Doki Doki by Japan Crate Subscription Review + Coupon- September 2016
Doki Doki is a new subscription box from Japan Crate for all things kawaii! Items range from plushies, collectible, household goods, apparel, miniatures and more.
Note: Doki Doki is making big changes to its subscription! Starting in August, every crate included an exclusive or licensed t-shirt. Starting in September, each box will include 5-7 higher quality items as opposed to the previous 8-10 items. This means they can send larger, more practical, and higher quality things compared to before. You can read about it here.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Doki Doki by Japan Crate
The Cost: $30 per month + free US shipping
COUPON: Use coupon code MSA5 to save $5 off your first box!
The Products: 8-10 licensed, authentic kawaii items plus a licensed/exclusive shirt
Ships to: Internationally with a few exceptions found here.
Keep Track of all Your Subscriptions: Add Doki Doki Crate to your subscription list or wishlist!
Each month comes with a booklet filled with images and artwork and information. September’s theme is Cats!
Neko No Hajime No Ippo T-Shirt – Value $15?
This is a Doki Doki exclusive tee. The phrase means “the cat’s first step” and accurately describes the clumsy kittens that appear to be falling off a precipice. My boyfriend likes the baby blue color and claims it is soft and comfortable. He’s a fan of the design too.
Julie Plushie – $10?
Julie is the newest member of the Doki Doki family. She wears a pillbox hat and has super unique eyelashes. I like her fluffy whiskers and tail.
She has a Parisian vibe going on. What a chic cat!
Monthly Hoppe-Chan – Value $3?
This month’s Hoppe-chan collectible is wearing cat ears and a tail to keep in line with the September “cat” theme.
Shikakui Koneko Coin Purse – Value $5?
This is a coin purse shaped like a square cat. Subscribers receive one of eight styles. I’m loving my mint-colored one.
The purse retains its cubic shape and is small enough to carry around in my medium to large bags.
Pusheen Laptop Decal – Value $2?
This is a glossy decal of Pusheen using a laptop (maybe watching cat videos?). I love collecting stickers so this is perfect!
Pusheen Beanie – Value $14.80?
Subscribers received a Pusheen beanie, a cat ear beanie, or a pair of exclusive Pusheen socks. I’m very pleased with my Pusheen beanie. It’s identical in size to the beanie in the Winter 2015 Pusheen Box. It feels strange to see a winter item in the box since it is still quite warm where I live. That said, I would gladly receive a winter item too early than too late! I based the value on a very similar item here.
Verdict: I loved the theme this month! The t-shirt was a win and all the items felt cohesive. They also did a great job easing me into this new, improved subscription style. I preferred last month’s box slightly more just because they included more functional items. This isn’t to say I dislike coin purses and stickers, but rather, I am expecting more functional or big-ticket things now that Doki Doki is emphasizing quality over quantity. I estimated the retail value to be $50. Alternatively you can think of it as paying $8.33 per item.
What do you think of the changes to Doki Doki? What Pusheen item did you get?