Before Bratz dolls, before My Pretty Pony or Care Bears, and way before Cabbage Patch Kids caused violent riots at your local Toys R’ Us, there was Hello Kitty, a friendly young kitty-cat with no mouth but a lot of heart. Created by the Japanese company Sanrio in 1974 and first appearing in the U.S. in 1976, her full name is actually Kitty White (you Hello Kitty fanatics probably already knew that) and she’s very fond of saying: “You can never have too many friends!”
To celebrate her 45th birthday (she looks great, by the way) Sanrio has teamed up with Cost Plus World Market to launch an exclusive collection of Hello Kitty merchandise, including food items like soy sauce, pasta, and WINE, (’cause a lot of her older fans are ADULTS, of course.) We went shopping to find the items you’ll love because we’re obsessed with her and, “You can never have too many Hello Kitty things!”
Italian food from a Japanese cat who lives in England. Makes sense to us! Grab this tomato pasta sauce that goes great with that red bow in your hair.
Regular-shaped pasta is boring. If you’re tired of elbows and bowties, pick up this package of cat-heads and hairbows (TOTALLY different than bowties…)
We need this Hello Kitty wine in our lives and our glasses. Too bad Hello Kitty herself can’t sip and chill (she’s got no mouth) but we’ll drink an extra glass for her. NOTE: Wine is not available for sale online, but can be picked up at a select location (hopefully) near you.
Perfect for keeping human or kitty-cat treats, this cookie jar design was inspired by Omatsuri, special festivals rooted in community and culture in Japan.
Keep your beverages hot or cold, including that Hello Kitty wine you just bought, with this double-wall insulated bottle.
This Hello Kitty holiday cookie kit (say that 5 times fast) comes with everything you need to create treats that are as super-cute as they are delicious.
Break-resistant and easy to clean, these exclusive dishes feature Hello Kitty dressed in her Omatsuri festival finery.
Put this soy sauce out on the table to spice up your next meal. (We mean that literally as well as figuratively.) This pink bottle appeals to our inner kitty and all our vintage Hello Kitty merch.
Pack your kiddos next school lunch in these adorable bento boxes to give the illusion that there’s something more exciting in there than cut up pieces of peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat bread.
Will this cute and customizable Hello Kitty coin bank encourage your little kitty-cats to save their pennies for a rainy day? You can bank on it. (Sorry, we had to.)
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