Chinese New Year surprises in your orders from now on

For Chinese New Year we have a surprise for all our customers again. As it is a tradition to give away red pockets – small red envelopes filled with money gifts – we will give some to you. Well, they won’t contain money but a little surprise. The next 2500 orders that we ship from January 20th on will get a cute red pocket with an adorable dragon design (2012 is the year of the dragon). This may sound a lot, but as we’re getting really many orders each day, we expect them to be gone really soon. So be quick if you want to get one of those cute little pieces of Chinese tradition. The whole team was preparing the envelopes today, it was a lot of fun doing it together.

Another reason to hurry: The next 20 orders over 80 Euros (102 US Dollars or 67 British Pounds) will get a super cute Rilakkuma Fai Chun on top (just valid when you order directly via our website www.modes4u.com)! Fai Chuns are paper decorations with good wishes for the next year that people decorate their homes with. There are two different designs with two different wishes, one wishing good fortune for the new year and one wishing to move on to a higher step (e.g. of success). Get your share of Chinese New Year.

PLEASE DON’T FORGET: Due to Chinese New Year public holidays from January 23rd to January 25th we can’t ship any orders, as all post offices are closed. From Thursday, January 26th we will start shipping again.

The next 2500 orders will get one of these cute red envelopes with a surprise

The next 2500 orders will get one of these cute red envelopes with a surprise

Adorable Rilakkuma Fai Chuns for the next 20 orders over 80 Euros

Adorable Rilakkuma Fai Chuns for the next 20 orders over 80 Euros

modes4u team packing the red envelopes together

modes4u team packing the red envelopes together

10 of our craziest products

We got so many fun things during the last weeks that we thought it would be a nice idea to summarize some of the craziest stuff we have. To be honest, we could easily pick a top 50 selection, so reducing it to 10 items was the real challenge. If you have other suggestions for crazy products to include in this collection, feel free to share them with us. We would like to know what you think. But until you do, check out our selection of 10 crazy things on modes4u:

1. Kutusita Nyanko Furry Pencil Case

fluffy Kutusita Nyanko pencil case with cat

fluffy Kutusita Nyanko pencil case with cat

This could remind you a bit of a bearskin near a fireplace. But it’s a lot cuter. And the pencil case will certainly attract some attention. It’s super soft to touch, has a rather unusual appearance and shape for a pencil case and offers room in Kutusita Nyankos cute belly to put your pens, make-up or other stuff you need to store.
2. Stag beetle stickers

funny 3D sponge sticker set bug stag beetle

funny 3D sponge sticker set bug stag beetle

Okay, in the eyes of most people stag beetle don’t belong to the group of  animals, which you want to see on bags, stickers, fabrics and more. But don’t underestimate them. Although they are not cute in the traditional way, they are still very funny and entertaining. Especially as people will certainly not expect them. So why not add a few stag beetle stickers to your next project?

3. Little Red Riding Hood Shopping Bag

cute Little Red Riding Hood shopping bag wolf pouch

cute Little Red Riding Hood shopping bag wolf pouch

This is the fairy tale come true. An adorable shopping bag with Little Red Riding Hood coming out of the belly of a soft wolf pouch. It’s such a cute idea and really handy at the same time. Because there is so often a need for a  foldable bag to transport your groceries or shopping items. Getting out the bag will become the highlight of your shopping experience.

4. Chinese Dumplings Eraser

Chinese dumplings eraser from Japan by Iwako

Chinese dumplings eraser from Japan by Iwako

This is just hilarios. Can you imagine erasing with some Mini Chinese Dumplings? Which are incredibly detailed by the way, it’s always amazing to see how those tiny things can seem so real. Of course you can choose from hundreds of dishes when it comes to food erasers. Chinese, Japanese, fast food, desserts, all available as tiny erasers. Still this dumpling eraser is one of  our highlights. Maybe cause we’re situated in Hong Kong and eat dumplings quite a lot.

5. Budgie Post-its

cute bookmark stickers budgie Post-it

cute bookmark stickers budgie Post-it

Just the thought of a book with many little budgies sticking out already makes us smile. Maybe because budgies are not as present in our daily kawaii life as all those deer, bears, cats etc. Mmmh, we wonder why. They are colourful, funny and entertaining. Perfect kawaii material. So enjoy them.

6. Brick Bento Box

funny yellow brick Bento Box from Japan

funny yellow brick Bento Box from Japan

Most of our Bento Boxes do have funny designs or special shapes. But this box stands out even a bit more and is very popular in our shop. Maybe storing lunch in a big brick brings back childhood memories somehow.  Maybe it’s just the fact that they look cool and are a bright eye catcher. No matter what causes the attraction, it works.

