From the time they were little, both of my kids had latched on to a stuffed animal. For my son, it was a stuffed leopard someone gave us when he was very small, for my daughter it was a stuffed bunny I had bought because it matched the nursery set I had chosen for my son. He never liked the bunny, but she adored it.
To this day, those “guys” as they call them hold a special place in all of our hearts.
Recently, however, some new “guys” have made their way into our hearts and these are stuffed animals like no other.
They are Budsies!
Budsies are custom stuffed animals created from your child’s drawings. Budsies brings their artwork to life creating a unique one-of-a-kind stuffed creation right out of their imaginations.
Budsies invited us to try out this amazing concept so without telling my kids why, I asked them to draw me a picture of a stuffed animal they would design if they could.
This is what they came up with – a ladybug with bunny ears and a rainbow dino-fish.
Once they made their drawings, I scanned them in and submitted them online to Budsies right through their website. it was a very straightforward process.
Because each Budsies is custom designed from the child’s drawing and created and sewn to bring that drawing to life, it takes about 5 weeks to design and ship Budsies. It was worth the wait!
We were so surprised at how much like the drawings their Budsies looked! They really were very excited and happy to have received such a unique gift.
The quality of the product is really good. The stitching is tight and I would say that it will be a long time, if ever, that their new friends will need to be mended. We were concerned about how narrow they made the neck on the ladybug because it seems a bit top-heavy. They designed it to match the drawing, but we wondered if maybe structurally they should have made it a bit wider. So far, it’s fine so only time will tell. The only other disappointment we had is that Budsies are made in China. I would have loved to see a “made in the USA” tag on them, but they aren’t. That doesn’t take away from the joy this unique gift idea will bring to a child, but just something we noticed.
Overall we were quite happy with our Budsies. They captured the character, details and intent my kids put into their drawings and they are constantly talking about their “next Budsie” and what it will look like.
For more information about Budsies, you can visit their website. The deadline to order to guarantee a Christmas delivery is November 10th.Note: we were sent a promotional code to use for Budsies in order to fully evaluate the process. Opinions are our own.