Recently, I realized that one of my good friend’s birthdays was coming up, and I had no idea what to get him. I wanted a gift that was thoughtful and showed that I knew him well, and I wanted a gift that he could use and enjoy. I also had a budget, so getting him something expensive like a laptop or new cell phone was out, even though he would obviously benefit from those things. Stumped for ideas, I started surfing the internet. There were almost too many choices, and I quickly became overwhelmed. I found lots of electronics, but since I don’t know enough about the latest and greatest technology, I didn’t dare get him any of them.
In the course of my search, I found a blog that mentioned stuffed animals as a good present. I figured he was too old for toys, and so continued the hunt. But for some reason, the idea continued to stay in my mind as I fruitlessly searched, and I soon decided to re-examine it.
After all, who says toys are only good for kids? Not only do they evoke a certain nostalgia, but there are plenty examples of them being appropriate. Just look at cartoons. Once exclusively for kids, they have evolved into something suitable for everyone. Just look at the popularity of such shows such as Family Guy and The Simpsons, which is definitely marketed for adults. Or consider the superhero genre. Big screen movies based off of various popular superheroes has built interest in these types of merchandise to the masses. There’s no reason stuffed toys couldn’t be enjoyed by adults as well as children.
Once this occurred to me, I set out to search for a plush animal that my friend would enjoy. Unfortunately, he wasn’t an established toy collector, so I had to make sure that the stuffed animal I got him was relevant to his personality or history. Luckily, there are more plush animals available widely today than just the teddy bears of the past. There’s a toy version of practically any animal you can think of, so then I just had to decide what animal would work for him. I looked back at our shared history, and soon found some inspiration.
During our childhood, we used to watch the movie the Wizard of Oz together all the time. In fact, my friend was such a fan that he played the part of the Cowardly Lion in our school play. This was his first acting gig, and soon paved the way for his current successful acting and modeling career. The lion was definitely a meaningful part of his history, and so I began to look for an appropriate plush lion for his birthday gift.
Luckily, there were many available, in tons of different sizes. I picked the one that I liked the most and gave it to him with a nice card that explained the meaning behind it. He loved it! It soon found a place on his couch, facing the TV and keeping him company. Together, they now both can see his achievements whenever one of his ads or movies plays on the television. So as you can see, stuffed animals can be a fantastic gift for adults as well as children. Remember, if you are ever having trouble finding a nice, personal gift for someone, consider getting them a stuffed animal.