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Anyone who knows me knows that stationery is a passion of mine, right up there behind blogging and buying expensive coffees, only to leave the half-finished. (Think I’m kidding? Ask my boyfriend.)
They say to write what you know, so today, I’m writing about stationery — as in, where I buy it online. I’ll be sharing my favorite stores for buying online stationery, along with why I like them and what you can expect if you shop with them.
Because I’m just so gosh-darn excited to be writing about one of my favorite things, let’s get started!
Blippo Kawaii Shop
Blippo Kawaii Shop brings you the cutest stationery straight from Japan and Korea. In addition to stationery, they also sell other items like accessories, plushies and even Asian candy!
Pros: Blippo is super affordable — and even sends you a free kawaii gift with every purchase over $25. Shipping is always free; if you want order tracking, it costs only $2. They carry character-themed stationery (including Sanrio and Tsum-Tsum), if that’s your thing. If you can catch items while they’re still new, you can choose the style of product you want. There’s an option to get a stationery goodie bag for just $20, or even to subscribe to their monthly kawaii box.
Cons: The website shows you items that are out of stock, meaning you end up with a lot of FOMO. Many times, only one style of a product will be available (and it’s usually the less cute style), meaning you need to keep track of what’s new to get the latest stuff. When I paid $2 for shipping, I never received my tracking number; however, the $2 shipping is faster, so I still recommend it!
Recommended Product: Pudgy Hamsters 2020 Desk Calendar ($5)
Mochithings sells tools to help you get organized. From stationery to home decor, they will help you whip your life into shape until you barely recognize the girl you were a month ago.
Pros: The products are a bit more sophisticated than Blippo, if that’s your preferred style. Many of the products are designed with daily, weekly or monthly planning in mind, making them great to use with your agenda. There’s a huge selection, and products are almost always in stock.
Cons: Shipping is unfortunately very slow for me. (For reference, when I last ordered, I still lived in Boston.) You also must pay for shipping, and the costs of the products are not quite as affordable as other stores on this list. They carry some brands, like Nekoni, but don’t carry Sanrio, Tsum-Tsum or other characters in their store (though I highly recommend their brand Suatelier).
Recommended Product: Themed Mini Plan Memo Pad ($5, on sale)
Kawaiipenshop is an exclusively online store that sells only kawaii stationery, totes and backpacks. If you’re a fan of all things pink and cute, Kawaiipenshop is the store for you!
Pros: Compared to sites like Mochithings, Kawaiipenshop is much more affordable (it’s not as cheap as Blippo, but definitely the second cheapest option). All orders over $25 ship for free, too! As their name might suggest, they offer a lot of high-quality pens and markers, which some of the other sites are lacking in.
Cons: Their selection is sometimes limited; many items sell out quickly, and they don’t get new items as fast as other stores like Blippo and Mochithings. Some of the products are identical to those sold on Amazon, but given the price of shipping, Kawaiipenshop is usually a better place to buy!
I was first introduced to Muji back in Boston, at the store on Newbury Street. I like to call it Japanese IKEA because you can get almost anything there: from clothing, to home organization, to stationery.
Pros: You can get a 10% off coupon by signing up for their email list. A few of their products are also available on Amazon — so if you’re a Prime member, you can get free one- or two-day shipping on a limited number of their items. Muji sells high-quality stationery, including pens, that lasts a long time. Some items are pricier than others, but for the most part Muji is affordable.
Cons: Their notebooks, etc. are pretty plain in style, though they’re extremely high in quality. Many of them are made from recycled kraft paper, which is great for the planet, but a little boring for those of us who like our stationery cute and colorful. Their stationery can get pricey, depending on what you’re looking to buy — I try to stick to their pens and desk accessories, since their notebooks and paper products run on the expensive side.
Recommended Product: Gel Ink Ballpoint Pen Set ($12)
Stickiiclub is the reason I no longer allow myself to buy stickers: for $10 a month, you get an adorable package of stickers sent straight to your mailbox. It’s the subscription box for stationery addicts!
Pros: Shipping is always $1, so your total subscription costs are $11 per month. Not only is that extremely affordable, but Stickiiclub does the work of shopping for you — and makes sure you’re getting the cutest new sticker trends. You can even choose from three styles: Cute, Retro and Pop. Or, if you want to buy some in the shop, you can do so for just $2.75 a sheet. Plus, you can easily sign up with my referral link by clicking here!
Cons: You don’t choose what goes into your sticker pack each month, which means you run the risk of getting a bunch of stickers you don’t like or won’t use. (In that case, I highly suggest you send them to me — LOL!) However, they do give you the option to skip your pack — and they post spoilers each month so you can see if you like them. In order to get free shipping in the shop, you need to spend over $85, which while highly possible, isn’t necessary feasible.
Recommended Product: Cute Pack ($11 per month, including shipping)
Wonton in a Million
What do you get when you combine cute Chinese foods with stationery? Wonton in a Million’s cute designs! Wonton in a Million sells stickers, Washi tapes and more in their online shop.
Pros: Shipping is affordable, at $1.50 for flat items and $3 for non-flat items within the United States. They have a wide variety of products, including stickers, Washi tape, digital printables, sticky notes and more. You can even buy Washi sample cards if you want to try before you buy the larger rolls. The founder is the daughter of a family that owns a Chinese restaurant, meaning you’re supporting an Asian woman’s small business when you shop from Wonton in a Million. Plus, they recently became available in Michael’s stores, making them even easier to find online and off!
Cons: Only single sheets are available online, and they’re $2.50 each — meaning their stickers are fairly expensive. However, at Michael’s, you can get a large themed pack for $5, which helps cut the cost! Still, they can be difficult to track down outside of the online store. Shipping takes 3-7 business days, meaning it can be a bit of a crap shoot when it comes to whether they’ll come quickly or not.
Recommended Product: You’re The Boba To My Tea Vertical Layout Sticker Kit ($15)