Have you seen the Sanrio Small Gift Crate from Loot Crate? It’s a quarterly subscription box with Sanrio full of themed items that you can’t get anywhere else. I’ve been interested in checking it out but after my spendy experience with the Pusheen Box, I was wary of ordering. A helpful SCK reader told me they hadn’t been charged any customs fees so I decided to give it a go.
Shipping is very cheap for international but that does mean there’s no tracking or even a shipping notification. I just opened my door one day to find this cute box in my porch! For UK readers, I can confirm it just arrives by Royal Mail and there are no customs fees, hurray!
I ordered the Summer Vacation themed box and was a tiny bit disappointed that the box design wasn’t more colourful and summery. That was only until I opened it and found something quite special.
Yep, you can turn it inside out for a super cute new design – a suitcase with some really cute details. Want to see what was inside? Of course you do!
Hello Kitty Beach Figure
The first item is a collectible figure featuring Hello Kitty in a beach theme. It really looks like it’s full of water and the sand at the bottom is a nice touch. This would be a cool addition to your collection and to remind you of summer sunshine during dreary winter days.
Sanrio Beach Towel
I was so impressed when I unpacked this towel. It’s huge and so colourful featuring Hello Kitty and friends at the beach. It’s especially nice to see some less popular characters like Chococat and Tuxedo Sam making an appearance. The towel is made of good quality terrycloth and would be great for lounging on the beach or just for trips to the swimming pool.
Keroppi Flip Flops
When you sign up, you’re asked for your t-shirt and shoe sizes for exciting apparel items. This box included some very colourful Keroppi flip flops. The sizing is great and they look pretty sturdy, if you can bear to use them.
Sanrio Beach Tote
How cute is this bag?! I think it’s my favourite item in the box, just beating the towel. It’s made of a thick vinyl plastic and smells just like a beach ball for happy childhood holiday memories. It’s perfect for the beach as it’s waterproof and can easily be cleaned if it gets full of sand. The only slight problem is that it was folded up quite tightly in the box leaving big creases. I had to stuff a cushion inside for a couple of weeks to ease those out but now it looks great.
You can really cram a lot inside too – the towel and flip flops fit easily with plenty room for a drink, snacks and a good book.
There are a few smaller items too. Each box release includes a collectible enamel charm and this time it’s Keroppi the frog tucking into an onigiri. It’s reasonably good quality and can easily be attached to a keyring or bag.
Chococat Beach Ball Trinket
This is just a little padded plastic charm on elastic but it’s nice to have an inexpensive trinket that won’t easily get damaged. This would look great on the beach tote since it’s waterproof too.
Instead of a booklet or flyer, the product details come as a postcard set – such a good idea! The designs are all really kawaii with lots of beach time adventures. The ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘Summertime Greetings’ designs are full postcards that you can send to friends while the others have product details on the reverse. You can still stick them up on your wall or use them for journalling.
Overall, this is a good value box. It cost me £39 including international shipping while the items are worth $75 (around £60). Everything is high quality plus you know it’s official and not available anywhere else. It’s good to see a mix of characters included, though it might have been nicer to have a bit more variety across the items. If you’re a Gudetama, Pompompurin or Little Twin Stars fan, you might be a bit disappointed.
In my excitement to order, I failed to consider that I live in Scotland and never go on beach holidays so this wasn’t really the best box for me. I will definitely be keeping and using the towel, tote bag, trinket and postcards though. Since I bought this box myself, I can always sell the other items to recoup some of my money. If there’s anything you have your eye on, let me know and we can maybe do a deal.
I’ve decided to keep my Sanrio Small Gift Crate subscription for a while as the next box has a food theme – my favourite! The box is released in September so there’s still time to sign up. Check the Loot Crate website for more details and to start your subscription.
Have you tried this subcscription box? What do you think about it?
(This is not a sponsored review – I used my own money to buy it!)
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.