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

4 weeks until the European Football Championship starts

A lot of people are already totally excited and can’t wait the matches to start. You’re also counting the days? Then use the time you have left until the first match to prepare for the EURO 2012 and get into the right spirit. Even though our kawaii shop might not be the first address for soccer junkies to look for suitable fan accessories, we have a very cute item that will likewise convince sport and kawaii fans: little soccer ball erasers. They are the perfect little present, decorative accessory or a funny toy to re-enact the best soccer moments in passionate finger soccer matches. We even carry the sweet Iwako erasers in different colours.

cool black and white soccer ball eraser by Iwako

cool black and white soccer ball eraser by Iwako

kawaii express eraser giveaway on Facebook

Yay, it’s giveaway time again. But this time we are trying something new. The giveaway is not held on this blog, but on our Facebook page. Three lucky winners each get 10 super kawaii Iwako-erasers from our shop. The erasers are super popular among our customers and we totally understand why: They are super detailed and just have the most adorable colourful designs.

All you have to do to join the giveaway is “like” our Facebook page, “like” the big giveaway photo, share the pic and comment with “I want”. What do you think? Really easy, right? But you have to be fast, because winners will already be announced on Monday, April 30th on our Facebook page.

Good luck everyone!

3 lucky winners get 10 kawaii erasers each from modes4u.com

3 lucky winners each get 10 kawaii erasers from modes4u.com

Don’t forget to read – Happy World Book Day

Yes, we know, it’s kind of the same old story: Reading is important and everybody should read more. We’ve heard it a million times. But it’s very true! That’s why we don’t get tired to stress it on today’s International Day of the Book. It was established by the UNESCO and is already celebrated since 1995. You can imagine what it is for: To promote reading, publishing and copyright.

We have to admit that we don’t carry many books that we can offer you to read. But we have many accessories that will make reading even more fun: Colourful and funny bookmarks, lots of notebooks or stamps in cute book cases. And then there is also the lovely Momiji Doll Clarice from the “book club by luli bunny dolls” collection. The super kawaii friendship doll loves books very much, therefore she even comes with a button saying “I love books”. What a cute symbol to transport today’s message.

So people all around the world: Don’t forget to read. It’s fun!

Japanese momiji doll friendship doll Clarice

Japanese momiji doll friendship doll Clarice

Our favourite product of the week: rhinoceros eraser

There was so much to choose from for this week’s favourite product, as we have been adding lots of stuff: echino fabrics, letter sets, Re-Ments, Memo Pads and more stationery. So who won the race? The new Iwako erasers. We got many new designs like soccer balls or shaved ice. But the most adorable thing comes from the animal eraser category: rhinoceros erasers. Don’t they make your heart melt? They are our favourite product of the week.

By the way, we will be adding more stationery to our shop during the next days, so take a look.

grey rhinoceros eraser by Iwako from Japan

grey rhinoceros eraser by Iwako from Japan

green rhinoceros eraser by Iwako from Japan

green rhinoceros eraser by Iwako from Japan

Our favourite Easter present 2012

Do you already have all your Easter presents? If not then you should hurry, because in less than 2 weeks we already celebrate that holiday. We have been adding products to our Easter category during the last weeks and kind of found a favourite series for this year’s Easter: cute items with Rilakkuma as a bunny. It is super kawaii and the little rabbit costume perfectly fits to Easter. But the nice thing is, that you can also use it afterwards, as it is just a timeless design. We got quite a few new products with those motifs lately from adorable bags to stationery stuff. Don’t you think it would make a great Easter present for kawaii lovers?

Rilakkuma as bunny pencil set 3pcs with stawberries

Rilakkuma as bunny pencil set 3pcs with stawberries

Rilakkuma as bunny bento pouch bag with strawberry

Rilakkuma as bunny bento pouch bag with strawberry

kawaii Rilakkuma bear as bunny handbag with strawberry

kawaii Rilakkuma bear as bunny handbag with strawberry

Rilakkuma bear Notepad homework notebook from Japan

Rilakkuma bear Notepad homework notebook from Japan

cute Rilakkuma bear as bunny eraser with strawberry

cute Rilakkuma bear as bunny eraser with strawberry

Rilakkuma bear as bunny pencil cap strawberry

Rilakkuma bear as bunny pencil cap strawberry

Rilakkuma bear Deco Sticky Tape strawberry rabbit

Rilakkuma bear Deco Sticky Tape strawberry rabbit

Rilakkuma bear Deco Sticky Tape strawberry rabbit

Rilakkuma bear Deco Sticky Tape strawberry rabbit

pink Rilakkuma as bunny ballpoint with  figure

pink Rilakkuma as bunny ballpoint with figure

Our favourite product of the week: Japanese Folders

Stationery-Fans will be in heaven when checking our shop now, because we added a whole lot of stuff like pens, pencils and folders. There is tons of items with Rilakkuma, Sentimental Circus, Mamegoma Seals or Kutusita Nyanko Cat, but what we enjoyed most were the cute Japanese designs with probably less known San-X characters. Just look at the funny folders with the cute rolling stone, the adorable sea animals or the entertaining cats. Those kawaii Japanese folders are definiteley our favourite product of the week.

funny jellyfish & sea animals A4 plastic file folder

funny jellyfish & sea animals A4 plastic file folder

funny rolling boulder A4 plastic file folder kawaii

funny rolling boulder A4 plastic file folder kawaii

funny fat cat A4 plastic file folder kawaii

funny fat cat A4 plastic file folder kawaii

happy cats A4 plastic file folder paw print

happy cats A4 plastic file folder paw print

San-X store modes4u: Nearly 1000 San-X products in our shop

We are still busy adding the products from our last San-X delivery to our shop. It was the largest shipping we ever got from the Japanese company and made us realize how much of their products we sell on modes4u.com. We are really proud that we offer almost 1000 San-X items. Currently we have more than 700 of their products in stock and order more and new things regularly. Last year our shop also became an official San-X retailer, which made us very happy.

