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Starting this year with writing down your daily bliss every day!

Published on June 27, 2017, by in For You, Must-Reads.

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てちょう Techou, meaning hand-written notebook, originated in Japan.

It is said that everyone in Japan carries a handbook, recording a life plan anytime, anywhere

It has even derived from this a “handwriting philosophy” in Japan.

Seen enough of beautifully-decorated and written planners or handbooks in afternoon tea parties with your girl friends, if you want to start a good-looking, intelligent inside out, cute new life, let’s start by making our planners attractive now!

So exactly what types of planners are available out there?

NO.1 weekly planner

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If you just need to plan life, the weekly plan can meet your needs. It helps you break down your annual targets into monthly, weekly & daily goals & tasks, simple & clear. With simple text and some small patterns, it makes dry day-records become more agile and lovely!

1-4You see, just learn to draw some small icons, the simple records become very interesting ~

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NO.2 Daily planner

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If you wish to make your daily events or experiences a detailed record, it is suitable to use a daily plan. Every day a page, with a graphic way to tell the story of the day. Keep doing it for a year, when you look back after a year, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and it’s GREAT!

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Speaking of the daily planner or handbook, one has to mention the Japanese brand Hobonichi. Every year September is a festival for the handbook lovers,  because this is when Hobonichi starts the pre-sale of the handbooks for the next year.

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The Hobonichi daily planner cover and refills pages are sold separately. The cover comes in a lot of choices every year.

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Inside pages also come in selections of full-year pages, pages within the page, English pages and so on.

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Year pages

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English pages

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If you are a member of the gang, you will be attracted to them! With these dated hand-book, you can easily record everyday events. The biggest feature is the paper that is even though thin yet not easy to see through. And the diary-drawing experience is perfect ~

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But its downside is the price. It’s way too expensive and you must keep writing every day, otherwise seeing the empty pages will make you go nuts ~

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NO.3 100-day planner

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The 100-day planner comes with a pie chart that allows you to divide the allocation of time to sections and color them by pens

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It’s most suitable for short-term goals setting & plan. As from the color division of sections, you can clearly see if your allocation of time is appropriate.

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Imagine, in the adherence to 100 days, when you complete the plan, this planner will be full of traces of your efforts.

NO.4 Inspirational notebook

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If you are the type of person who bursts of inspirations, you need to put such a loose book in the bag, and pen down your inspirations at any time!

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Each page can be a different field of inspiration. And with the loose-leaf design, after returning home, you can re-arrange the loose pages by categories, making it a theme-oriented inspirational notebook.

Well sharing so much about the contents of different planners, we just hope that everyone find some time to ponder, to reflect on their own and to keep a record of one’s daily events every day.

In 2017 and the years ahead, we wish you all lots of good luck!5-4

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Why Using Paper Planners & Calendars Is Not Old-Fashioned

Published on June 13, 2017, by in For You, Store News.

Are you one of those people who tried to organize your life with digital technology but eventually came back to paper planners and calendars for a solution?
Like many people who would still use Google calendar or time-management apps more or less, yet when it comes to keeping records of life events, daily thoughts or putting life all-in-all together, paper planners and calendars still do the best job for many.

I found myself still prefer writing on paper, even though I have so many mobile device around me and interestingly many people around the world still share the same old-fashion habit.
Call me an old-fashioned romantic soul, you might, but I found there’re plenty rational reasons for using paper planners & calendars.

1. Writing helps me clarify my thoughts, remember things better, and reach your goals more surely. There’s an interesting article why we learn more effectively by writing than typing. 

2. Paper planners serve creativity better because when my inspiration sparkles, the act of taking a planner out is a lot faster than taping out my apps and less rude to people around me.

3. I can see everything at once, even flipping through pages is a lot easier than a digital calendar.  I can see my schedule & tasks, appointments,  to-do-list, random notes, inspirational quotes, all on the same pages. I also get more inspirations and insights pondering through my written notes.

4. I don’t need to worry about battery out-of-charge, and pens are everywhere.

5. Writing on paper keeps my creativity abundant and makes me happy. Here in my country, we have so many washi tapes, deco stickers that people just use to write and draw a creative and cute daily event!

Hand-written & decorated planners of a Sanrio Fan

Hand-written & decorated planners of a Sanrio Fan

The reasons go on-and-on. Are you also a romantic & old-fashioned soul? What’s your reason for keeping a paper planner and calendar?

