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Updates: Some CuteBox Changes

Hi everyone! It has been a bit since our survey wrapped up and we sent our prizes to our winners, still, we’re sure people are wondering what has come from the results of the questions.

We weren’t sure what to do with the data from out survey really, as it caused us to question a lot of what we’ve been doing that hasn’t been working this year.

As you know, since March of this year we’ve been doing DIY candy in every box. One of the questions on the survey was if we should keep doing so.
60% of you said yes, 40% either didn’t care or wanted the DIY candy gone.

DIY candy used to be an occassional thing here in The CuteBox, and we think that worked out better for us. So, while DIY candy will not be an every month thing, we will have it from time to time like we used to.

We also asked if people would like cute Amuse/other kawaii Japanese plush in the box if we did remove candy.
93% said yes, and 7% said no they did not.

Since we’re moving away from monthly DIY candy, we will be doing kawaii or other fun plush in it’s place on the months we don’t have a DIY candy. We will likely end up with plush more often than DIY candy. This change will start in October. We are currently looking at cute Halloween plush, though we are open to possibly not Halloween themed plush. We’ll make our final decisions in that within the next week or so.

The last most important question was do we keep 10 items, or go with 5?
60% said to stay at 10, and 40% said to go down to 5 items.

For this we’ve decided to go to 5-7 items, this is because…

Of those that responded about what items and liked, and what items they didn’t like, we ended up getting a fair few people who didn’t like the little somewhat lower priced items. Since our box cost is lower, at least compared to something like YumeTwins ($35) and Doki Doki ($30) we feel this is the best item quantity to have and improve what we give to make people happy. More so considering the price of some of the items we do get currently causing the need to ‘small filler’ to make up 10 items without going severely over budget and/or running out of box space.

This also may mean our box size (as in the physical packaging) might increase as well. We’re still a smaller company, and going DIY candy every month really hurt our growth and subscriber count. So we’re hoping making them an occasional item again will show us the results we saw in 2016.

What will this mean for subscribers on previous pay plans, will our prices change?

Anyone with the previous $18 and $19 pay plans will continue to have them until January 2018. We know this isn’t probably the happiest news for you, but we will be moving those on the lower pay plans to a new plan. Since you have been with  us so long though, we will be moving you to a plan that is $22 for monthly subscribers, $20 monthly for 3 month subscribers ($60 every 3 months) or $19 a month for 6 month subscribers ($114 every 6 months). This is less than the current new subscriber price, but allows us to be able to afford bigger and better things while still not jumping our longest subscribers up by $5-6. We hope you understand our position.

Thank you so much for being a part of The CuteBox family. We hope that things improve and people will be happy with the changes. Let’s make the end of 2017 great together and have a fantastic 2018!

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

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!

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

 

April 2016's CuteBox

It seems that doing a post for the months items works over well. So we’ve decided to keep doing this to save paper and help the environment. ^_^

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This month the top of The CuteBox is decorated with Rilakkuma stickers left over from January 2016’s boxes! So cute. 🙂

This is our 4th CuteBox!

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This month’s items are:

  • Totoro Pencil Pouch
  • Totoro Pen
  • Handmade Totoro Plush
  • 2 – Rilakkuma Sticky Note Pads
  • 4 – Eiwa Hello Kitty Marshmallows with Chocolate Filling
  • Lotte – Choco Pie
  • Sticker Sheet – Either Owls or Giraffe
  • 4 – Decorative Tapes
  • Hand Mirror
  • Owl Pencil Sharpener
  • Hello Kitty Candy/Ice mold.

This month we took a break from something you could wear. Don’t worry, we’ll be back with that soon. 🙂

My 2 1/2 year old loves the Eiwa Hello Kitty Mashmallows with the Matcha (green tea) filling and these chocolate ones. So in honor of her we included some this month. She was so thrilled with that “It’s kitty Marshamallow!”  This month, she helped with the box by handing my labels as they got out of the printer and by handing me packets of stickers to decorate the tops of boxes with. It’s one of her favorite things to do.

Lotte Choco Pies are deliciously soft, and the chocolate isn’t too overbearing. They’re a favorite here at our house.

The Hello Kitty Candy/Ice mold (the pink thing at the bottom of the picture) was highly requested after showing it on Instagram. So here it is! ^_^

As it’s starting to warm up, I wont be able to safely send out anything that’s easily meltable, so for the spring, summer and part of the fall all treats will be DIY kits or candy that wont have problems with the heat. ^_^

 

Thank you so much for being a part of The CuteBox! We look forward to next month and sending more cuteness your way! ♥

March 2016's CuteBox

This month, we’re starting to put information on box contents online. This will reduce waste by using less paper.

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Our 3rd ever CuteBox!

The month’s items are:

  • Mini letter set
  • Pocky inspired pen
  • Panda sleep/eye mask
  • Plush kitty ears. In either black, white, pink or grey.
  • Japanese Fruit Flavored Sushi gummy. The rice part is Banana with either lemon or peach flavored sushi topping pieces!
  • Four pieces of Hi-chew.
  • A pair of cute kitty earrings. The kitty is wearing a bow-tie that has a gem in the center.
  • A pair of cute “candy piece” hairbands.
  • Glitter bottle necklace (in the picture it’s next to a piece of Hi-Chew.) To carry around a little cuteness and magic. Like pixie/fairy dust!
  • Gyoza/Dumpling person plush.
  • Flower pencil pouch with lace detail.
  • Package of Page/”One Point” markers.

I hope you enjoyed this month’s CuteBox. :3