GIFT GUIDE: For The K-Drama And K-Pop Fans Who Love K-Food

We want these for ourselves, too!

IMAGE Felicity Patisserie, Anvil Publishing, Shopee

Do you know someone who loves all things Korean-from K-pop, K-drama, and K-food? With the growing popularity of Korean pop culture, there's bound to be at least one in your circle of close friends or family members! If you're thinking of giving them a special gift for the holidays, we scoured online shops for food and drink items they'll love to receive for Christmas.

Here we list down gifts for the biggest K-drama, K-pop, and K-food fans in your life:

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1 Bento cakes

One of the biggest quarantine food trends this year is the minimalist cake, which came in the prettiest of pastel colors and cakes that you can personalize to have dainty designs or a drawing of your favorite idol or K-drama quote using icing. There is also a smaller, single-serving version called "bento cakes," which is perfect to give as a gift. 

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You can buy minimalist bento cakes from Dodin Desserts, Earth Cakes, and Mae Cakes.

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2 BTS sugar cookies 

With the worldwide popularity of BTS, we're sure there's someone in your circle of friends who adore the Bangtan Boys: RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook. If you want something that will definitely make an ARMY squeal, Felicity Patisserie does a pretty mean batch of sugar cookies with frosting details resembling a chibi version of BTS.

Order from Felicity Patisserie at 442-2660, P185 each.

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3 Kimchi and ramen-patterned socks

Instant ramen has always made an appearance in Korean dramas, but if you've watched What's Wrong With Secretary Kim?, one of the scenes became viral because they paired ramen with kimchi-spice and tang! If you have a friend who's a Park Seo-joon or Park Min-young stan, and just genuinely consider ramen and kimchi as their comfort food, they'll definitely appreciate these kimchi and ramen-patterned socks.

Kimchi and ramen-patterned socks, Shopee for P40/pair.

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4 Jinro soju with free IU merchandise

Do you know anyone from the Uaena fandom? It's hard not to fall in love with IU, whether if it's for her vocal prowess when singing Good Day or her flawless acting skills on Hotel de Luna or Scarlet Heart Ryeo. If you know anyone who loves IU, Boozy is giving away an IU poster and an IU mini standee when you order four bottles of Jinro Chamisul -original, fresh, green grape, grapefruit, strawberry, or plum.

This Jinro soju promo with free IU merchandise is available via Boozy, starts at P149

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5 K-drama Cookbook by Lily Min and Reggie Aspiras

It's common to crave Korean food when you watch Korean dramas, even if they're eating something as simple as fishcakes, ramen, or seaweed soup. If you know a Hallyu fan who wants to make homemade Korean dishes inspired by Korean dramas, the K-drama Cookbook by Lily Min and Reggie Aspiras is something they'd surely find useful.

The K-Drama Cookbook is available via Anvil Publishing's website, P488.

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6 Korean flavored milk: phone cases, shirts, and pens

Binggrae's flavored milk is one of the famous drinks you can find in South Korea-no big deal that the likes of IU and Lee Min Ho are endorsers. This made a cameo in numerous K-dramas like Goblin, and even ARMY knows that the maknae Jungkook loves banana milk! If you love their famous strawberry, melon, and banana flavors, there are tons of accessories with a design inspired by this bottled milk.

The phone cases cost P64/piece, the shirts cost P233 to P255, and, a more affordable option are these pens which cost P45/piece on Shopee.

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7 Ramen pots

If your friend doesn't have that aluminum ramen pot that's always an essential in a Korean kitchen, you should definitely consider giving them a ramen pot this Christmas! This kitchenware is usually where you cook the ramen and is used as a serving bowl in itself. The ramen noodles are usually eaten off the pot's lid!

If you've been a longtime K-drama fan, you've probably seen these on shows like Coffee Prince and Boys Over Flowers

You can buy ramen pots from Lazada for P302 to P410.

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