Korean Gift Guide for Kids: Cultural, Educational, and Fun Toys!

Korean gift guide of for kids and families - cultural and educational toys

I’m so excited to share our favorite Korean culture and educational gifts for families! As many of you know, my husband is Korean American, and my kids were previously learning Korean through wonderful nannies.

While we had hoped to raise our kids trilingual, my kids have recently forgotten a lot of Korean language. But we still want to keep them connected to their Korean heritage by incorporating culture in other ways. I hope these Korean gift ideas can help your family learn more about Korean culture and language, too!

Try this: 5 Things Parents Should Do When Raising a Bilingual Baby

Popular Korean Songs and Nursery Rhymes for Kids
Korean music books and CDs

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Korean music gifts

Music is one of the most fun and natural ways to learn about Korean language and culture! Here are my kids favorite Korean music books and CDs.

Korean nursery rhymes music book
Playing Korean folk song on the piano

Korean nursery rhyme books

Try this: How to Organize CDs and Make Them Accessible to Kids

Korean songs - music CDs and CD player
CD player and Korean music CDs

Korean gift: songs for all ages

Please see 100+ Popular Korean Children’s Songs and Nursery Rhymes for more details about the above nursery rhymes books and Korean songs!

For older kids and teenagers, you can consider getting an mp3 player or a gift card to iTunes! I’ve heard many parents say their teenagers want to learn Korean due to their love of BTS!

Pinkfong Korean music sound books

For toddlers and preschoolers, music sound books are a great way for kids to enjoy Korean songs independently! Pinkfong has many options. Since the loud volume is not adjustable, we cover the speakers with painter’s tape to dampen the sound.

Korean toys

Korean play food for kids
Korean play food toys

Korean play food

Since my son has several food allergies, we aren’t able to go to Korean restaurants. Therefore, we so happy to order Korean play food from Heartfelt Makan (read interview with owner Liane Ong here).

The details are incredible, including the tiny sesame seeds sewn into the tofu, and the heart-shaped sprout leaves. As shown in the above photo, we have:

  • Bibimbap 비빔밥
  • Various banchan 반찬
  • Gimbap 김밥

My kids also often play with Heartfelt Makan’s dim sum toys which I reviewed in this post.

Korean mandoo felt dumpling play food toys for kids
Korean dumpling toys

We were also gifted this lovely set of felt dumplings from Dumpling Mart, a Korean-American mom’s Etsy shop! The set comes with a pack of 10 만두 (mandu).

Realistic Asian dolls for kids
Asian dolls for kids

Asian dolls

Although my kids are more into their wood peg dolls rather than realistic-looking ones, I want to recommend options that represent Asian features.

  • Hape Asian Family doll set: This set of mini Asian dolls includes a dad 아빠, mom 엄마, son 아들, daughter 딸, grandpa 할아버지, and grandma 할머니!
  • Miniland doll girl and Miniland doll boy: These are anatomically-correct, vanilla-scented dolls popular among Montessori parents.
  • American Girl: This popular, collectable brand has dolls of various ethnicity. Each doll has a background story about overcoming difficulties. The East-Asian appearing doll, Emerson, has black hair and brown eyes.
  • Barbie: This famous brand has Asian-appearing dolls that can move eg, gymnastics. Note that many parents and experts are concerned about negative body image associated with Barbie dolls.
  • JC Toys: When my kids were younger, we had this highly-rated baby doll.

Geosafari Junior multilingual toy microscope

Educational Insights has a quadrilingual talking microscope with audio in English, Korean, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese. It includes 60 slides with color images. Although we usually avoid plastic talking toys, I appreciate seeing an Asian language toy being sold by a mainstream brand.

We’ve had the toy microscope for about 2 years, and we take it out when we are discussing science topics.

Please note that the narration is quite fast, so we mainly use the Mandarin function and rarely use the Korean feature due to our lack of fluency. However, the Korean voice is narrated by a professional, fluent speaker.