Share with us your reason and win yourself a 2018 Disney or Sanrio weekly planner from us to keep writing! Check out more details on our store fans page!  

2018 Planners & Calendars NEW ARRIVALS  – Mickey / Winnie the Pooh / Hello Kitty/ Little Twin Stars / Gudetama  Planners are HERE NOW!
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The 2018 anime planners and calendars are heading to our store now! Stay tuned of our newsletters or posts on fans page to get the latest updates!

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Top Clues to Identify Fake From Authentic Hello Kitty Items

Published on May 30, 2017, by in Must-Reads.

The worst thing that a customer can experience is being hoaxed by sellers vending counterfeit products including fake Hello Kitty and other Sanrio merchandise. The convenience that online shopping can bring is undeniable. Ironically, the same benefits that entice many to turn to the Internet for buying what they need and want have been viewed by deceitful vendors as easy ways to facilitate their scams. Knowing how to identify counterfeit items would help reduce the risk of being cheated online. If you are a Hello Kitty fan like me, who loves buying authentic HK and other Sanrio characters, it helps to be aware on how to recognize a fake from authentic items.

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There are several things you need to check to assess if the Hello Kitty product is fake or authentic. The following are some of the easiest and most important clues to look into:

pktd003r-02b_21.      No Mouth!

True-blue Hello Kitty fans know very well that their favorite feline friend lacks mouth (except in TV shows and videos where she needs to talk, of course!). But in case you are just starting out to collect authentic Hello Kitty stuffs especially plush toys, don’t buy one with a mouth. It’s absolutely not genuine!

 

 

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Several years ago, the fastest way to identify a fake item is when it has no tag. But with the advancement of technology dishonest sellers/manufacturers have become on the ball and decided to put tags on their merchandise to make it look like original items. In order not to be deceived, you need to check the dates on the tag and make sure that it is correct. Since all authentic Hello Kitty and friends merchandise are either manufactured or licensed by Sanrio, all of them have tags with the correct labels on them. There ought to be two dates specified on it. The first date is fixed, 1976 for HK since this is the year when Hello Kitty was created. The second date is the date when the item was made.  It may be in written in full or abbreviated form.

Say for example, a Hello Kitty item created in 2010 should have a trademark that looks like this:

                                                                 1976.2004 Sanrio Co.,Ltd.

Or

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In some items, the licensing label can also be found on the actual merchandise like the bottom portion or the package or box of the item. The trademark label is the primary indication of authenticity regardless if it is made in Japan or licensed in China. So, don’t forget to check the label.

 

DSCF0060  3.      Light-Sensitive Security Mark

In the desire to protect the authentic products they release to the   market, Sanrio placed a security hologram on each one of them.     Original pieces can be confirmed by inspecting the hologram      under the light.  Since the hologram was designed to be photo-  sensitive, you can catch sight of Hello Kitty’s face clearly when  you check it under the light. With the clear face of Hello Kitty, Note: This image belongs to another blog.               genuine, without it or a blurred image only it’s a fake.

 

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Have you seen Hello Kitty with her bow on the right? Did I hear a Yes? Sorry to say, that is not an authentic Hello Kitty! And you are not alone because there are indeed lots of fake ones with Hello Kitty’s bow placed on the right side of her head. Don’t waste your penny on those products if you want a smart purchase to add up to your own Hello Kitty collection. The bow should be positioned on the left unless you are buying Mimmy, Hello Kitty’s twin sister.

Yes! Hello Kitty has a twin sister. And most of the time, she wears her yellow bow on the right. It’s worn that way to distinguish Hello Kitty and her twinnie!

 

Here’s Hello Kitty with her twin sister, Mimmy!  mimmy

 

 

 

 

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5.      Even Hello Kitty Eyes

If you want to make sure that you are buying a true Hello Kitty item, you need to check the tiniest details of the product – including the EYES! Both eyes should be similar in size and overall outlook. If one eye is bigger BEWARE! It’s another clue that defines fake merchandise.

 

 

zipper6.      Zippers for Hello Kitty purse, bag or any zippered products

In case you are looking to buy Hello Kitty bag, coin purse or any item made with zipper enclosures, you need to check the outward appearance of the zipper. Hello Kitty zippers were created more solid and wider compared to fake ones that feels and looks insubstantial or light in weight. The ‘teeth’ of the zipper are precisely arranged to look really tidy and the edges carefully trimmed.  On the other hand, edges of counterfeits are pretty asymmetrical and uneven in layout.

