Christmas gift ideas by Rilakkuma and Jacqueline

Jacqueline is one of our newest modes4u team members, but she is already an expert with our product, as she handles all new deliveries. Do you want to know what she picked as Christmas gift ideas together with our office Rilakkuma?

Jacqueline and Rilakkuma are excited about the Christmas gift ideas they came up with

Jacqueline and Rilakkuma are excited about the Christmas gift ideas they came up with

1. Reflective Stickers

The reflective stickers in our shop all have super cute designs, but they are also really useful and increase protection in traffic. You can stick them on school bags, backpacks, jackets, hats and more and they will reflect light. Super useful for autumn and wintertime.

donut macaron sweets reflective stickers by Crux

donut macaron sweets reflective stickers by Crux

2. Little Red Riding Hood Canister

This little ceramic Little Red Riding Hood canister can be filled with sugar, jam, honey or other things. It comes with a wooden spoon and has the most adorable design.

Red Riding Hood fairy tale cup canister Decole Otogicco

Red Riding Hood fairy tale cup canister Decole Otogicco

3. Matchbox Chopstick Set

The matches chopsticks set really looks realistic and is a fun and unusual gift for families or people who like to use chopsticks.

matches wooden chopstick set 5pcs tiger from Japan

matches wooden chopstick set 5pcs tiger from Japan

4. Wallets

Who doesn’t need a wallet? We have lots of different sizes and designs.

big white-pink bear carnival wallet by Crux

big white-pink bear carnival wallet by Crux

5. Fabrics

It’s a bit hard to choose fabrics from our selection as we have more than 3,000, but if you need a present for somebody who likes to sew or craft with fabrics, this is the place to look for a gift.

brown patchwork owl fabric You Whoo! from the USA

brown patchwork owl fabric You Whoo! from the USA

6. Rilakkuma Jewel Case

The Rilakkuma carousel jewel cases are from the special 10th Anniversary collection and very adorable. Of course they can also be used as a decoration item and can hold other things than jewelry.

yellow Rilakkuma Wonderland bear carousel jewel case casket

yellow Rilakkuma Wonderland bear carousel jewel case casket

Christmas gift ideas by Rilakkuma and Bianca

Time to start thinking about Christmas presents. Our text lady Bianca knows our products quite well, after all she adds them to our online shop. She shared some of her favourite Christmas present ideas with our kawaii Christmas Rilakkuma.

Bianca and Rilakkuma came up with some kawaii Christmas gift ideas

Bianca and Rilakkuma came up with some kawaii Christmas gift ideas

Fabric Bundles

Fabric bundles are great gifts for people who love to sew but also for people who like to decorate or craft, as the fabric pieces can be used in lots of different ways. There are lots of formats such as Fat Quarters, Charm Packs, Rolls, Ten Squares and more.

Fat Quarter fabric bundle dots Watermelon Robert Kaufman

Fat Quarter fabric bundle dots Watermelon Robert Kaufman

Shinzi Katoh Stationery

Shinzi Katoh is a stationery manufacturer from Japan whose products really have a unique style. They make lots of pens, post cards, stickers, notebooks, Washi Tapes and more with adorable fairy tale designs. Little Red Riding Hood and Alice in Wonderland are two characters which can be found on lots and lots of items.

mini envelope Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale Shinzi Katoh

mini envelope Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale Shinzi Katoh

mt Casa Washi Tape

The line mt Casa was released this year and is designed for home decoration. You can decorate walls, furniture, tiles, windows and a lot more with the extra wide Washi Tapes. The best thing is that you can remove them easily and redecorate whenever you want. A great gift idea for adult s and children alike.

super wide blue mt Casa Washi Masking Tape 20cm deco tape

super wide blue mt Casa Washi Masking Tape 20cm deco tape

Pillows

The kawaii pillows in funny shapes look great on beds, couches, armchairs or car seats and are so soft and fluffy that you will never want to sleep, cuddle or relax without them.

super big Rilakkuma white bear head plushie pillow

super big Rilakkuma white bear head plushie pillow

Book Bento Boxes

This bento box in the look of a book is a funny gift idea for book lovers, food fans and Bento-Manicas.

red book lacquer Bento Box lunch box Prime Nakamura

red book lacquer Bento Box lunch box Prime Nakamura

Microfibre Cellphone Pouches

A great accessory for phones, glasses jewelry and so on, as the soft microfibre interior of the microfibre cellphone pouches can clean your display and glasses.