Recommended for kids age 5-8 years.

Uncle Goose Korean wood blocks
Uncle Goose Korean wood blocks (new version here)

Uncle Goose Korean wood blocks

I love that Uncle Goose has toys in multiple languages; these were some of the first toys I got my kids when they were babies.

Picture above is the older version which you might be able to find on eBay. The current version has different colors; I’d recommend these for kids age 1-4 years. For triilngual families like us, you can see my review of the Chinese wood blocks here.

Korean alphabet gifts

Korean Hangul pillow

Normalizing the minority language; Korean hangul alphabet pillow with plush animals
Hangul alphabet pillow

We’ve had this cute rainbow Korean pillow for more than 6 years! The zipper cover is machine-washable, and the Hangul alphabet design is from Zazzle (similar here). If you don’t need a pillow, you can choose the Hangul design for a blanket, t-shirt, or other fabric products.

Child's modern bedroom library - floor to ceiling bookshelves
Korean Hangul pillow in my daughter’s trilingual library bedroom

The Korean pillow has been a pretty addition to our print-rich environment for my kids’ minority languages! I’m happy that we can use this comfortable pillow as decoration for many, many years.

Korean Alphabet Hangul Letter Toys for Kids
Hangul alphabet letter toys

These are fun toys for kids learning Hangul! We’ve used them in various ways, including letter matching and spelling short words!

Korean alphabet stickers

Tigerboom Creative has adorable mini Hangul stickers! These stickers can be used to decorate journals or incorporated into learning activities! I think they would make for great stocking stuffers!

Related: Educational sticker activities for kids

Wood Korean Hangul tracing board

Treasures from Jennifer has a high-quality wood Hangul tracing board! The wood is very smooth with rounded corners. It can be used for tracing with a wood stylus or filling up with small objects, like pompoms or dried beans.

However, if you prefer a more affordable option from a Korean-owned business, you can consider the board in the link below.

Acrylic Korean tracing board

Black Yoonicorn sells acrylic tracing boards that can be used with dry erase makers!

Korean book gifts

Books are always at the top of my gift list for all ages! Since we no longer have a nanny to read to the kids in Korean, I’ve been collecting books about Korean culture in English, plus stories written by Korean-American authors.

Picture books for kids about Koreans and Korean Americans

English picture books about Korean culture

Looking Back, Life Was Beautiful - by Grandpa and Grandma Chan

English chapter books with Korean protagonists

Try this: 15 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Read

Korean books for kids
Children’s books in Korean

Children’s baby board books in Korean

These books are for beginners:

Only a few Korean children’s books are available on Amazon:

Otherwise, the best place to order Korean books in the United States is through online Korean bookstores. Click on the button below for recommendations:

Korean food gifts

For teachers and relatives, we love giving gifts related to delicious Korean food! Some ideas include the following:

Although we don’t have the chopsticks-spoon set linked above, my mother-in-law gifted us a different silver set as a housewarming gift. In contrast to ivory or bamboo Chinese chopsticks, Korean chopsticks are typically metal and flat like Western silverware.

Related: Free Printable Pretend Play Food in English, Chinese, and Korean

Which Korean gifts did you decide to give?

Do you have other recommendations to add to this list? I’d love to hear which gifts were enjoyed by your family, friends, and teachers!

Please share in the comments below! And feel free to save the vertical image below on Pinterest to encourage more people to learn about Korean resources!

Korean gift guide of for kids and families - cultural and educational toys

More Korean learning resources for kids

Korean learning books, toys, and resources for kids

Korean resources for kids on Amazon!

Click on the image below to see Korean toys, books, and other resources on Amazon!

Korean resources for kids on Amazon!
favorite open-ended toys for kids

Holiday shopping guide for kids

If you’re shopping for holiday gifts, check out our educational gift guides!

Happy gifting, friends!

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