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Still searching for that perfect gift? Look no further

The perfect gift is always hard to find, but Maki makes it a bit easier.
The shop offers an array of gifts from stylish bookmarks and boxes to photo albums and flower pots.
When you enter the shop, you’ll find a wall stacked from floor to ceiling with unique coffee mugs and stationery. The mugs mostly feature pictures of scenic landscapes, schools, flowers, hearts and teapots. Miniature ceramic dolls ― a girl holding a pie, a teacher with books, a delicately posed ballerina ― fill the shelves behind the counter. There are also several cuddly teddy bears which are always nice gifts.
Maki strives to stock unique merchandise, says Song Hyun-joo, the shop’s manager.
All items, from the cards to the stationery to the mugs, are collectibles. The illustrations and designs are done by prominent graphic artists. All goods are imported from the United States. Ms. Song says many of her regular customers collect Maki items.
While most of the store’s customers are women ― college students or housewives ― quite a few men shop at Maki, as well. The most popular gift items are mugs (23,000 won), picture frames (20,000 to 35,000 won) and diaries (15,000 to 35,000 won).
There’s even an Internet community, gallerymaki, dedicated to the shop. A quick glance at the profiles of the community’s more than 1,400 members reveal the store’s very diverse clientele.
So if you’re shopping for that special someone, Maki might just be the place to start.
Maki stores can also be found in Gangnam, Banpo, Jamsil, Pyeongchang-dong, Yeouido and Apgujeong-dong.

Theme: Collectible gifts
Telephone: (02) 313-7947
Hours: 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Closed Sundays
Location: 40 meters from
exit No. 3 of Ewha Womans
University Station, line No. 2
Parking: None

by Min Byung-hee
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