Lots of new adorable erasers in our shop

We got lots of new erasers from the Japanese company Iwako this week. Girls will love the super cute teddy bears in colourful parkas that we got in seven different colours. Boys will like the cool little dinosaurs that are hatching from eggs. You can even remove the little T-Rex or Triceratops from the egg and then have an awesome baby dinosaur.

The little chick in egg that we got in yellow, green and pale pink is also the perfect little something for Easter.

Also there is one new eraser set with safari animals such as kangaroo, rhino, crocodile, tiger, panda and more. All the erasers have different colours and are highly detailed.

yellow chick in egg eraser by Iwako from Japan

yellow chick in egg eraser by Iwako from Japan

bear in blue parka eraser by Iwako from Japan

bear in blue parka eraser by Iwako from Japan

bear in pink parka eraser by Iwako from Japan

bear in pink parka eraser by Iwako from Japan

black panda bear eraser by Iwako from Japan

black panda bear eraser by Iwako from Japan

Safari Animals Iwako erasers set 8 pieces from Japan

Safari Animals Iwako erasers set 8 pieces from Japan

yellow dinosaur in egg eraser by Iwako from Japan

yellow dinosaur in egg eraser by Iwako from Japan

green dinosaur in egg eraser by Iwako from Japan

green dinosaur in egg eraser by Iwako from Japan

Christmas gifts for your sports group

You really like your sports group and want to give them a tiny little thing for Christmas? With our Christmas gift ideas for sport groups you’ll easily find the right thing:

1. Sports erasers

Stay in the sporty spirit and give a funny Japanese sport eraser to all your teammates.

cool black and white soccer ball eraser by Iwako

cool black and white soccer ball eraser by Iwako

cool red brown eraser American Football

cool red brown eraser American Football

Iwako erasers Baseball 13 pieces set

Iwako erasers Baseball 13 pieces set

2. Band-Aids

Hopefully it doesn’t happen too often, but who doesn’t know it? When you’re playing a sport bruises or scratches happen easily. So a cute and colourful band-aid is a funny little something to give.

cute Rilakkuma bear Bandage Band-Aid 10 pieces

cute Rilakkuma bear Bandage Band-Aid 10 pieces

cute polka dots Bandage Band-Aid 15 pcs with Eiffel tower

cute polka dots Bandage Band-Aid 15 pcs with Eiffel tower

Sentimental Circus glitter Bandage Band-Aid 10 pcs Japan

Sentimental Circus glitter Bandage Band-Aid 10 pcs Japan

3. Sports stickers

For the sports bag, the locker, for collecting or swapping, a cute sticker – in your case with a sporty theme – is a good idea.

cute golfing bears stickers from Japan sport

cute golfing bears stickers from Japan sport

Christmas gifts for the office

Unless you’re really close with your work colleagues you probably won’t bother getting them Christmas gifts. But with our Christmas gift ideas for the office you’ll have the perfect little somethings that don’t cost you much and are a perfect thing for big groups.

1. Folders

These folders look adorable with their colourful designs and where could they be used better than in an office environment? There are always some papers laying around.

white Hello Kitty A4 plastic file folder colourful ribbons

white Hello Kitty A4 plastic file folder colourful ribbons

5-pocket A4 plastic file folder white Korilakkuma bear

5-pocket A4 plastic file folder white Korilakkuma bear

funny jellyfish & sea animals A4 plastic file folder

funny jellyfish & sea animals A4 plastic file folder

2. Erasers

Your colleagues will love the Japanese erasers, even if they don’t use pencils at all. But who can resist the charm of these little rubber items? You might see a lot of them on the desks of your colleagues if you decide to go for this option.

green crocodile eraser by Iwako from Japan

green crocodile eraser by Iwako from Japan

cool black eraser American Football

cool black eraser American Football

French fries eraser from Japan by Iwako

French fries eraser from Japan by Iwako

3. Pencil Caps

A super funny little gift, especially because you don’t get to see something like this a lot. The pencil caps are really just for decoration, but look super lovely and give your pencil a unique look!

kawaii forest animals pencil caps with stickers

kawaii forest animals pencil caps with stickers

kawaii Rilakkuma bear pencil cap by San-X bottle

kawaii Rilakkuma bear pencil cap by San-X bottle

pencil caps with Piggy Girl pig & dots San-X

pencil caps with Piggy Girl pig & dots San-X

Christmas gifts for your son

In the best case your son already gave you a list of what he wants for Christmas and you can just get him one of the many things he wrote down. But if you don’t have any idea yet or are still looking for a little ‘add-on’, our Christmas gift ideas for boys might inspire you.

