We are well and truly getting into the festive spirit as a much anticipated Christmas season is just around the corner. After what has been a very much considered ‘write off’ of a year, I am getting into the holiday season this November and I already have the tree & decorations up this week. And what seems like an early Christmas present each month, my November SoKawaii box turned up just in time as I was finished decorating!
This months’ theme is “Kira Kira Night”, which roughly translates to Twinkle Twinkle Night. It has products from Pokémon, Sanrio and Kirby. Which range from a plush to stationary, a gift set, a Re-ment figure and an on-the-go cup.
So let’s get onto the important information shall we? SoKawaii is a company based in Japan, home of practically everything kawaii (the Japanese word for cute). They create monthly subscription boxes, jam packed with 100% licensed products from brands such as Hello Kitty, Pokémon, Sanrio, Studio Ghibli and more. The items range from plushies to Gachapon, little figures, stationary, lifestyle, kitchenware and more. The staff at SoKawaii handpicks 6 to 8 cute & useful items exclusive to Japan, pack them up in a very decorative box and send it straight to your doorstep. You can also check out their Instagram for even more info and insights into what is currently trending in Japanese arcades and stores. As well as sneak peeks into what they could be including in next month’s box. They also listen to what you would like to be included in future boxes, by asking across their social media. So make sure to have your opinions heard over on their social media posts. https://www.instagram.com/sokawaii/ And at the moment, they are amongst one of the only subscription boxes that are still able to reach your door no matter what country you are in! *cough cough I now have 9 months of Nihon Box crates stuck in Japan due to Japan Post still not shipping to Ireland*
Our first product and the largest, was a pastel rainbow coloured Sanrio plush. Of which I received the Hello Kitty version, but there was also a Pompompurin and Cinnamoroll up for grabs. All three appear as though they are snuggly knit into a pastel colored jumpsuit with hood. All of which remind me more of a pastel galaxy design instead of a rainbow inspired palette. They are well padded and stitched together, they come with a zip in the back like most of the plushies that seem to come in this box in the past. I honestly don’t understand the design appeal of having a tiny pocket in the back of a plush, that can only fit like a few coins. It also comes with a keychain on the top of the plush, so you can attach it to your bag, a hook, your bedpost or even on your clothing like the incredibly fashionable people that frequent Takeshita Street and Harajuku.
Our second item is a Pokémon Re-ment figure from the Starrium series. Just like the name suggests, this series focuses on stars which plays perfectly with this month’s box theme. This Re-ment series has six designs to collect, which include Pikachu, Lapras, Jirachi, Gardevoir, Umbreon and Espeon. Unlucky for me I received the one design I least wanted, which was Pikachu. It’s still adorable and well made, and only came in two pieces that had to be assembled. Which is very nice, as some Re-ment figures like the Rilakkuma terrarium we received a few months back included too many loose figures. This series is well worth checking out and if you did receive one in your box – you can complete your collection by heading over to TokyoToys which have the full collection up for grabs. (https://www.tokyotoys.com/catalogsearch/result/?cat=379&q=Pokemon+Starrium)
Our stationary item this box, comes from Kirby. As we get a notebook, which is available in two designs. This ruled and spiraled notebook, both feature Kirby on the forefront as well as an enclosed pocket design that is just filled with sparkling sequins to resemble a starry night sky. Each of the 70 pages inside are designed with Kirby featured along the bottom of each page. This is a high quality gift and one that I am more than pleased to add to my collection. What I will be using this notebook for in the future, I don’t quite know yet. With the design, it might just be ideal as a jotter to write down the crazy dreams I have after a night full of eating nothing but sweets!
Our fourth item this month is an unusual one, as we receive a pack of My Melody laundry pegs. Although super cute and certainly practical. I have yet to test them out to see how strong they really are. You could also use them as a stationary item, if you wish to peg up some photos, drawings or notes on a string around your room. I have seen this done many times on Pinterest and maybe worth trying out, if you prefer having them more as decoration instead of having them exposed to the elements outside. They could also work as a bag clip, as suggested on the packaging. How useful they will be, will all depend on their grip.
Next up, we have quite an interesting product. So from first glance, it appears to be a very small cup. Once you turn it over and look inside, you will see a raised design in the middle with ridges. This cup fits on top of any drink bottle you buy. So say I bought a 500ml bottle of Pepsi, I can attach my cup to the top of the bottle by firmly pushing it down. Then I can unscrew the cap, with the cup still on. That is what the ridges are for, to grip the screw top cap on the plastic drink bottle. Now the cup is incredibly tiny and I don’t see much use for it, except for little kids. So say you are going on a picnic (certainly not in this weather anyway) and your child isn’t skilled enough yet to hold a heavy drink bottle on their own. You can bring this cup for them and it should stay neatly on the bottle as you are travelling. This product is definitely intended for younger children and is much akin to what would be seen usually with a flask, when you are carrying copious amounts of tea or soup with you on the go. This Sanrio PET Bottle Cap Cup is available in two designs, featuring either Kuromi or Cinnamoroll – of which I got the lather. Although the Kuromi one is far better detailed compared to what I would describe as a rather plain Cinnamoroll version.
And last but not least, we have a Cosme Gift Set. This very well presented piece, encloses a decorative hand towel and a small bottle of hand cream. The packaging is eye catching and this alone would be perfect to either use yourself or put away for someone special. It would also be a shame to even wrap this as a present, as it is stunning enough even on its own. This item is available in two designs, as either Hello Kitty or My Melody. Either or which will be printed on the hand towel and the hand cream bottle included.
And there we have it folks, that was Novembers’ Kira Kira Night box from SoKawaii. Another jam backed box, filled not only with some practical items, but also a plush and even a decorative Re-ment figurine. The highlights for me this month, have to be the Kirby notebook and the Pokémon Re-ment figure, the Cosme gift set was also a very nice inclusion and is completely travel sized as I am constantly on the go. So if you want to know how to get your own subscription, then continue on reading! There’s even a discount code in there.
So here is the price breakdown of the box each month and the savings you can get. At the moment, SoKawaii are shipping their boxes via DHL as Japan Post is still not allowing worldwide postage from Japan. Whether you subscribe month to month, or for their 3, 6 or even 12 month package options – there are savings to be had.
1 MONTH – $35.00/€31.77mo
3 MONTHS – $33.50/€30.40mo
6 MONTHS – $32.00/€29.04mo
12 MONTHS – $31.50/€28.59mo
Better yet, here is a 10% discount code that you can use on your first box!
Now if you liked everything you saw in this review of November’s box, rest assured that the items are different every month, for the most part. Each box has 6 to 8 items included and a few of them will be revealed online through SoKawaiis’ social media as the weeks go by. December’s box theme is “Kawaii Christmas Party”, which will feature goods from Animal Crossing, Sanrio and Kirby, with a few of the products included already announced across their social media. And this box will mark the last one to be released for 2020!