User Rating: Excellent
Pros:Cute plush Hello Kitty head, well made stocking, hang loop.
Cons:Gets dirty easily, extremely girlie, hard to personalize.
The Bottom Line: A Hello Kitty Christmas stocking? Don't worry, it's not that bad!
Recommend this product?
So you think Christmas is just about red and green huh? That all changed when Annabelle and I were gifted with two very adorable Hello Kitty Christmas stockings. Maybe we are starting to wear Tommy down a little because he is so anti Hello Kitty you would swear he has some type of secret adoration for the pink feline but is too scared to show it. That wouldn't be very macho you know. His daughter isn't into Hello Kitty but I did feel a little bad that he came home with stocking for us and didnt get one for her; a quick trip to Toys R Us and we solved that with a My Pretty Pony one that was almost the same size as the Hello Kitty ones. Even though I'm not readily willing to admit that I do think some of the HK products are cool, I do have to say that these stocking are incredibly plush, look great and will have any hard core Kitty lover squealing with delight.
Hello Kitty Pink Plush Head Stocking
I suppose in the world of Hello Kitty it isn't politically correct to call this a Christmas stocking but that is what it is. Do we hang up stockings any other time of the year? Even though the word 'Christmas' isn't in the title, that's what I call it. This measures almost twenty inches long so it isnt exactly a small stocking that you can toss up on the wall for a cute decoration. No, this bad boy, or rather bad girl, needs to get hung up properly over the fireplace. The only downside to that is that if you have a working fireplace there is a chance that this is going to either end up smelling like smoke or get covered in soot. Thankfully we solved that by putting them on the very edges of the mantle so that they weren't near smoke from the fire.
Instead of the usual red body of a traditional Christmas stocking, this is pink and has a very nice embroidered Hello Kitty logo across the top part of it. As soon as I saw the stockings I wanted to personalize them [or have them personalized] but the material is way to thick to run through a machine and using a glitter pen on it would make it look extremely tacky so I decided to leave them 'as is' and not try to add any names to them. These are really nice stockings that you can pack with Hello Kitty goodies without worrying that it is going to rip. Even when Annabelle's started to bulge a little from the small gifts that were tucked inside it, it still looked great and didn't show any signs of stress.
At the top of the stocking there is a plush Hello Kitty head; this is stuffed with some type of hard material but not pellets. It doesnt droop or tip forward and the hang loop that you can use to attach it to a prong or hook is secured to it perfectly. If you are putting anything heavy in it you may want to throw in a few extra stitches or buy something to attach to the stocking to take some of the pressure and stress off the loop. The only thing we had to do to the stockings before we hung them was to play around with the bow that is stitched to her head; it was pressed almost flat and really looked bad. It only took a couple of minutes to move the material around and have the bow fill out so it wasn't a big deal.
One thing that I have to mentioned, Hello Kitty's accents are stitched into place. They aren't some cheap plastic eyes or wimpy yarn whiskers, these are perfectly stitched into pace and there is no way they are going to come loose until you take the scissors to them. The face is extremely soft and furry but no so much so that it sheds; the same can't be said for the flocking on the top of the stocking, that will end up shedding everywhere. The design on the body of the stocking is cute but it is a little on the plain side. I have been looking for some gold or silver Hello Kitty charms to add to the body; they will be easy to stitch into place and will give them a little extra Hello Kitty charm.
There are a lot of different hello Kitty stockings on the market, some are official Sanrio products and some are knock offs. If it doesn't have the official Sanrio red tag on it then there is a good chance that it isn't a 'real' Hello Kitty product. This one came with a red Sanrio tag as well as a small pink Hello Kitty tag at the bottom of the stocking. I had no qualms that it wasn't an official product since it had all the usual Sanrio markings on it. Why bother to buy the official products? Even though some of the Sanrio products are overpriced, you are getting your moneys worth and I have no doubt that this stocking will last for years.
Since these were gifts Tommy was a little reluctant to tell me how much he paid for them; the tag on the stockings said $13.99 but he shook his head and laughed, "You aren't the only one that can find deals you know". He finally told me that he paid $10.00 for each of them but couldnt remember the name of the store in the mall where he got them. It turns out that it was the same place that he picked up a Hello Kitty night light and Hello Kitty toothbrush holder for Annabelle so I have to guess that it was the Hello Kitty kiosk or one of the girlie stores. Ten bucks for something that is this cute and well made is a steal.
The Bottom Line
If you are a Hello Kitty lover or are forced to live with one, this makes for an awesome gift. I really wish that there was a way that you could customize them or add a name to them but the plush felt on the top of the stocking is way too thick and as I said, if you use glitter or glitter glue, even if you have perfect penmanship and use pink glitter, it is still going to look a little tacky. With so many cool seasonal Hello Kitty things hitting the market I am glad that Annabelle and I were gifted with these this year; I am sure that it will be the start of a traditional that we will continue each and every year forward. Even though this is a completely girlie and utterly "cute" thing, I wasn't turned off by it in the least. I'm not ready to make that complete leap into the world of Hello Kitty but can admit that this is so freakin' cute you'll want to punch someone when you see it.
As always, thanks for the visit
~^V^~ Freak ~^V^~
© 2008 Freak369
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Amount Paid (US$): 10.00
Type of Toy: Other
Age Range of Child: Whole Family