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Life-Enhancing Stationery (& More) from Muji!

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Muji is a popular Japanese lifestyle brand, offering a wide range of goods from furniture to stationery. The brand sets the bar for cool yet functional and affordable stationery, perfect for gifts and personal use. If you're not sure what to set your sights on, here we offer our nine favorite recommendations!

9. Rotating Mechanical Pencil

9. Rotating Mechanical Pencil

Japanese is a very unique language with four different kinds of writing: hiragana, katakana, romaji and kanji. And if you're someone who's concerned about stroke thickness, you may have noticed that the angle of your pencil affects the thickness of your lines as the graphite wears down. To compensate, Muji has come up with a mechanical pencil with a rotating head that keeps every line fine and consistent.

8. Two-Tone Highlighters

8. Two-Tone Highlighters

Do you like using different colors of highlighters, but keep losing one? Or is the jumble of them all in your bag just a pain to navigate? Muji has a 50 percent solution in its two-tone highlighters, with a hexagonal design that makes storage a little easier and looks cooler than regular round highlighters to boot!

7. Travel Plug Adapter

Okay, this isn't stationery in itself, but as more work-related stationery goes electronic, our adapters may soon be part of the stationery section as well. This compact, light, all-in-one adapter is definitely a useful item to have in your overseas travels!

6. Schedule Post-it Notes

6. Schedule Post-it Notes

Time management is always important, and these light, tiny weekly planner post-its are handy for organizing your time anywhere. Just write it out and stick it up!

5. Gift Bags & Boxes

Simple yet effective, Muji bags and boxes let you create your own unique gift wrapping by using the stamp bar right next to the box and bag section—complete with icons and phrases in a variety of languages.

4. Transparent Plastic Drawers

4. Transparent Plastic Drawers

Apartments in Japan are small, so the nation has a big culture of storage. As a lifestyle trendsetter, Muji provides all sorts of storage cases in different shapes and sizes. These lovely little drawers are an easy recommendation—as you can see above, you can store all kinds of writing utensils inside to make your work space tidy and clean.

3. Cardboard Drawers

3. Cardboard Drawers

These drawers are made of durable black cardboard and come in different sizes. The simple colors and sturdy materials make these units remarkably popular storage tools.

2. Transparent Post-it Notes

2. Transparent Post-it Notes

What do you do when you want to mark up a map but don't want to write directly on the paper—or don't want to cover up other information with a fat post-it? Try a transparent post-it from Muji—problem solved!

1. Eco Mechanical Pencil

1. Eco Mechanical Pencil

Muji comes up with solutions to all kinds of tiny problems. Have you ever been frustrated by having just a tiny nib of graphite left in your pencil that's too short to use? Well, this pencil from Muji allows you to use your graphite right down to the last millimeter—reducing waste and frustration in one fell swoop!

Now, have we got you looking for your nearest Muji store? Just use this handy locator map and you're all set!