Not too long from now – on February 8 – the Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese New Year will be celebrated. During the celebrations it’s a custom to give children red packets or small decorated envelopes (pochi-bukuro) with money, as a way to share your blessings.
Those money envelopes come in many colours and shapes and I’ve picked a couple of cute ones that you can print for free. And if you don’t celebrate the Lunar New Year, you could also use them to wrap money for birthdays or weddings .
Morishita Manami has been illustrating cute pochi envelopes for the last 5 years, you can download the free (pdf) printables at her website.
2016 will be the year of the Monkey, so you’ll find them on many prints, such as these kawaii envelopes from KF Studio.
Megurin has got a nice selection of cute printable money envelopes with dogs and hamsters, which you can use all year round.
Akinko and Sanpo Doh both share some money packets for you to make. And if you’re looking for more variations you can also check out the Japanese Canon website.
We first featured SaoZen Plush all the way back in 2013 so it was great to stumble across Sao’s work again on Instagram and see all the new things she’s been making. These little bear animal donuts are my current favourites but there’s so much cute stuff available including panda plushies, TV pincushions, animal face brooches and adorable little stacking boxes! Check it all on Etsy.
Valentine’s Day is on the horizon and look at this adorable new Pikachu range! Those slippers are amazing. JapanStuffs only have a few of each so get them while you can.
Cat fans will love all the new Jetoy stationery that’s just been added at Kawaii Depot. There’s loads of cute designs to choose from, on memo pads, stickers file folders and more. You can also get 10% off orders over $10 with the code KDSS-10 and 15% off orders over $50 with the code 15PER. Look out for a new giveaway with Kawaii Depot next month!
If you need something to do in these cold winter evenings, why not try one of Plush Pattern Shop’s cute patterns and kits? Everyone needs a kawaii Cthulhu after all! We’ll also have one of these to give away next month!
Yozo Craft have lots of cute new stickers, washi tape, pencil cases and stationery in stock including these sweet little Alice in Wonderland sticky memos.
Over at my Asking For Trouble shop, the ghost brooches have turned all pink and sparkly for Valentine’s Day. Cotton Candy ghosts are limited edition and cost just £5.
Don’t forget to vote in the SCK Awards finals – voting ends on Friday!
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I love a kawaii space theme and Tokidoki’s new Space Place collection is super cute with donut and cat planets, rockets and even happy satellites. It’s currently only available on a range of bags and backpacks that are a bit out of my price range, but there are also some more affordable items like the circle pouch for $18. Check it all out at Tokidoki and let’s hope for some stationery and plush soon.
The One-of-a-Kind Cat Book by Ciye Cho is a colorful fun read full of kitties. The artwork that goes with each story is bright and whimsical, capturing each story perfectly.
The stories take you on an adventure, through the eyes of a human or a special cat and each one is totally different from the last, ranging from dark to witty. Artists, explorers and evil are some of the themes that crop up. While this is a picture book the material is geared towards adults and some of the stories might be bothersome to children.
You can download the book for free right now.
I’ve counted up all your nominations and now it’s time to choose the winners. For each of the ten categories you can choose your first, second and third from the top nominations and we’ll announce the winners next weekend – exciting!
Here’s a look at who’s in the running so you can check them out and decide who to vote for. You’ll find the voting link at the end, plus how to get more giveaway entries.
