With Father’s Day right around the corner, do yourself a favor and get on top of that not-always-easy-to-find present for Dad.
By Sami Kawahara
Whether you’re a partner buying your toddler’s present for his or her dad, or a grown adult looking to buy dad a special gift, Muji and Uniqlo both offer a unique experience for the man who typically says he doesn’t need much.
“Muji Yourself,” is the name of this section at the Muji store located in Shibuya, where customers can customize just about anything with a three-day lead time. Here, there is a section of stamps to customize notepads for less than ¥300 or cards and gift wrap:
Dad interested in a hand towel with his son or daughter’s sketch?
Upload a photo, customize a shirt, or put dad’s initials on his button up:
“おとうさん、ありがとう” or “Thanks, Dad” can be stamped on his new Father’s Day Notepad, along with a ‘stache, tie, or bow tie:
Card cases and tote bags are available for customization at Muji’s “Customize Studio”:
A smaller “Muji Yourself” section is also available at the Muji-to-go store at KITTE Department Store next to Tokyo Station:
UTme, a new app Uniqlo launched earlier this month, allows customers to design their own t-shirts by painting, typing text, or uploading a photo. The service is only accessible in Japan for now, but languages for the app and website are available in both Japanese and English and offered on the Android or iPhone. Plan ahead and allow 2-5 days for the shirt to be delivered, and if that’s not possible, head to the Ginza store to pick it up on your own.
See the video below for a full description on how to make a one-of-a-kind, personalized gift for Dad at a reasonable price of ¥1,990:
Cheers to 父の日chi chi no hi Day!