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July 2017 CuteBox

Our July 2017 box had 10 items and we celebrated our owners first convention in 14 years. Do you like to cosplay? Dressing up isn’t only for Halloween. It can be lots of fun no matter what time of year it is. Conventions let fans of all sorts of things meet up and enjoy a weekend (or many days even) together in their shared fandom’s.

Here are our items this month..1.) Kitty Ears – Cosplay a cute Neko-jin with these adorable kitty ears. They came in black, white, pink, and grey! Which color did you get? They all have a little bow and bell on each ear.

2.) Pink Bow Choker – By Toxic Moon – Add to your Neko-jin (cat person) cosplay with this adorable handmade choker made just for The CuteBox! Or of course you can always wear the choker whenever you want. One of your subscribers says she’s wears it all the time now!

3.) Cute Puffy Stickers – Stickers are so much fun, and they’re even better when they’re cute and 3D like the adorable puffy stickers we had this month. Did you decorate something special to give it some cuteness?

4.) Takoyaki and Odango DIY Candy Kit – This kit allows you to make candy that is shaped like some traditional Japanese treats! You’ll make Takoyaki (the fish shaped one), Odango (the dumplings on a stick), Mochi (the one with the gel center) and a fuzzy blue drink!

 

5.) Harajuku Style Diamond Pin – Decorate your bag or purse and get some Harajuku inspired style with this adorable little pin. Of course, it’s cute on it’s own even without street fashion being a deciding factor.

6.) Pre-Cure Deco Tape – Deco-tape and washi tape can help take your planner or notes to the next level! This is special Pretty Cure (pre-cure) tape that came with a small piece of candy.

7.) Banana Mini-plush – Hang some cuteness in your car, on your purse, or save them for your Christmas tree! Whatever you want to do, little charms are great for bringing some cuteness without taking up too much space.

8.) Hello Kitty and Friends Playing Cards – These adorable playing cards are from Japan, and are slightly smaller than standard deck of playing cards here in the USA. Still these official Sanrio cards are too cute and fun to play with. What have you played with the cards?

9.) Animal pen with tiny ruler – Okay, so maybe the little ruler doesn’t help with much unless your measuring small things, but that actually makes it perfect for some math assignments where you’re trying to make perfect lines on those little graphs. The little animal clip and the smooth gel make it a good pen to keep around.

10.) Rika (Licca) Origami Paper – Licca-chan (Rika-chan) is a Japanese character that is as popular there as Barbie is here in the states. She has a back story and lots of products and is very cute. Did you make any fun origami this month? Tag us on social media with #thecutebox as we’d love to see your creations!

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!

June 2017

June’s CuteBox featured fun kitty items, fun food inspired items, and super cute Pokemon water toys!

♥ Our DIY candy this month was Kracie Poppin Cookin’s Fun Time Ramen!

Where you made yummy gyoza (dumplings), egg and naruto (the spiral piece that goes in the ramen) and fun ramen candy! Everything is candy flavored, even if they look like they could be normal food flavored.

♥ From there we had a cute fruit shaped erasers on a stick, they look like fun fruit lolly pops, but please don’t eat them.

♥ Pocky is a classic Japanese treat that there are so many fun varieties of. We had a fun decorative Pocky style pen this month!

♥ A cute phone/3DS/backpack strap was shaped like a sweet little dessert this month.

♥ Our second candy came in a small bottle that looks like the classic Ramune bottle! The candy inside is meant to taste like original flavored Ramune.

♥ Kitty magnetic bookmarks can help you keep place in all your summer reading books. Well, two of them anyway..

♥ Most of the face pouches we sent out were kitties, but some people got dog ones. Which did you get?

♥ Kitty House-it, these kitty post-it notes come with a little box you put together and sit them in. As kitties say “if I fits, I sits!”

♥ Be stylish with a Harajuki style zipper bracelet. What is your favorite J-fashion style?

♥ Paperdoll Mate stickers from Korea showed us how adorable forest animals can be.

♥ Last bot not least is the fun Pokemon squirt toy! There were 4 Pokemon available, and each toy came with a small piece of cider flavored gum.

 

We hope you enjoyed June’s CuteBox as much as we did! We look forward to sending you all July’s box! ♥

April 2017

Happy April! 

Spring has sprung and this months box was full of animal cuteness! One of my favorite parts of spring is watching the local wild animals come out of hiding. My favorites are rabbits and turkeys!

We had 12 items this month. Let’s see what they were!

  • Owl Plush (With Bunny Ears)  – Four colors were available of these adorable spring owl plush! Green, blue, purple and pink. Which did you get?

  • Dodotto Tsubupyon DIY Candy –  This is a fun little DIY candy with foamy candy, jelly dots made with the adorable squid/octopus dropper, and sprinkles! Boxes came with either Cider (blue) or Grape (pinkish) flavor.
  • Gudetama Sticker with Gum –  Mainly these came for the sake of the Gudetama sticker. He’s so cute, and many mornings we relate to his lazy ways. Did you like the included gum? Japanese gum tends to be different in texture than Western gum that we’ve tried.
  • Chocolate Umaibo – These corn puffed snacks come in all sorts of interesting flavors, including Teriyaki and Hamburger. But we didn’t want to weird anyone out too much, so we sent the simple chocolate coated version!

  • Bear Notebook – An adorable Bear themed notebook to fit in your purse, pocket or backpack. Great for jotting down notes, or doodling in when you’re bored.
  • Plush Bunny Pin – What will you attach this adorable bunny pin to? Your backpack? Purse? Jacket? Or maybe you have a special little place just for adorable pins?
  • Cat Pencil Sharperner – These sharpers came in a variety of colors and each has two holes for sharpening various sizes of pencils.
  • Colored Pencil Lip Balm – The cold winter weather can cause skin problems and dry lips, as you work into springing anew with the plants and animals, take care of yourself too with this fun lip balm. ♥
  • Animal Face Sticky Notes – These adorable pads have colored sticky notes inside.
  • Animal Ruler – Rulers seem to like to disappear from me, and often when ordering things from overseas it’s really nice to have a simple little ruler that uses centimeters solely!
  • Rilakkuma Pen – The most relaxed bear ever. Whew! We love Rilakkuma.
  • Spring Envelopes – Notes are so much more fun to get in pretty envelopes don’t you think? Do you have any penpals? I like to make penpals with people in different countries as it helps me learn about the world in a more personal way.

Thank you so much for all your patience while we experienced shipping delays with Customs in California again as well as a package going missing. We will continue to work hard to not let lateness happen, but unfortunately some things our out of our control. We’ll do everything we can to try and anticipate things like this better in the future.

 

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

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!