Tips For Finding
The Right Stuffed Animal
We all get excited for the holidays for different reasons -- family, parties, snow -- but for kids, it's the presents. They can make or break a kid's holiday, so you need it to be just right. A stuffed animal is the easy option, but even that takes careful deliberation. To make it easy, we put together some tips for finding the right stuffed animal.
Ready To Cuddle
Test out your selection before you wrap it up. Hug it the way your little one might hug it. Think about whether it's something they would like to snuggle with on a cold winter's night. Soft and squishy is what you're going for -- something that can replace a pillow but has more character and can absorb a tight squeeze from tiny arms.
Think about your favorite childhood stuffed animal. Remember how you took it to school, camp, and your grandparents' house? Somehow it survived the wear and tear of being a child's best friend. Look for the same kind of durability in a stuffed animal for your child. Make sure the stitching is strong and the material is substantial. Kids can carry the same stuffed animal around for years; you want it to last at least as long as your child's love for it does.
Gender-neutral toys are a hot-button topic. It's complicated, but according to a study published in the Journal of Developmental Psychology, kids like what we tell them to like through colors and labels. If you want to steer clear of gender stereotypes, look for a stuffed animal with the neutral colors found on animals in nature, like brown, green or yellow. Let your child decide if she wants to put NFL shirts on it, or if he would like to see it in a pink tutu.
Most kids like -- if not love -- animals. It's what makes stuffed animals such an enduring toy. If you want your gift to be a fixture in your child's life, make it a classic. Cartoon characters are typically a flash in the pan, but traditional teddy bears, a cuddly cat, or a snuggly sea otter won't go out of fashion. What would make your stuffed animal even more special is if you can find a good storybook about that huggable hamster or that squeezable squirrel to read with your child at bedtime.
At The Lakeside Collection, we have hundreds of products to choose from for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Whether you're looking for hummingbird feeders for your favorite gardener or you want to give your child a stuffed animal built to last, you can find it all at Lakeside.