Rilakkuma brown bear microfibre cellphone pouch glasses case

Rilakkuma brown bear microfibre cellphone pouch glasses case

Advent calendar ideas by Rilakkuma and Maggie

Our packing fairy Lok already gave you 15 suggestions what to put in this year’s advent calendar. Today we asked our online marketing queen Maggie to provide some more ideas. Our big office mascot Rilakkuma helped her brainstorming. Here is what they came up with:

Rilakkuma and Maggie share some ideas for advent calendar fillings

Rilakkuma and Maggie share some ideas for advent calendar fillings

1. Iron-ons

The cute iron-ons from Robert Kaufman’s Hello Tokyo collection are brand new in our shop and highly adorable.

kawaii girl bird iron-on transfer set Robert Kaufman

kawaii girl bird iron-on transfer set Robert Kaufman

2. Squishy wrist rest

We have a series of scented donut squishies which can also be used as wrist rests when working on the computer. Perfect for the office and for everybody who often uses a computer (and who doesn’t?).

big pink donut bun scented squishy wrist rest

big pink donut bun scented squishy wrist rest

3. Mini plastic case

These cute Rilakkuma mini plastic cases can hold anything you want: coins, pills, earrings, beads and lots more. We carry them in lots of different colors.

Rilakkuma bear blue mini plastic case pill box San-X

Rilakkuma bear blue mini plastic case pill box San-X

4. Tattoo Stickers

Tattoos that can be washed off in funny designs like macarons, bunnies and cats. Isn’t that a child’s dream come true?

sweets macaron cake temporay tattoo stickers from Japan

sweets macaron cake temporay tattoo stickers from Japan

5. Magnet and Pin Set

These kawaii magnet and pin sets always contain 2 kawaii wooden magnets and a cute clothes peg with a wooden decoration.

squirrel mushroom magnet and clothespeg set by Decole

squirrel mushroom magnet and clothespeg set by Decole

6. Pocket Warmer

This will keep your hands warm during cold autumn and winter days. The pocket warmers can be reused many times.

Snowman face pocket warmer hot pad from Japan

Snowman face pocket warmer hot pad from Japan

7. Paper punch

Paper punches are a basic crafting tool for all people who like to craft with paper. There are many different designs.

kawaii angel paper punch craft punch from Japan

kawaii angel paper punch craft punch from Japan

8. Stamp Pen

How handy is that? Our stamp pens contain several mini stamps in different colors.

kawaii sundae lion bear stamp pen mini stamp set

kawaii sundae lion bear stamp pen mini stamp set

9. Screen Cleaner Charm

Better keep your screen clean. With these screen cleaner charms you have a cute little companion with you all the time which will help you get rid of dirt and dust on your smartphone screens.

Little Red Riding Hood screen cleaner charm Otogicco Decole

Little Red Riding Hood screen cleaner charm Otogicco Decole

10. Bookmark Stickers

You could also call them sticky notes, but today we explicitly recommend them as bookmark stickers. It just looks super adorable when you see those stickers sticking out of your book.

kawaii cat animal Post-it bookmark sticker Japan

kawaii cat animal Post-it bookmark sticker Japan

11. Pens

These are not just regular pens, they are pens with movable figures. When you push the button, the big figure on top moves which looks so cute. Check out the videos on the bottom of the product descriptions if you want to see them in action.

pink Rilakkuma Wonderland ballpoint pen movable figure

pink Rilakkuma Wonderland ballpoint pen movable figure

12. Christmas Figurines

An advent calendar is definitely the right place for these Christmas figurines. They are small, cute and get you into the right Christmas mood.

Little Red Riding Hood Christmas figure with gift sack Japan

Little Red Riding Hood Christmas figure with gift sack Japan

13. Mini Envelopes

Mini envelopes are so handy to have around. And they look cute too.

Rilakkuma brown and white bear mini envelopes San-X

Rilakkuma brown and white bear mini envelopes San-X

14. Magic Stickers

These magic stickers do change the color when the temperature changes.

princess girl dress up doll 3D magic stickers

princess girl dress up doll 3D magic stickers

15. Buttons

Buttons are a classic. Put them on your bags, shirts or backpacks. But definitely into your advent calendar.

Sentimental Circus Shappo button brooch badge San-X

Sentimental Circus Shappo button brooch badge San-X

Advent calendar ideas by Rilakkuma and Lok

Christmas is slowly approaching, so it is time to start our annual Christmas gift ideas series. This year we decided to let our staff members and our office mascot Rilakkuma provide you with inspiration, as they know our products best.