7. Rilakkuma Sandwich Squishy

Rilakkuma bear sandwich bread squishy cellphone charm

Rilakkuma bear sandwich bread squishy cellphone charm

Bread squishies are all over the place. There are so many different styles, still this Rilakkuma sandwich squishy has something special about it. Certainly the fact that there is lettuce and cold cuts on the sandwich makes it even funnier. And it just looks yummy overall. Don’t you just want a tasty sandwich like that? Just don’t eat the squishy.

8. Crazy Bottle Pencil Caps

cute Rilakkuma bear pencil cap by San-X bottle

cute Rilakkuma bear pencil cap by San-X bottle

Pencil caps are already a funny thing by itself – you don’t really need them, but they look cute. But now you can even carry a super tiny milk carton or a bottle of strawberry milk on your pencil. Can it get any cuter? We would not know how. The crazy bottle pencil caps are from the new ‘Rilakkuma Chocolate and Coffee’ collection and come in different sets. We will add them to our shop within the next days.

9. Skull Eraser Making Clay Set

funny DIY eraser making kit Skull from Japan

funny DIY eraser making kit Skull from Japan

It’s always pretty cool to make your own things, no matter if you art and craft with kids or design something fashionable for yourself. And could it be cooler than funky skull erasers? DIY eraser clay sets are an easy way to create something unique. And they even glow in the dark.

10. Comic Fabric

colourful Michael Miller designer fabric retro comic

colourful Michael Miller designer fabric retro comic

A whole new experience: Read a comic not on paper, but on fabric. Okay, we have to admit it won’t be a whole comic. Still the retro Michael Miller fabric is pretty cool and the selected pictures quite hilarious. What a wonderful material for art or fashion projects. Not only comic fans will love it.

A Unique Christmas Gift Idea for Globetrotters

They have seen many countries, they have visitied the most exciting places, they have met so many international people. So what to give to a person who is always on trips and brings souvenirs from all over the world?

Our unique Christmas gift idea for globetrotters: Chopsticks

Because Asia is still a number one destination for many travelers and represents exciting and adventurous trips. If the globetrotter has been there, it is his perfect opportunity to show off his assured handling of chopsticks and wallow in memories, if he hasn’t been there he can already practice for his future trip. A success in any case!

kawaii Chopsticks with deer squirrel rabbit chick

kawaii Chopsticks with deer squirrel rabbit chick

Little Red Riding Hood Bento Chopsticks pink kawaii

Little Red Riding Hood Bento Chopsticks pink kawaii

colourful Strawberry Chopsticks set 6 pairs hearts

colourful Strawberry Chopsticks set 6 pairs hearts

kawaii Hello Kitty Chopsticks with apples & dots

kawaii Hello Kitty Chopsticks with apples & dots

Black Friday Sale: 20% discount on ALL ITEMS

This is a chance you only get once a year. For the second time in the modes4u-history we have a Black Friday Sale. Today you’ll get 20% discount on EVERYTHING (except shipping costs and items on sale).  So start shopping now and take this opportunity to buy your favourite items, Christmas presents for all friends & family or just the new product that you always wanted to have.

Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days in the US and marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Last year we followed that tradition for the first time and as you guys really loved it, we wanted to do it again this year. The advantage in our Black Friday Sale is that you don’t have to leave the house and can comfortably shop from home on modes4u.com between at 00.01 AM Eastern Standard Time (EST, New York) until 23.59 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST, Los Angeles).

What’s important to mention: To get the 20% discount on the order, every customer has to provide the coupon code “BlackFriday2011? during checkout.

Enjoy your shopping day!

Black Friday Sale: 20% discount on ALL ITEMS

Black Friday Sale: 20% discount on ALL ITEMS

A Unique Christmas Gift Idea for Workaholics

A new tie? A fancy pen? A leather briefcase? Mmmh, does not really sound like a unique Christmas gift idea. But what to give to this total careerist who adores his work, office and all those business things connected to it? We say surprise him with a colourful, happy and useful present.

Here is our unique Christmas gift idea for: Workaholics

It’s funny, extraordinary and perfectly suitable for every workaholic’s schedule: a colourful bento box. Because everybody has to eat –  even workaholics. No matter if it’s for the little snack or a big lunch, for a simple sandwich or fancy sushi, our bento boxes from Japan are fun and pep up every working day. Give away a little spark of colour.

