December 2016 Fan Art Contest Entries

For our 1 year anniversary (wow!) we decided to hold a quick little fan art contest!

The goal was fan art of our mascot Emiko enjoying something to do with winter/holidays.

The prizes were:

1st place – 3 (three) month subscription to The CuteBox
2nd place – 2 (two) month subscription to The CuteBox
3rd place – 1 (one) month subscription to The CuteBox
2 Runners Up – 1 (one) Surprise Box (a box of 14-16 past items, random assortment.)
1 – 3rd Runner  Up – 1 (one) Mini Surprise Box ( 10-12 past items, random assortment.)


Okay! now it’s time to get on to the art!

1st PLACE – December ’16, January ’17 and February ’17 boxes

Art By : Teacup

2nd PLACE – December ’16 and January ’17 Boxes

Art By: Avi R.

3rd PLACE – December ’16 Box

Art By: Michael C 

1st Runner Up – Surprise Box

Art By: Olivia

2nd Runner Up – Surprise Box

Art By: Sakura Harano

3rd Runner Up – Mini Surprise Box 

Art By: ZEECLOUD

Late Entry – Mini Box

Art By: Kat Sweaterz

December 2016

December’s box marks our 12th ever box! When I started The CuteBox I wondered if it would make it to the one year mark. I’m happy to say that we did!

This month we had a total of 10 kawaii items!

We had Sanrio characters join us this month!

1.) Hello Kitty Plush – A reindeer and festively dressed Hello Kitty TY plush to celebrate the winter holidays.

2.) My Melody puzzle – This 40 piece puzzle direct from Japan features the super kawaii My Melody!

3.) Pocky Demitasse – A premium extra-rich chocolate Pocky.

4.) Panda or Penguin Erasers – 5 erasers in a plastic box in either panda or penguin shapes!

5.) Sushi Strap (variety) – What piece of sushi did you get? Pictured above is Kisa’s favorite, Tamago Nigiri!

6.) Pokemon Bag (variety) – A variety of Pokemon are featured on these drawstring bags from Japan. What Pokemon did you get?

7.) Stickers (two different types) – some boxes came with 3D panda stickers with beads inside, some came with Rilakkuma stickers from Korea. 

8.) Bon Bon Ribbon Coloring Mini-book and colored pencils – This kawaii little Bon Bon ribbon is a great way to relax as you unwind from the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Bon Bon Ribbon is just adorable, don’t you think?

9.) Magical Girl Wand Pen (variety) – There were a few different types of this pen, which did you get? One of our customers really loves the fun pens we feature, this was by far her favorite!

10) Rilakkuma Stamp (variety – in first pic) – A fun little grab bag stamp featuring Rilakkuma! A very popular bear from Sanrio! Rilakkuma name is a mash up between Relax and Bear. Rilak = relax and Kuma = Bear!

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We look forward to sending more kawaiiness your way! Next month will feature some Moomin items!

November 2016

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The cold weather is upon us, and were looking forward to the holidays the closer they get. Are you? For November’s CuteBox we have 10 fantastic items for you to enjoy.

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1.) Heart – Oekaki DIY Chocolate Candy – Heart again with another chocolate DIY candy kit! This time you make suckers and can make cute pictures with the included candy beads. Yummy and cute!
2.) Konpeito – A hard sugar candy shaped like little bumpy balls. These are a classic Japanese candy that my oldest daughter super loves!
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3.) Hello Kitty Games & Activities Pad – This kawaii Hello Kitty kit comes with a special spot to hold the included crayons. Providing cuteness and fun.
4.) Little Cards (assorted) x2 – Two little cards of various type. We hope these will help you with your gift giving this upcoming holiday season! Or you can keep them for yourself since they’re so cute. :3

