When it comes to buying any type of collectible, the best idea is to buy what YOU like, not what costs the most, what everyone else wants, or even what is predicted to go up in value. The value of a Hello Kitty collectible should be the “heart value” to the Hello Kitty fan and collector – what you love and makes you happy.
There are so many different Hello Kitty collectibles out there, from lunch boxes to sweatshirts to jewelry and handbags, so there’s something for every Hello Kitty fan. But what about the rare items? The exotic, one-of-a-kind Hello Kitty finds and treasures?
First, a Little History
Hello Kitty was designed by the artist Yuko Shimizu for the Sanrio Company in 1974 to market to the emerging kawaii (cuteness) culture. She started out as Kitty White, a Japanese bobtail with a red bow and blue coveralls. Her image first appeared on a coin purse in 1975 and was an instantaneous hit. She was introduced in the U.S. the following year, where she has been gaining in popularity ever since.
In order to make Kitty White even more appealing, she was given a backstory. Her name was changed to Hello Kitty to attach the character to Sanrio’s company image of social communication. At the time, everything foreign – especially British – was popular, so the creators decided to make her home near London, where she lived with her father and mother, George and Mary, and her twin sister, Mimmy. As time went on, we learned more about her friends and family, with her circle of friends expanding each year as Sanrio introduced us to new playmates. Hello Kitty has even inspired a new word, kitira, which means a devoted follower of Hello Kitty.
Hello Kitty Couture
Due to Hello Kitty’s popularity, we see her on many celebrities, including:
- Lady Gaga in the famous dress she wore for Hello Kitty’s 40th birthday
- Katy Perry’s Hello Kitty corset by the Blondes
- Avril Lavigne and her Hello Kitty skateboard
- Miley Cyrus and her Hello Kitty handbag
- Paris Hilton in her J’adore Hello Kitty t-shirt
- Miranda Cosgrove
- Pam Anderson
- Mariah Carrey
- Kaley Cuoco, who wore Hello Kitty boxers on an episode of Big Bang Theory
Lady Gaga’s dress even inspired a Barbie Hello Kitty dress!
Hello Kitty clothing is the easiest way to proclaim your adoration of Hello Kitty to the world! Finding the right item and the most chic is exhilarating! How about Hello Kitty Louboutins? Tres chic and so kawaii!
Or how about a little black dress? Isn’t this super cute?
Find your favorite kawaii Hello Kitty apparel and rock it like a kitara!
Hello Kitty Handbags, Purses and Clutches
The first item that Sanrio made with Hello Kitty on it was a coin purse, back in 1975. Since then, you’re more likely to find handbags, clutches and even backpacks sporting Hello Kitty. The sheer diversity of handbags featuring Hello Kitty is staggering. Buy what fits your needs and what looks kawaii to you! Amazon has many different purses and totes to choose from for every budget.
For something a bit more exotic, check out this unique little satchel:
If you’re hoping to buy vintage Hello Kitty handbags, Ebay is probably your best bet, especially for vintage coin purses, although finding the original coin purse from 1975, shown here, will be nigh on impossible.
You can still get something kawaii like this vintage suitcase:
Big, small, tote, clutch: Hello Kitty comes in all styles!
Hello Kitty Bling
Jewelry is a great way to show off your style and tastes, and Hello Kitty Jewelry is the best! You can find anything from rhinestone baubles to Swarovski encrusted pins, earrings and necklaces. Some of the best Hello Kitty jewelry can be found on Amazon. This one’s really kawaii and the flower is made of Swarovski crystals!
The best Swarovski, however are the figurines! Here is a vintage Hello Kitty pose, and a more modern pose:
There are so many beautiful and eminently collectible Swarovski crystal Hello Kitty figurines.There’s something for every ocassion!
If you would love to get the most expensive and one-of-a-kind Hello Kitty figurine, try this little beauty. She is encrusted all over with Swarovski crystals and is super kawaii!
