As we all know, most of our Christmas shopping happens right after Thanksgiving. Sometimes, gift giving can be a little tricky, especially if you have no idea what an asian drama is. Maybe your darling loved one stays up all night eagerly refreshing Dramafever for the latest episode of RunningMan, or maybe they read all the news on their favourite “oppa”…whatever an oppa is anyway. Never fear, I’ve got your back. If you’re the drama lover…leave this page open *hint hint wink wink nudge nudge*.
First, I recommend checking out last year’s post. Although tailored to last year’s dramas, they’re classics which will still bring joy to your loved one. Now, let’s get cracking.
- A subscription to Dramafever.
>>Cut out all of those annoying ads and wasted time yelling at said annoying ads! Dramafever offers a variety of Asian dramas in HD quality, easy to watch on your tablet, phone, or computer.
- A ramen pot.
>>Taking one from NeeNee last year (check out her website at http://asianaddictsanonymous.com), this ramen pot is going to be exactly what your loved one needs when they’re
bingewatchingmarathoning asian dramas. It’s just the perfect size to cook enough ramen for a few episodes. You can buy them here on ebay, as well as other sites.
- The earrings Liu Chuan gave to Jian En as 3631 in In a Good Way
>>Although you won’t be able to get the exact same pair of earrings, there are a few pairs on Etsy which are almost identical, find them here and here.
- This Korean optical eye test Poster/Bag
>>These cute items are perfect for anyone learning Korean! You can also find a Japanese Katakana and Hiragana version here.
- Japanese Honeysuckle Perfume (Lonicera japonica), the gold/silver honeysuckle from Da Mo Yao
>>The flower that Xin Yu first planted for Jiu Ye, and then (SPOILER) Wu Ji later planted for Xin Yu, this flower is described as the lover’s plant, because of how the flowers entwine around one another. Unfortunately the plant is invasive in Northern America, but you can still gift your loved one with Honeysuckle perfume! Popular scents can be found here, here, and here.
- A subscription to Red Bean Box
>>For only $25 a month, you get a delectable box of snacks and tea! Each box is centered around a theme, and comes with a newsletter that explains each snack’s origina, as well as a gorgeous cultural photo. Red Bean Box is unique in that it specifically looks for organic and natural asian snacks! See my review here. They also have a holiday special box if you order before the 15! 🙂
- Face Mask Sheets (I prefer Skinfood/My Beauty Diary)
>>Face masks are a great way of rejuvenating one’s skin while watching tv! Simply open the pack, unfold the paper mask, place appropriately on one’s face, and wait!
- Jar of Stars
>> Easier than they look, these paper stars are quick to make, and are a great alternative for those of you who want to make a gift rather than buy one! You can buy special star paper at any asian bookstore, or online here, here, or here. Alternatively, you could always cut up strips of paper and decorate them yourself! (Sample instructions here and here).
- This hilarious poster from Dramafever’s print shop
- Chicken and Beer, à la You Who Came From the Stars
>> This drama actually caused quite the stir in China, where countless girls started eating/asking their boyfriends to buy them fried chicken and beer because it was the favourite meal of the main character. Read more about it here, and learn to make it here and here.