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5.) Iwako Kimono Gel Stickers (scented) – 
Fancy Japanese stickers designed as Kimonos and various accessories.
6.) Kokeshi Doll Lip Balm (variety) – Kawaii lip balm that looks like a girl in kimono!
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7.) Mini Collecting Box – What will you store in this little four compartment box? Medicine? Earrings? Small hard candies? Something else? We’d like to know!
8.) Rilakkuma or Korilakkuma Key Cover – Kawaii Rilakumma or Korilakumma key covers will help your keys be less boring, plus, you’ll know exactly what your keys are for when they’re different and cute!
november59.) Dolphin Plush (varied colors) – Adorable little dolphin plush with a chain, suction cup and decorated with an adorable flower!
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10.) Little Twin Stars Socks – These adorable socks feature the Little Twin Stars! Kiki and Lala! Direct from Sanrio Japan, they’ll add some cuteness to your wardrobe

We hope you enjoyed November’s CuteBox!

October 2016 CuteBox

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October’s CuteBox was meant to bring a bit of creepy, and a bit of kawaii (cute) to you! Halloween is a great time to enjoy both, or just one even. Are you more the pretty princess type, or the spooky type?

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This month we had two candies, one is the DIY Kit –

Choco De Puzzle – from Japan! These came in puppy (pictured) or bunny. Make yourself a fun little chocolate treat to enjoy.

Halloween decorated Pocky pack! Either Strawberry or Chocolate, either way the cute Halloween package has us excited for Trick-or-Treating!

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Wanna Be Princess Stickers – These super cute stickers from Korea were picked for October before we ever decided to have a theme. They still work though. How many people want to be, and dress up as Princesses on Halloween? 😉

GoGoe Girl Nail Art – A bigger nail art kit from Korea to help with your Princess Transformation. Super kawaii!

Three Animal Erasers – Another item picked from Korea before a theme was even an idea in our heads. Fun erasers are cute no matter what the time of year. They’re so much fun to collect too!

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Halloween Origami Paper – Direct from Japan is some fun origami paper in Halloween theme.

Ghost Strap – Also from Japan are these cute little hard ghost straps in various colors. What did you get?

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3D Bat Wall Stickers – Add a little spooky to your space with these 3D bat stickers! Just in time for Halloween.

Creepy Bone Pen – Different variety of pens perfect for this time of year. Skeletons are a Halloween decoration staple!

Devil Horn Hair Clips – Not a princess? That’s okay, you can show your inner little devil with these cute little clips. 5 different colors were sent. Which did you get?

Thank you all so much for enjoying our first Halloween CuteBox! We hope to get better and better all the time, and appreciate every one of you. ♥

September’s CuteBox

September’s CuteBox theme was: Foodie!septembercutebox

Our items this month are:

♥Iwako Food Erasers x2 – Variety
I love cute Iwako Erasers, as you are sure to tell. They come in all sorts of fun shapes.

♥Ice Cream Cone Pen
♥Ice Cream Cone Squishy
It may be getting very cold up north here, but ice cream stays one of my favorite treats year round. Our mornings are super cold, some near freezing temperatures, but right now we tend to get in the low 70’s at the warmest in the day. Are you ready for fall? We’re ready for Halloween!

♥Iwako Bakery Gel Stickers
♥Gudetama Sticky Memo Notes
Baked goods are my favorite, and I prefer baking to cooking any day. Cookies, cakes, and baklava are my favorite treats to make. Do you like to bake?

Gudetama is back in these adorable sticky notes! Which type did you get? I write myself a lot of little notes so I don’t forget things. Do you?
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♥Marukawa Bubble Gum – Strawberry and Orange
♥Morinaga Chocoball  
♥Kracie Popin’ Cookin’ Ramen DIY 
What would a foodie box be without a good assortment of goodies? Marukawa bubble gum in the little boxes was one of the first Japanese candies I ever tried when I was younger. The kids like them too!

I only tried Chocoball a couple of months ago, and when I did I fell in love! Please be aware not to eat these if you are allergic to peanuts, as they do contain them. If not, we think these are better than any other chocolate peanut type candy we’ve ever had!

This DIY kit from Kracie may look like Ramen with a side of Gyoza (dumplings), but don’t worry, you’re getting candy flavors despite the ‘normal food’ type appearance! The inside of the Gyoza is sprinkles!

