Eight years in Korea and I never had to buy an umbrella! I’ve posted articles before about how Korea is the “land of the freebies” with so many giveaways whenever one shops. During this very rainy Korean summer, we got to use our umbrellas that we never had to buy. My husband got a big umbrella from Intercrew, a Korean clothing brand. I got two this year from Skinfood and Holika Holika; while my son got a free transparent one from Hyundai Mobis. We have more umbrellas at home and ALL of them we got without paying a cent. The first free umbrella I’d ever had was given by my friend, Anna Banana, six years ago. I still have it here ;p
Aside from umbrellas, I also never had to buy towels. Koreans prefer to use smaller towels rather than regular ones. I’ve received towels from hair salons, supermarkets, and even Chinese food delivery – so every one of them are labeled with company names and phone numbers.
During seollal (lunar new year) and Chuseok, we get a lot of socks. I never imagined giving socks as presents. I guess it’s really practical since Koreans traditionally wear socks.