Usually I’m all about parties and dessert tables and decorations but today I want to talk about gifts. When you find a really great idea, it’s hard to keep it to yourself! Little tykes and babes will be happy to receive one of these, no matter the occasion, but I think it makes the sweetest idea for a baby shower gift because moms will love everything about them, too.
Since he was a baby, Sam has been given a number of cuddlies (as he calls them). Almost seven years later, they are still cherished and take pride of place on his bed.
His cuddlies give him comfort when he’s sad and security if he gets nervous in the dark. When he gets too old for them (sniff), I plan to tuck them away, in hopes they will make more than a guest appearance when he starts his own family.
Knowing how important Sam’s cuddlies have been, I think these darling cuddle + kind dolls make a fantastic gift basket centerpiece for a baby shower. They are heirloom quality.
There are nine different cuddle + kind dolls and several of them would make great cuddle buddies for a little guy.
I ordered Benedict. His bio states he is always chewing on things, by mouth and in his brain because he is so curious. Doesn’t that fit so many little guys?
I also love his winsome good looks! He is quite natty in his authoritative red frames, bow tie and argyle-style sweater.
In addition to the character dolls, there are frameable prints available, too. Precious artwork is partnered with inspirational quotes like, “Leave the world a little better than you found it” and “If you can be anything, be kind”.
Not only are the character dolls adorable, there is an entire checklist of good reasons to gift a fortunate recipient with one of them.
Most impressive is the sale of each cuddle + kind doll provides 10 meals to children in need around the world. You see, for every doll that is purchased, cuddle + kind donates to hungry children through their giving partners, World Food Program USA and Children’s Hunger Fund.
So far 200,000 meals have been donated to children in need, but their goal is to provide one million meals a year.
cuddle + kind developed the 20” dolls and launched an Indiegogo campaign in September. Happily, campaign funding was exceeded and an online store was launched in February of this year.
In April, all 9 character dolls were released in 13” little form. Each doll has big personality and they have their own fun bios listed on the cuddle + kind website.
The family who launched this great idea was inspired by a documentary on the devastating impact of childhood hunger on millions of children around the world.
66 million primary-aged children go to school hungry every day. 45% of deaths in children under five are caused by poor nutrition.
That sobering number equals 3.1 million a year. In some communities, the only daily meal a child may receive is through a school meal or food pack program.
Since school attendance increases when meals are given at school, education and performance are also improved, which can help break a poverty cycle. cuddle + kind hopes to make a difference in millions of lives.
Moms will also appreciate that the dolls meet or exceed US and Canadian safety standards. The hand knitted dolls are made of cotton, tested and certified as non-toxic.
Women artisans in Peru expertly handcraft the fair trade dolls. That means the dolls aren’t just child’s play—they provide a sustainable income for those artisans.
So you see why I call these dolls a great idea—everyone wins!
And if you needs tips for putting a baby shower gift basket together:
Tips for a Baby Shower Gift Basket
- Choose a container that can be re-used in baby’s room, like a basket or a diaper caddy.
- Choose a theme and theme colors. I love bedding, so I decided to go with bed sheets and a knit baby blanket, which also complements the texture of the plush cuddle + kind bunny. I left the sheet package intact but opened up the blanket to use as filler.
- Stick with the theme colors. Pick the star of your basket. Mine was Benedict, so I chose colors that matched his gray, white, teal and red.
- Add a few fillers—but don’t compromise on your color scheme! I searched the aisles for something in my chosen colors to add simple pattern. Because Benedict is tall, I wanted a filler that would stand out but wouldn’t distract from the main attraction. A pacifier or baby bottle would have gotten lost in the basket!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of cuddle+kind. The opinions and text are all mine.