Doki Doki Crate for January, 2017
This review is on my first-ever Doki Doki Crate and there are a couple of exciting items that are unique compared to the usual items you can expect to receive in kawaii subscription boxes. A Doki Doki Crate will set you back around $41.74 NZD per month, however shipping is free worldwide. One of the items that was supposed to be in the January box was not included, due to an issue with customs. The item was a Higemanju Gamaguchi Coin Purse which I have no doubt, would have been amazing as it was a cat character coin purse. That was a little disappointing, but the item was replaced with three different candies instead. I understand that Japan Crate are now moving Doki Doki from San Francisco to Tokyo, which will lead to more reliable shipping and hopefully some rarer kawaii items! Below are the nine items I received and January's Doki Doki theme is New Year's Resolutions.
Here is the Doki Doki magazine that provides more detail about the items along with competitions and comics. I also received a card that details the three different candies in the box.
1. Genji Pie Cookies These little heart-shaped cookies are delicious and were perfect with my morning coffee. They are crunchy, super buttery, and I must get more!! I'll have to hunt around the Asian supermarkets and see if I can buy a big bag of them.
2. Nekomimi Headband This cat ear headband is very soft and quite comfy to wear. I'm glad that there's a cat-themed item in the box and this headband will be keeping my ears warm during Winter.
3. Nyusankin Ikitekeimasu Yogurt Candy These cute candies are yogurt flavoured and apparently are probiotics. I didn't read the food card before I tried them and assumed they were chewy and nearly broke my teeth, but they do taste quite nice and there are ten in the packet.
4. Biscuit Pen This pen is so adorable and out of the two flavours I could have received, I got chocolate! It also has a ball chain so you can attach it to your keys or purse.
Above shows the Biscuit Pen with the lid off.
5. Julie: Shogatsu Edition Plush Doki Doki is unique in the fact that they will always provide a plush made by their own company, Japan Crate. I'm looking forward to receiving a different plush each month. Julie's tag reads: 'Julie is back to help ring in the New Year! She is wearing an adorable Daruma hoodie to keep her warm. This lucky cat will bring you prosperity and success this year.' So cute!
6. Macaron Case Macoron items are another current kawaii craze and this large, pastel blue macaron case is such a sweet piece to keep trinkets and other bits and bobs in.
7. Fortune Candy This sheet of strawberry flavoured chocolates is my least liked item in the box as I'm not a fruity chocolate fan and I feel like two sweet items was more than enough.
8. Relax Panda Hand Rest This panda hand rest makes for a charming addition to your work space. As I spend a lot of my time at my desk, this is a really cute item to have in my office.
9. Mt. Fuji Hoppe-Chan The Hoppe-Chan collectible that comes in every Doki Doki Crate is the main reason why I chose to subscribe to Doki Doki Crate! This is definitely my favourite item in the box and I'm in love with this detailed kawaii key chain. I'll be keeping it in it's cute pyramid case and can't wait to build up a Hoppe-Chan collection.
Verdict: I really enjoyed this box, as six of the nine items were very kawaii and of good quality. $41 NZD is a fair price for 7 plus items per month. Again, I find that any more than one item of food is a bit excessive and and can devalue the box in my opinion, but the three food products included in this month's box were to make up for the missing coin purse. I think Doki Doki Crate stands out from the rest as each month it will include a plush made by Japan Crate and a Hoppe Chan. I'll continue to subscribe as I'm looking forward to building a Hoppe Chan collection! You can get your Doki Doki Crate at: www.japancrate.com/dokidoki