These are really cute Hello Kitty earrings! They aren’t rare yet, but still adorable!
Here is a beautiful Kimora Lee Hello Kitty diamond ring:
For a more understated look, yet still super kawaii, check out this cute little bow ring. It was made in Japan especially for Sanrio.
Whatever item you decide on, there is always room for more Hello Kitty Jewelry and bling!
Other Supercute Hello Kitty Collectibles
Everyone needs a computer or laptop, right? And if you’re a Hello Kitty fan, you’ll want to “Kitty-fy” it. Most people think Hello Kitty stickers, but if you want to go all-out check out this laptop! It’s a LaVie G laptop with precision-cut Swarovski crystals and a 120gbyte hard drive and 2gbyte of RAM. Even the mouse is covered in Hello Kitty crystals!
Here’s a rare Hello Kitty plush doll – complete with kimono! Very kawaii!
Even rarer is this one with an added fan. Super kawaii!
These dolls are just super cute and a must-have for the discerning kitara!
If you need to entertain your children and don’t want them watching too much television, how about a Hello Kitty robot? Even its whiskers light up! This cute robot boasts technological advances such as face recognition and voice recognition, and is programmed to chat with your child as a friend or family member. It can even play a guessing game. What a wonderful way to keep your children entertained!
This is just a small sampling of the wonderful, exotic and rare Hello Kitty items that are available! All you have to do is go online and you will find amazing super kawaii Hello Kitty collectibles! You can collect everything Hello Kitty, or you can just get a few key pieces to show your kitara side!
Celebrate Summer with Keroppi
Keroppi is one of Hello Kitty’s friends and he is a cute little green frog who loves swimming, baseball and playing with boomerangs. He also loves to sing! His full name in Japanese is actually Kerokerokeroppi, which means “morning glory”. Keroppi lives in a house by Donut Pond with his mother, father, sister Pikki and brother Koroppi. Keroppi, Pikki, and Koroppi are triplets! Their mother is a chef and their father is a doctor.
July 10th is Keroppi’s birthday. Since he loves ponds and lakes, he takes the whole month of July to celebrate his birthday by traveling the world, one big lake or pond at a time! Den Den, a snail and his best friend, goes with him to keep him company.
The Fourth of July is Independence Day, so Keroppi starts out his birthday month with a bang, watching the fireworks in Chicago over Lake Michigan. Spectacular! Did you know that the Great Lakes – Lakes Huron, Michigan, Superior, Erie and Ontario – form the world’s largest body of fresh water? Keroppi enjoys taking ferry rides across the lakes with Den Den!
Their next stop is New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou. The cypress swamps and waterways are beautiful and are a habitat to many animals and birds. Keroppi takes care to not disturb the alligators, though. They can be quite grumpy.
Keroppi and Den Den’s next stop is in the British Isles, specifically Loch Ness in Scotland. Maybe they will catch a glimpse of Nessie, the Loch Ness monster! Although most people would rather walk or hike around the lochs for exercise, Keroppi prefers to swim lengthwise across Loch Ness, the biggest and longest loch at 39 km (23 miles). With a maximum depth of 230 meters (754 feet), Nessie certainly has plenty of room to hide!
How do you visit three countries at once? Go to Lake Constance in the Swiss, Austrian and German Alps, of course! It is one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe and has a stunning view of the Alps surrounding it.
Then it’s on to Hungary and Lake Heviz, which is the largest thermal lake in Europe. With water at a constant 101 degrees Farenheit, its lush waterlilies, and the nature conservation area that surrounds it, it’s a perfectly relaxing setting for Keroppi and Den Den! And when they’re ready for cooler waters, Lake Balaton just a short distance away,
Keroppi decides that to finish off his European tour, he and Den Den must go to Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its series of beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls. There are many animals and unique birds that call the area home. Between the breathtaking views and the spectacular waterfalls, it is well worth the trip!
