Wall Street Journal Gift Guide: 30 Toys That Keep Kids Entertained (featuring Hugimals)

Combining a classic stuffed animal and a weighted blanket, Hugimals offer double the comfort. These cuties are available in four fun animal shapes: Charlie the Puppy, Emory the Elephant, Sam the Sloth and Frankie the Cat. Each is packed with a 4.5-pound insert that provides some light pressure that “hugs you back,” but that insert is removable, making the body machine washable.

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Parents Magazine Best Toy Awards Winner! (For the 2nd year): Hugimals

“Whether or not they like to admit it, big kids still love stuffies—and Hugimals are no exception. These lovable weighted stuffed animals are designed to hug you back, lowering stress and creating a calm atmosphere. Each machine-washable animal has a removable weight pack and has been lauded by parents and teachers alike for regulating big emotions and helping with sleep.

And parents will concur that a toy that helps kids sleep more soundly is worth its weight in gold. Frankie the Cat is the newest addition to the gang, and your entire family will be smitten with her cuteness. “It’s cute, cuddly, and gives the best hugs,” one 10-year-old tester said.”


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What people are saying about Hugimals

“Adorable and therapeutic. Mimics a calming, full-body hug.“
"This is not just another stuffed animal. This is a de-stressing solution to your anxieties."
"Who doesn’t need a hug sometimes? And that’s exactly what this adorable, cuddly 4.5-pound stuffed animal does—you snuggle it and it hugs you right back."
"Worth the hype! Like a weighted blanket, these snuggly pals ease anxiety and promote sleep.”
TIME Best Inventions Winner: "Provides comfort anytime you need a calming hug.”
Parents Best Toys Winner 2022 & 2023: "Lauded by parents and teachers alike for regulating big emotions and helping with sleep."
"We all fought over them in the Esquire offices. The lucky ones snuck them home. And we all agreed that at least one person in our family needs this and is getting it as a gift.”
“Reviewers swear by them for anxiety-reducing snuggles…it feels like they're hugging you back.”
“A snuggly companion for when times get ruff. Can help calm and relax — great for travel and as a reliable sleep companion."
"A pretty darn good substitute for your BFFs hugs, and takes up wayyy less space than a weighted blanket."
“Soothing, stylish, and perfect for anyone in need of a hug.”
"A self-care gift they’d never expect — in the best way possible. Not just for kiddos!"
"If your friend or family member is suffering from anxiety and stress, get them a Hugimal. Each one has rave reviews from its users — including me."
"Obsessed. A Hugimal should be added to your bedtime (and everyday) routine.”
"Weighted blanket-style stuffed animals? Say no more. These make a great gift.”
"Helps adults and children get better sleep and lower stress and anxiety levels.”
"A real cute, huggable alternative to a weighted blanket has arrived.”
"I sent one to a dear friend who loves a weighted blanket, but who also runs hot. She and her three-year-old are both obsessed.”
"Children in hospitals have been using Hugimals to soothe them in difficult times. I think we could all use a hug right now.”
“The comfort of a weighted blanket in a cute and stuffed animal form, what could be better? A go-to gift for people of all ages... it gets compliments every time I have guests over
"Therapy dupe! This weighted stuffed animal heals your inner child."
"I tested the Hugimal at home and were it not for the responsibilities of parenthood, I could have spent hours in its soft embrace."