Why Stuffed Animals Are Important Gifts
Posted On April 2, 2021
Some of us may think that stuffed animals are a thing of the past, as they no longer appear to be the “it” toy. You can often decide not to give a stuffed animal as a gift and instead get something more practical, because after all, what’s the point of a stuffed toy? What reason is there to get a stuffed animal?
The answer to that is: a lot. Stuffed animals can be very significant and symbolize important events or people. This is truly a timeless gift, and we must all remember it! Let’s see why stuffed toys are important in the lives of three age groups in particular: children, adolescents, and adults.
Symbols for children
There are not too many toys for children. Kids love collecting stuffed animals of all kinds and could always use more. What could better symbolize the innocence of childhood than an adorable soft toy animal? In our own childhood, we probably spent many nights cuddling with our favorite stuffed bear or bunny. Kids enjoy the comfort of a stuffed animal, and that comfort makes a great nightmare repellent! In fact, those who say that stuffed toys are no longer in “it” toy, have not paid attention to what is happening in the world of little girls. Stuffed animals are perfectly “in” for girls. Many girls will get a natural looking stuffed cat or stuffed dog, just to be able to carry it in their little bags while emulating the graceful women who carry their little pets. Stuffed animals have certainly not gone out of style!
Teens may no longer play with toys, but stuffed animals are not just toys. They are a confidant and a comfort. In fact, many teens have more stuffed animals now than when they were young. This is because stuffed animals often symbolize love or infatuation. They are memories. For example, a teenage girl will really appreciate that little stuffed dolphin that her boyfriend gave her because she knows that dolphins are her favorite animals. Or maybe your father gives you a teddy bear while on your way to college, so that you are never alone.
But it’s not just girls who can appreciate stuffed animals. Teens can enjoy them a lot too. Children often keep them as a reminder of something they did that was brave or impressive. For example, maybe they love being around that stuffed tiger they received after winning a sports game. Or maybe they have a huge stuffed lion that they won on a boardwalk after showing off their prowess at a game of darts or at a baseball stand. For them, stuffed animals are a symbol of achievement and pride.
Symbols for adults
Finally, stuffed animals can also be enjoyed by adults, although for reasons other than those enjoyed by children and adolescents. Most adults use stuffed animals as a decorative element. They will look for graceful looking natural stuffed figures or stuffed animals that can add little touches to your home or vacation home. For example, a dolphin plush at your ocean vacation home, or a tiger to make your home more exotic and fit in with the jungle theme. Hallways and entrances can be adorned with stuffed lions, black bears, or even stuffed dogs as decorations for a unique touch. Part of this is also that adult stuffed animals are more of a collectible than a toy. Many adults are true collectors, who have large collections to capture that nostalgic feeling of childhood. In fact, it’s not uncommon to find that someone you know has had a teddy bear for 20 years because of the meanings it has.
So, as you can see, stuffed animals will never go out of style for any age group. They continue to symbolize and carry meanings of all kinds. Never discount the importance of stuffed animals!