 

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Zipper pull of an authentic Hello Kitty is bulkier and more hardwearing in appearance. Just like the zipper, of an original item, the zipper pull were created to feel and appear heavy. The borders of the zipper pull are smooth and suave in form. So if the one you are buying has splits or any part out of place, most likely this is not genuine.

 

 

8.      Precise Stitching  stitches

All branded items with sewn portions are expected to be flawless. It goes the same way with any Hello Kitty merchandise with embroidered or stitched sections. The stitching of real Hello Kitty for example, the whiskers are in straight line, have even intervals and precise in the entirety. If you noticed that the sewing is roughly, uneven, crooked and imperfectly made, it’s an imitation.

 

 

 

It would be easy to identify a fake from an authentic Hello Kitty, if you already have genuine pieces because you can compare the differences from the one you have. It is also important that you don’t merely believe that one is not a counterfeit just because it comes with an expensive price tag. Don’t forget that the primary goal of fraudulent sellers is to make a lot of money from their sub-standard merchandise. It would be safe not to rely on the price tag when making your authenticity judgment.

Thinking of Buying Fake Hello Kitty?

When you are lured to buy fake Hello Kitty items because they cost less than authentic ones, you should think better than that. Why? These items are cheaper because they are made of low quality materials and not as durable as authentic ones that you can use for many years. For example, an authentic Hello Kitty bag can still possess its great form even after many years of usage. You cannot expect this from fake imitations sold by dishonest sellers.

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Take this Hello Kitty bag for example     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The risk of being exposed to toxic substances used to manufacture the products is most likely too. These companies don’t have strict quality standards in the merchandise they are making.

recallAnd the most important advantage of buying a genuine Hello Kitty item is having the assurance of getting a merchandise from a legitimate company, Sanrio. Their priority includes the welfare of the buying public. They would not hesitate to announce product recalls for items that have problems that may put the safety of customers at risk. Even if the items are already out in the market or have been sold.  This is something you can’t expect if you purchased defective and unsafe fake items.

 

So, if you think you are getting a good deal because they are priced cheap, you are actually bound to suffer the negative effects of your poor choice down the line. Buying fake Hello Kitty products entitles you to get something that is not durable, unsafe to use and not licensed by Sanrio. Does that seem like a good deal, for you?

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When all is said and done, the most sensible guideline that you should stick with is to draw on your best judgment. Starting with the clues mentioned in this blog, I believe you will be able to differentiate a true from a fake Hello Kitty item.

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Finally, if you need help on telling if the Hello Kitty items you bought or are going to buy are fake or not, we’re happy to help you! We’re Hello Kitty merchandise expert and 100% confident we can help you avoid the fake/unauthentic items from loss of money or reputation. Please feel free to contact us any time!

 

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Taiwan’s Hello Kitty TAROKO EXPRESS TRAIN Makes Fans’ Adrenaline Running High Again

Now your trip to Taiwan could be a journey full of Hello Kitty!
First you can fly an Eva Air flight in the air and then take the just-launched Hello Kitty Taroko express train on the ground when you travel between the island’s north and southeast.

The train — a collaboration between the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA), Eva Air and Sanrio Taiwan — is designed to attract international visitors. “The design concept behind this train is ‘Travel around the world with Hello Kitty,'” a TRA representative told CNN, making cutesy and globalism the way forward for the 129-year-old government agency.

The train’s eight cars are painted to reflect different travel scenes: Taipei, Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, North and South America, and the North and South Poles.
The final car shows the counties of Hualien and Taitung on Taiwan’s eastern coast.
Japanese cartoon company Sanrio designed a special Kitty character, clad in a captain’s hat and uniform, to serve as train master.
MORE: How Hello Kitty built a massive business empire
The 376-seat train will run again between Taipei and Taitung on March 25, and between Taipei and Hualien on March 27, to mark the 90th anniversary of the Hualien-Taitung line’s opening.
Starting April 21, it’s scheduled to run between Taipei’s Shulin Station and Taitung’s Zhiben Station periodically on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The specially-designed Hello Kitty head cover on the train seat is so cute that some 328 covers were missing after the first train ride on the launch date. The head cover is made of specially-picked material and not free of offer. So maybe TRA should start building the cost of the head cover into the cost of ticket, or offering it as a souvenir item to avoid careless crime.

