Christmas lights in Hong Kong

Like every year we spotted some cute Christmas illuminations near the New Mandarin Plaza in Hong Kong. This year there are funny designs with an ice cream serving Santa Claus and a monkey hinting the upcoming Chinese Year of the Monkey. The buildings glowing in festive green and red lights are a reminder to prepare our own Xmas decoration, since Christmas is just a few weeks away!

Funny Xmas lights at New Mandarin Plaza with Santa's ice cream truck.

Funny Xmas lights at New Mandarin Plaza with Santa’s ice cream truck.

Merry Christmas. Holiday ice cream anyone?

Merry Christmas. Holiday ice cream anyone?

Surprise. A cute Santa and Monkey Christmas illumination in Hong Kong.

Surprise. A cute Santa and Monkey Christmas illumination in Hong Kong.

This year Santa's little helper is this funny monkey.

This year Santa’s little helper is this funny monkey.

Season's Greetings. This bright reindeer spends the winter in warm Hong Kong.

Season’s Greetings. This bright reindeer spends the winter in warm Hong Kong.

Black Friday Sale 2015: 4 days long 20% off ALL ITEMS !!!

Yes, it’s Black Friday and we start our big Black Friday Sale right now! You can get amazing discounts the whole weekend long. We offer a 20% discount on all our products on modes4u.com (items on sale and shipping costs excluded). The offer is valid until Monday, November 30th, 11.59PM.

You have 4 days until the end of Cyber Monday to choose from over 1000 new products and all your favorite items in our shop.  This is your chance to get a real bargain for Christmas. If you are looking for cute Christmas gifts, advent calendar fillings, birthday presents or simply want to treat yourself a bit, this is the place and time to buy it.

To get the discount you have to enter the coupon code “BlackFriday2015” during checkout. (not valid for shipping costs and items on sale)

Happy shopping!

Black Friday Sale 2015. 4 days long 20% off ALL ITEMS !!! 1

Black Friday Sale 2015. 4 days long 20% off ALL ITEMS !!!

Our favorite Christmas DIYs 2015 Part 2

It will be December very soon, which means it’s about time to prepare a lovely calendar for Christmas. Today we like to share our favorite DIY Christmas calendar ideas. With little effort everyone can create a wonderful winter surprise for family and friends. There are instructions for starters and advanced crafting enthusiasts. For more inspiration you can have a look at the adorable Christmas fabrics in our shop. What kind of amazing Christmas calendar do you want to make?

A cute Christmas stockings calendar on missmustardseed.com

A cute Christmas stockings calendar on missmustardseed.com

A funny toilet paper DIY Christmas calendar on morningcreativity.com

A funny toilet paper DIY Christmas calendar on morningcreativity.com

A wonderful fabric Christmas tree calendar on ohhappyday.com

A wonderful fabric Christmas tree calendar on ohhappyday.com

These sewed on Christmas bulbs make perfect pockets for small gifts.

These sewed on Christmas bulbs make perfect pockets for small gifts.

All you need is a big piece of fabric of your choice and a few supplies.

All you need is a big piece of fabric of your choice and a few supplies.

With little effort you can attach the pockets anywhere you like.

With little effort you can attach the pockets anywhere you like.

Don't forget to buy some little surprises to put in the calendar.

Don’t forget to buy some little surprises to put in the calendar.

There are many more types of Christmas calendars. How about a little wood?

There are many more types of Christmas calendars. How about a little wood?

This beautiful chalkboard Christmas calendar can be prepared very quickly.

This beautiful chalkboard Christmas calendar can be prepared very quickly.

cute turquoise snowman Christmas by fabric Andover USA

cute turquoise snowman Christmas by fabric Andover USA

cute charcoal grey Christmas tree mistletoe bird fabric Andover USA

cute charcoal grey Christmas tree mistletoe bird fabric Andover USA

off-white mistletoe fir tree poinsettias flower Christmas fabric

off-white mistletoe fir tree poinsettias flower Christmas fabric

cute green reindeer Santa Claus ice crystals stripe winter Christmas fabric

cute green reindeer Santa Claus ice crystals stripe winter Christmas fabric

cream colored kawaii snow owl winter animals square flannel fabric

cream colored kawaii snow owl winter animals square flannel fabric

white Santa Claus snowflake ice crystals Christmas fabric Henry Glass

white Santa Claus snowflake ice crystals Christmas fabric Henry Glass

Sumikkogurashi Cat & Penguin’s favorite Christmas presents from modes4u.com

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Sumikkogurashi cat and penguin picked their favorite Christmas presents.

The cute Sumikkogurashi animals are usually very shy, but with a lot of Christmas spirit we got our office mascots penguin and cat Neko to present their favorite Christmas gifts from our shop.