Alpacasso | Gudetama | Hello Kitty
Pusheen | Rilakkuma
Sumikko Gurashi | Totoro
Amuse | Disney
San-x | Sanrio
Studio Ghibli | Tokidoki
KAWAII ONLINE SHOP
Blippo | Cool Pencil Case | Hey Chickadee
Modes4u | Shana Logic
ShopKawaii | Tofu Cute | Tokyo Otaku Mode
Artbox (London, UK) | Daiso (Worldwide)
JapanLA (Los Angeles, USA) | Paperchase (UK)
Sanrio stores (Worldwide) | Tofu Cute (Portsmouth, UK)
Asking For Trouble | Maqaroon | Milk Chocolate Dream
OMOCAT | Sleepy Robot 13
Tasty Peach Studios | Twinkie Chan | Yoyo the Ricecorpse
Japan Lover Me | Kao-ani
Pusheen the Cat | Rainbowholic
Tofu Cute | Twinkie Chan
KAWAII YOUTUBE CHANNEL
2 Cats & 1 Doll | Chelmee Reviews | Chrissa Sparkles
CutiePieMarzia | Maqaroon
Sweetorials | The Hollycopter
Alphabear | Animal Crossing
CocoPPa Play | LINE Play
Neko Atsume | Tsum Tsum
MOST KAWAII PRODUCT OF 2015
Alpacasso plush | Doki Doki Crate (subscription box) | Kawaii Box (subscription box)
Meowchi Plush | Pusheen Box (subscription box)
Pusheen plush |Rilakkuma plush
MOST KAWAII PERSON OF 2015
Chelmee (Chelmee Reviews) | Chrissa Sparkles | Kaila (Rainbowholic / Japan Lover Me)
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu | Marzia (CutiePieMarzia)
Princess Peachie | RinRin Doll | Twinkie Chan
(while I’ve used photos of these amazing ladies, please don’t vote by how cute they look, but rather on how much they embody kawaii in everything they do)
Got your favourites? VOTE HERE!
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We’re also picking FOUR winners from everyone who votes in the SCK Awards. They’ll get to choose one of our super cute prize packs which are split into plush (including a rainbow Alpacasso), candy/snacks, stationery/accessories and items made by the SCK writers.
If you nominated, you already have one entry. To get extra entries, use the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!
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Despite being a cat person I love small dogs such as Pomeranians and Chihuahuas. Mix that with a tendency to hoard cute kitchenware and you’ll understand why I really like Siro’s Funny Animals. Siro makes ceramic ornaments and tableware shaped as kawaii animals.
At Siro’s Etsy shop you’ll find many Shiba Inu (a Japanese small dog) ceramics, such as plates, bowls and figurines. But you should also have a look if you’re a cat lover, because he recently added the cutest cat vases.
And if you’ve got some money to spare, you can even ask Siro for a custom-made ceramic animal.
I know some of you are envious of my adorable Bumblebee Meowchi plush from Tasty Peach Studios (read my review) so I wanted to let you know they’re back in stock for a limited time, alongside the hilarious Disapproval Meowchi. You can order one until February 14th and then they’re gone forever.
Don’t worry too much if you miss out though – there’s always something even cuter on the way. I’m in love with the Sea Bunny and Mewnicorn plush that will be available later in the year!
Check the Tasty Peach Studios Tumblr and Instagram for updates on all the new stuff.
If you haven’t nominated your favourite kawaii shops, makers, characters, brands and more for the SCK Awards, make sure to do so before midnight on Sunday. We’ll be closing nominations then so that we can count them all up and prepare the final vote, which will start on Wednesday.
Need some ideas? Check out our full guide to the categories.
We’ll be picking FOUR people from everyone who nominates to win a super cute prize. I’ve split up the prizes into 3 themed packages so you’ll be able to choose from plush, candy or stationery, plus the SCK Writers prize. Here’s a peek at the candy box and you can see the other prizes here.
I used to be terrible at keeping plants alive but my current crop of cacti have survived most of a year so maybe I’m getting the hang of it. The best part is choosing cute planters, especially if they’re animal themed. Here’s a few of my favourites from Etsy.
Cumbuca Chic have so many adorable planters, all handmade in Brazil. This whale is the cutest and comes in two colours.
You know I love bunnies and these Poarttery pots are adorable with a little bunny peeking out. Each one is unique and there are cat and giraffe versions too.
Hanging pots are great for a kitchen or hallway and who could resist Noe Marin‘s fox planter? Check out the rest of the shop too as it’s packed full of ceramic cuteness.
Also looking foxy, these fun planters by Minky Moo have legs and come in lots of different colours.
Pony People‘s tiny kitty planters are super kawaii and always sell out instantly. Anne is working on a new batch now so follow her on Instagram to grab one, or pick up some matching stickers, patches and brooches instead.