For the outside of the Hello Kitty Taroko express train and the inside as well as the ride, it’s absolutely an adrenaline-rising experience for Hello Kitty fans or non-fans alike.

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If you wish to experience the Hello Kitty Taroko train ride during your travel in Taiwan, please be reminded that the Hello Kitty express train only operates between Shulin and Taitung during Friday / Saturday and Sunday by Train No. 426 & 441 starting Apr. 21st, 2016. It’s better that you check with the customer service of TRA when you arrive in Taipei.  TRA website: http://www.railway.gov.tw/en/

Bon Voyage!

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It’s time to Let Your Pet Kid Be Stylish & Cute! Hello Kitty Dog & Cat Collar, Harness & Leash are available now at our store!

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Check out the newest Hello Kitty pet collections for dogs & cats of all sizes!

You’d be surprised that this collection will fit your cats, small dogs, medium dogs or big dogs no matter yourself is a Hello Kitty fans or non-fans all alike.

Made in finest and strong materials by the highest safety standards, this newly-released pet collection is your pet kids’ high fashion statements! 

The accessories will keep your furry kids safe when you are out on the walk together and let them look different, cooler, more beautiful or gentler than they used to. It is a good gift for your pets, and surely it will make them happier.

 

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Gifts for First 30 Buyers Are Running OUT! Exclusive Hello Kitty & Disney Gift for YOU With Any Purchase Amount !

Published on February 26, 2016, by in For You, Store News.

Exclusive Gifts for First 30 Buyers Till Ends

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Are You Ready? A Cute SHop’s Once & Only Annual Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sale Is Coming 20% OFF Across Store on Nov. 27~30 ONLY!

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The Once & Only Black Friday & Cyber Monday sale from A Cute Shop is ready to kick off this Friday, Pacific Time. 

Be sure to visit our store to grab DEALS ADDED EVERY DAY during the 4-day sale on this weekend Nov. 27~30, 2015!

Here’s the FIVE major benefits shopping with us on this coming weekend! You MUST’NT miss the deal!

1). NEW & FRESH items will be added to store EVERY DAY during the sale! Take this chance to get the newly released cute items to your shopping list before the holiday!

2). SALES items will be added EVERY DAY! Be sure to check and grab them every day before they are sold out!

3). Buy NOW and receive your items IN-TIME before the holidays!

4). ABSOLUTELY the BEST DEAL at end of this year for shopping your favorate Hello Kitty, Disney, San-X, Peanuts Snoopy items and more from A Cute Shop!

5). Better yet, you get BONUS GIFTS with your purchase!

Feel free to share this good news to your friends and family
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sale KICKS OFF on FRIDAY Nov. 27, 2015, Pacific Time!
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Christmas Gift Ideas for Hello Kitty, Disney, Sanrio, Peanuts Snoopy Fans 2016

Holidays come and holidays go, but the warmth & happiness felt when reunited with family never fade.

As always, A Cute Shop compiles a list of our most popular items favored by our buyers for the past year for this special holiday.  If you’re reading this article and you’re an early shopper that cares the value for your money as well as goods quality,  you should consider getting your stocking stuffers and gifts from us for the kids, women and teen in the family that are anime fans!

This year our bonus gifts with purchase get better and when you shop now, you get a lower starting amount for your 15% off discount!

Better yet if you live in the United States, you can now receive your purchase from us within 7 working days! Please read on to the end of article for more information on the freebies!

To name just a few of top-picks from our customers that are for sure to win heart of the receiver, they are –

