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I'm not quite sure which product 'Hello Kitty Mug' is specifying, especially as the image is of a different product to the Amazon link given. I'm reviewing the blue vintage rose mug, which can be bought in a gift set with a coaster. I actually had this at Christmas, being a bit of a mug-hoarder for some reason; I've got a cupboard of mugs and having never grown out of my love for Hello Kitty designs I was oddly excited by getting this (I'm easy to please!). It's a lovely set and the mug isn't child-sized, so we adults can enjoy a nice cuppa.
Hello Kitty is hugely popular now and there's a whole range of goodies you can get, often with different colours and designs. Whilst not a huge fan of the baby pinks and bright pinks, I do love HK. When I came across this mug, I thought it was a little different to the norm that you may expect from Hello Kitty. It comes in a hard plastic case, packaged with a coaster, which should mean you get a cup that's not damaged and also looks presentable enough to give it as a lovely gift.
The mug is predominantly blue, which is a fairly light shade, complimented by an intricate pink rose design across the front. Hello Kitty makes her appearance on the one side of the mug, and her name is scrolled across the back. This design is replicated on the coaster, so it's the perfect matching set. The design actually looks quite vintage; it's very cute but I wouldn't say overly girly, old-fashioned or young. It manages to balance all of these really well and I personally love the design, even though it may not normally be 'my cup of tea' so to speak.
As for the mug itself, it's good quality and of reasonable thickness; not too thick that your tea go cold quickly, but not too thin that it's dainty or frail. The size is, well, adult-sized. It holds a good size cup of tea/coffee/something a little stronger which is important for me as I love my tea and a tiny dainty little cup is never enough. The handle is comfortable to hold and the mug has a good quality feel to it, as does the design on the front. It feels 'shiny', if that makes sense, so it hasn't damaged or faded in the weeks I've been using it. I expect it will last quite well.
The same can be said for the quality of the coaster. For a regular cork coaster, it looks fab. Lovely design to match the mug and it's quite thick, so I'm pleased with that. I almost don't like using it, though cup marks do wipe off with a damp towel/tissue, because I want to keep it looking new.
I found this in Clintons, but I can't find it on their website now. It is, however, available at Tesco Direct for £7 : http://www.tesco.com/direct/hello-kitty-mug-coaster-blue/668-5763.prd. It can, of course, be found elsewhere. The Tesco image unfortunately doesn't show the front of the mug with Hello Kitty herself, but you can get better images from the mugs on sale on eBay.
Price-wise, you are paying for the Sanario Hello Kitty brand. However, I'd argue that it's good quality and offers a slightly different design to the usual HK range, so I would happily recommend this as for yourself or to give as a gift.
Can be bought for around £7 (Tesco Direct, as part of a set with a coaster).
My friends know that I love Hello Kitty and when it comes to Christmas some awesome gifts start coming out, one of my friends got me this Hello kitty mug, I'm not sure where she got it from and how much it was though. I believe that this mug is suitable for any fan of any age who love Hello Kitty. This mug is quite bulky and chunky which I love, it's really thick compared to some mugs which to me this feels more study and if I was to drop this I feel that it wouldn't just break. The handle is as full as the full head which I love because I hate novelty mugs with tiny handles were you cannot get your fingers in to hold it properly without burning yourself and I have no issues with the size of this handle.
I love the fact that the mug is hello kitties head but it means I can only drink from one side of the mug because the ears and bow gets in the way of my mouth when I try to take a sip but that isn't an issue for me. I drink a lot of tea and sometimes coffee and even when I use this cup for a full day and night rather than getting a clean cup out, this still hasn't stained and it comes up really clean despite how much I used it.
Overall, this mug is sturdy to hold and keeps the drink warm for longer, it's deep and big meaning I get more out of a tea bag, the design of it to me is of course amazing and when I move out I might get a full cupboard of hello kitty head mugs for my guests haha!