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Monday, 18 December 2017

Tofu Cute’s Last Minute Gift Guide 2017

As we speed through the holiday season, the need to buy people unique gifts increases rapidly. But with very little time left, how do you find a cute and unique gift that is bound to make a lasting impression on someone close to you? Don’t panic! Tofu Cute is here to help with our first ever Holiday Gift Guide, to provide handy hints on what gifts to get your friends & family to make sure that they have a holiday to remember. With this helpful guide, you’ll quickly turn into a kawaii gift guru, and you’ll be loved by your peers for providing such thoughtful gifts. You can thank us later. For those who have been following the Tofu Cute social media over December, you’ll recognise some of these gift recommendations from the ones we’ve highlighted over #tofucutemas – but make no mistake – this post is the ultimate guide, and here we’ll be giving never-before-seen recommendations and the full scoop on which kawaii items you’ll need to make someone’s year!

For someone indecisive/adventurous - Lucky bags
Christmas is fast approaching, and your friend/family/co-worker/tennis partner still hasn’t decided what they want yet. It’s a difficult situation to be in, but thankfully, Tofu Cute provides an excellent gift for the indecisive (and adventurous) in your life: the Tofu Cute Lucky bag!

This recommendation is an easy one to make, because you can’t really go wrong with a Tofu Cute Lucky Bag! These wholesome gifts consist of re-usable bags that are absolutely filled to the brim with a premium selection of Japanese snacks, Amuse plushies, or a fun mixture of both. These bags come in a range of styles and options, so you can tailor your selection to the needs/cravings of your loved one. Know someone with a large appetite? Why not try the ‘sumo’ sized lucky bag and give them a massive selection of treats at a fantastic value! (we also provide options for vegetarians and vegans!) (̀ᴗ-)

   For people who like to create - DIY Kits
Do you know someone who likes to make things? Perhaps a photographer or an illustrator? If so, this might be the sort of unique gift to give them this holiday season. Whilst getting someone art supplies and craft foam may prove tiresome year after year, these DIY kits such as the Crepe dessert pictured below provide an experience unlike any other, as you mix various ingredients together to produce miniature candy versions of popular meals. These kits are a lot of fun to make with a friend, and they produce very aesthetically pleasing and tasty snacks that make for great photos (*^^*). Tofu Cute provides a range of Popin Cookin’ kits, where you can have fun making classic meals and Japanese dishes, including Takoyaki, Ramen, Pizza, Burgers, and the adorable Taiyaki and Dango kit! 

    For a Tofu Cute Veteran  - Tofu Cute Enamel Pins
Perhaps you need to find a small gift for a Tofu Cute fan that already has every Amuse plush and snack they could possibly want from our online store – if so, you may want to consider the Tofu Cute collectable enamel pins, which could make the perfect supplement to any selection of cute gifts.

These excellent little pins make a great accessory that can be worn alongside anything, as they prominently display designs of adorable mascot characters from Tofu Cute’s history. There are eight pins to collect – Tofu-kun, Nigiri, Panda-chan, Alpaca, Seedling, Hammy, Kawaii Poop and Woops Cat. These pins look awesome on their own but even better as a set, and budding collectors will definitely want to have them all! (^^)/

     For someone lazy - Gudetama Re-ment
Sanrio’s iconic character Gudetama represents a philosophy that certain people will just totally understand – this bizarre but charming egg character is all about apathy and a commitment to doing nothing. Perhaps you know someone exactly like this, and the perfect gift for them might be one of many different types of Gudetama Re-Ment – miniature display pieces of the iconic lazy egg in different situations and forms. The lazy person in your life will love having a kindred spirit that represents their true inner emotions. 

There a few different themed series to pick from. At the moment, we have Gudetama meets more danger, an exciting theme wherein Gudetama can be seen in a range of thrilling (for an egg) scenarios. Secondly, we have Gude Gude Land, where the lazy egg becomes part of theme-park style attractions. If you’re still looking for more Gudetama items, you can check out our friends at Artbox, who carry exclusive Sanrio plushies of Gudetama and his friends, including seasonal festive versions of the iconic egg.

