If your morning tea or coffee routine is looking a bit boring, why not cute things up? These mugs and cups all feature our favourite kawaii characters and have something special going on too, whether that’s a collaboration, extra gift or cool feature.
Studio Ghibli recently teamed up with fine china brand Noritake for a beautiful range of gift-boxed My Neighbour Totoro tableware including tea cups and mugs. They’re decorated all over with seasonal floral designs and all those little details of nature that Ghibli are so good at. You can find the whole range at VeryGoods (JP), while some pieces are on the various Amazon sites worldwide – search Ghibli Noritake.
The Lupicia tea brand has a range of gift sets with Sanrio characters. You get a pretty heat-resistant glass tea cup plus a metal tin full of tea to try. Sanrio Japan requires a forwarding service for international orders but they’re available from other sites including Japan Trend Shop (JP).
The Rilakkuma Pottery series sold out really fast but Meccha Japan (JP) still have a few mugs in stock, plus a matching teapot! These are meant to look like latte art and the top part is a removable lid to keep your drink hot.
Cosy up at home with these Pusheen mug and sock sets at ARTBOX (UK). There’s a few different designs to choose from including pastel Pusheens, cupcakes, Sloth and a Hello Kitty collab.
Add some fun to your day with an Animal Crossing heat change mug from Truffle Shuffle (UK). I think it looks super cute both ways so great for cold drinks too.
Box Lunch (US) have a lot of fun pop culture mugs (Disney fans should have a browse) including this adorable Baby Yoda/Grogu Mug. There’s cute illustrations all round and a frog lid on top.
I’ve noticed this style of stainless steel mug is currently popular in Japan – it has a tight-fitting lid and keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. HAPiNS (JP – requires forwarding service) have some featuring the Fuku Fuku Nyanko cats floating around with balloons, in 3 colour options. ARTBOX (UK) also have some with Sanrio characters.
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.