1). Hello Kitty 1.5-Cup Rice Cooker and Food Steamer

Hello Kitty 1.5-Cup Rice Cooker and Food Steamer

Hello Kitty 1.5-Cup Rice Cooker and Food Steamer

Hello Kitty 1.5-Cup Rice Cooker and Food Steamer

Hello Kitty 1.5-Cup Rice Cooker and Food Steamer

2). Hello Kitty 1.0L / 33.8oz Double Layers Electric Kettle Tea Kettle

Hello Kitty 1.0L / 33.8oz Electric Kettle

Hello Kitty 1.0L / 33.8oz Electric Kettle

3). Hello Kitty Cooking Craft Apron for Adult Rare Polka Dot RED

Hello Kitty Cooking Craft Apron for Adult Red Polka Dot

Hello Kitty Cooking Craft Apron for Adult Red Polka Dot

4). New Peanuts Snoopy Wooden Block Perpetual Desk Calendar

New Peanuts Snoopy Wooden Block Perpetual Desk Calendar

New Peanuts Snoopy Wooden Block Perpetual Desk Calendar

5). 2016 Hello Kitty 6-Rings Schedule Book Agenda Planner Weekly Embossing Pink

2016 Hello Kitty 6-Rings Schedule Book Agenda Planner Weekly Embossing Pink

2016 Hello Kitty 6-Rings Schedule Book Agenda Planner Weekly Embossing Pink

6). Little Twin Stars iPhone 6 4.7″ Case Flip Wallet Case Cover Card Slot

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Little Twin Stars iPhone 6 4.7″ Case Flip Wallet Case Cover Card Slot

7). My Melody Travel Tote Pouch Shoulder Bag for Hand-Carry Luggage

My Melody Travel Tote Pouch Shoulder Bag for Hand-Carry Luggage

My Melody Travel Tote Pouch Shoulder Bag for Hand-Carry Luggage

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8). Disney Minnie Mouse Plush U-Shape Neck Pillow Travel Pillow Pink

Disney Minnie Mouse Plush U-Shape Neck Pillow Travel Pillow Pink

Disney Minnie Mouse Plush U-Shape Neck Pillow Travel Pillow Pink

9). Planners & Calendars

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10). Hello Kitty Die-Cut PLUSH Slippers

Hello Kitty Die-Cut PLUSH Slippers

Hello Kitty Die-Cut PLUSH Slippers

And more gift ideas on our store !

Christmas Gift Ideas for Kitty, Disney, Snoopy Fans

And DON’T FORGET to use our store coupon to get 15% OFF discount for your Christmas shopping!

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A CUTE SHOP GIVEAWAY TIME ! Just Share and Win Yourself a 2016 Hello Kitty/Snoopy/My Melody/Princess Planner!

Published on October 26, 2015, by in For You, Store News.

Hello Kitty planner giveawayIt’s A Cute Shop ‪#‎Giveaway‬ time!!
We’re giving away 2016 Hello Kitty, Peanuts Snoopy, My Melody & Disney princesses planners! In this planner Giveaway, FOUR winners will get a planner by random design.

All you need to do for a chance to win is:
1) LIKE A Cute SHop Fans Page at http://ss1.us/a/XXuCJHwx
2.) LIKE the photo to your friends on your facebook account.
3). SHARE the photo and comment “I love 2016 Hello Kitty / Snoopy / Disney / My Melody (choose whichever ONE character you like) Planner!”

Winner will be announced coming next Tuesday Nov. 3rd
Only those who share this pic to your friends will count a chance.
PS. BE SURE to change your privacy setting of sharing to PUBLIC so that we can see your sharing!

You can find more details of the giveaway planners below –
All 2016 planners & calendars http://goo.gl/SiiBs2

1. 2016 Peanuts Snoopy Schedule Book Weekly Planner Agenda Magnetic Hard Cover A6 http://goo.gl/2lenRR
2. 2016 My Melody Schedule Book Weekly Planner Agenda Magnetic Hard Cover A6 http://goo.gl/1VEctn
3. 2016 Hello Kitty Schedule Book Monthly Planner Pocket Red Sanrio Japan http://goo.gl/XgqMdz
4. 2016 Disney Princess Schedule Book Weekly Planner A6 Pink Garden http://goo.gl/rRyS7o

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Hello Kitty My Melody Little Twin Stars Christmas Cards for The Early-Birds

In less than two months the Christmas time is coming, are you the early-bird type who prepares your Christmas presents & cards to friends & family ahead of time to avoid the last-minute hassles?

If the answer is yes and you’d like to send many people’s favorites Hello Kitty, My Melody & Little Twin Stars christmas cards, consider getting these cute and hard-to-get cards!

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All of them so cute and you wish to get them all for your friends? Now you can get a 3-card set in just 9.99 with shipping to you worldwide!  

4714581105462-0 4714581105387-0And don’t forget to use the 15% OFF discount to stretch your dollar value even more!!

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