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. The characters they developed belong to the most popular ones in our shop. Do you want to know which characters you can find in our little modes4u San-X store? Here are our Top 5:

1. Rilakkuma

We have nearly 500 items with the relaxed brown bear and his friends Korilakkuma (white bear) and Kiiroitori (yellow chick) in our shop and currently stock over 400. No other San-X character has such a strong presence on modes4u.com, and our customers love Rilakkuma. We mainly carry Rilakkuma products in our stationery section, but also in accessories and bento boxes. The Rilakkuma meets honey collection and the Rilakkuma Chocolate and Coffee collection are totally popular in our shop.

Rilakkuma Memo Pad with bears and chick by San-X Japan

Rilakkuma Memo Pad with bears and chick by San-X Japan

2. Kutusita Nyanko

By now we already carry 100 products with the cute little black cat wearing white socks on every paw. Around 80 items can currently be bought, especially in the form of stickers, pencils, erasers, deco tapes, plushies and cellphone accessoires. Kutusita Nyanko has many cute cat friends in different colours.

kawaii Kutusita Nyanko black cat mini Memo Pad

kawaii Kutusita Nyanko black cat mini Memo Pad

3. Sentimental Circus

More and more of our customers are in love with the cute Sentimental Circus crew. The 80 items we currently stock out of the 90 products displaying the cute abandoned toys have a very special aesthetic and just look adorable. 9 different characters belong to Sentimental Circus with rabbit Shappo being the main figure of the circus team. He is the circus director with the top-hat.

Sentimental Circus ring binder notebook aimals San-X

Sentimental Circus ring binder notebook aimals San-X

4. Mamegoma Seals

The cute baby seals have a huge Fan base, therefore most products we get are sold out super quickly. This is why we ‘only’ have around 35 of the 90 products in stock at the moment. The cute Mamegoma seals charm with a fun and positive attitude. Our customers love the stationery products such as folders, memo pads or stickers with the small swimmers.

Mamegoma A4 plastic file folder San-X cloverleaves

Mamegoma A4 plastic file folder San-X cloverleaves

5. Kireizukin racoon

Kireizukin is a little racoon that loves to clean and sew when he is wearing his colourful hood. All of the 25 products we carry with the little animal belong to our stationery section, but only half of them are currently available in the form of memo pads, folders, stickers or pencil cases.

cute mini Memo Pad Kireizukin racoon sewing machine

cute mini Memo Pad Kireizukin racoon sewing machine

Of course we also carry items with other San-X characters such as pink rabbit Chou-Fleur, cute dog Berry Puppy or platypus Kamonohashikamo. Which San-X character is your favourite?

Furry, soft and cute: new Rilakkuma and Kutusita Nyanko stuff

This is just the tip of the iceberg, but what a furry one! We started adding all the new San-X products from our last delivery to our shop and already purr in excitement. There will be so many things to come, but for the beginning we concentrated on the cutest plushies, wallets and cellphone accessories by Kutusita Nyanko and the Rilakkuma family. That means adorable cat paws, big bears and dressed up chicks. They all have one thing in common: They are SOFT. Really soft. We could spend the whole day just rubbing the different items against our cheeks. And when you see the big Rilakkuma plushie in that yellow sleeping bag, you just want to squeeze yourself into that sleeping bag too to cuddle all day long…. But don’t do it, it won’t work.

It doesn’t get much furrier than that, folks, so check out out latest San-X stuff.

kawaii Kutusita Nyanko black cat plush toy

kawaii Kutusita Nyanko black cat plush toy

grey Kutusita Nyanko cat paw plush pouch wallet

grey Kutusita Nyanko cat paw plush pouch wallet

fluffy Kutusita Nyanko pencil case pouch with cat paw

fluffy Kutusita Nyanko pencil case pouch with cat paw

kawaii Kutusita Nyanko grey cat plush cellphone charm

kawaii Kutusita Nyanko grey cat plush cellphone charm

big Rilakkuma plush toy brown bear in sleeping bag

big Rilakkuma plush toy brown bear in sleeping bag

Rilakkuma plush toy white bear Korrilakkuma

Rilakkuma plush toy white bear Korrilakkuma

Rilakkuma yellow chick Kiiroitori plush wallet pouch

Rilakkuma yellow chick Kiiroitori plush wallet pouch

Rilakkuma bear plush charm with apron coffee

Rilakkuma bear plush charm with apron coffee

Rilakkuma plush toy yellow chick Kiiroitori cupcake

Rilakkuma plush toy yellow chick Kiiroitori cupcake

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