Hello, lovely people. It is the last Saturday before Christmas day, and I am definitely not shopping.
Nope, the husband has spirited the young ones off to Centennial Olympic Park to burn energy and ride the ferris wheel amidst the twinkly lights, and I am sitting on the couch with HGTV luring me into the delusion that you (I?) can afford a vacation home. And Kate Hudson has just convinced me to start working out so I can have an excuse to wear her chic athletic wear. *That was a close one. Nearly bought something!
All this nonsense aside, I know that even the best of us have a last minute gift or two to buy. So, I’d love to share some Christmas favorites for kids, and some suggestions for what to get your very Korean moms and dads.
We keep Christmas fairly simple (read: parental sanity/wallet friendly) by getting our kids each one stocking stuffer, a gift to share, and one special something. For grandparents and close relatives, we print pictures, and add a homemade touch (baked goods or craft).
Super laid back, and leaves a ton of margin for the million other holiday activities like school and work parties, class field trips, December birthdays (no December birthday left behind!), checking out holiday sights and sounds, hosting out of town visitors, decorating, seasonal baking, puzzles, seeing all the December movie releases, traveling etc!
So, without further ado, here are a few fun, educational, and unisex gifts for kids ages 4 to 8, topped off with poll results for “best gifts to get Korean Parents!”
iPhone 5c: stocking stuffer that will flip our kids out! (one for each). Yup, I am not joking, and here is how we came to our decision:
- Free and no cost to add lines to our unlimited data plan (they rarely use data).
- They can be used as tracking devices.
- Our kids will only be texting/calling/facetiming family members with special permision or in case of mega emergency.
- Our limited technology use rules still apply: play games, watch videos, etc only with permission.
OzoBot Dual Pack $99
We spent a good deal of time researching programmable robots to continue Roenne’s coding education, and found these fun robots that even Arden could easily use!
- OzoBots can perform simple functions (like follow a line) to much more complex actions via coding.
- The robots can interact with one another.
- Play iOS and Android games with the robots.
Table Top Corn Hole $19.
We bought ours on sale on victorytailgate.com. This is the girls’ shared gift. Technology is great, but we love to give them offline options, and of course, they will take any excuse to throw things at each other!
Gift Ideas for Korean Parents:
- Highend skincare product(s): you really can not go wrong with this since Asian moms are obsessed with skincare, especially if you include a receipt. For full appreciation, expect to spend at least $100 on a name brand cream, and make sure to ask the store for plenty of samples! To buy in a store, try the Macy’s cosmetic counter (Lancôme, Estée Lauder, or Dior are great options) or for Korean products go to Missy at Hmart (Sulhwasoo or Iope).
- Designer hand bag: I personally stay away from this because my mom is picky about purses, but I can confidently say stick with the super well known brands (like Burberry, Dooney and Burke, Prada, Channel or Coach) because brand recognition is pretty much the whole point.
- Tech product like an iPhone or iPad (Don’t forget the iPhone 5c is free!) or something by Samsung if they are patriotic.
- Name brand outerwear, such as North Face.
- Money: I learned that in Korea, it’s actually much more common to give money. Whatever you are able to give is the best amount.
- As Seen On Tv: On the completely opposite end of value, apparently Korean parents delight in those tacky, but oh-so-tempting infomercial products! Find the best selling product of the year, and chances are they have seen it and almost dialed the number.
- Vacation: Korean parents hardly ever vacation, so if they are retired, this is the ultimate gift to give them once a year. Look into tour groups with Korean guides.
Best of luck with all your remaining shopping and Merry Christmas from the Kimchi Belles!