Lok and Rilakkuma present some kawaii ideas for your advent calendar

Lok and Rilakkuma present some kawaii ideas for your advent calendar

Our packing fairy Lok is the first one to go. She is really an expert in the warehouse, so we asked her to pick some things she thinks are suitable to put in an advent calendar. After all these 24 little things are the first thing on your to do list if you are planning to make one as it has to be ready by December 1st. Her are some of Lok’s ideas:

1. Band-aids

With their kawaii designs and colors these band-aids are everything but boring.

fairy tale Alice in Wonderland kids Bandage Band-Aid set

fairy tale Alice in Wonderland kids Bandage Band-Aid set

2. Mini folder

Mini folders are really adorable and very suitable to hold receipts, little notes or stickers. We have a wide range with one or several pockets.

kawaii Rilakkuma brown bear mini plastic folder 3-pocket

kawaii Rilakkuma brown bear mini plastic folder 3-pocket

3. Push Pencil

You don’t see them too often anymore, but push pencils are a fun thing that was very popular in the 80s and 90s. Each pencil contains several tips, and once one is used up you take it out and push it to the back of the pencil, so that a new one is revealed.

kawaii animals push pencil crayon set 5 pieces from Japan

kawaii animals push pencil crayon set 5 pieces from Japan

4. Sticker sacks

Each sticker sack contains up to 100 stickers, so they are a great little treat for stationery lovers.

kawaii traveling panda sponge sticker sack from Japan

kawaii traveling panda sponge sticker sack from Japan

5. Squishies

Squishies are a fun and cheap little accessory. Lots of them are scented, they look cute, come in lots of different shapes and colors and are very enduring.

Hello Kitty waffle red bow squishy charm

Hello Kitty waffle red bow squishy charm

6. DIY Eraser Making Set

These kits contain several blocks of eraser material in different colors and scents that you can form into any shape you want. Each DIY eraser making set comes with instructions for a certain dessert design.

DIY scented eraser set from Japan macaron macaroon dog

DIY scented eraser set from Japan macaron macaroon dog

7. Reflective stickers

Reflective stickers are not just very cute but also quite useful as they reflect light and are a great protective add-on for traffic.

orange reflective stickers hamster dog cat

orange reflective stickers hamster dog cat

8. Shinzi Katoh Masking Tapes

Masking Tapes are perfect to put into advent calendars as they are small, cheap and pretty. The Shinzi Katoh Masking Tapes have a very special design that really sticks out.

Panda Bear Animal Washi Masking Tape deco tape

Panda Bear Animal Washi Masking Tape deco tape

9. Bento Towels

These cute small towels are perfect as a light permanent companion. They fit in every purse and also make a great hand towel for your bathroom at home.

brown Chocopa panda bear suitcase towel from Japan

brown Chocopa panda bear suitcase towel from Japan

10. Plugys

A small gift with a great effect. Cellphone plugs are really kawaii, they look super cute on your smartphone and also protect the earphone jack from dust or moisture.

pink My Melody bunny mobile phone plugy earphone jack

pink My Melody bunny mobile phone plugy earphone jack

11. Mini Tag Memo pads

This little notepad is really tiny, but super kawaii.

Little Red Riding Hood mini tag memo pad Otogicco Decole

Little Red Riding Hood mini tag memo pad Otogicco Decole

12. Buttons

We recently got these cute little buttons from Robert Kaufman’s Hello Tokyo collection. Aren’t they perfect for an advent calendar?

Kokeshi doll girl button set 3 pieces by Robert Kaufman USA

Kokeshi doll girl button set 3 pieces by Robert Kaufman USA

13. Clips

You can use these lovely small clips in many ways: to close bags, to hang laundry, to hold papers together, for pictures etc.

Rilakkuma Wonderland brown bear crown pennant clip peg

Rilakkuma Wonderland brown bear crown pennant clip peg

14. Glass Stickers

Glass stickers are kawaii decorative items for your windows, glasses, bottles or anything made from glass that needs embellishment.

Red Riding Hood mountain glass window sticker Otogicco

Red Riding Hood mountain glass window sticker Otogicco

15. Iron-On towel loops

What a useful idea. With these iron-on towel loops you can add loops to to towels or garments which don’t have one.

mushroom iron-on transfer towel loop Japan Decole

mushroom iron-on transfer towel loop Japan Decole

Rilakkuma Wonderland collection in our shop

We already mentioned it here and there, to celebrate Rilakkuma’s 10th Anniversary this year San-X released lots of special Rilakkuma editions. We now have almost 100 products with the Rilakkuma Wonderlandtheme in our shop. This collection is all about royalty and celebrations with Rilakkuma and his friends on carousels and dressed in marching band uniforms. It is super cute and super limited! We are one of the few online shops outside of Japan that is allowed to sell this collection internationally. And as it’s a limited edition we probably won’t be able to reorder it.

