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Shopping for the K-pop fan in your life can be an overwhelming task. Not only do groups release huge amounts of content, but a lot of the official merch ships only from Korea (hello exorbitant shipping costs!). And it can be hard to source the perfect gift when you don’t even know where to begin to look. Luckily, there are plenty of online resources that keep shipping costs low and options high when trying to find the perfect ’80s-inspired Jungkook T-shirt for the next time BTS comes to town.
From clothing items that celebrate your favorite idols to supplies for photocard trading, there are endless options for finding gifts for K-pop enthusiasts. Major retailers like Amazon and Target have got you covered for more official merch needs, while Etsy and Redbubble offer up more unique, fan-made items. This gift guide should serve as a great jumping off point for sourcing all things K-pop.
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Jungkook Retro Classic T-Shirt
As previously mentioned, Redbubble has you covered when looking for ’80s-inspired K-pop merch. Vintage designs are super popular in fan-made K-pop merch right now, so this retro tee starring BTS’s Jungkook will be sure to be a hit with the ARMY in your life. And if Jungkook isn’t your bias, don’t worry! This designer has retro tees for every BTS member.
Enhypen’s Dimension: Answer album
Buying K-pop albums in America has become a whole lot easier now that Target has started stocking some groups’ latest discography, including Enhypen, BTS, TWICE, NCT and more. Target has also started including exclusive inclusions when you buy certain K-pop albums at their stores, such as the extra photocard provided in Enhypen’s latest album Dimension: Answer.
9-Pocket Trading Card Sleeve Pages
Most K-pop albums come with random photocards of members of the group, and a common hobby among K-pop enthusiasts is to trade and collect the photocards of their favorite members and store them in binders. The most common photocard size can fit in a 9-pocket binder sleeve, so this is a great place to start if you’re thinking about building your collection. However, you should be able to find a sleeve to fit pretty much anything if you look hard enough!
BLACKPINK Be Still my Heart Kids’ Backpack
Target’s K-pop offerings don’t stop at albums—they’ve also started to team up with groups on merch! Girl group BLACKPINK launched a back-to-school collection back in fall 2021, and you can still shop the collection in stores now. This quilted backpack comes in both black and pink (naturally) and can be used for anything from storing more merch to just showing your Blink pride.
Fandom Face Masks
As masks continue to be a constant part of our everyday lives, we have to find creative ways to incorporate them into our wardrobes. What better way to make a statement than to rep your favorite K-pop group? Luckily the fans have already done the work on Etsy, and you can find a mask representing pretty much any band of your choice!
Ateez Prince Seonghwa Enamel Pin—$14.76
Intricately designed pins are a huge part of the fan-made merch community in K-pop, and luckily Etsy has seemingly endless options of high-quality pins repping your favorite group. This Wonderland-era Seonghwa pin is just 2-inches tall and comes in two different grade qualities.
TWICE Official Light Stick
As concerts start to ramp up again, one necessity for a K-pop show is shining the band’s light stick in the crowd with other concertgoers. Luckily, many K-pop groups have their own stores on Amazon that offer official merch, including light sticks. You can find the latest version of TWICE’s Candy Bong available at the online retailer just in time for their 2022 US tour!
BT21 MANG Headband
If you’ve ever seen images from a BTS concert, you’ve likely seen ARMYs sporting these plushie character headbands. Back in 2017, BTS created their own character line called BT21 with the Line Friends store, with each cute personality representing a member of the group. Luckily, Line Friends has their own store through Amazon, where ARMYs can shop for their favorite BT21 member merch.
Another great way to rep your favorite groups in everyday life is through a stylish phone case. This Monsta X iPhone case in particular may seem very simple — by just placing their Mondoongie light stick icon on top of the Apple logo — but the clear case also allows for another popular K-pop tradition of displaying photocards in your phone case. So you can show off your Mondoogie-fied Apple logo alongside your favorite Joohoney card.
NCT 127 NEOZONE Sticker Pack
Not only does Redbubble have a large selection of fan-made K-pop clothing, but they also have an abundance of K-pop stickers on hand. This NCT 127 sticker pack is just the tip of the iceberg; search any group, member or even just the term “K-pop” and you’ll find hundreds of stickers representing group logos, memes and more.
Gender Inclusive ‘Boy with Luv’ Robe
At the end of February, Nordstrom dropped a limited-edition BTS merch line. A ton of offerings sold out fast, but there is still a fairly large selection still available on the site. For the K-pop fan in your life who also needs some pampering, you can’t go wrong with this cozy robe sporting an embroidered “Boy With Love” design on the back.
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