February 2017’s box

Can you believe February is almost over? This year is just flying by so far!

This month the box included 10 kawaii items from Japan.

1.) DIY Bead Kit – Make an adorable bracelet with this kawaii bead kit. Apples, Stars, or Hearts are the big bead options that came with the kits. Which one did you get?

2.) Pokemon Soft Magnets – Kawaiiness for your fridge! These Pokemon Sun & Moon soft magnets can lock together or just be alone. Which Pokemon did you catch? Do you have a favorite Pokemon?

3.) Sumikko Gurashi Card Holder – Sumikko Gurashi are “things in the corner” made to represent how shy the Japanese people are. These adorable Sanrio characters each have their own personality and reason for hiding in the corner. These adorable card holders are great for library passes, school/work ID’s, bus passes, etc. What will you use yours on? Each box also includes a small piece of gum. 

4.) Doraemon Round Pouchette – This adorable little pouchette features Doraemon and his younger sister Dorami!  Doraemon is a classic manga and anime series dating back to 1969! The first anime aired in 1973.

5.) Kumamon Notebook w/ Pencil – Kumamon is the mascot of the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan. He was created in 2010 to draw tourists to the region and became nationally popular! Kumamon also made a small cameo in the Yo-Kai Watch 2 video game and Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie!

6.) Hello Kitty Year of the Rooster Mechanical Pencil (0.5) –  2017 is the Chinese Zodiac year of the Rooster! So Hello Kitty is celebrating with a golden Rooster. We love the adorable pin color, plus the festive outfit Hello Kitty is wearing.

7.) Sumikko Gurashi Stickers – Each pack of these adorable shy corner friends stickers came with 5 different stickers. There were a total of 50 different designs that you could have gotten. :3 Which kawaii Sumikko Gurashi stickers did you end up with? Which is your favorite?

8.) Sanrio Character Whistle/Flute with Ramune Candy – These adorable Sanrio Character flues feature either Hello Kitty (pink), Shinkansen (blue) or  Sugarbunnies (purple) When you take them apart, there is a small packet of Ramune flavord pellet candy inside!
Shinkansen – is a team of energetic trains meant to look like a Japanese bullet train. They came out in the 1990’s.

9.) Kawaii Hair Bands – These adorable hair band sets came in kawaii shapes with a bit of sparkle! Take your twin-tails or braids to the next level. ♥

10.) Nail Art Stickers – These easy to use nail art stickers will add some fun to your nails! You apply them similar to how you do a temporary tattoo, and then seal with some clear nail polish.

 

Thank you so much for your continued love and support with The CuteBox! Just remember, March’s box will feature a DIY candy, as we’ll now be doing one every month! :3 Hello Kitty and Sumikko Gurashi will be making an appearing in next months box too. We’ll see you there!

January 2017’s Box

Our 13th box! We hit the one year mark and that’s awesome! We will continue to work towards making The CuteBox awesome!

One of our subscribers early on requested Moomin items. We had a Moomin item before, but kept the request in mind for future boxes. Hello Kitty is also highly requested. So she’ll make an appearance again next month!

Moomin’s got super popular in Japan in the 1990’s. The cartoon and plush are based on a Finnish comic!

1.) Moomin Hand Towel – A variety of cute Moomin designed hand towels bring some nostalgic cuteness this month.

2.) Moomin Die Cut Notebook –  Little notebooks sure beat writing on whatever piece of scrap paper you can find in your purse/pocket. The various Moomin characters graced these adorable notebooks.

Ramune is an iconic Japanese soda. Do you know it? It comes usually in glass bottles with a marble stopper than you press in using a plunger. These gummies from Kasugai are Ramune flavor, and like most Kasugai gummies have a bit of a twinge that could be considered an acquired taste. The little Rilakkuma Cafe gums are Ramune flavor as well. Which do you prefer?

3.) Rilakkuma Soda Gum Ramune flavored bubble gum with cute Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma wrappers.
+ Kasugai Ramune Gummy – Do you like Kasugai’s take on Ramune flavored candy? I love the blue color!

The packages on the chocolates are just so pretty! Don’t you think? These adorable chocolates are from the show Maho Girls PreCure. Part of the Pretty Cure (Princess Pretty Cure) franchise.

4.) Princess Pretty Cure Chocolates – Each box comes with five individually wrapped chocolates. You might get one crispy chocolate, which is shaped like a heart. The other designs include the magical girls, Mofurun the girls’ transformation device teddy bear, or other cute show related shapes.

5.) Bonjour Rilakkuma Metal Strap – Rilakkuma and friends took a trip to France with these adorable little metal straps! Which character do you love most?

Gudetama is a lazy egg that has been in the box a few times. He speaks to us on our lazy days, as he’s the lazy egg! He’s one of Sanrio’s newer characters. Have you heard the silly noise he makes?

6.) Gudetama Socks – Keep your toes warm with these adorable Gudetama socks.
7.) Gudetama Pen – We love cute pens, and just can’t get enough of this Gudetama one. I keep one in my purse for writing down shopping lists before I rush out the door to the store.

8.) Animal Number Erasers – These cute shaped erasers are animals, and numbers at the same time! What numbers do you see above? There are two sets that went out, even and odd numbers! As you can tell, the odd number set is above. ♥

9.) Alpaca and Sheep Stickers – A Kawaii mixed sticker set with Alpacas and Sheep! Oh, and some chicks too. ♥ The adorable little chicks are probably my favorite. :

10.) Kawaii Star +Pearly Bracelet (handmade) – We had these bracelets handmade for our subscribers this month after getting some cute ones for Christmas and falling in love. We hope you love the one that came your way too. ♥ We made sure they were sized to fit okay on adults too. 11.) Domo-kun Plush – Do you know who Domo-kun is? He’s the official mascot of Japan’s public broadcaster NHK. He appears in 30 second stop-motion sketches during shows. He’s popular not only in Japan, and actually have 5 video games in the Nintendo DSi shop! Go Domo!

We hope you enjoyed our 13th box, and look forward to another year of fantastic cuteness!

Don’t forget that starting March 2017’s box, we will have a DIY candy kit in every box!

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

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. ♥

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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January 2016 CuteBox

This is our very first box! I’ve been wanting to do an online store for awhile, but I also love subscription boxes. So I decided to combine what I’d been tossing around in my head for over a year, and my love of subscription boxes. Thus, The CuteBox is born!

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This month’s items include:

  • Hello Kitty Pouch
  • Rilakkuma Notebook
  • Rilakkuma 4 sheet sticker set
  • Cute designed sticky notes
  • Dolphin Plush
  • Crown Pen
  • Totoro Keychain
  • Hair clip
  • Butterfly Necklace with pearl
  • Macaron Little Jewelry Box
  • Hello Kitty pin

Our first box was small, but we hope to continue to improve as we go forward! Thank you so much for all of your love, support, and being part of The CuteBox’s family!

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! ♥