It is officially summer which means long days at the beach, snow cones, camping trips and cuddly stuffed animals! Wait a minute, one of these things doesn’t seem to belong. Beaches and snow cones undoubtedly make the cut. Camping is definitely a summertime activity. So that leaves us with cuddly stuffed animals and a question; Are stuffed animals just cool weather companions? Christmas time is loaded with eager plush toy shoppers and requests for the latest and greatest stuffed animals (FYI; last year was a jumbo stuffed pink unicorn which should also be a hit again this year) and Valentine’s Day is a no-brainer. Early fall and the back to school rush is a great time for purchasing personalized plush school mascots, locker buddies and plush backpack clips and of course there is Halloween.
So what about summertime? Do stuffed animals have a place in the heat? Of course they do! There are tons of reasons to seek out stuffed animals from June to September. Summertime’s number one holiday, the 4th of July, is not only cause for celebration and fireworks but also a great time to grab a stuffed bald eagle. Trips to aquariums, zoos and petting zoos often inspire new passions in people for learning about specific types of animals. You can’t bring the animals home from the zoo – trust us, we’ve tried – but you can pick up a plush animal to satisfy your urge to have a giraffe in your bedroom.
Camping trips and sleep-away summer camps are incredibly fun and can be aided by plush pals. Sitting by the fire at night telling stories can be a blast but sometimes a ghost story can make it a little hard to get to sleep. There is nothing better than a cuddly stuffed animal to get those spooky thoughts out of your head as you curl up in your sleeping bag with your pillow pulled tightly over your head!
We’ve got a million reasons why stuffed animals are year-round companions and why summer doesn’t mean that they have to be left on the shelf. To prove it, we made an awesome list of the 8 best summertime stuffed animals for 2016. As an online plush toy retailer, we have special insight into the current trends in plush purchasing and we know which stuffed animals will be hot this summer!
The Eight Best Summertime Stuffed Animals – 2016
8. Stuffed Dogs
They don’t call them “the dog days of summer” for no reason! Nothing says summertime like a backyard birthday party for those who were lucky enough to be born in the months when it is warm enough to celebrate outdoors. Sure, if you were born in December you get the benefit of doubling down on gifts that month, but have fun with your snow shoes and skis because summertime birthday parties are where it’s at! Hot dogs around a fire, burgers on a grill or fun finger sandwiches all go great with birthday cake and so do our awesome dog stuffed animals.
Puppy Parties are a huge hit and continue to be one of our most popular requests for plush animal purchases. Not sure how to throw one? Check out our blog on Puppy Party Essentials and you’ll be throwing the Puppy Party of the Summer in your neighborhood. We aren’t limiting this selection to one kind of dog, the number eight spot on our Best Summertime Stuffed Animals of 2016 list goes to all of our stuffed dogs!
An always popular summertime tradition is the annual Discovery Channel event, “Shark Week”. This year shark week begins on Sunday, June 26th and runs for, you guessed it, a week! If you’ve never tuned in to the wonderful programming that is Shark Week then you are really taking a bite out of your entertainment options. It is always an educational and exciting week of TV that you can really sink your teeth into. You can check out the full lineup of shows HERE. Wild Republic has created two Shark Week specific stuffed sharks for this annual chomp-fest complete with educational, commemorative hang tags. We think they are both amazing but decided to give the hammerhead shark the nod for number seven on our Best Summertime Stuffed Animals list.
The other Shark Week shark is a Great White and while it is amazing, Great Whites get plenty of love so we decided to switch it up a bit. The coolest thing about the Cuddlekins Shark Week Hammerhead Stuffed Animal by Wild Republic is its unique body shape. It has an action pose with a curved body and looks like it is swimming right at you! How fun is that? Be sure to check out Shark Week and grab one of these great plush hammerhead sharks for a special summertime treat.
Okay, we admit it, we are a bit late to the game on this one but we are sure glad that we decided to show up! Last year Fiesta created one of the more unique designs in recent memory with the Fursians and they have greatly expanded the line this year to include many different kinds of animals. We added them to our selection at StuffedSafari.com a couple of months ago and have been incredibly pleased with each new arrival. So, you are probably asking, “What in the world is a Fursian?”. Well, in one word, it is adorable.
Fursians have little bodies that are almost flat, short and stubby limbs, oversized heads and long, fluffy tails. They are cuddly, soft, cute and all sorts of other words that you might use to describe the sweetest little stuffed animals you’ve ever seen. The increased offerings this year prompted us to get on board and our customers have really taken to the original style of the Fursians. We expect they will continue to grow in popularity and consider them a shoe in for one of the best summertime stuffed animals of 2016.
We mentioned attending camp earlier and this little stuffed frog is sure to be present at plenty of summertime church camps this year. In recent years the acronym F.R.O.G. has been gaining popularity and these is no better way to embody it than with another one of our best summertime stuffed animals, Little Flower the Stuffed Frog! Handing out stuffed frogs at a church camp is a much better idea than passing out the real thing! Chances are if real frogs get passed out you might end up with a few campers passing out as well! Frogs are cute and all, but some kids just don’t do the whole slimy amphibian thing.