Check out all the stuff we have with this theme, you can find products in almost all our stationery categories: plushies, plush charms, cups, jewelry cases, pens, pencils, folders, letter sets, stickers, sticky notes, memo pads, clips, bags, pencil cases and more.

pink Rilakkuma Wonderland bear carousel jewel case casket

pink Rilakkuma Wonderland bear carousel jewel case casket

yellow Rilakkuma Wonderland cup bear marching band San-X

yellow Rilakkuma Wonderland cup bear marching band San-X

Rilakkuma Wonderland brown bear Timpani drums plushie

Rilakkuma Wonderland brown bear Timpani drums plushie

pink Rilakkuma Wonderland tin case pill box bear horse crown

pink Rilakkuma Wonderland tin case pill box bear horse crown

pink Rilakkuma Wonderland ballpoint pen movable figure

pink Rilakkuma Wonderland ballpoint pen movable figure

cute Rilakkuma Wonderland bear parade A4 plastic file folder

cute Rilakkuma Wonderland bear parade A4 plastic file folder

Rilakkuma Wonderland brown bear marching band clip peg

Rilakkuma Wonderland brown bear marching band clip peg

pale pink Rilakkuma Wonderland pencil bear crown band

pale pink Rilakkuma Wonderland pencil bear crown band

Rilakkuma Wonderland mini note pad marching band concert

Rilakkuma Wonderland mini note pad marching band concert

Rilakkuma Wonderland carousel bear letter paper set

Rilakkuma Wonderland carousel bear letter paper set

Rilakkuma Wonderland bear band carousel glitter stickers

Rilakkuma Wonderland bear band carousel glitter stickers

Rilakkuma Wonderland bear carousel Post-it bookmark sticker

Rilakkuma Wonderland bear carousel Post-it bookmark sticker

Rilakkuma Wonderland carousel book stationery set

Rilakkuma Wonderland carousel book stationery set

Rilakkuma Wonderland yellow chick marching band plush charm

Rilakkuma Wonderland yellow chick marching band plush charm

Rilakkuma Wonderland brown bear on horse plushie San-X

Rilakkuma Wonderland brown bear on horse plushie San-X

San-X shop modes4u: More than 2000 products and special editions

Our partnership with the Japanese stationary and gift manufacturing company San-X really flourished in the past years. Last year we were super proud that we carried almost 1,000 San-X products in our shop, this year the amount has more than doubled. By now we carry more than 2,100 San-X products on modes4u.com. It’s not such a big surprise when you keep in mind that Rilakkuma is the most popular character in our shop, and also San-X’ most successful character.

It’s also a big honor that we are allowed to sell limited Rilakkuma editions. To celebrate Rilakkuma’s 10th anniversary San-X has been releasing quite a few super limited plush toy editions, which are almost exclusively available in Japan. Only a handful of retailers in the whole world are allowed to sell them outside of Japan and we are one of them. This is why you can buy the Rilakkuma zodiac sign edition or the Rilakkuma Chinese New Year edition at our shop.

We will keep ordering many new products from all the different San-X characters and soon we will hopefully have 3,000 San-X products in our shop.

We are one of the few international shops worldwide allowed to sell the limited Rilakkuma zodiac signs edition

We are one of the few international shops worldwide allowed to sell the limited Rilakkuma zodiac signs edition

There are more than 250 pens and pencils by San-X in our shop

There are more than 250 pens and pencils by San-X in our shop

Choose between more than 200 San-X folder with all the different characters

Choose between more than 200 San-X folders with all the different characters

The Rilakkuma Washi Tapes are quite new in our shop

The Rilakkuma Washi Tapes are quite new in our shop

We have a huge selection of plush toys with Rilakkuma, Mamegoma and all the other San-X characters

We have a huge selection of plush toys with Rilakkuma, Mamegoma and all the other San-X characters

New San-X plush toys in our shop

The last days have been fluffy, because we have been adding lots of plush toys, plush cellphone charms and plush bags from San-X to our shop. So now we have many new super soft Rilakkumas, Sentimental Circus animals, chocopa bears, Mamegoma seals and Kutusita Nyanko cats.

If you love Rilakkuma you will be happy to hear that we got new stuff from the current Aloha Rilakkuma and Rilakkuma Egg Kitchen collections. The plush toys and cellphone charms in Hawaiian outfits, with sunglasses or surfboards for the Aloha collection and funny chicken costumes for the Egg Kitchen collection are super cute and really catch your eye.