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♥Chocolate Cookie Mirror Compact with Cream Comb
♥Cherry Earrings
♥Handmade Decowhip Necklace

The adorable chocolate sandwich cookie compact mirror features a comb styled to look like the cream filing in it! These came in a dark and a medium brown color. Which did you get? We’ve been eyeing these for months!

Cherry is my favorite candy fruit flavor! We have a cherry tree that hangs partly into our yard, and we’re allowed to pick the ones on our side. :3 These cute cherry earrings are sure to cute up your outfit and put a little bit of the sweetness of summer into your day no matter what the weather!

Finally, the handmade Deco whip necklaces were custom made just for The CuteBox this month! There are many colors, and we hope you’ll like them! Decoden is loved by many, with phone cases, music boxes, jewelry boxes, and jewelry of all sorts popping up all the time. So many truly adorable, and delicious looking items!

We hope you enjoyed this months CuteBox! Stay tuned for our special Cute and Creepy Halloween box for October!

 

August 2016 CuteBox

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August’s CuteBox this month was our first one with a theme! This month, our theme is: Kawaii Animals!

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Two Japanese candies again this month! A simple DIY kit and some green apple Hi-chew!

This DIY kit is mochi (rice cake) with chocolate sauce and a matcha (green tea) powder to put on top. This DIY kit is very simple, all you do is put chocolate sauce in one small spot, matcha powder in the other, and the dried Mochi in the largest section of the included tray. From there, you sprinkle water over the mochi until they get bigger and sticky. You then dip pieces in chocolate and then the matcha powder. 🙂

Hi-chew is a taffy/starburst type of candy. These are a green apple flavor, they’re green on the outside with a white inner part.

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This months pen has a dual function! Cute animal faces on a large face make these pens also an Uchiwa! (Japanese style fan) as well as an ink pen with blue ink.

The bunny plush this month comes in one if five fruits types. They come with a suction cup on a ball chain, you can hang them in your car, on a window inside, or on a mirror. Strawberry, Watermelon, Kiwi, Lemon and Orange are the fruits represented by the bunnies. Which did you get?

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A Rilakkuma or Korilakkuma keychain comes to you this month, along with a hair tie with bunny ears and a cute handmade pastel beaded bracelet. My oldest daughter loves the pastel lolita/kawaii look from Japan, and she wears one of these on each wrist.

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This kawaii plush panda pouch wears a cute red bow! The black with white spotted socks were a perfect match to go along with her. What a kawaii pair!

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From Iwako comes this months cute stickers, styled after their puffer fish erasers! An Iwako Unicorn eraser is also included. These erasers are cute, fun and functional. You can take them apart into various pieces, and use them for erasing of course. Or just keep them because they’re cute! Kawaii erasers are often collected and not just used for erasing.

A Rilakkuma mini notebook in various colors and a small decorative Hello Kitty pin finish up the cuteness of this month.

We hope you enjoyed August’s CuteBox!

July 2016 CuteBox

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Yay July! This month we have a special Hello Kitty plush and TWO Japanese treats!

Our items this month are…

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Plush Bird Pen – These adorable pens have a cute little plush bird on top. (Various colors)

Hello Kitty Plush – These adorable TY licensed plush come in various styles. This pictured one features Hello Kitty with cotton candy and wearing a pink/yellow/blue striped outfit.

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Shaka Shaka Gummy – These gummy gems come in Cola, Grape, Lemon and Cider flavors. Inside the resealable package is a pouch of sour powder. You can take the powder, pour it on the candies, close it up, shake it and then enjoy! Since it’s resealable you don’t have to eat them in one go. Yay!

Chocolate Banana DIY Kit – This one doesn’t require a video. You put the banana candy in the largest section of the tray, chocolate sauce in another, and sprinkles in the last one. Take the included toothpick and put on a banana candy, then dip it in chocolate and lastly sprinkles. From there you enjoy! Emiko’s (Aka Emi, our mascot!) artist loves these!

