Looking for a versatile and cute gift that the receiver can put to good use? How about buying or making kawaii mugs or cups? I’ve collected some shopping suggestions and ideas on how to make this gift extra special.
Shopping for kawaii mugs
You can find kawaii mugs in interior shops, gift shops and department stores (don’t skip the children’s department). For instance in Europe, shops such as Hema, Xenos, Paperchase, Claire’s and H&M Home would be a great place to look for cute kitchenware.
Kawaii narwhal mug from Paperchase / 2. Best friend penguin mug from ARTBOX (UK) / 3. Pusheen character mug from Hey Chickadee (USA) / 4. Pero mug from Tokyo Otaku Mode or Strapya World (Japan) / Kawaii fox mug from Sass & Belle (UK). All these shops will ship worldwide. Pusheen and Sass & Belle products can often be found in local shops as well.
DIY kawaii mugs
Having a hard time finding the perfect kawaii mug near you, or would you rather make one yourself? All you need is a plain mug and some ceramic markers or Sharpies. Popsugar has a good step-by-step tutorial on how to decorate a mug with a Sharpie.
Personalise your gift
If you’ve got some budget left, you could make the mug or cup more personal. Depending on the receiver’s taste or hobby you could insert:
- a small plant (succulent)
- pencils and/or pens
- a mug cup sachet
- hot chocolate or tea sachets
- small biscuits or candy
I have a small cup on my desk to keep pencils and pens at hand. For this purpose it’s best to get a cup of at least 9 cm/3.5 inch in height. The cup is from House of Rym (Sweden) and the poop pencil sharpener is from Tofu Cute (UK). Both shops ship worldwide.
DIY kawaii mug cozy
Last but not least you could make a mug cozy as a single or extra gift! If you have a little experience with sewing, knitting or crocheting this is a really nice DIY gift to make.
Try this tutorial by Flying Mio, or you can find many more ideas on Pinterest and YouTube.
Natasja‘s love for kawaii things was sparked by Sanrio characters and Candy Candy in her youth. Natasja lives in the Netherlands with her husband and works as a freelance web designer. She likes to spend her free time browsing for cute stuff, blogging and reading.