The 10 Best Stuffed Animals to Buy in 2018

Cuddly and cute plush friends for every age

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There are few toys more universally loved by children than stuffed animals. Soft, cuddly and full of all sorts of potential for pretend play, they’re a staple of childhood. Even some adults love them!

Stuffed animals come in all shapes and sizes and represent creatures of every kind from sea to land to outer space and beyond. They make great gifts, and no matter what a child’s interest, there’s sure to be a stuffed friend out there for them to cuddle, play with, and treasure. We've found a few great stuffed animals for kids of all ages.


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    Best Pokémon: TOMY Pokémon Small Plush XY Pikachu

    Stuffed video game characters are perfect for little gamers who want to cuddle their favorite characters offscreen. This plush Pikachu is sure to be a hit with Pokémon fans.

    Inspired by Pokémon X and Pokémon Y (don’t worry, your kids will know what that means), it measures just 4 by 3 by 8 inches. It’s a great size for carrying around on the go.

    Recommended for ages 3 through 7, customers say it’s cute, and the quality is good. Game on!

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    Best Unicorn: Melissa & Doug Giant Unicorn Stuffed Animal

    Courtesy of Target.

    There isn’t a creature more magical than the mythical one-horned unicorn. This giant stuffed one by Melissa & Doug takes that magic to a whole new lovely level.

    Adorned with a shimmery horn, hooves, and other details, it measures nearly 3 feet tall and can sturdily stand on all four legs. While it’s not made for riding, it’s sure to spur lots of make-believe fun.

    Recommended for ages 3 to 15, it’s great for anyone who could use a little magic in their lives. Customers say kids go crazy for it and that it’s super soft and sturdy.

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    Best Dog: Pottery Barn Kids Labradoodle Plush Collection

    Labradoodle Plush Collection
    Courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids

    Nothing is sweeter than kids with puppies. These stuffed Labradoodles from Pottery Barn Kids are simply squee-worthy.

    Made from faux fur, they’re soft and snuggly. They come in three sizes: small (12 inches high), medium (18 inches high) and jumbo (30.5 inches high). You can get one or a whole litter. The small is okay for all ages, while the medium and jumbo are recommended for ages 2 and up and 3 and up, respectively.

    Whether they have a real pup of their own or not, one of these is sure to be a constant companion.

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    Best Sloth: Wild Republic Three Toed Sloth Plush Toy

    What could be more calm and comforting than a stuffed sloth? This three-toed sloth from Wild Republic is a great companion for lounging, napping, and hanging around.

    Made of soft fabric with realistic details and arms long enough to wrap around their neck for a hug, it’s a sweet, unique friend they can add to their collection. It measures about 12 inches high, and kids and adults alike love this quirky stuffed animal.

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    Best Cat: Jellycat Bashful Grey Kitty

    For a furry feline friend, this bashful grey kitty from Jellycat is hard to beat. Incredibly soft with tons of personality, we’d say it’s the cat’s meow.

    It’s suitable for babies from birth and up and comes in three sizes: small (7 inches), medium (12 inches) and large (14 inches). One (or a whole litter) makes the purr-fect gift for cat lovers, young and old.

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    Best Elephant: Aurora World Lil Benny Phant

    They say elephants never forget. We’re pretty sure little ones won’t forget to bring this cute little elephant from Aurora World along with them wherever they go.

    Complete with heart-stealing droopy eyes, it measures 9 inches tall and is simple, sweet, and soft. Recommended for ages 3 to 15, it also comes in pink. This plush pachyderm is affordable too and it's perfect for a gift or any special occasion.

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    Best Fox: Jellycat Cordy Roy Fox

    What did the fox say? We may never really know, but kids can come up with plenty of guesses as they play with this adorable Cordy Roy fox from Jellycat.

    Quirky and fun, this fox is safe for babies from birth and is sure to become a favorite companion. Rather than the fluffy fur on most stuffed animals, the fabric has a corduroy texture, making it a little easier to clean.

    Parents say it’s well made, and kids love it so much that they order a backup in case their foxy friend gets lost.

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    Best Giraffe: Melissa & Doug Giant Giraffe

    Melissa & Doug® Giant Giraffe - Lifelike Stuffed Animal (over 4 feet tall)
    Courtesy of Target

    At over 4 feet tall, this giraffe from Melissa & Doug is sure to be king of the jungle, or at least the playroom. If your child's room has a jungle theme, it's sure to blend right in.

    Designed for kids 3 and up, it has big potential for playtime fun. It's also one of the most fun ways to measure a growing child's height.

    Parents say it’s lifelike, beautifully made and kids of all ages love it. “Even more adorable than I expected,” one reviewer wrote on

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    Best Pig: 'Bashful Piggy' Stuffed Animal

    Courtesy of Nordstrom.

    This soft and cuddly stuffed pig is so cute, you’ll squeal! This stuffed pig measures 12" high and is covered in velvety pink fur. Your little one will love to cuddle up to this sweet barnyard animal during bedtime and story time. If it gets dirty, it can be hand washed and left out to dry.

    Reviewers gave this stuffed animal glowing reviews, and made note of the accompanying board books that can be purchased with the pig.

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    Best Squid: Wild Republic Giant Squid Plush Toy

    Do you have a little one who dreams of being under the sea? Wild Republic has the coolest toy in this amazingly quirky and fun giant stuffed squid.

    Super soft, the squid has lifelike features including eight arms, two tentacles, and bulging eyes. It even has a great beak to complete the realistic feel.

    Measuring 22 inches, it’s a great way to add a pop of personality to a nursery or other ocean-themed bedroom. It lets kids explore the depths of their imaginations during playtime.