Whether the person you’re shopping for this holiday season has been a longtime devotee or is a new fan of hallyu—which translates to “Korean wave”—the global obsession with South Korea and its creative industries, from film to skincare, is undeniable. Because there are so many options out there, refer to this handy and well-curated gift guide of Korean experiences and items.
A Cosy Festive Getaway at Four Seasons Hotel Seoul
What could be more luxurious than gifting a vacation at Seoul’s top luxury hotel? Available for stays at Four Seasons Hotel Seoul through January 16, 2024, A Cosy Festive Getaway is a seasonal package that includes in-room breakfast, a unique audio and furniture setup featuring Bang & Olufsen and Fritz Hansen to channel hygge, a splendid preserved floral box by Nicolai Bergmann; and access to the hotel’s Korean sauna. On top of that, Oul, the hotel’s buzzy cocktail destination, has created several original libations like the Korean rum-infused and caramelly 1872 Dalgona to keep spirits soaring well into the new year.
Yobo Soju Luxe
If you’re been to a Korean barbecue restaurant—or a karaoke bar that typically follows dinner—you’ve probably indulged in more than your fair share of green bottles of soju. To elevate the distilled spirit’s repuation while introducing it to a new generation of tipplers all over the world, former lawyer Carolyn Kim launched Yobo. Made with Northern California-grown grapes and rice and organic wheat, this contemporary take on soju boasts a silky-smooth and soft finish. Even better? It has a lower ABV than vodka and gin.
Laneige Starlit Mask Trio
A cult K-beauty favorite stockpiled by celebrities such as Zoe Saldaña, Gemma Chan, and Sydney Sweeney, Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask works like magic on even the driest and most chapped lips. This limited-edition trio contains the best-selling berry flavor in a full-sized jar, along with deluxe mini versions of caramel apple and mango.
Munch Addict Korea Premium Box
If you’re looking to introduce someone to the wonderful and sometimes wacky world of Korean snacks, look no further than Munch Addict, a company that puts together snack boxes from all over the world. Whether you opt for a single box or a monthly subscription, the contents (12 snacks and one drink) are well-curated and rotate every month, ensuring every delivery is a complete surprise and delight.
Maison Danha Taepyeongseongdae Vest
Founded by Danha Kim in 2018, Maison Danha is an up-and-coming Korean fashion label that’s dedicated to sustainability and reviving hanboks, traditional Korean garments, in modern and totally wearable ways. Need proof? Check out the eye-catching versions worn by Blackpink’s Jennie and Rosé for their “How You Like That” music video.
Maangchi’s Big Book Of Korean Cooking
With over six millions followers on YouTube and a refreshingly light, humorous, but highly informative approach in the kitchen, Maangchi (Emily Kim) is one of the most adored figures in Korean cooking. Her New York Times best-selling second cookbook is packed with easy-to-follow recipes covering classics like bibimbap to more modern dishes like Korean fried chicken. Despite being published in 2019, Maangchi’s Big Book Of Korean Cooking remains a must for anyone interested in learning more about Korea’s incredibly rich and diverse culinary culture.
Touchland Blackpink Blue Sandalwood Hand Sanitizer
The perfect stocking stuffer—especially with cold and flu season swirling around us—this sleek limited-edition hand sanitizer in Blackpink’s signature colors will give you extra peace of mind wherever your travels take you. The scent of citrus, rose, and cedar is sophisticated, and the formula is hydrating without leaving behind any residue.
Cote Steakhouse’s The Holiday Butcher’s Feast For 4
Recreate the thrill of cooking, and of course eating, the most indulgent Korean barbecue at home with this Goldbelly kit from New York City’s Cote, the Michelin-starred restaurant marrying all the fun and interactivity of a K-town barbecue joint with a classic American steakhouse. In it, you’ll find all the makings for the ultimate feast: four cuts of prime beef, beef fat for cooking, pickled vegetables, ssamjang, fresh lettuce, and finishing salt.
Zenkimchi Seoul Hike The Historic Trail
Perhaps the most overlooked attractions in Seoul, mountains are absolutely adored by locals. This is why on any given day, especially weekends, you’ll see tons of people scaling the city’s highest peaks. To discover a lesser-known and absolutely beautiful side of South Korea’s capital city, book this small group hike guiding you through piney forests and Buddhist temples that ends with a homestyle meal and Korean spirits.
BTS Bangtan Christmas Tree T-Shirt
You probably know by now: BTS fans are on a whole different level—so much so they’re called ARMY, which stands for Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth. To keep the superfan in your life comfortable and cozy this holiday season, set them up with this cheery tee emablazoned with the names of all seven band members.