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The Zakka Kit Stationery Review + Coupon – January 2018

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Zakka Kit box

The Zakka Kit is a mystery box from Neko Box that’s full of 5-8 fun and quality stationery products that you’ll be excited to use each month!

overhead view into a zakka kit

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

contents of zakka kit january 2018

About The Zakka Kit

The Subscription Box: The Zakka Kit

The Cost: $19.99/mo + shipping

COUPON: Use code 10MAIL to save 10% off your first box!

The Products: You’ll always receive 5-8 fun and quality stationery products that you’ll be excited to use each month!

Ships to: The US for $6.50 and Worldwide for an additional cost

Good to know: Boxes ship from Japan

The Zakka Kit January 2018 Review

front of zakka kit info card

The first thing you see when you open the box is the info card for the month and theme which is Lucky Charms. You can win $10 off by tagging them in social media photos!

back of front of zakka kit info card

The reverse side has all of the month’s items listed out with a short description. This month has a value of $25+ USD listed.

top of kodomo no kao daruma stamp

Daruma Stamp by Kodomo No Kao 

I just recently learned what these familiar Japanese icons are: Daruma! They’re modeled after the founder of Zen and Buddhism, Bodhidharma, and are a symbol of good luck, the setting of goals, and perseverance. I’ve always been drawn to this little guy and now I know why.

bottom of kodomo no kao daruma stamp

Attached to the block of wood is a small rubber stamp bearing the iconography.

bottom of kodomo no kao daruma stamp with gold ink

Here it is covered in gold ink so you can see it a bit better.

kodomo no kao gold stamp pad

Gold Color Kiss Ink Pad by Kodomo No Kao – Retail Value $3.49

Good thing, they’ve included an ink pad as well in gold (a very lucky color indeed).

kodomo no kao gold stamp pad with lid off

This one-inch pad is the perfect size for the small stamp.

stamp and ink pad in use

Here they both are in action.

maneki neko and inu hariko washi stickers

Maneki Neko + Inu Hariko Stickers

Next are some good luck stickers in the form of cats and dogs! Maneki Neko translates to “beckoning cat” and is probably familiar because of how often Japanese and Chinese store or restaurant owners have them inside their establishments for good luck. Though I’ve seen the Inu Hariko before, it isn’t as familiar and I have to say I didn’t realize it was a dog until now! It basically translates to “paper mache dog” (these figures were most commonly made of paper) and symbolizes protection.

close up of maneki neko and inu hariko washi stickers

These stickers are made of a textured paper and have red, black and gold metallic ink.

Lucky Charms Print close up of Lucky Charms Print

Lucky Charms Print

The print I received ended up being what I now know to be an Inu Hariko. See how much I learn with all of these fun boxes? Our happy little doggy friend is wearing its signature red kerchief and has what looks like Cranes flying overhead. You can totally use this as a postcard if you don’t want to use it as a print.

shinzi katoh and seal do lucky symbols stickers close up of shinzi katoh and seal do lucky symbols stickers

Lucky Symbols Stickers by Shinzi Katoh x Seal Do 

Awww, I love Shinzi Katoh and haven’t seen anything by him recently at all. So happy to see these included in the Zakka Kit this month even though I don’t recognize the style as quickly. There’s a koi fish, Maneki nekos, a bell, and other imagery that I assume to bring good luck.

greenflash lucky charms memo pad

Lucky Charms Memo Pad

Again, I have received the Inu Hariko version of the memo pad and am not mad about it at all. This four-inch square notepad has an embossed plastic cover and is chock full of pages.

3/4 view of greenflash lucky charms memo pad

four designs of paper from greenflash lucky charms memo pad

Here are the four different designs that can be found within the pad. All so cute!!

Zebra Sarasa Clip Milk Blue Gel Pen

Zebra Sarasa Clip Gel Pen in Milk Blue, 0.5mm – Retail Value $1.75

If you follow my stationery subscription reviews, you know I am head over heels in love with the Zebra Sarasa Clip Pen. I find it to just be perfect in every way, and it has a TON of colors (here, in milk blue).

close up of clip on Zebra Sarasa Clip Milk Blue Gel Pen

The handy clip here is one of my favorite features of this pen. If I’m running around and need a writing utensil, this is easy to push open and clip onto my shirt.

writing sample for Zebra Sarasa Clip Milk Blue Gel Pen

Here’s a writing sample of the pale milky blue color my pen came in. A color I don’t already have! Shocking! This is also a 0.5  mm tip which I find to be a little thick but works for this soft hue.

two cat stickers

Kitty Stickers

Per usual – there were a few stickers floating around in the box, and this time they’re both kitties! A pile of three kitties, then one waltzing into a paper bag (as they do).

Verdict: I was digging the theme for this month’s Zakka Kit! I can use all the luck I can get, and learned a few things along the way. I’m always stoked to receive stickers and this month I got two sheets. I also got a really cute notepad, stamp and ink pad set, and a new color of my favorite pen! For $26.49, I got seven lucky items that I can use to turn my luck around in the new year. 

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, but you have until the 21st to receive the February box.

Coupon – Use code 10MAIL to save 10% off your first box!

Value Breakdown: At $26.49 ($19.99 + $6.50 shipping to Pittsburgh) for this box, you’re paying approximately $3.78 per item.

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What do you think of The Zakka Kit this month?

Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a stationery addict, lip product connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. Her favorite subscriptions contain office supplies, anything kawaii, and all things food. She is also proudly the unofficial “Meat Editor” of My Subscription Addiction.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

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