The CuteBox is a monthly subscription box that sends you 10 or more handpicked cute and kawaii items. These items may be wall stickers, nail art supplies, key chains, mini figures, hair accessories, jewelry, stationary, and candy.
Good to know: Beginning in January, the price is increasing from $18 per month to $19.00 per month. This increase does not raise prices of any current subscribers.
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The Subscription Box: The CuteBox
The Cost: $19.00 per month + free US shipping (discounts on longer commitments)
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The Products: 10+ cute and kawaii items
Ships to: U.S. only
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Each box contains an info slip. The colored card this month is new!
Pokemon Soft Magnet
This is a collectible soft magnet featuring a random Pokemon. I received Kiteruguma, and in English, it's called Bewear. It looks like a plushy pink and black bear. I think this is an interesting collectible item because it can stick together like puzzle pieces and you can use it as a fridge magnet!
Sumikkogurashi Card Holder
Sumikkogurashi means "corner living" or "things in the corner," and these characters are made by San-X, the same company that created Rilakkuma. According to some, Sumikkogurashi are a reflection of Japanese society because some Japanese people are very shy and feel more comfortable being in a corner. This is a card holder with a removable clip. The front features one of the Sumikkogurashi characters, and the back has a pocket for holding IDs, cash, insurance cards, or anything else you like. I don't need this since I hold all my items in a small purse at all times. Instead, this will be passed on to my sister.
Nail Art Stickers
This is a sheet of nail decals. I'm not skilled at free-hand nail art (the best I can do are polka dots) so nail stickers are a quick and easy solution to making cute nail designs. I really like the lacey patterns and the red-and-white color scheme.
Kumamon Notebook & Pencil
This notebook and pencil set features Kumamon, which is the mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan to improve tourism to the area. Imagine having a different mascot for each of the US states! Somebody should get on that-- Wyoming should have an anthropomorphic geyser, California should have a surfing dog, and so on. The lined notepad has tearable pages, which makes it great for jotting down notes and writing to-do lists.
Sanrio Character Whistle with Ramune Candy
This is a toy recorder with a pack of ramune candy hidden inside the recorder's body. I'm happy to report that this recorder is a fully functioning instrument. The notes aren't the sharpest but I can successfully play Twinkle Twinkle on it. The ramune candies taste pretty good as well.
This sticker pack features more Sumikkogurashi characters! Their round, puffy bodies and tiny expressions are way too adorable. I may be falling in love. I also like that each sticker has a shimmery reflective pattern when put up to the light.
Kawaii Hair Ties
Each of these hair ties have a plastic yellow heart and loose bead attached to the elastic. I like the pink flower detail in the center of the hearts, but some of the shimmery paint is already chipping off, so the hair ties don't feel high quality to me.
Hello Kitty Mechanical Pencil
This mechanical pencil features a festive Hello Kitty and golden brown rooster in honor of the Year of the Rooster. The charms are detachable. I like that the pencil has a rubbery grip on the bottom for a more comfortable writing experience.
Bracelet Making Kit
This is a bracelet kit that comes with string and three types of plastic beads. There is enough material to make one bracelet. It doesn't have a large variety of beads but it's the perfect size for a quick and easy final product. I will be gifting this to a friend's child soon!
Doraemon Round Pochette
This is a small round vinyl purse with a simple strap. The characters are from Doraemon, a manga and anime series that dates back to 1969. It measures 3.5 inches in diameter, which is just big enough to store coins, cash, and a lip balm. I'm not a big fan of Doraemon so this item will be passed to a friend.
Verdict: There are 10 items for a cost breakdown of $1.90 apiece. I like the variety of items, and usually The CuteBox does a great job with curation, but this time none of the items really wowed me. I think it's missing a big ticket item such as the Hello Kitty plush from the December 2016 box. That said, the cute factor is 100% here. I would love to see more Sumikkogurashi and Sanrio items in the future!
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