Our monthly roundup of subscription boxes so you can see what themes are available at all our favourite boxes, along with some one off and less well-known boxes. This time we’re getting into Christmas and New Year themes with plush, stationery, candy and more.
TokyoTreat & YumeTwins (JP)
The TokyoTreat family are feeling festive this month. TokyoTreat (candy & snacks) has a Santa’s Snackfest theme with KitKats, starry chocolates and even pasta, while YumeTwins (kawaii) has gone for Dreamy Christmas Memories featuring BT21, Sumikko Gurashi, cats and more. There’s also kawaii character-themed beauty & makeup from nomakenolife and Tochigi Traditions snacks from Sakuraco. Signups close on the 15th. SCK readers get $5 off your YumeTwins subscription with the code CUTEKAWAII
Japan Crate & Doki Doki Crate (JP)
The Japan Crate family are also doing Christmas. Japan Crate (candy & snacks) will have seasonal snacks including cherry, chestnut and smoked cheese flavours, plus you can use the code XMAS-STOCKING to get a free extra stocking full of snacks with your first box! Doki Doki (kawaii) is celebrating a cosy Christmas with Sanrio, Disney, and Sumikko Gurashi There’s also Inku (stationery), Gacha Gacha (capsule toys) and Umai (noodles). SCK readers get 15% off any subscription with the code SUPERCUTEKAWAII
The January SoKawaii box has a Peaceful New Year theme with 5-8 items featuring Sanrio, SumikkoGurashi, Pokémon and more. Sign up by the end of the month to get one.
Kawaii Box & Japan Candy Box (HK)
January’s Kawaii Box theme is New Year, New Kawaii You with 6-8 cute items featuring Sanrio, Peko Chan and more. The Japan Candy Box theme is Vending Machine Munchies with brands like Fettuccine, Lipton. Meiji & Demon Slayer. Signups close at the end of the month.
Your first Bokksu box is always a special introductory box with 22 Japanese snacks, candies, & tea, followed by regular themed boxes afterwards. If you sign up for a subscription at the moment you’ll get free holiday gifts including furoshiki cloth, sake cup, and kimono robe.
HAPiNS Happy Box (JP)
It’s fukubukuro/lucky bag season in Japan with all kinds of shops and brands creating special limited edition boxes and bags full of exclusive items. Most are difficult to buy outside Japan as they’re often sold by lottery and/or include coupons to use in store, but HAPiNS makes their Happy Boxes available to everyone, though you will need to use a forwarding service. Since it’s the year of the Rabbit I’m very tempted to get the Fuku Fuku Nyanko cats box again (read my review of the 2022 box), but the Hannari Tofu box looks adorable too.
Other subscription boxes to check out
- Pusheen Box & Cat Kit (US) – Winter boxes are sold out but look out for Spring signups soon.
- Creative Kawaii Craft Box – one off boxes with 3 original seasonal cute craft projects to make.
- Make Happy Club Box (UK) – an original embroidery or cross stitch kit every month.
- Mascot Mix (JP) – occasional boxes of regional snacks curated by Japanese mascots
How do subscription boxes work?
Subscription boxes are sent out regularly (usually once a month or every quarter) with themed contents. Paying for a block of boxes in advance is the best value, but most have a month-to-month option too so you can cancel after one box, or whenever you like. The featured boxes all ship to most countries worldwide (from the location shown) but shipping may be expensive in some regions or incur customs fees. Many boxes have exclusive or limited edition items and often the box contents are not available once the box sells out, but some have shops where you can buy individual items from past boxes. If you don’t mind spoilers, most sites share a look at the contents. If you do, read our past reviews to get an idea of what might be inside.
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. She lives by the seaside in Scotland in a house full of kawaii and especially loves bunnies, space and food with faces.