What else is new? We have funny little plush backpacks that you can use as little pouches. Then there is a funny series of screen cleaner charms with almost all San-X characters. The character is always in a funny little sack that can be fold back. So you really have two designs per charm.

Rilakkuma Egg Kitchen plush toy in chicken costume

Rilakkuma Egg Kitchen plush toy in chicken costume

Rilakkuma white bear plush pouch bag by San-X

Rilakkuma white bear plush pouch bag by San-X

turquoise Sentimental Circus elephant plush backpack bag

turquoise Sentimental Circus elephant plush backpack bag

black Kutusita Nyanko cat with white cat sack plush charm

black Kutusita Nyanko cat with white cat sack plush charm

Chocopa bear with chocolate cover plush charm San-X

Chocopa bear with chocolate cover plush charm San-X

San-X orange Chocopa squirrel with glasses plush toy

San-X orange Chocopa squirrel with glasses plush toy

pink Sentimental Circus rabbit sailor plush toy

pink Sentimental Circus rabbit sailor plush toy

Rilakkuma yellow chick plush toy Aloha Hawaii San-X

Rilakkuma yellow chick plush toy Aloha Hawaii San-X

white Mamegoma seal plush toy pillow by San-X

white Mamegoma seal plush toy pillow by San-X

Baby on Board with Rilakkuma

Our former customer service fairy Gabi left the modes4u team a couple of weeks ago to become a mum. This week she visited us the first time with her adorable son, who is just four weeks old. Everybody in the office fell in love with the baby at once, even the guys wanted to hold him in their arms.

Of course we couldn’t let the opportunity pass to take a picture with little Jamiro and our big office Rilakkuma. We just put the baby on his comfortable furry belly and the little boy was sleeping happily. What a great baby bed!! Congratulations Gabi, you and little Jamiro are always welcome to take a nap on the big Rilakkuma.

Baby on Board with Rilakkuma 1

The first modes4u baby with the whole team (his mother Gabi is on the left)

Baby on Board with Rilakkuma 2

Rilakkuma was a very soft and comfortable bed for the baby

Baby on Board with Rilakkuma 3

All the team members were totally in love with the baby

modes4u team: Rilakkuma asks……. Veronica

Time to meet another packing fairy from the modes4u team. Maybe Veronica has even packed your order?

Hello, who are you by the way?
I’m Veronica, I am 22 years old and was born and raised in Hong Kong. Part of my family is from India which is why I still have many relatives over there and visit them regularly. So I grew up in a very international atmosphere with lots of visits to other countries and languages. At home I mainly speak English, but of course I can also speak Cantonese and a bit of Hindi as well.

Before I started working here I was working in the catering sector, for example in Disneyland and different restaurants in Hong Kong.

What is your job at modes4u?
I am part of the packing team, so I’m involved in the daily duties revolving around shipping the incoming orders: picking products, wrapping and packing, cutting fabrics, sticking stamps and taking the packages to the post office.
It is a very active position; you walk around a lot and are working with your hands rather than sitting the whole day at a desk.

What is your favourite product or your favourite category at modes4u?
I really like the folders we sell in our shop. They are just so colourful and have fun designs. Also they come in so many sizes and versions. Especially the folders with several pockets are super cool, I can totally see them being super useful at school or the office.

What do you like most about your job at modes4u?
It is such a happy environment here that it almost feels like home. I feel super comfortable around my workmates, as everybody is really nice.

Also I enjoy the “relaxed work”. Of course there is a lot to do and it gets super stressful around Christmas, on Mondays and after holidays as orders just build up then, but still there is a calm atmosphere to it. Everybody works hard but the tasks are clear. When working in a restaurant there often is a lot of noise, hectic and pressure in an uncomfortable way.

You’re surrounded by creative stuff the whole day. Do you like to craft or to be creative in your leisure time?
I love to craft for friends, like making cards or designing photo albums or scrapbooks. If a birthday or special occasion is coming up I work with stationery then. But I don’t really craft for myself.

Veronica with the sleepy office Rilakkuma

Veronica with the sleepy office Rilakkuma

 

Our favourite product of the week: Rilakkuma zodiac signs plushies

We got a huge delivery from San-X this week and it contained our favourite products of the week: The Rilakkuma zodiac signs plush collection. It’s a limited edition San-X released to celebrate Rilakkuma’s 10th Anniversary and we are one of seven online shops who are allowed to sell it outside of Japan. Isn’t that great?

You can get this collection as big plush toys and as small plush charms.

The Rilakkuma zodiac sign collection is available on modes4u.com

The Rilakkuma zodiac sign collection is available on modes4u.com