Monday, 30 November 2015

Frugal Christmas Store: Muji

I don't think anyone needs convincing that I'm a total Japanophile (or 'shinicchi' as I've just learnt whilst working on this post). And Muji is one of my ultimate pleasures - my desk is all perspex folders, and we are only allowed their gel pens in the flat (partly because they write well, mainly because they look really, really nice). 

Since reading Marie Kondo, the art of the Japanese lifestyle - modest, simple and well stored really speaks to me (I can't say I'll ever be good at not buying 'stuff' but it's something to aspire to). And I love how pretty much everything in the shop is 'useful' - a perfectly sized notebook, storage, chic pyjamas (yes, above, I am in love with them). But I bet you've not really thought of Muji as a Christmas present store, have you?

Toning water, £11.50, Muji
Moisturising milk, £5.95, Muji.  
All in one essence, £8.95, Muji
Gel pens, £1 each, Muji
High moisturising cream, £12.95, Muji
Touchscreen gloves, £7.95, Muji
Pyjamas: £39.95, Muji (instore). 
Notebooks, 60p each (I always buy these for my husband), Muji
Washi tape: Muji (instore)

Mainly, it's so affordable - a classic breton top will set you back £19.95 and their acrylic storage boxes make great presents (I bought some for colleagues last Christmas to store all their notecards in).

I love walking round Muji - the washi tape, the stationery, the stripey everything! Here are my Christmas picks:

New Zealand wool jumper, £34.95, Muji (instore)
For him - the perfect crew-neck (although I've been wearing it recently and it may end up in my wardrobe - it's the perfect oversized slouch). They have just launched skincare, too - and it's this kind of chic packaging that even my husband wouldn't mind (although it's unisex):

All in one essence gel,  £12.95, Muji. 
Moisture essence lotion, £17.95, Muji. 
High moisturising cream, £12.95, Muji  
Set of two towels, £5.95, Muji

For her - well if they're me, then pretty much everything but for the hard to buy for, there are always those home comforts:

5 pack sensitive skin face masks, £8.95, Muji
Orgaic flannel long night shirt (my FAVOURITE), £19.95, Muji (instore)
Lavender essential oil, £3.95, Muji 
Cashmere mix scarf, £15, Muji
Slippers, £9.95, Muji (but similar here)
Mug, Seasalt Cornwall with Clipper pear and honey green tea
I'm going to try the sensitive skincare range this week, as my skin always plays havoc once I'm back from being away (it has had great reviews). It's all infused with natural and active ingredients and I think, like most Muji products, the range will become cult.

Toning water, £11.50, Muji
Moisturising milk, £5.95, Muji
Washi tape: £2, Muji (instore)

1. High moisturising cream, £12.95, Muji

2. 5 pack notebooks, £4, Muji

3. Bluetooth speaker with FM radio, £90, Muji

4. Gel ink pens, £1 each, Muji

5. Bath towel set, £14.95, Muji

6. Travel slippers, £7.95, Muji

7. 'Log Fire' candle, £3.50, Muji

8. Watch, £35, Muji

9. Toning water, £5.95, Muji

10. Touchscreen gloves, £7.95, Muji

11. Acrylic storage trays, £7.95, Muji

12. Christmas candle, £9.95, Muji

This post was is collaboration with Muji, one of my favourite shops for gifts. Let me know what you find!


  1. We used to have a Muji in Leeds and I always liked having a mooch in there and picking up little oddities. But it's been gone a few years now :o( Those pj's looked so perfect too!

    1. Oh no!! I always buy stationery and storiage but not really seen much of their clothes - and it is so me (some v good bretons too) - hope they sell more of that online soon x

    2. Sad times... The only one in The North these days is in the Selfridges at the Trafford Centre. But it's teeny tiny...

  2. I love muji but their online store has erratic stock levels. I don't live near one so I am a slave to their buying policy...

    I have the moisture essence lotion and it is brilliant. Definitely aids hydration, particularly in the season of dehydration.

    1. Good to know on the moisture essence lotion, trying it tonight x

  3. I'm definately going to go online and have a ganzy. Your selection of gifts is spot on and I've already spotted a few mum would love. Thanks For sharing :)

    1. You can't really go wrong with grey, flannel and cashmere in my opinion x

  4. My husband has been the recipient of several Muji gifts over the years - my favourites were a dark grey towelling robe of such luxurious thickness it would give The White Co a run for its money and a slim fit micro black/white check shirt that still looks like new a couple of years later. It's just a shame I have to travel to London to pay a visit these days.

    1. I didn't even see the dressing gowns - that's a great gift. Their online offering is getting better, but it's also good feedback (and seems to be common) which I can definitely pass on x

  5. Love Muji and have the same pen rules in our house! Many happy memories of visiting the (huge) Glasgow store as a teenager but it closed down years ago. Frequent business trips to London and the odd online shop keep me stocked up though. Really hoping that I can buy those pyjamas next time I'm there.

    1. That's such a shame - yes, do stop by - the Tottenham Court Road store had the PJs in xx

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