Hello Kitty & My Melody Gift Sets by GODIVA Released at Sanrio

10.January.2019 | FOOD

GODIVA Japan has teamed up with Sanrio to produce four Hello Kitty and My Melody gifts sets. The products were released on January 9, 2019 at Sanrio shops, the Sanrio online store and department stores with Sanrio sections.

The sets come with chocolate from the internationally beloved and leading premium chocolate brand GODIVA which has been around for over 90 years. They also some with Hello Kitty and My Melody plush toys and mascot holders. This combination will make for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

The toys and holders have the GODIVA logo written on them along with 2019 for those looking to give a New Year’s gift or to add to their collection.

This marks the 8th collaboration between Sanrio and GODIVA. It began in 2013 when they released a Hello Kitty gift sets with individually wrapped chocolate, a original design plush toy and mascot holder. My Melody join the collection in 2015.

This gift set series sees sales by a lot of male customers as they are popular as gifts from guys to girls in Japan. Which one do you want the most?

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