by Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman
My kids’ beds are filled with tons and tons of stuffed animals. Each one holds a special place in their heart, each one has a story of how they got it. But they each also have a stuffed animal that’s a little bit more special than the others. Why? Because they designed it all on their own. Budsies are stuffed animals that are 100% designed by them. Here’s how it works:
Making Budsies is simple: just upload a picture of a drawing your child has made. Budsies are stuffed animals but they don’t have to be an animal at all. My daughter drew a princess and my son drew a minivan (he’s obsessed with cars). If your child needs some inspiration you can click here for a gallery of some templates but even if your child can’t draw that well, abstract art can still be made into a Budsie. Once I uploaded the picture I took of the drawing, (you can also text it) I was asked to describe it. For the princess I wrote what the princess is wearing and also described her hair color, hairstyle and crown. For the minivan I wrote about the windows and wheels on it. Then I clicked on “checkout” and voila: six weeks later we got the Budsies and my kids were not only overjoyed but also proud. They truly felt that they succeeded – the stuffed animals are so cute and soft and really look like the drawings, as you can see in the pictures.
Adults can also make Budsies. For example, a parent who travels often can make one for his or her child. A grandparent that lives far away can also make a Budsie that his or her grandchild will cherish. Each piece is inspected by an art director and interpreted by a designer. The sewing is handmade by a seamstress. Before it is shipped each Budsie must pass creative approval and stress testing.
Here’s a great detail: I wrote that the princess has her hair in a bun so since this is a 3D doll they did a nice bun on the princess’s head:
Budsies are about 16″. They’re really soft and made from hypoallergenic materials and my kids love to cuddle with them at night. They certainly get a special place in the bed – right in my kids’ arms! You can buy a Budsie here. Price is $49 plus $9.95 flat rate for FedEx Shipping.I was not compensated for this post. I received samples.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is the owner of Mama’s Bites and has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in New York City for thirteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 6, 4 and 1) and loves finding great products that make her family’s life easier.