I’ve made other gift guides for various fandoms, including my ultimate gift guide for geeks, but with my latest love of K-Pop being a thing I decided to make one specifically for the K-Pop fans.
What To Get
Albums are a straightforward and well-loved gift idea. As long as you know what artists they love and what albums they already have, this one is pretty easy to accomplish.
Lightsticks are more difficult to get and more expensive than other options, but they are really special pieces of merchandise that connect fans to the artists and each other. Like albums, as long as you know their favorite artists and what they already have, choosing what lightstick to get isn’t too hard.
Photocards & Accessories
Many fans collect photocards and other photo based memorabilia. You could get them more cards or you can also get accessories that help them with collecting, like a special binder to put them all in or stickers to decorate.
Fan Made Merch
There are tons and tons of shops out there full of fan made merchandise. From clothing to pins, decals and keychains, the abundant assortment gives you lots of options.
Where To Get It
Most companies have their official stores that you can get official merchandise from. If you want to be 10000% certain you are getting genuine merchandise, this is the best option.
Cokodive is one of my favorite places to buy stuff. They sell official merchandise primarily such as albums, lightsticks, and apparel. Be aware that they are based in Korea so things may take a while to ship and arrive to you if you are not also in Korea.
Daebak is not just a K-Pop retailer, but all things Korean culture. You can get mystery boxes that mix a lot of items from skincare to snacks to K-pop and more. And you can get all of the suggested items there as well. Plus I have a coupon code for 5% off your order. Just use AGGG5 at checkout!
For Americans, there are some stores specifically in the USA. KPop USA has their online store that will ship to anywhere as well as their physical store in Las Vegas.
Depending on where you live, there may be a local store near you. And if so, definitely go support these stores. Plus you can avoid the potentially hefty shipping fees.
Etsy is perfect for those fan-made gifts. I’ve bought pins, keychains, photocards, decals, and lanyards all on Etsy.
Walmart and Target
Some of the more mainstream artists can have their albums in Walmart and Target. I’ve seen BTS in my Walmart, as well as Blackpink and NCT.
What gifts would you get a K-Pop fan? Share your ideas in the comments.