funny red brick Bento Box from Japan

funny red brick Bento Box from Japan

Green Bento Box Frog Family kawaii lunch box

Green Bento Box Frog Family kawaii lunch box

elegant white Eiffel Tower Lacquer Bento Box France

elegant white Eiffel Tower Lacquer Bento Box France

big round panda bear Bento Box lacquer lunch box

big round panda bear Bento Box lacquer lunch box

modes4u.com is an official San-X retailer

YAY, we got added to the official San-X retailer list. It’s a really nice compliment to be one of their offical retailers now, we’re very happy about it. San-X is one of the largest character oriented stationary and gift manufacturing companies in Japan and one of our biggest suppliers for cute stationery, bento boxes and accessories. They developed characters such as Rilakkuma, Mamegoma, Kutusita Nyanko, Berry Puppy, Kireizukin or Kamonohashikamo, which are very popular in our shop. We have been working closely together with San-X since we started modes4u.com a couple of years ago, and becoming an official retailer is a nice sign for continuing our good business relations. So look out for all the new cute San-X stuff we will be adding frequently to our shop.

modes4u.com is an official San-X retailer

modes4u.com is an official San-X retailer

new Bento Box delivery sold out within 5 minutes

That really was super fast. Yesterday we got a new delivery of our very popular 4 colour bento boxes including the super cute frog bento box. We put them online in the afternoon and within 5 minutes all 200 pieces were sold out. Other customers who wanted to buy them too couldn’t believe it. We also have to admit that it doesn’t happen every day that a new delivery is sold out that quickly. It’s a new record. But can you blame them? The bento boxes are just really cute. We already reordered them, so check our website next week for the new delivery.

new Bento Box delivery immediately sold out

new Bento Box delivery immediately sold out

new Bento Box delivery immediately sold out

new Bento Box delivery immediately sold out

new Bento Box delivery immediately sold out

new Bento Box delivery immediately sold out

new Bento Box delivery immediately sold out

new Bento Box delivery immediately sold out

More than 450 items on sale

We want to make room in our warehouse for all the new deliveries that we are expecting in the next weeks. That’s why you find more than 450 items on sale with discounts up to 80%! This is your opportunity to shop for special Christmas presents such as fabrics, deco tapes, erasers and more for your family, friends or for yourself. Once the items in this category are sold out we will not get them again, so be quick if you see something you like. Stock is limited. Here are just a couple of the items that are on sale right now:

More than 450 items on sale

More than 450 items on sale

beautiful colourful pears fabric blue Robert Kaufman

beautiful colourful pears fabric blue Robert Kaufman

cute poodle Deco Tape dogs hearts kawaii

cute poodle Deco Tape dogs hearts kawaii

blue laughing flower fabric button Robert Kaufman

blue laughing flower fabric button Robert Kaufman

Our Lunch Box on kitchendaily.com

kitchendaily.com was looking for ’10 Lunch Boxes you’ve never seen before’ and guess what, one of our bento boxes got featured in the article. Our funny green Brick Bento Box made it to the top 10. We are not surprised, because it is super funny and unique. Still we’re super happy that they liked our product so much to add it to the article. If you like the Brick one, have a look at further Lunch Boxes, we got many cute shapes and styles.

Our Lunch Box on kitchendaily.com

Our Lunch Box on kitchendaily.com

funny green brick Bento Box from Japan

funny green Brick Bento Box from Japan

Christmas SALE

We have a big Christmas SALE in our shop! Lots of Christmas items are up to 30% off (including Japanese stationery and some really beautiful and cute Christmas fabrics). Get your favorite Christmas items now, this offer is only valid while stock lasts and stock is limited!

cute christmas Deco Tape glitter kawaii

cute christmas Deco Tape glitter kawaii

pink kawaii Christmas fabric Bambi bunny glitter Japan

pink kawaii Christmas fabric Bambi bunny glitter Japan

pink kawaii Christmas fabric Santa Claus macaroons

pink kawaii Christmas fabric Santa Claus macaroons

white kawaii Christmas fabric panda Santa Claus

white kawaii Christmas fabric panda Santa Claus

cute blue Christmas fabric reindeer Robert Kaufman

cute blue Christmas fabric reindeer Robert Kaufman

beautiful glitter snow landscape Deco Tape Christmas

beautiful glitter snow landscape Deco Tape Christmas

Michael Miller Christmas fabric Snowy Woods

Michael Miller Christmas fabric Snowy Woods

Michael Miller Christmas fabric Scarlet Poinsettia

Michael Miller Christmas fabric Scarlet Poinsettia

green Michael Miller Christmas fabric Joyful Damask

green Michael Miller Christmas fabric Joyful Damask

cute Christmas envelopes Fairy Tale from Japan

cute Christmas envelopes Fairy Tale from Japan

cute Christmas memo pad Fairy Tale from Japan

cute Christmas memo pad Fairy Tale from Japan

cute Christmas Post-it bookmark stickers Fairy Tale

cute Christmas Post-it bookmark stickers Fairy Tale

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