My daughter bought Darby Bear and the whole family instantly feel in love. So, with her hard earned money, she decided to purchase her brother and sister their very own animals as well. A few week later, a young girl from her volleyball team lost her mother. My daughter immediately know what to get. She hopped online and purchased Sam Sloth. He has been a great comfort to her friend during this time. Thanks Hugimals for being there just to be there, but also being there when you are hurting and just need a moment of feeling hugged!
I work at an after school program for troubled teens. I bought hugimals thinking they might be appreciated by teens with anxiety. They were relieved well.
We live in British Columbia, Canada where the orders take a long route to get to where we are. I was excited to order the hugimals for my children and knew these were the best for weighted stuffed animals. Upon arrival the box that the hugimals were shipped in was damaged from the long journey. I reached out to the hugimals team to let them know and they were quick to respond with a resolution. I appreciate their high level of customer service and also LOVE the hugimals!
These are the cutest things...plus my adult daughter said it helped with her anxiety and calmed her
My kiddo has 3 Hugimals and loves them! They are soft, have a comforting weight, very snuggly, and are perfect for those with sensory needs like her. However, they are an absolute pain to take apart and put back together for washing. The velcro cuts my hand, it takes two people to get them unbottoned and rebuttoned, the access point is in the side which is inconvenient to reach the places to button, etc. It would make more sense and easier to reach if the opening was along the back of the head and body instead of a little bit on the side. This matters because my kiddo gets her stuffies dirty (outside dirt, food, spilled juice, etc.) and they need washing daily. The washing issue is the on;ly thing wrong with them; they are amazing besides this and I highly recommend over every other weighted stuffed animal we're tried (and we've tried a lot)
I have a loving appreciation for Hugimals, and the human who introduced our family to them. As a foster parent, having these puppies (literally) hanging around has been helpful. We have both permanent kiddos and children for temporary respite care quite often. They range from ages four to 18. Before Hugimals flowed through our home, we would use weighted blankets as a tool for kids who experienced anxiety. Thanks to our family friend, Tom, now we have Hugimals on hand to give to kids who come through. They are a comforting mechanism for children experiencing anxiety, depression, and various traumas. As a foster mom, I find it incredibly moving and supportive to be able to give to kids when they come to our home for the first time, having to sleep in an unfamiliar room. Great concept with a gift of love in the cutest possible way!
I have only given one as a gift, so far. It was for my 25 year old daughter-in-law, she has anxiety and I thought this might help. I haven’t yet decided which one I will keep, leaning toward Charlie the puppy.
Your Hugimal's Benefits
HELPS KIDS AND ADULTS FEEL CALM: Developed with doctors and therapists to lower stress and anxiety and increase calm in kids, teens, or adults.
SCIENCE-BACKED COMFORT: Your Hugimal’s Deep Touch Pressure (weighted pressure) is research-supported to stimulate a relaxation response from the parasympathetic nervous system, lowering the stress hormone cortisol and boosting production of “calming” neurotransmitters oxytocin and dopamine.
USING YOUR HUGIMAL: When you snuggle up with your Hugimal on your lap, or lay with it on your tummy or chest, it becomes your secret weapon against stress and anxiety, helping you feel safe, grounded, calm and secure. Use in moments of anxiety like transitions, travel, bedtime — or anytime you could use a calming hug.
FOCUS AND CONCENTRATION: Weighted pressure can help with focus, making Hugimals great study or work buddies when placed on a lap (like a weighted lap pad but way more adorable!).
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT TOOL: Hugimals’ neutral expressions are specifically designed to allow you to feel any emotion in a judgment-free zone (no forced smiles here.)
SENSORY BENEFITS: Hugimals’ extra-soft fabric provides a soothing tactile sensory experience, and their calming colors are inspired by the natural colors of river stones.
SELF-CARE FOR ALL: Unanimously positive reviews from our children's hospital pilot program show that Hugimals are "a fantastic source of both comfort and sensory support" for children. Our Gen Z and Millennial fans use Hugimals for self-care, stress relief and to help with sleep. They make great gifts!
REMOVABLE WEIGHT: Your Hugimal is weighted with the same non-toxic glass beading used in many weighted blankets, sewn into secure sections within a removable weighted inner body for added safety.
WASHABLE! (AND WE DON’T MEAN SPOT-CLEAN ONLY): The weighted inner body is fully removable, allowing for easy washing of outer plush. We recommend washing the outer plush in a cold, gentle cycle. Best to wash in a laundry bag. Then hang dry.
BLISSFUL, FULL-BODY HUGS: With their weight distributed throughout their head, body and limbs, you feel the soothing sensation of your Hugimal “hugging” you back.