1. Eraser Sets

Erasers don’t have a very exciting reputation, but these ones will change that forever. The cute Japanese erasers we carry in our shop come in the shape of sweets, food or animals and are very highly detailed. They are great for collecting, swapping or playing… or just to erase things.

Iwako erasers fruit set 8 pieces from Japan

Iwako erasers fruit set 8 pieces from Japan

Iwako erasers Sushi Japan 6 pieces set

Iwako erasers Sushi Japan 6 pieces set

Iwako erasers Emergency Vehicle 6 pieces set

Iwako erasers Emergency Vehicle 6 pieces set

2. Popin’ Cookin’ DIY Candy Sets

These sets will amaze your kids. Popin’ Cookin’ candies are DIY sets to make your own gummy candy in crazy shapes. And all you have to do is mix powder with water and let it dry. Children will love this unusual and super funny experience.

Kracie Popin' Cookin' DIY candy kit Sushi from Japan

Kracie Popin’ Cookin’ DIY candy kit Sushi from Japan

Kracie DIY candy kit with insects Popin' Cookin'

Kracie DIY candy kit with insects Popin’ Cookin’

Narunaru Gummy Popin' Cookin' DIY candy tree soda

Narunaru Gummy Popin’ Cookin’ DIY candy tree soda

3. Building Block Accessories

Doesn’t every child like to play with building blocks? Our cool accessories in the shape of building blocks are a good little something for your son to put under the Christmas tree.

red and blue building block Bento chopsticks from Japan

red and blue building block Bento chopsticks from Japan

funny green building block key cover charm

funny green building block key cover charm

funny yellow squishy building block phone strap

funny yellow squishy building block phone strap

Christmas gifts for Dad

Maybe you’re lucky and belong to the people who can easily find a Christmas present for their dads. But let’s face it, most of the times the fathers seem to be the hardest cases of the family when it comes to finding a present. So what do you think about these present suggestions for Christmas 2012?

1. Coffee tumblers / thermos bottles

For the office, the car or just for breakfast, a coffee tumbler or thermos bottle is a useful gift that your dad will appreciate. Even if he is not a coffee drinker, he can also enjoy tea, soup or other hot beverages.

turquoise coffee tumbler with Tom Thumb

turquoise coffee tumbler with Tom Thumb

cute pink teddy bear Thermo bottle from Japan

cute pink teddy bear Thermo bottle from Japan

2. Office sets

Spice up your dad’s office supplies by making him a set with cool stationery items. We have lots of erasers, memo pads, pens or adhesive tape dispensers with quite unusual designs. The funny items will make him smile.

red building block adhesive tape dispenser cutter

red building block adhesive tape dispenser cutter

colourful cars mini Memo Pad Cram Cream

colourful cars mini Memo Pad Cram Cream

white police motorbike eraser from Japan by Iwako

white police motorbike eraser from Japan by Iwako

cute blue-white polka dots mechanical pencil

cute blue-white polka dots mechanical pencil

3. Car bags

Does your dad always complain about the mess in his car (caused by him or other people)? Then it’s the right time to give him one of the cool car organiser bags. They can easily be attached to the front or passenger seat and have lots of compartments to hold all the loose items in the car.

cute beige car bag with toadstools from Japan

cute beige car bag with toadstools from Japan

brown car bag with animals cat elephant Japan

brown car bag with animals cat elephant Japan

24 ideas for advent calendar gifts: Erasers

Today’s tip for Christmas advent calendar gifts is already a classic: Japanese erasers. Lots of customers tell us that they include the cute and highly detailed erasers in their advent calendars. The possibilities seem endless, because we offer more than 300 different erasers and sets. You can compile your own little combinations, add single erasers or even include them in several days. We have lots of different categories, there are food erasers, animal erasers, Sushi erasers and more. They all come from Japan, are useful, cute and really a special little something.

green crocodile eraser by Iwako from Japan

green crocodile eraser by Iwako from Japan

brown monkey eraser by Iwako from Japan

brown monkey eraser by Iwako from Japan

black Lucky Cat eraser Maneki Neko from Japan

black Lucky Cat eraser Maneki Neko from Japan

red strawberry eraser from Japan by Iwako

red strawberry eraser from Japan by Iwako

colorful green peas eraser from Japan by Iwako

colorful green peas eraser from Japan by Iwako

Iwako erasers Sushi Japan 6 pieces set

Iwako erasers Sushi Japan 6 pieces set

pink-yellow doughnut eraser French Pastry

pink-yellow doughnut eraser French Pastry

turquoise loading shovel eraser from Japan by Iwako

turquoise loading shovel eraser from Japan by Iwako

white teeth eraser from Japan by Iwako

white teeth eraser from Japan by Iwako

Japanese Kokeshi dolls eraser Mount Fuji from Japan

Japanese Kokeshi dolls eraser Mount Fuji from Japan

cool black and white soccer ball eraser by Iwako

cool black and white soccer ball eraser by Iwako

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Alan

Today we’re introducing a member of our staff which has been there from the very first minute: Alan is one of the bosses at modes4u.