1. Sumikkogurashi Norwegian Handbag

Is there anything better for the cold winter months than a soft and warm Christmas accessory? This red Norwegian Christmas handbag is a perfect match with any winter fashion and makes a great gift.

red Norwegian Christmas San-X Sumikkogurashi shy animals handbag

red Norwegian Christmas San-X Sumikkogurashi shy animals handbag

 

2. Sumikkogurashi Pencil Case Pouch

Every year some of our favorite pens and pencils seem to disappear without a trace. No more. With our cute Sumikkogurashi pouches you can keep all your beloved stationery safe and organized.

cream Sumikkogurashi shy animals city house pouch San-X

cream Sumikkogurashi shy animals city house pouch San-X

 

3. Sumikkogurashi Ring Binder Notebook

Books always make a great Christmas present. However, even better are those that you can use to be creative, like this special Sumikkogurashi ring binder notebook or the many colorful Sumikkogurashi memo pads in our shop.

striped Sumikkogurashi shy animals house ring binder notebook

striped Sumikkogurashi shy animals house ring binder notebook

 

4. Sumikkogurashi Plush-Charm

Who else would cat Neko want for Christmas than her good friend polar bear? This cute polar bear sailor plush charm and many more of the Sumikkogurashi lucky charms in our shop will surely make a Christmas wish come true.

cute white Sumikkogurashi sailor polar bear plush charm from Japan

cute white Sumikkogurashi sailor polar bear plush charm from Japan

Our favorite Christmas DIYs 2015 Part 1

If you are starting to get excited about Christmas already, there are many lovely decoration ideas we found online that will turn your home into a little winter wonderland. Some of the DIYs can be a bit complex for starters, but there are also lots very easy ideas like the cute Washi Tape Christmas cards or the deco tape wreath that we simply adore. And how amazing is the ball of wool knitting wreath?

A cute Christmas tree DIY card on woohome.com

A cute Christmas tree DIY card on woohome.com

A lovely DIY Washi Tape Christmas card.

A lovely DIY Washi Tape Christmas card.

Cute Christmas card with presents.

Cute Christmas card with presents.

This beautiful ribbon Christmas tree card is really easy to make.

This beautiful ribbon Christmas tree card is really easy to make.

For sewing fans. This adorable reindeer is sure to be a special gift.

For sewing fans. This adorable reindeer is sure to be a special gift.

An amazing self-made deco tape wreath.

An amazing self-made deco tape wreath.

This candy cone hearts wreath is just too cute eat.

This candy cone hearts wreath is just too cute eat.

Still waiting for snow? Just build a wreath snowman instead.

Still waiting for snow? Just build a wreath snowman instead.

This heart-warming ball of yarn wreath is a true piece of art.

This heart-warming ball of yarn wreath is a true piece of art.

Happy Halloween with Rilakkuma’s Halloween Party

Happy Halloween everyone. Today we celebrate with this cute Rilakkuma Halloween Party wallpaper that you can download for free. If you love the lazy brown bear in his adorable costume as much as we love our Halloween candy, you can check out the Halloween Party plush collection in our shop.

Download the cute Rilakkuma's PumpkinParty wallpaper for free.

Download the cute Rilakkuma’s PumpkinParty wallpaper for free.

Hello Kitty Halloween 2015

In a few days it will be Halloween and what better way is there than celebrating with Hello Kitty and her friends. Sanrio‘s cute cat will star a big Halloween event at Harmony Land in Japan. Looking at last year’s pictures, the party with the kawaii characters will be great fun with amazing live stage performances, dance and music. To get into the mood for the spooky celebrations you can already choose a funny Halloween costume using Sanrio’s Chanrio Maker to dress your digital characters after uploading photos or creating your avatar online. In addition, for those who simply cannot wait for their Halloween candy, we found this Tokyo bakery, which sells adorable Halloween cakes with Hello Kitty and My Melody designs. We say “trick or treat“.

Hello Kitty celebrates Halloween 2015 with costumes, parties and cake.

Hello Kitty celebrates Halloween 2015 with costumes, parties and cake.

The colorful Halloween party at Harmony Land promises to enchant all Hello Kitty fans.

The colorful Halloween party at Harmony Land promises to enchant all Hello Kitty fans.

This cute Hello Kitty Halloween cake is surely the sweetest pumpkin of the year.

This cute Hello Kitty Halloween cake is surely the sweetest pumpkin of the year.

Get into the right mood for Halloween and choose from many funny costumes.

Get into the right mood for Halloween and choose from many funny costumes.

Last year's a Halloween party decoration included amazing illuminations.

Last year’s a Halloween party decoration included amazing illuminations.

Visitors can enjoy fun live stage performances, dance and music.

Visitors can enjoy fun live stage performances, dance and music.

Hello Kitty on stage in a cute pumpkin costume.