The Caspian Sea is the largest lake in the world at 143,244 square miles and Keroppi is excited to visit it because of its rich history. It used to be the summer retreat for Russian tsars and other royalty. The northern area of the Caspian Sea is fairly shallow and perfect for a swim for Keroppi and Den Den!
Next they visit Lake Baikal, just north of Mongolia. It’s a beautiful lake with the clearest, deepest water in the world and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It contains 20% of the world’s surface freshwater, making it the largest lake in the world by volume. What an awe-inspiring place!
Keroppi and Den Den decide to visit Japan because of Lake Kawaguchiko near Mt. Fuji. This lake, part of the Mt. Fuji UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the second largest lake of the Mt. Fuji Five Lakes region, but what makes it so stunning is the mirror image reflection of Mt. Fuji that you get from the south side of the lake on a calm and clear day.
How would you like to swim in a bubblegum pink lake? As soon as they get off the plane at Perth, Keroppi and Den Den head over to Lake Hillier on Middle Island in the Recherche Archipelago. It’s a salt lake in which certain algae live that produce carotenoids that make the water turn pink. There are several other lakes in Australia that have this same algae, including one in Melbourne, but most of the lakes are only pink in the summer and turn back to blue/green in the cooler months.
From South Australia, Keroppi and Den Den decide to head up to the northern end of Queensland to the Daintree National Park, the last remaining rainforest in Australia. It is home to 3% of Australia’s frogs, reptiles and marsupials; 7% of the birds; and 90% of the bats and butterflies. In 2015, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its diversity and ancient plants which grow nowhere else in the world! Keroppi wants to make friends with some of the native frogs.
Next, Keroppi and Den Den head over to Lake Wakatipu, a stunning finger lake with breathtaking scenery, including the Remarkables, a mountain range along the south that was featured in the Lord of the Rings movies. It’s the longest island in New Zealand – 50 miles – and Keroppi decides to swim the length of it like he did with Loch Ness. Phew!
And although they can’t swim in it – because the temperature is a whopping 168 degrees Fahrenheit! – Keroppi did not want to miss visiting The Champagne Pool. It’s a geothermal lake, that gets its name from the carbon dioxide that bubbles up from its depths. It is so cool looking from all the minerals and metalloid compounds! The Champagne Pool is located in the Wai-O-Tapu geothermal area in the North Island’s Bay of Plenty region.
After their around-the-world celebration of “pond-hopping,” Keroppi and Den Den head home to their modest Donut Pond for some very well-deserved rest. Keroppi’s mom, the master chef, has a wonderful birthday cake waiting for him, and all his friends come by to celebrate with him!
If you’re traveling this summer, you’ll need some shoes… Hello Kitty shoes of course!
This past month we ran our first giveaway contest, and boy was it a huge hit with Hello Kitty fans! We received over 1,000 entries to win this adorable Hello Kitty plush doll:
This is one of five plush dolls that feature Hello Kitty dressed up as various animals from the African continent:
And the Winner Is…
Now, drum roll please for the lucky winner…
Chris Striegel from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!
Here’s a photo of the doll being prepared for shipment to Chris:
This precious Hello Kitty doll is now on her way to her new home in Pennsylvania.
Want Another Chance to Win?
If you’re disappointed because your name wasn’t drawn (on maybe you didn’t find out about the giveaway until it was over), never fear: We’re going to hold another giveaway very soon.
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Even though Hello Kitty is from Great Britain, she loves celebrating holidays from all over the world. American Independence Day is no exception. Fireworks, games, tasty food and desserts, fun with friends and family – this is definitely Hello Kitty’s type of party!
Hello Kitty 4th of July Party Ideas
If you’re looking for ways to celebrate the 4th of July with a Hello Kitty theme, you’ll probably need to make your own modifications, since there aren’t many ready-made American-themed Hello Kitty items for sale. But don’t let that stop you!
- Look for Hello Kitty party supplies that use a red, white and blue color scheme.