Hello, who are you by the way?
I’m Alan. I’m 34 years old and come from Hong Kong. I am married to Sandra, the Managing Director from modes4u.com. Together with her I build modes4u more than 4 years ago. Before I joined the company fulltime I was working as an IT specialist for different companies here in Hong Kong.

What is your job at modes4u?
I am the IT manager and responsible for everything technical at the office. I developed our packing software, our shop software and website, so I have to watch out that everything is working fine. I am constantly trying to improve everything of course, to make it easier, more user-friendly and faster. It is a never-ending story, but I enjoy it a lot.

As one of the bosses I am also busy with lots of organizational stuff, negotiations, business trips and so on. And sometimes I even am the craftsman at the office, when I have to fix or build things.

What is your favourite product or your favourite category at modes4u?
I know all our products in our shop very well, because until we hired a fulltime photographer last year, it was also my job to take all the product pictures. I like all of them, because they are so beautiful, but if I had to choose a favourite category, it would definitely be our dessert erasers. They are from Japan and made by the company Iwako. And even though Japanese products are usually very high-quality, those are the best looking erasers I ever seen; they look so real and so delicious!

What do you like most about your job at modes4u?
I have been in this shop since it started with a couple of orders a week and just two staff members, so it is very overwhelming to see how our business has developed and grown. I feel very fortunate that we have such a good team as I think the most important asset for a company is the staff. Everyone at modes4u is very passionate, hardworking and happy with his/her work. Our working environment is quite harmonized and a lot of times it just feels like a group of friends are doing something great together.

Personally, I really enjoy seeing how our products are making people happy.  It might sound cheesy, but since I graduated from school I often wondered what I can do to make the world a better place. But then I see all the feedback we get from happy customers and realize that these kawaii things bring happiness to our customers. That’s a wonderful feeling and a great motivation to find new products and improve our shop constantly.

You’re surrounded by creative stuff the whole day. Do you like to craft or to be creative in your leisure time?
I like to be creative not so much in the crafty way, but in the field of technology. I love technical stuff and computers and can be very creative in dealing with them. A lot of times I also HAD to come up with ideas, because when we started to build our online shop a couple of years ago, the technology was nowhere near as good as today. I had to build most of our software from scratch, which involves a lot of creativity.

Alan is showing office Rilakkuma who is boss

Alan is showing office Rilakkuma who is boss

Soccer time: EURO 2012 starts today

Soccer is not a big of a thing her in Hong Kong as it is in Europe. But of course we noticed too that a big sport event is about to happen. We wish all of you soccer fans a fantastic time enjoying the European Football Championship 2012. Hopefully you will have exciting matches to watch and your favourite team will make it to the finale.

As the opening game today is held in Poland’s capital Warsaw, we decided to post a cute Iwako soccer ball eraser in the country’s National colour white and red.

cool red and white soccer ball eraser by Iwako

cool red and white soccer ball eraser by Iwako

3 ideas for creative wedding presents

So you’re invited to this wedding and still need a present? In our last blog post we already provided you with some ideas for wedding cards. What’s to go with that? We have three ideas from our shop that we believe are anything but the typical wedding gift.

1. A wedding scrapbook
This might not be the craziest idea ever, but still something that will definitely be appreciated. Because it is self-made. Craft a nice photo album with your memories of the bridal couple or make a scrapbook about something else that has a connection to them. In our shop you’ll find four different scrapbooking kits in different designs that already come with all the basics you need to create something unique. There a colourful papers, a deco tape, stickers and other accessories.

Scrapbooking kit from Japan with flowers

Scrapbooking kit from Japan with flowers

Scrapbooking kit from Japan with golden scissors

Scrapbooking kit from Japan with golden scissors

2. Jewelry from DIY clay sets
This is a fun idea and a cool little symbolic something. The bridal couple probably already has their own wedding rings, but with funny DIY jewelry clay sets they can craft additional kawaii ones – or you can do it, if you want to give away the self-made results. A set like this might also be a great idea for a wedding game or to entertain children on the wedding.

