Artbox: Kawaii Christmas Contest & Gifts

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At the moment Artbox is running a great Christmas competition, open to citizens of the United Kingdom. To join you only have to answer a simple question and enter your details before Sunday 21 December 2014. Artbox will randomly pick a winner, who will receive a £50 voucher (^_^).

Talking about Christmas, now would be a good time to start gift shopping. Personally I prefer online shopping over physical stores, especially during the busy December season. At Artbox you’d best order before December the 12th -if you live in Western Europe or the USA- to make sure your package will arrive in time for Christmas.

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I’ve selected a couple of kawaii items that would make great gifts and won’t make your bank account cry.

  1. What’s not to love about those big eyed Choo Choo Cats? At Artbox you can find a selection of cute (authentic) Jetoy sticky-it notes.
  2. You can’t go wrong with a Q-lia Panda Notebook. Great to write down those New Year’s resolutions that you’re probably not going to stick to ;)
  3. These lucky poo charms are stinking cute and you can actually use them as pencil sharpeners. The look on the recipients face will be worth it alone!
  4. Artbox is a great place if you’re looking for kawaii ceramic mugs. I’ve bought a couple of mugs from them before and they still bring a smile to my face during a tea break. I wouldn’t mind to add this Rilakkuma mug to my collection.
  5. Pocky sticks. What more do I need to say?

Check out the Artbox shop for their complete collection of cute items.

Blippo Kawaii Shop Review

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Recently I received a small box with kawaii goodies from Blippo. You might know Blippo from the popular Kawaii Box, but they also sell kawaii plushes, magazines, straps, candy, bags and much more.

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After you’ve placed an order, you’ll receive an e-mail with a list of your items and the shipping date. My package arrived in a week from Singapore Smile All the items came securely packed in a small cardboard box with a cute hand-drawn cat on top. Inside the package I found a Blippo hanger and thank you card.

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The first item that I picked was this Hello Kitty Pen. I like the design because it looks cute, but not too childish. The pen comes in four different pastel colours, each with a sweet charm hanging from the cap.

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The pen feels sturdy and I was surprised to find out that it’s actually a fineliner! The tip of the pen is thin at 0,38mm and it will write in black. It has definitely earned a place on my desk.

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Well, you can probably tell why I wanted a HogeHoge Bunny Plush Charm. This bunny is actually part of the Amuse line, like Alpacasso, but I hadn’t heard of it before. At Amuse you can find a little more info about the HogeHoge characters, apparently they are lazy and that’s why they are so round. Perfect!

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Only now I notice that the Panda and Pig are missing a leg on the drawing, weird… Okay on to the review: the bunny is super soft and measures about 6 cm. The strap itself is a little elastic and you can use the bottom of the plush to clean the screen of your phone. Both the embroidering as the bow look very detailed. I’m actually thinking about getting the cat as well.

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Next up is the all-mighty Panda Pocky. I received the limited Cookie & Cream edition. Upon opening I noticed that the Pocky sticks were stuck together and that a couple of them were broken. But I guess this might be a problem of having Pocky Sticks shipped, I know that packages often get tossed around.

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I carefully unstuck the sticks and tried them, luckily they still tasted crunchy (^_^). The Cookie & Cream flavour was very nice as well. I’m not a big fan of white chocolate, but this had a more delicate taste to it, not too sweet. Also I really liked the happy panda wrapper.

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This post was kindly sponsored by Blippo and they will also offer a giveaway! So keep an eye on kao-ani.com if you want to win your own kawaii items (★^O^★)