Hello Kitty on stage in a cute pumpkin costume.

funny Hello Kitty Halloween stickers with gold metallic by Kamio from Japan

funny Hello Kitty Halloween stickers with gold metallic by Kamio from Japan

funny black Halloween pumpkin card holder figurine from Japan

funny black Halloween pumpkin card holder figurine from Japan

Latest shipping dates for Christmas 2015

Hong Kong Post released the latest shipping dates for Christmas 2015, which tell you when your orders have to be mailed at the latest to arrive before Christmas Day.

Please check this year’s chart below carefully, as for many countries the latest shipping dates are already at the end of November!

However, Hong Kong Post stresses that the dates are only provisional and scheduled delivery dates are not guaranteed. Therefore, we strongly recommend to order earlier, so you can enjoy stress-free Christmas shopping. However, there is no need to worry. You can still order items for Christmas after the cut-off dates for your country using our express shipping, which only takes 1-5 business days!

Check the time table on our website for the latest shipping dates for Christmas 2015.

Check the time table on our website for the latest shipping dates for Christmas 2015.

Cute Pop-up Christmas cards in our Shop.

If you are looking for cute Christmas decoration and gift ideas, you will be delighted with our new Pop-up Christmas cards and garlands in the Christmas category our shop. The beautiful 3D fold-out cards with Santa Claus, reindeer and teddy bears have a truly ‘outstanding’ design and will be a lovely surprise under every Christmas tree. With cards as much fun as these, we can hardly wait to start writing the season’s greetings.

Our new Christmas cards have lots of outstanding cute detail.

Our new Christmas cards have lots of outstanding cute detail.

The cards make a lovely Christmas decoration that is easy to place anywhere.

The cards make a lovely Christmas decoration that is easy to place anywhere.

Of course there is also more than enough space to write Christmas greetings.

Of course there is also more than enough space to write Christmas greetings.

Pop-up cards are a lovely surprise and popular with all age groups.

Pop-up cards are a lovely surprise and popular with all age groups.

In their folded form the cards easily fit into their envelope.

In their folded form the cards easily fit into their envelope.

Folded out within seconds. It's the small things that can bring most joy.

Folded out within seconds. It’s the small things that can bring most joy.

cute Santa Claus rocking chair Christmas glitter letter pop-up card from Japan

cute Santa Claus rocking chair Christmas glitter letter pop-up card from Japan

cute Santa Claus Christmas tree ginger bread house glitter letter pop-up card

cute Santa Claus Christmas tree ginger bread house glitter letter pop-up card

cute winter house fireplace socks Christmas letter 3D pop-up card from Japan

cute winter house fireplace socks Christmas letter 3D pop-up card from Japan

New San-X Character Selection 2015

You have the choice. In San-X’s 2015 character selection you can now decide who will join Sumikko GurashiRilakkuma and his friends soon. The kawaii contenders certainly all have what it takes. Here is a brief introduction of our three favorite candidates. Topping the list is Jinbee-san is a friendly blue whale, who lives in the big ocean with his aquatic friends. He loves swimming and relaxing in a hot bath. Second in lead is Futon-sama. A futon blanket that has magically come to life. Fluffy futon is usually a bit sleepy and loves to snuggle all day long. Finally there is Coronya the cat with a croissant for a hat. She loves eating yummy pastries and taking her little pet creamy for a walk outside. To vote for one of the cute characters, just head to the San-X website (Japanese) and follow our easy modes4u instructions. 1. Select your favorite character’s profile and scroll to the bottom of the page. 2 Insert: your email address, name and age, select gender (boys-left/girls-right), write an additional short message and tick the center box to avoid newsletters. 3. Submit your vote with the big pink button on the right-hand side. Don’t wait too long, you can vote for your favorite character until October 31st this year. Let’s go.

You have the choice. In San-X's 2015 character selection.

You have the choice. In San-X’s 2015 character selection.

Who is your favorite character to join Sumikko Gurashi, Rilakkuma?

Which is your favorite character to join Sumikko Gurashi and Rilakkuma?

Jinbee-san is a friendly blue whale. His octopus friends run a paint shop.

Jinbee-san is a friendly blue whale. His octopus friends run a paint shop.

A magic wind brought Futon-sama to life. Futon truly is a divine blanket.

A magic wind brought Futon-sama to life. Futon truly is a divine blanket.

A sweet cat with a passion for pastries. Coronya has her own little bakery.

A sweet cat with a passion for pastries. Coronya has her own little bakery.

Chime is a funny little sheep, who likes different hair styles and everything arty.

Chime is a funny little sheep, who likes different hair styles and everything arty.

Now you can vote with our easy modes4u instructions.

Now you can vote with our easy modes4u instructions.

denim Sumikkogurashi shy animals canvas linen pouch pencil case

denim Sumikkogurashi shy animals canvas linen pouch pencil case

navy blue Norwegian Christmas San-X Rilakkuma pouch

navy blue Norwegian Christmas San-X Rilakkuma pouch