- Print out Hello Kitty coloring pages and color them with red, white and blue colors and draw in an American flag and stars.
- Use the usual Hello Kitty cookie cutters or recipe templates, and simply change the colors from pink and white to red and white with blue accents.
Independence Day Fun: Activities for the Whole Family!
If you can’t make it out to a parade or simply prefer a less-crowded affair, host your own 4th of July parade in your driveway or neighborhood cul-de-sac. Kids can dress up as their favorite famous American historical figure, with their own creative twist. Perhaps a Hello Kitty Statue of Liberty?
Depending on where you live and the local fire restrictions, you may not be able to set off fireworks at home. But there are still easy ways to enjoy some sparkle on your Fourth of July:
- Sparklers – The young and young at heart love lighting these silver sticks and waving them around as they sparkle! The sparks fade so quickly they aren’t much of a fire risk … but be careful not to touch the metal rod where it burned: The metal is still hot after the fire dies out.
- 4th of July Wand – Got kids who are too young for sparklers? Help them make their very own Independence Day wand to wave around during the festivities.
- Bang Snaps – Simply throw these tiny pouches against a hard surface – a sidewalk or driveway is best – and they make a satisfying little popping sound. These are another great alternative to home fireworks.
- Confetti Balloons – Fill balloons with confetti, then pop them for your own “fireworks”! Instructions and pictures here.
- Glow Sticks – When it gets dark, it’s glow time! Great for all ages.
Easy and Delicious American-Themed Foods
Make an American flag cake! You can use a variety of cake types – sugar cookie, cheesecake or traditional flour cake. Frost with whipped cream or your favorite type of white frosting. Create a flag using strawberries or raspberries for the stripes and blueberries for the stars.
Here are a couple of ideas to get you started (click on the images to get the recipes):
You can also create your own Hello Kitty Independence Day cake. Here are a few visual ideas:
Or how about these adorable red velvet jar cakes?
Free to Party!
However you decide to celebrate the 4th of July, as long as it is fun, creative, safe and satisfying, you can’t go wrong! Hello Kitty makes every celebration more special, so let your imagination run wild and find ways to celebrate America’s independence and Hello Kitty in your own unique way.
Make your own Hello Kitty Independence Day shirt with this kit:
Meet Charmmy Kitty
Do you know Hello Kitty’s beloved cat, Charmmy Kitty? She’s a white Persian cat who wears a pink bow by her ear, just like Hello Kitty. She’s cute and friendly, yet also bold and sassy. She loves sparkly things and is very loyal, which is why Hello Kitty entrusts the key to her jewelry box to Charmmy Kitty. She wears it on a necklace like a charm, which is where she gets her name.
Charmmy’s best friend, besides Hello Kitty of course, is Hello Kitty’s pet hamster, Sugar. Charmmy has a younger sister, Honeycute, who looks very much like Charmmy, except that Honeycute has pink fur and wears two bows instead of one. She also wears a pink heart bracelet – she loves shiny accessories just like her sister!
Charmmy Kitty was a birthday gift to Hello Kitty from her father. Because she was adopted, the White family doesn’t know Charmmy exact date of birth, so they celebrate it on October 31, one day before Hello Kitty’s birthday on November 1.
Adopt a Cat This June – or Anytime of Year!
Springtime is when many kittens are born, but so many newborn kittens at once means it can be hard for them to find enough loving homes. Older cats also have a harder time getting adopted this time of year, because many people choose to adopt cute little kittens over grown cats.
That’s why June has been designated Adopt-A-Cat Month. At this time of year, shelters are bursting with cats and kittens in need love a loving family. Whether you are a family of four like the Whites, or a family of one, Charmmy Kitty encourages you to go to your local shelter and look for that special cat to call your own.
Won’t you make some room in your life – and your heart – for a furry companion? Like Hello Kitty and her family, you’ll be glad you did!
