Cuddly toys may have been around for over 140 years, but they’ve stood the test of time. Even in the era of tablets and robots, most children still choose to take a stuffed toy to bed with them every night.
Perhaps you are looking for a unique gift and wondering if a stuffed animal is a perfect choice. If so, we’ve put together this guide to the different types of stuffed animals you can buy nowadays.
A cute puppy or kitten stuffed toy are some of the best gift toys and make a loveable pet. And it’s a great alternative to the real deal: no mess to clean, food to serve, or expensive vet bills!
The most popular choices include cats, dogs, and rabbits. Some stuffed toy pets even come with a personal name tag. You’ll also find more unusual options like spiders and snakes for the more adventurous child.
You can also add popular farm animals to this category, including lambs, chicks, and even an alpaca stuffed animal.
Traditional and Antique Bears
The earliest stuffed toy – the soft brown bear – is still one of the most well-loved types of soft toys on the market.
The price range is broad, with expensive collectibles and rare antiques at one end of the spectrum for those building a toy collection and newer brands of stuffed bears.
But you won’t need to spend massive amounts to find a soft bear with a gentle face that has the potential to become a lifelong companion for a small child or to start a collecting hobby.
Rainbows and Unicorns
A more modern design and one that’s popular with the under six customers is the rainbow stuffed toys. These bright colors (often shades of pinks, purples, and yellows) are the perfect choice for the child who loves the land of fantasy.
As well as rainbow-colored bears and other animals, unicorns tend to be a standard design for these stuffed toys.
It will allow your daughter or son to explore a magical make-believe world with their very magical-looking best friend.
Animals from the Jungle
The bold, loud child who likes plenty of roar-some fun will wholeheartedly embrace one of the fascinating and majestic animals of the jungle.
These toys include lions, tigers, monkeys, elephants, and giraffes. Why not choose a jungle animal to match your child’s personality: a brave lion, a graceful giraffe, or a cheeky monkey.
Dinosaurs, Dragons, and Other Fearsome Creatures
Our final look into the world of stuffed toys is a group we’ll call dinosaurs, dragons, and other fearsome creatures!
Perhaps you have a dinosaur-crazy child who wants to buy a dinosaur best friend to take everywhere with them.
Or you might have a son or daughter who loves the very popular “How to Train Your Dragon” book series and wants a fire-breathing companion by their side. Or – sticking with the book theme – why not buy an enormous crocodile?
Stuffed Animals Make the Most Memorable Gift
With the vast range of stuffed animals on the market, you truly are spoilt for choice when searching for the best kids’ toys. And if you find a lovable friend for a child in your life, that toy will stay with them long after becoming bored with the latest gadgets!
For more shopping ideas, head to our lifestyle section for plenty of inspiration.