 

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Kitty Post Cards – I love snail mail that isn’t just junk or bills. Don’t you? You can either keep these adorable cat postcards or you can mail someone a cute little note!

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Gudetama Stickers – This package of Gudetama ‘flake’ stickers are adorable and great for decorating whatever you’d like to put this cute lazy egg yolk on!

Molang Sticky Notes – Cute sticky notes with the adorable bunny Molang! I love how chubby this bunny is, and the cupcake is also a small sticky note stack!

Pink/Black/Silver Nail Art Wheel – A little more sophisticated but still cute for nail art, not the same as last months little Korean set. But still adorable. Pink/Black/Silver is a color combo we love!

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Flower Headband – This cute little flower headband will keep you cute and lovely as you enjoy the rest of these hot summer days. (Various colors)

Kawaii Adjustable Rings – Two adorable adjustable rings are great for kids or just if you want something adorable to wear from time to time. I wont say my age, but I enjoy them too! 😉

Yellow Emoji Mini Squishies – These adorable little emoji squishy notes are fun to squish and nice to look at. This one says “dara dara” which translates to “lazily” as you can see this little squishy is super relaxed and lazing about!

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Cake Eraser Set – A special four piece set of cake erasers! They come in a cute bakery style box to complete the fantastic kawaii feel of the set!

 

We hope you enjoyed this months CuteBox and hope to see you next month too! :3

June 2016 CuteBox

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Happy June! This month we have a special Hello Kitty treat!

Our items this month are:

  • Hello Kitty Bobble Head Toy – With Candy!
  • Korean DIY Nail Kit
  • Cute Patterned Envelope Set
  • Iwako Gel Stickers – Giraffe
  • Chick Coin Pouch
  • Bunny Head Plush Backpack/Purse strap.
  • Cute 8 piece erasers. Four different styles – Frog, Pig, Bunny or Panda. (Frog pictured)
  • Cute Korean book marks. One of a few different styles (bears in bus shown in image above)
  • Moomin styled masking/decoration tape.
  • Pon De Ring Donut Squishy.

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May 2016 CuteBox

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Happy May! This months box is a fair bit Rilakkuma heavy. This month we have two Japanese treats for you as well!

Items this month are:

  • Fold-up Stationery Box (comes flat, but very easy to push into the box shape.)
  • Rilakkuma Bandages
  • Four Rilakkuma card style stickers. They’re thicker like a credit card, but are still stickers! :3
  • Rilakkuma Multi-colored Pen
  • Star and gem bracelet
  • Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma bells – phone/key chain straps.
  • Sticker Gems to decorate something and make it shiny!
  • Bunny key top cover. Never forget which of those random silver keys is your house door when you put this cute bunny on the key!
  • Neru Neru Nerune DIY – Cider Flavor
  • Jyu-C Strawberry Shortcake Candy.

Neru Neru Nerune – is a little DIY kit that makes a special cream (cider flavored for this one) that you then use the spoon and dip it into the candy pieces and enjoy. The instructions on the packaging are in Japanese but are easy to follow with the included pictures. You only need one scoop full of water for this.

You can also watch this video to help you out. :3

 

This month, we celebrated my 3rd daughters 10th birthday! So one of the treats is a festive looking Strawberry Shortcake Candy. The package even shows candles on the cake. :3 They’re little candy tablets that have a lovely sweet and milky flavor that melts quickly. It’s a little like (American) Smarties, but with a unique Strawberry Shortcake flavor!

February 2016 CuteBox

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February 2016’s CuteBox featured the following items:

  • Hello Kitty Stickers
  • Antique Style Dessert Spoon
  • Cherry Blossom Style Coasters
  • 7 Color Emoji Pencil
  • Brocade Coin Pouch
  • Bunny Plush (one of two styles)
  • Strawberry or Cider Maruta Nericcho Soft Cider Ice Cream – DIY candy
  • Heart Necklace – White, Black or Red
  • Heart Bracelet to match the necklace.
  • Mini fascinator hat.

This box featured our first Japanese candy treat. :3