Luckily, Aurora makes this adorable little frog stuffed animal which can be bought in any quantity at StuffedSafari.com. You can even add a custom bandana to Little Flower with a camp logo, slogan or anything else you might want to memorialize with your plush frogs. Little Flower isn’t just for camp though, catching and raising tadpoles is a popular summer past time but safely keeping a real frog can be a chore. With Little Flower, you can catch and release the tadpoles and then go home to a nice stuffed frog that is very low maintenance!
No list of the best summertime stuffed animals, or stuffed animals as a whole really, would be complete without one of our all-time best-sellers, the Stuffed Sloth 12 Inch Cuddlekin by Wild Republic. People have been enamored with everything sloth for quite some time and that popular trend is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. There are scores of stories, TV shows, movies and cartoons that include a lovable sloth character along with an endless number of sloth related gifts that can be found online. Of course, we believe there is no better gift than a stuffed animal and the Cuddlekins Sloth is our choice for sloth themed gifting.
Like Little Flower, this sloth stuffed animal can be personalized at StuffedSafari.com but not just with a bandana. We also offer customizable t-shirts for some stuffed animals and this adorable sloth just so happens to look great in one. This 12 inch version makes our best summertime stuffed animals list because of its incredible popularity but we also have several other plush sloths available for summertime fun. Be sure to have a nice, slow look at all of our sloth stuffed animals, as we have almost 30 to choose from online.
We’ve made it to the top 3 in our list of the 8 Best Summertime Stuffed Animals for 2016 without mentioning that this list is in no particular order! It’s a wild and whimsical group of plush toys that are equally fun in the summertime. When it comes to wild and whimsical, look no further than our pink flamingo stuffed animals for some shining examples. These quirky and cool creatures have long represented party-time in lawn ornament form and are just as much fun in plush. Every once in a while, a certain type of animal starts selling really well and we aren’t quite sure why but eventually we figure it out. This summer, it is stuffed pink flamingos.
We’ve already sold tons and the summer has just begun. We’ve learned that the “it” thing this year is flamingo themed birthday parties and we’ve had several happy customers call in to tell us how much their children love pink flamingos. Wait until they discover the classic lawn ornaments! If a Puppy Party isn’t in the cards, how about trying a pink flamingo party with a cool summertime beach theme. Hawaiian shirts optional but preferred of course! The plush pink flamingo pictured on the left is one of many Fantasea Clip On Stuffed Animals by First & Main that deserve an honorable mention here. These aquatic and beach themed clip-ons make fun, affordable party favors.
We love big summertime movies, especially ones that star animals! This spring we had Zootopia which was fantastic and just last weekend came the highly entertaining Finding Dory. Part of working at StuffedSafari.com is making sure to keep up with the latest and greatest animated animal films and we all loved this movie. Conveniently enough, several of our manufacturers released new blue tangs this year in anticipation of this fun film so we have a great variety of them available. After you watch Finding Dory, you can head on over to our website and find your very own Dory! We have a small clip-on blue tang, several 6 to 15 inch sizes and the one pictured on the left that is a whopping 20 inches long. That is a lot of blue tang to love and cuddle!
Of course, Dory’s adventure was not a solo excursion and of course we have several clownfish and other aquatic animals available so that you can get a whole set of movie characters. You can see all of our stuffed fish here and our aquatic stuffed animals here. The stuffed blue tangs get the number two spot on our best summertime stuffed animals list for being the star of the movie but as we all know the supporting cast can be just as important!
Well, we’ve reached the end of our 8 Best Summertime Stuffed Animals of 2016 list and, while we love all of our plush toys equally and this list is in no particular order, we have to admit that this one is pretty special to us. We are actually giving one away for the 4th of July and if you are reading this before June 25th then you still have time to click here to enter to win your very own jumbo bald eagle stuffed animal with a custom 4th of July bandana created by our talented photographer and graphic designer. It is a really fun contest which you can also read about HERE.
New in the fall of 2015, this big stuffed bald eagle stands about 28 inches tall and is 22 inches wide. It has feathery brown plush that is super soft and a bright white head and tail. Until you hold it in your arms you can’t really appreciate its size and softness. It is the ultimate cuddly stuffed animal and has been very popular since we added it to our site last fall. When you add the personalized bandana it becomes a wonderful display piece that would make a great school mascot.
We hope you enter and win the contest, but if you don’t and you would still like to have your own jumbo plush bald eagle, you can use the coupon code “8BEST2016” to save 12% on it or any of the 8 best summertime stuffed animals all summer long. That’s right, your reward for reading our awesome list is a coupon code that will save 12% on all of our stuffed dogs, the hammerhead shark, Fursians, Little Flower, the Cuddlekins sloth, all of our stuffed flamingos, all of our stuffed fish and this jumbo stuffed eagle. The code expires on the first day of fall so you have all summer long to take advantage of this awesome deal and to get some of the best stuffed animals of summer 2016!
RECAP; Here’s the best of list with as few words as possible for those of you who are taking a break from reading things for the summer!
Save 12% on any of the 8 best summertime stuffed animals with the coupon code 8BEST2016.
- jumbo plush eagle
- stuffed blue tangs
- stuffed pink flamingos
- stuffed sloth
- Little Flower
- stuffed hammerhead
- stuffed dogs
Have a great summer!