I've moved on...
...to a different domain. Why, what were you thinking? The truth is, I just woke up one day and decided it's time for a change—a metamorphosis, if you will; or, in layman's terms, if Britney can shave her head, then maybe so can I? Nevertheless, it's been a rather handsome 10 years of talking to you, and thank you for putting up with all my moodswings and terrible dad jokes. Fear not! The hormonal imbalance and jokes are more terrible on CUBICLE, see you there.
a Muji gift guide


creative direction & photography SHINI PARK photography assistance SIMON SCHMIDT in collaboration with Muji

Three jobs I’d kill a million girls for: 1) Chipotle menu taster, 2) GARLIC/PASTA (yes, just being one. Because hellooOoo SEXY) and 3) ambassador for Muji. I am naturally, none of those – although sometimes I do come close to 2) given how much both get shovelled into my system around deadlines. (I may also be a can of Red Bull, come to think of it) Muji – you’ll agree that walking into one of the stores is walking into a version of your life where the grip is definitely gotten, organised expertly into no-brand, tranquil textures and colours. And you decide you need a solar cooking scale, because Muji. It’s one of the few places I frequented as a student (with a bank balance of -£45.02), and still visit to this day and let out the same Urgghhehrh want EVERYTHING* ** noise.

I’ve saved this guide for my fellow last-minute gifters, as a consolation that there is still amazing, thoughtful gifts to be found out there, and also to slap you away from buying your sister a pack of jumbo tampons because her preferred gift sold out a week ago at Net-a-Porter (and let’s be honest, you’re broke). See, if someone got me a box full of Muji stationery for Christmas I’d be Dobby with a sock, and I’m pretty sure it works with others too, so roll with that. They’ve also just launched their minimal (no artificial colours, mineral oils and weakly acidic) skincare line based on fine natural water extracted from a cave, and after testing it for two weeks I can testify that it is what it says it is on the box.

* synchronised noises with my assistant that had at least one staff member permanently linger around the corner.
** with accompanying body movement when in Muji HK/Tokyo. Get ready to moan: they have food and bigger appliances (microwave, rice cooker…etc)

Muji Skincare


Ideas for
For the friend that has a whole IKEA MALM drawer full of beauty samples and subscribed to more Youtube beauty channels than a 13-year-old.
Pick up a Muji gift cylinder and load up with small bits
High-moisture all-in-one essence gel
Compressed face mask
Cotton pile body towel
Wooden hair brush
Light moisturizing milk




Makeup brushes
from £2.95
Procelain toothbrush stand
High moisturizing cream
Tray, jars, whisk – all Muji Kitchen & Dining
What to get
The one that proclaims that eating out of good-looking crockery enhances the taste of food (it is however, somewhat true).


Muji Kitchen & Dining. Book – Nanban: Japanese Soul Food

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Aluminium tray mirror
Porcelain Ring Holders
Aroma diffuser
Acacia wooden plate
Beech clock
Essential oils
from £3.95
Cedar sticks
Warm fibre Slippers


Ideas for
the homebody
That borderline anti-social, indoorsy friend of yours (The one that asks if ‘clubbing’ means hanging out with your knitting club members)


This is me, and I love the juxtaposition of East (by East we mean ‘Japanese minimal design aesthetics’ and not novelty soy sauce containers or a fist-shaking golden cat) and West of my Georgian-era flat. I picked up that aroma diffuser a while back and it’s been greatly popular with my team – it’s a perfect gift for a client or the office.

Fragrance oil



Write a Comment


  1. Love this post! I’m also a huge Muji fan. Thanks so much for sharing! Can’t wait to pick up those soft slippers!

  2. So cool, Thanks for sharing this helpful post. :)


  3. omg these photos ! i cant believe you shot them so quickly and they are all here! omg !!! you are so creative AND EFFICIENT ! OMG CAN I BE YOUR SIMON ?


  4. I’m such a stationary nerd, I’m drooling over those colouring pencils.


  5. Nice gifts :-)

    Lisa Joy Della Vita Travelblog

  6. I always spend way too much time in Muji whenever I go to Asia. I wish we had it where I am but it’s probably a good thing there isn’t. Doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy your beautiful post though.


  7. You are beyond talented!!

  8. Who wouldn’t wanna be a muji ambassador! Haha they have the BEST STUFF!!
    Just got a couple of things from muji when i was in japan :D

    x, Carina / Running White Horses – Travel, Fashion, Lifestyle

  9. I am the biggest Muji fanatic and you’ve done the brand justice – the simplicity and clarity of your photographs really do capture Muji’s signature style. Absolutely digging your post layouts, too!


  10. anon

    And the scissors are from….?

  11. Here :) (although you haven’t left your actual email address so…)

  12. I simply love muji~! Thank you so muji for this amazing and beautifully curated post!

  13. So lovely gifts!

    ❤ Kisses from http://www.withorwithoutshoes.com

  14. anon

    At twentytwentyone.com are HAY Phi and Brass, shiny modernist euro scissors. In your pictures are steel, traditional asian scissors? Looking for a source…

  15. Ooh now you’re getting me confused, I either picked it up from TwentyTwentyOne store, or Labour & Wait! Neither seem to have them on the site though… I’d say they work more like small-plants shears or crafts-scissors?

  16. anon

    Yes indeed, bonsai shears… Thank you.

  17. ah yes, such a great topic for a beautifully photographed gift guide.

    Definitely going to stop by Muji for my last minute Christmas gifts this week…

    – An

  18. You have such a good blog.

  19. So beautiful Post! I love Muji!
    Thank you for sharing us these amazing Photos.

  20. Very good gift, and i want to buy some for my friends

  21. I never thought I needed a tiny, porcelain tooth brush stand, but now I’m convinced….

  22. Muji is my favorite brand here in the Philippines. You are full of surprises when it comes to execution. Good job Shini! I am a fan!

  23. Always love how your blog is like magazine. Thank you for all the hardwork :)

    Real Life Nerd // http://www.vivienekok.com

  24. What a beautiful feature. Makes me want to turn my house into a Muji gallery :)

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  26. Sandra

    Obsessed with this! So cool!

  27. I love this guide!

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    Hello I came across this on Pinterest and I think it’s all very lovely. Where is the blanket/throw from? Thank you.

  37. Gorgeous post! I haven’t heard of Muji before but I’m loving it. Probably going to gift it to me first though! =)

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