I love stuffed animals. And I especially love handmade stuffed animals. As we head into the holiday shopping season, I’m excited for an excuse to buy some special plush for friends and family.
Here’s my hand-picked selection of softies that would make amazing gifts for kids and adults alike.
Owl Pillow by my mimi, Big Handmade Plush Whale by BigStuffed, Snowman Puppet by OnHandByHand, Pink Plush Bird by Stuffed Silly, Mr. Lion Heart by jipijipi, Sloth Pillow by PetitiPanda, Lucio the Space Crab by Cotton Monster, Moss Green Giant Frog by Andrea Vida, Burly Lumberjack Tattooed Man by Mimi Kirchner
If you’re buying a gift for a crafty friend who might appreciate a kit to sew their own plush, I’ve rounded up six of my favorites. These would also be perfect to get now if you’re planning to make some holiday gifts yourself (or if you have older children who’d like to make a gift).
Lucky de Leeuw plush lion kit by DIY Fluffies, Penguin kit by Cynthia Treen Studio, Pocket Piggie pattern and kit by Gingermelon, Miss Juniper Kitty kit by Alicia Paulson of Posie Gets Cozy, Emma the Elephant kit by Wendi Gratz of Shiny Happy World, Cinnamon and Nutmeg bunny kit by Heidi Boyd
Books are my favorite gift to receive. I’m one of those geeky people who reads sewing books like they’re novels. Here’s my hand-picked selection of softie books I recommend.
The Ultimate Sock Puppet Book by Tiger Kandel and Heather Schloss (I’m reading this one now – review coming soon!), Make Your Own Soft Toys by Rob Merrett (read my review), Sew Fun by Deborah Fisher (read my review), Sew & Stitch Embroidery by Alyssa Thomas (read my review), Big Little Felt Universe by Jeanette Lim (read my review), Sew Cute to Cuddle by Mariska Vos-Bolman (read my review), Storybook Toys by Jill Hamor (read my review), Soft Animals A to Z by Carolyn Vosburg Hall (read my review), Anatomy of a Doll by Susanna Oroyan
I didn’t want to make a gift guide about any old thing. I wanted to really recommend things I know a lot about and that’s soft toys. I hope you’ll find something here that would be a perfect holiday gift for someone special (or for yourself!). Enjoy!
Ack! A Kit! What a great idea!! I am going to get one for a good friend who became a first time grandmother this year! Thanks for the inspiration!
Oh good! I’m so glad to hear that. Kits make great gifts.
Andrea Vida says
Dear Abby, thank you for picking my Moss Green Giant Frog to your cute selection! Your other picks are also in my favoritess folder.
You’re so welcome!
Deborah Fisher says
Thanks for recommending my book, Abby! I am especially honored to be included with Carolyn Vosburg Hall, one of my soft sculpture idols since I was young.
Of course, Deborah! Getting in touch with Carolyn Vosburg Hall is one of my long-term goals. I really want to talk with her about her career because she is one of my idols as well.
Deborah Fisher says
Oh please do! I can’t wait!
Thank you, Abby! Omg I MUST have Cinnamon and Nutmeg. They are so cute they made my heart ache a bit!
Great list. Thanks! I clicked through on many to see how they’d work for me. But I have to say your how to book is still at the top of my list.
That’s so nice, Jeifner! Thank you.
lisa of softywares says
Oh wow! Bigstuffed’s plush whale is one of the best things ever! And its etsy ocean companions – thanks for pointing to this great whale, Abby. And to Sew Fun, which I’ve now purchased for my Christmas treat. Have a wonderful holiday season! Lisa B
Yay! Both are great things.