A few of these together will make an awesome desk display for someone who shares Gudetama’s values!
       For someone organised – Cute Stationery
Perhaps if you’re looking for the opposite of our previous recommendation, you might find a great gift for someone organized and efficient from our variety of cute stationery. We have a number of items that can add some kawaii flair to anyone’s pencil-case, whether they’re a busy on-the-go professional or an amateur poet. One of our favourite items from our stationery selection is the Deco Pocky Stick Fineliner Pen, which is not only practical but also adorable. The pen emulates the iconic Japanese snack, and looks great when paired with a Tofu Cute A5 Notebook – because what good is a pen without a notebook to write on it with? 

 For Dog Lovers – A whole range of Amuse Plush
For fans of this kind of four-legged companion, Tofu Cute has a range of plushies in stock, both large and small, to meet the needs of any dog lover. These range from adorable Pometan tiny charms all the way to giant size Mameshiba Tsumiko, both of which represent the natural charms of ‘man’s best friend’

All of our dog amuse plushies come in a range of sizes and colours. For a perfect stocking filler, we recommend the Pometan Lie Down & Done, which come in white and brown colours. For a slightly more unique dog plush, we recommend the Mameshiba Brothers Donut keychain; cute dogs in the shape of donuts. These look great as a small accessory and will show off a love of dogs to the world in a way that is guaranteed to start wholesome conversations.


  For Pokémon Fans – Pokémon Soda and Candy!
Perhaps the person you’re buying a gift for isn’t a fan of cats or dogs. Perhaps they have a singular and intense passion for Pokémon. Don’t worry, as Tofu Cute has a number of gifts for exactly that sort of person!

Firstly, we have a selection of adorable Pokémon themed soda cans. These cute beverages come in a variety of flavours, each with a classic Pokémon proudly illustrated on its exterior. These include a Pikachu can filled with refreshing cucumber water, a Snorlax can filled with Muscat Grape water and a classic Pokéball design featuring traditional sparkling water. With such an iconic selection of Pokémon designs, you’ll no doubt be able to find a tasty beverage for the Pokémon trainer in your life.

But a single soda can is a lonely gift indeed. You’ll need something else Pokémon themed to create a truly awesome gift bundle, right? We’ve got plenty of Pokémon candy that would also work great as a stocking filler, including the always-impressive Pikachu Evolving Taste Ramune Candy, which changes flavour from Strawberry to delicious melon or refreshing watermelon for a unique taste experience. We also have Karipori Pokémon Fruit Candy Sticks – these colourful candy sticks are full of fizz and flavour, and come in adorable packaging featuring your favourite Pokémon!

     A selection of squishy charms!
The appeal of squishy charms is something that is hard to understand until you experience, but there’s certainly a universal sort of appeal to it, hence why this section doesn’t have a specific person in mind – many sorts of people can appreciate the joy of a squishy, so why would we place such limitations on who to gift these to? Perhaps you know someone who appreciates the aesthetic value of desserts  – the Super Squishy Cream Pastry might be the perfect gift for them – a soft coloured dessert to hang on some keys or a phone, ready and waiting to be squished throughout the day.

We’re also able to provide squishies in other fun styles, including Macarons, Cat Paws, Animal Dango, Emoticon Melon Bun, Onigiri, Taiyaki and Pastry. Certainly, there's something for everyone to squish!~

   Did you find what you were looking for?
There's plenty more to find on our website - we've recently added a lot more snacks, as well as festive plushies such as Christmas Loppy and Korohamu WarmIf you visit our Portsmouth shop we'd be happy to provide you with some more gift recommendations. You can also visit our friends at Artbox who also specialise in kawaii character goods and home-ware.Hopefully this guide helped you find the perfect gift - be sure to follow us on our social media to stay informed on the next blog posts from Team Tofu!~



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