And if you absolutely can’t adopt a cat…or have too many already…you can at least bring home some Charmmy Kitty goodies from our store:
Hello Kitty is loved the world over, and now she’s going intergalactic!
If you’re the parent (or aunt/uncle/grandparent) of a child who loves Hello Kitty, you know how challenging it can be to find good Hello Kitty-themed coloring pages online. That’s why we developed our very own set of coloring and activity pages, featuring Hello Kitty in space – perfect for the young kitira in your life!
And if you’re a grown-up who loves coloring (it’s therapeutic, after all) and loves Hello Kitty, then these are for you too!
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Spending time with your dad on Father’s Day is the best Hello Kitty way to celebrate your super-awesome dad!
Even though Hello Kitty’s father, George, works hard at his job at a trading company, he always finds time to play and be with Hello Kitty and her twin sister, Mimmy. So, every year for Father’s Day, Hello Kitty and Mimmy try to find a super-fun thing to do with their dad.
Your dad does so much for you all year long, so this is a great way to give back to him! But what to do? It just takes a little bit of planning (and perhaps mom’s help) to come up with a super-cool outing for you and your dad.
Ideas of Super-fun Things to Do with Your Dad on Father’s Day
You could start the day off with either breakfast in bed or a Sunday brunch and lots of love, flowers and homemade Father’s Day cards. Then it’s off to your special outing with your super-awesome dad!
Here are some things that Hello Kitty and Mimmy did for their dad.
One year they took their dad to a baseball game (or was it rugby? They live near London.) Anyway, they took him to a game and he loved it, especially since he was with his two favorite daughters! (And his team won!) If your father is a sports fan and loves baseball or soccer, there are plenty of games to go to with your super awesome dad!
Another year, Hello Kitty and Mimmy took their dad to a car show. He really enjoyed the older model cars that were displayed. But the best part of his day was spending time with his two girls! There are plenty of car shows right around Father’s Day! Many of them are small community car shows and don’t require an entrance fee.
This year, the girls are thinking about a camping trip with their dad. There are plenty of open spaces and weekend camping destinations nearby that would be super awesome! And if your dad likes to fish and has you hooked as well, then that just makes the whole weekend camping trip even better!
A few years ago, Hello Kitty and Mimmy decided to go mini-golfing with their dad. That was a lot of fun! They played mini-golf in the morning and then had a picnic lunch in a nearby park. What a wonderful way to spend Father’s Day with your dad!
Here are some other fun ideas of things to do with your dad:
- Go to an amusement park
- Visit a museum
- Attend a concert or festival
- Go to the beach, or nearby lake or river
- Take a road trip to a place you and your dad love to visit
Whatever you choose to do, pick something your dad likes to do and your outing will be a super-awesome way to celebrate all the wonderful things he has done for you all year long!
Get Inspired by Father’s Day Around the World
Did you know that Father’s Day is celebrated all over the world? Not all countries celebrate it on the same day as in the U.S., but from Argentina to Thailand, from Finland to South Africa, almost every country has a special day to celebrate their super-awesome dads!
In Thailand, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the birthday of their queen, Queen Sirikit, and of course, Father’s Day is celebrated on the birthday of their most beloved king, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. It lands on December 5. Everyone wears the king’s favorite color, yellow, to honor him. And fathers and grandfathers are presented with a canna lily, since the Thais consider it to have a masculine association.
Wouldn’t it be super awesome to wear your dad’s favorite color on Father’s Day? And give him his favorite plant to grow in the backyard? Super awesome!
In Australia, they celebrate Father’s Day on the first Sunday in September, which is also the first day of spring there. Victoria, one of the Australian states, crowns 32 Fathers of the Year, one from each of its 32 municipalities.
You can crown your super-awesome dad Father of the Year!
Mexico celebrates their Father’s Day with a 21-kilometer run through Mexico City’s Bosque de Tlalpan, an area of open space used for hiking and jogging, along with family festivities and lots of good food and music!
