Top 5 Christmas Gifts from Korea
The holidays are around the corner and expats are getting ready to send gifts for friends and family back home. It can be quite hard to find unique and interesting gifts. However, the following list is going to make it a lot easier to find affordable presents that are also suitable for a longer transit overseas.
Here’s my list of top Christmas gifts to send home from Korea!
Korean Starbucks MugsI love the beautiful mugs and tumblers you can find at Starbucks stores around the world. In Korea, there are a couple of really beautiful ones you can easily send back home as a gift. The staff at Starbucks wrap them up and put them in a nice box, which prevents the mugs from breaking during shipping. The coffee shop chain offers Christmas themed mugs but also Korean designs such as featuring the capital’s historic sites, Busan mugs or special Hangeul mugs embracing the introduction of the Korean alphabet.
Price: 11,000 KRW and up
If you don’t already know, Korea is a paradise for beauty products! I’m basically addicted to Korean makeup and can’t get enough from Innisfree, The Face Shop, Skinfood, Etude House and co. Even if you’re not into makeup specifically, these stores offer a great selection of cleansing or skincare products which everyone should have at home. Luckily, famous Korean brands sell seasonal Christmas gift sets ranging from nail polish sets, over makeup sets to skincare sets. There are also endless sets for men!
Price: 15,000 KRW and up
I’ve come to love and appreciate the tea culture here in Korea. One of my favorites is the honey citrus teas you can find at any local supermarket. Simply mix the sweet and sour paste with hot water – done! If you’re looking for something more sophisticated, I highly recommend the Jeju teas from Osculloc 오설록. It’s a little more on the expensive side but of very high quality and they come in beautiful boxes. You can get it from big department stores like Hyundai or online.
Price: 25,000 KRW and up
Walking around the shopping areas in Seoul, there’s one thing you cannot get away from: cute socks! Whether you’re into Kpop idol socks, socks with “KOREA” written on them or cute animals, the options are endless. If you don’t know what to send home, socks are always a go to since everybody wears them, right?
Price: 1,000 KRW each
For beer lovers, I recommend sending home cans of Korean brew. Kloud and Cass are the most popular brands and they come in 500 ml cans that are sturdy and ideal for sending home. I saw that it’s allowed to send 1l of alcohol out of Korea. For more information on restrictions see the official Customs Website. If you’re not into beer, why not send home some good old Soju or Makgeolli?
Price: around 1,500 KRW per 500ml can
Ready to Send it Home?
I use the regular Korean Post service to send my package back home. They are usually the cheapest and also deliver quite fast. Let me know what would you add to the list? And how do you celebrate Christmas away from home?