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Gerri’s Favorite Holiday Gift: Giant Stuffed Animals

My favorite childhood Christmas gift was actually the result of a moment of intense fear: There I was, seconds away from my turn to sit on Santa’s lap, with absolutely no clue what I was going to ask for. When the moment came, I blurted out the very first thing that came to mind—a pink teddy bear.  And, from that moment on, all I could think of was that bear.

Giant pink teddy bear
image from Giant Stuffed Animals

When Christmas morning arrived, there she was—the biggest, softest, brightest pink bear I had ever seen. “Sasha” became my steadfast favorite friend. And, although Santa and his trusty elves must have spent hours hand-crafting my bear, I do love these modern day alternatives—no reindeer required.

stuffed animal
Giant Giraffe by Melissa & Doug

jumbo lion toyLook for this giant stuffed lion, by Melissa & Doug, in an upcoming kid’s room by Little Crown Interiors!

jumbo stuffed animalJumbo Panda Bear by Melissa & Doug

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about that Christmas morning, and I had a thought I wanted to share. Only now, as I spend hours reading Consumer Reports to figure out which telescope my sons will like best and discovering that one can, in fact, purchase a toy angle grinder*, do I realize the amount of work my mom and dad put into making each Christmas perfect. So, if you ever got the perfect holiday gift, consider taking a moment to call the giver and thank them again. Not only for the gift, but for the amazing memory that you’ll always cherish.

*An angle grinder is some kind of crazy tool my husband uses in the garage. I have no idea what it does, but the kids are obsessed with it. Seriously, how did people find this stuff before the internet?!

About the author
Little Crown Interiors - the creative design duo of Naomi Alon and Gerri Panebianco - is SoCal’s “Go-To” interior design firm for elite nurseries and childrens’ rooms. With over 80 gorgeous projects under their designer belts, Naomi and Gerri have captured the imagination of parents and press alike, thanks to Naomi’s innovative, color-fabulous, and ultra efficient design skills combined with Gerri’s instinctive approach to each new Mom’s needs.
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  • caroline udland

    There was a time when I was young when all I would like to get as gifts were stuffed animals and stuffed dolls.

  • Farrah

    I love stuffed animals, as they are really cute and cuddly. I just don’t like the task of cleaning them when they have all gathered dust and require a washing.

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