How about a hike or long walk followed by a wonderful dinner and music for your super-awesome dad?
Italy, Spain and Portugal celebrate Father’s day on the Christian holiday of St. Joseph’s Day, March 19. Their celebrations are similar to those in the U.S., with common gifts being cards, flowers and a present, along with a special outing.
You can’t go wrong with a heartfelt card and a gift you know your dad will like.
Russia celebrates not just fathers, but all men on what was once a holiday for commemorating the military. Soldiers are still honored with parades around the country, however, women give the men in their lives, not just their husbands, small gifts to honor them. It’s held on February 23. What a super-cool way to celebrate uncles and grandfathers!
If your father is no longer in your life for whatever reason, consider using this day to honor other important men in your life.
Father’s Day in India is just starting to be celebrated – it’s only been around for a decade. However, they celebrate it as enthusiastically as we do! Honoring one’s father is super awesome no matter where you live!
However you celebrate your super-awesome dad, just make sure you and your dad have fun spending time together! That’s the Hello Kitty way to celebrate Father’s Day!
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Hello Kitty and her fans need to be able to get places – to work, to school, to the mall, just everywhere! Why not get there in style – Hello Kitty style!
You can Hello Kitty pimp your ride on any budget, from decals to paint jobs, from rims to wraps, with accessories to complete the look!
Check out all the supercute ways Hello Kitty fans get around town.
You’ll look smart and cute when you get your Smartcar wrapped with Hello Kitty! Sanrio has made three different wrap styles available for Smartcar owners. These are just super kawaii!
This is Antonio Garay, the 6-foot-4, 320-pound former NFL defender for the Cleveland Browns and San Diego Chargers. Hello Kitty loves everyone and everyone loves Hello Kitty!
You can paint your car with Hello Kitty colors and decals, like these cars:
This VW shows a really cute way to decorate your car if you can’t do the whole car but want to show your love of Hello Kitty.
Or how about this white Prius?
You could even redo the interior completely with all things Hello Kitty, like this car:
These are all supercute, however, my favorite Hello Kitty car is this beautiful Bugatti:
Isn’t it just super kawaii?!
Why stop at just cars? How about your moped or motorcycle? Hello Kitty makes everything look super cute!
Or how about this cute motorcycle with sidecar?
And now you can get Hello Kitty leathers to stay safe while riding!
Of course, helmets are also on the list of every safety-conscious Hello Kitty biker.
You can put Hello Kitty on any vehicle, like on your camper, truck or minivan.
Do you own a sailboat? This might be something to consider:
These are just some of the ways that Hello Kitty fans are channeling their inner Hello Kitty and showing it off to the world!
Even the military seems to have gotten on board with Hello Kitty. I don’t think this personnel carrier is camouflaged for the field, but it’s great if you’re being a goodwill ambassador. Nothing says friendly more than Hello Kitty! Kawaii!
It’s the little details that often set a Hello Kitty fan apart. There are all kinds of wonderful Hello Kitty accessories to help you make your vehicle your own!
Check out these Hello Kitty exhaust pipes and rims – they are just supercute!
You can also get Hello Kitty car seat covers and steering wheel covers, cup holders, car mats and even Hello Kitty rearview mirrors! Super kawaii!
And what kind of oil do Hello Kitty fans put in their cars? Why, Hello Kitty oil, of course!
Did you know that some school buses in Japan feature Hello Kitty? I think it’s a wonderful way to go to school. Don’t you think so, too?
And adults can travel Hello Kitty style even if they don’t use their car, on this streetcar in Australia…
…this tram in Italy…
…and this bus in Japan.
They will definitely put a smile on your face each time you ride in one of them!
There’s even a pedicab decorated with Hello Kitty!
Needless to say, Hello Kitty is everywhere you want her to be. She’s just that supercute and friendly! So go forth and channel your inner Hello Kitty into your ride!