With Christmas looming, we’ll be posting some round-ups for cute gift ideas for your kawaii friends (or your own wishlist!). First up, I’ve been hunting up some fun surprise boxes and mystery bags. These are great fun because they’re filled with lots of small items and you don’t know what might be in there, plus you usually pay a lot less than if you bought everything separately.
Lucky Dip Club has been causing a bit of a sensation lately as their boxes sell out so fast. Every month Leona puts together a themed surprise box of jewellery, stationery, personalised items and more with a cute vintage style. Join the mailing list to get a chance at grabbing December’s box or a subscription, plus you can also buy previous boxes in the shop at higher prices.
Lucky bags (or fukubukuro) are a big thing in Japan, with many stores putting together surprise bags for New Year. JList have got in on the action, but you can buy their lucky bag ahead of time. For $45 they’re promising 7 high quality items from Japan.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money though. The Tiny Fig’s mystery boxes are just £10 and filled with her cute jewellery, accessories, charms, paper goods and more. They’d make great stocking stuffers or Secret Santa gifts.
If you like a bit less mystery to your mystery gifts, The Paper Spaceship offers these custom-curated kawaii baskets filled with stationery, stickers, candy, magazines and more. You can offer some input so that you’ll receive items that appeal to you, and she can work within your budget too.
And finally, I can’t do a surprise box post without mentioning Kawaii Box! It’s still one of the best value options with a box full of kawaii plush, stationery, accessories, sweets and more arriving every month. Sign up now to get December’s box, and you can buy gift subscriptions for your friends too.
Do you subscribe to any mystery boxes? Which ones would you like to try?
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She also designs cute character goods as Asking For Trouble. Having visited Japan five times, Marceline is enormously inspired by all things Japanese and especially loves bunnies, space and any kind of food object with a happy face.