October) and they are ‘snazzy’ – that’s my word. And they are mentioned in the ‘Korea Trends for 2018‘ book which I’m reading at the moment. They are portable AI voice assisted speakers from Naver in the shape of Line characters – Brown, a brown bear, and Sally, a yellow chick.
I haven’t tried them. I don’t know how they work but there are pics on the Line Friends website which tell us pretty much everything we need to know. Cute or what? Who wouldn’t want one of these? They are not cheap though at 129,000 won. Here’s an article about the speakers from the Korea Herald. Only available in Korea at the mo I think, but they will be launched in Japan soon.
KAKAO FRIENDS MINI SNOW GLOBE
Well if we are going to talk about Line Friends, we should mention the Kakao Friends too. There’s something about the Kakao characters and the packaging which is just adorable. All the characters have their own personality and back story which I didn’t know until I wrote about the Kakao characters here.
I’ve picked up a few gifts in the Kakao Friends stores in the past. OK so a mini snow globe is not the most practical gift in the world. I’m just using it as an idea since it’s ‘wintery’. But there’s more stuff on the Kakao Friends website. These little fellers are 12,000 won each. Happy Shopping.