DIY eraser making kit ring heart star diamond rose

DIY eraser making kit ring heart star diamond rose

glitter mousse clay DIY jewelry making kit kawaii Japan

glitter mousse clay DIY jewelry making kit kawaii Japan

3. A honeymoon package
This wedding present will make the newlyweds look forward to their honeymoon even more. Create a cute honeymoon package for them, there are lots of possibilities. If you know where they’re going you can gather some cute items around that destination. Are they traveling to Asia? Make a package out of funny Asia fabrics, Chinese or Japanese food erasers, colourful bento boxes and chopsticks. Will they spend the honeymoon in Paris? There are lots of adorable Paris deco tapes, fabrics, stamps and other stationery products to refer to the city. If you prefer to make a gerenal travel package, we have some accessories that will be handy for that too, such as adorable felt camera cases, bookmarks for travel books, or scrapbooking kits and deco tapes to craft an album of ther memories after the trip.

colourful tropical birds fabric parrot Robert Kaufman

colourful tropical birds fabric parrot Robert Kaufman

Tuna Sushi eraser from Japan by Iwako

Tuna Sushi eraser from Japan by Iwako

Mermaid Post-it bookmark stickers fishes coral

Mermaid Post-it bookmark stickers fishes coral

Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 3pcs Paris France

Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 3pcs Paris France

Lots of crafting accessories for wedding projects

In our wedding blog post last week we already introduced you to some of our products, which might be useful for this year’s wedding season. Today it’s time to get a little more specific. Let’s talk about crafting accessories.

Craft cards

There are thousands of pretty wedding cards, but it’s also really easy to make something yourself which is definitely one of a kind. Just combining some deco tapes, stickers and stamps on plain cardboard is already half of the job. You could also integrate a photo of the bridal couple, of yourself or of something that connects you with the lovebirds. Also try to stamp on different kind of paper, cut it out and glue it onto your card. This will create a wonderful 3D effect and feel really nice too. Or cut out some patterns of a pretty fabric and glue it onto your card. We have lots of suitable designs with hearts, cakes, flowers, ribbons and embellishments.

cute Rilakkuma 3D Stickers Wedding Love Ring Cake

cute Rilakkuma 3D Stickers Wedding Love Ring Cake

Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 3pcs with hearts

Washi Masking Tape deco tape set 3pcs with hearts

Michael Miller fabric Mr. & Mrs. wedding flowers

Michael Miller fabric Mr. & Mrs. wedding flowers

beautiful stamp set angel chandelier music notes

beautiful stamp set angel chandelier music notes

Wrap presents

Your gift will definitely stick out of the crowd when you use some colourful deco tapes to wrap it. Especially pretty patterns on single-coloured wrapping paper will have a great effect, as well as some stamps or stickers. You can create a really unusual wrapping paper when using a cute fabric for this. The bridal couple will definitely remember unwrapping your gift.

Washi Masking Deco Tape set 3pcs garland music heart

Washi Masking Deco Tape set 3pcs garland music heart

cute big Sticky Tape with hearts dots

cute big Sticky Tape with hearts dots

cute deer wedding sticker with animals and cake

cute deer wedding sticker with animals and cake

white Michael Miller fabric with red hearts

white Michael Miller fabric with red hearts

beautiful stamp set Eiffel Tower & crown

beautiful stamp set Eiffel Tower & crown

Be creative with money presents

Many bridal couples have seen and heard enough of bad wedding presents and decide to set some rules: They wish for money. Although for most people this option will be much easier than having to come with something themselves, still the questions remains: How are you going to hand it over? In a plain white envelope? Via bank transfer? We got some ideas:

If you just want to put it in an envelope, at least decorate it in a nice way with deco tapes, stickers or stamps. It won’t take you longer than a couple of minutes. If you’re looking for a creative way to give a money present, try building a wedding cake buffet with little Japanese cake erasers that you decorate with coins and notes. Or craft a simple garland out of Washi tape and integrate your money. Just occasionally use a banknote instead of a piece of tape. You could also pin your money on a cute plush toy or fill a lot of coins in a romantic bento box. There are lots of creative ways which don’t require a lot of time.

chocolate cream cake eraser from Japan by Iwako

chocolate cream cake eraser from Japan by Iwako

strawberry piece of cake eraser from Japan by Iwako

strawberry piece of cake eraser from Japan by Iwako

pink strawberry cake eraser from Japan by Iwako

pink strawberry cake eraser from Japan by Iwako

Iwako erasers cake ice cream 6 pieces set

Iwako erasers cake ice cream 6 pieces set

red Rilakkuma Bento Box Lunch Box bears with hearts

red Rilakkuma Bento Box Lunch Box bears with hearts

Kutusita Nyanko cat with heart plush cellphone charm

Kutusita Nyanko cat with heart plush cellphone charm

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