In times of uncertainty, it can be helpful to turn to familiar comforts. Often, the things that comforted you as a child are the same things that can bring you comfort now. That’s why people revisit old kids’ movies and TV shows. And that’s why a lot of adults still have their favorite stuffed animals — especially now that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.
Those childhood favorites with their scratched marble eyes, mottled fur and missing ears can bring a unique kind of comfort. And while there’s no replacing those childhood favorites, there’s nothing wrong with making a new friend (that is, buying a new stuffed animal).
Whether you’re packing a plush for a long business trip or you want company before you go to bed, there are plenty of reasons for adults to keep stuffed animals close by. In fact, there was even a recent article frorm The New York Times documenting the phenomenon, with heartfelt stories ranging from a woman whose childhood stuffed sheep was recovered from a house fire to a middle-aged man who talked to stuffed animals as a therapeutic way to get through tough times.
From cuddly critters that support good causes to commemorative plushes from beloved books, there’s plenty of comfort to be found in the best stuffed animals for adults. To help you destress after the long waking nightmare that was the year 2020, we’ve picked out some of the best ones.
While the best stuffed animals make great Valentine’s Day gifts, there’s never a bad time to curl up with a stuffed friend. So check out our choices below and get ready to let go of all that stress.
1. Meddy Teddy
Who is Meddy Teddy? This yoga-loving teddy bear isn’t just a stuffed animal, he’s also a yoga influencer with his very own Instagram. This all-ages stuffed bear is perfectly posable, and he’s a great toy if you want to introduce your kids to the joys of yoga. He’s also super adorable, which is really all you need from a stuffed animal for adults, kids and everyone in between. Not only is Meddy Teddy made with soft plush fur, but recycled water bottles were also used in the design.
2. YESBEARS Giant Teddy Bear
BEST FOR VALENTINE’S DAY
Alright, so you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift to surprise your significant other this year. Don’t worry, we’ve got it. A giant teddy bear is a must-purchase Valentine’s Day gift for at least one holiday together. It’s comedically large at a whopping 5-feet tall, but also super cozy to snuggle up with when you’re not there. Just don’t let the teddy fully take over your job as the go-to cuddle buddy. It even comes with an adorable “I love you” pillow.
3. Handmade Alpaca Toy
BEST ETSY FIND
Why is this adorable alpaca one of the best stuffed animals for adults? Because we like it, that’s why. This tiny little friend comes courtesy of Etsy, and it will make the perfect piece of home decor for your bedroom, office or living room.
4. JELLYCAT Medium Amusable Avocado Plush Toy
BEST FOR AVO LOVERS
We all know one. Heck, we all know a few. Avocados are the unintentional fruit of the generation and for good reason — they’re delicious. If you’re looking for a unique Valentine’s Day gift that your avo lover will get a kick out of, look no further. You’ve found it.
5. World Wildlife Fund Adopt A Bison
SUPPORTS A GOOD CAUSE
This option from the World Wildlife Fund is a great way to make a cuddly friend while also protecting nature. The WWF has plenty of plushes that represent different animals as part of their “Adopt a” charity initiative. For 55 dollars, you’ll symbolically adopt a real bison, and you’ll receive a photo, certificate, gift bag and of course, a bison stuffed animal.
6. Jumbo Snorlax Plush
BEST SLEEPING BUDDY
Many people turn to stuffed animals if they’re having trouble sleeping. Snorlax famously doesn’t have any trouble sleeping, which is why the constantly dozing Pokemon can be a soothing companion for any insomniac fans of the Japanese media franchise.
7. Peanuts Snoopy Plush
Your favorite canine as a plush? The answer is yes. You can now carry Snoopy around wherever you go and pretend you’re one of the Peanuts. This makes an excellent Valentine’s Day gift for any lover that adores Charlie Brown and the gang.
8. Out of Print My Friend Corduroy soft toy
BEST CHILDHOOD TOY
Out of Print makes a variety of T-shirts and tote bags that feature the covers of books ranging from modern bestsellers like The Hunger Games series to literary classics like I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. Corduroy, published in 1968, has been delighting children for generations, and this small stuffed animal is a great way to enjoy this iconic character. Plus, Out of Print donates proceeds to literacy organizations.
9. Chibi Dino T Rex Pillow Plush
It doesn’t get cuter than this chibi dinosaur pillow plush. The term “chibi” is a Japanese slang word meaning short to sort of cute-ify otherwise scary things — like t-rexes. This is the ultimate kawaii must-have for anyone who lives dinos.
10. Michael Myers Plush
Not every stuffed animal needs to be cute or cuddly. If you’re a fan of horror movies, you might appreciate this plush from Funko Pop!, which is based off the Michael Myers character from the Halloween movies. This plush is replete with a white mask and a bloody knife.
11. Sammy The Sloth Stuffed Animal
You can’t hate on sloths. They’re simply so ugly and awkard and they’re unintentionally one of the cutest animals the world has to offer. To up the cuteness level even more, Sammy the Sloth exists for every and all cuddling purposes, whether it’s gifted to a kid or an adult. He even wears a little hat!
12. Cuddly Llama Rainbow Alpaca Doll
Who doesn’t love an extra pop of color? This rainbow llama is giving us piñata vibes that we’re kind of in love with. Get this for anyone who needs a fun-loving, colorful cuddle buddy for when you’re not around.
13. Warmies Microwavable French Lavender Scented Plush Frog
People generally don’t think of frogs as cuddly, but this fluffy frog may make you rethink that assumption. This baby is microwavable. We said it. Toast him up in the microwave and he will leave feeling warm, cozy and smelling like French lavender. He’s excellent for stress relief and will make your partner feel extra safe.