Big thanks to Budsies for creating my child's art for this review
We create custom plush toys based on your child's drawings. Kids LOVE seeing their imaginations brought to life.
When I saw Budsies for the first time, I instantly thought of our second daughter McKenzie. She has a wonderful imagination and I knew she'd love to see her work come to life. She loves dinosaurs and cars, so after talking to Budsie about this birthday surprise, I asked her to draw a dinosaur and unbeknownst to her, I sent it in for the creation.
Budsies Creations take about five weeks from the time your image is accepted until its shipped off. As soon as it arrived I couldn't wait until bed time so I could open it and take a first look at her dinosaur in person.
I was blown away when I opened the box and saw the contents. Not only did they make a stuffed toy almost to spec of what McKenzie drew, but they even printed out and framed her artwork I submitted. That to me made this item even more special, and it's just an extra touch that shows they care.
Even though McKenzie chose a Hot Wheels theme for her 5th birthday party, I wanted to put back the Budsies and save it for her special day because I knew this would be the perfect gift for her.
My favorite part with this dinosaur is that they made it with three toes just like she drew. They look so fat and cute in person and they make me giggle. They did add teeth to the dinosaur which makes it more recognizable, and improved the spikes on its back. The ONLY thing I was disappointed about was the "stripes" she drew. On her picture they're red and on the dinosaur they're blue just like the spikes.
McKenzie loves her Budsies creation. Her favorite part is the mouth and she likes to open it and roar and chase her sisters around with it. I've had to tell her a couple times to be easy with it because it is handmade and something she needs to treat with great care. She sleeps with it every night and has the framed photo in her room to ensure it doesn't get tore up. We still have the original photo she drew as well, and I'm so happy to have done this with Budsies.
- What's a Budsie?
- Budsies are custom-made stuffed animal from the child's drawing: no pre-made patterns, just creativity & love.
- Kids love this gift more than any other toy: they made it!
- Makes a great keepsake for siblings, parents, and grandparents, too.
- How does it work?
- Upload your artwork or simply snap a pic with your cell phone.
- Budsies are approximately 16" in size.
- Don't worry if your artwork is "abstract". Let our designers have a look. You won't be charged until your artwork is approved!
- How does it get delivered?
- Your Budsie custom stuffed animal will ship in approximately 5 weeks
- Flies to your doorstep via FedEx: $9.95 for first Budsie & $4.95 for each additional Budsie
- Of note, our stuffed animals are made from safe, hypoallergenic materials. We are registered with the CPSC and have our products tested by a CPSC accredited independent testing laboratory.
My husband and I have talked about purchasing in the future for our other girls and I'm excited to see their creations eventually come to life. These make great birthday and Christmas presents, and its a special way to honor the creative side every child has with a long-lasting memory.